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Morning Briefing: Officer Involved Shooting In Pasadena

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Another police shooting darkened this scorching weekend, as friends and family set up a memorial where Anthony McClain, who was riding as a passenger in a car that was pulled over for a routine traffic stop, was killed Saturday night.

According to the Pasadena police – the only witness testimony available to the public at the moment – the passenger “became uncooperative, preventing a search of his person.”

Police say that he then got out of the car and ran, then pulled a gun out of his waistband. It was after he produced the gun, says the department, that the officer shot. Police say the man had dropped a gun on the ground.

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McClain’s younger brother, Dion McClain, told KPCC’s Josie Huang that Anthony was a father of two.

"I can't even really talk. They killed my brother though," he said. "I hate police – straight up. They're not here to protect and serve, none of that. They're here to kill us."

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


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Coronavirus Updates: A free COVID-19 testing site at the Mexican Consulate by MacArthur Park has opened to address the need for testing in the surrounding community. L.A. County public health officials on Sunday confirmed 1,192 new cases of the coronavirus and nine new deaths attributed to the disease, bringing the area’s total to 221,950 positive cases and 5,254 deaths.

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