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On August 15, 32-year-old Anthony McClain, who is Black, was shot and killed by a police officer in Pasadena after the car in which he was a passenger was pulled over for a routine traffic stop. His death inspired protests in the area, especially after video evidence showed that he was shot in the back.

Reflecting on McClain’s death, KPCC producer Austin Cross examines the similarities between himself and McClain. In addition to also being a 32-year-old Black man, Austin’s place of employment – the KPCC/LAist newsroom – is on the same street, 2.5 miles from where McClain was shot.

“In a routine traffic stop, I'd expect no special treatment from an approaching officer. A black guy is a black guy in a darkened car on a Saturday night ... [McClain and I] shared geography, race and age. In the ever-growing list of young men who have died at the hands of law enforcement, it's not uncommon for me to share at least one trait. Two? Unlikely. Three? Never. One hell of a coincidence.”

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First Person: KPCC producer Austin Cross reflects on the too-close-to-home killing of Anthony McClain – who, like Cross, was a 32-year-old Black man – and who was shot dead by a police officer 2.5 miles down the same street as the KPCC/LAist newsroom.

Photo Of The Day

At a candlelight vigil at The Laugh Factory, attendees demanded justice for Elijah McClain on the one year anniversary of his death.

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