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Pasadena Police Hope To Release Body Cam Footage Of Fatal Shooting Within Days

A memorial for Anthony McClain across the street from La Pintoresca Park in Pasadena after the 32-year-old was fatally shot by a police officer on Aug. 15. (Robert Garrova/LAist)
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Pasadena saw a second day of protests today in response to the death of Anthony McClain. The 32-year-old was fatally shot by a Pasadena Police Officer on Saturday night following a traffic stop.

Police said they made the stop in North Pasadena because of a vehicle code violation. McClain, a passenger in the car, ran from the scene and — officers said — pulled a gun.

“We have to get to the bottom of this tragic situation, we must find out exactly what happened,” said Tyron Hampton, Vice Mayor of Pasadena and a member of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee. “I have requested expedited release of all officer body-worn camera footage.”

A police department spokesman said they’re hoping to release body cam footage of the shooting within the next few days.

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The fatal shooting comes at a time when the Pasadena City Council is taking up a proposal to increase police oversight. For his part, Hampton said he’d like to see the appointment of an independent auditor who reports directly to the City Council.

At a City Council meeting today, Pasadena Chief of Police John Perez said the District Attorney’s office has been asked to investigate the shooting.

“The most troubling fact is that another young African American male is dead,” said John J. Kennedy, chair of the Public Safety Committee, at the meeting.

Kennedy added that he hopes the City Council will now “swiftly adopt meaningful and real community oversight of the Pasadena Police Department, without delay.”

In the late afternoon and into the evening, protesters gathered to demand answers.

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Scenes from a Black Lives Matter protest in Pasadena tonight. (Brian Feinzimer for LAist)
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