Why was suspect handcuffed after being fatally shot 7 times?
(Pasadena, CA) Dr. Cyril Wecht has worked on the forensics for the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. His resume of countless other forensics studies have turned him into a consistently inquired upon professional.
He does not understand why 20-year-old Kendrec McDade was shot, as it appears he was unarmed while running from the scene of a robbery. But what Dr. Wecht and the McDade family’s attorney, Caree Harper, find most strange is that police handcuffed him after he received 7 fatal shots to major arteries.
Dr. Wecht cannot go so far as to say whether or not McDade was shot in the back, but he finds the image of cruelty painted by the police’s action of handcuffing a dying person enough to suggest an overuse of police force.
Police chief Phillip Sanchez claims the victim of McDade’s robbery told police he had a gun. Even though it is still debated as to whether or not he in fact did have a gun, this tip alerted the police to pursue him with extreme caution.
The great confusion over this case has resulted in four different investigations into what happened that night. The police reports claim to have photographs apparently showing McDade being a lookout for a 17-year-old friend who robbed the victim. They will not release these photographs or those of the scene yet.
Since the cops who shot McDade were the only witnesses on the dimly lit street, they can say, with no other witness doubt, that he reached for his waist when he neared the patrol car. However, Dr. Wecht says that handgun firers must show evidence of stippling, or small dots on their hand from firing the weapon. McDade showed no signs of those, at least meaning that no shots were fired on his behalf.
An article from the Pasadena Star News also raises concern of this case heightening the tensions between minorities and the Pasadena police department. They have more recently calmed in comparison to years ago, so we can only have hope that it does not return to its old state.