911 Caller Pleads Guilty to False Report That Led to Police Shooting of Unarmed Teenager

lied on 911 call/shot by copsNBC/family photo19-year-old Kendrec McDade was shot multiple times by police in Pasadena last March while fleeing. Cops continued to shoot when they mistook their own shots for shots from the suspect. Police say they believed McDade had a gun based on his behavior during the foot chase (holding his waistband) and on a 911 call reporting as much. The 911 caller, Oscar Carillo, was arrested on an involuntary manslaughter charge a month after the shooting after admitted to lying about being robbed at gunpoint in order to elicit a faster police response. Federal immigration authorities also asked that he be detained longer because he was a previously deported illegal immigrant.

The District Attorney eventually ruled the shooting justified in December, based on the police officers’ fear for their lives and their belief they were acting in self-defense, while declining to prosecute Carillo on the manslaughter charge. Nothing came of the federal immigration hold either and Carillo’s now pled guilty to providing a false report and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 90 days of community service, and assessed a $3,000 fine.

The father of Kendrec McDade is pursuing a federal lawsuit against the Pasadena police department, and alleges being roughed up in retaliation for the suit during a search of his home in the course of a stolen property investigation.

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  • Hugh Akston||

    I'm glad they punished the person responsible for McDade's brutal shooting: The guy who dialed the phone.

  • Rights-Minimalist Autocrat||

    Cops continued to shoot when they mistook their own shots for shots from the suspect.

    I think that exact scene was in a Naked Gun movie.

  • ||

    Just remember that these are the guys pulling you over because one of your tail lights is out. You better hope your car doesn't backfire.

  • Warrren||

    "Stand down it was just a backfire."

    "It's a black! Fire!"

  • Pro Libertate||

    You know, the one technology we really need is personal force fields. Then when the cops shoot you, it'll be just funny, not lethal.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    No one needs a force field.

  • Pro Libertate||

    No, I need one. That would be great.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Fine, then when they invent it, you can have one, so long as they accept your permit application and it includes a remote off switch. And it's not legal in the city or state of New York.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Of course, the reality is that force fields will be deemed military-only, except for cops.

    Who, despite being totally invulnerable, will shoot everyone, anyway.

  • rts||

    I wouldn't need a big shield system like the one they use to protect the Enterprise, maybe just a belt-clip device for personal use. I could insult dangerous people without fear of retribution. Whatever crumbs of personality I now have would be completely unnecessary in the future. On the plus side, it would make shopping much more fun.

    Why the Future won't be like Star Trek

  • JW||

    Then when the cops shoot you, it'll be just funny, not lethal.

    I'm proposing that we replace the siren noise from police cars with Yakety Sax. It's fitting.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Ah, the Boots Randolph classic. Second only to the theme from Sanford & Son.

  • JW||

    They'll use the Sanford and Son theme on rural cop cars. More of a mellow chase and none of that stereotypical cracker influence.

    Barney Miller is reserved for NOLA cops.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Rural? What's rural about Watts?

  • JW||

    Fine. We'll find something with banjos for the rural cars, maybe Mumford & Sons.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Well, there's "Dueling Banjos." Or the theme from Hee-Haw.

  • some guy||

    The Dukes of Hazard theme song would be perfect for this. I think it was called "The Good Ole' Boys".

  • JW||

    You both disappoint me.

  • Art Vandelay||

    "...ruled the shooting justified in December, based on the police officers’ fear for their lives"

    "19-year-old Kendrec McDade was shot multiple times by police...while fleeing."

    So our fearless heroes in blue were so terrified by this 19 year kid that was RUNNING AWAY FROM THEM that they had to shoot him? How can anyone read this bullshit and not get pissed off?

    Is 1pm too early to drink?

  • Warrren||

    If you're not drunk before coming to H&R you are way behind the curve.

  • Art Vandelay||

    Hmmm, I better butt-chug some tequila to catch up....

  • sarcasmic||

    He had his hand in his waistband! If he had a gun there he could have stopped, dropped the stolen goods, turned around, whipped out the weapon, taken careful aim, and fired several shots loooooong before the well trained officers could have had time to react! So of course the brave officers feared for their lives! Who wouldn't?

  • Art Vandelay||

    At least they made it home safely so they could beat up their spouse.

  • Tim||

    Another shocking episode of gun violence.

  • Rich||

    Another shocking episode of gun 911 violence.

    FTFY

  • Coeus||

    But we must realize that the most important thing here is that the 911 caller is white.

  • itsnotmeitsyou||

    +1 Zimmerman

  • PapayaSF||

    Police say they believed McDade had a gun based on his behavior during the foot chase (holding his waistband)

    Was he holding his waistband because his pants were falling down, gangsta style? I guess shooting is a bit harsh, but....

  • LifeStrategies||

    Another dishonorable government official with too much power - the District Attorney in Los Angeles County district needs to be named so he can be shamed...

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