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March 21st, 2014 by Temple City Tribune
Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez announced new efforts by his department to increase lucidity in communication with the public and in inquiries of his officers Monday.
After months of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) requests, Sanchez says now that all shootings will be investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department effective immediately.
“I have great faith in the Sheriff’s Department with respect to their officer involved shooting roll-out teams. They currently provide that independent and analysis review for at least 30 other municipalities in LA County,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez said the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was the natural go-to entity as it provides independent review services for any of the 48 independent municipalities as well as the 44 townships they provide primary policing services for.
The previous process of officer involved shootings in Pasadena included three primary investigative entities, a criminal review that could include the PPD, FBI and the Office of Independent Review, an administrative review by the Police Department, the City Manger and City Council, and a review by the District Attorney’s office, according to a report previously given by Chief Sanchez on Dec 16, 2013.
Sanchez also gave an update of the officer involved shooting of Kendrec McDade in response to a question asked by ACLU member Michelle White. Sanchez reported that he has received a drafted document from an Office of Independent Review group, but is waiting for a final submission.