“Somebody cut him down for no reason… As long as I’ve got life in my body I’m going to find out what happened to my son.”
These are the words of Kenneth McDade, father of Kendrec McDade, the unarmed 19-year-old who was fatally shot by Pasadena police on March 24.
About 150 people gathered at Pasadena City Hall Tuesday evening to call for justice for McDade and to call shed light on what they say is ongoing abuse by police towards young black men, the Pasadena Sun reports. The protestors carried candles and signs displaying the names of other men who were also killed by Pasadena police in the past.
The teen’s father, mother and grandmother were all present. While McDade’s mother fought back tears, his father told the crowd that it’s been difficult to explain what happened to his son’s siblings, who are now afraid of the police. Mr. McDade’s words can be heard in the video below.
Watch footage from Tuesday’s rally: