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City Manager Márquez Attends First City Council Meeting

Published on Monday, September 12, 2022 | 5:44 pm

City Manager Miguel Marquez at his first Pasadena City Council meeting, on Sept. 12, 2022. [KPAS screenshot]
City Manager Miguel Márquez officially attended his first City Council meeting as the city’s chief executive on Monday. 

Márquez led the council in the pledge of allegiance. 

Almost immediately some callers began calling for Márquez to fire the police officers involved in the officer-involved shooting of Anthony McClain.

“As you probably know we have a crucial issue at stake in Pasadena,” said former Northwest Commissioner and former City Council Candidate Allen Shay. “It is the Anthony McClain final determination report. In an effort to make sure full disclosure is made the community has reached out to the City Council and both former city managers about holding police accountable. This is crucial at this time in the City’s history.” 

Shay called on Márquez to give the matter attention under his leadership.

“It’s been two years since McClain was murdered by police,” said Brittany Pollack. “He should be with his family today, his children. Every officer involved should be fired.”

Pollack said the council has ignored the public plea to fire the police officers.

According to the City Charter, the City Council cannot fire police officers or instruct the City Manager to fire them.  

McClain was fatally shot on Aug. 21, 2020 after he fled from police during a traffic stop.

Officer Edwin Dumaguindin said McClain had a weapon and was turning towards him which prompted his decision to shoot McClain.

District Attorney George Gascón cleared Dumaguindin of any criminal wrongdoing earlier this year. 

In video footage of the incident some people say they do not see a gun in McClain’s hand as he flees during the traffic stop. 

A gun recovered at the scene had McClain’s DNA on it, according to police. 

The department is currently conducting an administrative review of the incident.

The review only determines if the officer’s actions were consistent with Pasadena Police Department policy. It will not determine criminality. 

“It is your duty to supervise the administrative review. We demand Dumaguindin be fired,” Adrianna Bautista said to Márquez. 

The calls to fire the police officers have been ongoing by some callers since the shooting.

Activists continued their call to meet with Márquez to discuss their concern.

Activists called for the meeting in a letter to Interim Cynthia Kurtz before Márquez began his time in Pasadena. 

In conjunction with the Brown Act, Márquez did not respond to the comments.

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