The Pasadena Police Department on Wednesday released a video showing multiple views of a Jan. 11, 2019 incident in which police officers fired their weapons at an armed fleeing suspect. No one was injured during the incident.
The “community briefing” video is narrated by Pasadena Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian. It pulls together various videos, audio files and images from a number of sources.
Derderian introduces the video by saying it was created to “provide the public with a better understanding of the incident and deliver transparency to the community that we serve,” and warns it contains language and graphic imagery that may be unsuitable for minors.
With that, the edited presentation begins and runs through what the City and Police Department say occurred that day about 3:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of North Raymond Avenue.
The video is the first edited video of its type released by the Pasadena Police Department showing a critical incident.
Previously, former Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez released unedited raw footage of several incidents of interest to the public, including the violent arrest of Altadenan Christopher Ballew during which Ballew’s leg was broken.
During his tenure, Sanchez released separate video clips from officers’ body worn cameras and police patrol car-mounted cameras, from several high-profile or controversial stops and arrests.
By contrast, the video released Wednesday by the City is highly polished and pulls in a variety of images from different sources, including nearby residential security footage.
It appears to be an expression of Chief John Perez’s new policies which include routine releases of videos depicting critical incidents.
The video was accompanied by a statement from Lr. Jason Clawson which said the Pasadena Police Department “conducts thorough Use of Force investigations which includes interviewing witnesses, officers involved, analyzing video evidence, forensic evidence, and statements from those involved in the chain of events.”
“After the investigation is completed, a Use of Force Hearing will be convened and the Police Chief will make a final determination if the officers involved acted within department policy. This process may take up to one year to complete,” Clawson said.
Clawson also said the video was based upon a preliminary review of what occurred during the Jan. 11, which continues to be investigated.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Pasadena Police at (626)- 744-4241 or you may report information anonymously by calling “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.