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Debate Set on Proposed Need for Increased Civilian Oversight of Pasadena Police

Published on Sunday, July 20, 2014 | 10:36 pm
City Councilmember Steve Madison

Pasadena City Councilman Steve Madison and ACLU Senior Attorney Peter Bibring are set to debate the need for increased civilian oversight of the Pasadena Police Department in the wake of a recently-settled officer-involved shooting.

The debate will be held at the Pasadena Central Library on Tuesday, July 22, 7:00-9:00 p.m. It is open to the public.

The issue of civilian oversight was raised after two police officers shot and killed unarmed teenager Kendrec McDade in 2012.

The City of Pasadena is set to pay McDade’s parents, Anya Slaughter and Kenneth McDade, over one million dollars as agreed upon in a final settlement last month.

The debate will focus on whether or not there is a need for civilian oversight of the the Pasadena Police Department “by engaging a professional police auditor who has the power and duty to audit and monitor the department’s policies, operations, and procedures, and who provides a path for community input on the department.”

The auditor “would be an independent contractor reporting to the City Council’s Public Safety Committee like field representatives reporting to Councilmembers.”

The proposition was endorsed by several local groups which are hosting the debate, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Pasadena Foothill Democratic Club and Coalition for Increased Civilian Oversight of Pasadena Police.

Another sponsor, ACT, will vote on the issue soon. ACT’s co-chair and former Assemblymember Anthony Portantino will moderate the discussion.

The event is co-sponsored by ACLU Pasadena-Foothill Chapter, All Saints Church, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and Pasadena Latino Forum.

Admission is free of charge.

The Pasadena Central Library is located at 285 E. Walnut St. For more information, email social justice coordinator Beth Colcord at, call (626) 744-4066 or visit

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