Friday, March 27, 2009

Police Shooting in Pasadena - NAM


Black residents in Pasadena are furious with the Pasadena Police Department after the shooting death of Leroy Barnes, 38. Adena Cole, a friend of Barnes' family, is fearful for members of her community.

Barnes was riding in the backseat of a car driven by Ameka Edwards at 4:20 p.m. on February 19 when they were pulled over by the police. It is unclear exactly what led to the fatal shooting of Barnes because the Pasadena Police Department has put a hold on the autopsy results, written and taped reports, recorded interviews regarding the shooting and surveillance videos from the officers squad car.

The first report from the Pasadena Police Department was that Barnes stepped out of the car and fired upon the officers. But a report the next day from the police department said that Barnes did not step out of the car and that he did not fire a shot.

Barnes does have a criminal record, and there was a gun in the car, but according to Cole, he did not have the gun in his possession at the time of the shooting. She claims that when the car was pulled over Edwards told Barnes to put the gun into her purse because she is a security officer and has a license to carry a gun.

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