Shooting follows 911 call
Prosecutors are weighing whether to file involuntary manslaughter charges against a 911 caller who admitted lying about the circumstances of a robbery so that officers would respond faster. Oscar Carrillo told police dispatchers late Saturday night that two young men had just robbed him of his computer and backpack; he said at least one of them had a gun and pointed it at his face. Moments later, police caught up with two teens they believed were the thieves in an alleyway. When one of them, Kendrec McDade, made a move at his waistband, an officer opened fire, killing the 19-year-old college student, authorities said. No weapons or stolen items have been found. “The actions of the 911 caller set the minds of the officers,” police Chief Phillip Sanchez said.
Abuse lawsuit too late
California’s highest court sided with Oakland’s Roman Catholic bishop and refused Thursday to reinstate a lawsuit brought by six brothers who allege they were molested by a priest during the 1970s. The ruling could doom at least eight other cases involving decades-old clergy abuse claims. The California Supreme Court ruled 5-2 that the brothers had waited too long to bring their abuse claims involving the priest, Donald Broderson, who was forced to retire amid similar allegations in 1993 and died in 2010. The state Legislature opened a one-year window for old clergy abuse complaints in 2003, and the men lost their chance to sue the diocese that hired Broderson as an associate pastor in Hayward when that time frame ended, the court said.
Police reforms outlined
Pre-empting a meeting with Department of Justice officials, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn on Thursday proposed a series of police reforms in response to a damning federal report that came after several high-profile incidents involving minorities. McGinn and police Chief John Diaz outlined 20 initiatives to be implemented over 20 months that range from hiring more minority officers, training all officers on standards for use of force, developing protocol to make sure encounters don’t escalate, and steps to address biased policing.
Compiled from wire reports.