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Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton to Join Kendrec McDade Rally

The civil rights leaders join supporters in a rally in Los Angeles to protest against the shooting death of the former Citrus College student.

The Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson will be among those attending the planned rally in Los Angeles for Kendrec McDade, the 19-year-old former student and Azusa High School football star who was shot and killed by Pasadena Police March 24.

The civil rights leaders will join the families of McDade and Trayvon Martin during the rally at West Angeles Church of God in Christ, 3045 S. Crenshaw Blvd. in Los Angeles, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. The rally will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Organizers of the rally hope to raise awareness of racial profiling and encourage legislation that would overturn Stand Your Ground laws.

McDade was killed by police when officers responded to a robbery involving McDade. The 911 caller later admitted lying to police when he told the dispatcher that McDade was carrying a gun.

The FBI has launched an investigation into the incident, while McDade’s family has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.

McDade enrolled at Citrus College in the fall of 2011, but was not taking classes at the college at the time of his death.

R Terry April 26, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Sharpton is really out for the promotion of a riot. Couldn't he find a totally innocent black to defend in his quest for the civil uprising against whites? This guy had just robbed someone and was making suspicious moves which made the police fire on him. Why didn't he just stop and talk to the police if he had nothing to hide? Like Trayvon, he was far less than an angel. Police have a tough job. If they are to stay alive, they are trained to react quickly when confronted with certain signals they get from the suspect. When confronted by cops...cooperate...all criminals need to learn this unless they are suicidal.

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