The Next Trayvon Martin?

As the facts and the spin on the Trayvon Martin shooting continue to unravel to reveal what seems to be a very different story than originally promoted by the institutional left and the media, there’s a scramble to rescue the meme of ‘the racist USA supports the killing of black people’ with other stories that they hope will support that conclusion.  One likely candidate for the ‘next Trayvon Martin’ is the case of a 19 year old robbery suspect in Pasadena, California named Kendrec McDade.

Here’s a sampling of headlines, to give you a sense of how it’s being reported:

Kendrec McDade: How an unarmed 19-year-old died in a hail of police bullets

Another Trayvon Martin? Young, Unarmed, Black Teenager Shot by Cops in California

The police shooting of unarmed black man Kendrec McDade: The timeline of events

And now the Feds are involved as the FBI announced Friday that it’s investigating for Civil Right violations.

Kendrec McDade Shooting: FBI Will Investigate Possible Civil Rights Violation

FBI will probe police shooting of unarmed college student

A few things jump out. First, click on any story and you’ll see photos of Kendrec McDade in high school, kissing a baby and other sympathetic poses. Yhe descriptions in the headlines describe McDade as a college student, teenager, and unarmed. The Daily Beast went with both ‘young’ and ‘Teenager’ as descriptors. At 19, McDade was technically as old as a teenager can get.

Not a single headline mentions that he was a robbery suspect whose accomplice was arrested or that he was fleeing the police.

One aspect of the case that has gotten attention is the reason that that police thought McDade was armed because the victim of the robbery told 911 that they were.

And the guy who lied to the police about the two (alleged) thieves putting a gun in his face? He’s an illegal alien. Don’t worry, though; he has two kids who were born in the United States.

The Los Angeles County district attorney has, so far, declined to file charges against Carrillo. On April 3, the cell phone store employee shuttled between a Pasadena jail and federal custody after immigration authorities determined that he lives illegally in this country. Just as they were about to deport Carrillo to Mexico, Pasadena police asked federal agents to release him under electronic ankle bracelet surveillance.


Carrillo, who lives with his wife and their two U.S.-born children in Pasadena, will remain in the United States for up to six months while the legal proceedings play out. When his lawyer allowed him to speak late Wednesday by phone, Carrillo expressed relief that he’s out of detention.

And Carrillo had already been deported six years ago but snuck back in.

Meanwhile, Virginia Kice, spokeswoman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said the agency had lodged an immigration detainer against Carrillo. She said a check of ICE’s databases revealed that Carrillo was previously removed from the United States to Mexico in April 2006.

Unbelievably, the Pasadena police have tried to reassure the local Latino Community that Carrillo won’t be blamed.

Like the Martin shooting, the ginned up racism charge is giving the Kenderec McDade story national prominence. Despite the fact that McDade was allegedly committing a crime, the culprit for the tragic shooting wasn’t the man who lied to 911 and said a gun was stuck in his face, but ‘pride’.

A painful, generations-old discussion for black parents

When Martin A. Gordon talks to his 19-year-old son about the history of race relations in America, he invokes the Black Panthers, Martin Luther King Jr. and the watershed moments of the civil rights era. It’s a story of hard-won rights that fills the ’60s-era activist with pride.

Then the conversation turns urgently personal, survival its theme: On the wrong street, at the wrong time of day, he tells his son, pride might be his undoing. “I know my son can be a moment away from being killed if he acts the wrong way, if he’s arrogant,” Gordon said. “He started to learn about this as a child.”

McDade’s problem wasn’t pride. Children of all races should know that committing felony robbery can have consequences. But in a country where citizenship is automatically granted to the children of people who sneak back in after being deported, it’s hard figure out what those consequences should be.

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