City of Pasadena Removes Memorial for Anthony McClain

Scores of people have visited the memorial since the shooting on Aug. 15. | Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

By Terry Miller

With increased tension among neighbors, police and Black Lives Matter supporters, a makeshift memorial for Anthony McClain was removed Tuesday by Pasadena Public Works. McClain was shot and killed by Pasadena police on Aug. 15 after a routine traffic stop.

The controversial move is on the heels of increased activity in the area near La Pintoresca Park, including the latest on Monday when two people were seriously injured in a shooting where at least 30 rounds were fired at vehicles.

Makeshift memorial for Anthony McClain. | Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

On Wednesday morning, Pasadena Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian issued the following written statement regarding the memorial’s removal”

“The City of Pasadena has removed the Anthony McClain Memorial across from La Pintoresca Park in a safe and respective manner. There are community members who support the decision and several who do not. However, the memorial has been concerning for residents in the neighborhood and the police department. Since August 15th, La Pintoresca Park and the adjacent area has seen a significant increase in calls for service (471), calls involving a gun (9), assaults (8), shots fired (6), guns recovered (2), culminating with a Monday night (Oct. 19th) shooting involving two victims.    

“Police will be assisting at the La Pintoresca Branch Library as the Pasadena Health Department distributes free flu vaccinations to Pasadena residents. Simultaneously, Pasadena Police Community Services will be working side-by-side with Pasadena Parks, Recreation & Community Services (PRCS), distributing valuable information to community members regarding crime prevention and recreation.       

“The police department will execute a detailed operations plan to provide extra service to the neighborhood over the next two weeks. The police department will also be taking a proactive approach espousing outreach, prevention, intervention, and enforcement at and near the park.” 

This is an evolving story. Beacon Media will update as the situation warrants.

October 21, 2020

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tmiller Terry Miller has been in the newspaper business for 35 plus years, following in the footsteps of his father who was a Foreign Correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph when the family sailed to New York from London abroad the Queen Mary. When not shooting pictures, chasing a breaking news story. or playing drums, Miller spends entirely too much time and effort with Little British Sports Cars like his beloved 74 MGB...more like an addiction, says his wife of 22 years.

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