Police Mistakenly Kill an Innocent Unarmed Man

Posted on: November 5th, 2011 4 Comments
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A 31 year old unarmed man, the father of four, was killed by mistake during the police search for an ATM robber.

The incident happened in Downey, California, where an ATM had been robbed at gunpoint. Several minutes later, two police officers spotted a man they said was matching the suspect’s description.

That man was Michael Nida, who was jaywalking across the street to buy cigarettes as his wife bought gas. The police detained him, but allegedly he managed to run away. He was found a short distance away where he was detained for the second time, but he broke loose again and started running. That’s when he got shot, and later died on the way to the hospital.

The question is why didn’t the police check him for weapons or handcuff him while he was detained twice, and why there wasn’t a non-lethal way to stop the suspect.

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4 Responses

  1. Ferdob says:

    Land of the free.

  2. terry wagar says:

    Why does the story writer of this article describe the victim as a suspect when he was innocent?
    The victim is dead, he was innocent, I think it would be the right thing to do to STOP CALLING HIM A SUSPECT!
    One more thing who are the people reporting this on this website anyway why don’t they give their names?
    People that report news and present themselves as a news site should put their names to their articles.
    For all we know it could be cops putting these story’s on this site because no one wants to take credit for them.

  3. Mark says:

    Why was he running if he was innocent?

    More than likely a thug.

  4. terry wagar says:

    People have a right to flee if they believe their life is in danger and obviously his life was indeed in danger since he is dead!

    Fleeing does not always mean guilt, the law requires people to flee a dangerous situation rather than to use violence if the option to flee is available.

    Obviously this INNOCENT MAN was given reason to believe his life was in danger, and since he is innocent and dead I would have to presume his instincts were correct in trying to get away from officer’s that wanted him dead.

    This must have wanted him dead to shoot him if he was not armed, there is never a justification in shooting unarmed people and cops cannot use self defense as an excuss if the person they shoot is unarmed, therefore the shooting is unjustified on it’s face and the cops need to be charged with murder.

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