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Family wants justice for man fatally shot by Downey Police

March 2, 2012 |  8:38 am

 Dozens of angry protesters picketed outside the Los Angeles district attorney's office in downtown L.A. on Thursday, demanding justice for a South Gate man who was shot and killed by Downey Police.

Officers were investigating a report of an armed robbery at a Bank of America ATM near Imperial Highway and Paramount Boulevard last October and shot Michael Nida, 31, of South Gate.

Nida matched a description of a suspect wanted in an armed robbery at a nearby ATM.

Officials said police detained Nida because he matched the description of the robber, and Nida ran from them. Family members told KTLA that Nida, a father of four, was getting gasoline with his wife and was not involved in the robbery. It was unclear why he ran.

As officers chased Nida, sheriff's officials said he stopped and turned toward police "in an aggressive manner."

Sheriff's detectives said Nida was unarmed. He likely ran from police because he was carrying a small amount of marijuana and had a known distrust for police, authorities said.

According to the coroner's report, the officer shot Nida three, or possibly four, times. The two deadly bullets went into his back.

Nida's family has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit, claiming police acted recklessly. Nida's family says he was shot without warning.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating the shooting, and should be submitting a report to the district attorney's office soon.


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-- KTLA News