Michael Lee Nida II was an Innocent, Unarmed, Husband, Father of Four, Son, Brother, Uncle, Best Friend, Little League Coach and so much more to his loved ones, friends and all whom he came in contact with!
Michael was murdered by Downey PD on Oct. 22nd 2011, just three days before his 32nd Birthday. He was shot in the back with an MP5 machine gun by Downey PD!
We, the family, friends, and supporters of Michael Nida, have been working together to obtain answers and seek justice for his unjust murder.
Michael Nida was an unarmed, innocent man, who was gunned down at the hands of the Downey PD in an admitted case of mistaken identity. He was not a criminal. He was a union carpenter who worked hard to provide for his family, and also volunteered his time in his community as a coach for youth sports teams. The Downey PD admits that they were pursuing Michael Nida because they thought that he was an armed robbery suspect. However, no non-lethal methods were used in apprehending him, and their police error resulted in his death. He was on a date with his wife and had briefly stopped at a gas station when he was shot and killed by an officer yielding an MP5 sub machine gun.
Authorities Admit Wrong Man Fatally Shot by Downey Cops Who Were Looking For Robbery Suspect:
Two of the four homicides committed in Downey this year were committed by on-duty Downey Police Officers in October 2011. Other than Michael Nida, the Downey PD also shot and killed Manuel Vargas, a homeless man, ten days earlier. Shockingly, these police murders go back even further. A year prior, the same PD also killed Steven Bours, a decorated Iraq War veteran. In 2002, the same MP5 machine gun was used to kill Gonzalo Martinez! Martinez's murder was captured on video, clearly showing that he was unarmed with his hands up in the air as he was brutally shot to death.
Other Downey PD Killings:
We need to put an end to this horrible epidemic, so as to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again! We are attending every scheduled Downey City Council meeting to speak out against this injustice and demand change! We have been rallying to bring an end to racial profiling and police misconduct, and are demanding better training for police officers in non-lethal methods. We have also met with a state assembly member to discuss legislation restricting the use of the MP5 sub machine gun in non-SWAT standard policing.
There are two Change.Org petitions initiated on behalf of Michael Nida, killed 10.22.11 and much more information about the murders by Downey Police at the online petitions. Here are the links:
Justice For Michael Nida, Stop The Use Of Lethal Force By Police:
Help Michael Nida's kids change the laws
JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL NIDA II! STOP THE USE OF LETHAL FORCE!
We will Forever miss you & Love you Always...