RON THOMAS URGES DOWNEY CITY COUNCIL, POLICE TO MEET WITH NIDA FAMILYBy Ben Baeder
DOWNEY – The father of Kelly Thomas on Tuesday called for Downey’s mayor and police chief to have a sit-down meeting with the family of Michael Nida.
Ron Thomas, whose schizophrenic son was beaten to death July 10, 2011 by Fullerton Police officers, said Downey’s officials owed Nida’s family a face-to-face talk.
He said he understood that Nida’s killing was still under investigation and that the council and the police couldn’t give many specifics about what happened the night of the shooting.
“As a City Council, as the mayor, I really believe you have the responsibility to at least meet with them and hear what they have to say,” he told Mayor Roger Brossmer and the rest of the City Council at Tuesday’s meeting at City Hall.
He also asked Downey Police Chief Rick Esteves to sit down with the family.
“It would get rid of the divide, us and them,” Thomas said. “They are your people.”