FAMILY OF MAN KILLED BY DOWNEY COPS WANTS CITY BUSINESS BOYCOTTBy Ben Baeder
Via DowneyBeat.com: Family members of Michael Nida, who was shot to death by Downey police on Oct. 22 after twice running from them, are calling for a boycott of Downey businesses.
Police said that on the night of the shooting they were looking for suspects of an armed robbery at a nearby ATM when they stopped Nida as he was crossing Imperial Highway. Nida twice ran from police before he was shot in the corner of a shopping center at the southwest corner of Paramount Boulevard and Imperial Highway.
Police later learned that Nida, a carpenter and married father of four from South Gate, had nothing to do with the robberies and was walking back to meet his wife at a gas station after buying cigars at a tobacco shop across the street.
Nida’s older sister, Terri Teramura, has called for Downey to retrain its officers and for the force to stop using MP5 sub-machine guns, which was the type of gun used to kill her brother.
“We’re going to boycott Downey,” she said at a Downey City Council meeting on Tuesday. “No more shopping at the Stonewood Mall. No more shopping at the Downey Landing.”