THE PEOPLE ARE NOT PLEASED: PROTEST COP KILLING OF UNARMED MANBy Ben Baeder
DOWNEY (Via DowneyBeat.com)—More than 150 people marched Saturday from the intersection of Paramount Blvd. and Imperial Highway—where Michael Nida was shot to death Oct. 22 by a Downey Police Department officer—to City Hall draw attenton to the need for improved police policies and accountability.
As marchers ranging from small children on scooters to elderly anti-war activists walked more than two miles along Paramount Blvd and Firestone Blvd, cars were squeezed cars into one lane and traffic to backed up for blocks. Nonetheless, dozens of inconvenienced motorists honked and offered support to protestors.
The march was organized by the Campaign to Stop Police Violence, which is a project of the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition. Organizer Doug Kauffman of ANSWER said police officers are rarely forced to explain in criminal court how and why they killed someone. The District Attorney almost never files criminal charges against police officers or deputies, he said.
“They kill, then they hide behind a veil of secrecy,” he said.
He hoped the march would let people in Downey know that citizens were watching police.
He also said the march was to support the families of Steven Bours, who was killed by Downey Police in March as he walked on Paramount Boulevard with a hatchet or hatchet-like tool. That shooting took place within a few hundred feet of where Nida was killed.