CIVIL TRIAL DATE SET FOR KILLING OF MICHAEL NIDA, NEW LAWYER JOINS LEGAL TEAMBy Ben Baeder
The case of Michael Nida of South Gate will be heard in a Los Angeles federal courtroom May 7.
Nida, a father of four, was unarmed in October when he was shot in the back by a Downey Police officer armed with an MP-5 submachine gun.
On the night of the shooting, police were responding to a report of an armed ATM robbery near Imperial Highway and Paramount Boulevard. Police spotted Nida crossing Imperial, and they stopped him and had him sit on a curb, according to family members. Nida got up and left, jumped a nearby fence by the drugstore on the southeast corner, and called his wife, who was waiting at the nearby ARCO station, according to accounts from those familiar with the investigation.