Police Killed Our Father - Please Help Restrict Use of Sub-machine Guns by Police
  • Petitioned Andre Birotte

This petition was delivered to:

US Attorney for Central California
Andre Birotte
Assembly - 58th District
Charles Calderon
Sen. Mark Leno
Assembly Member
Ricardo Lara
U.S. Congress member - 34th District
Lucille Roybal-Allard
Attorney General
Kamala Harris
Rep. Alan Lowenthal

Police Killed Our Father - Please Help Restrict Use of Sub-machine Guns by Police

    1. Alexis, Samantha, Xavier, Marlee Nida
    2. Petition by

      Alexis, Samantha, Xavier, Marlee Nida

      South Gate, CA

Our father, Michael Nida, was killed by Downey Police on October 22, 2011. The police now claim that they were looking for someone who had robbed a nearby ATM but it was not our Dad they were looking for and he did not fit the description. We think they stopped him only because he is Latino. When he tried to leave, the police opened fire on him with an MP5 sub-machine gun, shooting him five times; twice in the back. He was unarmed and the police have admitted that they killed an innocent man.

We want to stop this from happening to other families and we hope police in CA will stop using the MP5 and any other sub-machine gun, unless in a SWAT situation.

The MP5 machine gun should not be used in standard policing and should be restricted to use in closed quarter SWAT situations. Police are not at war with CA citizens and do not need a gun that can fire up to 700 rounds per minute for community policing.  

Please sign this petition and call on the California legislature to introduce a bill to restrict use of the MP5 to police forces engaged in situations requiring SWAT.

To read more about our father, Michael Nida, please visit: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-20124838/police-seeking-robber-kill-unarmed-innocent-man/

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. Met with CA Assemblyman Lara

      About 10 of our family and friends were able to meet CA Assemblyman Lara at his neighborhood "Meet and Greet" on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011. He and his staff were very receptive to our concerns and requests, and we hope he can help us in our quest for JUSTICE!!

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Carmen Erazo INDEPENDENCE, MO
      • 2 months ago

      This is disgusting and unacceptable!!!! What ever happened to serve and protect???

    • Steven Harris RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA
      • 3 months ago

      Wow, you Downey cops are such pros. You take down unarmed men using MP5 submachine guns. Did they teach that in the academy?

    • Bing Boi NEW YORK, NY
      • 4 months ago

      This is lame, Darwins Rule...if a guy with a MP5 tells you to stop and you run away you are a moron and should be taken out of the gene pool!

    • Roslyn Millius BEAVERTON, OR
      • 4 months ago

      if they are going to make civilian jump through hoops to get a gun of that caliber, then they should not hand them out to cops to patrol with. I am pro-gun, but I am not pro-let the cops have guns that civilians need to go through hell to get.

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 5 months ago

      Be the change you want to see of the world" (Mahatma Gandhi)

      A violent ex-tenant used his firearm against his girlfriend to make her afraid!

      Facts about violence and gun violence:

      The presence of a firearm in a home with domestic violence can transform an argument into

      homicide in a fraction of a second. Firearms

      and domestic violence are a lethal combination, for example

      injuring and killing women,children and bystanders

      every day in the United States.

      In one study of 25 high

      income countries, the United States

      represented just 32% of the female population

      but accounted for 84%of all female firearm homicides.

      A gun is the weapon most commonly

      used in domestic homicides. In fact, more than six times as many women are murdered by guns used by their current or former intimate partners

      than are killed by male strangers’ guns, knives

      or other weapons combined.

      332,014 people died from guns between 2000 and 2010 in the U.S.. That number is greater than

      the populations of U.S. cities such as St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati.

      31,328 people died from gun violence

      in 2010, or roughly 1 every 17 minutes.

      A gun in the home makes homicide three times more likely, suicide up to five times as

      likely, and accidental death four times higher than in nongun owning homes.

      Access to firearms increases the risk of intimate partner homicide more than five times

      than in instances where there are no weapons, according to a recent study. In addition,

      abusers who possess guns tend to inflict the most severe abuse on their partners.

      Over 40 percent of guns sold in the U.S. are done so without a background check.

      Gun Violence & Women

      94% of female murder victims killed by men are killed by a man they

      knew. In other words, females are 16 times

      as likely to be killed by a male acquaintance than by a male

      stranger. In 2010, 1,017 women, almost three a day, were killed by their intimate


      In 2010, 52 percent of female homicide victims killed by men were shot and killed with a

      gun. Female intimate partners are more likely to be murdered with a firearm than all

      other means combined.

      Women suffering from domestic violence are eight times more likely to be killed if there

      are firearms in the home.

      The Facts on Women, Children and Gun Violence

      Handguns are more likely than rifles or shotguns to be used in homicides in which men

      kill women. In 2010, handguns were used in 70 percent of cases where

      men used firearms to kill women.

      In 1998, for every one woman who used a handgun to kill an intimate acquaintance in

      self defense, 83 women were murdered by an intimate acquaintance using a handgun.

      Access to firearms increases risk of intimate partner

      femicide more than five times


      Gun Violence & Children

      2694 children and teens died from guns in 2010. That’s a roughly equivalent to a

      Newtown massacre every three days.

      Between 1979 and 2010, more children and

      teens died from guns (119,079) than U.S. soldiers in the wars in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq

      and Afghanistan combined.

      In a study of 23 high income nations, 87 percent of children under age 15 killed by guns

      lived in the United States. The same study found that the gun homicide rate for teens

      and young adults in the U.S. ages 15-24 was 42.7 higher than in the other high income

      countries combined


      More than half of youth who commit suicide with a gun do so with one obtained from

      their home and more often than not, the gun belonged to a parent.

      In 2009 more 15-19 year olds died from gun violence than any other cause except

      motor vehicles.

      In 2010, 82 U.S. children under the age of five died from guns.


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