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/
CA Governor Jerry Brown, CA Senators, CA House, US Attorney General Andre Birotte and CA Attorney General Kamala Harris.
I am writing you today to ask that you introduce legislation that would restrict use of the MP5 (or any other) sub-machine gun to "closed quarter" SWAT only policing situations.
The sub-machine gun should not be used in standard policing and should only be allowed for use in SWAT situations. The MP5 is primarily used for SWAT situations that require a large amount of rounds to be fired quickly and has no place in community policing - police are not at war with CA citizens. This gun can fire up to 700 rounds per minute.
On October 22, 2011, police officers in Downey, CA, killed an innocent man with the MP5. His name was Michael Nida and he left behind a loving family that included a wife and four children. There was no need to use a sub-machine gun in this situation and as a lawmaker in California, it is your responsibility to stop this from happening again.
We call on the California legislature to introduce a bill to restrict law enforcement's use of the MP5, and/or any other sub-machine gun, to be used only in a SWAT situation.