Family of man killed by Downey police settles for $4.5 million

Richard Winton (Los Angeles Times) | May 21, 2013

The family of an unarmed man killed by a Downey police officer with a submachine gun in a case of mistaken identity has agreed to a $4.5-million settlement with the city’s insurer.

Michael Nida, 31, was fatally shot in the back Oct. 22, 2011, by Officer Steven Gilley after Nida was mistaken for a suspect wanted in an armed robbery at a Bank of America ATM.

Prosecutors declined to criminally charge the officer, citing Nida’s resistance and that he had run from officers three times.

Attorneys for Nida’s family said the settlement was agreed to by lawyers for Downey’s municipal insurer last week on the eve of a trial in a wrongful-death and civil-rights lawsuit.

“We have mixed feelings about the settlement. We would have loved to hear a guilty verdict by a jury but had to weigh the pros and cons of settling versus going to trial,” said Nida’s sister, Terri Teramura. “We didn’t want to subject Michael’s young children to the nightmare of having to relive that horrible night over and over again.”

Nida’s family has regularly protested at City Hall over the last year and formed a group called Nida’s Ryders. Teramura said no amount of money would bring her brother back.

“Money is not justice,” she said. “But Downey will pay to support Michael’s children, since they took away their provider.”

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4 Comments for “Family of man killed by Downey police settles for $4.5 million”

  1. Wolfman Thomas

    A Downey Cop with a sub machine gun is a very dangerous situation

  2. Wolfman Thomas

    Downey Cops are very dangerous without sub machine guns

  3. salinaz

    1time 4 el orko

  4. salinaz

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