Naily Nida, the widow of Michael Nida, who was allegedly shot in the back by Downey, California police officer Steven Dean Gilley, settled a wrongful death lawsuit on May 9, 2013, for $4.5 million.
On October 22, 2011, Michael Nida and his wife were stopped at a gas station in Downey. While Naily pumped the gas, Michael went to a shop across the street. Upon leaving the shop, Michael was allegedly accosted by Officer Blanca Jasmin Reyes, who was searching for two robbery suspects. Despite the fact that the suspects were wearing dark hooded sweatshirts and Michael was wearing a collared polo shirt with yellow and blue stripes, Reyes ordered him to sit on the curb.
Michael Nida then made a fatal mistake. He had done nothing wrong, but he ran.
During the chase, Officer Steven Dean Gilley allegedly shot Michael Nida in the back, with no warning, while his wife looked on. He died shortly thereafter.
Naily Nida sued the City of Downey and officers Gilley, Reyes, and Michael Ruiz Powell. She alleged a variety of claims relating to the wrongful death of her husband, including unreasonable search and seizure, battery, and civil rights violations. She sought compensatory damages, punitive damages, and attorney’s fees.
On May 9, 2013, the parties entered into a settlement. The City of Downey agreed to pay Naily Nida $4.5 million.
Case: Nida v. City of Downey, et al., United States District Court for the Central District of California, Case No. 2:12-cv-01382-SJO-JEM (May 9, 2013).
Originally published in Criminal Legal News on December 20, 2017.
Published Dec 21, 2017 by Christopher Zoukis, JD, MBA | Last Updated by Christopher Zoukis, JD, MBA on Jul 14, 2023 at 12:49 pm