LONG BEACH, California — The family of a 20-year-old student fatally shot by police after a plunge from a second-story window filed a $28 million claim Wednesday against the city of Long Beach and its police department.
Attorneys and family members of Feras Morad announced the claim — the precursor to a lawsuit — outside Long Beach police headquarters.
Morad's family says he was in need of help after either falling or jumping from the window in May and suffering a cut arm and possible head trauma after taking hallucinogenic mushrooms.
They say that while a dispatcher told officers he was not armed, they shouted commands at him and shot him when he would not obey.
Attorneys on Wednesday called it a "cop-created killing" while family members said they were still astonished he was gone.
"For the life of me, I cannot understand," said Morad's father, Amr. "I cannot get over it. How could this have happened to my son? It's tearing me apart inside."
The Police Department referred requests for comment to the city attorney's office, which did not immediately return an after-hours phone message from The Associated Press.
Police have said previously that the officer opened fire after Morad, who was covered with blood, fought with him and was not subdued by a Taser.
They said he came quickly at the officer, who believed he was a threat, and despite commands and nonlethal force, he could not get Morad to comply.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/