Our interview with the family of Fridoon Rawshan Nehad, the 42-year-old mentally ill man shot and killed by San Diego police in April, counters much of the public narrative about Nehad’s background and revealed the family’s perspective on its interaction with law enforcement.
Here are three big things we learned.
Nehad was close to his family, and his housing situation was much more complicated than law enforcement officials have said.
When she announced that Nehad’s shooting was legally justified last month, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said that Nehad was homeless and implied his family had distanced itself from him because of his violent outbursts.
Nehad’s mother and sisters say that’s not true.
When Nehad was having a manic episode, they said, he would wander the streets for days at a time, but he would always return to their mother’s home to shower and eat. “He loved city lights,” Nehad’s sister Benazeer Roshan said. “One thing he loved about San Diego was the lights. In a way he wasn’t alone, but people left him alone. He would just walk for hours.”
The family said Nehad often threatened violence toward them while he was having episodes, a criminal history Dumanis detailed extensively when describing her reasons for not prosecuting the officer. Indeed, Nehad’s mother had filed a restraining order against him less than three weeks before his death.
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Of course they disagree. Are they looking for some gold at the end of the rainbow? Perhaps they should have paid more attention to the needs of Nehad while he was alive. It is the new normal to put up a fuss about police practices if it looks like there is a payout. Better than buying a lottery ticket. Sadly, at the end of the day, Nehad is still dead. Just my opinion.
@Jay Byrd That woman, the wife, the San Bernardino shooter had dead eyes. Can a soul be dead? If so, we have evidence of that here.