Family of Man Killed by Long Beach Police Files Lawsuit

The family of a 20-year-old man filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the Long Beach Police Department asking for $30 million and a change in police policies to prevent future shootings.

Morad's mother, father, and cousin of Feras Morad were joined by lawyers in Pasadena, claiming Long Beach police violated the his civil rights when he was shot and killed by an officer May 27.

Morad, from Woodland Hills, had taken hallucinogenic mushrooms and either fell or jumped through a glass window when his friends called police for help near the Cal State University Long Beach campus.

The Long Beach Police Department has said the 12-year veteran officer shouted commands for Morad to stop, stunned him with a Taser, and when he didn't respond, the officer shot and killed him.

According to the family and friends who've protested, witnesses told them Morad needed medical help, was unarmed, and posed no danger to the officer.

"It was too early for him to go," said Amr Morad, his father. "I do not understand for the life of me how could this happen so easy, a harmless boy wounded, bleeding, no shirt, no shoes in the middle of the day."

Long Beach police officials had no comment Wednesday, but have said that the shooting is under investigation and the officer involved has been reassigned to desk duty.

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