Long Beach Police Face Lawsuit in Fatal Shooting of Unarmed College Student

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His 16-year-old sister Ghada sees him in a stranger’s eyeglass case. His mother thinks of him when she’s upset and he’s not there to console her, and his father says he no longer has a philosophical sparring partner.

Nearly two months after an unarmed Feras Morad, 20, was fatally shot by a Long Beach police officer, Morad’s family members say they’re still seeking answers to what happened that May night: Why did the officer not wait for backup before confronting the college student? Why has no one been charged with a crime?

On Wednesday, the Morads are expected to take the first step toward a lawsuit by filing a tort claim against Officer Matthew Hernandez, who shot Morad; the Long Beach Police Department, and the city.

The family is seeking unspecified damages and a change in Police Department policies that the family’s attorney claims permitted the deadly May 27 confrontation.

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