Long Beach, CA — Local law enforcement agencies are conducting investigations into the death of a college student in a confrontation with a police officer last Wednesday evening. According to the Long Beach PD, Feras Morad, 20, appeared to be under the influence of drugs during the altercation. Morad is said to have jumped through a second story plate glass window following a confrontation with friends. He then allegedly tried to attack a police officer who was trying to assist him. The officer is reported to have attempted to subdue Morad with a taser and an “impact weapon” before using his firearm. In accordance with standard procedure the incident is under investigation by both the Long Beach Police Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.
Statements by family and friends have seemed to confirm reports that Morad was using hallucinogenic drugs at the time. However, they also feel that the use of lethal force was not justified and are considering taking legal action against the department. Morad has been described as a studious young man who aspired to attend Harvard Law School. He was also a champion debater who attended El Camino Real Charter High School and Moorpark College. He had planned to transfer to Cal State Long Beach in the fall.
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KPCC staff. “Long Beach police shooting update: Friends say student shot, killed was under influence.” http://www.scpr.org/news/2015/05/31/52102/long-beach-police-shooting-update-friends-say-stud/. 89.3 KPCC. 31 May 2015.
Ryan, Harriet and Deborah Netburn. “Police killing of unarmed college debater under scrutiny.” http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-police-killing-of-unarmed-college-debater-under-scrutiny-20150601-story.html. Los Angeles Times. 1 June 2015.