Slain man’s par­ents al­lege ex­ces­sive force by S.F. po­lice

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - BAYAREA - By Evan Ser­noff­sky

The par­ents of a 21-year-old man killed ear­lier this year in a chaotic ex­change of gun­fire with San Fran­cisco po­lice in­side an Ex­cel­sior neigh­bor­hood bar­ber­shop filed a law­suit this week against the city and the Po­lice De­part­ment.

Je­had Eid, a Suisun City res­i­dent who worked at a Metro PCS store in San Fran­cisco, was shot dead dur­ing the vi­o­lent clash March 21 in­side the Ama­zon Bar­ber Shop at Lon­don Street and Geneva Av­enue. Five oth­ers were in­jured in the gun­bat­tle, in­clud­ing a San Fran­cisco po­lice of­fi­cer who was shot in the leg, and a teenager who was shot in the foot.

Eid’s par­ents, Ziad Eid and Falas­teen Eid, filed a fed­eral civil rights law­suit Wed­nes­day against San Fran­cisco, claim­ing wrong­ful death.

San Fran­cisco po­lice used ex­ces­sive force “be­cause they lacked rea­son­able cause to be­lieve that Je­had Eid posed a risk to of­fi­cers or oth­ers suf­fi­cient to jus­tify that use of deadly force,” the fam­ily’s at­tor­ney, Dan Siegel, wrote in the law­suit.

Of­fi­cials with the Po­lice De­part­ment said they could not com­ment on pend­ing lit­i­ga­tion.

But John Coté, a spokesman for the city at-

tor­ney’s of­fice, de­fended the of­fi­cers’ ac­tions and said Eid “had a gun” and shot a po­lice of­fi­cer and in­no­cent vic­tims.

“The trial will prove that the San Fran­cisco po­lice of­fi­cers who en­tered this ac­tive shoot­ing scene acted law­fully to pre­vent fur­ther in­jury or death to the bystanders who were in im­mi­nent dan­ger,” he said.

Po­lice in March said Je­had Eid opened fire first on the of­fi­cers, who were re­spond­ing to the bar­ber­shop around 4:30 p.m. after one of Je­had Eid’s par­ents told po­lice their son was in pos­ses­sion of a gun. Je­had Eid, who was on pro­ba­tion for a 2015 armed rob­bery, had threat­ened his fam­ily, flashed the gun, and tried to break into their garage, dis­patch­ers told the of­fi­cers.

Po­lice of­fi­cials re­leased dra­matic body cam­era footage of the shoot­ing dur­ing a heated town hall meet­ing at Bal­boa High School later that month.

It’s un­clear from the footage who shot first, but the video shows an of­fi­cer walk­ing into the bar­ber­shop, im­me­di­ately draw his gun and fire at a man in the back cor­ner of the shop as oth­ers dive for cover.

That of­fi­cer, po­lice said, had been shot in the leg. Blood can be seen on the floor as the of­fi­cer takes cover be­hind a chair and says, “I’m hit.”

An­other per­son in­side the shop is heard in the video shout­ing, “I got kids, I got kids, I got kids here,” re­fer­ring to chil­dren who were eat­ing pizza in an­other room of the build­ing.

Po­lice said Eid fired nine rounds from a 40cal­iber gun, which was re­cov­ered at the scene. Of­fi­cers Kevin Endo and Tess Casey, both mem­bers of the de­part­ment’s field oper­a­tions bureau, fired a to­tal of 26 rounds and hit Eid 18 times.

“I want to get my hands on all the ev­i­dence and make a judg­ment on what we think oc­curred,” Siegel said in an in­ter­view. “These cases are of­ten much more com­pli­cated than they first seem.”

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