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Man Shot By Cleveland Police Dies This Morning
by x Thursday March 04, 2004 at 03:26 PM

Beyah dies this morning after being fatally shot by the police at a standoff last night.

Cleveland (SN) – The news is still sketchy and there is hardly anything being said in the news about this situation right now, but one thing is definitely sure: a man died this morning after being fatally shot by the Cleveland Police. The man who was shot and killed has been identified as 27-year old Eren Beyah.

Beyah often complained that his house on the Cleveland’s East Side was robbed several times and that he often complained to his neighbors that he had enough (WKYC). Apparently last evening at about 3pm Beyah asked the construction workers who were working next to his house on the Original Church God to stop making noise, which was obviously irritating him. According to the Plain Dealer the construction workers asked Beyah to move down the driveway when he pulled out a gun. “He then went back into the house” writes the PD, “after telling them he would give them 10 minutes to leave.”

Apparently a few minutes later he returned to fire six shots at the construction workers, not hitting anyone. The workers called the police, when the police arrived Beyah ran back into his house. According to various accounts form the press Beyah began firing at the police, at which point the Cleveland Police returned fire. Thus began the 12 hour stand-off between Beyah and the police deparment.

Members of Beyah's family, including his mother, Brenda Siddiq, stood outside the police line, unable to explain Beyah's behavior. (1)

Beyah’s wife told the Plain Dealer that she hoped the police wouldn’t have to use force. The WKYC News Station reported that: “They returned fire, but many of their shots were small explosives that are designed to confuse a suspect. Later, they used the arm of their assault tank to knockout a window, but the man wouldn't stop shooting and taunting them.” (2)

Finally the stand-off ended with the SWAT team arriving and entering his house. According to the police the SWAT team member shot the man when he allegedly pointed a gun at the police. He was rushed to the Metro Health Medical Center where he died this morning.

Once again, the news so far is pretty sketchy and we do not know all the details of what went on exactly between the police and the alleged gunman. Either way the stand-off resulted in the death of a 27 year old civilian. It should be noted that police actions of this magnitude always deserves public attention, because the police in the past have shown great force, often unneeded, which resulted in unneeded blood being spilled. Nevertheless judgment should not yet be placed on any of the groups until more information has been available.

(1) http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1078396291141822.xml
(2) http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_fullstory.asp?id=16621

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update
by x Thursday March 04, 2004 at 07:24 PM

this is now getting some coverage in the news . . . the family and their supporters are saying that the police did not have to resort to such cruel actions, they should have had more patience . . . apparently the family spent 2 hours with mayor today talking about what has happened

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another death from police (from parma)
by x Friday March 05, 2004 at 09:16 AM

on state road in parma last night a police car was speeding over 80 miles an hour (apparently responding to a call) when it slammed into the car of two elderly parma residents . . . .the police care was totalled as well as the car that the two civilians were driving . . . as of now the elderly woman (the other victims wife) has died because of her injuries . .. the parma police says that the police man was reasonable in his driving

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