December 4, 2023

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Sayed Faisal, a 20-year-old Cambridge resident, was fatally shot by a Cambridge police officer in January.

David Fichter, of Cambridge, holds a portrait of his late pupil, Sayed Faisal, throughout a rally In opposition to Police Brutality held by The Bangladesh Affiliation of New England in January. Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe

The January deadly capturing of a UMass Boston pupil by a Cambridge police officer was justified and didn’t represent a prison act, a judicial inquest has discovered. 

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The Middlesex County District Lawyer’s workplace launched the report from the impartial investigation on Thursday. Sayed Faisal, a Cambridge resident, was fatally shot by officers on Jan. 4 when police responded to a 911 name reporting a person, later recognized as Faisal, leaping out of an house window with a knife and reducing himself. Police have stated that the 20-year-old was fired on after he approached responding officers with the knife and after a “less-than-lethal sponge spherical” didn’t de-escalate the scenario.

Faisal’s household has stated the 20-year-old had no historical past of violence and no file “of any variety” with legislation enforcement earlier than the lethal Jan. 4 confrontation. 

Based on the inquest report, the pursuit of Faisal by Cambridge officers lasted about ten minutes round a number of blocks of Cambridgeport, throughout which the 20-year-old by no means responded to any of the requests to cease or put down the knife.

When Faisal started to method Cambridge Police Officer Liam McMahon holding the knife out after a failed try by different legislation enforcement officers to make use of a “less-than-lethal sponge spherical,” he yelled, “Drop the knife, don’t make me do that,” earlier than firing his service weapon six occasions on the 20-year-old, in response to the inquest.

Decide John Coffey wrote within the report that McMahon’s resolution to fireplace at Faisal was “objectively affordable”: 

Officers had been pursuing Faisal via Cambridge streets for about ten minutes, throughout which era Faisal was reducing himself with a knife with a foot-long blade. Faisal by no means responded to the officers’ instructions to cease and drop the knife, and Faisal refused to interact with any of the officers’ makes an attempt to speak with him. Faisal was not subdued or seemingly affected by the less-lethal shot, and as an alternative turned and walked straight towards Officer McMahon whereas holding the knife out in the direction of him. In the mean time that Officer McMahon fired his weapon, an affordable legislation enforcement officer in the identical place would fairly consider that he, alongside together with his fellow officers and others, have been in imminent hazard of being significantly injured or killed.

Through the inquest, which was performed in Might, the court docket heard testimony from 29 witnesses, performed an in-person viewing of the capturing scene, and  53 displays have been admitted into proof, in response to the DA’s workplace.

The court docket’s findings come months after frequent demonstrations from protesters, with neighborhood members calling on Cambridge officers to launch the names of the officers concerned and demanding solutions from town. A month following Faisal’s dying, Metropolis officers reiterated a dedication that Cambridge law enforcement officials would start carrying physique cameras.

In a press release on Thursday, Middlesex District Lawyer Marian Ryan stated she accepted the findings of the court docket and that the report has been despatched to Cambridge police “for no matter inner assessment and motion the Division might deem applicable.”

“My condolences have been and stay with the household of Sayed Arif Faisal and those that proceed to really feel the profound ache of his passing,” Ryan stated.

Learn the total inquest report beneath:

Report on the Inquest Into the Dying of Sayed Faisal by dialynn dwyer on Scribd