Tony Nim, a 35-year-old Alhambra resident who police shot dead on May 17, suffered from mental illness for years, World Journal (世界日报) reports.
Nim’s father told World Journal he wants to know why police used a real gun instead of a Taser on his son, and to understand why they killed him.
Nim’s family said that he had lapsed into an attack a few days before he entered the Alhambra Police Department brandishing a knife. When police could not communicate with him after attempting in various languages, he was shot multiple times. The names of the police officers have not been released.
The family told World Journal they want the police to provide the videotape of the incident. Nim’s father said that many police officers entered and searched his house after his son's death. The police took away Tony Nim’s laptop, iPad, the medicine he took and Nim’s father’s computer. The police said that they cannot release the videotape of the incident to the family for three months due to the investigation.
Nim’s father told World Journal in an interview on May 19 that he did not want the public to regard his son as a murderer. The Nim family immigrated from Vietnam in 1979, and Nim was 2 years old when he came to the United States. Nim’s father said that his son was healthy until he was diagnosed with mental ilness after graduating from Alhambra High School. He lived with his parents and did not have a stable job. His father said that he took medicine regularly, but sometimes he exhibited violent behavior and was arrested twice due to fighting and possessing marijuana.
The Pasadena Star-News reports that he actually had four prior arrests by Alhambra police for cultivation of marijuana, grand theft, under the influence and battery on a peace officer, as well as other arrests from Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriffs.