Case Students and Faculty Asking for Federal Investigation into Officer-Involved Shooting of Emirati Student

After a Summit County grand jury declined to bring charges against Hudson officer Ryan Doran in the 2016 shooting of Saif Nasser Mubarak Al Ameri, a group of students and faculty members at Case Western Reserve University is requesting a federal investigation.

Al Ameri was a Case law student; he traveled to the U.S. specifically for his studies.

On Dec. 4 last year, Al Ameri was allegedly driving at high speeds — and quite erratically — before crashing his car on I-80 in Hudson, according to witness reports to police. At some point, Al Ameri ran into a wooded area just north of the turnpike, where a police officer caught up with him near Hudson Aurora Road. Dash cam video shows Doran pursue him into the woods and shoot him off-camera. (Subsequent records show that Al Ameri was unarmed during the altercation.)

The state's criminal investigation into the matter is closed.

“We are writing to request a federal investigation into the Hudson police shooting and killing of our colleague and member of the Case Western Reserve School of Law community, Saif Al Ameri, on December 4, 2016,” the Sept. 13 letter to Justin Herdman, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, reads. “Saif was killed after a Hudson police officer exited his car with his gun drawn and ordered Saif to stop running or he would shoot. Five bullets later, and with Officer Doran’s admitted observation that Saif had no weapon in his hands, he was dead.”

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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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