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Emerati Law Student Killed by Ohio Police Officer

Was use of deadly force justified?

Image of Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri.
Image of Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri. Image credit: Najeeb Mohammad (via clevescene.com).

saif-alameri-2On December 4, 2016, Hudson, Ohio police officer Ryan Doran shot and killed 26-year-old Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri. Alameri, a United Arab Emirates citizen, was studying law at Case Western Reserve Law.

At the time of the fatal shooting, Officer Doran was responding to calls about an erratic driver. The driver, Alameri, had reportedly sideswiped one car and overturned his own car before fleeing into nearby woods.

While the shooting occurred outside the reach of Officer Doran’s dash cam, audio reveals Doran shouting, “Stop, or I’ll shoot! Get down! I will shoot you! Get down on the fucking ground!” before firing six shots. Alameri was unarmed.


Of six shots Officer Doran fired, five struck Alameri: two to his head, and three to his left leg. The Summit County Medical Examiner ruled his cause of death as homicide by gunshot wound to the head.

The Ohio National Lawyers Guild and Black Lives Matter Cleveland issued a joint statement regarding Alameri’s killing. As reported by cleveland.com:

In this case, law enforcement agents have not alleged that Mr. Alameri posed [a threat to Officer Doran]. This raises serious questions about how and why Mr. Alameri was shot, and about whether the shooting can be justified under the law,” Jacqueline Greene, co-coordinator of the Ohio National Lawyers’ Guild, said in the statement. “Running from the police does not justify the use of deadly force.”

Hudson police have referred the matter of Alameri’s killing to Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The pending investigation is expected to take several months.

Officer Doran is currently on paid administrative leave. Alameri’s body was returned to the United Arab Emirates for burial by his bereaved family.

Written by Deborah Bryan

Deborah Bryan grew up poor and afraid. She has a pretty good life now, but can't rest easy until everyone, everywhere, is fed, sheltered, and free from harm.

Deborah is a Guest Contributor to Progressive Army.

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  1. Clearly the officer was able to surmise the victim’s immigration status and nationality on sight, and, like the president, make a hasty but unquestionable judgment on his threat to national security.

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