Ramin Samir was a Visiting Professor of International Politics at the University of Southern California. He was an advocate for the interests of Islamic and Middle Eastern people going back to the late 1990's. After the terror attacks of 9/11/2001 he gained even greater media exposure as a critic of America's anti-terrorism programs. A few years later he was terminated from his position at USC and his notoriety began to fade.
In 2007, Alicia Kent and Clifford Maxwell conspired to frame Samir for the murder of Dr. Stanley Kent. They parked Mrs. Kent's car in front of Samir's house and planted incriminating evidence in his trash. They then made an anonymous phone tip to the LAPD's Office of Homeland Security about the location of the car. Capt. Don Hadley obtained a search warrant for Samir's home and led a no-knock entry into the house. Samir probably did not realize that it was a police action, and he went for his own weapon to defend himself. He was shot and killed by Hadley's team.