[UPDATED: Zerby's Supporters Outraged, Demand Federal Investigation] Cops Cleared in The Fatal Shooting of Douglas Zerby
It has taken nearly a year for the Long Beach Police Department and the Los Angeles District Attorney to come to the incredulous decision that the shooting death of Douglas Zerby by veteran police officers Victor Ortiz and Jeffrey Shurtleff was justified to protect themselves and others.Doug Zerby however was unarmed and incapable of harming anyone due to a high level of intoxication. Police Chief Jim McDonnell openly admitted in a public press conference that officers had observed Zerby for many minutes and never announced their presence or gave a command to drop what he was holding--a harmless water hose nozzle."This finding by D.A. Steve Cooley's office that Doug Zerby's killing was somehow 'justified' is a complete outrage. It does not comport with the norms of justice we hold so dear in this country or the civil rights and liberties we come to expect for all people living in the United States," said attorney Ian Thompson.Organizer Doug Kauffman said, "We cannot let this deter us, we will keep organizing for justice for Doug Zerby. Long Beach police violence has continued unchecked for decades and the Long Beach police have an excellent working relationship with their cronies in the District Attorney's office. Really, they have worked together from the beginning to prevent the release of any relevant information in the case or a just ruling by putting countless obstacles in the way of the Zerby family and their attorney. This is exactly why we are demanding a federal investigation and the arrest of killer cops Ortiz and Shurtleff."The community of Long Beach will continue to be unsafe as long as these criminals are allowed to walk and this is why the Long Beach Campaign to Stop Police Violence will continue to fight until there is justice in the Doug Zerby case and all other cases of police brutality in Long Beach. LBPD and the District Attorney have shown that they do not stand on the side of justice but instead on the side of cronyism, corruption, and violence. It's time the people of Long Beach take justice into their hands by joining this growing movement alongside the Zerby family.