A month after the death of Douglas Zerby, the 35-year-old LBC native who was shot and killed by police while holding a water nozzle that looked like a gun, community organizations and family members are demanding a full investigation, along with the identification and arrest of the officers who fired the bullets.
A rally will be held today at 5 p.m. outside the Long Beach Police Department headquarters, 400 W. Broadway, Long Beach.
On Dec. 12, police responded to a 911 call from a neighbor reporting a man with a six-shooter. Two officers found an intoxicated man sitting on a porch, holding what appeared to be a weapon. When he reportedly pointed the weapon toward them, the officers opened fire.
Family members say Zerby is “an innocent victim of police brutality and unnecessary use of lethal force,” claiming the officers did not order him to drop the nozzle nor did they call for backup.
In addition to other family members, Zerby's sisters, Eden Marie Biele and Heather Woodland, will attend today's rally.