And, as usual, the relatives make excuse after excuse for their chronic alcoholic family member (who had literally just stumbled home from a local bar in the middle of the afternoon) ... It's really time that we start requiring potential jury members to pass a competency test before they're allowed to sit on cases such as these... Disgraceful!! [video=youtube;u6S7LRrCru8]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6S7LRrCru8[/video] Jury finds Long Beach police violated civil rights of man shot The family of an unarmed man shot and killed by police in Belmont Shore was awarded $6.5 million in a Santa Ana courtroom today. The jury deliberated less than a day before finding the Long Beach Police Department violated the civil rights of Doug Zerby, 35. The panel awarded $2 million to Zerby's father, $1 million to his mother and $3.5 million to his son. Zerby was sitting on the stoop of a friend's apartment playing with a metal pistol-grip hose nozzle when he was shot without warning by Officers Jeffrey Shurtleff and Victor Ortiz, after they responded to a report of a man with a gun in the back courtyard of a Belmont Shore residence. The defense has argued Zerby made an aggressive movement with an object they believed to be a gun that made the officers believe their lives were in imminent danger. They say this did not allow them the chance to issue a warning before opening fire. Much of the case revolved around whether Zerby made a threatening movement or was unaware of police presence, whether police should have been able to identify the nozzle and whether police were sufficiently concealed and protected behind brick walls to issue a warning. More to come.