Calif. commanding officers may be indicted for other officer's shooting


By Thadeus Greenson and John Driscoll
The Eureka Times-Standard

EUREKA, Calif. The expected grand jury indictments of former Eureka Police Chief David Douglas and Lt. Tony Zanotti would be unprecedented ground for Humboldt County, and possibly the nation.


Former Eureka Chief David Douglas and Lt. Tony Zanotti are facing indictments for their roles in a fatal shooting of an emotionally disturbed woman. (Photo courtesy of The Eureka Times-Standard)
"This is the first time I've heard of an indictment of police officers in the command aspect of a situation who weren't actually involved in the shootings themselves,” said Golden Gate University School of Law Professor and Dean Emeritus Peter Keane, who has served as a legal analyst for CNN, the BBC and MSNBC and is former vice-president of the State Bar of California.

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