URGENT ALERT! This case was TOSSED by the Judge - never made it to trial.
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Feeney said the indictments the grand jury handed down to Douglas and Zanotti in December 2007 weren’t supported by probable cause. Insufficient evidence regarding the former leaders’ alleged failure to oversee other law enforcement was also presented to the grand jury, Feeney said, and instructions given on “exigent circumstances” were inadequate.
The grand jury should have also been instructed on justifiable homicide by law enforcement officials, Feeney said.
Original post: EPD SWAT team ordered to stand down
Citing a lack of resources and personnel, Eureka Police Department Chief Garr Nielsen issued an order Tuesday effectively disbanding his department’s Strategic Weapons and Tactics team.
“SWAT has been an issue and a concern for me since I got here,” Nielsen said in an interview Wednesday, noting that at the time of his hiring in May the team had only eight members and had recently dwindled to six.
“That takes us to the point that I do not feel comfortable saying we have a team that could handle a major incident in the city,” he said. “For instance, if I had an officer shot and needed to get him out of a situation, or a barricaded subject, I don’t know that I have the resources myself to be able to handle something like that right now.”
Additionally, Nielsen added, the six remaining SWAT team members “are under a great deal of strain right now” because of the criminal grand jury convened this week to determine whether charges should be filed in the 2006 EPD SWAT team shooting death of Cheri Moore.
“This is very emotional for them. This is very stressful for them. And quite frankly, I’m very concerned about a major incident happening now and having a SWAT situation they would have to take care of.”
Nielsen said repeatedly that he had “absolute confidence” in the team members’ competence and abilities.
“If I were somewhere and needed help, those are the first six people I would call.”...