That's what happened today in a deadly force police shooting case out of Long Beach. The deadly force police shooting occured in 2010, when officers called to an apartment complex in Long Beach fired multiple bullets at Douglas Zerby, who was holding the nozzle of a garden hose. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and the federal deadly force police shooting lawsuit followed.
The jury found that the cops acted wrongfully and in violation of Douglas Zerby's constitutional rights by failing to identify themselves or give him a warning before shooting him, as well as by the "contagious fire" of one of the officers. The jury evidently did not belive the cops version of the story, which was that they believed Douglas Zerby had a gun and was about to shoot them.