Lead Story West Edition

Protests continue over police shootings

COMPTON — A Beverly Hills attorney will hold a press conference Sept. 30 to announce the filing of a $50 million claim against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in connection with the death of Donta Taylor of Compton.

Attorney John Sweeney will discuss his independent investigation of the shooting of Taylor Aug. 25 by sheriff’s deputies. Sweeney said he had evidence that Taylor was unarmed at the time of the shooting and that a sheriff’s deputy threatened to kill Taylor immediately before shooting him to death.

About 100 people gathered outside of the Compton Sheriff’s Station Sept. 22 to protest the Aug. 25 deputy-involved shooting of 31-year-old Taylor.

Dignitaries including Compton City Councilwoman Janna Zurita, members of the clergy, members of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN), the Compton branch of the NAACP, and representatives of Churches in Action organization attended the protest.

Derrick Fair, Taylor’s uncle, said Taylor’s father was unable to attend the event, but that he is talking with an attorney about filing a lawsuit in the case.

Taylor’s mother died in 1995 in a drive-by shooting. A press conference is scheduled for Sept. 30 to announce the next steps.

Taylor was shot and killed at the end of Arbutus Street by sheriff’s deputies, who said Taylor ran when they pulled up to ask him what he was doing. The deputies said Taylor had a gun in his hand when they first saw him.

Lt. Steve Jauch of the county Sheriff’s Department says investigators still have not found the gun the deputies said Taylor pointed at them before they shot him. Jauch said once the investigation is complete, authorities will present evidence to the district attorney’s office, which will then decide if the shooting was lawful.

He asks anyone with information about the case to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

Meanwhile, family members of a man killed by FBI agents during their search for a parolee say they plan to file a lawsuit against the city of Compton and individual City Council members Oct. 4 before the City Council meeting that evening.  A group of people is expected to show up and rally before the meeting.

Through her attorney Jaime Guiterrez, Mona Martinez, the mother of 31-year-old David Coborubio Jr., has already filed suit against the FBI for $50 million, and against the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department for $1 million.

The shooting also happened on Aug. 25, the night Donta Taylor was shot.

FBI agents were looking for a parolee and had a search warrant with them. Coborubio was not the person they were looking for.

Martinez says she is seeking justice so that her son doesn’t end up as only a number or a statistic.

Martinez says a larger rally is scheduled for Oct. 22.