Do you have any new info regarding how the investigation into Raymond Zack’s death is going?
I am a retired Bay Area police officer. My brother and I were in the group who did the wade-out in June. My brother is an ex-lifeguard, currently an ocean swimmer and kayaker. Both of us grew up in a cop family and we are truly outraged by the lack of response by Alameda Fire and Police Departments. In this incident. I’ve been following your coverage since Day One and appreciate the info.
I did listen to the audio and read the transcripts. Appalling. As a police officer in a very high crime rate city I dealt with mentally diusturbed people (armed and unarmed.) It was our job and we are tained to do so with risk averse tactics. Sometimes the risk is high and yet you have to remember the reason you are a public safety person – to help the public.
I’m not the aquatic athlete, my brother is but I definitely feel comfortable in the water. I knew the conditions at Crowne Beach on the day Zack died and knew how non-risky they were if police or fire had gone into the water. My opinion, professional and personal, is that the on-scene cops and firefighters were cowards. They should’ve resigned and also be prosecuted for aiding and abetting in Zack’s death. I believe this outside investigation will not be anything other than a whitewash. I do not reside in Alameda and thus have no political interest in city affairs. I am very angry and outraged by the non-actions of APD and AFD that day and since then.
– Hugh Duckworth