For now, we know that the officer’s name is Jeffery A. Meyer, he has been with the force over 20 years (joined 1990), and that since the shooting he has been assigned desk duty out of the field. The information has also been released that Meyer participated in an officer involved shooting in 2002 but interestingly enough, the records for that particular period are difficult to find. Other than that, the family is still largely in the dark about the circumstances surrounding the death of Hector Morejon. They are asking for the autopsy to be released, as well as the 911 calls that were made to report the incident. They are also calling for an independent investigation, as well as a federal probe. “The Long Beach Police Department should not investigate themselves!” Ruben Morejon is later heard saying to the crowd, and the crowd responded with agreement.
I also had the chance to speak with someone who lives in the neighborhood of Hoffman Avenue where the police shooting occurred. The person gave his name as “Richard”. He did not offer a last name, but he did identify himself as the person who shot a video that has received over 3000 views on YouTube that gave an eyewitness account of the moments right after the shooting. I had been previously familiar with the video, so I asked him more about what he knew. He explained to me that the police presence in the neighborhood has increase by a large amount since the shooting, and that they have arrested many people that were at Hector’s memorial near the shooting over the most frivolous of charges, such as gang activity or disturbing the peace. He also went on to point out the Long Beach Police Helicopter unit has been over his neighborhood a lot more in recent weeks, and that it is obvious to everyone that lives there that they are trying to intimidate the residents with the increase in their oppressive tactics.
One thing can be certain after the events yesterday at the rally for Hector Morejon. His family, friends, and neighbors are demonstrating their resolve, and as the afternoon passed, you could almost see the strength in Hector’s mother increase as she marched with the crowd. As they marched down to the Long Beach Police station, one thing was clear. They obviously do not have any intention of being silenced and they stand tall with one goal in mind. They want justice for Hector Morejon, justice for their kin, and it should be obvious to everyone who drove by that afternoon. They deserve it, and they are willing to make that known.
Update Friday May 16, 2015
The crowd sourcing page for Hector Morejon's funeral service is still open and it has raised just of $5,000 of it's $13,600 goal. It can be found here.