It’s been over a week since one or more EPD Officer’s shot Tommy McClain to death, while he was standing in his front yard. Two officers are on Administrative Leave, which would lead us to suspect there were at least two shooters. We’ve been patiently waiting for more information, any information, to be released. But it appears that Mills isn’t volunteering anything and the local press isn’t pushing too hard for answers.
Except of course when Mills was caught lying about gunshots being fired into a neighbors house, which was photographed and put up on the Lost Coast Outpost. When he was caught in his lie, he offered one quote to the Outpost to try and deflect responsibility. Also, the North Coast Journal featured an article today, but there were no new details about the shooting.
What is Mill’s strategy here? Obviously, his strategy is to hide the facts and hope this murder is forgotten about. Sadly, the strategy seems to be working. Where is the outrage or the protests? In many areas, shooting a young man on their front lawn with no apparent reason to even contact the person in the first place would send people rioting in the streets!
Not here. Copwatch, People’s Project, PARC and other local groups have been completely silent in regards to the shooting. The left has also stayed away from making any comments. Have people become so used to citizens being killed by Eureka police in suspicious circumstances that they’ve become numb to the injustice?
Where are the local journalists? The Outpost and the Journal are the only organizations that have even to do any type of journalistic investigation into this horrible event. This event should be front page news……still. The lying and withholding of information by Andy Mills deserves an above the fold story in and of itself. But instead, the local media seems to put up fluff and forget about the true purpose of journalism; the foremost value of news is as a utility to empower the informed. In this case, the local media has completely failed to keep the public informed.
Mills has pulled a fast one on Eureka. In his interview with Thaddeus Greenson, Mills said,
“In no uncertain terms, I want a complete, thorough and objective investigation.” But the devil is in the details. Under Garr Nielsens leadership, the lead investigative agency for police shootings was the California Department of Justice. Under Mills leadership, the “policies and procedures” regarding officer involved shootings is being updated and hasn’t been finalized (even though Mills has been on the job for 10 months). In other words, Mills can have this thing investigated however the hell he wants! How did he choose to have this “objective” investigation handled? By assigning it too……EPD as the lead. Can’t get much more objective than that!
Also, although Mills publicly says that he’s waiting for all information to be gathered before releasing information, it’s obvious he’s made up his mind on the shooting. Mills told the Journal that the two officers who are on Admin Leave are still doing work “in-house” at the department. As soon as they pass a psychological test, those cops will be back on the street. Very telling.
So now we know that there won’t be even a semblance of objectivity or independent review of police killings by the Eureka Police Department. Then how can we try and prevent future tragedies from happening? The answer is simple and has been spoken about before on this blog, and in other arena’s. Eureka needs a Citizens Review Board. Now is the time. When we have a Chief who seems to be even more secretive than Murl Harpham, coupled with the murder of a young man on his own property, who witnesses say was unarmed, the time has come for real change.
Now is moment in Eureka for people to organize and demand the City of Eureka get control of it’s police department. It is time for people to be informed of the goings on in the Eureka Police Department. It is time to hold the police accountable for the way that they handle citizens. It is time for a Civilian Review Board.