The EPD press conference held yesterday was heavy on spin and included misleading or false statements.
EPD expects you to believe that 22 year old Tommy McClain tried to draw an unloaded BB pistol against several armed EPD officers. What was McClain going to do with this unloaded BB pistol…..Throw it at the police? Please! This is quite a stretch and very difficult to most of us to believe. In particular, this fanciful notion from the Chief ;
“one of Linfoot’s shots hit him in the outer arm, piercing his bicep, passing through and hitting him in the chest”. This, Mills said, confirms that McClain’s arm was in a downward position and not raised when he was shot. “This demonstrates that the arm could not have been in the air,” he said.
We have checked with Law Enforcement personnel that have confirmed for us that it is rare for a suspect to raise their hands above their head for very long. Also we don’t know which 7 shots hit his arm going into his chest.
EPD wants us to believe this was a “suicide by cop” disregarding the fact that Tommy had just posted how much fun he had just had with his family that night.
The fact is that EPD really screwed up. Even if their story is to be absolutely believed, their handling of this situation is completely wrong.
BTW-how many of you believe that a cop is going to drive right up to an armed person, totally alone, and stand 12 feet away while giving commands. Some officers are dumb, but we refuse to believe they’re suicidal. This story sounds very fishy.
This just posted on the Outpost apparently if a person points a fake Uzi, on a public street, at the public and the police, you won’t be shot, but if you have a unloaded BB pistol in your waist band and you’ll be shot! : http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2014/oct/2/eerie-coincidence-epd-peaceably-arrested-man-brand/
also review our previous post:
Gun or no gun, that’s not really the issue.