It’s been a week and a half since the press conference regarding the murder of Tommy McClain. Over three weeks since he was murdered. There hasn’t been much follow up by the local press on this story, which is the way Mills wants it. Except, of course, an article from the North Coast Journal and the radio interview with Chief Mills blaming the community:
We weren’t surprised at this lack of local coverage by most media outlets. Neither was Chief Mills. That’s why he’s been so secretive to begin with. Chief Mills knows that by spreading misinformation then staying quiet, he can keep the media at bay. Surprise! The Examiner isn’t buying his story of the shooting.
Chief Mills claimed that one of the seven of the bullets fired at Tommy struck him in the bicep, then entered his chest. Mills said that this “proved” that Tommy was reaching for the unloaded BB gun. Well, even if you discount that maybe the first shots missed and he started hunkering down, or that he was struck in the butt first causing him to reach down, there’s still another reasonable explanation for why he was shot through the bicep and into his chest. His hands were up as he had been ordered to do!!!! According to an expert interviewed by the NCJ: “It’s a bad shooting, period,”. We agree.
In this post are several pictures showing people with their hands up in a “surrender” position. As you can see, the biceps are all in line with the chests. A bullet passing through the bicep of these people would also enter their chest. So Chief Mills claim that the injuries to Tommy proved he was reaching for a gun is totally bogus. The only thing that it proves is Chief Mills is willing to say anything to cover up his officer’s poor actions. The NCJ use of force expert seems to agree with our take on Chief’s dishonesty. From the Journal: “Feliciano said a frustrating part of officer-involved shooting fatalities is that they rarely leave behind a full story, as the suspect is deceased and cops — with incredibly high stakes — are taught culturally and systemically not to admit their mistakes.”
The only way for at least some of the truth of this murder to be brought to light is for the McClain family to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the City. Even though this Chief and the officers involved in this tragedy may never face consequences within EPD, maybe some justice can be brought forth in the civil court system.