Chief Mills directly answers some of the issues we raised in yesterdays post
Chief Andy Mills was on KINS Talkshop yesterday. As usual, he threw out his “pope like” pearls of wisdom to the uninformed masses. For instance, he spoke about the murder on 15th and Williams of the young Casey Campbell that his department has kept so very “hush-hush”. If you remember, he told the Lost Coast Outpost, “We don’t know if it’s justified or not justified. All we know is that a man is dead…”
Well last night he clarified things. He said that Mr. Campbell was shot in the back. (Well Andy, we think that kinda rules out a justified shooting.) He went on to warn the citizens of Eureka that, “You don’t sell drugs. You don’t visit prostitutes. You don’t do things that can get you into trouble and….you don’t wind up being a victim of a violent crime”. (So the victim must have deserved it then, right Chief Mills?)
On top of that Mills made some pretty dire warnings to folks who question government locally. He spoke about “Sovereign Citizens” and “Anarchists” potentially carrying out attacks here locally against cops. He brought the military mindset of EPD into light. He said, ‘I think that there is a strong culture, nationwide, that is; “Don’t tell me what to do, I’m gonna’ live how I want to live.” And there are consequences (like being killed by the police?).”
He must have been referring to the shooting death of Tommy McClain, who had the audacity to tell Sgt. Stephens that he (the police) didn’t have the right to search him! Wrong…..
It was clear from the interview that he was giving a warning to Eureka Citizens and the local blogosphere. He talked about how the Ferguson Police Department should have gotten “in front” of the social media to tell their story (propaganda). He mentioned the police killings in New York, Ferguson and Chicago, telling Mr. Papstein that the “there has been much more violence” toward the police this year then anytime in the past. Chief Mills made it clear that he believed that things were getting worse with the relationship between communities and their police. (gee whiz Andy, ya think?)
Chief Mill’s mindset should scare you, and represents the all too common separation between citizens and their chosen “Peace Officers”.
Maybe, with the new progressive majority on the Eureka City Council, Chief Mills can be reined in, and we can have a truly responsive police department in Eureka. Probably a pipe dream…….