Man waving BB gun on 101 in Eureka is miraculously not gunned down by EPD!
We were struck by the radically different outcome of this interaction with the Eureka Police, compared with the killing of Tommy McClain. Unlike Tommy McClain, who was standing in his own front yard and did not draw his weapon (if he ever had one), this man was blatantly waving a realistic replica at passersby.
EPD did a few things different this time around. When EPD rolled up on this incident, they gave the suspect more than 2 seconds to comply (unlike Tommy). They issued clear (not conflicting) commands and calmly talked the guy into compliance (instead of yelling conflicting commands to a hearing impaired Tommy). Sounds like the type of police work that should be happening in Eureka….cops de-escalating situations instead of looking for a reason to kill.
We ask ourselves what makes this event so different? Well for one thing, it happened in broad daylight with the potential of multiple witnesses not related the man waving the weapon. Tommy’s shooting was on the Westside, in a poorer neighborhood with not a lot of foot traffic. Area’s do matter. Having a shooting on the 101 corridor in front of tourists might just cause some “blowback”.
On top of that, we suspect the biggest difference was Captain Steve Watson. He influenced the outcome, being this incident happened in his command jurisdiction and while he was working. Some of you are saying, “Oh shit. The TE said something positive about Captain Watson. He’ll be in big trouble down at the cop shop now.” Well we call ‘em as we see ‘em and the differences between the newly appointed Captains seem pretty dramatic! One is a thug and the other is thug buster. So (gasp) we guess in this case we have to give credit to Mills for at least one good promotion.