“Civilian Review Board” in Eureka? Not on Chief Mill’s watch

This has been a busy week for Eureka’s Police Chief, cooking the books on Eureka crime statistics; meanwhile the Eureka Police Department held their private so called “Community Shooting Reviewmills not on my watch Board”, to look into whether EPD followed policies during the incident (killing of Tommy McClain), a little piece of the discussion has kept being kicked in the corner.   This part of the discussion is about a “Civilian Review Board” in Eureka.

Did you feel that? That was the chill that the Eureka Police Chief obviously felt when he read that term; “Civilian Review Board”.

Police Chief Andy Mills came up as an officer in an agency that fought tooth and nail to prevent any such civilian oversight. From an LA Times article in 1987:

But most experts agree on one point–civilian review boards are not the complete failure being portrayed by San Diego police. “I would say that there seems to be a growing awareness that there is a real worth in having the community feel that it has some say in how police decisions are made,” said Wesley Pomeroy, executive director of the Metropolitan Dade County Independent Review Panel in Miami and former Berkeley chief of police.

http://articles.latimes.com/1987-03-29/local/me-1072_1_civilian-review-board

san diego pdDuring the formative years of the Chiefs police career, his union fought hard to not have a Civilian Review Board. They eventually lost. Is this the reason for his fear and loathing of civilian oversight? Or, is it the all too common fear of losing some of your power. With a Review Board that can recommend discipline, many Chiefs feel that their power is getting taken away. For instance, many agencies treat officers differently, depending on who they know or who they have supported. Leaving the power of discipline solely at a Chiefs discretion is an easy way to make sure that fairness and standards aren’t maintained in a department.

Example: If Officer ‘A’ gets a complaint about rudeness, the Chief might say, “Officer A, you messed up on this one. But it’s handled. Thanks for your support at the union meeting.” However, when Officer ‘B’, who has been a constant complainer about unfair practices gets a rudeness complaint, the conversation may be a little different. “Officer B, I know how you always talk about following fair standards. Well, I’m following the standards and you’re getting a 5 day suspension”.

Whatever the reasons, apparently Eureka’s Chief is very nervous about the possibility of civilian oversight. Too bad….you can’t always stop forward progress.

 

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14 thoughts on ““Civilian Review Board” in Eureka? Not on Chief Mill’s watch

  1. Another excellent report in the public-interest that exposes the negligence of local media lacking the guts for real journalism.

    What does it take? A little interest, a phone call, a Google search?

    Many U.S. bureaucracies are self-perpetuating tyrannies via advancing leadership based upon connections. Decisive, confident demeanor should be verified to derive from competence, ie, advanced degrees in public administration, communication, human resources, etc, ideally backed by several years of experience.

    Not one local media source has published the credentials of this county’s top administrators and anyone with experience working under many of them can tell you that the absence of administrative skills is where “my way or the highway” comes from.

    Creating working environments of fear and favor is the most fertile for corruption.

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  2. Exactly when did Chief Mills publicly state his opposition to a “civilian review board”?

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  3. Publish speculation, then call it inside information. LMAO.

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  4. ‘Eureka Citizen’ supports this Civilian Review Board!

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  5. Additionally, ‘EUREKA CITIZEN’ is not associated, in any manner, with Mr. Arkley!

    Please see our post on your article that discusses the homeless in Eureka. We do not advocate making homelessness, or panhandling, a crime! We want to keep the issue of cleaning up Eureka, from panhandling and homelessness, to run down buildings/hotels, in the community forum.

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    • then open your forum instead of asserting you are a group of 45, 48, 50 people as someone claimed in your name…back when you emailed about the panhandling

      I will not be surprised if your group consists of one.

      Odd that there was a hue and cry about anonymous commentors from several of the usual rw commenters, then EC shows up with about the same political positions…but with an anonymous online claim and a hidden group.

      and maybe I’m wrong about you.

      Did EC the group actually urge whoever it was to remove Mills as Police Chief..as was in a comment posted to EC on Loco the other day?

      Most people seem to want to work with Mills, I have seen essentially no calls for removal except from you…and your anonymous group of 50 people.

      Odd that 50 people in your ‘group’ agree on removing Mills, yet basically no one has mentioned it anywhere else on local blogs…… not chiv, not rose, not eric kirk, not verbena, not Mola, not libjon…nobody but you on Loco.

      Except for you, EC the anonymous commentor.,and your 50 sockpuppets.

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  6. I’ll go along with a citizens review board as a non-enthusiastic supporter. It’s better than not, especially as the review of the unjust (if justified) killing of TM goes where we all know it’s headed.

    My caveats would be these…

    a) Please don’t allow attention to the review board detract any attention from the importance of the City Council. imho that is where we should be focusing all of the left-of-center’s attention.

    b) In 10, 20 or 30 years, keep track and maintain interest in the board otherwise it will be run by the very interests that had run the City Council up to 2014.

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    • I agree with you. If a civilian review board is used, we can’t allow it to become another political tool.
      As for the group Eureka Citizen, I believe that the group’s intent is the cleanup of our city. I read the entire proposal, and recent posts by the group, and see only proposals that will improve our city.

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  7. Marmaduke, EC is not asking for Chief Mills’ ouster.
    We actually have met with Chief Mills and presented ideas to improve community relations and safety.

    Currently, we have 48 members of the community in our group.

    Since our numbers include
    small business owners, senior citizens, mothers and fathers, and even homeless persons, and our ideas may be controversial, to some, we chose to remain anonymous for member’s overall safety.

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    • do you want me to link to the comment, made by the registered disqus user named Eureka Citizen?

      You called for Mills ouster, here’s what you said:

      “EUREKA CITIZEN HAS INFORMED EUREKA POLICE DEPARTMENT CHIEF, ANDY MILLS, THAT A REQUEST HAS BEEN MADE TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL, FOR THE IMMEDIATE REMOVAL OF CHIEF MILLS BASED ON THE 2014 CRIME DETAILS RELEASED TODAY BY THE EUREKA POLICE DEPARTMENT!

      EUREKA CITIZEN HAS REQUESTED THAT THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL BE PLACED AS THE PRIMARY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY FOR THE JURISDICTION OF THE CITY OF EUREKA, UNTIL SUCH TIME THAT A NEW POLICE CHIEF CAN BE HIRED TO REPLACE CHIEF MILLS! ALL CURRENT EUREKA POLICE OFFICERS WILL BE PLACED UNDER COMMAND OF THE CHP WHILE THE PROCESS TO HIRE A NEW POLICE CHIEF IS COMPLETED.

      CHIEF MILLS HAS FAILED TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE LAW ENFORCEMENT SERVICES FOR THE CITIZENS OF EUREKA!

      EUREKA CITIZEN”
      here:
      http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2015/jan/16/epd-despite-high-murder-rate-violent-crime-way-dow/

      and that was both with, and without the registered user name ‘Eureka Citizen’.

      You could edit it out, but the non-registered user post of the same wording would remain, you can’t edit that out.
      ………………………….

      Anthony did not read ‘posts from the group’, he probably read posts from an anonymous account on disqus and an email address…there’s no group.

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  8. When Mills made the assertion “The investigation is not over yet, but no one did anything wrong ” re: Tommy McClain, he lost me. Totally unprofessional bordering on narcissistic. He demonstated once again how important appearances and being right were his top priorities, not protecting and serving the community.

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