If you see violent crime getting worse in Eureka, then don’t believe your lyin’ eyes; at least that’s what the devious Police Chief Andy Mills would like you to do. As reported by the Lost Coast Outpost, “EPD: Despite High Murder Rate, Violent Crime Way down in Eureka”:
(“Believe me, if I could find away to make this not look bad I would” *recorded quote from Police Chief Andy Mills on KINS radio AM News 1-20-15.)
Now, let’s take a sober look the reported statistics…Murder is way up…..Rape is way up…Robbery is up….but “Assaults with a Deadly Weapon” (ADW) are down. Not just down, but slashed in half! (A statistical improbability in light of the rest of the stats). EPD made it very clear that because reported ADW’s are down by about 50%, that it means overall violent crime is on the decline this past year. (now pay close attention) The Chief even made it clear that EPD was making sure to file every ADW report under the “correct” classification:
“Earlier, EPD Chief Andy Mills told the Outpost that he is confident in the statistics. The categories of crime are defined by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports program, and they are not very flexible. If an officer responds to a call and the details of the incident match the parameters laid out by the FBI, then it will be counted among the total. Those parameters change very little from year to year.”
Chief Mills is good….Very good (slick). He has made a broad statement that nothing has changed with EPD’s reporting, and that because of the tight parameters there’s no room to fudge the numbers for the FBI statistics.
However, many sources in the department have told us that reporting has changed within EPD. Not so much a policy change, but a definite change in practice. In the past, if someone purposely hit a citizen with a vehicle then that would be classified as an assault with a deadly weapon (a 2000 lb car is an obvious weapon in that manner). Also, in the past, if someone tried to hit a citizen with a baseball bat, but missed, then the report would be reflected in the ADW stats (These days they probably will not take a report, but instead offer you a worthless “documentation” number). In fact, there was a time in this city that a person trained in martial arts who hit a grandmother in the face with his fist might be charged with “Assault with a deadly weapon”. Would that happen under Chief Mill’s new Statistical Model? Most likely not.
The fact is that Mills wants you to suspend your disbelief and just trust in their reported statistics. Even when those statistics show that you were more likely to get killed, raped or robbed in Eureka in 2014, than you were in 2013. It seems from the outside like an unorganized revolt is starting with individual officers breaking ranks. Some are expressing their dissatisfaction to friends and some are finding ways to get the word to us. For the well being and safety of the town we can only hope it grows.
Note to Eureka City Manager Greg Sparks;
You’ve got two big problems that your Police Chief is responsible for:
- The growing Crime Wave sweeping the City which started under Murl Harpham.
- The lame attempt at a cover up of the Crime Wave sweeping the City.
Time for a “come to Jesus” talk with your Chief