Eureka Police Chief Andy Mills has been very clear with his position on violent crime in Eureka: “Violent crime is down in Eureka”. Not only that, he’s made it clear that if you aren’t involved in criminal activity, you shouldn’t worry about being violently attacked.
However, Chief Mills had some slip-ups at this last City Council meeting. We assume he was so focused on explaining how his kangaroo court was sooo transparent (Shooting Review Board made up of current or former city employees). He spent a lot of time talking about how much work (a few hours taken place on 1 day) went into this board, which found that officers followed policy. That might have been why he forgot his talking points and let some truth come out. In the world of politics they call that a “gaffe”.
Marian Brady, “Democrat” council woman and recent attendee of the Humboldt Republican Women luncheon asked Chief Mills whether “drugs” was a major problem in Eureka (duh!). Chief Mills responded by telling a story about how just the night before the meeting, an officer dealt with a traffic collision. The person who caused the collision, a convicted felon, was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun in his pocket. Mills said, “This is a regular occurrence in our city. There are a lot of firearms…..we confront this regularly. For a city this size we get a lot of guns.”
Wow. Thank goodness that we have been told about how many armed violent people there are in this town. It’s also nice that EPD keeps us up to date with this type of activity with thier regular press releases. What a minute….that’s not what’s happening at all. EPD puts out very few press releases about violent crime and the only way to hear about these type of anecdotal stories is to wait for the EPD reports to the council (which doesn’t happen all that often).
The spin master let some truth slip regarding violent crime. He also let some truth slip about EPD’s “transparent” internal affairs process. He provided the nationwide stats, which showed that on average 25% of citizen complaints result in an “exonerated” finding for the officer (meaning the officer did everything correctly). Since 2008, EPD has “exonerated” 73% of officers. That’s about 300% more than the national average. Did anyone on the council ask why? Nope. The “Teflon Chief” didn’t even have to dodge questions about this very questionable statistic.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say the quote again, “There are lies, damned lies and statistics.” Thanks for reinforcing our view Eureka.