Tommy McClain was gunned down by the Eureka Police Department this past September. EPD has put their spin on what took place, and so far that has been the only narrative that held any weight. From the DA’s office, to the kangaroo “shooting review board”, all of the local government workers have tried to give EPD a pass on this killing. Well now Tommy’s family gets to tell their side of things. Over the next several years this case will play out in civil court. If it isn’t settled beforehand, the public will get to see what the families investigation found. We’re confident it will show how the horrible decisions of EPD led to this preventable tragedy.
But that’s not the first $10 million dollar lawsuit under Chief Mill’s reign. It’s the second. As reported only by the Examiner, the family of Daren Borges is suing EPD for wrongful death, in eerily similar circumstances to the Martin Cotton case. From the lawsuit:
“Officer Michael D. Stelzig Jr detained and arrested Daren Borges (“Decedent”) without reasonable suspicion or probable cause, used negligent tactics and unreasonable force toward him, denied, delayed, and failed to summon medical assistance for him…”
This isn’t just news, it’s unprecedented in the history of Eureka. $20+ million dollars in lawsuits stemming from actions taken while Mills was in charge. Wow. We guess the phrase “charging forward”, which was so recently coined by EPD, is referring to “charging more tax payer money” in the form of lawyers fees, judgements and settlements. This is your “new”, “forward thinking” police department Eureka. Pretty sad, huh? Even sadder is that Stelzig Jr. is still getting paid. At least Mills hasn’t promoted him……………………………………yet!