Not surprisingly, at last night’s Eureka City Council meeting the Council members rejected the claims from the McClain family for the wrongful death of Tommy McClain. Many members of the public came forward to speak, and made clear that the tragic death of Tommy was not only a tragedy, but that the city should accept responsibility and try to make things right with Tommy’s family. The council was silent….
This was the perfect opportunity for the newly elected members Arroyo and Bergel to differentiate themselves from the unsavory actions of the previous council but alas, it was just silence and business as usual.
Chief Mills basically gave everyone his middle finger by sending Captain Stephens to speak to the council about strengthening community relations with EPD. Sounds like a joke, right? Nope, it’s not a joke. Stupid insensitivity or calculated move, for whatever reasons, Chief Mills thought that it would be real good idea for the orchestrator of the McClain killing to “educate” the Council on how EPD was taking steps to better community relations. You’ll remember Mills in a demonstration of support, promoted Stephens shortly after the death of Tommy McClain.
At the very end of the meeting, Captain Stephens explained what the “thin blue line” represents. His explanation didn’t include officers covering up crimes for each other. No, in Captain Stephens mind the “thin blue line” represents the barrier between good and evil. Cops (the blue line) are good. The black line below the cops represents “the evil forces” who would victimize all of us if not kept down. The line on top represents the “good people” of Eureka.
It’s pretty clear that Mills mindset is the same as Captain Stephens mindset. Their view is that there are evil forces at work in Eureka. Homeless, drug using, “non-conformist” folks are evil and are ruining the way of life for the good people of Eureka.
It’s obvious that a line in the sand has been drawn by EPD. There is good and evil in this town. If you don’t fully support all of Chief Mills policies you are a part of the evil permeating throughout Eureka. Civilian Review board? No freaking way.
The point was simple and clear. EPD makes a negligent mistake and kills an innocent young man…..too bad. The public wants to comment about the death….go ahead. In the end, Mills makes sure the responsible officer will have the last word and the last laugh.