McClain shooter, Stephen Linfoot, is rewarded by Mills
Seven months ago, when the innocent young Tommy McClain was gunned down in his own front yard, the media, for the most part, gave EPD and Chief Mills a pass. Regular citizens were left horrified and bewildered. We at the Examiner began asking lots of questions. We got some surprising support and a few answers from inside the Department. We found out who the responsible line officer was and have been trying to hold him responsible. Then Mills stunned all of us by promoting that line officer “Sergeant Stephens” to Captain after his incompetent and negligent oversight of the killing of Tommy McClain. That decision is still mind boggling to say the least. It even upset some in local government.
However, Chief Mills thought he could quiet everyone down by having his kangaroo court shooting review board supposedly look at the shooting and call it justified. He continued to dodge the call by the public and the Examiner for a real citizen’s review board by suggesting that the council create a lame “advisory panel” that would report to him. In his propaganda blog, Mills called for a panel “to give oversight, support, and guidance to the Chief of Police for the purpose of improving transparency and fostering stronger relationships with the community.”
Those are great words, but they have no real meaning when you consider the source. Chief Mills is making changes in the department, changes that will have lasting effects for decades, potentially. Not only did Mills promote Stephens to Captain, Now he has promoted another officer involved in the killing………
Officer Linfoot. That’s right. The cop that actually shot Tommy multiple times. This Officer even shot him again even after Tommy was down and mortally wounded on the ground! This cop is now a Field Training Officer. We tried stay focused on the real culprit here, who is “Stephens”. But we can’t shy away for commenting on Mills decision to promote Linfoot to such an important and influential position. This means new cops, fresh out of the Academy, will be trained by this thug. Hell, it wouldn’t surprise us if Captain Stephens was running the whole damn training program.
This shouldn’t happen in any modern police force. A cop promoted to training new officers in less than a year after fatally killing a hearing impaired young man just standing on his own property?!? A cop who is being sued for wrongful death, now sets the example to be set for new cops in Eureka. Stephens promotion was deplorable, this promotion is scandalous. People of moral conscience in this town, no matter what your politics are, need to question the actions of this Police Chief across the board.
Shame on you Chief Mills, and shame on the City Council that doesn’t demand the City Manger rein you in and create a true citizens review board.