Tommy McClain would have been 24 yesterday
Tommy was an amazing and unique person.
Growing up Tommy was always being silly. He was adventurous. Played sports in school. He was a typical boy. Loved to play hot wheels, ride his bike, swim, skateboard, play video games, hang out with his friends.
He started drawing when he was young. He drew whatever came to mind, cars, aliens, flowers, monsters, whatever, and drew them with talent. He used to attend Sierra Art Trails with his grandpa every year. I have home-made cards he made for me, from his heart. Family was very important to him. He was always honest and up front with me. As a parent, I may not have always liked what he had to tell me, but I knew I could always count on him to tell me the truth. If he was the one who accidently broke the toy, he confessed.
In middle school he wrote a life skills paper, put a lot of effort into it. He was given a profession and had to build his “life” around it. He was given auto mechanic.
He wrote the typical, wife, kids, animals but he chose to live in Iowa. Lush, green, and full of farmland. To me he wasn’t far off from that choice, moving to Humboldt. He loved nature. The mountains, trees, the greenery. He wanted to make Northern California, Oregon, or Washington his home. He told me he would, set his mind to it, and he was on his way into adulthood making a life for himself in Eureka.
There’s a saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” The saying fits Tommy. He was shy but outspoken. I heard someone say because he grew up in Fresno, his favorite color must have been red, when in fact he loved all colors. The brighter, the better. He would ask me to buy him plain t-shirts in all colors, blue, green, yellow, teal, and even purple. For a while we were convinced his favorite color was purple. I used to worry he would get teased, but he was so confident, if he did get teased it never bothered him. I don’t think anyone did anyways. His friends loved him too much. They knew they could always count on Tommy to be there for them, just like we knew Tommy would be there for us.
We see constant reminders of him, and miss all the tomorrows we will never have with him.
Jeanne Barragan Tommy’s Mom
On Wednesday, we urged readers to be cautious before jumping to conclusions regarding the young man who was shot to death by a Eureka Police Officer. In trying to be fair and objective, we asked readers to wait for more facts before making judgements about the tragedy. At that time, all we had was a […]
Eureka Police Chief Andy Mills did confirm that “there was a gun recovered. I don’t want to get into where exactly the gun was until I can prove that forensically to my satisfaction…..” For the purposes of discussion and debate for this blog post we are going to assume that the Police recovered a gun. […]
The EPD press conference held yesterday was heavy on spin and included misleading or false statements. EPD expects you to believe that 22 year old Tommy McClain tried to draw an unloaded BB pistol against several armed EPD officers. What was McClain going to do with this unloaded BB pistol…..Throw it at the police? Please! […]
March 1, 2014 – Chief Mills, New Direction????? https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/chief-mills-new-direction/ May 29, 2014 Mills adopts “third world” policing model for Eureka: Police Chief Mills divides the city along racial and economic lines https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/mills-adopts-third-world-policing-model-for-eureka/ The horrific murder of Tommy McClain has been on the forefront of many people’s minds over these past few weeks. The lies, misdirection […]
We have got to give credit, where credit is due. Chief of the Eureka Police Mills is one of the smartest, and probably the most devious Police Chiefs Eureka has ever seen. We say that after reading yesterdays article in North Coast Journal written by Editor Thadeus Greenson, documenting his last days as an ethical […]
At Commenter “JP’s” suggestion we’ve cobbled together these two comments from “Not a native” which we think clearly state the case. I agree that the split second decision Linwood made isn’t what we should be debating nor second guessing. The confrontation was set up by the police, they sent the patrol car past to ‘force’ […]
It’s been a week and a half since the press conference regarding the murder of Tommy McClain. Over three weeks since he was murdered. There hasn’t been much follow up by the local press on this story, which is the way Mills wants it. Except, of course, an article from the North Coast Journal and […]
Well, The Eureka Police Chief was on KINS Talk Shop yesterday and was asked the usual softball questions from station owner Brian Papstein. In fact, Police Chief Mills spent about as much time talking about shopping carts as he did about the murder of Tommy McClain. Not surprisingly, the Police Chief regurgitated his version of […]
There is a demonstration going on near the Court House in downtown Eureka, taking place right now. Petition: http://www.change.org/p/to-humboldt-county-coroner-david-parris-we-request-a-coroner-s-inquest-into-the-unexplained-sudden-and-violent-death-of-thomas-mcclain?share_id=iWJadwgntD&utm_campaign=share_button_action_box&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition Petitioning To: Humboldt County Coroner, David Parris This petition will be delivered to: To: Humboldt County Coroner, David Parris We request a coroner’s inquest into the unexplained, sudden, and violent death of Thomas McClain. Petition by […]
From Ms. Nikki: The weekend before Tommy died Josh’s brother Tommy’s cousin came to visit and we spent the weekend taking them to the redwoods and ocean. Tommy was so happy he spent money on his cousin buying them sweaters and just showing him a good time. He was proud of his job and got […]
Apparently, the murder of Tommy McClain has had a real positive reward for the orchestrator of that catastrophe. Brian Stephens, the next Captain at the Eureka Police Department, was the leader in charge of the fiasco that resulted in the killing of Tommy McClain. His unannounced (at least to the public) promotion comes with some […]
A letter in the Northcoast Journal was brought to our attention and it hit on so many good points we wanted to put it up here. Not only does it hit on what many in the community are feeling about the Murder of Tommy McClain, it also ties in the fact that Eureka is being […]
With little fanfare, and no announcement to the public, the Eureka Police Department will be having a ceremony celebrating the new Captains and Sergeants that have been promoted within the Department. Why the secrecy???? Because the Sergeant in charge of the brutal killing of Tommy McClain is now a Captain. Chief Mills has talked about […]
From Justice for Tommy McClain: This Wednesday, at 2:30 PM, newly promoted Captain Stephens will be celebrated (along with others) at the Wharfinger Building. Who will join us out side and hold up Justice for Tommy tomorrow? They are promoting one of the officers involved in Tommy’s murder to captain! We must not let them […]
This week’s swearing in ceremony was pulled off without a hitch. The Wharfinger was packed. It was a full house alright. It was full by direct order of the Chief of Police. Except for the 3 Justice for Tommy McClain folks standing vigil, there was nothing to stop the outpouring of self congratulations from Chief […]
We have a long journey ahead of us to prove that the actions that took place that night Tommy was killed were wrong. Any of you that have traveled this journey already in your own (but all too similar) situations know just how long of a journey we are embarking on. With everyone’s support and […]
People continue to email us asking “why weren’t Linfoot or Stephens charged in the death of Tommy McClain”? Here are some clarifying points made buy sociologist Alex S. Vitale* in a recent article. It should be noted that Vitale only speaks about “criminal” prosecutions. The civil court system is currently the only area of justice […]
A spate of high-profile police shootings nationwide (including Eureka,Ca), has stoked intense scrutiny of deadly force by officers and driven a series of demonstrations across the nation and the Bay Area. But in Richmond, historically one of the most violent cities in the Bay Area, the Police Department has averaged fewer than one officer-involved shooting […]
All over the country people are talking about police overreaction and violence. Here in little Eureka Ca., we’ve had mostly public silence and fear that greeted the news of young Tommy McClain being gunned down in his own yard. One can look squarely at the example Eureka’s Chief of Police Andrew Mills, who has not […]
On January 15th, the Eureka Police Department will be having what they are framing as a “Community Shooting Review Board” to look into the Killing of Tommy McClain. EPD has stacked the Board with at least 66% of it being EPD/Sheriff Dept alumni, and he calls that “community members” looking into the killing of Tommy […]
Man waving BB gun on 101 in Eureka is miraculously not gunned down by EPD! A Manila man was briefly detained near 5th and T Street in Eureka by the Eureka Police Department, after allegedly waiving a BB gun while walking on the sidewalk next to several businesses. We were struck by the radically different […]
This past Tuesday, the Eureka City Council had a meeting which seemed pretty dull and uncontroversial, at least from what was written in the agenda packet. However, two local residents took the time to show up and speak truth to power. We commend you for your efforts, and your time wasn’t wasted. We and others […]
Tale of Justice in two Cities: Eureka, Ca & New York NY While the exact particulars are different, there are some striking parallels between this shooting and the unjustified killing of Tommy McClain. The Examiner believed, and still believes that a second degree murder charge was and is appropriate for Linfoot and Stephens. A New […]
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 […]
Tonight’s Eureka City Council meeting seems like a routine type of affair. However, two agenda items are way too important to be voted upon during the general consent calendar. Item #3 and Item #5 are regarding the claims from the McClain family for the wrongful death of Tommy McClain. Before the previous council changed the […]
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 […]
Tommy was an amazing and unique person. Growing up Tommy was always being silly. He was adventurous. Played sports in school. He was a typical boy. Loved to play hot wheels, ride his bike, swim, skateboard, play video games, hang out with his friends. He started drawing when he was young. He drew whatever came […]
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 […]
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The North Coast Journal News Blog had a story entitled “An Old Town Arrest” a couple days ago: http://www.northcoastjournal.com/NewsBlog/archives/2015/09/01/an-old-town-arrest In the story, Author Linda Stansberry saw some conduct by a Eureka Police Officer that had all the appearances of being excessive force. Stansberry wrote, “Then, a second sound. A man shouting. Just as I look […]