Tommy McClain: Still waiting for justice

Tommy McClain would have been 24 yesterday

Tommy McClain Never Forgotten

Captain Brian Stephens

Captain Brian Stephens the responsible party



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

Tommy's dad speaks

justice for tommy


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Mills: “There was a gun recovered. I don’t want to get into where……”(till we get our story straight)

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 […]


Gun or no gun, that’s not really the issue.

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. […]


An unloaded BB pistol….REALLY! that’s all they got?

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! […]


The de-evolution of “public safety” in Eureka……. You had fair warning!

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In a deft move, Mills manages to compromise the only reporter questioning the Allard St murder

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 […]


The killing of Tommy McClain; No, we won’t be quiet.

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’ […]


Expert: “It’s a bad shooting, period”. (the death of Tommy McClain)

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 […]


EPD Chief is not taking responsibility for McClain’s death, it’s on you Humboldt.

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 […]


Demonstration and Petition for Tommy McClain

There is a demonstration going on near the Court House in downtown Eureka, taking place right now. 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 […]


Tommy McClain

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 […]


Failure has it’s rewards

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 […]


“I cannot in good conscience…………..”

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 […]


We aren’t supposed to know about this……..but

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 […]


An important message from the Justice for Tommy McClain folks

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 […]


Hey Chiv; this is what real bravery looks like

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 […]


A message from Tommy McClain’s Mom:

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 […]


No indictment of Linfoot or Stephens, No big surprise; here’s why….

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 tutorial on “Use of force” for Chief Mills (praise god & pass the ammo)

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 […]


Hey Mills! This is what real Community Policing looks like……

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 […]


Great cynical PR stunt Eureka! But, it’s not a real “Civilian Review Board”

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 […]


Oops, looks like Chief Mills got something right for a change

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The Public just won’t hush up about the unjustifiable killing of Tommy McClain

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 […]


Justifiable in Eureka; 2nd degree murder in New York

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 […]


Ouch! …..Potential $20,000,000 Million dollar Liability. Thanks Chief Mills!

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 […]


Important Message for Eureka and it’s City Council members

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 […]


Lose your son, too bad, claim denied. Then Mills adds insult to injury.

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 […]


From Tommy McClain’s Mom and Dad on his birthday

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 […]


Apparently at Mill’s EPD they’re “killing to be promoted”

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 […]


Federal Civil Lawsuit Alleges City of Eureka Police Shooting Was Unjustified

L A W    O F F I C E S   O F D A L E   K . G A L I P O FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dale K. Galipo,, cell: (626) 807-9317, office: (818) 347-3333. Federal Civil Lawsuit Alleges City of Eureka Police Shooting Was Unjustified  Today, May 7, 2015, Jeanne Barragan […]


Isn’t that the cop who gunned down Tommy McClain?

The North Coast Journal News Blog had a story entitled “An Old Town Arrest” a couple days ago: 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 […]


13 thoughts on “Tommy McClain: Still waiting for justice

  1. How about a single article that gives us the TRUE reported events of that evening (Fact: Only ONE officer fired a weapon, not a “firing squad”, as TE originally claimed), and a current update on the family’s $10 million ” Justice” lawsuit?

    Yes, I do send out condolences to the McClain family and to the friends of Tommy.


    • “TRUE reported events” you mean the Mills sanctioned version of events. “firing squad” The Examiner NEVER made that claim

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    • I’ll tell u some facts considering I was standing right there.there were at least four shooters and he had his hands in the air. Corinna Ward


      • Four shooters? Not possible, since only ONE gun was FIRED and autopsy report stated all bullets matched the single weapon.

        The day in court is coming, and eventually the case will either be thrown out or the jury will decide it as justified.


    • the family will never get true justice they will NEVER have him back but the 10 million can and i hope will send a clear message to the county that this act was not ok and someone must pay.


  2. We can’t wait for the McClain families day in court. We are confident the whole truth will be revealed. We just want the responsible parties to be held to answer.

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  4. I stood with the two protesters at Eureka’s Warfinger building that day as they promoted Captain Stephens inside. Every elected city official, top staff, and 2 county supervisors walked by us, unable to look at us or the pictures of Tommy.

    Every one of them averted their eyes and walked around us…not unlike the behavior of Flint Michigan’s government after poisoning the city’s water supply injuring thousands.

    All except for Natalie Arroyo who offered her condolences.

    How hard is that?

    Standing there that day was like looking into a cell at Abu Graibe, drinking the water in Flint, watching U.S. government “doctors” inject poor blacks with syphilis or plutonium to “see what would happen”, or seeing my county block the California Attorney General’s recent investigation into Humboldt County’s child protection services.

    Every high school and college student should be required to attend such events and court cases, and witness the ease in which average adults readily herd into callous monsters.

    There will be a “no fault” settlement, the public will get the bill, and no accountability.

    Human nature never changes, only the circumstances change.

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  6. With the case now over and the case swept under the rug, the EPD, the judge, and the lawyer for the family can FINALLY get some sleep at night without worring if the case would ever be hears out side of Humbolt County. Or if it was gonna be a real case that someone actually listened to all the evidence that could have been submitted. Attorney Galipo stood there with his mouth shut and his hand out, and with that he got just a little under $100,000 from the families settlement and who knows how much the courts gave to him to compensate him for not presenting anything in court. Now that we seen the b actual evidence that the defense for the EPD actually gave to Attorney Galipo and along with all the other court files there are so many more questions. My nephew Tommy McClains death was no accident, in his shirt alone I counted 7 holes in his shirt and the holes are on various spots indications Tommy was shot from different sides, when the EPD says Officer linfoot only struck Tommy with 3 rounds OUT OF 7 and that includes the one found in his head. The Officers then reloaded their weapons after being instructed not to do so and yet one Officer darkness was a round short in his magazine. The EPD even purchased a weapon from an armory the following day, the same weapon was shown as evidence and was not objected. There was no judgement in this case, the was no JUSTICE FOR TOMMy McClain. His life shouldn’t have ended that night, not under any circumstance. And there isn’t anything we as individuals,people can do because what the government, being it be the police, judges, or other official, if they don’t want anyone to see or hear about it then the case will cease to exist. Everything that could have been brought into evidence was dismissed or irrelevant in the judges eyes, and everything that was presented ‘m on behalf of the family was minimal and really of no worth. Only enough to show that there WAS negligence in the “officer” shooting his weapon. It’s sad to know that this “officer” will not be held accountable for his actions. Where is JUSTICE in That? NO amount of money could ever be enough, Tommy McClains life shouldn’t have ever had a dollar sign on it, these officers got away with murdering a 22yr old man and the government don’t do shit to the one(s) that took that life it’s sad to know, that the government only sees us individuals as a $. Thanks for reading or following my Nephews case.
    His Uncle


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