Tommy McClain is my nephew, he is deeply loved missed and will always be remembered.
He was 22yrs old, had a full time job he picked up doing roofing and he was rather enjoying life at his young age. He had never had a criminal background, and he was a very happy joyful young man. He had no enemies, not that I’ve ever heard of, and before moving to Eureka with my other nephew, Tommy and I had probably a good 4 close years where we basically went or did everything together.
I love Tommy very much and for this officer to say he had never encountered my nephew is a total lie, I remember him calling me a few weeks prior to the shooting taking place, and he had told me that an officer had basically drove up on him and my other nephew in the back alley and begun harassing him and asking him all sorts of questions, all because he was a face this officer didn’t recognize.
Also for him to state that he never seen a weapon, while Tommy was complying with the other officers orders, (and) began firing once my nephew was ordered to get on the ground is absurd, and to fire 7 out of 15 rounds, mind you two of those shots were while Tommy was already hit and on the ground, would be considered murder to any other individual that wasn’t wearing a badge. Then to not recover a weapon from the wounded, coming back the following day with a warrant to find a replica BB gun and to seize things belonging to Tommy such as a ps3, tablet, laptop etc, to try and find evidence to try and run his name through the dirt is beyond any belief I would have for a public service like the police department to ever do.
The fact that Mills presented 4 different pictures to the press the last being a weapon with a clip the first one without, should be considered tampering, and to make the officer that was lead officer in the shooting a representative for the department so he could hear all testimonies is downright despicable, for law enforcement is and should only be that, to enforce the law, not be above it in no manner, there was NO reason this life should have been taken that night or any night, officers shouldn’t be allowed to shoot to kill and not be held accountable for the incident, they are trained, Linfoot had years of experience in law enforcement and had to practice with his weapon at a firing range every so often, and to use 7 rounds to take down a a young man showing no threat should have repercussions for his nonexistent ability to wound instead of murder this young man. The money is no issue because the money can’t buy back what was taken, but to find this officer not fully negligent is beyond me seeing how a weapon was never recovered off of my nephew’s person and taking of a life without cause is murder.
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His Uncle Lu