It all comes back around to Tommy McClain….
Finally yesterday the North Coast Journal broke the details that we at the Examiner had been hearing about from many sources all week…..that the Eureka Police Department had a completely out of control “O.K. Corral” type shootout just a couple days ago. This happened in the middle of holiday shopping season, during rush hour traffic and was right in the middle of downtown Eureka:
Included in the NCJ article was a picture we had seen posted elsewhere.
Let him bleed out (photo removed at request of owner)
If you go to the original picture in the NCJ, you can see how this whole incident spun out of control…if you know who the people are. But first, just look at what is happening. Look at the officers hands. Not guns, but latex gloves. Clayton Lasinski is bleeding on the ground because he was shot. Although the officers had time to put on latex gloves, and fire over 40 bullets, not one of the 12 officers in this picture could take the time to grab a first aid kit or help the person lying on the ground. Lasinski was shot at by four officers in this picture standing around and talking…trying to get their stories straight, and not trying to save his life.
The person who is being looked to in this picture, who almost all the officers are looking to for leadership and direction, is Captain Brian Stephens. Stephens was the commander on scene and in charge of these officers as this running, “out of control” shooting spree by EPD started and ended. He was the “Incident Commander”. In the picture, Stephens is the guy with the moustache facing the camera (under the Toshiba sign). Below, is a picture of Stephens. Here, he’s smiling in all his glory. He had just been promoted….after he oversaw the reckless murder of Tommy McClain:
Captain Stephens is smiling in this picture because he never fired a bullet and was promoted after leading a group of young cops in a cowboy operation that left Tommy McClain dead in his own front yard. Just weeks ago Eureka lost the wrongful death lawsuit in Tommy’s case, but the actual person who killed Tommy McClain was Officer Linfoot, not Stephens. Linfoot was was the only one named as a guilty party, but the leader responsible that night was Captain Stephens. No worries for “Hollywood” Mills, he blamed Tommy from the beginning and PROMOTED Linfoot as well as Stephens. Here’s a picture of Linfoot, but in the picture from the NCJ above, Linfoot is the person on the far left with the stripes on his sleeve (this guy actually TRAINS(?) cops!):
Mills has already come out and claimed that the victim, a SoHum kid named Lasinski was a dangerous wanted criminal trying to kill the police. Mills has said that Lasinski, a southern Humboldt kid from an allegedly multi-generational cannabis growing family, might have been trying to kill police but that his unfamiliarity with a model 1911 type .45 prevented him from firing a round. That is what Mills will try and spin. In all likelihood, “Hollywood” will be able to spin this around like he did with Tommy McClain when it comes to the local media. Especially since some of them actually recommended Stephens for the job of Captain after Tommy McClain was killed!
However, “Hollywood” Mills can’t spin this: Linfoot was the first officer to shoot at Lasinski and he fired potentially dozens of bullets. Stephens was the commander in charge of this nightmare, and even after 40 bullets he still didn’t care enough to have one officer check on Lasinski. Check the videos. He was probably hoping Lasinski would die just like Tommy, because dead people can’t testify against you.