The Free Thought Project reported that last Wednesday in Eureka, California, police gunned down an unarmed Tommy McClain.
It was a night like any other at the rural residence of Nikki and Josh Mottern, where McClain stayed with his cousin (Josh) and the couple’s two children. The three adults had just returned to their townhouse from a celebratory birthday excursion held for Josh, who had become intoxicated and went to bed upon arrival.
Nikki and Tommy had stayed out front where they frequently took smoke breaks. After a few minutes of chatting and smoking, Nikki went inside to check on her husband Josh.
Out of the corner of her eye, she spied a police officer sneaking around the house in the backyard. Puzzled, she immediately went back to the front of the house and onto the porch, only to be met by flashing lights and a gathering of gun-brandishing officers.
Nikki recounts the events to the Lost Coast Outpost:
The cops were out there screaming, ‘Put your hands up! Put your hands up!’ I put my hands up. Tommy was already out there. He sits out there and smokes cigarettes. He came out from beside the porch… He started to put his hands up. He walked out into the grass… They were telling him to come.
A cop yelled, ‘He’s got a gun!’ They all fired. I saw him getting shot from all different angles. First shot fired and then they all fired. It wasn’t one cop. It was them all. There were a lot of cops… He crumpled down into the ground. There was nothing in his hand.
Nikki’s mother Corinna Ward had been inside the house babysitting the children while the trio had gone out. Upon hearing the disturbance, she walked onto the porch by the front door.
[The officers] were in a semi-circle, at least five or maybe six of them. They were telling him to get down. I don’t think he understood… I don’t know. I didn’t see [a gun]. His hands were near so you could see. He had them raised. He stepped forward. I didn’t see anything in them.
An anonymous neighbor disagrees. She was in bed when she heard the altercation.
I got out of bed. By the time I got to the window, I heard four gunshots. I sunk back against my bed. After the initial shock hit me, I started to look out the window. There were three cop cars that I could see. They were yelling that shots had been fired…
Although she didn’t witness the entirety of the situation, her faith in the Eureka Police Department led her to believe that surely, the young man must have been armed. Policemen wouldn’t fire on an unarmed man.
After gunning down McClain, Nikki tried to rush to him, only to be stopped by more officers. They cuffed the lifeless body and began hauling it towards their vehicles.
At this point Josh had heard the commotion and come to investigate. He saw his cousin’s corpse being dragged away by policemen and charged forward. Nikki attempted to stop him, afraid that he too would end up riddled with bullet wounds.
The officers had by this time apparently already settled their bloodlust and gained sense enough to only tase Mottern. They then cuffed and dragged him off to jail.
Nikki composed herself enough to take video at this point.
Unfortunately more and more cases of this sort of thing arise constantly. Policemen arrive on the scene with no understanding of the situation and instantly go on the offensive. Do they question the individuals? Do they take a defensive stance? No.
They arrive in droves, their own government sanctioned gun-toting gang, and tensions raise. They yell and scream commands at surprised and terrified citizens, confusing them to the point where they step in the wrong direction ever so slightly. Among the tightly wound officers there may be a rookie, or a seasoned veteran for that matter, that pulls the trigger, signaling his comrades to rain down a barrage of fire power on a person that didn’t know what was going on.
The most ridiculous thing about this whole situation is that no one even knows why the police were there in the first place.
It gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling to know that police can troll around the streets and shoot up anyone they feel deserves it. Will they get held responsible? No. A slap on the wrist because he “had a gun.”