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Community Review Board in Eureka examines officer involved shooting
EUREKA- Law enforcement and community members have finished their review of an officer involved shooting that resulted in the death of a 22-year-old man in Eureka four months ago.
The District Attorney’s office decided not to file charges in the shooting death of Thomas McClain, but the Eureka Police Department organized a Community Review Board to take a closer look. On Thursday, that board completed it's review. Made up of two police representatives, one attorney, the Humboldt County Coroner and two Eureka City Council members, the group worked to determine if department policy was followed correctly and if that policy should be adjusted. Police Chief Andrew Mills will share those findings at an upcoming city council meeting. However, members of a local community group say the board is not enough.
"It's certainly the first time in Humboldt County or Northern California where community members were brought in to look at police policy, police training and the specifics of an investigation to make sure that their community members have some level of oversight on the police department,” said Police Chief Mills.
“There's no public participation. There's been no invite to the public. These are all people, all except for Linda Atkins, these are all people who are formally or currently involved with policing, so there's no materials that are transparent to the public, there's no watching the meeting," said Verbena Lea, a co-founder of Redwood Curtain CopWatch.