Protest forms outside Eureka Police Department promotional ceremony

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EUREKA- Family members of Thomas McClain gathered in protest today outside of a ceremony celebrating the promotion of six Eureka Police Department officers. The protestors took issue specifically with Captain Brian Stephens’ promotion.

Stephens was the sergeant on scene September 16, the day of McClain’s death. According to the EPD, Stephens gave orders to McClain shortly before another officer shot and killed the 22-year-old Eureka man. The incident is currently under investigation.

Family members told News Channel 3 that Stephens’ promotion is poorly timed.

“I think it's an inappropriate time for someone involved in an officer involved shooting to be getting promoted,” said Nichole Mottern, McClain’s cousin. “We're still mourning over the loss of Tommy. And we haven't had any answers, there’s still no answers.”