Public safety officials to meet with community regarding late-night jail releases
EUREKA- Nearly two months after the tragic death of a beloved Eureka priest, local clergy and police officers will hold a community forum Wednesday night to discuss the issue of late-night jail releases.
The forum stems from the midnight release of Gary Bullock, alleged to have killed Father Eric Freed just a few hours after he was released from the Humboldt County Jail on New Year’s Day.
The crime garnered both local and national attention and had many members of the community questioning their safety. The forum will include a broad discussion about policies and regulations regarding nighttime releases of jail inmates.
A panel of public safety representatives will discuss and answer questions from the public. Eureka Police Chief Andy Mills will be joined on the panel by Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos, Sheriff Mike Downey, Undersheriff Bill Honsal, county jail commander Captain Ed Wilkinson, Supervising State Probation Agent Alexander Purvis, and representatives from the county Probation Department and county Mental Health Services.
The forum will also address related issues such as mental and medical re-evaluation of inmates prior to release, and returning of released prisoners to the area where they live or were arrested. The event also will include a very brief memorial for Father Eric Freed and other victims of violent crime. The Wharfinger Building is located at 1 Marina Way in Eureka. The Public Safety Forum is free and open to the public until the seating capacity is reached.
The Interfaith Fellowship is an informal group of local clergy who present an Interfaith Thanksgiving Sing, and award the Humboldt County Peace Prize biannually.