Family of Tommy McClain are speaking out against Eureka Police Department's version of events which left McClain dead and his cousin tasered and hauled off to jail in California last Wednesday.
Nichole Mottern explained to the OutPost that McClain was living with her, her husband (who is McClain's cousin) and the couple's two children.
The trio had gone out earlier in the evening to celebrate her husbands birthday, when they arrived back at their townhouse, her husband was intoxicated and went up to bed.
According to Mottern, her and McClain were chatting in front of the house, when she ran inside for two minutes to go and check on her husband.
She says she saw an officer lurking around the back of her house, then run towards the front. She ran to the front door and was blinded by the lights off the officers.
“The cops were out there screaming, ‘Put your hands up! Put your hands up.’ I put my hands up,” Mottern told the OutPost. "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… [The officers] were telling him to come.”
“A cop yelled, ‘He’s got a gun.’ They all fired," Mottern explained, "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."
To make this killing seemingly even more uncalled for, McClain had liked and commented on Mottern's Facebook post only five minutes before being fatally shot to death. What could have possibly occurred and provoked officers to shoot a man who was sitting outside checking Facebook?
The officers then proceeded to handcuff his lifeless body in front of his family, while not allowing them to approach him.
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Mottern's husband ran outside and was obviously distraught, he was then tased and arrested. Mottern recorded video of the aftermath.
Warning- it is heartbreaking.
The police claim that a gun was recovered at the scene, but are not being forthcoming with any details, including if the gun was on or near McClain.
His family asserts he was unarmed, while a neighbor claims it was justified- providing no actual details.
Chief Mills would like for us to feel sorry for the killer cops, telling the Outpost, “I’ve talked to some of the family members and my heart aches for them. But my heart also aches for my officers. The whole thing is a tragedy.”
Meanwhile, four year old Valerie is struggling with the loss of her father's cousin, who lived in their home.
In a drawing done in school Valerie drew McClain with his hands in the air and told her teacher, "The cops thought Tommy was a bad guy, but he wasnt." and "His hands are up because the cops are ready to shoot him."
It is extremely frightening how quickly cops arriving can turn deadly. We may never know what actually happened in those five minutes between his cheerful post on Facebook and his death. One thing is for sure, so far there have been far more questions than answers.
A fundraising page has been set up to help the family cover funeral expenses.