Did you know???
After PUBLIC OUTRAGE AND PRESSURE over the Eureka Police Department’s killing of Cheri Moore resulted in a coroner’s inquest, grand jury indictments, and prosecution of ex-Chief of Police David Douglas and SWAT’s Tony Zanotti, the Eureka City Council decided that the PUBLIC WOULD PAY $75,000 + for private attorney, Bill Bragg, to defend Douglas against criminal charges of involuntary manslaughter???!!
Not only did the Eureka City Council decide that WE would pay for Douglas’ defense for the killing of Cheri Moore, but the Council made the decision in CLOSED SESSION right before X-mas! And the City Council meeting following the CLOSED SESSION decision was on Thursday (not Tuesday, like all other City Council meetings) and was not broadcast live... (like all other City Council meetings)!!
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These so-called “welfare checks” and other police responses to medical and mental crises result in numerous violations of peoples’ civil rights! Victims of this inappropriate response have been killed by EPD, have had their ‘right to protection from unreasonable search and seizure’ violated, and have been physically abused by EPD- just for calling medical or mental help. EPD must stop interfering and allow medical and mental health professionals to respond. Officers must cease from using medical and mental health crises as justification to intimidate, criminalize, and violate the rights of people who ask for help.
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Eureka Police Dept. Officer Terry Liles on October 23, 2006, shot 16-year old Native American Christopher Burgess in the heart, killing him. This was 2 years after Liles pulled Christopher (then age 13) out of sleep and brutally beat him, fracturing the boy’s skull. Liles, on Jan 4, 2007, killed 18 year old Zachary Cooke, by shooting him 16 times. Liles was part of the SWAT team that killed Cheri Moore, and has likely been responsible for other killings in the recent, seemingly endless murder spree by local police. At least 8 EPD officers, names unknown to the public, were recently involved in beating Martin Cotton to death (Aug.9 '07) and burning Peter Stewart alive in his home in Hoopa (Jun.4 '07). Liles’ remorseless violence also extends into his daily actions.
Officer Rodrigo-Reyna Sanchez was involved in the Cheri Moore killing; he assaulted young Kat Zimmerman on a bicycle on her way to an anti-war demo in 2005, and continues to add to his sordid history and repertoire of abusive and corrupt actions; many of his victims are women.
The Council claims that a pay increase will raise EPD officers’ behavior standards.
While the Council wants the public to pay more to officers, the council has made no effort to: create/support a Civilian Police Review Board; mandate drug/steroid testing after lethal incidents; restrict officers involved in multiple killings and reported abuses; evaluate officers’ mental health; or take any other action that would instill confidence in the public.