EUREKA PD excessive force against ANOTHER CHILD

"My child was beaten by (a police officer) in front of Eureka High School."

Excessive force against child


Letter to the editor


My child was beaten by (a police officer) in front of Eureka High School. Before numerous witnesses, (the officer) slammed my son's head against the pavement and against the door of his patrol car. My son is recovering from retinal reattachment surgery. We don't know whether his vision will recover.

This amount of force was unnecessary,since my son's offense was trespassing, roughly a half-block from the front door of our home, at 3:30 p.m. when school let out). In addition,(the officer) outweighs my son by at least 60 pounds and already had my son in a painful hold.

I have filed a formal complaint with EPD, but is it really possible for the Eureka police to investigate themselves fairly?

We read and hear news reports of excessive force being used by our police officers. The victims are characterized in the news as juvenile delinquents, the mentally ill or the homeless. This somehow allows us to imagine it occurs outside our experience, far away from our tidy lawns and comfortable living rooms. Good, law-abiding citizens need not worry, we think, and it certainly won't happen to our children. But it does. I am appalled, and intend to leave this area as soon as I can arrange it.

How are children supposed to develop respect for the law if they witness police brutality on the sidewalk in front of the high school? I hope the local police department will train its officers in violence prevention.

Karol Wilcox



NOTE FROM COPWATCH: We believe the Eureka PD officer is Chris Jenkins.

Officer Profiles: 


you have my sympathies. Truly. I'm so sorry you had to go thru that.
We as well are leaving this area as soon as possible.
I'm terrified of the cops here. For good reason. I've seen, heard, and read about police brutality since I came here to go to HSU three years ago. A city should love it's cops. Cops should defend those who can't defend themselves. Instead, these eureka police are not qualified to carry a gun. I imagine if we were in the deep south, these would be the guys holding lynchings at night and pretending to be human during the day. It is horrifying, to say the least.

my prayers and thoughts are with you, your son, and your family.

The answer is found in ARTICLE SIX of the U.S.  Constitution:
"This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; ...shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary not withstanding".  (This tells us that the U.S.  Constitution is to be upheld over any state, county, or city laws that are in opposition to it.)
In the same Article it goes on to say just who it is within our governments that is bound by this Supreme Law:
"The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution;"  - ART.  6, U.S. CONST.
We know that Police officers, are a part of the Executive branch.  We are "Executive Officers".
Article 6 above, is called the SUPREMACY CLAUSE, and it clearly states that, under every circumstance, the above listed officials in these United States must hold this document's tenets supreme over any other laws, regulations, or orders.  Every U.S.  Police officer knows that they have sworn an oath to the people of our nation that we will not only protect their lives and property, but, that we will uphold, and protect their freedoms and rights under the Supreme laws of this nation, - the U.  S.  Constitution.
In this regard then, we must agree that those within government that restrict a Citizens rights, (such as restricting the peoples right to travel,) are acting in violation of his or her oath of office and are actually committing a crime against such Citizens.  Here's an interesting question.  Is ignorance of these laws an excuse for such acts by officials?
If we are to follow the "letter of the law (as we are sworn to do), this places officials that involve themselves in such unlawful acts in a unfavorable legal situation.  For it is a felony and federal crime to violate, or deprive citizens of their Constitutionally protected rights.