Wednesday, April 17, 2013

EPD Officer Involved In Martin Cotton II Death Arrested


City of Eureka press release:

EPD and District Attorney Complete Criminal Investigation into Alledged Officer Misconduct

April 17, 2013 — Investigators of the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office served an arrest warrant on Eureka Police Department Sergeant Adam Laird today for violations of PC 149 (Assault Under Color of Authority) and PC 118.1 (False Police Report).

The warrant service was the culmination of a joint criminal investigation conducted by Eureka Police Department Detectives and Investigators of the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office. The joint investigation was conducted after information had been received from a Eureka Police Officer about alleged criminal misconduct perpetrated by Sgt. Adam Laird. Sgt. Laird had his police powers suspended and was placed on administrative leave since incident was reported.

The investigation was initiated at the direction of Chief Murl Harpham. In accordance with inter-agency protocol, the Eureka Police Department notified the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office and formally requested its assistance. Since this is an ongoing investigation no further information is being released at this time so as not to compromise the integrity of the process.

Sgt. Adam Laird was booked into the Humboldt County Jail and was released after posting bail.

Sgt. Adam Laird was one of the officers that was involved in the beating that (allegedly) lead to the death of Martin Cotton II. 


submitted by copwatch on Sun, 04/05/2009 - 4:22pm
Officer Laird pepper-sprayed Martin Frederick Cotton II.  He also beat Martin  with a baton and kicked him while Martin was face down on the cement with his hands underneath his body. Martin was in the police car with Laird when brought to the jail.  Martin was never brought to the hospital after EPD beat him brutally for at least 15 minutes.
For more on the death of Martin Cotton II, Click Here
Martin Cotton II photo from Highboltage blog
A previous photo of Officer Laird from Redwood Curtain Copwatch was not Officer Laird so it has been removed.


3 comments:

  1. Here's a link to a photo of Laird.
    http://www.redwoodcurtaincopwatch.net/files/category_pictures/Laird_3.jpg
    The photo above is Sgt. Watson.

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  2. My apologies to Sgt. Watson for posting his photo as Officer Laird. I have removed it from the blog.

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  3. Press release from the District Attorney’s Office:


    On June 11, 2013, the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against Sgt. Adam Laird of the Eureka Police Department for misdemeanor violations of Penal Code sections 149 and 118.1. The charges arose out of a use of force incident that occurred on December 6, 2012.

    On July 1, 2013, Sgt. Laird pled not guilty to these charges.

    Based on evidence discovered after the filing of these charges, including several expert opinions obtained by both the prosecution and the defense, the People have determined that this case cannot be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. As such, on January 3, 2014, the case was dismissed.

    The case was handled by Deputy District Attorney Roger C. Rees.

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