Five on Vegas Use of Force Board Resign per LVMPD Whitewash of Shootings

Published On August 1, 2013 | By Pete Eyre | Uncategorized

Whitewash is described on Wikipedia as “a metaphor meaning to gloss over or cover up vices, crimes or scandals or to exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data. It is especially used in the context of corporations, governments or other organizations.”

Perhaps a picture of Douglas C. Gillespie, the Clark County sheriff (the head of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, or LVMPD) should be added to that description, seeing how he and all his predecessors have routinely and consistently given a free pass to his colleagues involved in shootings.

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Douglas C. Gillespie – perhaps his conscience is bothering him?

In fact, as pointed-out by our friends at Nevada Cop Block (NVCB), in the history of the LVMPD, not one single employee involved in a shooting has been found to be in the wrong. Ever.

That includes the death of Stanley L Gibson, the spouse of NVCB contributor Rondha Gibson.

To put this in some context, Gillespie heads-up a bureaucracy of over 5,100 people with an annual budget of over 500,000,000FRNs (all stolen), that has a fleet of over 2,000 vehicles and seven helicopters. Would you want that gang of folks, with a history of zero accountability, to be in your town?

Last November LVMPD employee Jacquar Roston shot an unarmed man sitting int the passenger seat of a vehicle. Many familiar with the incident believe it unjustified.

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Jacquar Roston, criminal with a badge

Yet Gillespie stood by Roston, which this week caused five people on the Use of Force Board, meant to review use of force cases and make recommendations for punishment, to resign.

Said co-chairman Robert Martinez, “I can no longer support the department’s consistent effort to minimize openness and transparency.” He was joined by Glenn Rinehimer, Sandra Eddy, Jay Shafritz and Miriam Rodriguez.

Martinez put-forth that Gillespie’s inaction was due the pressure from the Police Protective Association – the police union. Their tagline – “we protect those who protect others” – is very telling. Hell, even the name of their outfit is indicative of putting first those with badges before those they purport to serve.

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Chris Collins, head of the Vegas Police Protective Association outfit

It is refreshing to see that some folks involved on the periphery are seeing through that sham, acting on principle, and speaking out. Hopefully others within the ranks of the LVMPD will do the same, as did Auburn, Alabama police employee Justin Hanners.

True accountability and justice can never and will never be obtained through internal “checks and balances.” If Martinez and others who quit out of disgust really want to bring-about a positive change, they must focus on the institution.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.lvmpd.com/

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Five Use of Force Board members resign over sheriff’s decision to save cop’s job by Michael Quine at Las Vegas Review-Journal

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About The Author

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, Eyre seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. He later hit the road as co-founder of the Motorhome Diaries and Liberty On Tour and now calls Keene, in the 'shire his homebase.
  • RadicalDude

    This article was really well done. Time for people to wake up and realize the institution of policing is a failed social experiment that was a bad idea from its inception.

  • Shawn

    I don’t think I’ve seen a shooting yet that cops won’t justify. Is there even a single cop who thought the newspaper lady shooters should be charged and punished?

  • Tony J

    President FDR in the 1930′s was absolutely against the idea of public employees being in unions.

    1955 – AFL-CIO President Gerorge Meany, the largest union on the planet at that time was 100% against public employees being in unions.

    http://www.conservativeblog.org/amyridenour/2011/2/24/afl-cio-president-george-meany-on-public-sector-unions.html

    Why would the most liberal of all Presidents be against them ?

    Why would the AFL-CIO be against them inspite of adding millions to the unions ?

    What they warned of has come true ..

  • Keith

    Not shocking at all. These fuckers are giving Philly P.D. a run for their money. Sooner, rather than later, people will no longer tollerate this abuse and start shooting first without bothering to ask questions. I for one would welcome that as apposed to the status quo.

  • certain

    Hey Shawn, you following the other Dorner related shooting? It’s fucking classic.

    One one hand, the cops deny any culpability for trying to kill the guy because “we couldn’t actually see who we were shooting at”.

    But they also state, in the response to the guys lawsuit, that his injuries were caused by (get this) “his own actions and negligence”.

    LOL, let’s see, the shooters couldn’t see or identify the target they were blasting away at, but it was the cop’s target that was negligent. Right. No double standard at all, is there?

  • steve

    That red headed bitch from the vegas police prtection association is not worthy of respect but only of contempt.He is a true psychopath.

  • Shawn

    @Certain

    Bet t and company won’t say squat against that. But they claim there is accountability.

  • RadicalDude

    “certain says:
    August 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Hey Shawn, you following the other Dorner related shooting? It’s fucking classic.

    One one hand, the cops deny any culpability for trying to kill the guy because “we couldn’t actually see who we were shooting at”.

    But they also state, in the response to the guys lawsuit, that his injuries were caused by (get this) “his own actions and negligence”.”

  • RadicalDude

    RadicalDude says:
    August 2, 2013 at 9:10 am

    “certain says:
    August 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Hey Shawn, you following the other Dorner related shooting? It’s fucking classic.

    One one hand, the cops deny any culpability for trying to kill the guy because “we couldn’t actually see who we were shooting at”.

    But they also state, in the response to the guys lawsuit, that his injuries were caused by (get this) “his own actions and negligence”.”

    Sorry for double post, what lawsuit are you referring to, certain, and what is the source of the info?

  • certain

    Los Angeles Times. The PD is fighting the lawsuit, claiming they’re not liable for what the cops did, that the guy somehow brought it on himself.

    Easy to find, here’s a good search term to use –

    “Moronic cops mistake 5″6″ white guy in light colored truck for 6″2″ black man in dark colored truck, try to kill him with no provocation, then in resulting civil lawsuit claim it is the victims own fault”

    Oh, and by the way, the cops face no charges. At all. For attempting to gun down an unarmed motorist who posed no threat to them whatsoever.

  • certain

    And why don’t you cops stop posing with the flag. You piss all over the freedoms it represents, so why take your picture with it?

    Oh wait, that’s because a little double standard hypocrisy doesn’t really bother you guys all that much…………..

  • Stanford Milgram

    certain, you must be talking about the Perdue case?
    Wow, after they shot him he alleges they dragged him from the truck and pushed him face down in the road. Didn’t they notice he looked nothing like Dorner by that point?

    Anyway, he is demanding 4 million. City “officials” approved 250,000 $ to defending the lawsuit.

  • StanfordMilgram

    cetain: You must mean the Perdue case?
    City officials approved $250,000 to be paid to the lawyers defending the city. The lawsuit alleges they dragged him from his truck and pushed his face into the road. At what point did they realize he bore no resemblance to Dorner? Before or after pushing his face into the ground?

  • Common Sense

    The baggage handler wants his check, nothing more…

  • Dr Kranknstein

    Common are yo u talking about the Perdue case? If so hell yes he wants a check. I would too. I get 3 rounds fired into my windshield and all they say is fucking OOPS. That is at the very least a felony negligent discharge. Torrance owns him something for the BS threat to his life and the subsequent shit they put him through.