No “More Cops” for the LVMPD. They Aren’t Needed and They Aren’t Wanted.

Metro displaying just how shorthanded they are on Fremont Street. (Notice the massive, unruly crowd being held back behind them.)
Metro displaying just how shorthanded they are on Fremont Street. (Notice the massive, unruly crowd being held back behind them.)

This is an editorial post originally published at NVCopBlock.org, addressing the continued attempts to pass the “More Cops” tax, which would increase the county sales tax in order to hire additional police within the Las Vegas area. Kelly W. Patterson shared this post via CopBlock.org’s submit page.

This was received via submission after originally being posted at the website of the Sunset Activist Collective.

Once again, Sheriff Gillespie and County Commissioner Tom Collins are trying to push the “More Cops” sales tax down the throats of the people of Las Vegas to fill the self-inflicted gaps in Metro’s already bloated budget and hire even more cops to harass and abuse the members of that very community.

Yet another sales tax is wrong from a practical standpoint in a time when the Las Vegas economy consistently ranks at or near the bottom in every financial category and most local residents are already just barely hanging on. By nature, sales taxes are regressive. Unlike wealthy people that have the capability of stashing most of their income in the bank, poor people generally have to spend most, if not all, of their money on the basic necessities of life. It’s not a coincidence that crime rates have increased as the economy has tanked. People that have little or no other options resort to whatever they have to do to survive. Taking even more from people that are already struggling just to keep their head above water is not the way to “take a bite out of crime.” It’s an unarguable fact that poverty leads to even more crime.

Beyond the basic economics, it’s wrong on an ethical level to expect poor residents to fund their own abuse at the hands of the LVMPD. People in poor and/or minority neighborhoods are routinely stopped, searched, abused, and humiliated by the police. In fact, Metro employs several “saturation units,” whose stated function is to descend upon certain neighborhoods en masse seeking any excuse they can to stop, interrogate, and arrest residents of that community. And those many, many abuses don’t end with harassment and wrongful arrests, either. The victims of police beatings and outright murder are predominantly members of the poor/ minority classes.

Not surprisingly, it has also been explicitly stated that these “select’ neighborhoods don’t include the ones in Summerlin. Many of the proponents of the “More Cops” tax increase are, in fact, residents of Summerlin and other wealthy neighborhoods, who have expressed the desire to have a cop in their neighborhood because it makes them feel safe. I have very little doubt that the residents of poor neighborhoods would have no qualms about letting them have some of the cops terrorizing their neighborhoods. They rarely make them feel safe, especially within the Las Vegas area, since there is absolutely no hope that any sort of accountability will ever be imposed upon the perpetrators of injustices against them.

Metro isn’t short on cops, they’re short on priorities. Anyone who has witnessed the massive East German style check point erected on Fremont St. every First Friday or the continual harassment of water vendors and buskers on the Strip, both of whom are just trying to earn a living during tough economic times, would have to question the claims of personnel shortages within the LVMPD. When you can afford to employ undercover cops to ensure tourists don’t have the chance to buy water at a cheaper price than the casinos sell it, then maybe you have a few people to spare for other things. Perhaps those plain clothes cops using official Metro vehicles to escort Zappos employees to their parking garage so they don’t have to look at poor people along the way, could be better utilized, as well.

Gillespie and the rest of his mafia dons have expended their budget on raises for an already overpaid police force, shiny new headquarters buildings that they insisted on pushing forward with in the middle of the worst recession in history, and million dollar settlements to the victims of their abuses and murders. Now they want the poorest people within this community to bail them out so that they can hire more cops even while absolutely refusing to do anything to hold them responsible for the crimes they continue to commit against their own neighbors and families.

Just say NO to more thugs!

 

EPN

Kelly W. Patterson

a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, who’s been very active in local grassroots activism, as well as on a national level during his extensive travels. He’s also the founder/main contributor of Nevada CopBlock, Editor/contributor at CopBlock.org and designed the Official CopBlock Press Passes.
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  • Shawn

    “in fact, residents of Summerlin and other wealthy neighborhoods, who have expressed the desire to have a cop in their neighborhood because it makes them feel safe.”

    I wonder if they will still feel safe the first time one of them goes outside to check a noise and a cop shoots them dead for ‘scaring him.”

    “Gillespie and the rest of his mafia dons have expended their budget on raises for an already overpaid police force, shiny new headquarters buildings that they insisted on pushing forward with in the middle of the worst recession in history, and million dollar settlements to the victims of their abuses and murders.”

    Government workers of all types arrogantly assume we can all just pay more and more to keep giving them their raises and letting them waste more money on stupid shit like shinny new facilities. Hell, how many cops get to drive their cars home, instead of using their own car and racking up gas and miles of their own? Only a government worker would believe that during a recession, they are entitled to more. Worse than a welfare recipient.

  • drew

    Legalize pot and use the taxes from that to hire more police. See if they are willing to make that deal.

  • RadicalDude

    Kelly you are so right thank you for all you do to help people become safer and freer from those who would try to oppress them.

  • t

    Bet it wins in a landslide. The truth you guys need to realize is the vastly overwhelming number of people want more of us he les of you

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    The sales tax increase isn’t for Las Vegas Metro alone. The sales tax increase will give smaller agencies such as Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City and Misquite the extra 2 or 3 officers they need. Some of the agencies haven’t had a new hire in over five years.

    The author places a heavy bias on Metro and forgets the real fact that the tax increase helps the smaller agencies in the metropolitan area where crime is high.

  • RS

    Most lemmings are all for more and more cops, until the day they are completely screwed over by one.

    Tyranny is usually not felt or even noticed by those who do not fight against it. The majority of German citizens just loved the Third Reich, because it didn’t bother them. It is only when you are falsely arrested that you finally realize that a large proportion of police are corrupt liars who have absolutely no integrity.

    We don’t need more police, we need way less of them. We already have 2 or 3 times more than we would ever need. I say cut all forces in half. Crime won’t go up, as they would have you believe. The crime rate would stay the same. Police do not prevent crime. All they do is go out and create crime by harassing people and “stroking” them for some bs charge, such as disorderly conduct.

  • Shawn

    @t

    “Bet it wins in a landslide. The truth you guys need to realize is the vastly overwhelming number of people want more of us he les of you”

    Really? Or is that your wishful thinking. I know a lot of people who obey laws and are good members of society, and don’t trust you any farther than they can throw you. How many people made jokes during the Dorner hunt about “I hope it take them a while to catch him.”

    Truth is, this money would get wasted on crap like new battle rattle, instead of spent wisely.

  • Mr. Bawbawk

    Wishful thinking is believing this site will follow through with their promises. I have yet to see bones sport the panties. I need them.

  • t

    Bawk: Her crotch critter ate them.

    Shawn: Funny. Policitians run on a tough n crime, more cops platform all over the country and win. Hmm.
    The places that are growing in population…more cops and lower crime rates. Hmmm.

    Maybe you need to take your bias out of your thinking and see facts and not just what you think.

  • Mitchell Crooks’ Friend

    A video recording of Officer Derek Colling feloniously assaulting innocent videographer Mitchell Crooks got Colling fired. I should know, because I got the video to go viral. Colling had previously fatally shot two people in separate controversial incidents, including a 15-year-old bipolar patient whom Colling blew away in front of his mother. Colling was cleared in both murders, as have been all Las Vegas cops who have killed in cold blood. Las Vegas police officers are little more than a gang of murdering cowards.

  • RadicalDude

    Thank goodness, now if they would just get rid of the rest of the department crime would go way down and the city would be much safer.

  • Jake C

    Interesting. It’s only activists and criminals who don’t want the PD. Most activists are criminals.

  • You’re gonna hurt someone’s feelings with that kind of talk.

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