LVMPD Use of Force Policy Reforms a Grand Success

It is sorta of hard not to make huge improvements over a policy that has led to exactly zero cases in which a cop was held accountable for killing an innocent and/or unarmed person in 40 years.
It is sorta of hard not to improve on Metro’s non-existent record of accountability.

This was written by Kelly W. Patterson and originally posted on the Nevada Cop Block site.

The LVMPD Wants You to Know How Great They're Doing:
With great fanfare, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department recently announced on their official FaceBook page that they have done an amazing job of reforming their "use of force" policy:

"LVMPD Praised for Use-of-Force Reforms.
See the video: http://youtu.be/ISClT3e_d7c Today, the US Department of Justice released its final assessment of LVMPD's efforts to reduce the number of incidents involving the use of deadly force. 90% of the suggested reforms have been implemented, and efforts are underway to achieve the remaining few. Sheriff Doug Gillespie expressed his thanks to everyone who has contributed to the success of this difficult process, which has become a model of reform for other police departments around the country. You will find a copy of the complete report at www.lvmpd.com."

Incentivising Murder
                              Incentivizing Murder

Of course, it could easily be pointed out that it’s really not terribly hard to improve upon a use of force policy that has resulted in exactly zero cases in which a Las Vegas area police officer has been held accountable, in any way whatsoever, for killing an unarmed person, even when that person was completely innocent of any crime, in the 40-year history of the LVMPD.

In fact, the two most recent examples of that use of force policy consist of a case in which Officer Jacquar Roston, who couldn’t distinguish between a hat and a gun, was allowed to remain on the force, despite the recommendation of the Use of Force Board that he be fired, and the case in which Officer Jesus Arevalo, who had mentioned to his wife that he was looking to kill someone while on duty so that he could get some free time off, did just that a few months later by murdering Stanley Gibson, an unarmed, disabled Gulf War veteran suffering from a PTSD induced panic attack while confined and rendered harmless inside his vehicle, which had been blocked in and immobilized by two police cars.

When the cops in Las Vegas kill people their ONLY "punishment" is paid leave.
When the cops in Las Vegas kill people their ONLY “punishment” is paid vacation.

The former resulted in a large portion of the members of that Use of Force Board resigning in disgust over the “hollow, toothless sham” that Sheriff Gillespie’s disregard for their recommendation had exposed the “flawed process” as. In an even worse injustice, the latter case resulted in Jesus Arevalo being given a $30,000 a year lifetime payday (after he did in fact receive the paid vacation he had stated he was hoping to “earn” by shooting someone for just under two years) that I’m sure exceeded even his own wildest dreams as a reward for his actions that even Metro acknowledged were not justified when they “fired” him after stalling long enough to make sure he got all his paperwork in to file for disability based on the stress he was feeling from people saying that he shouldn’t have murdered a completely innocent, unarmed person, who had already been rendered unable to cause harm to anyone.

"We Finally Won 1!"
“We Finally Won 1!”

A “Slightly” Different Take on Metro’s Use of Force Policy

It’s kinda like when the Detroit Lions improved on their winless season in 2008 by winning two games the next year. They certainly got better, but it wasn’t really anything to get that excited about. Similarly, I recently (subsequent to that celebratory announcement mentioned above) received an account of just how much the LVMPD’s use of force policies have actually changed:

"I was at the bus stop on Flamingo just west of Maryland parkway. A car blew through a red light. A cop followed with lights and sirens on. Within 35 seconds, five more cop cars descended on the pulled over and stopped car. Then six cops, guns drawn, one with a fucking shotgun, removed one driver and one passenger, threw them on the hot ground, and cuffed them. Then stand them up. Guns get put away, except for the shotgun. That stayed out and semi pointed the entire time.

Five minutes later, they release the driver, and keep the passenger for TRAFFIC warrants!!!!! They then proceeded to stand around laughing and joking for 20 more minutes...Disgusting. Literally for running a red light, two guys almost died just now. I don't have anymore details than that because I was told to stay back and put away my phone."

Overlooking the fact that the cops have no legal ability to overrule a citizen's First Amendment right to record anything or anyone within a public space, the rather obvious question is if that level of force really is necessary for a non accident traffic infraction, in which not only did the driver comply by pulling over, but the cops obviously didn't even consider it much of an offense, based on the fact that they actually allowed him to leave without even issuing a citation, when they clearly could have done so.

"We got a report of some overdue library books, sir."
“We got a report of some overdue library books, sir.”

Having a swarm of heavily armed and easily provoked people unnecessarily confront drivers that haven't shown any signs of resisting during a relatively minor violation certainly does seem like a good way of preventing any more blatant use of force incidents. And BTW, Metro is so short of personnel that they are no longer able to respond to the vast majority of traffic accidents until we give them more tax money.

Not surprisingly, people in Las Vegas (especially those in certain neighborhoods) aren't exactly shocked by this type of heavy-handed behavior from cops. And, outside of bragging to their "fans" on FaceBook, the LVMPD doesn't seem terribly concerned about changing that perception in any sort of real way:

"It's sad and maybe a statement about how desensitized I am these days to the guns being drawn, but what bothered me the most was them standing around laughing and joking about it afterwards. It seems to me that they are too far removed from the actual reality they are supposed to be "protecting" and have created this pseudo reality in their own collective self.

So is the public as a whole, so blinded by what they are brought up to believe that they really don't see it? Or, are they just willing to "accept" it as part of what happens, as long as it doesn't happen to them?I have never necessarily been pro-cop, for sure. But, I think I have been among those willing to turn a blind eye to the excessive and overtly hostile tactics they use, until recently. I'm not 100% sure when I changed my outlook, and started really seeing things around me, but I really don't like what I am seeing."

But then, a little friendly propaganda (which the local Fox affiliate can usually be counted on for) never hurts:

"Oh goody. Just saw a commercial on channel 5. They are reporting on Metro and the crime that is on the rise...Hmmm. I bet it is not a report about abuse at the hands of Metro."

The Police are a Gang
Beware! Signs that you might have encountered a violent street gang.

However, that does tend to get wiped out by the rather well known and all too common cases of retaliation by employees of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the complicity that local representatives of the "justice" system often play in those acts:

"My friend Chris and I got followed into a parking lot, got out of the car and then got stopped when on foot, walking out of Pizza Hut. For "checking out" the unmarked car the asshole with an ego was driving.

We both ended up being arrested for "warrants". Even though I had proof mine were already recalled.I spent from Friday at 6:30 pm to Sunday at 5am in CCDC "waiting" for them to verify I didn't actually have active warrants. Funny thing is that I still had to go to court to stand in front of a judge, who issued me yet another fine, for "court costs" on something I never should have had to go court for in the first place. When I told him I will not pay the fine, he told me I had 30 days to comply or have
another warrant issued."

Personally, I just can't understand why Metro or any of the other Las Vegas area police departments would have any sort of PR problem within the local communities they "protect and serve." It certainly does seem like the two guys in that car, and I'm sure plenty of others in the neighborhood that day, got served.

Militarized Police
“Come on guys, let’s get that cat out of the tree!”
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Kelly W. Patterson

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  • Sikko

    So, the department takes steps to improve, and you’re unhappy? What suggestions are you bringing to the table? What solutions do you have to offer? Seriously, do you have anything to offer other than a damned if they do, damned if they don’t outlook?

  • t

    Ok then

  • John Q Public

    The propaganda machine is in full swing today.

  • Kelly W. Patterson

    Except they haven’t. Their typical pace for killing local residents is about one per month. June has barely begun and they are already well ahead of schedule with 8 killings.

    I’ve suggested they stop murdering people or at least hold murderers within their militarized ranks accountable when they murder people numerous times and a fairly large variety of different ways. They’ve never been at all interested in either of those options.

  • Aubrey

    I’m starting to write about sex-trafficking from personal experiences, and I really believe that more militia, more police force is not the answer, less is more. Violence and sexual assault towards vulnerable people like women seems to increase with more militia, police-state mentality. This country needs to go in the opposite direction. It isn’t even the laws that make people safe, it is the WAY the laws are enforced, and the intents behind the police (are they there to protect, first and for most?)

    A study was done on Marijuana de-crimminaliziation, and strangely enough, states like New York, with Marijuana decriminalized did not result in less Marijuana arrests towards people, since the police were still out to “get” citizens. They trick them into doing something illegal, (entrapment) in order to make a false arrest. The intentions behind the police and people in power are very important, especially since America is now a Common Law System. There are too many laws in America, more than anyone can enforce, so technically anyone can be made a criminal. But the intentions are the most important thing. Are the police there to try to arrest (harm) someone, or are they there to protect and keep the peace?

  • Sikko

    They announced the changes less than two weeks ago, and you’re judging those announced changes as insufficient already? Get a clue, change of any sort doesn’t happen overnight.

  • Common Sense

    Isn’t this the guy who thinks Metro ran him over?

  • Sikko

    Yes it is

  • No, they bragged about how tremendously successful the changes were less than two weeks ago. Change of any sort requires actually doing something different. Otherwise, it doesn’t happen ever.

  • t

    Aubrey:

    Of all of the really dumb comments I’ve seen on this site….yours is hands down the dumbest
    How do you equate MORE sexual assaults and sex-trafficking with more police? Please do tell me of the personal experiences that give you that info?

    As for the marijuna stuff. I’ve told you guys for years that legalization doesn’t get rid of any of the associated crimes that go along with marijuana and drug use. If anything…those crimes will only increase in frequency. But I’d love for you to expand on your thoughts about that too.

  • t

    I do love you ignore the behavior of the other involved parties. You do realize he we only react to what we are presented with right? And you get the retard activist mantra of “resist resist resist” is what is leading to many if these encounters right?
    I love that you’ve suggested that the police stop being involved deadly force incidents. Have you gone on the local TV stations and asked that police stop acting in violent wats towards the police? Stop threatening them with guns and knives? Have you done any of that? You know….calling for accountability from those folks?
    Somehow….I bet you haven’t.

  • Yes, the way the people in this car “resisted, resisted, resisted” by stopping as soon as the original cop car got behind them and then were so combative that, in the end, they decided not to even give them a ticket for running the red light, clearly was enough to justify cops pouring out of every donut shop in the area with their guns drawn. Last I checked, there were more than exactly zero cases of non-police Las Vegas residents that had been charged after they threatened someone or murdered them in the past forty years. I can’t say the same about accountability for the local Brown Shirts.

  • Aubrey

    If you really want to know you can read my blog, from actual personal first-hand expereinces dealing with sex- trafficking rather than hot-headed opinions. America has gone too far towards the police-state mentality. You might need to sift through my own rants though… http://libertypolicewatch.wordpress.com I haven’t even written a fraction of the story, or what is going on in America. I’ve been all over the country, and I’ve seen, with my own eyes, that Militia-based states are ones that particularly harass women. The two are directly related. http://www.policymic.com/articles/48133/hero-mom-stands-up-against-officer-for-sexual-assault-in-front-of-her-two-year-old-daughter

  • Aubrey

    You are missing the entire point, concerning Marijauna, maybe I didn’t explain myself well enough. The point is that the law does not matter, when our common-law system is how the enforcement interprets: http://www.vox.com/2014/5/26/5751186/these-maps-show-how-likely-you-are-to-get-arrested-for-smoking-weed

  • t

    Let me respond to both of your comments with just this one

    About the pot. You have got to,get it….nobody cares if you smoke yourself to death tonight. It’s the associated things that dumbass potheads still do…because they are dumbass potheads…that get them in trouble. If they smoked up,and stayed home…there would be nearly no police contact. But ats not what happens is it?

    As for your…mental wandering about crime and the police. You have found the right place with your thinking. The confused Cop Blockers are truly your family.

  • Aubrey

    Cop Blocker is a great thing.

  • t

    Ok. If you insist. One of the many great things that the police do is protect your freedom to express your opinions.

    You’re welcome BTW.

  • t

    Kelly?

  • t

    Kelly?

  • Kelly W. Patterson

    No, they announced how amazingly successful the changes were two weeks before they terrorized those completely cooperative drivers. Perhaps waiting until actual changes have been made would be a better strategy for the timing of their pat on the back party.

  • Kelly W. Patterson

    No, because when unarmed people are murdered by the police I don’t need to go to the local media and ask them to stop doing what they weren’t doing in the first place. And anybody that was doing the stuff that you claim every single person stopped is doing in spite of that clearly not being the case in this situation) is very accountable by being arrested or gunned down (generally the first option in Vegas).

    The police are a completely different story when they do those things. Not one of them has ever in the entire history of the city of Las Vegas been held accountable, regardless of the circumstances, lack of a weapon, or complete innocence of their victim.

  • Charles Fitzsimmons

    How things look to the public are as important as how they are. Looking like an army of occupation instills fear, not respect. This serves the purposes of gang or mob violence.
    We’ve had secret tribunals that overrule judges and juries for decades. Who votes for
    members of parole boards? The backers of the mobs and the unvwitting police are both serving the same social engineering plan. This is done in every nation at the same time. There’s no better security than surrounding a place with a violent mob and a
    militarized police. Nothing “just happens”.

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