Note: This was originally posted by John Jacobsen at the Seattle Free Press on January 30, 2013 and subsequently reposted to NVCopBlock.org. I’ve added a picture of Ballentine, who wrote this essay, made the original first sentence a section header, and added a caption to the picture that originally accompanied the Seattle Free Press’ post.
Otherwise, it has been reposted in its entirety as it originally appeared, which you can view here. Ballentine is one of the three members of the Sunset Activist Collective (along with Gail Sacco, who is not a member but has been a long time associate and supporter of both the Sunset Activist Collective and Nevada Cop Block, as well as other local activist groups, such as Food Not Bombs Las Vegas) that filed a lawsuit against the LVMPD over the August 2013 arrests of four people associated with Nevada Cop Block last week.
In this essay, Ballentine discusses the long history of and lack of accountability for violence by police within the Las Vegas area, as well as some of the many victims (both human and animal) of that violence. In addition, he discusses how corporations, especially Zappos and the various minimally disguised “shadow corporations” they have created to facilitate their monopolization and gentrification of Las Vegas, use the police to strong-arm local competition and the poor out of the downtown area in what often amounts to a mafia style protection racket.
Ballentine, of the Sunset Activist Collective, discusses police violence in Las Vegas:
I never knew Trevon Cole. I have never met his girlfriend, and, like Trevon Cole himself, I have never met his child. This is because he was murdered by Officer Bryan Yant of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department during a drug raid.