If history tells us anything, it is that people don’t change. About the only time that people do change is when they modify their inherent behavior somewhat, at least temporarily, as the need arises. The root core of a person does not change, and neither does a leopard’s spots nor the odor of a skunk.
Another attempt has been made to influence me and to basically get me to lay off bringing up the wrongdoings of the police administration, both past and present. This latest attempt to coerce and intimidate me only fuels the blaze of the fires that propel me to report to the community the lies, cover-ups, and even murders committed by the LVMPD.
Beginning in 2010, after I objected to the actions of the LVMPD regarding the tainting of evidence in the Robbery/Sexual Assault Javon Carter case, the omission of pertinent evidence in the O.J. Simpson Case, the mishandling of the election law complaint against Sheriff
Douglas Gillespie, and the murder of an LVMPD narcotics informant in Alamo, NV, in April 1996 — which eventually lead to my being targeted and to my eventual retaliatory termination from the LVMPD after 36 years of loyal service to the community and loyal Oath-Keeping service to my beloved police department — I feel I have a duty and a divine right to let all know what is causing the internal destruction of the LVMPD, and the dishonorable cheating when it comes to rendering police services to the community.
After I filed a Federal Lawsuit against the LVMPD and Sheriff Douglas Gillespie, et al., in January of 2011, depicting the police department’s direct wrongful treatment of me — including racial discrimination, age discrimination, threats to life (twice), evidence tampering, destruction of legal criminal documents, obstruction of justice, wrongful termination, and several other violations, totaling 19 counts — eventually Federal Judge George Foley Jr., in March of 2014, determined that the evidence and allegations in my Federal complaint did not have merit and dismissed my Federal complaint, after he had stated in May of 2013 that the information contained in my complaint could possibly blow the lid off the police department.
This, of course, was a crafty maneuver on the part of the powers-that-be in that much more heavy-duty criminal corruption committed by the LVMPD administration surfaced, all happening in the four years it took to determine that my federal complaint was not meritorious.
Some of the corruption information that resurfaced included the following: the 2007 beheading murder of LVMPD Officer Kevin Scott Dailey, whereby the LVMPD was directly complicit; the Suave Lopez officer involved shooting fatality, whereby the crime scene of the
shooting was illegally altered and changed and in which a gun and a briefcase were removed from the detective’s vehicle before the final photographed rendition was submitted to the DA and the Coroner’s Inquest; the tainted conclusion of the Stanley Gibson Shooting Death, whereby the LVMPD purposely sacrificed a patrol officer (J. Arevelo) to be blamed totally for the death of Stanley Gibson to prevent the actual causational blame to go to the criminally incompetent police supervisors on the scene; the Travon Cole officer involved shooting
death of a suspect that was trying to flush his dope down a toilet, half-naked, facing away, and also being the wrong person listed on the arrest/search warrant, all videotaped by the paid political friends (TV COPS) of Sheriff Gillespie, who subsequently “lost” or destroyed the alleged video of the entire scene; the 42-million-dollar police radio taxpayer rip-off of a previously known defective police radio system, and the subsequent 26-million-dollar radio fix-it program that also failed. Some police administrators got rich on that one. And let’s not forget the LVMPD DNA mix-up that cost a person four years in prison and a couple of million out of the taxpayers’ pockets again.
The cover-ups of LVMPD’s involvement in criminal acts in order to prevent or minimize civil monetary outlay to righteous victims and their survivors is only curtailed by the amount of taxpayer monies that are extorted from the community. It is not their money.
The LVMPD has a weapon at its disposal to divert attention away from many of their wrongful acts. That weapon is “attrition”; they can wait you out, delay, legally obstruct, legally entangle, intimidate your lawyers and bribe your judges, all directed at breaking your will.
Well, they have a long fight ahead, because they have met an individual with an “iron will.”
The stain of Blood on the Badge can only be removed when past wrongdoings are made right, and all in front of the community’s eyes.
Honor and Integrity will possibly be restored to the police department when and if the infected cancer that presently holds the reins of complete power over the police department is completely eviscerated and replaced by honorable, Oath-Keeping dedicated individuals.
IN GOD WE TRUST
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Gordon Martines is a former LVMPD detective who has served in many capacities over his 39-year career in law enforcement. He has been a candidate for sheriff in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, with the intention of bringing integrity and accountability back to the department, and filed a federal lawsuit against LVMPD in 2011. Martines now contributes his opinions and ideas to the Las Vegas Tribune to keep the public informed and help improve policing in Las Vegas. He has also appeared on the Face the Tribune radio program several times to
share his plan for a better LVMPD.