If this reality show was to be, please accept the following past unresolved occurrences that still need honorable and thorough criminal re-examination:
1. The 1997 Mortensen, Brady, Mendosa, fatal shooting of an alleged gang-banger, and the life sentencing of Officer Ronald Mortensen, despite the fact that the bullet that killed Mendosa was never examined or found to be connected to Mortensen’s gun, nor was the gun properly placed in Mortensen’s hand; nor was he placed at the scene by credible witnesses other than the actual accomplice (Brady) to the actual incident.
2. The Suave Lopez officer involved shooting, whereby the actual crime scene was reconstructed and a handgun and briefcase were removed from the scene and then re-photographed and then later presented to the Coroner’s Inquest without divulging that the crime scene was illegally reconstructed, after Suave Lopez was shot and killed, while handcuffed, running through a fenced parking lot, trying to escape.
3. The Costco fatal shooting of Eric Scott, whereby coincidently the camera that captured the entire incident suddenly became inoperative, and was later sent out to a computer company that was owned and operated by an LVMPD employee, for re-examination. Not to mention the disappearance of key witnesses that were present at the shooting
scene, including the ambulance attendant that found the second gun on Eric Scott’s body; and not to forget to mention that Eric Scott, according to the medical examiner’s report was shot in the back five times while he was prone on the ground.
4. And let’s not forget the Trevon Cole fatal shooting — a half-naked man, attempting to flush his dope down the toilet, was shot in the back of his head by an LVMPD officer, who is now the chief counselor in the police union, to other officers that are now or will be involved in on-duty shooting incidents.
5. And finally, the granddaddy of all wishful thinking of LVMPD cover-ups, the beheading murder of LVMPD Officer Kevin Scott Dailey, dob/06-05-1968, in December of 2007, whereby the LVMPD, Henderson PD and the Clark County Coroners Office all allegedly conspired to make this incident a non-incident.
I could go on and on about the potential juicy material that could be submitted to this new reality TV show that has lately been addressed and encouraged to be produced by our leaders, but I think everybody gets the sarcastic drift that I have tried to portray.
These above incidents have a very low probability of resurfacing in our community. I guess you might say these incidents are shoved into the same category as the “Sgt. Head-kicker” incident, whereby a diabetic citizen is kicked in the head five times by a Henderson Police Sgt., which I might add, is also captured on videotape for the world to see and examine, whereby our District Attorney refuses to prosecute the police sergeant for whatever unholy reason.
A reality show in Las Vegas? I think not; it would only be another TV entertainment show that would project another expected false image of our community and promote the already overwhelming stench of corruption that presently exists in our local and state government.
I cannot emphasize the importance of voting out the political incumbents currently holding office in our community. However we vote, we are going to have to live with and tolerate that choice for several years.
Understand this — this community is my home, and you are my neighbors, and I only want the best for all of us: I want what is true and honest, I want all to be treated fairly and equally, and I want to feel that all will be equally protected by our law enforcement officers under the law.
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.