I mentioned ‘pre-paid’ in the first paragraph because it is common for people having a good time in Las Vegas to offer a tip/gratuity after receiving service. When a service is ‘pre-paid,’ do you still tip?
People tried handing the driver a tip that night but he responded, “I’ve already been paid for.” That sounds a lot like the reality of what happens when Clark County elects a new sheriff! The professional public ‘service’ that is expected from taxpayers should be delivered objectively and equally — NOT inequitably to the highest contributors!
If Joe Lombardo’s ‘million-dollar’ treasure chest means that he will be completely objective in the performance of his duties, then someone is missing the boat (I mean bus). If Joe is in the driver’s seat on January 1st and someone tries offering him a tip, he would pretty muchhave to say, “I’ve already been paid for,” wouldn’t he? Any ‘Regular Joe’ who tries to show appreciation for service after the election certainly won’t have as much clout as those who helped elect the next sheriff.
LIEUTENANT RELIEVED OF DUTY
Metro reportedly has a lieutenant on relief of duty for threats to another employee. Why doesn’t this make the news when it is so well known within the organization? A lieutenant tells a co-worker that he has a ‘bullet with your name on it’ and everything is hushed up. Maybe he supports Joe Lombardo or something? Maybe he did a campaign ad for Sheriff Gillespie like Captain Charles Hank did prior to the last election and prior to the domestic violence call at his residence.
Inconsistent discipline can be worse than weak discipline. Sheriff Gillespie’s administration has been plagued with inconsistent and nonsense discipline and targeting of good quality employees. This happens even with the help of Internal Affairs, Labor Relations, and various labor attorneys and policies calling for ‘counseling’ for drunk drivers, spouse-abusers, and people abusing prescription drugs prior to return to work. That is right — you can beat your spouse and get a week off from work, or even less (the equivalent of a one-game suspension in the NFL). You can get arrested for drunk driving and complete ‘the program’ and move on for promotion to higher ranks. I believe they still even have a ‘last chance agreement’ for prescription drug abuse. Lieutenant ‘G’ will probably be allowed to
retire, get his retirement credentials and receive a fat ‘walking-away’ check. The system is seriously broken and won’t get better because Metro controls the media and the public can’t demand improvement when the public does not know what goes on inside the walls of Metro.
TREVON COLE’S SHOOTER GETS A NEW JOB
I could not believe comments reportedly made by PPA President Chris Collins in the Review-Journal in Mike Blasky’s report on Brian Yant becoming a director for the Police Protective Association.
The story referred to the new assignment for Bryan Yant with the PPA even after his controversial history of shootings and a disciplinary record that is supposed to contain at least one 40-hour suspension for killing Trevon Cole that cost Metro $1.7 million. Those comments included the following: “He’s a huge asset to the union,” Collins said. “Bryan Yant lived through the hell of being in a police shooting.”
“When he goes out in these situations (new police shootings) he can tell somebody that it’s like biting a s**t sandwich. You’re not going to like it, but you’ll get through it,” Collins said.
Isn’t it getting a little old to hear Collins defend Yant’s actions in the Cole shooting even though the attorney he hired for the PPA (retired D.A. David Roger) did not believe Yant’s story after the shooting of Cole?
It should be UNPLEASANT for anyone (not just a police officer) to have to go through an investigation after using deadly force and taking a life! If that equates to what Collins called, ‘biting a s**t sandwich,’ then so be it. A person (Cole) is dead and that person was not armed. How the hell do any police officers figure that they should
be subjected to any LESS scrutiny than a regular citizen after taking a life?
I often have felt that police officers need to imagine seeing the name of one of their loved ones (spouse, child, brother) in place of the name of someone like Cole. For example, your son is away at college and there is a small amount of marijuana in his room. Police have a warrant. Police kick the door because your son didn’t open it fast enough. Your son takes an AR-15 rifle round to the head and is slumped dead against a bathroom wall. You argue that your son was not a threat and was unarmed and you scream out the question, why did police shoot my son? Collins responds, “The bottom line is if you open the door when police knock, when they have a search warrant, you don’t get shot,” he said. “(Cole’s) actions played a huge part in him being shot.”
There was no death penalty for ‘failure to comply’ in the police profession that I joined in 1983. This is even more clear now in professional police departments around America. The story that “he lunged at me” or “he pointed his finger at me” is apparently a good enough reason to blast a man in the head with a rifle in Las Vegas (and this was after all of the other screw-ups by Yant). Gillespie said he didn’t fire Yant “because he stuck to his original statements,” but I believe it was because of the huge SECRETS that Yant must know about Metro and the Vice-Narcotics units!
And wasn’t Joe Lombardo (current sheriff’s candidate) in charge of Narcotics and Langley-Lombardo Productions at the time of the shooting? They (Langley) have rewarded him handsomely in campaign contributions (as they also did with Gillespie). Maybe someone can ask Lombardo a question about the Cole shooting (and his opinion of that major incident in Metro history) at a future campaign event.
I hope that a new sheriff makes reforms to include stopping the stupid justification for deadly force (If you would follow police commands, you would not get hurt). Failure to follow commands does NOT even justify the use of non-deadly force in many instances. Just imagine Las Vegas culinary union protestors refusing to move (non-compliance
and passive resistance) and getting ‘smacked-down’ or shot under the ‘FOLLOW COMMANDS’ justification for use of force.
I hope that a new sheriff will also make officers answer questions after use of deadly force (and turn them away at the door when they come to apply and test for new officer positions) if they don’t agree to explain their actions once they are hired and are working on the streets. In the absence of an obvious criminal investigation, police
officers (even in Las Vegas) should be expected to tell their story.