Because it is not against the law to lie to a police officer, when an average John Q. Public lies to a police officer, the charge against that person is “obstructing a police officer” or “obstructing an official investigation,” and who knows how many other charges might be fabricated to arrest that individual. We vividly remember a case where Intelligence Unit officers, back in the late ’80s, were desperately looking for funny charges against casino-owner Steve Wynn and approached someone they thought was in Wynn’s circle, wanting to use funny information against him.
Steve Wynn and then-Sheriff John Moran had a well-publicized fallout after Wynn had fired the sheriff’s two sons from his Strip gaming company. The above-mentioned “someone” asked the officers that swear to “serve and protect” if they wanted him to create fake information, to lie or fabricate such information, and they responded “call it whatever you want, all we want is some dirt on Steve Wynn,” and that was all.
Undercover detectives were posted on some of Wynn’s properties trying to entrap employees by asking for drugs or prostitutes while posing as guests in the hotel. Detectives were using all types of reasons and excuses to find the gaming figure tie to some illegal activities; the Spanish gardener at Wynn’s exclusive golf course was questioned about his immigration status with the intention of intimidating the employee. Wynn’s former sister-in-law, Phyllis, was forced and strong-armed to serve as an informant for a detective that wanted to gain points with the vindictive sheriff.
People who refused to “cooperate” with detectives who were ordered to create a mob connection or any other illegal misconduct by Wynn were punished in different ways. Two attorneys, a brother and sister team employed by Wynn, were accused of and arrested for possession of marijuana — ironically, by the same detective that today holds a marijuana business license.
The same detective described in the above paragraph arrested another brother and sister team that refused to cooperate with the vendetta against Wynn with “two kilos” of cocaine. Those “two kilos” could be the same two kilos that were allegedly stolen from an undercover police car parked in front of a narcotic detective using the same pager number as his father, a retired narcotic detective with a very bad reputation, who was also accused of killing a young mentally challenged Black man.
Those same two kilos had traveled all over the city in the hands of corrupted Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department narcotic agents. However, all those incidents were “created” by the police in the name of the law and they are allowed to lie, cheat and steal in the name of the law.
Former Deputy Chief John Sullivan once told the Las Vegas Tribune that police officers are allowed to use drugs “to protect” their undercover identity. It has been our contention that police officers commit perjury on a daily basis with the blessing of the prosecutors and judges. Because prosecutors are not swearing in at the beginning of the trial, they cannot be accused of perjury — that’s why prosecutors lie, cheat and rob people of their freedom without ever being accused of perjury.
Perhaps it will be a very good idea if a petition is started to have the law change and force the prosecutors to be sworn in before a trial starts. That would not stop them from committing perjury, but if they get caught perjuring themselves, they would then be looking at much harsher punishments that could include losing their job and even jail time.
In the last few weeks, the Las Vegas Tribune has been exposing the corrupted behavior of county prosecutors lying to judges as well as creating a completely different picture at trial that should not have been taking the time of the court; sooner or later we are going to name names and expose specific cases to prove that we are telling the truth and nothing but the truth. We are going to expose, by name, police officers that force doctors to change their diagnoses because “the prosecutor will not be able to prove the case” with what the doctor has written in the file.
The articles are already written and placed in a safe place so arresting and entrapping anyone in the newsroom or investigative department will not do any good; and accusing the newspaper of retaliation for any one’s arrest will not work either. That is the way it is and everyone — our readers, the culprits, the victims and the entire nation — is now on notice: If anything happens to any member of this newspaper, you all know what happened and why.