With that being said, the LVMPD is riddled with wrongful past criminal investigations and prosecutions. As an example of this type of police misconduct, let us examine the latest lawsuit filed by Officers of the Nevada Highway Patrol Drug Dog Interdiction Squad. This lawsuit was originated by K9 NHP Troupers in that the dogs that they were using to sniff out drugs were not actually trained to sniff out drugs but were mainly trained to react to a handlers cues, to mimic alerting to the presence of drugs. This practice has been operating for years and was the basis for hundreds of illegal searches and confiscation of drugs, money, cars and the arrest of drug traffickers. Unfortunately, the use of these phony drug dogs also included and originated with the LVMPD, who arranged for the purchase of these phony drug dogs, through the relatives and associates of high-ranking police administrators.
This lawsuit has been ongoing for approximately two years and has since disappeared from the public eye and media. I can only imagine the nightmare, in wrongful illegal prosecutions for drug trafficking and possession cases, that the legal system must be experiencing because of all the illegal searches based on faulty probable cause derived from these phony drug dogs. But what does it matter the cost?
The poor taxpayer suffers the burden to pay off the defendants, quiet the court system and judges, and derive some type of settlement with the litigants so that all this goes away quietly and without too much fuss or notoriety.
Another example of this type of misconduct is in the O.J. Simpson case. I have personal knowledge of this case since I was the Detective that arrested Simpson at the Palms Hotel and Casino. Prior to taking Simpson into custody, I activated a digital tape recorder in my undercover police vehicle to record any spontaneous statements made by Simpson. This recording was very fruitful in that he admitted totally his involvement and the involvement of all the others in the incident occurring at the Palace Station, involving Robbery, Burglary, and Kidnapping of the two memorabilia dealers. Simpson also made threats to my life, but apologized profusely a few minutes later, still inside the police car, while still en route to police headquarters, and on tape.
I prepared an arrest report, an officer’s report, booking sheet, and his Miranda Rights card, after securing Simpson inside an interrogation room and handcuffing him to a metal pole, to await further processing.
Unfortunately, Simpson’s celebrity status had a profound and disappointing effect on some of the other detectives, uniformed personnel, and upper police administrators who later responded to the police headquarters. One would possibly think that royalty had graced everyone merely with their presence, and thus Simpson was afforded perks and privileges that were ordered by the police administration at taxpayers’ expense. As far as I was concerned, he was just another thug that was caught, and should have been treated like everyone else is treated.
Notwithstanding all that, later on, progressing to trial, no subpoenas were ever issued to me or the other detectives that were involved in the arrest of Simpson. Neither were any of the reports (Arrest Report, Officers Report, Booking Sheet, or Miranda Rights Card) or the digital recording submitted to the court for trial and examination. By the way, this was one of the longest and most expensive criminal trials in Clark County History.
These submitted reports were omitted or destroyed by the police administration and District Attorneys Office. This omitted evidence is called Exculpatory or Inculpatory evidence, and when this evidence is omitted from the court intentionally, that is a Constitutional civil rights violation (Due Process) against the defendant. Understand that there is no love lost between Simpson and me, but I am truly a really big fan of the Constitution of the United States of America and The Bill of Rights, and also a lifetime member of Oath Keepers.
For those of you who are wondering, yes, I notified the Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s office, and also Simpson’s new defense team of these evidence omissions. I have also testified on record and under oath, during legal depositions in June 2013, pursuant to my 2011 Federal Lawsuit, that these omissions have occurred against Simpson and should be rectified, immediately.
Again, I am sure that another nightmare is in the making, in that the infrastructure that permitted this injustice against Simpson to have occurred in the first place is now trying to figure out a way to smooth this over and quietly rectify that matter without too much media attention. I predict that Simpson will eventually be released from prison on a phony medical diagnosis, so as to live his remaining days on earth in seclusion, and everyone will forget what has happened.
Just to wet your whistle, another example of wrongdoing is the 2007 beheading murder of LVMPD Officer Kevin Scott Dailey, whereby the LVMPD, Henderson PD, and the Clark County Coroners Office is complicit in the commission and cover-up of this egregious murder of a fully commissioned police officer, denying him any type of criminal homicide
investigation, media publication, or his Constitutional Civil Rights.
The rule of law appears to matter not to the past and present police administration of the LVMPD. I have indirectly and directly tried to correct these wrongdoings, both internally and externally, during my 36 years of loyal law enforcement service to the community and to my beloved police department. Rest assured, I will continue my quest to get rid of the cancerous infections that have become embedded within the very bowels of the past and present police administration. There is way more to expose and re-examine, so stay tuned.
IN GOD WE TRUST
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.