Officer Jesus Arevalo shot a disabled Gulf War veteran, Stanley Gibson, whose car was sandwiched in between two patrol cars, while he was waiting for orders.
A lieutenant, a sergeant, and two additional police officers — all monitored by someone located a distance away from the place of action — were all witnesses to Officer Arevalo’s actions.
“Although there were multiple issues cited by the board regarding tactics and decision-making, ultimately Officer Jesus Arevalo was the only officer who used deadly force,” Sheriff Doug Gillespie said during a press conference that, as always, excluded the Las Vegas Tribune.
Officer Jesus Arevalo, as with the family-owned Las Vegas Tribune, is a Latino that became the scapegoat for the police department’s display of discrimination. The Las Vegas Tribune has been discriminated against by Gillespie and his administration ever since the newspaper refused to endorse him in his two runs for the office that he now occupies.
Bryan Yant, a detective with the Las Vegas Police Department, is the other officer involved in a different high profile officer involved shooting; there are several differences between how his situation was handled compared to that of Arevalo, who lost his job.
Yant, in his first ten years as a police officer, has been involved in three police shootings, killing two suspects and wounding the third; he lied to a judge to obtain a false search warrant to enter the home of Trevon Cole, an alleged small marijuana dealer who was naked in his bathroom when the detective forced his way into the apartment Cole shared with his pregnant girlfriend.
Yant’s explanation of the shooting given during a coroner’s inquest presented discrepancies from the coroner’s explanation for the shooting. The Clark County prosecutor, who normally sides with the police, asked Yant how he could explain the two different versions of the shooting (one being Yant’s version) to which he cynically
responded, “I am not a forensic scientist; that is what I saw.”
As a surprise to many people, the Police Union has named Yant to a position in which he can counsel police officers who are involved in shootings — perhaps even telling them how to lie to a judge and how to get away with murder — and even police officers, active police officers within Metro, have expressed their disappointment with Yant’s recent promotion by their union.
Yant’s salary will likely jump — like any other union official — up to perhaps $200,000 a year, and his workload will be reduced to a couple of hours a day, if that, as he stays home waiting for a shooting to happen so he can then advise and council the officer involved in the shooting.
A few police officers have commented that the union administration took Yant to upset the current Metro administration and Sheriff Douglas Gillespie, who vowed to keep Yant on a desk assignment for the rest of his career instead of firing and prosecuting the detective.
Former Clark County Prosecutor Dave Roger — who resigned one year after being re-elected to “spend more time” with his family, now has two jobs and his wife is a judge in Municipal Court — told the media during the coroner’s inquest that he thought Yant was lying on the stand; but now that he is one of the lawyers for the police union under the director Chris Collin’s wife, he seems to have become mute and has not made any comments to the media.