A Federal Neutral hearing is scheduled to take place at the Federal Court Building, in front of Federal Judge George Foley Jr, regarding the long-standing Federal Complaint, filed by longtime veteran law enforcement officer, Detective Gordon Martines, against the LVMPD, Sheriff Gillespie et al., on allegations of
This Federal complaint, characterized by the symbolism “David vs Goliath,” or Martines vs. LVMPD, is unprecedented, as far as this newspaper is aware of, in this community. This is the only newspaper that has been following this unbelievable and highly charged case since November 7, 2010, and has published the ongoing Mistreatment and Discrimination against the 38-year loyal police veteran, 34 years with the LVMPD, 17 years in the Robbery/Homicide Bureau, and three-time candidate for Sheriff of Clark County, Detective Gordon Martines.
Fifteen named defendants and administrative staff members of the LVMPD are listed in the Federal complaint.
This newspaper’s knowledge and confirming sources say that Detective Gordon Martines is currently on Workman’s Compensation Leave under the Heart and Lung Bill, which was eventually granted in April 2012, and encompasses his two heart surgeries – September 2011 and November 2012 – and continual heart therapies, testing and treatment, along with Coronary Artery Disease, Hypertension, and Diabetes.
This newspaper has published the alleged mistreatment by LVMPD since the November 7, 2010 incident regarding Detective Martines’s life being threatened (twice) by his immediate supervisor, along with discriminatory ethnic and degrading remarks; his desk being totally ransacked, resulting in the destruction of criminal files with pertinent evidence, two murder investigations – one of which involves the Narcotics Section of the LVMPD as suspects – and other official documents, which include statements and confessions of suspects in major criminal cases; and of the personal property of Detective Martines, including his gun, his money and his 30-year police diamond-studded seniority pin – all without notice, inventory, due process or even probable cause.
This newspaper believes that the root cause for the LVMPD to “target” and attempt to silence and destroy Detective Martines has a historic threefold reason behind it: 1.) Det. Martines challenged Sheriff Gillespie twice in the race for Sheriff of Clark County, and in 2010 filed an ethics violation against Sheriff Gillespie; 2.) Det. Martines refused to “go along with” and “lie” about the “Evidence Tampering” that was executed from five search warrants on five Robbery/Sexual Assault suspects, which also involved a Police Lieutenant’s family as victims; 3.) During a Murder investigation that originated in Alamo, NV in 1996, Det. Martines uncovered a connection to and complicity with the Narcotics Section of LVMPD, and the betrayal murder and grisly desert burial of a paid registered LVMPD narcotics informant.
All attempts by LVMPD to dissuade and silence Det. Martines have failed, and thus extreme unlawful measures and acts were taken against him to cause him immediate mental and physical harm.
Numerous official internal complaints were filed by Detective Martines, all to no avail; they were completely ignored by the LVMPD and the LVPPA. Yet apparently LVMPD and Sheriff Gillespie et al. underestimated the indomitable will and – using the plaintiff’s own words – intestinal fortitude of Detective Gordon Martines.
The LVMPD, Sheriff Gillespie et al., are going to be taken to task and made to face the old adages of “What goes around comes around,” and “You reap what you sow.”
Regardless of what happens afterwards, the information given by Detective Martines in his Federal Complaint against the LVMPD, Sheriff Douglas Gillespie, et al., is on the official record now, in writing, for all to see and read, forever.
At this moment of “truth and nothing but the truth,” we hope that justice will be served and that those in charge of enforcing the law will not be intimidated by those who break the law.
That is how it is supposed to be, as per the First Amendment of the United States of America’s Constitution; and anyone or any entity that dares to attempt to silence a citizen and his/her right to petition a grievance, by means of force, fear, or intimidation, richly and rightfully deserves any punishment, as prescribed by the “Rule of Law.”
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A Mistake, or A Media Hypocrisy
During the few days that the manhunt chase of former Los Angeles Police Department officer Christopher Dorner lasted, the local media referred to him as a “murder fugitive,” while today they (Channel 13) referred to paralytic Oscar Pistorius – AKA “Blade Runner” for his high-tech artificial legs – accused of murdering his girlfriend, supermodel Reeva Steenkamp, as an Olympic hero.
Is the difference in the adjectives because Dorner killed a policeman, and Pistorius “only” killed a beautiful woman who never hurt anyone and had her whole career ahead of her? or because Channel 13 newscasters like to kiss police officers’ rear ends?