President of Veterans In
Gillespie will go down in history as the worst Sheriff in the LVMPD.
Gillespie has major issues with building the bridge to the community
outskirts of Clark County. Gillespie is more concerned with Las Vegas
Boulevard, aka the Strip, but has failed to recognize the communities
within Clark County. Gillespie is more connected with politicians in
Washington DC than he is with Clark County constituents and especially
his own rank-and-file in the LVMPD.
More Cops Bill
It is well noted that Gillespie failed in his attempt to have the
“More Cops Bill” passed. Gillespie has made several visits to Carson
City on the taxpayers’ dime in an effort to influence Nevada
Legislatures into passing this bill by increasing sales tax on all
Gillespie has failed to convince legislatures to pass the “More Cops
Bill.” Legislatures returned it back to the Clark County Board of
County Commissioners to avoid the responsibility and burden of
increasing sales tax on Nevadans. Currently Gillespie has in his
possession $136,000,000 that can be used to hire more police officers
without increasing taxes. If Gillespie is successful in increasing
taxes, than he also automatically will increase his own payroll, with
salaries and benefits.
All attempts to pass this bill with the Clark County Commissioners
have failed. Gillespie has other ideas on how to spend taxpayers’
money if the bill passes. Gillespie wants to fill his budget hole and
replace a faulty radio system that has already cost taxpayers
$42,000,000, which reportedly cost the life of unarmed and disabled
Army Gulf War Veteran Stanley Gibson; [he also wants more money for] pay raises and bonuses for an already heavily paid administrative
And keep in mind the hundreds of thousands of dollars he pays lawyers
to defend his bad cops, high-priced lobbyists, multimillion-dollar
settlement checks written to constituents through Fiscal Affairs for
bad cops on the force, and $1,200,000 per month in rent for the newly
built police headquarters.
Gillespie also reneged on his promise to have Metro officers wear body
cameras as part of the “More Cops Bill” passing. In a letter from the
Las Vegas Police Protective Association (LVPPA), a deal was made with
Gillespie to outfit officers hired after July 2013 with body cameras.
Now that Metro has a hiring freeze, no existing officers are required
to wear body cameras.
Gillespie’s “More Cops Bill” will be placed back on the Clark County
Board of County Commissioners November 19th meeting at 10 a.m.,
sponsored by Commissioner Tom Collins. Commissioner Collins has his
own problems with the law — from discharging a firearm within the
jurisdiction of North Las Vegas while under the influence to several
traffic stops on (DUI) Driving Under the Influence. I guess this is
payback, because no arrests were ever made against Commissioner Tom
If Gillespie takes the Collective Bargaining Contract seriously and
manages it as if it were his own money, he would not keep bad police
officers, like LVMPD Detective Bryan Yant, on the force. Yant shot
three people and killed two, including unarmed Trevon Cole. Yant was
later found to have falsified a search warrant, to be dishonest in the
Coroner’s Inquest, and to be dishonest to Internal Affairs. Clearly
Yant has established a pattern of dishonesty and murder. He is the
officer who cost taxpayers $1,700,000. For some unknown reason,
Gillespie thought it was beneficial to keep Yant on the force.
LVMPD Officer Jacquar Roston shot an unarmed man and Gillespie’s own
“Use Of Force Board” unanimously recommended termination of this
officer. This would mark the first termination of an LVMPD Officer in
Metro’s history. However, Gillespie ignored the advice of his advisory
board and decided against terminating Roston. His actions provoked
several members of the Use of Force Board to resign, including the
LVMPD Assistant Sheriff Ted Moody. There was no new evidence presented
that had an altering effect for Gillespie to turn his back on his
fellow police officers and his civilian board members.
We now have LVMPD Officer Jesus Arevalo, the officer who shot and
killed unarmed, trapped, alone, and off his Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD) medication: disabled Army Gulf War Veteran Stanley
Gibson. Arevalo has been through a Grand Jury Investigation, a written
decision rendered from the Clark County District Attorney Steve
Wolfson, a Police Internal Affairs Investigation, a Police Fatality
Fact-Finding Review aka Coroner’s Inquest Review Board, and a “Use of
Force” review panel investigation.
In July 2013, the Use of Force Board unanimously recommended
termination of LVMPD Officer Jesus Arevalo, the second termination of
an LVMPD Officer in Metro’s history, yet Gillespie still had Officer
Arevalo on the taxpayer’s payroll. Arevalo has been on Paid
Administrative Leave since the killing of Gibson on December 12, 2011.
In twenty-two months, Arevalo’s deadly actions cost taxpayers
approximately $250,000, the salary that he earned from home while
being on Paid Administrative Leave.
LVMPD Officer Jesus Arevalo’s former wife, Catherine Arevalo, admitted
in a taped interview by Veterans In Politics International that her
husband confessed to her months before the Gibson shooting that he
would like to shoot someone so that he could be placed on Paid
Administrative Leave. This same police officer sent a text message
indicating the following: “As I watch my wife sleep, I think about how
easy it would be to cut her throat.”
These are the types of police officers Sheriff Gillespie allows to
stay on the force on the taxpayers’ dime, allowing these officers to
cast a dark cloud over good patriotic police officers.
In the LVMPD Collective Bargaining Contract there is a prevision
called “Purging of Records”: if you have a written write up it will be
purged after 18 months, a minor suspension will be purged after three
years, and a major suspension will be purged after five years. In
reality, a police officer with major reprimands in their file can be
promoted after their reprimands have been purged. This is how Sheriff
Gillespie puts bad police officers in leadership roles. I am sure
Detective Bryan Yant can’t wait for his killings to be removed.
Lack of Transparency
Gillespie talks about transparency, but yet he has made several
backroom deals with Legislatures, County Commissioners, City Council
members, union representatives, and the list goes on.
It was told that several Domestic Violence calls were made to
Gillespie’s home address. Gillespie told arriving officers to remove
themselves from his property, because they don’t have arrest powers.
This is true; there is an old Nevada Revised Statues (NRS) [law] that
indicates there are only three people in the State of Nevada that can
arrest a sitting Sheriff — and that is the Nevada Attorney General,
the District Attorney, and the County Coroner, for those that don’t
know the Coroner is an appointed position.
We have asked several legislatures in the 2013 session to change this
law, but everyone is too scared to amend it. It was also told that
Gillespie removed the event to his home address off LVMPD (SCOPE)
Shared Computer Operations for Protection and Enforcement; this is a
computer data-based [program] to keep a record of all events.
Lack of Integrity
Gillespie is known by his own officers as a liar and a manipulator.
Gillespie has also lied to the public and the media.
In 2009 Gillespie stated that Calvin Darling was a drunk driver that
caused the death of LVMPD Officer James Manor and showed Darling’s
photo at a media coverage press conference. A lie; Darling wasn’t
drunk and a $120,000 settlement was awarded to Darling.
In 2011 Gillespie said Stanley Gibson used his vehicle as a battering
ram and officers had to defend themselves. Another lie; Gibson was
nowhere near officers and he was surrounded by unoccupied police cars.
If it wasn’t for a bystander video-taping the police officers as
Arevalo shot and killed Gibson, we would have been convinced of what
Gillespie said. This is one of the reasons Gillespie is against body
cameras on his officers.
Sheriff Reacts to Commissioner’s
Also, Gillespie states adamantly in this video
“the whole County”…FALSE – In 2006, Clark County population:
1,912,654 – Registered voters 647, 904 – only 55.97 percent of those
actually voted, of which Gillespie received 33.56 percent (217,424
total votes). In 2010, Clark County population: 2,036,358 – Registered
voters 736, 663 – only 63.48 percemt of those actually voted, of which
Gillespie received 37.47 percent (276,016 total votes). For both
elections combined, he received a total vote of 35.64 percent of the
registered voters’ votes, which is only 12.50 percent of the votes of
the total population of Clark County. Even if you calculated that only
one in four people of the entire population of Clark County are
registered voting adults (a very generous estimate … leaning in
Gillespie’s favor), he still only would have received 49.98 percent
[of the] votes from the entire voting population of Clark County.
Hardly a resounding supporting voice from the entire county.
In this [same] video, he also states he “works for the citizens of
Clark County” and listens to what THEY say. Yet he turned down two
invitations to attend the annual Constitutional Sheriff’s Convention
held here in Las Vegas. This convention is designed to help sheriffs
learn how to better serve their citizens constitutionally. Gillespie
refused both invitations on the grounds that he was too busy.
What’s also confusing is that former Clark County District Attorney
David Roger, who was the District Attorney at the time of Gibson’s
death and is now the General Council for the PPA, is allowed to defend
Officer Jesus Arevalo, Malik Grego-Smith, Sgt. Michael Hnatuick and
Lt. David Dockendorf. We have filed several major conflict of interest
ethics complaints with our state government agencies, but all have
fallen on deaf ears.
In the 2014 Elections, the office of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
Sheriff will be the most controversial race in Clark County history.
Whoever is endorsed by Sheriff Douglas Gillespie… that person would
very clearly be the person to NOT vote for.