Thursday at an obscure local health food store in the Northwest area
of the city under a very private select group of people that notified
no one of the event.
The very select group could be playing both sides in case, as Las
Vegas Tribune has predicted, Martines becomes the next sheriff of
Clark County, bringing back the respect and the morale of the Las
Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, but not wanting to upset the
others that have qualified themselves as the annointers.
The group’s public relations person invited a very small select group
of unknown personalities who apparently wanted to keep Martines to
themselves without compromising the possibility of having to turn to
the other candidates in the event that one of them becomes the winner
in the primary election on June 10 of this year.
Without having the more usual number of people that attend fundraisers
— since so few were aware of it — the success of the event is unknown
and the amount collected will only be known when the official
declaration of how much the candidate got that day is filed; but the
Las Vegas Tribune has learned that most of the attendees enjoy very
Martines is one of the first candidates to announce his intention of
running for the sheriff position held now by a group of unethical
individuals led by Sheriff Douglas Gillespie, AKA Doug Gillespie.
Martines is a 36-year veteran of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
Department assigned to the detective bureau in the robbery and
homicide unit, and is the oldest officer in the entire department.
Currently Martines is suing the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
Department, Sheriff Douglas Gillespie AKA Sheriff Doug Gillespie, and
fourteen of the highest ranking of his administration, which includes
many of the candidates in the primary election.
Martines’ record is impeccable and his plan to run the department is
one of the best heard by the community; therefore, the fact that a
small group with the intention of keeping the candidate behind closed
doors is doing just that is a real shame.
“Gordon needs all the exposure he can get and to hide any opportunity
that he could have to speak to a bigger crowd will not help the
candidate,” said Rolando Larraz, founder of the Las Vegas Tribune and
faithful supporter of Martines for many years.
Larraz believes that keeping Martines away from the voters is not a
service to either the candidate or the community, which deserves to
hear the message Martines may have for them, thereby cutting his
chances of winning the election.
During an interview at the newspaper office, Detective Martines
explained that among other things he plans to do is to clean the
department of corruption and clean the name of his “beloved police
department” from top to bottom.
Martines said, “When I am elected Sheriff, truth will be the
foundation of any and all acts committed by the police department.
Next, all current and previous questionable acts, i.e. officer
involved shootings, murders, thefts, extortions, suicides, unlawful
terminations, misappropriation of funds, and constitutional violations
committed by the police department and by any/all employees, will be
re-examined and rectified no matter how long it will take, going as
far back as to when they occurred. This vow is absolutely necessary if
this police department and this community are to survive. It is of the
utmost urgency that the public again trusts and respects their police
department, and again believes that the law of the land will not be
for sale, and that the enforcement of the law will always be impartial
and not subject to public opinion or money.”
“I cannot understand how it may help Martines’ race by having him
attend a meet-and-greet event and only invite those who already are
supporters; the idea of a meet-and-greet for a candidate is for others
who don’t know him yet, or never heard his platform, to get acquainted
with the candidate,” said Larraz.
Calls made to the organizers of the event were not returned on time
for this article, and Martines did not answer our telephone calls to
his home or cell.