Three dead; an ‘active-duty’ lieutenant with the LVMPD pulls the trigger, and all we get is an incident log from the Henderson Police Department? Oh yes — the ‘authorities’ did release the call Walters made to dispatch. I don’t think I will ever listen to it because I knew a lot of what had been done to my former supervisor. The media has requested records but apparently they don’t want to fight through Metro’s refusals.
Another secret is how Captain Todd Fasulo ‘arranged’ for me to be fired and how he got away with being untruthful to Internal Affairs.
He was also untruthful in front of an arbitrator (as he provided testimony under oath). He was also able to get Lt. Hans Walters to ‘catch’ amnesia during May of 2012 at my arbitration hearing. Walters testified (also under oath) for nearly three hours and couldn’t remember much of anything — especially the important things! Fasulo deserves to be ‘called-out’ before he does any more damage and certainly before they give him another promotion! I have the audio (and transcripts) of his two interviews (as my accuser) at Internal Affairs. We had a court reporter document his sworn testimony (along with that of Lt. Walters and other witnesses) during my arbitration hearing as well. Someday, we could also compare the official LVMPD documents and a timeline to establish (by clear and convincing evidence) that Fasulo manipulated Walters and the truth! But now there is only one person keeping that secret about what really happened on July 5, 2011. Fasulo needed Walters to be his witness. He also needed his close personal friend and ‘vacation buddy’ Sgt. Kelly McMahill to conduct the investigation — even after I told her supervisors about the obvious conflict of interest. Lt. Chris Tomaino would later testify that Internal Affairs was ‘busy’ at the time so they left McMahill on the case and allowed her to finish me off.
I like timelines. Timelines reveal things that just are not noticed by reading documents. Here is a short one:
After many months of receiving written praise for my performance and crime fighting, Lt. Hans Walters issued me a Contact Report. I was informed that I could not leave my area to conduct follow-up investigations without making notifications to my supervisor and dispatchers. Of course, I disagreed with the action and appealed it to the union and they did nothing. I requested written clarification a half-dozen times and received none.
Over two months later, with no evidence that I had violated any rules or policies in the interim, I pulled up next to another officer at the Desert Tides Apartments (across the street/I-15 from my normal patrol area) and talked to her. We both left the area shortly thereafter, but it was too late! I had committed the ‘sin’ of crossing the street — the same thing I had to do to get gas at the end of EVERY SHIFT!
Lt. Walters wasn’t working on June 30th, but he heard about the EAC ‘surveillance’ of me in short order. Captain Fasulo spent almost a week collecting information and interviewing people. I would later learn that just three days before I was “pulled-in” for an interrogation with Captain Fasulo-the LVMPD allowed Walters to get off probation as a new lieutenant. This was an extension of the normal probationary period forced upon Walters by that ‘pretend’ Metro captain named Charles Hank. What promises did Fasulo force Walters to make in that week leading up to my meeting with the two of them?
At the end of the shift, I was called in to a meeting with Fasulo and Walters. Fasulo would later repeat in several venues that he did not ask me any questions — so what the heck did we talk about for nearly two hours? He knew that he would have violated the Police Officer’s Bill of Rights to question me without ‘notice’ or ‘representation’ about matters that could lead to disciplinary action. He had to come up with a plausible explanation to describe how I “denied ever leaving” my area. So what did he do? He said that I ‘offered’ that I had never left my area. He couldn’t even get that right. I told them both that I had not violated that Contact Report and that I had not left my area to conduct follow-up investigations. It didn’t matter. The next day Fasulo had Walters prepare a Statement of Complaint which contained the following: “No questions were asked of Sgt. Jahn during the meeting, however in an unsolicited statement, Sgt. Jahn denied being outside of the area command doing any follow-up investigative work on June 30, 2011.”
Because it was easy to tell the truth, I gave the same information to Sgt. Kelly McMahill at Internal Affairs. She asked me the same question nearly 20 times during my ‘noticed’ interrogation. Because I would not ‘deny’ — DENYING that I had left my area to conduct follow-up investigation (when I met with Fasulo and Walters on 7/5/11) — I was considered to be untruthful… and four months later I was terminated by the regime! Then I had to endure Attorney ‘Tricky Nicky’ pretend that he understood the meaning of ‘orders’ and why police organizations cannot tolerate insubordination. He (and Metro) selectively ignored how important it is to fairly address discrimination complaints and protect employees from retaliation!
Even though Lt. Walters told me Fasulo “is not trying to fire you” and even though he had told me many times, “Just wait until we get to court” (meaning he totally supported me and would testify to this), and even though my union told me Fasulo told them that (firing me) was the ‘hardest thing’ he had to do, they DID IT anyway!
Three were present on 7/5/11 and there are only two left now. After the testimony from May of 2012 (and Walters’ tragic end in January of 2013), the only thing we have are the audio recordings, the transcripts, and two versions of the truth. Two can keep a secret when one is dead, but Fasulo can no longer intimidate and coerce this witness.
It is difficult to put into words how much damage has been done by Metro because of what they have allowed people like Fasulo to do. I’ve
been ‘gone’ for nearly three years already but my professional reputation and career are damaged forever. Every time I look at a job announcement or consider future employment, all of that destructive impact of the LVMPD comes back to the surface and I have to be
prepared to explain and address it. How do you convince anyone that the only reason that you got fired was because your organization
decided you needed to be purged, so they said you couldn’t cross the street and then they waited until you crossed the street? Outrageous —
but it happened! Now for an overview of other ‘secrets’ that may NOT be kept…
AIR SUPPORT SAFETY REPORT
This week we learned that there was a problem with a hoist hook that may have led to the tragedy in which Officer VanBuskirk lost his life.
We also recently learned that Lt. Gwain Guedry abruptly retired after writing a report on unsafe practices in the Air Unit. He must have realized that the knife was already in his back — even though Sheriff Duh-G wrote a personal email to him.
Two can keep a secret when they force one (Guedry) out — or maybe not? There has now been legal action initiated by the PMSA on behalf of the officers because Metro suppressed the information in that report. The PMSA didn’t support me about blowing the whistle on the ‘corrupted’ system for policing Vice and the Strip. Now, will D.A. Wolfson or the AG’s Office do anything — such as address the ‘whistle-blower’ law and how it should protect employees?
I remember when Lew Roberts (former homicide lieutenant) retired. He got hammered by some people for making some critical comments on Metro’s use of deadly force. People thought he should have been speaking out when he was still in homicide — but he obviously had his
reasons and I’m sure they were related to self-preservation. I saw less criticism when former Undersheriff Rod Jett made some comments
that were not exactly complimentary about Metro. He also made his comments after retirement.
I’m thinking that there has been no administration in the history of the LVMPD that has seen so many resignations/retirements of high-ranking members (and terminations or resignations of ‘regular’ members of the department). U/S Rodd Jett, A/S Mike McClary, A/S Ray Flynn, A/S Ted Moody, A/S Greg McCurdy, Deputy Chief Dennis Cobb and others. Captain Larry Burns left too — so he could have the freedom to run an election campaign without Gillespie’s ‘goons’ looking over his shoulder! How long has Gillespie’s ship been sinking?
Gillespie assured the community that everything was done properly with the contract negotiations but subsequent news coverage addressed the truth. After some attacks on Steve Sisolak it was clear that Gillespie was a little too ‘cozy’ with the union and deceptive with his explanations.
I know former deputy chief (Dennis Cobb) and director (Phil Roland) have been getting blamed for the Harris radio system problems. There are even people accusing them of being corrupt (as if someone paid them a bribe to bring a non-Motorola system to the Las Vegas Valley).
There is no evidence of any of this, but Metro is fabulously effective at targeting and vilifying people who do not drink Duh-G’s Kool-Aid.
It does not seem to matter that Joe Lombardo wasn’t able to fix the system when he had his chance and Metro is now back in bed with Motorola.
Just look at all of the donations and advertising involving Motorola (sponsoring things such as golf tournaments, the Best of the Badge Gala’s, etc). Maybe Metro will re-name the new Headquarters the Langley-Motorola-Gillespie Corporate Policing Facility? I suppose we could add the names of some local developers and other ‘donors’ but then the name would read like a law firm…and it would be really difficult to keep secrets with that many folks.
BLM & BUNDY
The SWAT sergeant who didn’t agree with Metro about a sniper’s Facebook comment has also abruptly retired and a civil suit is being filed. It is interesting that corrective action was taken against a SWAT sniper and his supervisor but when the BLM said that Sheriff Gillespie screwed things up by not living up to his commitments he gets off with minimal scrutiny. Will Sergeant Quick reveal some ‘secrets’ during the legal proceedings sure to come?
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Gillespie said he reached out to the Department of Justice but news accounts indicated otherwise. The ‘promises’ to investigate fatal and no”n-fatal shootings and be more transparent appear to be bogged down.
I have not seen the release of a shooting review by the Office of Internal Oversight for many months and there are at least a dozen of them ‘on deck’ and they include the shooting at the Excalibur. Secrets aren’t as easy to keep when there is video (or witnesses).
VIDEOS & INTERNAL AFFAIRS INACTION
Whatever happened after the video from New Year’s Eve with Sgt. Jenkins doing another one of his infamous take-downs (a choke hold)? Do we have to wait for the outcome of a lawsuit?
An incident downtown also made the news and the video does not match what officers are apparently writing in their reports. Internal Affairs does not find fault with an officer not identifying himself or giving verbal commands or not moving fast enough when a bar is being cleared out? What was that one officer doing with that wild swinging of his police baton? Everything is ‘fine’ with Internal Affairs if you have not been ‘targeted’ and if what you have done is considered aggressive “cowboy” policing.
Two CAN’T keep a secret when there is video and there are outside juries but it is a shame that it has to reach that point.
What is the current state of the LVMPD? With the stories making the news about the abrupt resignations and the problems that were connected to the ‘specialized’ units (SWAT and Air Support) it is clear that the sentiment within Metro is changing. I reviewed the following two comments which may be a good summary of things now but they don’t need to be a reflection of the future of the LVMPD: “It is an all-out witch hunt right now everywhere. Gillespie knows he is the worst sheriff in the history of the department and is screwing anyone he can regardless of rank.”
“The illusion of transparency claims another veteran officer. I can’t wait until Larry takes the helm, and openness is not just a buzz word.
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Norm Jahn is a former LVMPD lieutenant, who has also served as a police chief in Shawano, Wisconsin, and has nearly 25 years of police
experience. Jahn now contributes his opinions and ideas to help improve policing in general, and in Las Vegas in particular, through his weekly column in the Las Vegas Tribune.