Using your own words, “Just to be clear,” Gordon Martines is not my
“friend.” Gordon Martines is a decent police officer who has served
this community for more than three decades; he is a political
candidate who ran for the position of sheriff a few times and has been
discriminated against by the so-called mainstream media that tries to
rule the news and the information that is disseminated in our city.
His own people in his “beloved police department” (his own words, not
mine) abused and tried to humiliate him by ransacking his working desk
and threatened to harm him physically and emotionally, aiming to
destroy his reputation and make him look like he is mentally unstable
just because they, both the media and the created interests of the Las
Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, do not want the public and the
rank and file of the department to hear what he has to say.
I have known Martines since he ran for sheriff the first time and was
discriminated against by Jon Ralston and his producer, Deana Gentry
(her father, RIP, would have been ashamed of her actions because he
never had a discriminatory bone in his body, and lots of minorities
would have gone to bat for him if anyone would have accused him of
such behavior) when they told him that he was not invited to the show
because he was not a qualified candidate and had no financial backing.
Martines is not my friend, although he is a friendly acquaintance of
mine. Martines has been the subject of several stories written by the
Las Vegas Tribune newspaper; he is also a client and contributes to
I have ridden in the same elevator with Sheriff Gillespie and we
always acknowledge each other when we run into each other in public
places, but I am far from being friends with the sheriff — and I am
not trying to insult Martines by comparing him to Gillespie.
Martines not only paid for his own advertising, but also has donated
money to keep this newspaper functioning, serving the community to the
best of our abilities, and unlike other candidates that take advantage
of reduced prices in our advertising, Gordon Martines has never argued
about the price and paid the full amount.
Let me give you a little background about this newspaper and myself,
the creator, producer and owner of the Las Vegas Tribune newspaper.
It has been my intention from the very beginning to fight corruption,
abuse, discrimination, police brutality and any other behavior related
to government- and police-wrongdoing in our city and county.
I personally can go way back to the ’60s when two Las Vegas Police
Detectives (Metro did not exist back then), Max Huggins and Don
McHale, were accused of police brutality when the car they were
sitting in during an undercover police detail was attacked and their
lives, presumably, were in danger and they had to defend themselves. I
defended those two detectives that I didn’t even know at the time.
Later on, I realized that neither one of them were worth defending and
that Huggins, at least, was nothing more than a piece of trash who,
during his years on the force, committed several crimes — including
murder — with the same old excuse they all use when they kill another
human being, that he feared for his life; he was a sorry substitute
for a human being.
I did not know Officer Ron Mortensen when he was accused, entrapped
and railroaded into a life in prison without the possibility of parole
for a crime he did not commit. Up to this date, Ron Mortensen is still
fighting against the impossible to prove his innocence because Metro
wants to protect the real murderer, Chris Brady, the son of another
one of those who believes his “poop does not stink,” Detective Mike
Brady, who happens to be under the impression that Metro cannot exist
A little more recently, when a Las Vegas family was deprived of taking
their newborn child home because the mother of the child tested
positive for marijuana and a judge that I respect and like, Judge
Frank Sullivan, wanted to give that child up for adoption, the Las
Vegas Tribune — under my supervision and direction and with my
blessings — took up the fight of the Jones family as part of our own
It would have been easier for me and for the Las Vegas Tribune to
ignore the pain of the Jones family — a family I never met before –
and protect a sitting judge that I always had a line of communication
with; but that is not why the Las Vegas Tribune exists.
I am very proud of the cover we put on that certain issue regarding
the Sandy Murphy/Richard Tabish trial when they were accused of
murdering casino mogul Ted Binion. I am even more proud to say that we
were the only newspaper that believed in the innocence of those two,
despite the fact that I knew Ted Binion personally and never even
heard of Richard Tabish before in my life.
I read the article that you referred to written by then Detective
Gordon Martines, and I did not see your name anywhere in that article;
but I did see three things that you did that are against my beliefs:
you lied, you accused me unfairly, and you made demands of me.
First of all, let me tell you that even if you don’t believe it, I was
born of a woman and I have lots of respect for women, so when you
wrote “…but they didn’t include all the hateful things Rolando said
to me,” I can say you are lying because it is not my style to say
hateful words to a woman. And when you additionally said “…which I
have some of them saved on my voicemail…” I didn’t want to have to
call you a liar again, so just let me say that you are welcome to
bring that tape to me so I can hear those inappropriate words and
apologize to you in person.
When you hung up on me after I told you that we do not retract, I
called you back and told you that you should have more respect for an
old man like me and not hang up the phone because you disagree with
You want, and asked for, equal air time. I tried to explain to you
that the article was printed and not on our radio station, so that we
cannot give you equal time because the radio station had nothing to do
with whatever Martines had written in his article; but you did not
give me time and very rudely hung up the telephone on my delicate ear.
You told a member of our team that you have a written statement from
Gordon Martines’ campaign manager and she told you to send us a copy
of that statement, which you claim Gordon’s campaign manager and two
other members of the campaign wrote to you, but you never produced
that letter and his campaign manager told me that she has never
written any such statement to you.
You demanded a retraction. I have stated this many times: we do not
retract because we are sure of what we write or what a contributor
writes in our newspaper; we can be nice enough to offer you the space
to respond or to state your side of the story, but we DO NOT RETRACT.
We can even make a correction, but it will not be a retraction.
I have also stated many times before that the only one who can make
demands regarding this newspaper is the one who pays the bills and
keep the doors open, and his name is Rolando Larraz, yours truly.
The incident that you may have had with Martines is your own fault for
willingly talking to that police officer. At least you were lucky that
Martines was honest enough to first identify himself as a police
officer; some do not do that and entrap you for being honest.
You have to learn that police officers are not to be trusted; if you
know that a person is a police officer and you still admit to doing
something illegal, you deserve to be punished because you are not a
kid; in fact you have not been a kid for a very long time, and you
should know that police officers are not even friends among
themselves, so how can you expect them to be friends with a civilian?
If a policeman talks to me about some illegal activity, I will call
his superior and report him for talking to me about illegal
activities; but if you are so naive as to admit to a crime to a police
officer, than you know you should have known better, because until the
day before you were supporting him as “the best candidate.”
Put that in your head, young lady. If a police officer stands in front
of his or her own mirror, he or she will not be friends with the image
in that very mirror, so why would he or she be your friend?
They are not loyal to each other, so how can they be expected to be
loyal to a civilian? Didn’t Gordon Martines ever tell you what his
former working partner did to him?
A Mexican, just like him, riding in the same car together for years;
yet his partner still betrayed Martines when he was deposed for the
lawsuit that Martines filed against the police department, the sheriff
and 14 other high-ranking members of Gillespie’s gun squad.
They betray each other as it is convenient for them to do so; why
wouldn’t they betray a civilian? How can you not know all that at your
I think the best thing we can do, my dear, is forget that each of us
exists: you go on with your business and I will go on with our
business here at the Tribune and pretend that we do not know about
each other — after all, we have the benefit that we’ve never met, so
we do not know each other and all we have to do is erase each others
name from our minds.
I am going to keep defending those who are abused, entrapped and set
up by the police and you can go on writing your judicial things,
whatever it is that you write. Consider your experience in this case
as a learning process as I did once before, when I was falsely accused
of something — that I would never even think about doing and I would
not have the guts to do — by criminal police officers who wanted to
force me to be a snitch.
To this day, I am not a snitch, and I’m very careful as to what I say
around the police.