So let’s see, there’s the no more police officers responding to non-injury traffic accidents policy. This policy is unusually bizarre and dangerous and can be compound an already stressful and expensive incident. Let’s say such an incident occurs between you and a stranger. Both of you are going to argue that it was the other person’s fault; it may eventually end up being a physical confrontation, involving a serious injury or maybe even a death,without the expected presence of a third party police officer to keep the peace. And this policy will continue, right? The first death or serious injury that occurs, I personally believe that the participants would have a basis for a lawsuit against the police department for not duly responding and keeping the peace. Why would we pay taxes when we don’t get the proper police service? There are plenty of traffic motor officers issuing nothing but traffic tickets who could respond to a non-injury traffic accident to keep participants from killing one another. And let’s not forget the increase in non-injury traffic accidents that will eventually involve impaired drivers under the influence of marijuana that is coming our way, to say nothing of those non-injury accidents that have already involved those under the influence of alcohol.
The current policy which allows for a fully commissioned police officer to suddenly not show up for work (to be AWOL), and to remain missing for a month without anyone investigating the reason, is the same policy that then led to nothing being done when his severed head showed up near Lake Mead, in the desert, rotting away, STILL with no follow up investigation or even media coverage by anyone. This all actually occurred in December of 2007, and the officer whose head was found was LVMPD Officer Kevin Scott Dailey.
The current policy of converting and tainting criminal evidence in police officer involved fatal shootings of citizens of this community, without any oversight or review, even though other pertinent evidence has resurfaced, which includes the involvement of the FBI and Justice Department, and their knowledge of this pertinent evidence, is still
in full swing.
The current policy of tolerating and condoning the criminal conduct of “Special Individuals,” usually of high ranking positions within the police department, or just plain “Kool-Aid Drinkers” — employees destined to kiss the dragging robes of the new sheriff while overlooking criminal acts such as murder, rape, drug-dealing, malfeasance, discrimination, nepotism, theft, threats to life, false arrest, evidence tampering, etc., is still in full swing.
How about the current policy of censoring pertinent documentation regarding the health and safety of police employees that are subjected to extreme hazardous conditions, whereby they lose their lives in performing their duties, such as the helicopter squadron and the censored after-action reports that were withheld and redacted before
being given to the FAA?
How about the current policy of using outside “reality TV shows” to videotape actual police operations and having the ability to redact, destroy, or hide the video when things go terribly wrong and may show the police department in disfavor?
And how about the logical policy of not being able to campaign for the office of sheriff, on duty, when it is obvious that “No-Show Joe” and his mentor were constantly campaigning on duty for the benefit of NO SHOW JOE’s Campaign for Sheriff.
And then there’s the policy of hiding under the desk when constitutional violations are committed against Clark County residents in the form of armed aggression against law-abiding citizens operating under the rule of law (Cliven Bundy), or maybe even operating under the 2nd Amendment and the right to bear arms.
Yes, the crying is only beginning in that almost fifty percent of the residents believed that there should have been a change for the better, whereby the other fifty percent either didn’t understand, or were not aware; or they too, were bought and paid for by the rich and powerful. At any rate, we are in for a rough ride, which will actually be for the betterment of the community. My only hope is that nobody innocent will get hurt by the continual clean-up, clean-out, and the necessary purging of trash that is necessary to bring Honor, Integrity and Ethics back to policing in the Las Vegas Community. God help us all.
IN GOD WE TRUST
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Gordon Martines is a former LVMPD detective who has served in many capacities over his 39-year career in law enforcement. He has been a candidate for sheriff in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, with the intention of bringing integrity and accountability back to the department, and filed a federal lawsuit against LVMPD in 2011. Martines now contributes his opinions and ideas to the Las Vegas Tribune to keep the public informed and help improve policing in Las Vegas. He has also appeared on the Face the Tribune radio program several times to share his plan for a better LVMPD.