By Thomas A Nagy Special to the Las Vegas Tribune Part Eight of a Series
In an earlier article we looked at recent events that took place on Boulder Highway: a male driver in a white SUV attempted to force Cynthia Turner off the road into a median where she would have likely been seriously injured or killed. The most probable person with the driving skills to make that attempt would be a highly trained, experienced law enforcement official. This momentary event took place less than a month after the tragic deaths of seven people within less than twenty-four hours, on June 8 and 9, 2014.
Three of those seven were police officers. Two of the three officers have become world famous and continue to garner sympathy and harvest dollars after death. One, of the Henderson Police, isn’t mentioned in media at all beyond the fact that he was found dead at home. Many readers are familiar with another recent event, the alleged stabbing of a Henderson Police officer by a 51-year-old man stopped for questioning because he was riding his bicycle near Horizon Drive and Boulder Highway after 3 a.m. on a Tuesday morning. Stopped because of alleged “suspicious behavior,” Jesse Vigil was shot to death by two Henderson officers at Horizon Drive near a 7-Eleven. As the story goes, Vigil was becoming belligerent and agitated during questioning. Apparently no one asked why Vigil was allowed to get close enough to Officer Baxter, after displaying a knife, to inflict two stab wounds on Baxter. Or if asked, no answer is published. It would seem that experienced officers would take precautions when confronting and being confronted by an agitated and belligerent man. What suspicious behavior was exhibited that caused Vigil to be accosted? Were those officers provoking a reaction in the victim? For example, did one or both of the Henderson officers shove the victim for not answering questions the way they wanted them answered? Witnesses heard gunshots that morning right at the time noted by police that this incident took place. But those gunshots were not 1-2-3 in rapid succession, as one might expect immediately in response to a stabbing and self-defense mode. Instead, a shot was heard followed by what might have been a reverb against a building. After a long pause of perhaps a minute and a half, a second shot was heard as if it came from a greater distance. Following another long pause a third shot was heard, again at what seemed farther away. After the first shot, comments were made: “You heard that? What was that?” Speculative answers were offered; “Sounded like a body being thrown into a dumpster at the shopping center.” Yes, it was a dull thud, a bah-boom sound. After the first pause, a similar thud, then another pause and a final loud thud. The last two had an ugly sound to them. Two anonymous ear-witnesses live in close proximity to the location at which the killing of Jesse Vigil took place. Neither heard an ambulance or police siren after those fatal events took place, leaving one to wonder how Officer Baxter was transported away for care. It took more than three hours for police to reveal the official version of events that morning. With dozens of officers present on the scene, no one was authorized to tell the press what took place until three hours later. It was as if no one knew, even though the official story is rather straightforward: Man is stopped, questioned, pulls out a knife, stabs twice, and is shot dead. The period of time between the stabbing and final shots would have been less than ten seconds, not three minutes.
It was nearly four hours between the shots and disclosure of what had caused reporters to arrive on the scene of a body laying on Horizon Drive. And no one asked or reported why Officer Baxter was transported to Sunrise Hospital, a considerable distance away, for stab wounds while St. Rose Dominican Hospital was about one mile to the north and close to the Henderson Police Office. KLAS TV had reported that Baxter was taken to St. Rose and released the same day. Without doubt the killing of Jesse Vigil by police officers will be found to be “justified” and in the Line of Duty. The official version of events will be accepted without question. Equally certain, had the attempt to murder Cynthia Turner less than two miles away been successful, the circumstances would have been found to be an unfortunate accident. The means of and reason for the death of Henderson Officer John David Sigmund on June 9, 2014 remains a mystery. Perhaps his family has requested privacy. Sigmund was a twice decorated hero who had saved a man’s life and conducted himself with exceptional valor. This twice-honored police veteran does not register as such when it comes to fundraising campaigns to benefit families of deceased officers. To kill or be killed seems to be ingrained in those who sign up to serve in law enforcement. When the facts don’t fit into a neat little package that will be sold and stored away in minds of a believing public, truth will be entirely hidden and “fictional facts” packaged for mass consumption. And if this too is deemed impracticable, silence and obscurity will prevail. * * * * * Thomas A. Nagy is the author of Cannabis Consumer Handbook available at Amazon.com, and the blog ReGeneration at blogspot.com. Email direct at: firstname.lastname@example.org.