Are we weakening our police officers on the street?

One of the many reasons that the Las Vegas Tribune exists today is because we believe there is a need for a media that is not controlled by the government at all levels.
Also, we believe that the actions of many police units, like Vice, Organized Crime and so-called Intelligence should be exposed to the public, the County, the City and to many other jurisdictions outside Clark County.
Not because we believe that the almighty Federal Bureau of Investigation is brave enough to confront the actions of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Administration, but we realize how important and risky the job is that they — the rank and file men and women in uniform patrolling our community and protecting the residents of Clark County, as well as the tourists and visitors — do.
For all these years we have been very critical of the police administration as well as the plainclothes detectives in these units mentioned above — Vice, Organized Crime and Intelligence — who live under the false impression that they are more “macho” than the rest of
the male population of the world. (Some of the females may exhibit marianismo as well.)
Many times we have questioned what their machismo would look like if they did not have the gun, the badge and the back-up; we have exposed Detectives like Mike Bunker, the four-hundred pound gorilla who enjoyed beating up an eighty-pound female; the corrupt Rod Mathis, who ended up in a federal prison for corruption to cover his cocaine habit until his death; retired detective Max Huggins serving as bodyguard for the late Ted Binion when the casino millionaire was going to buy the drugs that killed him.
We always have shown a lot of respect for those men and women in uniform who patrol our streets and we are personally aware of a few
bad apples, but we cannot forget how dangerous their jobs are.
Every time a patrol officer gets out of the cruiser they have no idea if they will go home at the end of their shift or if someone resisting
arrest or being under the influence of drugs might shoot them.
We always advise our readers that when they get stopped by police to keep their cool and obey their orders; the streets and the traffic
stops are not the place to discuss their rights or to argue who is right or who is wrong for once because the officer who stops them and
asks question may be as concerned for their safety as the citizen may be for his or hers.
People who resist being arrested can expect to have a sad ending that could be very drastic, emotional and even fatal. People who resist
being arrested have the tendency to calm down for a short time and then resist again so the police need to be prepared for that second
bout of resistance to take place.
Back in 1990 in Las Vegas a casino floor man was sleeping in his apartment naked when three vice officers entered without a warrant and without authorization and choked the casino floor man to death.
An alcoholic District Attorney at the time by the name of Rex Bell — who was a known police lover — decided not to press charges against the officers and the casino floor man’s death went unpunished.
Thirty-one years later a man with a history of hard drug use resisted arrest and ended up dead.
Today, a nineteen-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department is accused of murdering a man with a drug history who was caught on tape resisting arrest and his own Black Police Chief testified against him as well as most of the prosecutors’ hand-picked witnesses who were Black, showing an obvious dislike for Officer Chauvin and who were likely prepared by prosecutors looking for notoriety or a pay raise.
If Officer Chauvin gets convicted, which most likely will happen, he will be in prison for no less than twenty years and be at risk of getting killed for being a White police officer who killed a Black man, ignoring the fact that the Black man resisted the officer’s commands and was highly agitated.
Most police officers know that their bosses will not fight for them; they will throw them to the lions in the community to be eaten alive.
So from now on, the officers on the street who face a man resisting arrest will just let him go and stop at the next coffee shop for a cup
of coffee, but will not argue with the person who was resisting arrest because few will be willing to risk losing their job, their good
reputation, their freedom (possibly ending up in jail as well), or even their life for a superior who does not have what it takes to back
them up and defend and protect their officers on the street.
The outcome of Officer Derek Chauvin’s trial could handcuff the hands of all police officers in the nation.

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