Nothing has changed in years at Metro

By Rolando Larraz
Las Vegas Tribune
In reading last Friday’s article by David Ferrara in the daily newspaper about the two police detectives being indicted bring back memories of the corruption in some of the units of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Christopher Hamner may be a very young man or he may have started working with the Clark County District Attorney only yesterday for him to tell the daily newspaper’s David Ferrara that “this is probably the worst public corruption case involving police officers since I have been in office.”
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is well known for its dirty work and its abuse of power earning the reputation of “coming to Las Vegas on vacation and leaving on probation.”
Back in the early eighties, a newspaperman was visiting the old Organized Crime Unit; a detective was walking to the evidence vault when another detective yelled “if you are looking for the evidence, do not waste your time; I already took it.”
The Detective took the drugs for his girlfriend; he was arresting people with drugs and letting them go after he took the drugs and brought them home to his girlfriend.
The reporter, the late Ned Day, with the North Las Vegas Valley Times newspaper, reported the “incident” after a thorough digging in the next edition of the newspaper.
It was a 1993 summer when the Utah Federal Bureau of Investigation team arrested the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Detective Rod Mathis in Las Vegas for taking bribes and was sentenced to one year in a federal country club camp.
In 1996 a Registered Narcotic Informant was murdered in Alamo, Nevada after some Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department police officers assigned to the narcotics unit “accidentally” allowed drug dealers to learn the identity of the Registered Narcotic Informant.
In 1997 two police officers, Chris Brady and Ron Mortensen, from the old, now defunct Southwest substation, were involved in the killing of a low level narcotics suspect and well known gang member named Daniel Mendoza.
Neither police officer, Brady nor Mortensen, were assigned to the Narcotics Unit, but Daniel Mendoza was a small street drug dealer known to Chris Brady and it was Brady’s idea to pass by the area where Mendoza resides and it was Brady who shot Mendoza. Brady’s father, an old-timer and notorious police detective with a reputation of knowing where the dead bodies are and holding secrets from many high-ranking police department officers, manipulated the system bringing up the obvious false arrest and unsubstantiated conviction of Ron Mortensen while his son only did a few months in a federal country club camp for charges unrelated to the prolific use and sales of narcotics and wife beatings and the subsequent cover-ups by LVMPD supervisory personnel; or maybe the obvious segregated disregard of formal internal affairs complaints, five of which have been submitted and resubmitted several times.
In 1998 there was the cover-up of the four LVMPD police officers that raped a narcotics suspect’s girlfriend, and were only let go from employment for that deed, with no criminal charges.
In 2010 a cover-up of the fatal shooting of a small street drug pusher, Travon Cole, took place after a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department narcotics officer entered his residence and shot him to death.
Let’s not forget the use of phony drug dogs by the LVMPD, DEA, Nevada Drug Interdiction, and the Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP), for which there was a class action lawsuit that lasted several years, or maybe the systematic protection of certain mid-level supervisors who have lied under oath in order to further their unlawful and unholy agenda.
Detective Lawrence Rinetti with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Narcotics Unit was charged with more than three dozen felonies and gross misdemeanors, including trafficking in a controlled substance, misconduct of a public officer, conspiracy, offering a false instrument for filing or record and fraudulent use of a credit card; Michael Ramirez, the head of the governmental affairs for the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, AKA PPA, faces one count each of conspiracy to commit a crime and offering a false instrument for filing or record according to David Ferrara’s article in the daily newspaper.
Business is as usual within Metro’s jurisdiction.

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