Samaniego and Cruz are similar, but not the same

Edgar Samaniego

By Rolando Larraz
Las Vegas Tribune

Edgar Samaniego

Edgar Samaniego and Victor Cruz are very similar physically and in the way they shot people in the back, but hopefully, most likely this time the District Attorney’s Office in Clark County will do the right thing and prosecute Samaniego to the fullest extent of the law so he can pay for the crime he committed.
Victor Cruz shot an unarmed human being in the back and killed him, but perhaps because of his connection with a Las Vegas Police Detective and a sold-out prosecutors team, the murder charges were never filed and Victor Cruz is walking the streets of Las Vegas a free man.
Samaniego shot a Las Vegas Police Officer and Victor Cruz killed a civilian who was unarmed and walking home to a nearby location; neither victim was expecting the actions of a criminal killer to take place.

Victor Cruz shot an unarmed human being in the back and killed him, but perhaps because of his connection with a Las Vegas Police Detective and a sold-out prosecutors team, the murder charges were never filed and Victor Cruz is walking the streets of Las Vegas a free man.
Samaniego shot a Las Vegas Police Officer and Victor Cruz killed a civilian who was unarmed and walking home to a nearby location;neither victim was expecting the actions of a criminal killer to take place.
While Victor Cruz shot a civilian with some record of having brushes with the legal system, Samaniego shot a young police officer who was serving and protecting the community.
Regardless of the differences between the two victims, they both have one thing in common—they are both human and while the public thinks the two cases are to be treated differently, and hopefully so, one is dead and the other is fighting for his life.
The District Attorney, Steve Wolfson, is an elected public servant and as such should act to create an image of justice for all, even if it is obvious that he is doing less than that.
It is important that Steve Wolfson acts like a conscious public servant and does not try to find excuses to let the shooter of a
police officer get away with his crime. District Attorney Steve Wolfson needs to man up and do the job he was elected to do and not become a defender of the criminals when it is convenient for his political career.
Hiding from the Las Vegas Tribune’s questions is not going to benefit his political career because the Clark County voters are not as naive or as indifferent as they used to be.
Disrespecting a news media institution, regardless as how small that media outlet is, only shows that he is a coward who does not know how to respect others unless they have money or power even if those with money or power did not support him and will not support him when they disagree with his decision to prosecute or not to prosecute an obvious crime just to please the police detectives in the case.
Many in the community believe that Victor Cruz should have been prosecuted and if not, a simple explanation for his actions should be sufficient to give to a normal intelligent community.
Steve Wolfson may think he is above the law but he is not. Steve Wolfson may be under the false impression that because he “worked a deal” with his assistant and might now be close to blackmailing her to cover up his unfair and ridiculous actions doesn’t mean that the Clark county voters are going to forget about it. It does not mean that the Las Vegas Tribune is going to forget how disrespectful he has been to our organization by rejecting a one-on-one interview while doing so with other news organizations.
The Las Vegas Tribune has been clearly critically of the police administration; we have been discriminated against by that police administration because we do not know how to kiss their butt; we have been victims of unfair police abuse, but we do not blame the men and women, the rank and file of the force that we believe are overall a magnificent and professional police force.
Steve Wolfson needs to wake up and come back to reality; the police department administration alone is not going to re-elect him for another term.
The men and women of the Las Vegas police department need to know that anyone who allows one of them to be abused or even mistreated will be prosecuted and Edgar Samaniego fills that slot; he is the shooter of a police officer and needs to pay for his crime.

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