Thursday, November 15 2012 7:29 PM EST2012-11-16 00:29:51 GMT
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Nearly a year after civil rights groups called for federal intervention, U.S. Justice Department officials plan to make public the findings and recommendations of a review of Las VegasMore>>
The U.S. Justice Department has released its findings and recommendations following a review of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's use-of-force policies and practices.More>>
Sunday, May 19 2013 2:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 18:47:40 GMT
LAS VEGAS-- Metro officers have arrested two suspects accused of killing a teen while trying to steal his iPad. 15-year-old Marcos Arenas was run over by an SUV on Thursday near Charleston and Torrey Pines. PoliceMore>>
Metro officers have arrested two suspects accused of killing a teen while trying to steal his iPad.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:05:13 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- When Randy Kleiner stopped to help an injured driver, he didn't expect to become injured himself. But on Thursday morning, as he was assisting someone who had crashed their car, anotherMore>>
When Randy Kleiner stopped to help an injured driver, he didn't expect to become injured himself.More>>
Sunday, May 19 2013 6:10 PM EDT2013-05-19 22:10:00 GMT
LAS VEGAS-- Some of the trams at McCarran International Airport are down due to an electrical failure. Officials tells us they stopped working this morning. Right now at least 2 trams are working, butMore>>
Some of the trams at McCarran International Airport are down due to an electrical failure.More>>
Sunday, May 19 2013 2:26 PM EDT2013-05-19 18:26:25 GMT
LAS VEGAS-- Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash on the I15 near the Speedway. We're told 3 people are dead. The driver of a Acura was driving northbound when for some reason he enteredMore>>
Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash on the I15 near the Speedway. We're told 3 people are dead.More>>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:25 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:25:46 GMT
As a family struggles with the death of a 15-year-old boy killed over and iPad, police are trying to track down the men responsible. Police say two men tried to rob the child of the device on Thursday.More>>
As a family struggles with the death of a 15-year-old boy killed over and iPad, police are trying to track down the men responsible.More>>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:09 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:09:50 GMT
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Lines of people were wrapped around The Lotto Store twice this weekend for the second largest lottery in the history of Powerball.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 9:02 PM EDT2013-05-18 01:02:54 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A volunteer basketball coach at Shadow Ridge High School has been arrested, Clark County Schools Police Lt. Ken Young said. According to the Clark County Detention Center, the volunteer coach,More>>
A volunteer basketball coach at Shadow Ridge High School has been arrested, Clark County Schools Police Lt. Ken Young said.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:56 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:56:00 GMT
LAS VEGAS - Metro Police says a preteen who was assaulted Thursday during an attempted robbery has died. Investigators said the preteen was walking near Charleston Boulevard and Torrey Pines Drive withMore>>
Marcos Arenas, a Bonanza High School student who was assaulted Thursday during an attempted theft, has died, Metro Police said.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:39 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:39:56 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating two people found dead in an apartment complex near Desert Inn Road and Maryland Parkway. According to police, the bodies were found around 3 p.m. Friday atMore>>
Metro Police are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies were found in an apartment Friday afternoon near Desert Inn Road and Maryland Parkway.More>>
LAS VEGAS -- In less than a month, there have been six officer-involved shootings: four involving Metro police officers and two involving the Henderson Police Department.
On Thursday, the Department of Justice released what it called groundbreaking recommendations following a review of Metro's use-of-force policies and practices. The department's report found Metro's policies "dated" and "not meeting community needs," a department official said.
Representatives from the National Advancement for the Advancement of Colored People and the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada said the suggestions are not enough and the two organizations are continuing to fight for accountability of Metro Police officers.
After reviewing the recommendations, officials from the Las Vegas chapter of the NAACP and the ACLU said they are disappointed.
The officials said more needs to be done to guarantee accountability and transparency within the police department.
"(They) need to have a way for the community to know as much as possible about what happened and to know that the information came from an independent source so that we can trust that when these things happen it was necessary and there was no choice," said Richard Boulware, vice president of NAACP Las Vegas. "Right now we don't have that.
Since Oct. 29, Metro officers have been involved in four shootings.
According to the NAACP and the ACLU, if there are stiffer training requirements and policies in the field, the amount of officer-involved shooting would decrease.
"The Metro police department did not put any emphasis on de-escalating these kinds of confrontational situations until earlier this year when they changed their use of force policies," said Dane Claussen of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Added Boulware of the NAACP, "We need to have some kind of independent review process. We need to have cameras on the officers now because what happens is we hear these incidents of what going on or a homeless man is attacked and then shot behind a clothing store. We really don't know what happened."
Both organizations said most concerning about the suggestions presented Thursday is that they are simply that -- suggestions that are not required to become policy.
"They are going to come back in six months and review and say, ‘We'll check on them and if that doesn't work we'll come back and review them in another six months,'" Boulware said. We need immediate action. We need the inquest process to be updated and to move forward and we need cameras on the officers and in the cars right away."
The Henderson Police Department declined to comment on the recommendations.