I-Team: Commissioner calls for release of body cam footage from BLM protest


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones said he believes police body camera video from a recent Black Lives Matter protest should be made public.

As 8 News Now reported, at least six legal observers were detained at the demonstration on the Las Vegas Strip Saturday night.

Commissioner Jones told the I-Team that he thinks it is troubling, and he has additional questions about how Metro Police addressed the protests. Police told them to disperse but also surrounded them.

“I appreciate all that Metro does to keep us safe,” said Jones. “I just don’t feel like this was something that kept people at protests safe.”

Jones said he talked with Sheriff Joe Lombardo over the weekend and this morning. He asked to see the body camera video from the officers detaining the legal observers. He also said he believes the public should have access.

Metro Police issued a statement about their response to Saturday’s protest Monday evening, saying:

LVMPD has received numerous inquiries seeking information about law enforcement’s response to this past weekend’s 5 pm protests in front of the Bellagio and on the Las Vegas boulevard. When officers issue dispersal orders, as was the case during Saturday’s protest, people who choose not clear the area are subject to being detained, cited or arrested.

Currently, the LVMPD is reviewing the actions taken by both protestors and law enforcement. More details will be released to the public at a press conference when we have a more complete picture.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

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