But the killing of Trevon Cole by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Detective Bryan Yant and Saturday’s finding of “justified” by a coroner’s jury obviously suffering from the after effects of whatever Cole used to sell, ought to wipe Las Vegas off of any tourist’s plans until the Clark County’s fathers get a grip.
Would you visit Somalia to go clubbing?
Would you shoot craps in Afghanistan?
Would you go to Pakistan to see Cirque Du Soleil?
Would you go shopping in Juarez?
If the answer is no to those questions, why would you willingly put yourself under the “protection” of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department when you know that they have been involved in plenty of what we euphemistically refer to as “officer involved” shootings and that no matter how damning the evidence, the shooting is always “justified” by the coroner’s jury?
If the FBI can put four County Commissioners in prison for pretending they are in Chicago, when are they going to look at Metro?
In this case, Yant, who has been involved in two other shootings, one of which was fatal, told the jury that despite physical evidence to the contrary and contradictory statements from nearly everyone else who testified, he fired the fatal shot only after Cole stood up, turned and thrust his hands toward Yant as if he had a gun.
And it should be noted that this was the same officer who filed a false affidavit to get the search warrant which was being executed when he killed Cole.
And we ask tourists to spend time in a city being “protected” by guys like Yant? Who probably cannot be fired by Sheriff Doug Gillespie for two reasons. First there’s that pesky union contract and second there’s the fact that Gillespie is a weak-kneed apologist who thinks Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona is a savage beast.
Here’s a piece of Yant’s testimony, asked to explain the contradictory evidence”
“I’m not a forensic scientist,” he said. “I’m not a physicist. I don’t know. That’s what I saw.”
For the record, Cole not only did not have a weapon, Yant didn’t have a flashlight because the one on his AR15 had failed. Cole is dead and Yant is still “protecting” us.
The fact is that Metro is undermanaged, out of control and a danger to every citizen who lives in, works in or visits the confines of Clark County.
The vast majority of Metro officers are solid citizens. But there is a group of jack-booted thugs within the department who think that they can get away with anything. Because, apparently, they can.
Metro has become a favorite of Langly Productions’ COPS show in the past few years. The wise civil rights attorney might want to subpoena all of the outtakes of the days riding with Metro which never made it on the air.
Maybe they’ll begin to see a pattern.
But in order to get the powers that be in Las Vegas to take this issue seriously, it first has to hit them where it hurts—in tourism numbers.
Frankly, 300-pound pot dealers aren’t sympathetic characters, no matter how outrageous their killings were.
But the next case up, that of West Point alum Erik Scott could seriously become a matter of national interest.
If people get the idea that they can’t be safe in Sin City, they may well choose to do their sinning somewhere else.
Then, maybe, the geniuses who gave us “what happens in Vegas” using hundreds of millions of tax dollars might be forced to pay attention to Metro.
Or maybe we should just change the sign at the South end of the strip to say, “Welcome to fabulous Somalia!”