Six Months After Being Gunned Down By Metro
Stanley Gibson’s Widow Refuses to
Allow the Public to Forget Husband’s Death
Rondha Gibson, the wife of the Gulf War veteran killed late last year by an officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, will host a candlelight vigil in honor of her husband tonight at the Alondra Apartments at 2541 N Rainbow Blvd. The event is open to the public and will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Exactly six months after Stanley Gibson was shot in the back of the head by LVMPD officer Jesus Arevalo while Gibson, sat unarmed in the front seat of his Cadillac. Gibson’s wife is organizing the event themes “Never Forget” at the apartment complex Gibson mistook as theirs during a bout of disorientation caused by former soldier’s Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Gibson was honorably discharged from the army in 192 after serving three years and diagnosed with PTSD, a condition he had been able to keep at bay through medication.
However, a failure by the local VA to schedule his medical appointments left him without medication the weeks prior to the December 12, 2011 shooting. That night concluded a tumultuous weekend in which Gibson’s wife tried to get him help. At one point Metro officer’s had taken Gibson into custody for treatment of his mental condition, but he was released a short time later. Metro has yet to explain why the released the emotionally disturbed man out into the public, only to kill him less than 48 hours later.
It was after this release that Gibson, trying to remember how to get to his new
apartment, accidentally pulled into the Alondra apartment complex. He was on the phone with his wife getting directions, when he was confronted by police officers. Metro had been called to investigate a report that several African-American teens were trying to break into an apartment in the complex. During that investigation, in which they were told all three suspects had been seen leaving the apartment, they saw Gibson driving slowly through the complex with his hazard lights flashing. Determined that a middle-aged black man fit the description of the three teen-aged black who had already left, descended on the already confused and paranoid veteran and demand he exit his vehicle. Most likely Gibson saw the armed police as a threat and refused to comply. An hour later, while Gibson say quietly in the front seat, Arevalo (who had a lengthy history of citizen complaints and internal discipline) fired seven rounds into the back of Gibson’s head with his AR-15. Gibson’s death marked the 12th fatal encounter with Metro officers by citizens of Clark Country in 2011.
Recently former Marine and Veteran’s activist, Steve Sanson, challenged Arevalo to a Mixed Martial Arts bout to benefit charity.The officer, an apparent MMA enthusiast, has reportedly been spending his time on paid leave with Metro training in the sport.
The vigil will consist of those who knew and loved Gibson speaking about his life and what he meant to them and a call for accountability from LVMPD and those responsible for his killing to be brought to justice.
Recently Gibson’s mother, Celestine, filed a federal lawsuit against the LVMPD, Arevalo, and supervisors Sgt. Michael Hnatuick and Lt. David Dockendorf, who were on the scene of the incident, seeking at least $20 million in damages. Gibson’s wife is not a party in the lawsuit.
- Former Marine Challenges Killer Cop to a Bout in the Octagon (clarkcountycriminalcops.wordpress.com)
- Decorated Iraq Vet Shot to Death (courthousenews.com)