The Law Has Very Little to Do With Justice
Bill Scott Vows ‘We’re not going to go away.’
The father of slain West Point grad, Erik Scott says today’s announcement that the Federal Lawsuit against the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department should not be taken as a sign the family’s position has changed in anyway.
“I firmly believe Erik was murdered,” Bill Scott said. “The law has very little to do with justice.”
Scott said is all boils down to the “missing” surveillance video of the incident coupled with a recent 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision regarding the qualified immunity defense for police officers. Ross Goodman, the Scott family attorney, said without the video, he didn’t feel that he could overcome a qualified immunity defense for police officers, which under Federal Law protects them them against civil lawsuits as long as their actions fall withing current law. The Scott family had counted on security footage of the incident would show the officers actions were not lawful.
Despite Costco’s use state of the art survellience systems, complete with redundant onsite recording, which streams all footage to an offsite location for archiving, no such footage exists.
Scott who was publishing chapters of his novel, The Permit, online said dropping the suit, “allows us to pursue the launch of other initiatives that have been on the books for a while.” Scott ceased posting excerpts from the novel, descibed on its website as “A work of fiction based on the actual events of Erik B. Scott’s killing on July 10, 2010, in Las Vegas, NV. ” in August of last year.
In a posted statement Scott said “Upon advice of legal counsel, I am suspending postings on The Permit and Erik’s memorial blog websites, until our lawsuit is concluded. I am continuing to write The Permit, and will release it in full, when cleared to do so.” Scott also suspended the Erik Scott Memorial Blog for the same reasons.
Scott told the Review Journal police accountability is not just a Las Vegas issue.”The battlefield, as I see it, now moves from Vegas to Washington, California and New York.”
He added, “We’re not going to go away.”
Scott was killed after three Metro officers, William Mosher, Joshua Stark and Thomas Mendiola, were called to the Summerlin Costco after an employee saw Scott, who has a concealed weapons permit, was carrying a firearm, Although witnesses were conflicted over whether or not Scott was trying to hand over his weapon or ignoring police commands, the shooting was ruled justified but an inquest jury. I more than 150 such inquests has a jury found otherwise in Clark County. Mosher and Stark remain with Metro while Mendiola was fired after being indicted on unrelated weapons charges,