Disgraced, Former LVMPD Officer Kills Again — Body Camera Footage Fails To Capture Shooting

In Less Than Six Years with Metro

“The Most Dangerous Cop in America” Had Two Kills

Was Caught on Video Assaulting an Unarmed Citizen.

                   And now, he has killed again!

UPDATE: It seems Derek  Colling has killed again, shooting an unarmed man in Albany County, Wyoming. According to Wyoming Public Media’s Tennessee Watson, the body cam footage, released by The Albany County Sheriff’s Department “cuts off before Colling fired the fatal shots.”

Dubbed “THE MOST DANGEROUS COP IN AMERICA,” by CopBlock, Derek Colling managed to kill two citizens and assault and falsely arrest a third. Two of these incidents have been captured on video and even when viewed in the very best of light they show Colling is prone to making bad decisions, is confrontational, reckless and dishonest.

In 2006, he and four other officers shot Shawn Jacob Collins after the 43-year-old man pulled a gun at an east valley gas station. The shooting was ruled justified following a coroner’s inquest.

Shooting of Tanner Chamberlain caught on video.

Then in 2009 Colling was the lone officer to fire in the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Tanner Chamberlain. The incident was captured on video. Chamberlain appears more scared than dangerous as he hides behind his mother as officer approach, weapons drawn. Chamberlain’s life ended when he stumbled, releasing his mother and giving Colling a clean shot. Even though the boy’s stumble forced him to release his grasp on his mother freeing her from danger, Colling took the shot while four other officers and Chamberlain’s mother watched in shock.

Wayne Peterson, a former Las Vegas police homicide lieutenant, said he would not have pulled the trigger on the mentally ill teenager, even though he had been holding a knife in front of his mother just before Colling shooting him in the head. “I couldn’t live with myself,” Peterson said of the thought of taking the troubled boy’s life.

The Chamberlain shootings was also ruled justified by a Clark County coroner’s inquest jury.

Former LVMPD officer Derek Colling  and his last victim, Mitchell Crooks (insert).

Then in April, 2010 Colling made national headlines when the video above was released showing Colling arresting Las Vegas resident Mitchell Crooks. Crooks, a freelance videographer, was taping the arrest of several juveniles for suspect burglary on his cul-de-sac. Suddenly, officer Colling stopped his cruiser in front of Crooks home, and began to question a man standing in his front yard, breaking no laws. What happened next was captured on video tape, which, after being released to the media, resulted in Colling’s paid suspension. An internal investigation determined that Crooks’ complaint about Colling’s use of excessive force was sustained. Colling was found guilty of violating several other department policies and was terminated in December of 2011, but not before costing taxpayers nearly $108,336 in total pay & benefits while he sat home on paid suspension.. His attempt to have his termination over-turned was rejected by  Metro’s Civil Service Board.

Colling was hired by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office in Wyoming as a corrections officer shortly after being terminated by the LVMPD. His recent promotion to deputy was defended by Albany County Sheriff Dave O’Malley, who admits he has made it a point not to watch the video of Colling assaulting Crooks.

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LVMPD Releases Department Findings on Two Cases of Deadly Force

With No Inquest In Sight

And The DA’s Office Rulings Already  a Month Old

Gillespie Aims for “Unprecedented Level of Accountability.”

The reports don’t contain any earth shattering information. They are basically just a rehash of the findings the Clark County District Attorney quietly released last month, but Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie says the release of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s (LVMPD) internal findings regarding fatal officer encounters is major step towards the transparency he promised the community since he was caught misinforming the public around the circumstance surrounding the 2009 death of office James Manor.

Benjamin Bowman was shot by LVMPD officer during robbery attempt.

During a press conference held yesterday Gillespie told the community “Addressing the use of force with the public is one of Metro’s top priorities,” and that by releasing the findings of both The Force Investigative Team  the Office of Internal Oversight. The OIO is was formed in February if this year in response to the public outcry following the controversial shooting deaths of Trevon Cole, Erik Scott and Stanley Gibson, as well as the publication of the Las Vegas Review Journal’s investigationinto the past 20 years of police shootings in Clark County.

LVMPD Sheriff Doug Gillespie.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson’s recent decision to no longer wait for legal challenges to the Coroner’s Inquest to be resolved, and released his office’s findings in seven of the 19 fatal use of force incidents that await the Nevada Supreme Court Ruling on the whether or not the Inquest violates officer’s Constitutional rights. Gillespie did acknowledge that the privacy rights were  concern while he contemplated releasing internal documents that have for decades remained secret.

“I believe the release of these documents will place this process and its outcome in the full light of day without jeopardizing the right to privacy of our officers involved,” Gillespie stated.

Sight of the 2010 Shooting death of Anthony Brenes

The reports released by Metro covered the department’s findings in the Dec 11th, 2010 Taser death of Anthony Jones. Officers Mark Hatten, Timothy English, Richard Fonbuena, and Steven Skenandore were  cleared by the Da’s office in May. Hatten had pulled Jones over for a routine traffic infraction. The stop culminated in Hatten using his x-26 Electronic Control device (Taser) 19 times on the Jones who died on the scene. All officers involved were found to have acted within department guidelines, however Jones’ death was the catalyst to Metro’s change in its Taser Policy. The other two reports also found no violations of department policies by the officer’s involved in the shooting deaths of 22-year-old Benjamin Bowman and  32-year-old Anthony Brenes. Both men were killed on November 15th, 2010. Bowman was killed during the robbery of a PT’s Pub and Brenes, armed with a sticks and stones, was shot after a police responded to a domestic disturbance at an East Las Vegas Speedee Mart.

The Sheriff says the OIO and Fit reports will be made public 30 days following the DA’s release of its findings.

Metro Mistakes Cost Millions every year

 Since 2008, Metro paid settlements in 

152  separate incidents

 Costing taxpayers more than $6.5 million

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has cost taxpayers an average of $1.1 million dollars a year in settlements over the past four years, according to a recent report by KSNV.

Most frightening is that Channel 3 is reporting that Metro has already paid nearly $2 million dollars during the first four months of this year alone.

  • 2008: Metro wrote 25 checks for a total of $1,001,595
  • 2009: Metro wrote 37 checks for a total of $1,386,812
  • 2010: Metro wrote 36 checks for a total of $728,814
  • 2011: Metro wrote 42 checks for a total of $3,206,996
  • As of April 2012: Metro wrote 12 checks for a total of $1,907,000
  • TOTAL OVER FIVE YEARS: $6,514,918 involving up to 152 officers.

Sheriff Doug Gillespie

What KSNV didn’t tell us is how many of the officers responsible for these payouts are still employed by the department. The majority either still wear a badge or have retired with full benefits.  Only a very few of these costly employees received discipline of any kind. Many are still on the force, and are part of this site’s Officer Hall of Shame.

The bulk of this year’s $1.9 million dollars went to the family of Trevon Cole. In January,  Metro paid out $1.7 million (the department’s single largest settlement ever) to the family of the unarmed man gunned down in his bathroom by narcotics detective Bryan Yant during a botched drug raid. Yant is still employed with Metro and was paid $131,051.08 in total compensation in 2011.

Coroner’s Inquest — Delayed Indefinitely

 

Conflicting Eyewitness Reports Dismissed…

Mystery Doctor Offering Fantasy Diagnosis…

One Metro Cops Kills Twice in One Year..

All Results of a stalled Inquest System

 

The Nevada Supreme Court has once again delayed the implementation of the new guidelines for Clark County coroner’s inquest, which examines all fatal officer involved incidents. Oral Arguments on the constitutionality of the inquests’ new rules are scheduled for next month. This follows the court’s order to stay the inquest into the death of Eduardo Lopez-Hernandez the day before it was scheduled to begin. The  Nevada Highway Patrol troopers who were involved in the August 2010 death are the ones who filed the latest legal action against resuming the procedure.

Lopez-Hernandez died after being repeatedly tased after a road rage incident in August, 2010. Earlier this year District Attorney Steve Wolfson released his office’s opinion that the officer’s actions were not criminal and they would not be charged.

Metro officer holds up a Taser during a previous inquest hearing

While the medical examiner, Lisa Gavin ruled  the death a homicide resulting from  “cardiopulmonary arrest during varied restraining procedures,” the DA’s report references a mysterious “Dr. Vilke,” who refutes the examiner’s finding, saying Lopez-Hernandez died of “excited delirium.”

Excited Delirium Syndrome (ExDS) began showing up in coroners’ reports about the same time Taser’s began to be widely used by law enforcement. It has been cited as the cause of death of nearly all police custody deaths that would otherwise be blamed on excessive force. However the term ExDS can’t be found in medical textbooks, dictionaries or on lists of standard diagnoses. It is said to be a mental condition yet it is not found in the current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). Neither the American Medical Association nor the American Psychiatric Association recognize ExDS as a legitimate condition. In fact only National Association of Medical Examiners  and the American College of Emergency Physicians support the existence of  ExDS. Even the Emergency Medicine experts, retained by TASER, Intl., admit that ExDS deaths rarely occur in the absence of police restraint.

In the DA’s report Dr  Vilke, who never physically examined  Lopez-Hernandez’s body, concluded that his death was not a result if being tased 19 times, but rather ExDS. He stated there has never been any “published medical or scientific literature that demonstrates that a TASER X26 ECD…can cause cardiac arrest or sudden death in humans.” He also claims Lopez-Hernandez was displaying the symptoms of ExDS during his encounter. However, the only consistent symptoms found in every  ExDS death is contact with aggressive police, and just this week the American Heart Association released a study that concluded, the TASER X26 ECD’s “stimulation can cause cardiac electrical capture and provoke cardiac arrest due to ventricular tachycardia/ventricular fibrillation.”

While the DA’s report does not give any specific information about “Dr.Vilke” or why he was consulted here, our research found that a  Dr. Gary Vilke of San Diego is one of the most vocal proponent of  ExDS and is cited in nearly every study funded by Taser, Inc where ExDS was cited as the cause of all Taser related fatalities.

Rafael Olivas one of two people killed in less than a year by Metro officer Chris Grivas who has yet to face on inquest panel.

The Clark County Commission changed the way inquests were conducted after officers were cleared in two very public inquest, including the killing of Trevon Cole by LVMPD narcotics detective Bryan Yant. Jurors said they ignored all the physical evidence contradicting Yant’s account of the night he killed Cole, and chose to believe the officer simply because of his position. The jury had not been told that, a week prior. Yant had been found by a judge to have committed perjury in a case very similar to Cole’s. Critics complained the fact the DA’s office refused to submit evidence questioning Yant’s honesty was proof the previous version was biased in favor of police. County commissioners changed the inquest several months later.

The new system added a lawyer to represent the family of the dead. In addition to being able question the Troopers involved in this incident, the court appointed Ombudsman would have been able to question Dr. Vilke on his apparent bias and how the  American Heart Association’s study factors in to his unwavering belief that all in-custody deaths have been the result of ExDS. However, none of that will happen until the Nevada Supreme Court rules on the issue later this summer.

In the meantime the county is facing a backlog of 19 scheduled inquests, including the  July 14, 2011, killing 23-year-old Rafael Olivas, who was shot while  carrying a knife by Metro officers Christopher Grivas and David Hager. While neither of these two officers have had their actions vetted through the inquest process, Grivas was not only taken off his paid suspension, but let back on the streets where he was free to kill again. Which he did on April 22, when he and four other officers shot and killed  Sharmel T. Edwards after she was stopped driving a car her boyfriend had reported stolen.

In both shootings witness have contradicted Grivas’ account that suspects were a threat to law enforcement or the public when they were killed.

So what do you guys think? Should go ahead and hold the inquests without the officers? Return to the old system? Or try something completely different?