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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Seriously Injured in 2001 Police Beating, Victim’s $1.2 Million Judgment Will Stand

Qualified Immunity Claim

By Officers in 2001 Beating

Rejected By Appeals Court

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled three Metropolitan Police Department officers must pay $1.6 million for using excessive force on Charles “Chuck”  Barnard back in 2001. The court rejected the officers’ claims of “qualified immunity.”

The ruling stems from a  Dec. 8, 2001 incident which began when  Barnard heard the distinct knock of the police on his door. Confident in the knowledge he had done nothing wrong, the former Marine opened the door and was immediately confronted by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officers Steven Radmanovich, Greg Theobald and Gary Clark. The officers were not looking for Barnard, but were trying to serve an arrest warrant on his brother. 

Not wanting to get caught up in whatever it was they thought his brother had done, Barnard immediately told the officers he would cooperate in any way he could. With his hands raised, Barnard was escorted from his apartment by Theobald, while the other officers began to enter the apartment looking for Barnard’s brother.

LVMPD's Greg Theobald

LVMPD’s Greg Theobald

Despite the fact Barnard had committed no crime and was fully cooperating with officers, Theobald began to handcuff him. That’s when things went horribly wrong. Apparently unable to focus on both handcuffing the innocent Barnard and watch where he was walking, Theobald tripped over a large flower pot sitting in front of the apartment. Rather than accept responsibility for his own clumsiness, Theobald began to treat Barnard as if he had caused him to fall. Mistaking Theobald’s inability to watch where he was walking for Barnard’s resisting arrest, all three officers began attacking Barnard. They coated him with  pepper-spray. One officer wedged a knee into his neck while employing a controversial choke-hold.

As a result of the incident Barnard was seriously injured, forced to undergo four spinal fusion surgeries and will most likely spend the rest of his life in constant pain. While the investigation conducted by Metro cleared the officers of any wrongdoing, a federal jury found that the officers had violated Barnard’s civil rights and awarded him $2.1 Million. A judge subsequently reduced the award to $1.6 million, which the  officers appealed, claiming they had “qualified immunity,”

Qualified Immunity shields government officials from civil liability if a reasonable person would not consider their conduct a violation of constitutional rights.  In a 21-page ruling the 9th Circuit Court denied the officers appeal, stating:

“a reasonable officer would have known it violated clearly established law to use a chokehold on a non-resisting arrestee who had surrendered, pepper-spray him and apply such knee pressure on his neck and back that it would cause the collapse of five vertebrae in his cervical spine.”

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Steven Radmanovich

Theobald, the only officer still working with Metro, was one of three officers involved in the February 1, 2012 fatal shooting of 23-year-old Jason Baires. Theobald was shot in the hip during an exchange of gunfire which erupted when officers attempted to arrest Baires for the gruesome murder of his mother’s boyfriend. In 2012 Theobald salary and benefits cost taxpayers $149,342.65.

Radmanovich left Metro and joined the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office in mid 2012. Prior to moving to Winnemucca, Radmanovich cost Clark County taxpayers $97,635.78 in salary and benefits.

‘Cutting Edge Law Enforcement’ — Henderson and North Las Vegas Police Accused of Third Amendment Violations

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house,

without the consent of the Owner,

nor in time of war,

but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

So states, the Third Amendment to the United States Constitution. While violations of this “forgotten” amendment are considered rare, leave it to members of Clark County law enforcement to show us all there isn’t a right protected by the United States Constitution they aren’t willing to violate.

At least that’s what the allegations of the Mitchell family lead us to believe. In a recent federal lawsuit filed by Anthony Mitchell and his parents, Michael and Linda Mitchell, against the Cities of Henderson and North Las Vegas, former Henderson Police Chief Jutta Chambers, NLVPD Chief Joseph Chronister and officers from both departments, the Mitchell’s claim their Third, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated when officers responded to a domestic violence call to a neighboring residence, and demanded entry into Anthony Mitchell’s home in order to gain “a tactical advantage.” Mitchell, preferring not to get involved, denied the police entry.

Former HPD Chief Jutta Chambers

Former HPD Chief Jutta Chambers

The events the  Mitchells’ claim happened next are provided in detail at the Courthouse News Service, and are shocking enough to add Officers David Cawthorn, Christopher Worley and Sgt. Michael Waller to the CCCC’s Officer Hall Of Shame.

The LVMPD Gets Some National Exposure, But Not In a Good Way

The Killing of Trevon Cole by

LVMPD Detective Bryan Yant is

Today’s “Raid of The Day

Rise of the Warrior CopRadley Balko, senior writer and investigative reporter for the Huffington Post, has extensively covered the erosion of our civil liberties at the hands of an increasingly oppressive criminal justice system. He is currently wrapping up work on his new book “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces.” 

As a prelude to the book’s publication, Balko has been featuring incidents of deadly police aggression he researched for the forthcoming book. Today, Balko took a look at the 2010 killing of Trevon Cole, by Metro’s most famous perjurer, Bryan Yant.

LVMPD's Bryan Yant

LVMPD’s Bryan Yant

Due out in July, but currently available for pre-order, Rise of the Warrior Cop, will take a look at how the implementation of SWAT teams by both the Philadelphia and Los Angeles police departments marked the beginning of a deadly movement by America’s law enforcement away from the friendly public servants of the 1950s to the cops of today who have increasingly come to resemble ground troops who no longer see the American home as the sanctuary our forefathers envisioned, and no longer see themselves in partnership with the community but been conditioned to see the citizens they serve as nothing more than the enemy. The type of police force we saw going door-to-door in Boston in  full combat gear searching homes without a warrant.