ACLU Ask the DOJ to Reconsider Investigating Metros FOIS’

The ACLU Tries the Classic Tactic

“Pretty Please” with the DOJ

Not happy with the Department of Justice’s decision to contract with a non-profit group to examine Metro’s policies regarding the use of deadly force.

Today’s letter calls the DOJ’s decision to have CNA, a Virginia-based non-profit, conduct the a study of Metro’s policies rather than  and independent investigation of the LVMPD by the (Civil Rights Division’s) Special Litigation Section, “disheartening.”

The ACLU said delaying a proper investigation into the scores of fatal officer involved shootings this in the past decade will only “further erode public confidence,”

In January the ACLU and the local chapter of NAACP jointly requested a DOJ investigation in the wake of a Review-Journal series on police shootings and the December shooting death of Stanley Gibson, an unarmed, disabled war veteran.

Review Journal Wins Award for Five Part Series on Police Shootings

Las Vegas Review-Journal won the Emilie Wanderer Civil Libertarian of the Year award winner for its series  “Deadly Force: When Las Vegas Police Shoot, and Kill,” on police shootings.

The groundbreaking series examined LVMPD’s reluctance to hold officers accountable for mistakes and unwillingness to adopt policies to protect its officers and the public. The ACLU said the the series was essential in the organization’s effort to bring the U.S. Department of Justice to Las Vegas in order to conduct a patterns/practice investigation.

While Justice Department’s civil rights division declined to open a patterns-and-practices investigation, another arm of the federal agency, Community Oriented Policing Services, will work with Metro in conducting an independent review of the Police Department’s use of deadly force.