Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss — Henderson PD Destined to Repeat Its Mistakes

“Those who cannot remember the past

are condemned to repeat it”

– George Santayana, The Life of Reason

Sadly it seems the City of Henderson is doomed to learn this lesson the hard way. The Henderson City Council, as expected, followed the recommendations of Jacob Snow and appointed Deputy Chief Patrick Moers as the city’s newest Chief of Police

Pat Moers

Snow’s recommendation to promote Moers to Chief was the first, and possibly the worst, decision he has made as the newest Henderson City Manager. Considering the innovative work Snow did while running the Regional Transportation Commission, it is difficult to understand why he made the worst of all possible decisions right out of the gate.

Moers has been acting as interim chief of police since the resignation of former Chief Jutta Chambers earlier this year. Chambers resignation came on the heels of public outrage over a controversial police beating that was recorded by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper’s dashboard camera. The incident in which HPD officer Brett Seekatz is clearly seen delivering five punishing kicks to the head of Adam Greene, a man in the throes of a diabetic episode, cost taxpayers more than $300,000 in settlements. No charges or disciplinary actions were taken against Seekatz or any of the officers involved, sparking much of the public’s outrage.

Seekatz (right) delivers on of five kicks to Motorist

Ironically, Snow was quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal as saying “I think that the agency’s ripe for a culture change,” yet rather than recommend the only candidate without ties to the HPD’s current culture, Bill Conger, Snow recommended a man knee-deep in the very cover-up culture for which HPD has become known.

Moers who moved to Henderson 1991 and was hired by the HPD the same year does have a very impressive background. As an officer, Moers served a field training officer and a department training instructor. He was promoted to sergeant in 1997. He served in patrol and was also assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, where he supervised the property crimes section and crimes against persons section. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2003 and oversaw the Criminal Investigations Division. He was assigned to patrol and the lieutenant over the bike unit. He also became the first lieutenant to be assigned to the Traffic Bureau. He served in the Professional Standards Bureau for Internal Affairs, background investigations and support functions. He oversaw the accreditation unit through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). He was promoted to captain in 2009.

What stands out about Moers’ many accomplishments is his stint with Internal Affairs. While Snow tries to sell the community on Moers’ ability to be a good listener, he seems to ignore the fact that Moers only listens to the desires of the HPD while the community’s cries fall on deaf ears. Moers, after all, was second in command to Chambers, so was just as complicit,  in the cover-up of the Greene beating. Moers has said nothing about the HPD’s failure to charge officer Wavie Reed after he ran down a man in a cross walk last year. And, despite his stint with Internal Affairs, Moers remained silent when the HPD turned its back on the 2010 murder of Ruslan Zhgenti by HPD officer Edward Little.

Moers has been an integral part of the HPD culture than protects its officers at all costs, no matter how heinous their actions, yet he received a standing ovation when he was sworn in as the new Chief of Police for the Henderson Police Department.

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Clark Counties New DA’s First Decision Is Not to Charge Cop Caught Kicking Restrained Man in the Head

It will be difficult to see yesterday’s announcement that no charges will be filed against Henderson Police Sgt. Seekatz for his role in the 2010 beating of motorist Adam Greene as a positive sign of things to come in the post-Roger era of the Clark County DA’s office. Newly appointed District Attorney, Steve Wolfson, cites the amount of time that has passed since the beating took place. A concept that many are having a tough time understanding, since the video was kept from the public until the Henderson City council approved their portion of the nearly $300,000 settlemetn Greene and his wife received.

Wolfson told the Review Journal that, while the video was difficult to watch, he didn’t feel it was “in the community’s best interest to file a charge because it’s so long after the incident.

How is  allowing an abusive, dangerous and violent cop to continue to patrol the streets armed with a gun and the renewed confirmation that he won’t be held accountable for his actions “in the in the community’s best interest?” That’s something I sure would like Wolfson to elaborate on.

If Wolfson wants to convince the public that being tall enough to ride Space Mountain isn’t the only thing that differentiates him from his predecessor David Roger, then he needs to back up the claim that under his administration “(police) conduct will be scrutinized” he shouldn’t sit and wait for another one of neighbors to fall victim. He needs to act now. If not against Seekatz, then one of the many others. Yant’s purjury. Wavie Reeds unpunished killing of a Henderson pedestrian or Edward Little’s ambush murder of his lover’s husband, Ruslan Zhgenti, in the man’s own home.

Until he grows a pair of balls, Wolfson’s message to police is clear. “Hide the evidence of your wrong doings as long as you can and you will be rewarded.”