Candlelight Vigil To Mark Six Month Anniversary of Veterans Death

Six Months After Being Gunned Down By Metro

Stanley Gibson’s Widow Refuses to

Allow the Public to Forget Husband’s Death

Rondha Gibson, the wife of  the Gulf War veteran killed late last year by an officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, will host a candlelight vigil in honor of her husband tonight at the Alondra Apartments at 2541 N Rainbow Blvd. The event is open to the public and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Rhonda and Stanley Gibson

Exactly six months after Stanley Gibson was shot in the back of the head by LVMPD officer Jesus Arevalo  while Gibson, sat unarmed in the front seat of his Cadillac. Gibson’s wife  is organizing the event themes “Never Forget” at the apartment complex Gibson mistook as theirs during a bout of disorientation caused by former soldier’s Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Gibson was honorably discharged from the army in 192 after serving three years and  diagnosed with PTSD, a condition he had been able to keep at bay through medication.

However, a failure by the local VA to schedule his medical appointments left him without medication the weeks prior to the December 12, 2011 shooting. That night concluded a tumultuous weekend in which Gibson’s wife tried to get him help. At one point Metro officer’s had taken Gibson into custody for treatment of his mental condition, but he was released a short time later. Metro has yet to explain why the released the emotionally disturbed man out into the public, only to kill him less than 48 hours later.

It was after this release that Gibson, trying to remember how to get to his new

Stanley Gibson’s tombstone at Veteran’s Memorial Park In Boulder City.

apartment, accidentally pulled into the Alondra apartment  complex. He was on the phone with his wife getting directions, when he was confronted by police officers. Metro had been called to investigate a report that several African-American teens were trying to break into an apartment in the complex. During that investigation, in which they were told all three suspects had been seen leaving the apartment, they saw Gibson driving slowly through the complex with his hazard lights flashing. Determined that a middle-aged black man fit the description of the three teen-aged black who had already left, descended on the already confused and paranoid veteran and demand he exit his vehicle. Most likely Gibson saw the armed police as a threat and  refused to comply. An hour later, while Gibson say quietly in the front seat, Arevalo (who had a lengthy history of citizen complaints and internal discipline) fired seven rounds into the back of Gibson’s head with his AR-15. Gibson’s death marked the 12th fatal encounter with Metro officers by citizens of Clark Country in 2011.

Gibson’s Cadillac After Fatal Shooting

Recently former Marine and Veteran’s activist, Steve Sanson, challenged Arevalo to a Mixed Martial Arts bout to benefit charity.The officer, an apparent MMA enthusiast, has reportedly been spending his time on paid leave with Metro training in the sport.

The vigil will consist of those who knew and loved Gibson speaking about his life and what he meant to them and a call for accountability from LVMPD and those responsible for his killing to be brought to justice.

Recently Gibson’s mother, Celestine, filed a federal lawsuit against the LVMPD, Arevalo, and supervisors Sgt. Michael Hnatuick and Lt. David Dockendorf, who were on the scene of the incident, seeking at least $20 million in damages. Gibson’s wife is not a party in the lawsuit.

Uniformed Sexual Predators — Officer Garrett Vandereecken

Metro Officer Arrested,  Booked into the CCDC

Charged with Lewdness with a Child Under 14

Released on Bond Less Than Six Hours later.

Metro Officer Garrett Vandereecken charged with lewdness.

Metro’s Juvenile Sexual Abuse Detail arrested 43-year-old Officer Garrett Vandereecken earlier this afternoon last week. The four-year veteran of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is currently being held in the Clark County Detention Center, with a $100,000 bond was released from the CCDC in less than six hours after his arrest on a $100,000 bond. He was charged with one count of NRS 201.230  Lewdness with child under 14 years, a felony. Per LVMPD policy,  a felony arrest triggers an automatic unpaid suspension while the case is being adjudicated.

Vandereecken voluntarily surrendered to detectives downtown shortly before 3 p.m on May 22nd. and  was taken into custody without incident

Officials have not discussed the actions Vandereecken is being accused of, or what relationship he had with the alleged victim. If convicted, the officer faces a life with the possibility of parole after 10 years and a $10,000 fine.

Vandereecken has been employed with Metro for four years and was assigned to the Northwest Area Command, Patrol Division, according to a Metro official. Vandereecken was also part of the LVMPD’s winning team in the 2009, “Battle of the Bratwurst held at the El Cortez Hotel & Casino.

Metro Officer John Norman charged with open and gross lewdness in February.

This is the second time this year a Metro officer found himself facing lewdness charges. John Norman, a Metro Patrol officer, was arrested on felony charges of   NRS 207.190  Coercion and NRS 197.200  Oppression under color of office as well as misdemeanor charges of NRS 201.210  Open or gross lewdness. Norman’s arrest stemmed from allegations by two woman who claimed  that Norman forced them, on separate occasions, to expose their breasts during traffic stops.

According to Transparent Nevada taxpayers paid Garrett Vandereecken $104,651.10 in Total pay Pay & Benefits in 2011.

DOJ Review of LVMPD officially underway

A think tank formed to 

evaluate the threat of German U-boats

will study police shootings by the LVMPD

 

The U.S. Department of Justice has hired a Washington D.C.-based management firm, The Center for Naval Analysis,  to conduct the a six-month review of the department’s policies after 142 people were killed in 378 officer-involved shootings since 1990.

Officials from CNA will travel to Nevada next week to meet with Las Vegas police and community leaders, including  American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada Executive Director Dane Claussen, even though he has been critical of an outside organization investigatine Metro rather than the DOJ itself.

The CNA was created in  the 1940s when they pioneered the field of operations

The Center of Naval Analysis was formed to track U-Boats in WWII

research by helping the Navy address the German U-boat threat. Today, they mission is much broader as they now provides “high-level research and analysis services to federal, state, and local government agencies, and non-commercial clients working in the areas of education, health research and policy, organizational learning and effectiveness, air traffic management, safety and security, and other domestic issue areas”

According to the CNA’s website, they “work to analyze and solve problems by getting as close as possible to the people, the data – and the problems themselves – in order to find the clear, credible answers government leaders need to choose the best course of action.

Recently the CNA has released studies of a 2011 Baltimore  police shooting that occurred outside a nightclub as well as  a report in 2009 of the findings and recommendations concerning the 2009 murder of four Oakland Police Department.

A Look Back – Dishonesty in Law Enforcement with David Goris (feat. Bryan Yant)

When this cop swears

to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth…

…he didn’t expect you to believe him.

Officer David Goris was partnered with  Detective Bryan Yant in January, 2010 when they both showed the citizens of Las Vegas the honesty and integrity weren’t character traits either possessed. (cont)