Fiscal Affairs Committee Approves Crooks Settlement

$100,000 settlement approved

Still no charges filed

Rogue officer wants job back

The Metropolitan Police Department’s Committee on Fiscal Affairs unanimously approved the $100,000 settlement with Mitchell Crooks to end his federal civil rights lawsuit. Crooks, who was legally filming a police arrest in his neighborhood when former officer Derick Colling demanded he stop filming and then beat and arrested hum, when he refused. Crooks camera continued to roll, capturing the entire confrontation.

The video was posted on the internet forcing Metro to launch an internal investigation which concluded that Colling, a six-year veteran, violated several unspecified department policies.

Colling was fired in December 2011, but was hired by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office in Montana 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.

LVMPD Settles with Crooks for $100,000

Metro pays Mitchell Crooks $100k for beating caught on tape

The same amount Disgraced Cop, Derek Colling,

earned while sitting at home during investigation

The Metropolitan Police Department has agreed to pay $100,000 to a Las Vegas man who was beaten by a Metro officer as he shot video from his driveway.

Mitchell Crooks

The payment would settle the federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Mitchell Crooks, whose video of the confrontation was named the second worst police abuse video of 2011.

 The video made headlines across the country, was voted the 2nd Worst Police Misconduct Video of 2011 by The National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project and featured former Metro Police officer Derek Colling, CopBlock’s Most Dangerous Cop in America.

Shot in April, 2010 by freelance videographer Mitchell Crooks, the 4 minute 44 second was one of the many incidents that changed the way the public viewed the The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police department.

Crooks, a freelance videographer, was taping the arrest of several juvenile burglary suspects on his cul-de-sac, when officer Colling stopped his cruiser in front of Crooks home. Although Crooks was breaking no laws and was standing in his own front yard, Colling began questioning Crooks’ residency as he quickly encroached on private property.

Thanks to Crooks standing his ground and continuing to tape the encounter, he was able to provide proof that he was beaten, and arrested by Colling without cause. Charges Colling denied prior to the tape’s release. However, once Crooks posted the disturbing video online, Colling was suspended and eventually terminated after an internal investigation determined that Crooks’ complaint that Colling used of excessive force was sustained. Colling was also found guilty of violating several other department policies, who was on paid leave during the internal investigation was paid more than  $100,000 in total pay & benefits himself while he sat home.

Colling was no stranger to controversy, and had a history of making reckless decisions and acting confrontational. He had already been involved in two fatal shootings in his 5½ years as a Las Vegas police officer, including the 2009 fatal shooting of disturbed,  15-year-old  Tanner Chamberlain.