Clark County Coroner’s Inquest (update)

It’s been so long it’s almost

as if they never existed

With a backlog of more than a dozen cases, the  first coroner’s inquest in more than a year has been scheduled for early May.

The  May 3 proceedings will examine the 2010 death of Eduardo Lopez-Hernandez at the hands of Nevada Highway Patrol troopers.  Lopez-Hernandez was running into traffic on Interstate 15, trying to escape a violent mob that witness say were beating him a few moments before the Trooper tazed him. Troopers realized he wasn’t breathing and began performing life-saving measures, the highway patrol said. In spite of their efforts he  was pronounced dead at Sunrise Hospital a short while later.

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Rather Than Fire a Dangerous Officer, Henderson Chief of Police Resigns

Chief Chambers Must Wonder How a Public

That Ignored an Officer Who Committed Murder

Would Find a Few Kicks to The Head So Outrageous

Former Henderson Chief of Police Jutta Chambers

Considering the residents of Henderson barely batted an eye when Henderson Police Officer Edward Little killed his lover’s husband in the man’s own home, Chief Jutta Chambers had no reason to anticipate the level of outrage which surfaced earlier this year after the video of HPD Sgt. Brett Seekatz repeatedly kicking a critically ill man in the head was made public.

That’s the power of video and taxpayer outrage. The vicious 2010 beating Adam Greene received at the hands of several HPD officers was caught on tape and cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, while Little’s ambush shooting of Ruslan Zhgenti had no video and did not result in legal action against the city. The fact Little’s victim was a Russian immigrant seemed to make it far too easy for the public to ignore the incident.

Oddly, it wasn’t Chambers’ decision to protect a killer in her midst but rather her choice to help cover up the actions of a cop that have actually become common place that was her undoing. Her decision to cover up police conduct routinely seen on Cops, has cost her job and tainted her legacy as the first woman Chief of Police in Nevada. I wonder if she feels Seekatz was worth it. Will she find solace in knowing  he is free to patrol her streets, that, Heaven forbid, she suffers from a medical crisis while behind the wheel that Seekatz will be there to kick her in the skull.

Screen Capture of Sgt. Brett Seekatz Kicking Adam Greene

Most importantly, do the good cops who don the HPD uniform realize what a spineless coward their “brother” Seekatz is?  That Seekatz watches out for Seekatz even at the expense of his fellow officers, even at the expense of his Chief. When it became evident that the public would not excuse his behavior, did he do the honorable thing and resign? No. Did he do the brave thing. and seek public forgiveness? No! He let a woman take the fall. What an honorable man he is. I hope his wife and kids realize what a loser they have on their hands. I wonder if that’s the type of man his father raised him to be?

It would be refreshing to see the 99% stand up and demand the 1% get what they deserve. If only the police had the integrity, honor and American Values to stand up for what’s right.

Now before you start feeling too sorry for Chambers, keep in mind she will receive will over $200,000 upon her retirement. That’s in addition to her Public Employees Retirement System payments that will exceed $130,000 every year, for the rest of her life.

Has The Henderson Chief of Police Been Forced to Resign?

Henderson Police Chief Jutta Chambers was asked to resign Monday in a formal request from outgoing City Manager Mark Calhoun, according to an article in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

The RJ is reporting a source within city government told them Chief Chambers was “asked” to resign Monday. This turn of events comes in large part due to a recent settlement the city paid to Adam Green and his wife as a result of an October 2010 incident where  Henderson Sgt. Brett Seekatz kicked Greene in the head five times after he was clearly subdued by several other HPD officers. Seekatz and the other HPD officers claimed Greene was resisting and can be heard shouting “Stop Resisting” multiple times during a video of the incident captured on a Nevada Highway Patrol car’s dash cam.   The problem with their account is that Green was in the throes of a diabetic coma the entire incident. A fact the video clearly substantiates.

While there has been no official word from the city about Chambers “resignation.” Bud Cranor, a spokesman for the city did say that the duties of  the police chief were in the hands of Deputy Police Chief James White, while Chambers was on “vacation.