Bryan Yant

Shooting people was his business,

And During Bryan Yant’s Metro Career,

Business Was Very Good

Bryan Yant, like all police officers, has a job to do? While most fine, upstanding and honorable police officers see that job as upholding the laws of the community and protecting the citizenry all the while maintaining the protections afforded all of us under the United States Constitution. Bryan Yant sees his job differently.

Bryan Yant Testifies at 2002 Clark County Coroners Inquest

Bryan Yant Testifies at 2002 Clark County Coroners Inquest

Bryan Yant testified at a 2010 Clark County Coroner’s Inquest he defines his job as shooting unarmed suspects. Yant, in fact, was so dedicated to his chosen profession that 2010 was the third time he had to testify about his role in shooting an unarmed suspect. It was the third time Bryan Yant had fired weapon and struck someone. Twice he had fired the shots that took the life of the suspect. Once the suspect survived. According to Yant that was his job.It also seems that Yant  sees lying under oath, misleading judges, poorly researching  suspects and starring on reality television as parts of his job.

What Yant did not share with the 2010 inquest jury was how a Clark County Judge ruled that he and his partner, officer David Goris,  had lied in their sworn affidavits to obtain search warrants in  a similar  yet unrelated case. Yant and Goris both, while under oath, swore they witnessed a confidential informant make a drug buy from William Sigler. They made this assertion in  hopes of getting a warrant to search Sigler’s home. The problem was Goris and Yant were lying. They was no record of a drug buy, because there was no drug buy. There was no drug buy because Sigler had been dealing in a poker tournament in the Bahamas the entire month. The information Yant used to procure a warrant to search Sigler’s home was at best wholly inaccurate, at worst a lie.

Yant’s inaccuracies on Sigler’ warrant application had yet to be uncovered when he made the request to search Trevon Cole’s home. This time Yant had proof that Cole sold drugs, proof in the form of video tape — video tape courtesy of Langely Productions. Langley, the company that brought us “Cops,” was following Yant’s exploits as an undercover narcotics detective as part of a yet unaired reality show. All that was left for them to wrap up Yant’s episode was an arrest. That should be easy enough, there was video of Cole selling almost 2 oz of marijuana to undercover agent over several weeks. They could pick up Cole at anytime, but stopping Cole on his way to the 7-11 was not nearly exciting as a night-time drug raid. The problem was the Trevon Cole that sold pot in Las Vegas had no violent history, had repeatedly told officers he was unable to procure weapons for them. In short, a low-level drug dealer selling less than $900 worth of weed didn’t warrant a no-knock search under the cover of night,

Trevon Cole and fiance Sequioa Pearce

They say there are no problems, only opportunities to find a solution. Yant found the solution to his Trevon Cole problem in, well, Trevon Cole. As fate would have it there was a Trevon Cole with an extensive criminal history in California and in Texas. A history that would justify the night-time raid. It was of no concern to Yant that the Cole he referenced in his warrant application was the wrong age, height and weight as his suspect. Just as in the Sigler case Yant provided a judge with erroneous information and the search was approved.

After waiting for the Langley camera crew that was held up at another arrest, Yant decided he couldn’t wait any longer and he and six other officers breached the door. A few moments later Yant had taken his second life in less than a decade on the force. Trevon Cole was dead on his bathroom floor, a tube of lip balm in his hand and tiny amount of pot in the toilet.

Yant said he saw a gun in Cole’s hand. Yant said he ordered the man to show his hands. Yant said Cole made a “furtive movement” and  lunged at him, forcing him to “do his job.” Yant said a lot of things about that night. Most have been contradicted by either the testimony of his fellow officers or forensic science.

Only one of the six officers present during the raid heard Yant give verbal orders to Cole. That officer testified that Yant said nothing to Cole about his hands.

The bullet that killed 300-pound Cole traveled through his cheek and neck in a downward angle, leading the medical examiner to find it “highly unlikely” that Cole stood and stepped toward Yant, as the officer claimed.

Both the medical examiner and homicide detective who investigated the scene believe that Cole was crouched over the toilet when he turned toward Yant.

Assistant District Attorney Chris Owens said the evidence suggests there was an “accidental discharge” when Yant kicked in the bathroom door. Other officers present heard both a door kick and a gunshot simultaneously

Sequioa Pearce holds her daughter, KaLynn Cole, during a vigil for Trevon

Sequioa Pearce holds her daughter, KaLynn Cole, during a vigil for Trevon Cole

Owens failed to tell the jury about Yant’s history of lying under oath before asking them to return with a decision. They considered the two days worth of testimony in less than two-hours before deciding that Yant was justified in killing Cole. Members of the inquest jury told the media that even though Yant’s testimony contradicted the physical evidence, they found him credible, and chose to believe his versions of events. Since they had never been told about the recent court ruling finding that Yant had lied on previous warrant applications, they found a proven liar credible–mainly because they were never told he was a proven liar.

The themes at play in the Cole shooting were not new to Yant, they were echoes of his two previous shootings.

During a 2002 inquest into his fatal shooting of a robbery suspect, Yant’s statements again contradicted the  evidence. During a chase of  Richard Travis Brown in the early morning of Nov. 17, 2001, Yant told the inquest jury that Brown reached for a gun as the two ran down a sidewalk. Yant fired three to four rounds. Brown fell, face first. Yant testified he  continued to yell commands at Brown, who was on the ground, to drop his gun. Yant said Brown then tried to re-aim the gun at him forcing  Yant to “do his job.” Yant fired another three to four rounds, killing Brown. The gun Yant claims Brown was pointing at him, well that  was recovered 35 feet away.

On Dec. 5, 2003,  in the Summerlin subdivision of  Country Club Hills, Yant was investigating a prowler just before dawn. When Yant spotted  Melvin Gilchrist, he said the said the man charged him. Yant said Gilchrist attacked with a butcher knife and pointed an aluminum baseball bat at him, which Yant said he mistook for a shotgun. Gilchrest said he never threatened Yant, but rather dropped the bat and knife before Yant opened fire. When Yant started firing, Gilchrist said he ran away. He said Yant continued to fire as he fled, striking him in the hip

Even with the “justified” ruling, an internal investigation by Metro found Yant committed serious violations of department policy in the Cole incident. He was suspended without pay for a whole week, and assigned a desk job, interesting choice for a cop with such a poor track record of completing paperwork. Hopefully he no longer sees killing suspects as part his new secretarial duties.
Cole’s family (including his daughter born five days after his death) eventually settled a civil rights suit against the department for $1,7 million. Yant was not responsible for a single penny. Instead Yant continues to be paid by taxpayers to sit at a desk.
In 2012, Yant was paid $132,743.07 by county taxpayers, and continues to work at taxpayer expense today.

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  6. Trevon was my nephew. I appreciate the attention you are bringing to these “justified” murders. Officers like Yant should be considered serial killers. Drastic changes need to be made of law enforcement around this country. Thank You.

    • Here is a thought for you, (Criag Mitchell) Your nephew was a criminal! The “drastic change” that needs to take place is there is alot of people like him who need to humble them self to authority!

      • Rick,

        Before you go about accusing Mitchell’s nephew of being a criminal, please be able to back up your accusations with facts. Can you tell us what crime Cole was convicted of? Without a conviction all you know about Cole’s criminal activities are what Bryan Yant claims. While Cole was not found by any court to be guilty of the charges Yant levied against him, a court did find that Yant has a history of making false claims while under oath.

        • I sure hope nobody pays you for this ignorance you write. He had “pot” and was flushing it! If cops came in my house I would be cooperating because I obey the laws!!!! …not resiting arrest. Please spar me with your justification of criminal acts…THAT IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS GENERATION!

          • “He had “pot” and was flushing it!”

            So what? Flushing pot does not pose a danger to anyone, and NRS 200.120 quite clearly defines “Justifiable homicide” as “the killing of a human being in necessary self-defense, or in defense of habitation, property or person.”

            We have neither condoned nor justified the alleged illegal behavior Cole was accused of. The only one offering a “justification of criminal acts” here is you. While Cole remains, to this day, innocent of any crimes, Yant has been found to have lied under oath in order to obtain a search warrant in an unrelated case. Yant also provided inaccurate information to the court in order to obtain the Cole warrant as well.

            Even Metro found Yant committed serious violations in preparing and serving this search warrant. Most telling was the internal investigation found Yant had neglected his duty in addition to violating other minor department policies.

            You claim that “If cops came in [your] house [you] would be cooperating because [you] obey the laws!!!” But why would police come into your house if you obey the law? Your statement betrays you, as it clearly indicates you admit there is a chance police will raid your law home without cause. For someone who pride’s himself on his strict adherence to the law, one so judgmental of Cole’s alleged infractions, you sure are willing to turn a blind eye when police officers break the law, even when your the victim of their misdeeds.

            By condoning illegal police activities and supporting officers who break the law, you become complicit in their actions, blowing a whole right through your assertion that you “…obey the laws!!!”

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  8. You can sit back and type ignorant blogs behind your safe computer. Please try and put yourself in danger like the brave police officer Yant did. Unless I’m wrong you WASN’T THERE!!! …yet you make statements like they are fact. Here is a fact, these guys were criminals and resisted arrest and a good man, who risk his life, (police offer Yant) had to make a decision in a split second to save his life. You should be ashamed of yourself for the garbage you write.

    • Rick,

      Exactly where were you when you typed, “You can sit back and type ignorant blogs behind your safe computer,” if not at the keyboard of your computer. While you have no idea what we have seen or done, what dangers we have faced in order to protect others, you hypocritically “make statements like they are fact.”

      No, we weren’t there, but “Unless I’m wrong you WEREN’T there either!!! However, the statements we made here as FACTS are in based on sworn testimony, and do not support Bryan Yant’s account of his killing of Trevon Cole. Both forensic evidence and eyewitness testimony contradict Yant’s, a documented perjurer’s, assertion that Cole was a threat. The physical evidence presented at the inquest showed us Cole was cowering in fear in the bathroom. Please tell is what makes Yant a “brave police officer” in your mind. Was it shooting the frightened, unarmed man, or lying about it afterwards.

      While you place yourself in the untenable position of telling us reporting Yant’s actions is not acceptable because we were not present the night he killed Cole while simultaneously stating unequivocally that Cole was a criminal and resisted arrest without witnessing him commit a single crime not resist arrest, we are willing to entertain the fact that Cole did sell small amounts of marijuana and was trying to hide from officers the night of the raid.

      With that in mind, can you provide the legal precedent that makes either of those actions a capital offense punishable by death? How can you reconcile that fact the “brave police officer Yant’s” actions that night led to a nearly $2 million payout of taxpayer funds to the family of the man you are so certain is a criminal.

      No matter what evidence you choose to ignore about the night Yant killed Cole you cannot dispute that Yant’s actions cost the taxpayers of Clark County millions of dollars. How does you reconcile that with your misguided hero worship of this proven liar and killer?

      • This really is so ignorant it deserves no reply. Except that Cole was killed because COLE didn’t cooperate…COLE COST TAX PAYERS MONEY! Please tell me you are really not that dumb and this is all some sick joke.

        • Might I add that there was a police officer that HEARD Bryan give verbal orders to Cole. The others just didn’t hear it. Doesn’t mean he didn’t say it. WOW, You are very good at TWISTING facts!

        • “This really is so ignorant it deserves no reply.”

          That was a very interesting way of admitting you are unable to answer our very simple questions;

          1) What makes Yant a “brave police officer” in your mind. Was it shooting the frightened, unarmed man, or lying about it afterwards.

          2) Can you provide the legal precedent that makes either selling small amounts of marijuana or hiding from police a capital offense punishable by death?

          If you had read this article carefully you would have noticed we do mention that “one of the six officers present during the raid heard Yant give verbal orders to Cole.” However, while you accuse of twisting the facts you fail to mention the fact “That officer testified that Yant said nothing to Cole about his hands.” Or that Cole’s hands were raised at the time he was killed. That even if Yant had ordered him to show his hands, Cole was in compliance with every order Yant claims to have given.

          You will get no argument from us that “Cole was killed because COLE didn’t cooperate.” However killing someone because they don’t ‘mind you’ is not supported by any legal precedent in this country, Unless you can provide the legal justification that not cooperating excuses lethal force, you have just admitted you realize that Yant’s killing of Cole was for reasons outside the boundaries of our laws.

  9. Some total creepy wierdo ignorant p.o.s. is saying that its ok the murder someone because they had some plant material!!! What is the greater crime here? Murder or marijauna? F U psycho killers, you will get yours!!! Nice expose site, doing real justice, not the wanna be pig masochist f ups

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  13. Sounds to me like this sick son of a bitch is using his badge and position as a way to “legally” murder people. He’s a chump and should be in prison. Shame on you Metro for allowing this menace to society to prey on the citizens of Las Vegas!

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