The Las Vegas Review-Journal has undertaken a year-long review of police shootings in Clark County. The series has documented a culture reluctant to change as well as training and personnel procedures inadequate to change the system. The reporters as well as critics of the system join us to discuss the findings on the culture of local police departments and the failings of the inquest process to bring out the facts in police shootings.
The coroner's office has a backlog of 14 inquests into police-related shootings. Thanks to a legal battle, it may not get to those inquests anytime soon. The inquest process was recently revamped after a series of officer-related shootings, but a recent court challenge filed by three Metro police officers is delaying that process. The last coroner's inquest was nine months ago, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that they might not catch up until 2013. So what happened? What led to this delay, and when might families and police next see an inquest process?
The Clark County Firefighters are facing even more problems now that their emails have been released. They seem to show a clear pattern of manipulating leave entitlements so that firefighters could take a month or more off of work. The scandal has embarrassed the Clark County Commission, which signed off on the original contracts and did not notice the manipulation until the recession struck. But it has also split the commission. Commissioner Steve Sisolak wants Metro and the FBI to investigate the firefighters for fraud, but Commissioner Tom Collins says that the firefighters were only taking what they were entitled to and that they should not be scapegoated now.