5 members resign from police use of force review board
Five members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Use of Force Review Board have announced their resignations.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Five members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Use of Force Review Board have announced their resignations.
Robert Martinez, who was also the co-chair of the board, said in a letter to Sheriff Doug Gillespie that he can no longer participate in a process that he views as flawed.
The letter to Gillespie cites the November shooting of a man during a response by a Las Vegas police officer to a domestic violence call.
Police officer Jacquar Roston was the only officer to respond to the call near South Hollywood and East Charleston Boulevard.
During the incident, a man sitting in a car was shot in the leg. Roston claimed that the man was putting his hands underneath his car seat and that he saw a shiny, metal object.
It was later determined that the man did not have a weapon.
Roston was unapologetic for his actions immediately following the shooting but later expressed remorse during a pre-termination hearing.
The Use of Force Board recommended termination after review of the incident.
However, Sheriff Gillespie opted for suspension instead.
Roston was given a 40-hour suspension without pay. In addition, Roston will be required to undergo extensive retraining.
According to the letter from Martinez, he was "saddened" by the sheriff's inability to "maintain the integrity and credibility" of the Critical Incident Review Process.
He says that the sheriff decided to set aside information that was presented to the board and render a decision that supported the police officer.
The letter from Martinez also accuses the sheriff of bowing down to the Police Protective Association.
Martinez said in an email that it was a rewarding experience to work with the board members.
Four other members of the board have also announced that they are resigning from the board.
The police department has not responded to a request for comment on the resignations.
Click here to read the letter.