Lieutenant transferred in wake of police chopper controversy
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It's been a month since Guns 'n' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba got an airborne assist from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department with his marriage proposal.
And Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears has learned there's finally been some action taken in that chopper controversy.
We now know the names of three LVMPD employees who were involved in the chopper proposal.
One has been transferred out of Search and Rescue.
But there are still a lot of unanswered questions.
The pictures were all over social media.
Ashba and his girlfriend were given rock star treatment by LVMPD --- a private helicopter tour that ended in a marriage proposal in early August.
"I've had people call me up and say if they're giving helicopter rides, I want one too. And we don't give helicopter rides. It's not a tour service at Metro," says County Commissioner Steve Sisolak, who sits on LVMPD's Fiscal Affairs Committee.
The unauthorized civilian fly-along sparked community outrage and an internal affairs investigation after Ashba posted the photo along with thanks to LVMPD Capt. David O'Leary for making it happen.
And it happened at a terrible time for the police department. Right as Sheriff Doug Gillespie started asking for a sales tax increase to fund more cops.
"And not a time goes by when I don't address that issue at a community group -- somebody brings up the helicopter ride -- and says why should we pay more taxes when this is how the money's being spent? And there is no closure to that right now," Sisolak points out.
There's been very little action from LVMPD to hold anyone accountable in this case.
We have confirmed that there's been no disciplinary action taken against Capt. Dave O'Leary or Pilot Ray Horsley.
Lt. Tom Monahan is no longer in the coveted Search and Rescue Air Support unit.
He now works at the Convention Center Area Command.
It's a lateral transfer with no demotion in rank or decrease in pay, but sources say it's a form of discipline.
Sisolak and others on LVMPD's Fiscal Affairs committee want more.
"I don't know how prevalent these type of activities were. We've asked for that information and they're telling me it's all part of the investigation that's ongoing."
We asked Sisolak if he knew why it's been ongoing for more than a month.
"I was told initially that several of the people that were involved had taken vacation. They'd taken some leave so that then they wouldn't have been interviewed or subject to any type of explanations until they came back from their vacations."
He's hoping for more transparency from LVMPD and an explanation about their policy on helicopter fly along and how it's going to change to make sure this doesn't happen again.
LVMPD's policy on ongoing investigations is not to comment.
Captain David O'Leary, who works in LVMPD's Financial Crimes division and the pilot, Ray Horsley, are both still on active status.
Next week's Commission agenda has two proposed ordinances dealing with the increase in sales tax for funding LVMPD.
Commissioners plan to bring up the chopper controversy in hopes of getting more answers from Sheriff Gillespie.