Police Fatality Review of D’Andre Berghardt Jr. Murder Scheduled for Today

dandre-berghardt-murder-videoAt 9:00 AM this morning (March 2, 2015), the Clark County District Attorney’s office will be conducting a “Police Fatality Public Fact Finding Review” for the murder of D’andre Berghardt Jr., who was shot to death by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agents on February 14, 2014 after he asked passersby near Red Rock Canyon (just outside Las Vegas) for water and some of them called to report that he may need assistance. Those BLM agents, along with a Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper,  subsequently showed up and instead of offering assistance (or simply leaving him alone if he refused assistance), began to antagonize, pepper spray, taze, and beat Berghardt.

Not surprisingly, Berghardt attempted to get away from the people that were assaulting him and tried unsuccessfully to get into several nearby cars. Unfortunately, when he did finally find a vehicle that he could get into, it ended up being NHP Trooper Lucas Schwarzrock’s SUV. That prompted the two (unnamed) BLM agents to shoot and kill Berghardt, presumably because they were afraid that he would use the rifle that was locked up (according to the BLM’s own official statement) inside the trooper’s passenger seat.

Although a video (which is embedded below), taken by two people that witnessed the incident from their car while stopped on the road, surfaced within a few days of the shooting, there actually should be another video that would show a much better view of what happened that day. Unlike the LVMPD and other Las Vegas area police, Nevada Highway Patrol vehicles have dash cams. That video has never been released, nor has any explanation ever been offered for it not being released. It’ll be interesting to see if that will be included in the presentation or, at the very least, if some sort of excuse for it’s lack of availability will be given.

In spite of it’s Orwellian name, the “Police Fatality Public Fact Finding Review” is, in reality, designed to do anything but provide facts to the public. It was created after the LVMPD and Police Protective Association were unable to have reforms to the old Coroner’s Inquest overturned via lawsuits. The much maligned original Coroner’s Inquest had functioned as a rubber stamp process of automatically justifying police shootings for about 40 years. In spite of the proposed reforms standing up to those legal challenges and being declared constitutional by the Nevada Supreme Court, the entire process was scrapped in favor of this newer version that is even worse and less transparent than the Coroner’s Inquests had ever been.D'andre Berghardt Jr

Basically, the new method of rubber stamping police shootings consists of the District Attorney declaring (every single time) that the killing was justified, then having someone present to the public the police version of events without any cross examination, witness testimony, presentation of evidence, or impartial representation. It essentially is designed in order to facilitate an official, institutionalized coverup, with very little opportunity for the public to question the official story they are being fed. You couldn’t ask for a much better opportunity to hide the truth and bury facts while advancing the official narrative. Nor could you more effectively sow mistrust and hostility within the communities that are effected by these killings, which historically have never resulted in any sort of accountability, regardless of how questionable they have been and whether the victims of the LVMPD’s trigger happy cops were completely innocent and/or unarmed.

Details for Police Fatality Review of D’Andre Berghardt Jr. Murder:

Via www.clarkcountynv.gov

The Police Fatality Public Fact-finding Review into the February 2014 death of D’Andre Berghardt Jr. will be held Monday, March 2, at 9 a.m. in the Clark County Government Center Commission Chambers at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway in downtown Las Vegas. The review will be aired live on Clark County Television (CCTV) and streamed over the County Internet site at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov.

According to reports, Berghardt was shot and killed during a confrontation with law enforcement officers on state Route 159 near the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

The review of this incident will be presided over by Hearing Officer Chip Siegel. Mark Bailus will serve as ombudsman for the review. Both are longtime criminal defense attorneys in the community. Presiding officers and ombudsmen are selected by the county manager from lists approved by the County Commission. The ombudsman represents the public and the deceased’s family in this fact-finding review.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Staudaher will represent the District Attorney’s Office in this proceeding.

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15 Responses to “Police Fatality Review of D’Andre Berghardt Jr. Murder Scheduled for Today”

  1. t March 2, 2015 at 9:02 am #

    I love the video narrative. “Just grab him”.

  2. Thenumber6 March 2, 2015 at 9:06 am #

    Sounds like a sore loser because
    If fought the law and
    The law won

  3. JC March 2, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    As usual copblock leaves out most of the information. The guy was harassing bicyclists by charging at them. The officers did spray him and he fought the officers got, up and ran towards a police vehicle. He was shot before he could get into it. Sounds like he got what he asked for.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/18/dandre-berghardt-jr-killed_n_4811692.html

    • whoopsydoodoo March 2, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

      These cops flinch in fear of unarmed, mentally addled, gaunt-with-hunger, homeless people. They believe they can shoot their fears away. Cowards

    • corkie March 2, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

      It seems as if these cops are completely incompetent. They should be forced into becoming a parole officer, too.

  4. whoopsydoodoo March 2, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

    Calling police has become equivalent to issuing a death sentence

  5. Chopper March 2, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

    The last one’s you call for help is a cop They will shot at anyone there even if you are the one that calls them

  6. Homer March 2, 2015 at 6:06 pm #

    I though the guy was gay…He reached for my dick.and I was afraid…So I blasted him my dick..I mean gun

  7. Larry Sullivan March 2, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

    AND I QUOTE: “You could see where that was going.” Said by the guy filming this. … Those cowards came out to the desert to MURDER a black man. And just as the videographer also stated, “Why are they continuing to let him get up and run around instead of just tasing him and cuffing him (probably threatening him with harm if he didn’t get up, since we couldn’t hear them, and at the start of the tape the guy was just calmly standing there showing no compunction to run). THEY changed his demeanor, and then exacerbated it into a “Threat situation,” justifying their DESIRE to use deadly force. Pathetic. BARF! BARF! BARF! BARF! BARFFF! SlEG HElL!

  8. Billy March 2, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

    In my opinion, all the people of this poor country should just revolt against the government and force them outta here. or simply call the cops on the government and say they have guns and plan to murder innocent ppl cops vs government would make a good tv show too

  9. George B March 6, 2015 at 7:36 pm #

    THIS STORY IS A RACE BAITING SCAM. I HOPE YOU ARE SMART ENOUGH TO SEE THROUGH THE PROPAGANDA.

    Erratic suspect, not victim, attempted to get into a Highway patrol vehicle with a shotgun in the cab, worthy of being shot. PERIOD.

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