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Update: NHP Dash Cam Audio Doesn’t Match Boulder City Police Version; Evidentiary Hearing Ordered Over Discrepancies

Nevada Police Sgt John Glenn Motion to Dismiss Dash Cam Audio

Boulder City Judge Victor Miller has scheduled an evidentiary hearing for Dec. 20th in relation to discrepancies with audio recordings that BCPD Sgt John Glenn provided in support of charges, including obstruction and resisting arrest, against John Hunt.

Earlier this week, Stephen Stubbs, a lawyer for John Hunt, presented in court even more proof of evidence tampering by Boulder City Police and/or prosecutors. Stubbs indicated that just prior to a Dec. 5th hearing on a motion he had filed to dismiss charges against Hunt, he had received a new dash cam video from the Nevada Highway Patrol.

The audio on that video did not match the audio on a dash cam video previously received from the Boulder City Police Department, even though the two videos had been recording simultaneously during Hunt’s arrest. In fact, the motion to dismiss had itself been based on allegations that the original audio from the BCPD’s version had been altered to justify filing retaliatory charges of resisting arrest against Hunt.

As has been detailed here previously (see related links below), Hunt is currently facing several charges related to a June 2016 incident in which he was arrested. At the time, members of the BCPD were conducting a “pedestrian sting operation” where they would step into a crosswalk, then ticket drivers who did not stop early enough.

Believing that their true motivation was to generate money for the city government by writing tickets, Hunt began walking back and forth into the crosswalk himself. According to Hunt, this was done as a protest of that monetary incentive and also to demonstrate his belief that they were purposely not giving motorists sufficient time to stop in order to issue citations.

Not long after, Hunt was arrested by Sgt. John Glenn and charged with “Failing to Yield as a Pedestrian” and “Resisting Arrest.” Initially, the charges were dismissed by the prosecutor after surveillance footage from a nearby business contradicted Glenn’s account of Hunt’s behavior. However, just one day after Hunt filed a civil rights lawsuit, the charges were refiled, along with an additional charge of “Obstructing an Officer.”

Hunt has maintained since shortly after he was arrested that things he remembered saying at the time weren’t included on the dash cam video. Subsequently, analyses conducted by two separate audio experts concluded that the video had been edited after the fact. (A PDF containing the full Forensic Audio Authentication reports can be found here.) Based on who had access to do so, that would have to have been done by either someone within the police department or the city attorney’s office.

Unlike that first video, the audio on the NHP video includes statements made by Hunt that support his own version of what happened that day. As a matter of fact, the audio that is not included on Sgt. Glenn’s version consists of two key exchanges that contradict his previous testimony and information he wrote within the arrest reports.

Via the Boulder City Review: 

During Tuesday’s hearing, Stubbs told Miller that there were two microphones together at the same place capturing the same event. One was Glenn’s and the other was this officer’s.

“There is a part of the video that should be the same, but it’s not,” he said.

In the subpoenaed NHP video that was provided to the Boulder City Review, there are two questions Hunt asks officers that are not present in the other dash-cam video when he is detained by Glenn.

In Glenn’s dash-cam video, the first time Hunt speaks to officers after being detained he says “No.”

According to the NHP video, after Hunt is handcuffed by officers he asks them if he is being detained. Then he said, “No,” and asks again if he is being detained.

After that he is told that he is not being detained but rather being arrested. He then asks officers what he is being arrested for and is told for obstructing a pedestrian in the roadway, obstructing traffic and resisting arrest. This portion is present in both Glenn’s dash-cam video and the NHP one.

The NHP one, however, includes the question, “How can I resist something that I’m not aware of?” that Hunt asks officers after being told why he is being arrested.

Glenn’s dash-cam video has no dialogue from Hunt during that time.

According to Stubbs, the Nevada Highway Patrol had located and downloaded this video with the full, unaltered audio all the way back in 2016. However, it wasn’t until Tuesday, just hours before the motion hearing, that they finally provided the video to Hunt’s defense team. (Almost as if they were trying to hide something.)

Based on this new evidence, Boulder City Municipal Court Judge Victor Miller scheduled an evidentiary hearing over the authenticity of the audio on dash cam footage provided by the Boulder City Police. After that hearing, which is scheduled for Dec. 20th, Judge Miller could rule to exclude the dash cam evidence or even dismiss the entire case, if he finds in favor of the defense’s claims that evidence has been tampered with.

Stubbs maintains that the charges should be dismissed outright on the basis of prosecutorial misconduct. That misconduct has cast sufficient doubt upon the authenticity of the entirety of the evidence against Hunt. As a result, he will not be able to receive a fair trial in light of that uncertainty.

 

Original Video Concerning the Perjury Committed by Sgt. John Glenn

Surveillance Video of John Hunt Crossing Street

Sgt. Glenn’s Dashcam Video

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Update: Nevada Court to Rule on Evidence Tampering in Arrest for Obstruction of Police Revenue Generation

Nevada Police Sgt John Glenn Motion to Dismiss Dash Cam Audio

A Boulder City judge will rule Dec. 5th on a motion to dismiss in the case of John Hunt, who was arrested by Sgt John Glenn in retaliation for interfering with their revenue generation scheme.

On December 5th, a judge in Boulder City, Nevada (located just outside of Las Vegas) will issue a ruling on a case involving a revenue-based enforcement exercise by local police, as well as allegations of a false arrest, perjury by a police supervisor, and the manufacturing of evidence that stem from an impromptu protest that day. Based on those improprieties, Judge Victor Miller has been asked to dismiss charges brought against John Hunt in a motion filed by Hunt’s attorney Stephen Stubbs.

In June of 2016, officers with the Boulder City Police Department were out early in the morning generating revenue for the city. Their scheme consisted of stepping into a crosswalk and then ticketing drivers who didn’t stop quick enough. One of the Boulder City residents that drove by that day was John Hunt, who has stated that he believes the police were intentionally stepping into traffic at a point where the cars did not have enough time to react and therefore would end up being ticketed and fined.

Hunt decided to protest what he deemed to be an unfair issuing of citations by going out and repeatedly walking into the cross walk himself. The intent was to show that the cars would stop if they were given the proper amount of time and thereby expose the true nature of Sgt. John Glenn and his cohorts. The Boulder City police have a bureaucracy to feed though, so obviously they weren’t happy about Hunt getting in the way of their morning fundraiser.

As I previously wrote here at NVCopBlock.org, Hunt was arrested and charged with “Failing to Yield as a Pedestrian” and “Resisting Arrest.” However, at his first hearing the charges were dismissed by the prosecutor even before it began. According to Stubbs, the reason for that quick dismissal was that Sgt. Glenn had lied on his police report in order to justify the arrest. Those lies (also known as perjury when included on a sworn police report) would have been exposed in court due to Hunt’s actions having been captured on a nearby business’ security cameras.

Not only did the surveillance video contradict Sgt. Glenn’s written arrest report, discrepancies soon surfaced involving the dash cam evidence that had been provided as part of the discovery process. As detailed in a follow up post I wrote here at Nevada Cop Block in October of 2016, Hunt questioned the authenticity of the audio included on the video that had been produced by the city. Subsequently, two different forensic audio experts testified that the audio had indeed been altered from that of the original video. (A PDF containing the full Forensic Audio Authentication Report can be found here.)

Citing the false testimony within the police report and the evidence tampering involving the dash cam footage, Stubbs filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in May of this year on Hunt’s behalf. In retaliation for that lawsuit, the Boulder City prosecutor refiled the original charges, plus an additional charge of “Obstructing an Officer,” the next month. In fact, rather than even try to mask the true nature behind refiling the charges, they were actually submitted by the city just one day after the lawsuit was reported by local news.

“I’m in awe of how stupid this is,” said defense lawyer Stephen Stubbs. “It screams of retaliation.”

Included in the motion to dismiss are several new details regarding the inconsistencies on the dash cam video’s audio track and some less than convincing excuses for them by Sgt. Glenn and city attorney’s office and police department of Boulder City:

The alleged false evidence mentioned in Tuesday’s motion to dismiss includes dash-cam video of the June 8 incident that Glenn said did not match what he had seen in the system from that day.

It was given to the defense by the city on July 5 and is different than the dash-cam footage that Stubbs received in 2016.

Two forensic experts who analyzed the 2016 dash-cam video determined that the recording had been altered.

“Two separate audio forensic experts have confirmed that the video contains the wrong unit number … proving that, at a minimum the metadata was altered …. The defense does not know how much of the video was altered or if an authentic video even exists anymore,” Stubbs wrote in his motion.”

That newer dash cam video and questions surrounding the erroneous unit number, as well as what appears to be an alteration of the text overlay on the video after the fact to replace the incorrect unit number has cast even more doubt on the authenticity of the video evidence the city has provided.

During a deposition for the lawsuit on November 20th, Glenn testified about those questions:

In that deposition, Hunt’s other attorney, David T. Blake, showed Glenn the earlier dash-cam video of the event. The video, (from) June 8, 2016, said that it was from Unit 277. The text of those items was in red print.

“As far as I know, our text is not in red,” he told Blake when asked if he’d seen that type of text overlay before. “It’s in white … It looks similar to the format that we use, but I don’t recall ever seeing any in red.”

Blake also asked him about the unit number.

In the deposition, Glenn said that his unit number the day of the activity on June 8 was 277. He also said that he had been assigned to that unit number since the vehicle was brand-new, approximately two and a half years.

Later in the deposition and in an email provided to the defense, Glenn said that although his unit number was 277, the camera in his vehicle was actually from unit 281.

“My vehicle number is 277 …. And the camera in unit 277 failed,” he said in the deposition. “It had to be sent back. There was another vehicle that wasn’t being used, which was unit 281. The camera out of that vehicle was taken out of that vehicle, placed in my vehicle and the device name was not changed when it was changed over. So my vehicle was being broadcast as 281.”

In the email Glenn added that the unit identifier was “mistakenly not changed” until around Aug. 4, 2016.

So, between the original retaliatory nature of the charges (without even getting into the exploitative financial motive for the “safety exercise” Hunt had interrupted), the inconsistencies in Sgt. Glenn’s police reports, and the evidentiary issues, logic should dictate that Judge Miller will have an easy decision to do the right thing and grant the motion for dismissal.

Stephen Stubbs certainly seems to think so:

“By manufacturing false and fraudulent evidence, the city attorney’s office, the Boulder City Police Department, or both have tipped the scales of justice so far that the scales themselves have fallen into a bog of eternal stench,” said Stubbs about Tuesday’s motion…

“We filed this because the evidence is clear that the city attorney’s office, the Boulder City Police Department or both manufactured false evidence and gave it to defense as discovery,” Stubbs said. “They cheated …. Justice requires all these ridiculous charges be dropped.”

However, we are dealing with the government and their police enforcers, so logic might not be the standard by which things are decided. Nor is there any lack of precedence for cops to get away with or even be rewarded for committing blatant acts of perjury and evidence tampering. That’s especially the case in Las Vegas area police departments.

Original Video Concerning the Perjury Committed by Sgt. John Glenn

Surveillance Video of John Hunt Crossing Street

Sgt. Glenn’s Dashcam Video

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Boulder City Police Doctored Audio in Arrest Video Where They Were Already Caught Committing Perjury

Boulder City Sgt John Glenn Perjury Evidence Tampering

In June, I posted about John Hunt, a resident of Boulder City a small town just outside of Las Vegas. Hunt had been arrested by Sergeant John Glenn of the Boulder City Police Department on charges of  “Failing to Yield as a Pedestrian” and “Resisting Arrest.” He subsequently spent a day in jail, as a result of that arrest.

As you can see in the original post and the Youtube video embedded below, which was uploaded by Hunt’s lawyer, Stephen Stubbs, when his trial date came the prosecutor dropped the charges because Sgt. Glenn was actually caught contradicting his sworn testimony (I.E. committing the crime of perjury) on the dash camera video.

That’s not the only dishonesty by Sgt. Glenn in this case, however. Recently, John Hunt contacted me and told me that he had evidence showing that not only did Glenn lie to justify the charges against him, but he in fact also edited the audio on that dash cam video to support his false version of the events during the arrest.

Within the video included in this post Hunt explains how and why that evidence was tampered with and why it also shows that Sgt. Glenn was involved or at the very least aware of that tampering. He also includes a report from a forensic audio expert that conclusively shows the audio was altered. A PDF containing the full Forensic Audio Authentication Report can be found here.

In addition, John included this text description:

After I crossed across the road for the third time, a police car pulled into the parking lot directly in front of me, maybe about 40 feet away. The officer inside, Sgt. John Glenn said, “Come over here. Come over here. Come over here!”

I asked, “why?”

He said, “because I told you to.”

I then said, “I refuse to comply,” because I did not view “because I told you to” as a valid legal reason to change what I was doing. I had broken no laws and was not causing any problems as I stood on the sidewalk. I was perfectly willing to talk with the officer and was looking forward to that opportunity. I had a very strong desire not to be arrested, but I was not going to follow his commands for the sole reason that he had decided to issue them. I have rights.

Immediately after I said this, Glenn got out of his car and began walking towards me. At the time I thought that he was coming over to talk to me.  Instead he walked directly up to me and grabbed me by the arm. He did not say anything to me as he was doing this. He did not say, “turn around and put your hands behind your back.” He said absolutely nothing.

I was very surprised that I was being illegally and abruptly assaulted for absolutely no reason.
I instructed him to stop assaulting me. I said, “Stop assaulting me! Stop assaulting me! Take your hands off me.”

But Glenn didn’t listen, as he had no interest in obeying the laws of the land.

Now, compare that with what you hear on the tape. To recap, here’s what it should sound like:

  • GLENN: Come over here. Come over here. Come over here!
  • ME: Why?
  • GLENN: Because I told you to.
  • ME: I refuse to comply.
  • *car door opens and closes, silence for a few seconds as Glenn walks over to me
  • ME: Stop assaulting me! Stop assaulting me! Take your hands off me.

After this, the tape plays out mostly the same as it happened in life, except for one small detail. After I had been dragged to the ground and handcuffed, I was leaned up against a cop car and a policeman started asking me a series of yes or no questions. I answered them as I was still dazed from the assault and did not have the wherewithal to understand fully what was going on.

audio-manipulation-boulder-city-policeI strongly suspect that it was one of my answers here that was edited out and transposed into an earlier point in the tape to make it appear as though I was interacting with Glenn in a confrontational manner before he “arrested” me. This is the part of the tape where John Glenn supposedly asks me “is there something you don’t understand?” And I say, “No!” This never actually happened. The only things that happened are exactly what I have described.

The recording of these events didn’t match my memory, which was very clear and vivid, and still is. So, with the help of my family, I decided it was worthwhile to hire an expert to investigate it.

I was told that this kind of editing was impossible, but I could not be convinced that my memories were mistaken.

I chose my words very carefully when I said, “I refuse to comply,” and I remember the exact reason and context in which I said them, which is very different from the context in the video.

Even despite having a very strong memory in general and despite having these vivid memories of this specific event, the edited tape made me doubt myself for a time.

When you are confronted with a video recording that does not match your memories, you tend to believe the recording. It’s in a sense like being “gaslighted.”

I believe it’s very possible that if I did not have a very strong faith in my own memory, I could have been convinced that the events on the tape were what actually happened

This may have happened to more than a few people.

The reason I know that John Glenn is aware of this, beyond the obvious, is that he attests to a detail in the report which appears on the edited tape but did not happen in life.

In his sworn statement, under penalty of perjury, he states, “I asked the subject what part he did not understand.”

This didn’t happen, but on the tape, it did.

So Glenn knows about this or is doing it himself. I suspect that there was an event or events some time in the past where Glenn actually said all of the things he said on that tape.

And I suspect that if you could see the reports of all of his arrests, you would see many instances of these exact same phrases being used over and over again.

I would also suspect that there is a computer somewhere nearby, either in John Glenn’s basement, or in a lab somewhere, with some very interesting files on it.

I can’t personally say how deep or how far the corruption goes in this department, but I think it’s reasonable to conclude that the existence of this report casts serious doubt on every single piece of evidence that goes through that courtroom, especially video evidence.

There may be many convictions issued by that court that need a second look. And there may be people in jail right now that shouldn’t be there because of what this person or group of people is doing.

For obvious reasons, having an officer who is willing to both lie under oath and tamper with evidence in order to justify arresting someone is a huge threat to the freedom and rights of citizens. Even more of a threat is a police department that at the very least allows officers to have the access and ability to do so and in reality were probably complicit in helping carry out such illegal actions.

When you consider that this is a case in which Hunt was really arrested out of spite (AKA Contempt of Cop), it casts doubt on every case the Boulder City Police are involved in, especially those involving Sergeant John Glenn.

Original Video Concerning the Perjury Committed by Sgt. John Glenn

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Boulder City (NV) Police “Employee of the Year” Commits Perjury to Arrest Man Interfering With Revenue Generation

Boulder City Police Sgt John Glenn Perjury Unlawful Arrest

Yesterday (June 21st), I went down to Boulder City, a small town just south of Las Vegas, to attend a hearing for a man who had been arrested during a Revenue Generation event that the Boulder City police were holding.

John Hunt had been charged with “Failing to Yield as a Pedestrian” and “Resisting Arrest.” However, in reality he was arrested for interfering with their ability to generate revenue by extorting drivers.

In the end, it actually took longer to make the 25 mile trip from Vegas to the Boulder City Municipal Court than the court appearance lasted.

John Hunt’s lawyer, Stephen Stubbs had prepared a motion to have the case dismissed on Constitutional grounds. However, the prosecutor beat him to the punch and filed his own motion to dismiss all of the charges.

The reason for that decision was that Sergeant John Glenn had illegally arrested Hunt and in the process had lied on a sworn statement within the police report to justify the arrest. According to Stubbs, the real reason for the DA’s quick dismissal was because they knew Sgt. Glenn had lied and that his lies were contradicted on video. So the prosecutor did the “smart thing” and dismissed the case to prevent any further liability for the city.

Hunt has since (Wed. morning) filed a criminal perjury complaint against Glenn, based on the lies he wrote in the arrest report. As Stephen Stubbs states in the video, which includes surveillance video from a nearby business, Sgt. Glenn fabricated several statements within the arrest report.

The main substance of the perjury charge is that Sgt. Glenn confronted hunt for interfering with their operation, which was really intended, to generate tickets, not based on safety. Then he arrested him for “resisting arrest” when Hunt didn’t stop to talk to him.

However, after he arrested him for resisting arrest, Glenn had to come up with an initial reason for the arrest that Hunt was accused of resisting. So he made up several details within the arrest report about what Hunt was doing while crossing the street multiple times at the crosswalk. Included in those imaginary details was a claim that Hunt had been hit by one of the cars.

On June 8, 2016, the Boulder City Police Department, along with the Mesquite Police Department, and the Nevada Highway Patrol were doing a crosswalk “sting” operation. This consisted of  having one of their officers step into the crosswalk, then they ticketed drivers who did not stop for them. Meanwhile, Hunt was heading to get his car serviced at a nearby shop and ended up being one of the people stopped.

Feeling that the crosswalk operation was unfair to drivers because the police officer entering the crosswalk was purposely waiting until cars were going the full speed limit (35 mph) and also too close to the crosswalk to stop in time, Hunt decided to contest it.

According to Stubbs, because he objected to the fairness of the crosswalk sting, John Hunt decided to make a political statement by legally crossing the street in the cross walk while the cars were traveling at a slower, reasonable speed. This was a harmless and legal political protest of what Mr. Hunt saw as an unfair law enforcement trap.

In addition, Stubbs points out:

“Please note that, in Officer John Glenn’s Dash Cam video at 14:03-14:12, Officer Glenn admits that he knew that John Hunt was making a political statement by walking across the street in the cross-walk.” (That dash cam video is embedded below.)

In spite of knowing full well that John Hunt was making a political statement, Sgt. John Glenn wrongfully arrested John Hunt for “resisting arrest” to stop him from making this political statement. Then, because it is unlawful to arrest someone for resisting arrest without the person being arrested for some underlying charge, Glenn fabricated a false and fictitious Declaration of Probable Cause (under penalty of perjury) in an attempt to justify his actions.

John Hunt was subsequently wrongfully arrested for “Failing to Yield as a Pedestrian” (NRS 484B.283) and “Resisting Arrest” (NRS 199.280.3). He spent a day in jail, as a result of that arrest.

Fortunately for Hunt, a local business on that street captured Hunt’s crossing of the street on their security cameras and Hunt’s father was able to acquire a copy of it. (Also Embedded below) Instead of it being just Hunt’s word against a Magic Uniform wearing police officer’s version of events, there was now solid and full visual evidence of what exactly happened. And that evidence showed that Sgt. John Glenn was a liar.

In a public statement after Hunt filed the perjury charges, Stubbs detailed those lies:

Upon review of the security footage, it is clear that Officer John Glenn completely lied on his Declaration of Probably Cause (under penalty of perjury). The most-relevant, fictitious portion of John Glenn’s Declaration of Probable Cause is as follows:

  • “As the decoy was waiting to cross from the McDonalds side of the highway, I observed a subject step out into the crosswalk from the McDonalds side without looking to see if there was traffic coming. The vehicle in the #2 lane was able to stop however the vehicle in the #1 lane had to slam on its brakes and skid to a stop before hitting the subject.” Officer Glenn’s Declaration of Probable Cause and Detention, Lines 5-10.

 The security footage clearly shows that the vehicles were moving well under the 35 mph speed limit, and John Hunt legally cross the street in the cross-walk while the vehicles safely yielded to John Hunt. The security footage further shows that the vehicle in the #1 lane did not slam on its brakes, skid to a stop, nor hit John Hunt. Officer John Glenn clearly lied in his report under penalty of perjury.

Sgt. John Glenn Officer of the Year

Employee of the Year

Incidentally, Sgt. John Glenn isn’t just any run of the mill patrol officer level Hero. He’s the number two officer on the Boulder City Police Department, second only to the police chief. In fact, he’s served as the interim police chief for Boulder City twice after police chiefs Thomas Finn and Bill Conger were fired or forced to resign over misconduct.

In 2013, Sgt. Glenn was even named the “Employee of the Year” for Boulder City. The photo to the right is of his big day when he received that award from David Fraser, the city manager of Boulder City. (Glenn is on the right in the photo.)

In case you’re keeping score at home, that equals the previous two police chiefs in Boulder City being forced out amid (separate) scandals. Plus, the award winning number two cop in the city, who has stepped in both times as the chief of police while their replacements were been sought facing perjury charges.

(See Below Videos for Related Posts)

Stephen Stubbs Explains the Case

Surveillance Video of John Hunt Crossing Street

Sgt. Glenn’s Dashcam Video

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Las Vegas Attorney Stephen Stubbs: “Stand Up and Tell the Truth” – Why #PoliceLiesMatter

Stephen Stubbs Bowtie Blue Lies Matter Truth

This video was recently submitted to me by Las Vegas Attorney Stephen Stubbs so it could be shared with  Nevada Cop Block‘s readers. In it he discusses several incidents he and/or his clients have been involved in with officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada Highway Patrol, Boulder City Police, and other Las Vegas area police departments.

The main case discussed in the video is the very first case for which Stubbs was ever featured on CopBlock. In that instance, he was arrested after a group of bikers (belonging to a ministry group called “Bikers For Christ“), who had been stopped and then detained by LVMPD officers, requested he act as their attorney during that detention.

Not long after, Lieutenant Yatomi of the LVMPD Gang Task Force arrived and illegally ordered Stephen Stubbs to leave his clients, even though they had a right to have counsel present, which is guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment. When he refused, he was arrested for “obstruction.” As Stubbs points out in the video, he was subsequently exonerated in court without even having to present a defense, once the case finally went to court.

One of the important points, especially in relation to Cop Block, is the role in which bystander video played in this and the other cases discussed. Obviously, we always encourage people to film the police anytime you interact with them or see them stopping someone else. In many instances, it is essentially a tool of self defense, which proves or even prevents misconduct by police by providing concrete evidence of what actually happened.

Las Vegas Attorney Stephen Bowtie Stubbs Bikers For ChristIn the case of Stubbs’ arrest, the video taken by others nearby proved, without doubt, that he was not obstructing the police and that Sgt. Yatomi had in fact lied and fabricated information within her police report to justify arresting him. In another instance mentioned, one of his clients was beaten because LVMPD Officers Glowinski and Kolkoski, who were clearing out a bar in Downtown Las Vegas, decided he wasn’t moving fast enough. Similarly, another of his clients, who was actually trying to intercede and stop a potential fight from escalating, was tased by the Metro officers involved.

A final example Stubbs mentions in the video is that of a client who was riding his motorcycle on a Las Vegas freeway when he was intentionally hit by a Nevada Highway Patrol officer after that officer turned the dashcam in his car off. Unfortunately for him, he turned it back on just in time to record himself admitting he intentionally hit the motorcycle. This NHP Trooper also just happened to have posts on his Facebook page making light of Nazis and joking about using force against people. BTW, the victim of his vehicular assault was a black man.

So the common thread among all these is that all of those Good Cops lied (committing perjury in the process) and those lies were later proven to be just that by the video. Obviously, those departments and the other officers within them held those Bad Apples accountable for their actions, right?

Not so much…

Not one of those cops was punished in any meaningful way at all. In fact, as Stephen Stubbs points out in the video, Sgt. Yesemia Yatomi, whose lies were so blatant that the charges against him were tossed out without him even having to provide a defense, has now been promoted to lieutenant by Metro.

And it gets better…

After Lt. Yatomi’s promotion, she was placed in charge of the LVMPD’s Internal Affairs Division.

In case that somehow isn’t clear, that means a cop who either doesn’t know or doesn’t care about citizens’ Constitutional rights and who was proven on video to have committed perjury to justify an illegal and vindictive arrest is now in charge of the department that investigates misconduct by Las Vegas police officers and complaints of abuse from them by Las Vegas citizens.

That sort of constant and systemic pattern certainly makes the public trust police and believe that it is only a Few Bad Apples committing all the abuses.

Related Posts Submitted By or About Stephen Stubbs:

Stephen-Stubbs-CopBlockThose of you that have followed CopBlock.org over the past several years are probably already aware that Stephen Stubbs is a frequent contributor of submissions to Nevada Cop Block. He often represents bikers and motorcycle organizations, whom are frequent targets of harassment from the police. In addition, I have personally worked with Stephen on a somewhat regular basis through Nevada Cop Block on issues or cases within the Las Vegas area.

Therefore, there is a pretty lengthy (and growing) list of posts on Cop Block involving Stephen Stubbs, his clients, and/or people or groups he is associated with. Included below are links to those posts.

  1. Head of LVMPD Internal Affairs Ordered to Answer Perjury/Withholding Evidence Charges in Court
  2. Head of LVMPD Internal Affairs Accused of Perjury; Judge Recused Self Due to “Negative Opinion” of Her
  3. Boulder City (NV) Police “Employee of the Year” Commits Perjury to Arrest Man Interfering With Revenue Generation
  4. Las Vegas Metro Police Illegally Search; Sexually Assault Innocent Man to Justify Bullshit Arrest
  5. Las Vegas Attorney Stephen Stubbs: “Stand Up and Tell the Truth” – Why #PoliceLiesMatter
  6. Man Beaten by Las Vegas Police For Not Moving Fast Enough Awarded $31,500 Settlement
  7. Full Waco Twin Peaks Biker Shooting Videos; Witness Statement Made Public
  8. Know Your Rights Seminar At Las Vegas “Rally For Your Rights”
  9. Waco, TX; Twin Peaks Shootings Arrests – June 10th Call Flood
  10. Nevada Police Chief Resigns After Protecting Animal Shelter Supervisor Who Killed Pets
  11. Fired NV Police Chief Ordered to Pay Punitive Damages in Abuse of Authority Lawsuit
  12. Las Vegas Attorney Stephen Stubbs Found Not Guilty in 5th Amendment Right to Counsel Case
  13. Game Over for Insert Coins’ and Their Abusive Bouncers
  14. Dance, Dance Revolution Protest at Insert Coins Las Vegas- Feb. 26, 2015
  15. Insert Coin(s) Las Vegas Bouncers Beat Man and Obstruct Witness Trying to Film
  16. Las Vegas Police Promise “Fundamental Policy Changes” after Dominic Gennarino Beating
  17. Las Vegas Police Beat a Man for “Not Moving Fast Enough”
  18. Las Vegas Police Agree That You Should Film Them
  19. Free Know Your Rights Seminar in Las Vegas
  20. Attorney Stephen Stubbs Arrested for Refusing to Leave His Client’s Side
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Former Boulder City NV Police Chief Takes Plea Deal on Charges Related to Animal Cruelty Scandal (Update)

As I posted about late last week, a former police chief in Boulder City, Nevada was charged with “failure to perform a duty” after he refused to pursue a case against the local animal shelter supervisor, who was accused of unnecessarily killing animals.

Former Chief Bill Conger had been presented with evidence that Mary Jo Frazier unnecessarily euthanized dozens and possibly even hundreds of healthy animals over the course of years, including many that were pets. Part of the evidence that detectives had presented included statements from animal control employees that Frazier had killed the animals for fun.

As I also posted about in January, Conger was initially forced to resign after it was became public that he had ordered those detectives to suspend the investigation, even though they had recommended that over thirty felony charges should be filed against Frazier.

Those detectives testified that Conger had stated that they instead would use the evidence as a “poker chip” to pressure Frazier, who is now facing charges herself, into retiring. The detectives also stated that the reason Conger gave for choosing not to pursue charges was because he had known about the animals being killed for some time and wanted to keep that from being revealed publicly.

On Tuesday, Conger entered a guilty plea on the failure to perform a duty charge. As part of the deal, his sentence will consist of paying a $1,000 fine.

Via the Las Vegas Review Journal:

Former NV Police Chief Bill CongerFormer Boulder City Police Chief Bill Conger pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge tied to the city’s animal shelter scandal.

As part of the agreement, he paid a $1,000 fine.

Conger declined to talk with reporters after the hearing in Boulder Township Justice Court.

The Clark County district attorney’s office charged Conger with the misdemeanor crime of “failure to perform a duty” in connection with dropping an animal cruelty case against former Animal Control Supervisor Mary Jo Frazier.

The complaint says Conger directed his officers not to submit a request to the district attorney’s office for the prosecution of Frazier on “substantiated felony animal cruelty charges.”

Gus Flangas, an attorney for Conger, spoke to reporters outside the courthouse after the plea.

“It’s just an unfortunate set of circumstances that this all happened,” he said. “Mr. Conger felt it would be in everybody’s best interest to just make this plea and get this behind him.”

He declined to answer questions.

In April 2015, a criminal investigation found Frazier, as the city’s animal control supervisor, had unnecessarily killed dozens of animals housed in the shelter for years. City staff who worked with Frazier raised concerns with a police detective, who investigated the case and found many instances were Frazier euthanized animals before waiting for the shelter’s five-day hold period to end. City staff told police that Frazier killed animals for fun.

Despite the detective’s findings, Conger let Frazier quietly retire and dropped the case.
The city reopened the case in December 2015, following a public outcry after the Review-Journal reported about the quashed case.

Conger resigned after his staff reported to the city’s human resources department that he lied about employees coming to him about Frazier. Frazier’s attorney has said she is adamant about her innocence.

Testimony in Frazier’s case reveals Conger preferred to see Frazier retire without facing charges.

City police Detective David Olson and Sgt. Aaron Johnson both testified Conger told them the criminal case against Frazier would be used as a “poker chip.”

“We’re going to use this as a poker chip, kid, because I know about some of this stuff prior and it’s going to look bad if it gets out,” Olson said Conger told him. “So we’re going to let her bow out gracefully and retire and we’re not going to submit charges and we’re not going to arrest her.”

Conger told the Review-Journal in December that he felt felony charges had been an overreach and that Frazier retiring made the whole thing moot.

“People get in trouble and resign all the time,” Conger said then.

Former Police Chief Tom Finn, Conger’s predecessor, was present on Tuesday. Finn had obtained public records about the

Frazier case after Conger shut it down and played a role in getting it out in the open.

He said the guilty plea is a black eye for Conger.

“How many times have you seen a head of a police department charged for not doing their job?” Finn said.

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Former Boulder City Nevada Police Chief Charged Over Animal Cruelty Cover-UP (Update)

Back in January, I posted about the resignation of Boulder City, NV Police Chief Bill Conger in the wake of a scandal that followed his refusal to pursue animal cruelty charges against the city’s former animal control supervisor.

A criminal investigation by detectives had uncovered evidence that Mary Jo Frazier had unnecessarily euthanized dozens and possibly even hundreds of healthy animals over the course of years, including many that were pets. Part of the findings within that investigation were statements from animal control employees that Frazier had killed the animals for fun.

In April of 2015, detectives presented the case to Conger with the recommendation that felony animal cruelty charges be filed against Frazier. In spite of the extensive evidence and the outrageous nature of the acts involved, Chief Conger chose to close the case without charges and allow Frazier to resign from her position.

As I reported in that previous post, Conger was forced to resign as police chief in January, a month after that decision was made public in local media. In addition, Frazier was subsequently charged with two counts of animal cruelty by the district attorney.

Former Boulder City Animal Control Supervisor Mary Jo Frazier

Former Boulder City Animal Control Supervisor Mary Jo Frazier

Now Conger himself is facing misdemeanor charges of “failure to perform a duty”over his initial inaction and allegations that he was aware of it even before then, but covered it up. Testimony from a detective and a sergeant involved in the case indicates that Chief Conger instead wanted to use the potential charges to pressure Frazier into resigning, in order to keep details from becoming public and implicating him, as well.

Via the Las Vegas Review Journal:

The complaint, filed Tuesday by the district attorney’s office, argues Conger’s decision to direct his employees not to submit “substantiated felony animal cruelty charges” to its office was “contrary to the form, force and effect of Statutes.”

Conger told the Boulder City Review he was represented by attorney Tom Pitaro. Pitaro could not be reached for comment.

Conger has said he opened the April criminal investigation into Frazier as soon as he heard allegations about her. Boulder City police staff contradict that claim.

Animal Control Officer Ann Inabnitt testified she went to Conger in spring 2014 after she saw Frazier use the shelter to brutally kill Frazier’s own dog, according to grand jury testimony from the criminal case against Frazier.

Boulder City Detective David Olson and Sgt. Aaron Johnson both testified Conger told them the criminal case against Frazier would be used as a “poker chip.”

“’We’re going to use this as a poker chip, kid, because I know about some of this stuff prior and it’s going to look bad if it gets out,’” Olson said Conger told him. “’So we’re going to let her bow out gracefully and retire and we’re not going to submit charges and we’re not going to arrest her.’”

Conger told the Review-Journal in December that he felt felony charges had been an overreach and that Frazier retiring made the whole thing moot.

“People get in trouble and resign all the time,” Conger said.

Conger is scheduled to appear April 19 in Boulder City Justice Court.

As I also have reported in previous posts, Chief Conger became the police chief in the first place because his predecessor, Thomas Finn, was fired for instituting a policy of deliberate harassment toward bikers attending a rally in the city, which is located just south of Las Vegas, and then instructing Boulder City police officers to destroy evidence relating to the harassment campaign. Former Chief Finn was also ordered to pay the attorney for those bikers’ lawyer, Stephen Stubbs, damages for frivolous lawsuits that were filed for punitive purposes and as intimidation against Stubbs.

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Nevada Police Chief Resigns After Protecting Animal Shelter Supervisor Who Killed Pets

Interim Boulder City (NV) Police Chief Bill Conger has stepped down as the result of a scandal involving the animal control supervisor for the city. Mary Jo Frazier had been caught unnecessarily killing animals at the shelter, including people’s pets without allowing for the proper wait time. As many as 100 pet owners had complained that their animals were euthanized under order of Frazier despite being healthy and within the time frame for which animals are supposed to be retained for owners to claim them. Conger had been heavily criticized for interceding to prevent her from being prosecuted for those killings and instead allowing her to retire.

Via Fox5 Vegas:

“It was not Bill Conger’s place to make the sole decision on whether to pursue the case or not,”  said Kristen Corral, vice president of Nevada Political Action for Animals. “This is something that should’ve been turned over to the district attorney and have them resign.”

Those who have followed the case believe Conger leaving his post can only help.

“The public wants transparency in the case and we want a full fair thorough investigation,” said Corral. “So, if that was being hindered in any way by the police chief, him stepping down helps that case.”

A retired Boulder City chief of police, Thomas Finn, called Conger’s handling of the Frazier case one of the most disturbing things he had ever seen. Finn said he had never ordered a case be closed out of fear of who might get muddied. Unlike Conger, Finn said, he has never practiced policing by appeasement.

Former Chief Conger is the second consecutive police chief in Boulder City to be forced out. In fact, Conger was serving as the interim chief because his predecessor, Thomas Finn (the “retired” chief of police quoted above), was fired for instituting a policy of deliberate harassment toward bikers attending a rally in the city just south of Las Vegas and then instructing Boulder City police officers to destroy evidence relating to the harassment campaign. Former Chief Finn was also ordered to pay the attorney for those bikers, Stephen Stubbs, damages for frivolous lawsuits that were filed for punitive purposes and as intimidation against Stubbs.

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Fired NV Police Chief Ordered to Pay Punitive Damages in Abuse of Authority Lawsuit

Harassment of the Mongols Motorcycle Club and Attempt to Circumvent the Open Records Law

Stephen Stubbs MongolsOn July 28th, Thomas Finn, the former chief of police for Boulder City NV, was ordered to pay $10,000 plus attorney’s fees to Las Vegas area attorney Stephen Stubbs. The judgment stems from a lawsuit Stubbs had filed over abuses of authority Finn had engaged in during his time as the chief of police, as well as the malicious filing of a lawsuit by Finn against Stubbs after he initiated an investigation into those abuses of authority.

All of this originates from a campaign to harass and manufacture traffic charges against the Mongols motorcycle club during a national event they were holding in Boulder City in June of 2012. Former Chief Finn instructed Boulder City police officers to figure out any reason they could to stop and cite or arrest members of the Mongols. He also sent a letter to Judge Victor Miller, the sitting judge in Boulder City, informing him of their plans to harass the Mongols and asking that he not allow plea deals for any charges resulting from that harassment campaign.

In addition, on June 11th of 2012 Finn sent an e-mail to Boulder City police officers asking them to delete all emails related to the intentional harassment of the Mongols. That e-mail explicitly stated that they should do so in order to avoid releasing them in the event that a public records request was filed. This, of course, was a violation of the Nevada Destruction of Public Records Statute (NRS 239.230).

After Stephen Stubbs, who represents the Mongols, received a copy of that email anonymously, he initiated an investigation against Finn with the Boulder City Council and Nevada Attorney General’s Office. As a result of that investigation, Finn was fired as the Boulder City Police Chief, although he was not charged with a crime because, unbeknownst to him, all city emails are backed up on a separate hard drive and the emails he ordered to be deleted (and that were in fact deleted) were able to be recovered.

In other words, a loophole saved him from being punished for the crime he actually committed. Not that people should expect anything more than a whitewash of crimes by the police from Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson.

Stephen Stubbs Vs. Former Boulder City Chief Thomas Finn

Thomas Finn Boulder City Police ChiefSubsequent to Stubbs’ initiation of the investigation that eventually led to his firing, Finn began engaging in a series of retaliatory acts that included wrongful use of confidential information, as well as filing a false and malicious lawsuit against him relating to the anonymous source of the email instructing officers to delete evidence of his campaign to harass the Mongols.

After acquiring a laptop belonging to Stubbs and containing personal, confidential information belonging to Stubbs, as well as his clients, from Lisa Lemley, a former employee with Stubbs’ law firm, Finn began writing to the FBI, Nevada State Bar, and IRS in failed attempts to compel those agencies to investigate him for fraud and money laundering. All of those allegations were subsequently found to be without any merit.

Next Finn filed a lawsuit against Stubbs, the city attorney, and two members of the Boulder City Council. Ironically enough (in light of his own participation in the theft of the laptop belonging to Stubbs), the lawsuit was based on the contention that the email in which he instructed police officers to illegally destroy evidence of their intent to harass the Mongols was confidential information that had been acquired illegally. This lawsuit was quickly dismissed on anti-SLAPP grounds.

Stephen Stubbs also had filed a series of lawsuits himself on behalf of the Mongols and Stray Cats motorcycle clubs, as well as the Nevada Confederation of Clubs, over the harassment by Finn and Boulder City Police.

On July 30th, Clark County District Judge Pro Tempore Barbara Johnston ruled that Finn’s lawsuit was filed as retaliation for his firing as police chief and that he had abused his authority in order to acquire Stubbs’ personal laptop and by using it to try to initiate investigations against him by the FBI, Nevada State Bar, and IRS. As part of that ruling Stephen Stubbs  was awarded $10,000 in punitive damages plus legal fees, which could amount to as much as $50,000.

In that ruling, Judge Johnston stated that Finn’s lawsuit against Stubbs and his co-defendants was clearly filed in retribution for the investigation of Finn’s own misconduct. In addition, she states that Finn’s obtaining of Stubbs personal laptop and the “subversive and probably illegal use of the data on it” represents “outrageous conduct, with a conscious disregard” for the impact his false accusations would have and “malice aforethought.”

Judge Johnston further concludes that Finn’s attempts to initiate an investigation against Stubbs by the IRS, FBI, and Nevada State Bar were “oppressive and despicable conduct that subjected Stubbs to cruel and unjust hardship with a conscious disregard of the rights of Mr. Stubbs.”line-banner

Obviously, it shouldn’t be hard to see who is (very much) in the wrong in this whole affair. Former Chief Thomas Finn is the prototypical Las Vegas area corrupt politician and the head of a prototypical Las Vegas area police department that are well known for having no regard for rights or the actual law. By all rights, Finn should actually be facing charges for his criminal acts of misconduct before and after his firing, but expecting Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson to go after the many corrupt politicians or police in Las Vegas is just setting yourself up for a disappointment.

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