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“What Happened in Vegas” Anti-Police Brutality Documentary to Show at Anthem Film Festival (Freedom Fest) July 20th

What Happened In Vegas Ramsey Denison LVMPD Documentary Movie Police Brutality

On July 20th at 3:20pm, “What Happened in Vegas,” the documentary by director Ramsey Denison about police brutality, corruption, and cover-ups within the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (AKA: “Metro“) will be screening during the Anthem Film Festival. The annual film festival, which takes place from July 19th to the 22nd, is part of Freedom Fest, which is also held annually here in Las Vegas.

The screening will be held at the Paris Hotel and Casino, which is located on the Las Vegas Strip. Passes for an entire day, as well as all access passes for the entire festival, can be purchased in advance at their online ticket link. (Freedom Fest tickets are also available at the same link.) In addition, tickets for individual screenings can be bought at the door for $10.

As has been previously reported here at Nevada Cop Block, What Happened in Vegas premiered at the Ciniquest Film Festival in March and received rave reviews from critics during multiple showings there. This will be the second screening held here in Las Vegas. Previously, in April, the movie showed at the Las Vegas Black Film Festival and won the award for best documentary.

What Happened in Vegas focuses on the murders of Trevon Cole, Erik Scott, and Stanley Gibson by Las Vegas police officers and the cover ups of those murders by the leadership of the LVMPD. All three of those shootings were extremely controversial and heavily debated at the time they took place within Las Vegas.

However, none of them received widespread coverage by the media outside of Las Vegas. That lack of publicity for police killings and the role the local media, politicians, and casinos play in that is a major focal point of the movie. In addition, several cases of police brutality, racial profiling, and false arrests by members of Metro are also highlighted.

(Full Disclosure: I am personally in the movie. Stanley Gibson was a personal friend of mine and I also contributed general knowledge about other cases that I have learned through involvement with Nevada Cop Block and police brutality activism within Las Vegas.)

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“What Happened in Vegas” Documentary; LVMPD Racial Profiling, False Arrest Case Featured on Las Vegas’ Local ABC Station

As I reported yesterday, Silk Galloway will be in court at 1:30pm today (Wednesday, June 28th) for a motion hearing regarding his case within Municipal Court Department 2, room 5B. During that hearing, he will be asking that the ridiculous and false obstruction charge that he is facing be dropped.

Last night, “KTNV Channel 13 Action News,” Las Vegas’ local ABC affiliate, featured a story about his case. Within that coverage they also mentioned that Galloway’s assault and false arrest by a “Saturation Team” from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was included in an anti-police brutality documentary that will be opening in theaters in August.

In addition to the racial profiling of Galloway, “What Happened in Vegas,” by Ramsey Denison, focuses on the murders of Erik Scott, Trevon Cole, Stanley Gibson, and Tashii Brown, as well as other abuses and the cover up of those abuses by the LVMPD.

Via KTNV.com:

Galloway, who was a passenger in the car, has been charged with obstruction in the case that dates back to 2015.

His attorney, Stephen Stubbs, is asking those charges be dismissed.

That motion is set for a hearing on Wednesday afternoon.

It all started when Las Vegas police pulled over the car Galloway was in.

“The officer looks over at me and says, ‘do you have your Id?’ and I said yes. He said, ‘may I have it? and I said no you may not,” Galloway said in an interview for the documentary “What Happened in Vegas”.

Stephen Stubbs says his client was correct there.

“They demanded the ID and he said no. Rightfully. Silk was right on the law,” Stubbs said.

It was just after that point that Galloway started recording with a GoPro camera on his dash.

It eventually captured him being pulled from the car.

“I’m going to give you to the count of three or I’m going to pull you out,” an officer is heard saying in the video.

Stubbs points out the officer didn’t start counting like he said he would before pulling Galloway out, but says he was more disturbed by what followed.

“The police did not act right here, and my clients rights were violated,” Stubbs said.

When they didn’t find anything, the officers, apparently unaware the camera was recording, are overheard talking about the results.

“Do what you got to do, because we gotta find something,” an officer is heard saying on the GoPro video.

Officers eventually took Galloway to jail on obstruction charges.

“They treated him like an animal. They took him to jail. They arrested him and they cavity searched him,” Stubbs said.

Various groups within the community have called for courtroom support for Galloway during this hearing. In addition, there will be a short rally outside, beginning at noon, to show that support and bring attention to the issues involved in this case. Afterwards, people will be encouraged to attend the hearing as well, in order to show that the community stands with Silk Galloway and will not stand idly by during this miscarriage of justice.

People are welcome to bring signs or other relevant materials to the rally, although you won’t be able to bring them to the courtroom. There should be enough time in between to put them away.

Preview of “What Happened in Vegas”

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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 has been a frequent subject of posts on  NVCopBlock.org. He often represents bikers and motorcycle organizations, whom are frequent targets of harassment from the police. In addition, I have personally worked with Stephen in the past on several occasions through Nevada Cop Block on issues or cases involving his clients or on know your rights seminars he has done within the Las Vegas area.

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

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Update: Demonstration and Courtroom Support for Silk Galloway; LVMPD Racial Profiling, False Arrest Victim

“Do what you gotta do ’cause we gotta find something.”

That quote comes from the instructions that LVMPD Lt. Connell gave to one of the officers working as part of a “Saturation Team” just after they had pulled over Solomon “Silk” Galloway (Galloway commonly goes by his middle name), then assaulted and falsely arrested him in February of 2016.

Realizing that they didn’t have any actual crime to charge him with, they quickly came to the conclusion that they had to “find something” to retroactively justify that arrest. Unbeknownst to them, the entire illegal search, including those instructions to just “find something,” was being recorded by a GoPro camera inside the car.

Prior to that, Galloway and a co-worker had been pulled over under the pretense they had been speeding. However, as reported here previously, the body camera footage released later (embedded below) actually shows the speedometer in the police vehicle that pulled them over, proving that they weren’t speeding at the time. Instead, it appears to simply be a case of racial profiling which they then unnecessarily escalated into the eventual false arrest.

Racial profiling is pretty much what saturation teams were created to do, so that kinda goes without saying. When Galloway refused to cooperate with their unlawful orders to present ID, even though he as the passenger of the vehicle was under no obligation to do so, they decided they would arrest him and “find something” later. Unfortunately, they were never actually able to “find something.” There were no drugs or anything else illegal on him or within the car.

Instead, they decided to charge Galloway with “obstruction,” which is otherwise known as “contempt of cop.” Over a year later, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Clark County County District Attorney Steve Wolfson continue to push forward with this ridiculous charge. Tomorrow, Wednesday June 28th, Galloway will be in court at 1:30pm for a motion hearing regarding his case within Municipal Court Department 2, room 5B.

Various groups within the community have called for courtroom support for Galloway during this hearing. In addition, there will be a short rally outside, beginning at noon, to show that support and bring attention to the issues involved in this case. Afterwards, people will be encouraged to attend the hearing as well, in order to show that the community stands with Silk Galloway and will not stand idly by during this miscarriage of justice. People are welcome to bring signs or other relevant materials to the rally, although you won’t be able to bring them to the courtroom. There should be enough time in between to put them away.

Among the many issues already discussed previously, some members of the community have questioned whether the judge in the case, Susan Roger, has a conflict of interest since her husband, David Roger, works as the lawyer for the Las Vegas Police Protective Association (LVPPA). As a result, they are asking for her to recuse herself from this case. While that won’t happen (because she would then have to recuse herself from any case involving the police) it serves as a good reminder of David Roger’s own conflicts of interest.

For those not aware, David Roger was the District Attorney during the “investigations” of the murders of Erik Scott and Trevon Cole by Las Vegas police officers. He resigned shortly after the murder of Stanley Gibson by Officer Jesus Arevalo while that “investigation” was still underway to accept a position as the LVPPA’s lawyer. So, he went from the head of the department that absolutely refused to file any charges against police officers when they kill someone on duty to the guy who officially defends them for the police union.

Video Featuring Police Body Camera Footage and GoPro Video

Original GoPro Video

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 has been a frequent subject of posts on  NVCopBlock.org. He often represents bikers and motorcycle organizations, whom are frequent targets of harassment from the police. In addition, I have personally worked with Stephen in the past on several occasions through Nevada Cop Block on issues or cases involving his clients or on know your rights seminars he has done within the Las Vegas area.

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

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Extorted for “Contempt of Cop” by a Florida State Trooper That Didn’t Know How to Direct Traffic

The following post was shared with the CopBlock Network anonymously, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

The post details an interaction the submitter had with a Florida Highway Patrol trooper after he misunderstood the confusing directions another trooper gave him at a location where an accident had recently taken place. Apparently, that trooper didn’t appreciate the driver’s explanation that he hadn’t understood the first trooper and decided to give him a traffic citation in retaliation, which is commonly referred to as “contempt of cop” charge.

Date of Incident: December 28, 2016
Department Involved: Florida Highway Patrol – Troop A
Location of Incident: Escambia County, FL
Department Phone No.: (850) 484-5000
Department Email: [email protected] – (Attn: Captain Rick Warden – Pensacola District Commander)

I pulled up to a place where an accident had occurred and the police were blocking the road, directing traffic around it. The traffic director was waving a lighted wand to me with both a red light and a blue light flashing, as if he was waving me on through. I wasn’t sure if he wanted me to stop or to drive through, so I kept driving slowly and he yelled, “would you stop?!”

I stopped as soon as knew that’s what he wanted me to do. Maybe if he had the correct red light on and not both blue and red on his wand, or even if he held up his hand in stop position, I would have known what he wanted. However, since he clearly didn’t know what he was doing, I became confused about what I was supposed to do. I said “I didn’t know whether to stop or keep driving.”

Well, here’s a warning to all law abiding citizens; don’t EVER say a word to the FL state troopers defending yourself, because the next thing I knew, I had a state trooper down my throat ordering me to pull over. He then threatened that he may take me to jail for failure to obey the traffic cop’s directions, which was a lie because I did stop. I told him I was confused at his directions, because there was no clear indication for me to stop or to keep driving through.

Just then you could see the trooper look around my vehicle as if to look for some reason to nail me in some way. “Okay,” he said, “you have a cracked windshield” – which I did, but really? So, the violation went from not obeying the traffic cop to a cracked windshield? Only because he knew the traffic director didn’t give me clear instructions.

It doesn’t stop there, either. In my nervousness with this guy I couldn’t find my current proof of insurance, but I told him that I knew I had it somewhere. He said well just give it to me when I get back to the car. So, I did find it and handed it to him when he got back, but he said it’s too late now. Then he handed me the ticket for no proof of insurance and a cracked windshield when really, it was only because he was mad that I simply tried to explain why I didn’t stop right away.

He claimed he was letting me off easy with two $116.00 citations and threatened that he could take me to jail for failure to obey! This was clearly old fashioned police harassment and corruption. I was surprised he didn’t knock out a headlight and give me a ticket for that, too. I then asked for his card or his name and he said it was all listed on the ticket, which is barely legible. I will dispute this and report this in every way possible.

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Off-Duty Philadelphia Police Officer Shot His Own Son in the Back for Contempt of a Cop (Him)

Officer Dorion Young has become the first Philadelphia cop to be charged in a shooting in over three years after he took old adage of “spare the rod, spoil the child” to a new level on Labor Day. After arguing with, then physical assaulting his 19 year-old son, Officer Young shot him twice in the back with a .40 caliber pistol as his son, Devine, tried to run away from him.

He’s been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, simple assault, possessing instruments of a crime, and unspecidfied “related offenses.” In addition, Young is on a thirty day suspension, which according to the Philadelphia Police Internal Affairs Division will eventually become a permanent (unpaid) vacation.

Via the Philadelphia Enquirer:

Young, a 25-year veteran of the Police Department, allegedly started an argument with his oldest son, Devine, over “perceived disrespect he felt about the use of the family car,” (District Attorney Seth) Williams said.

As the argument escalated, Young waved his personal .40-caliber pistol and shouted, “You my son, and you aren’t going to keep disrespecting me,” according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Young walked away from his son and called 911, but then went back, and broke down his son’s bedroom door and began fighting with him, Williams said.

The fight moved from the bedroom into the hallway, where Young ended up on his back as his son stepped over him and tried to get away by walking down the stairs, said Tariq El-Shabazz, deputy of the district attorney’s investigations division.

As the teenager walked down the stairs, his father sat up and, with his legs extended in front of him, fired two shots, El-Shabazz said.

One bullet went through Dorion Young’s own shoe, narrowly missing his foot. The other struck his son in the back, according to El-Shabazz.

The teen was taken to Aria Health-Torresdale Campus, where he initially was listed in critical condition.

Prosecutors said Devine Young lost his spleen and a part of his colon in the shooting. He also is “dealing with the psychological injury” of being shot by his own father, El-Shabazz said.

“While this is a terrible tragedy, there is no excuse for what happened that day, and Dorion Young will be held responsible for having shot his son,” Williams said.

While acknowledging the “difficulties of raising a son,” Tariq El-Shabazz, the deputy district attorney who investigated the case, didn’t accept Young’s excuse that the gun just happened to go off while they were fighting, citing other undisclosed evidence which contradicted that assertion.

No doubt in the 25 years he spent on the Philadelphia Police Department he has never had “difficulties” dealing with someone not related to him being disrespectful toward him.

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