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Update: Las Vegas Cop Charged With Arson And Fraud Not Prosecuted Because Video Evidence “Somehow” Became Corrupted

Officer Jeffrey Harper LVMPD K-9 Fired Arson Evidence Destroyed

LVMPD K9 Officer Jeffrey Harper was not prosecuted on arson and insurance fraud charges after video evidence was “corrupted.” Instead, he was fired for burning a trailer in January 2016.

In April of 2016 I wrote about LVMPD K-9 Officer Jeffrey Lynn Harper, who was facing charges of arson and fraud after he was caught intentionally  burning a “four-wheeler” and a trailer used to haul it in an attempt to collect money from the insurance policies covering the vehicles.

In spite of Officer Harper’s claims that the fire was started by a flat tire he  got while driving on a highway just outside of Las Vegas, firefighters determined that gasoline had been poured on the trailer and rolls of paper had been used as a makeshift wick. Also, as they were fighting the fire Harper returned to the scene of the crime and made some incriminating comments.

One of those statements was, “I’ll bring it up. It’s the elephant in the room. Yeah, I’m upside-down on my trailer,” according to an arrest report. A reference to being behind on the payments for the trailer, which is a pretty good motive for burning it. Those statements were made to a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper and recorded on his dash-cam video.

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So, obviously, this should be a fairly cut and dry case for prosecutors. Except, that video never made it to court. At least not the part where he incriminates himself on camera. Somehow, that one portion of the video ended up getting “corrupted” and is now unviewable. By some luck of the draw however, everything up to and after that point is perfectly fine.

Just for good measure, lead investigator Denell Hoggard violated evidentiary rules by failing to turn in any of the video evidence, not even the portions that weren’t damaged. As a result, a mistrial was declared and prosecutors have stated that they have no intentions of refiling charges against Officer Harper.

Via Adam Herbets at Fox5Vegas.com:

The NHP trooper’s dash camera footage was given to CCFD and LVMPD. At that point, investigators learned that the segment of the video in which Harper arrives went “missing.”

“It wouldn’t play and (Trooper McElroy) didn’t know why,” investigator Michael Doughty testified.

As a result, the lead investigator on the case decided not to turn over the evidence because a portion of it was “corrupted.”

“I did not feel like it had any evidentiary value,” lead investigator Denell Hoggard testified.

“Okay, and why? Why is that?” asked defense attorney Andrew Leavitt.

Hoggard stumbled with her words.

“I don’t — have an answer for it really. I — I — uh — me not turning it over? It was an error. I did not do it intentionally,” she said.

“So if you had to do it over again?” Leavitt asked.

“Absolutely. I would totally turn it over,” Hoggard replied. “It wasn’t anything nefarious. It wasn’t anything calculated. It was just an error.”

“You indicated that you wanted to make sure that you dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s,” Leavitt asked.

“Yes,” Hoggard said. “It was an oversight, sir.”

“I can’t think of a piece of evidence in this whole case that would have more evidentiary value,” Leavitt later argued.

Prosecutors with the Attorney General’s office took the stand and said they were blinded by Hoggard and that they were told there was absolutely nothing on video.

Judge Douglas Herndon said he was “dumbfounded” by Hoggard’s ignorance.

“I just can’t fathom how that can happen to somebody trained to do these kinds of investigations,” Herndon said. “I’ve never had a case before, either as an attorney or a judge, that’s involved multiple agencies that seemed to have dropped the ball.”

“It was intentionally withheld, in my opinion, there’s just no excuse for it,” Leavitt argued. “It’s not a misrepresentation. It’s not a mistake. Somebody is flat out lying in this case.”

Officer Harper was fired earlier this month. So, he’ll have to go work for another department in a couple months. Conveniently, Hoggard retired right after “investigating” Harper’s case and now works in real estate. She’s facing no repercussions whatsoever.

FOX5 Vegas – KVVU

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Reality Is No Longer Avoidable; The Only Viable Solution Is To Disband The Police

This post was written by  and originally published at the Center For a Stateless Society (C4SS) under the title “Dismantle the Police.” Posts and other content you think are worth sharing with the CopBlock Network can be sent in to us via the CopBlock.org Submission Page.

(Note: This has been posted in its original form and no edits to the original text were made. Some links may have been added within the text and images have been added. In addition, the conclusions expressed within this initial introductory summary represent my own interpretation of what is being stated within Trevor’s writings.)

In the post below, Trevor discusses the recent shooting of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa by Officer Betty Shelby after his car broke down. (See embedded videos below.) In addition, he discusses what that shows about the state of law enforcement as an institution. His conclusion shouldn’t be hard to figure out based on the title of the post.

Personally, I came to the conclusion years ago that policing as we know it today is neither the best nor the only system for protecting people within our communities. However, we have now reached the level that a simple car breakdown is treated not as a situation where someone may need a bit of help, but rather as a crime scene necessitating deadly force. I’m pretty hard pressed to understand how any rational, thinking person could feel otherwise at this point.

Dismantle the Police

Last week, Tulsa, Oklahoma police officer Betty Shelby fatally shot 40-year-old stranded motorist Terence Crutcher in the back after another officer tased him to the ground. The database killedbypolice.net lists Crutcher as the 825th individual to have been shot and killed by a cop in 2016.

At this point, it’s clear that nothing short of a complete dismantling of the police force is necessary to stop them from killing black men and women.

There are simply no more justifications to be made here. No more claims of “bad apples,” no more room to use the officer safety argument. Police feel vested with the power to kill anyone they please, and they absolutely know it. This isn’t even the first time an unarmed black man has been killed in Tulsa County within the last two or three years. Either we take the entire system apart or this keeps happening. There are no alternatives.

According to the Associated Press, “Shelby’s attorney, Scott Wood, said Crutcher was not following the officers’ commands and that Shelby was concerned because he kept reaching for his pocket as if he was carrying a weapon.”

Disobeying a police officer is not grounds for murder. Handling potentially volatile situations with a cool head and a relaxed trigger finger is ostensibly why we even keep police around in the first place. If we can’t even trust them to keep that commitment, how can we trust them to reasonably keep our communities safe?

No, it’s time to wipe the slate clean and start over. The time is high for us to have a conversation about what proper community protection looks like. We should be attempting to put those new ideas into practice, and we should be doing so while every officer turns in their badge and gun.

Some may find that to be overly harsh. That’s fine. Those are likely the same individuals who misconstrue Colin Kaepernick and dozens of high school and college football teams’ kneeling protest during the national anthem as being “unpatriotic.” No. The fact is, they’re protesting this. They’re protesting the fact that this keeps happening while the people who perpetrate these crimes get away with it, nearly always consequence-free. It should be astoundingly easy for even the most casual layman to see that.

It’s time to dismantle law enforcement.

Full stop.