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Off Duty Arkansas State Trooper Accosts Man Legally Open Carrying; Has Him Arrested After Complaint is Filed

The following post and accompanying video were shared with the CopBlock Network by Drew Tanner, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. The video contains lots of commentary, so it’s fairly self-explanatory.

Tanner maintains that he was at a local Walmart in Searcy, Arkansas shopping and minding his own business when he was accosted by a stranger. That stranger was eventually identified as Trooper Kurt Ziegenhorn of the Arkansas State Police, although at the time he was off duty, not in uniform, and had not yet provided a badge or police ID. Ziegenhorn also failed to even verbally identify himself prior to physically confronting Tanner, apparently because he was not aware that it is legal to open carry firearms in Arkansas.

After the initial contact, Tanner called 911 to report the incident as he was being followed around the store by Trooper Ziegenhorn. Shortly after, Walmart management asked them to leave the store. Once outside, they were met by officers from the Searcy Police Department. Those officers subsequently determined that Tanner had not broken any laws and released him.

A few days later, after discussing Walmart’s policy on open carry with corporate headquarters (and being told it was not prohibited on their property), Tanner went back to the same store, this time unarmed, to discuss whether he could carry his weapon within the story with the local manager. Before Tanner was able to talk to the manager, Ziegenhorn, who seemingly was following him, also showed up. Tanner was then illegally detained and searched after being handcuffed and removed from the store. During that illegal search his CHCL, which he had legally attained, was stolen from him by Ziegenhorn. He was, however, then released by Trooper Ziegenhorn without any charges or citations being issued.

Tanner then filed a complaint with the Arkansas State Police against Ziegenhorn. About seven weeks later he was arrested in an act of retaliation on a warrant for “obstructing governmental operations.” The basis given for that charge was that he had not immediately indicated to Trooper Ziegenhorn that he had a concealed carry firearms permit (known as a Concealed Handgun Carry License in Arkansas), even though he was not actually carrying a concealed weapon at the time and Trooper Ziegenhorn had not definitively identified him self as a law enforcement officer at that point.

Although he was initially found guilty on that bogus charge in the local courts, Tanner was later acquitted and completely cleared of any wrongdoing on appeal. In spite of that the Arkansas State Police revoke his CHCL in another act of retaliation. He is currently still trying to regain it, over two years later.

(NOTE: There seems to be a fair amount of confusion among police within Arkansas regarding the legality of openly carrying firearms, as evidenced by this previous series of video posts involving a man who was unlawfully arrested for open carrying in Bald Knob, Arkansas.)

If you have a video, personal story involving police misconduct and/or abuse, or commentary about a law enforcement related news story, we would be happy to have you submit it. You can find some advice on how to get your submission published on the CopBlock Network within this post.

Date(s) of Incident: Nov. 29, 2014; Dec. 04, 2014, Ongoing
Officer Involved: Trooper Kurt Ziegenhorn
Department Involved: Arkansas State Police
Department Facebook Page: Arkansas State Police
Department Twitter Account: @ARStatePolice
Department Email: [email protected]
Department Phone No.: (501) 618-8000
Office of Professional Standards Contact: Lieutenant Paulette Ward
OPS Phone Number: (501) 618-8929
OPS Email Address: [email protected]

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On Nov 29, 2014, I was shopping in Walmart when Arkansas State Trooper Kurt Ziegenhorn attacked me, while off-duty and out of uniform, because he didn’t know that it was legal in the state to openly carry firearms. I called 911 on him and was eventually asked to leave the store by management, where we were met by two uniformed Searcy Police Department officers outside.

I was never placed in handcuffs in this incident, nor was my weapon taken from me at any time. I was free to go. However, a few days later I went into the store unarmed after I had discussed the store’s gun policy with their corporate office and was assured that I was allowed to carry in the store, and I wanted to clear it up with the manager. The same trooper was there again, and handcuffed me, took me out to his car and confiscated my Concealed Handgun Carry License (even though I was not carrying at the time).

He then let me go. Seven weeks later, police came to my door with an arrest warrant of “obstructing governmental operations” for the first incident. I was eventually found not-guilty in circuit court. However, the state police refused to return my CHCL (which I fought and lost). I filed a FOIA request to get the incident reports from the state police regarding the second incident, but they DENIED the FOIA request.

I can provide additional evidence of false claims by Trooper Kurt Ziegenhorn that the video clearly contradicts. (Saying I reached for my gun, etc, etc.)

– Drew Tanner

Retired Chicago Cop, “Medal of Valor” Winner, Arrested for Burning Homeless Man’s Tent and Belongings

A man who was arrested for arson after he burned the tent and personal belongings of an area homeless man is a retired Chicago police officer. In fact, Sergeant James R. Povolo, much like a slew of other violent cops that have been exposed as criminals, was a former award winning officer.

Although the exact reason for his recognition is unknown (because the Chicago Police Department attempted to hide the fact that he was once one of their Good Cops), the Naperville Sun confirmed, via a FOIA request, that he was recipient of the department’s “Medal of Valor,” which is awarded for acts of “heroism, personal courage, and devotion to duty” by police officers.

The case he stands accused of currently is decidedly unheroic, though. Although investigators haven’t provided any motive for his actions, the victim was an outspoken and well known activist and political protester who has been involved in a long standing battle with the government officials in Naperville.

Via the Chicago Tribune:

In the Naperville case, Povolo was arrested less than two weeks after the alleged arson. Prosecutors said he approached Huber’s tent at a time he knew Huber would not be there and set fire to it, reportedly with a cigarette. Police have offered no motive for Povolo’s alleged action and have not disclosed what information prompted them to arrest Povolo.

(Scott) Huber, 66, lost his two-tent encampment and most of his possessions in the blaze. At the time, he said he was most distressed about the destruction of numerous computer discs on which he had stored what he said was the history of his political struggles with Naperville officials, police and local judges.

He has battled Naperville authorities for about 20 years, ever since losing his electronics business and being evicted from his home. He is protesting what he says has been unfair and illegal treatment by authorities.

Povolo’s next court hearing is March 1. The terms of his bond were modified last month so he could travel from his Naperville home in the 1300 block of Dartford Court to his Key Colony Beach home in Florida, where he is a legal resident and where he winters from fall to spring, according to court records. Under the original terms, he could not leave the state without permission from Judge Liam C. Brennan, who is presiding over his trial.

“Defendant (Povolo), because of injuries sustained while employed ‘on the job’ as a police officer for the City of Chicago, has artificial knees, and does not well tolerate cold weather,” Povolo’s attorney Charles Dobra wrote in his petition.

Admittedly, it would be a shame if Povolo had to face the cold unprotected within his Illinois summer home, rather than being afforded the warmth of his winter home in Florida, just because he intentionally and maliciously destroyed the shelter and most of the personal belongings of another man for no apparent reason. He is a Medal of Valor winner, after all.

Grand Forks (ND) Police Tried to Destroy Evidence in Police Shooting of Unarmed Man

The following post and video were shared with the CopBlock Network by Timothy Holmseth, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

Date of Incident: February 28, 2015
Department Involved: Grand Forks (ND) Police Dept., University of North Dakota Police Dept.
Officers Involved: Officer Jerad Braaten, Officer Heather Hopkins
Attorney General’s Phone No.: (701) 328-2210

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I have relentlessly pursued public records regarding the police shooting of David James Elliott, an unarmed man, by a University of North Dakota police officer, which occurred on February 28, 2015.

In June of 2016, Grand Forks Police Department Chief of Police Mark Nelson issued a special order that changed the retention dates of police cam evidence. This was done so his department could destroy the body cam and dash cam videos of the shooting that I was regularly requesting.

I discovered the police used video editing software to alter and splice video files of the shooting.

Nelson’s outrageous and obnoxious action regarding the special order prompted me to file HOLMSETH v. CITY OF GRAND FORKS ET AL in United States District Court. That action is presently pending in federal court.

I most recently obtained a North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) interview of Heather Hopkins; a UND intern that was riding in the squad car of the shooter, UND Officer Jerad Braaten. I compared it to audio I obtained from Braaten’s body-cam, which revealed Hopkins and Braaten were conspiring against David Elliott and that Hopkins lied to BCI investigators.

The video I am submitting to Cop Block contains the actual audio of Heather Hopkins lying to BCI investigators about the shooting.

Audio in another video I produced reveals David Elliott was not fleeing the police per se, rather, he was trying to stay away from Braaten because he knew Braaten was going to shoot him.

Evidence strongly suggests the police pursuing David Elliott knew him and the larger circumstances involved drug trafficking connected to police.

The Grand Forks police are attempting to hide and/or destroy video that shows Braaten tried to shoot David Elliott several minutes before the actual shooting but his gun jammed. The sound of the misfire can be heard on audio I previously published. David Elliott can be heard telling police officers that someone has a gun pointed at him and is going to shoot him.

He was right and that is exactly what happened.

ND-Attorney-General-BCI-Hopkins-Records-RequestEssentially – the police get away with this 99 out of 100 times because it requires time, money, and an independent investigation to expose these multi-agency conspiracies by police that are acting as a gang in violation of RICO.

UNDPD actually reprimanded Braaten in writing for matters involving his police cams because his body-cam captured no video and was found hidden under his car; his dash-cam disappeared.

Nonetheless, Braaten was later hired by the Grand Forks Police Department and Hopkins received a job from the University of North Dakota Police Department.

– Timothy Holmseth


NYPD Says Brooklyn Man Killed by Cop While Legally Crossing Street Was at Fault Because He “Assumed Risk”

Felix Coss, a 61 year old Brooklyn Spanish teacher, was killed in 2013 by an NYPD officer, who was making a left turn at a stop light. Mr. Coss was within the crosswalk, had a green light, and in every other way possible was legally walking across the street.

In contrast, NYPD Officer Paula Medrano did just about everything that someone could possibly do wrong in the given situation. As can be seen in the video of the fatal incident, Ofc. Medrano quickly accelerated through the intersection as soon as the light changed without looking for pedestrians attempting to cross. Medrano was also reportedly using her cell phone at the time of the accident.

Her failure to observe the conditions in which she was driving extended to the point that she never visibly tries to apply the brakes until she has already hit Coss with the NYPD van. Furthermore, the speed that she reached in the short amount of time it took for her to cross the intersection can be gauged by the velocity with which Coss is thrown backwards upon impact. As a result of that violent impact, Coss suffered severe head injuries. Later that night, Felix Coss died from those injuries.

Amazingly enough, the NYPD is now claiming as a defense to a lawsuit filed by Coss’ two surviving brothers that Officer Medrano was actually not at fault. The reason she bears no responsibility either criminally or financially, according to the NYPD, is because Mr. Coss “assumed the risk” of crossing the street when he stepped off the curb and into the crosswalk. In other words, Coss was the one actually at fault for not avoiding or anticipating Officer Medrano’s reckless actions that day.

Via a “StreetsBlog NYC” post: (Emphasis added)

Video of the crash shows Medrano stopped at the Hooper Street crosswalk on the north side of the intersection as Coss, approaching from the south, stops for the signal. When the light changes, Coss enters the Broadway crosswalk, still facing Medrano, as Medrano accelerates into the intersection and turns left, driving directly into Coss and knocking him to the asphalt.

The NYPD crash report says Medrano “had the green light,” but does not indicate Coss was crossing with the walk signal and had the right of way.

Following up on a witness statement that Medrano was on her cell phone at the time of the crash, the Internal Affairs Bureau subpoenaed her phone records, according to the Daily NewsBut just two days after Coss was killed the Post reported that Medrano probably wouldn’t be summonsed or charged by NYPD. Though Coss “had the pedestrian signal,” the Post reported, “No criminality and no traffic-law violations are suspected.”

“It was a tragic, unfortunate accident,” an anonymous NYPD source said.

NYPD denied a Streetsblog freedom of information request for files related to the crash.

Coss was survived by two brothers, who filed a suit against the city, NYPD, and Medrano, claiming Medrano was driving recklessly, using a cell phone, and failed to yield. But the city’s Law Department claims Coss was responsible for the collision.

The city’s response to the suit says Coss “knew or should have known in the exercise of due/reasonable care of the risks and dangers incident to engaging in the activity alleged.”

From the city’s court filing:

  • Plantiff(s) voluntarily performed and engaged in the alleged activity and assumed the risk of the injuries and/or damages claimed. Plaintiff(s) failed to use all required, proper, appropriate and reasonable safety devices and/or equipment and failed to take all proper, appropriate and reasonable steps to assure his/her/their safety … Plaintiff(s)’ implied assumption of risk caused or contributed, in whole or in part [sic] to his/her/their injuries.

The Coss family’s attorney, Andrew Levine, says NYPD and the city have resisted providing materials relevant to the case, including witness statements, which the city has failed to surrender despite two court orders. “We believe those statements are going to be very powerful evidence about the conscious pain and suffering that Felix Coss went through,” Levine told Streetsblog. “It feels as though they really put up a stone wall to try and prevent any flow of information whatsoever.”

NYPD has a history of mistreating victims of police-involved traffic crashes. The department keeps a tight lid on information related to crashes that involve police personnel, going so far as to withhold data from other city agencies, a policy that has not changed since Mayor Bill de Blasio launched the Vision Zero initiative in 2014.

Even for the NYPD, and police in general,  the level of arrogance and disrespect within that quoted portion sets a high bar. Getting beyond that, do you have any doubt that if you blew through an intersection while talking on your cell phone, and ran into someone legally crossing the street causing that innocent person’s death that you would walk scot-free without so much as a traffic ticket? In all likelihood, you would be awaiting trial on manslaughter charges.

And they don’t even so much as want to compensate the family of Officer Medrano’s victim.

Breaking Update: Chicago PD Threatened Laquan McDonald Witnesses; Fabricated Statements

Three witnesses to the Laquan McDonald murder in Chicago have come forward stating that they were intimidated and threatened for hours by the Chicago police in an attempt to get them to change their stories to match that of the official narrative. When that was unsuccessful, their statements were left out and other statements were fabricated by police “investigators” that matched the cover story that McDonald had lunged at Officer Jason Van Dyke.

Other witnesses have also come forward stating that, rather than question them about what they saw, police at the scene ordered them to leave under threat of arrest. Furthermore, those implicated in the cover-up, which already included evidence of lies in official statements by the officers on scene and the deliberate deletion of surveillance video at a nearby Burger King, is now spreading department wide and up and down the chain of command within the Chicago PD.

Via CNN:

The attorneys also allege that police officers up the chain of command fabricated witness accounts to support the way officers at the scene described the October 20, 2014, shooting as justified.

“It’s not just the officers on the street,” attorney Jeffrey Neslund told CNN. “It’s a lieutenant, a sergeant and detectives — and the lengths they went to justify what simply was not true…”

CNN legal analyst Joey Jackson said the allegations made by Neslund and Robbins are a significant development.

“In the event that it’s true, you have multiple underlying charges: intimidating witnesses, falsifying public records and you have a conspiracy that more than one person was involved,” Jackson said. “This has the potential of taking down a lot of people in that police department.”

“The issue then becomes how high of a level does this go: Who knew about this?”…

Attorneys: Witness said an officer was ‘going to get me’

Attorneys Robbins and Neslund were seeking a settlement with the city on behalf of McDonald’s family when they requested witnesses’ statements to police. They personally interviewed three witnesses. They found that the accounts police provided did not match what witnesses told the lawyers.

These were the accounts the lawyers say witnesses gave to them:

A motorist and his son who witnessed the shooting said a uniformed officer told the man “to get out of there immediately, to drive off or be arrested,” Robbins told CNN.

“This is somebody who is an occurrence witness to a fatal shooting,” Robbins said. “Nobody asked him, ‘What did you see?’ “

Another witness, a truck driver who was at a nearby Burger King, told the attorneys that he and two other witnesses, a woman and her friend who both saw the shooting, were put in police cars, taken to a station and interviewed for hours in separate rooms.

“He kept describing it and he said the police were visibly angry with him and arguing with him about what happened, saying, ‘That’s not what happened,’ ” Robbins said. “He’d say, ‘Well, that’s what I saw.’ They said, ‘No, you’re wrong.’ “

At one point, the trucker told police he needed to get back to work for a 6 a.m. shift, according to Robbins. “The police said, ‘We don’t give a f— about your truck. Let’s go through this again,’ ” Robbins said.

In their letters to the city, the lawyers describe the account of the woman taken to the same station with the truck driver. They did not interview her but say she spoke to McDonald’s family and told them the teen was “trying to run away from (police),” Neslund wrote.

The woman, Neslund alleged, was so appalled when shots rang out that she yelled at Van Dyke: “Stop shooting.”

“There’s a reason they kept us there ’til 4 a.m.,” the woman told McDonald’s family, according to Neslund. “One officer said he was going to get me.”

When the witnesses refused to change their statements, Robbins wrote, “the investigating officers simply fabricated civilian accounts in the reports.”

The woman, her friend and the truck driver were released after about six hours of questioning when one of them asked for an attorney, Robbins said.

The threats and intimidation of the female witness, Neslund alleged, continued in the days after she first spoke with police.

‘We were told there were no witness statements’

In response to the attorneys’ requests for witness statements, the city allowed them to examine summaries of witness accounts. Those summaries said five people in the vicinity of the shooting were interviewed by police, but none of them saw the shooting. Two said they “did not see or hear anything,” according to the official police records. Another witness summary said a third person heard gunshots and then saw McDonald was “lying in the street.” The two others said they saw McDonald being chased by police, but did not see the shooting, according to the official police version.

The names of people interviewed by police are redacted in the publicly released documents. One of the redacted names is listed as a “self-employed truck driver.”

Neslund and Robbins confirmed that the trucker they interviewed is the person in those redacted documents. When the attorneys first approached him and told him the police records say he didn’t see the shooting, he told them that was not true.

“The truck driver says he did tell police, that it was like an execution,” Robbins said. “What he described was what we saw in the video.”

CNN asked the attorneys to put the network in touch with the witnesses for interviews. They declined.

The Police Department’s witness summaries were submitted into the record on March 15, 2015, nine days after the attorneys sought information and nearly five months after the shooting. The document was signed off and approved by a Chicago police lieutenant.

“We saw these (summaries) by the three witnesses who were interviewed at the station — that police say they didn’t see anything. We said, ‘Where’s the witness statements?’ We were told there were no witness statements,” Robbins said.

“”Significantly in our view,” Robbins said, “of these three witnesses — the truck driver, the woman and her companion — none of them were asked to sign a statement.”

Manipulating interviews and witness statements isn’t a new tactic or unique to Chicago police related cover-ups. You can find a pretty good run down of how that can be used to filter out witnesses that don’t support the official story in this post about the murder of Erik Scott by Las Vegas police in 2010.

Meanwhile: (From the same article)

As of now, no other officer connected to the McDonald case has faced any charges, and they remain on their beats.

So, you have clear evidence of officers at the scene falsifying their reports to support Van Dyke’s murderous actions, other officers destroying evidence by deleting the Burger King surveillance video, the police department and district attorney’s office and city officials fighting the release of the video that clearly contradicts the official story and or impeding the collection of contradictory witness statements. That’s an awful lot of Bad Apples.

And they want everyone to be placated by the fact that they reluctantly filed charges against (just) Van Dyke after they were forced kicking and screaming into releasing the video. Are you?

Original Dash Cam Footage of Laquan McDonald Murder

Chicago Police Release Burger King Video of Laquan McDonald Shooting – Minus 80 Minutes

After the Chicago Tribune filed a Freedom of Information Act request, the Chicago police released surveillance footage from a Burger King near where Laquan McDonald was shot by Officer Jason Van Dyke 16 times as he walked away from police. Except eighty minutes of that video is missing and that missing footage just happens to be during the time that McDonald was shot.

Of course, we already know why that footage is missing. Shortly after the dashcam video of Laquan McDonald’s murder was released, the manager of that Burger King stated that one of those Good Cops in Chicago helping Van Dyke cover up his crime came into the Burger King and deleted the video showing the shooting.

Obviously, much like when Erik Scott was murdered outside of a Costco in Las Vegas and the one surveillance camera that would have captured it was malfunctioning that day, I’m sure it’s just a wacky coincidence that the camera magically stopped recording right at the exact time McDonald was murdered (and then magically started recording again afterward). And of course, that manager is lying because he just hates cops and has been waiting for an opportunity to frame them for something. In fact, he probably got the job there knowing it would eventually give him his chance to take The Man down.

Via the Chicago Tribune:

Chicago PD Burger King Erasing Video

Screengrab of Chicago PD detective inside Burger King discovering the video was missing the part where Laquan McDonald was shot.

There is a gap in the footage from about 9:18 p.m. to 10:39 p.m., which covers the time when McDonald was shot by Officer Jason Van Dyke on a nearby street.

Lawyers for the McDonald family have alleged the missing footage signals a cover-up by Chicago police who responded to the crime scene.But police and Cook County prosecutors, who charged Van Dyke with first-degree murder last week, have said there is no evidence the camera system at the restaurant was tampered with.

Prior to the gap, employees can be seen moving around inside the restaurant in the 4100 block of South Pulaski Road.

After the gap, a police officer in a bulletproof vest is seen sitting at a desk in front of a computer monitor in the back of the restaurant. Another officer is seen walking around behind the seated police officer.

The newly released video (minus the eighty minutes that are actually relevant to the case, but somehow vanished) can be viewed by following the link to the Chicago Tribune story. The video includes footage from twelve different cameras both inside and outside of the business.

Original Dash Cam Footage of Laquan McDonald Murder

Las Vegas Police Make It Very Clear They Don’t Understand the First Amendment at Chalk Protest

LVMPD CCDC Chalk Protest

Two Can Play That Game

On September 9th, members of Nevada Cop Block and the Sunset Activist Collective were doing a chalk protest at the Clark County Detention Center (CCDC) in Downtown Las Vegas. Things were pretty quiet and peaceful until a bunch of gang members working for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) showed up to harass and intimidate us, even though we weren’t doing anything illegal or in any way disruptive.

They started out by admitting that we weren’t being detained (and therefore not suspected of a crime), but stated that they would like for us to leave. I politely told them (and wrote, as you can see to the left) that we would like for THEM to leave.

At that point, the sergeant (badge #5906) and several (but not all) of the other officers, did in fact leave. However, as they were (jay)walking away they indicated that they were going to go call some patrol officers because it’s illegal for us to chalk there, which is very much not true.

Shortly after, they returned and began making it very clear that they didn’t understand the First Amendment or that wacky Free Speech thing that it protects. The sergeant stated that he was concerned about the content of the messages we were writing. Then when questioned about what the 1st Amendment says and how that might apply to his concerns, he seemed to genuinely not know and kinda just repeated variations of his concern about what we were writing as if it was a mantra they taught him in the academy.



He did briefly manage to expand on that once by stating that he was concerned the content of our First Amendment protected speech would incite people to violence against cops, in spite of the fact that nothing we wrote was violent or urging any sort of violence against anyone. It was merely an exercise of our Constitutionally protected right to Free Speech to protest police brutality and murders by cops.

I pointed out that it is all the blatant instances of police murdering people, often on video, that is inciting people, not us telling people about it. He didn’t seemed to be able to grasp the connection and actually stated that all those videos of cops murdering people were “irrelevant.”

That is actually really telling, in regards to the current attitudes and actions of many police officers. Many of them seem to actually believe that manufacturing a fake “War On Cops” and using that as a justification to double down on their own violence is the solution to all of the hatred and even violence that they are beginning to feel from the public. It certainly is one of the reasons that the police in Las Vegas have such little support among the residents here.

Then everyone stood around for over half an hour while they tried to intimidate us and we waited for these patrol officers to show up and harass and/or threaten us. At one point, someone who appeared to be an off-duty cop drove up, parked facing the wrong direction, and had a little chat with them. Afterwards, he did an illegal U-turn and parked the wrong direction (this time also in a fire lane) on the other side of the road, so he could chat with another officer on that sidewalk.

Murder=Paid Vacation (For Cops)

Murder = Paid Vacation (For Cops)

I got kinda bored then, so I started asking some questions. For the record, I never did get an answer on whether there’s a basketball court upstairs in the jail. Nor did they give me a clear answer on whether they still use those old-timely jail house keys or if there’s any correlation between the shade of their uniforms and their rank. I’m still considering whether to file a FOIA request on those, but I probably won’t.

Then they apparently got word from the patrol officers that they were full of shit, we weren’t doing anything illegal, and nobody was going to waste their time coming down to tell them that. So they (jay)walked back over to the jail and went inside.

All in all, the eight or so cops (five jail guards, one officer who appeared to be with the gang unit, an undercover unit, one patrol unit that was parked around the corner, and a Nevada Highway Patrol unit that might have just been passing through) that wasted about an hour on something they should have known was legal in the first place, served as a great example why the LVMPD keeps claiming it needs to extort Las Vegas citizens for even more money to hire additional cops.

(Note: This video is pretty long, so I tried to shorten it as much as possible by literally cutting out any pauses. For the sake of accuracy and transparency, I’ve also embedded the full 36+ minute raw video below. So you can watch the full unedited version, if you are inclined to do so. Mostly what was cut out was about ten minutes of dead air when we were just waiting for the patrol officers they had called to show up.)

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