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Henderson Police “Not Concerned About” Violent History of Newly Hired Deputy Police Chief Thedrick Andres

Newly hired Henderson NV Deputy Chief of Police Thedrick Andres shot Juan May during an off-duty incident while he was a sergeant at the Arlington Police Department in Texas

A photo taken earlier in the evening shows newly hired Henderson Deputy Police Chief Thedrick Andres and Juan May, the man Andres shot to death after a fight on a party bus.

In November, LaTesha Watson, formerly a deputy police chief with the Arlington (TX) Police Department was sworn in to replace Moers as the Henderson chief of police. Thedrick Andres, who served at the APD with Watson before retiring as a lieutenant, was subsequently hired to replace Long as Watson’s deputy police chief.

While there has been some unhappiness expressed over the department’s decision to pick candidates from out of state as replacements, Deputy Chief Andres’ work history would seem to be right on par with those working within Las Vegas area police departments. That history includes three incidents of violence, two of which involved the use of a firearm by Andres while he was off-duty, at the Arlington (TX) Police Department.

During what was described as a road rage incident, Andres pulled his gun on another driver after claiming that driver had threatened him with a hatchet. That “hatchet” that reportedly caused him to believe his life was in danger turned out to be a plastic ice scraper. Previously, while employed at the New Orleans Police Department, Andres was also accused of using excessive force in a citizen complaint.

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Party Bus Shooting

The most troubling incident from Andres’ past was his fatal shooting of a Marine veteran named Juan May in June of 2014. That incident began with a birthday party, which took place on a “party bus.” Although May and other relatives of his who were among the twenty people on that bus didn’t know Andres or that he was (at the time) a sergeant with the Arlington Police Department, the group picture above implies there was possibly some mutual friendships between them.

Juan May was murdered by Henderson Deputy Chief Thedrick Andres while he was a Sgt. at the Arlington Police Department

Juan May

According to descriptions, at some point someone (presumably May) jokingly suggested that Andres should dance on a stripper pole that was on the bus. That apparently offended Andres and led him to begin directing derogatory remarks at May and his relatives. This later escalated into a physical fight once they left the bus after Andres approached May and reignited the argument.

There are some differences in the details of what happened next among eyewitness statements. However, there are several common denominators among them. Everyone agrees that Andres is the one who approached May and began the final argument and that he had been drinking on the party bus. They also agree that Andres also hit Juan’s cousin, Patrick May, who was attempting to break up the fight.

The other point of agreement is that shortly after, when Juan May was walking back to his car, Andres began running to his own car. Witnesses state that “someone” yelled that he had a gun in his vehicle. Andres, in fact, retrieved that gun and killed May with it, later claiming he had fired in self-defense.

Not surprisingly (since grand juries are primarily used for that purpose in cases involving police officers), he was eventually exonerated by a grand jury in spite of the retrieval of a weapon after a fight being pretty well established as an act of premeditation.

Police Chief Latesha Watson is Not Concerned

It shouldn’t be surprising that Chief Watson isn’t concerned about Andres’ past. Of course, she worked with him for years in Texas and obviously is the reason he was hired to be the second in command at the Henderson Police Department. In spite of the fact her statement that “if someone was found guilty of wrongdoing, then they wouldn’t have a job,” when applied to police officers is at best a technicality, it’s not something that should be unexpected.

The Henderson Police Department's newly hired Deputy Chief of Police, Thedrick Andres, and Chief of Police, LaTesha Watson

Thedrick Andres and LaTesha Watson

However, the lack of concern by the City of Henderson is something that should draw a few more raised eyebrows. After all, Watson and Andres were hired to replace two police executives who were forced to resign after sexual harassment claims were made against them and the Henderson City Council was caught covering that up by portraying it as a “mutual parting of ways.

In addition, Assistant City Manager Greg Blackburn, who previously resigned from a city government position in North Las Vegas after a sexual harassment scandal, is currently under investigation again for (you guessed it) sexual harassment in Henderson and Mayor Debra March has also just been sanctioned over ethics violations. (At this point, it takes a bit of searching to find someone in the Henderson city government that isn’t under some sort of investigation.)

When you consider all that, maybe you should look to hire someone who doesn’t already have a history that includes excessive force complaints and pulling guns on (or actually shooting) unarmed people while off-duty. Maybe that’s a good idea for the City of Henderson for PR reasons, if nothing else. You know, hire someone who is less likely to create yet another misconduct scandal.

Of course, Henderson is the city known for not prosecuting (and later promoting) a cop who was caught on video repeatedly kicking a man suffering from diabetic shock in the head, because “they train officers to do that in the police academy.”

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Coverup Exposed: Henderson Nevada’s Top Two Lawmen Forced to Resign for Sexual Harassment

Police Chief Patrick Moers Deputy Chief Bobby Long

Although first announced as “voluntarily stepping down” it recently emerged that Henderson (NV) Police Chief Patrick Moers and Deputy Chief Bobby Long were actually forced to resign.

It should come as no surprise to our readers that our police here in Nevada, Las Vegas Metro in particular, are corrupt from the top down.

From Metro’s Sheriff “Lyin’ Joe” Lombardo, his Undersheriff Kevin “Vagina Man” McMahill, all the way down to Commanders like Captain Yasenia Yatomi, and countless others. It’s like the saying goes, “A fish rots from the head down.” However, this top-down corruption doesn’t just begin or end with Metro.

It has just come out that the now ex-Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers did NOT “voluntarily” step down from his position as was originally reported. Turns out he was FORCED OUT and that fact was covered up so that he could quietly collect his unused paid time off. These PTO hours ended up costing Nevada tax payers over $160,000, which is almost a whole year’s salary!

Not a bad deal, right? Sexually harass a woman and get almost a year’s salary. Rewarding such repulsive behavior with large cash payouts instead of punishing offenders isn’t exactly condoning the behavior but it definitely encourages it. City leaders should have outright fired this alleged womanizer and paid him nothing, instead they lied to the citizens they’re supposed to serve and essentially allowed a bad cop to steal money from The People. These cover ups are becoming far too frequent and far too costly and we are TIRED of it!

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But wait…it gets worse…

Henderson NV Police Chief Patrick Moers Deputy Chief Bobby Long

Former Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers and former Deputy Chief Bobby Long

HPD’s #2 in charge recently received an even larger payout when he “voluntarily resigned” from his position. Henderson’s ex-Deputy Police Chief Bobby Long received $229,000 in paid leave to voluntarily step down instead of getting fired. The allegations against Long were that he was being “hostile toward at least one city employee.” City officials prefer to reach these so-called ‘voluntary separation agreements’ rather than flat out fire someone because it allows them to keep the allegations under wraps and these top brass scum get to save face while cashing out on the tax payers dime.

The City even went so far as to try and announce both of their separations quietly via an email sent out at 5:02pm, just after closing hours, on a Thursday, since all Henderson’s government offices are closed Friday-Sunday in the hopes that the apathetic masses wouldn’t notice and if they did they’d forget all about it come Monday morning. They really thought they were being slick but I hate to break it to you guys, we’re not that stupid and we see through your BS.

Unfortunately for them, there’s just no way to hide the resignations of the top two highest positions in the department in Nevada’s second largest city. How they went about it couldn’t have made their intentions more obvious. This was all just another attempted cover up by yet another of our many local corruption enforcement agencies…

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Video: The Rotting Barrel of Bad Apples That is the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department “Leadership”

LVMPD Capt. Yesenia Yatomi Promotion After Perjury

Captain Yasenia Yatomi, just one member of the LVMPD’s “leadership,” who have managed to excel at corruption, dishonesty, and a general lack of ethics.

In the video embedded below, Ramsey Denison, the director of “What Happened in Vegas,” and Las Vegas Attorney Stephen Stubbs, who also appears in the documentary, discuss several of the high ranking members of the LVMPD. As is pointed out in the video, those “leaders” have quite a stellar history of corruption and outright criminality.

Specifically, Stubbs discusses in detail his involvement with Captain Yasenia Yatomi, which has transpired over the last several years. In fact, it was Yatomi’s unethical and illegal actions that led to Stubbs’ first appearance at NVCopBlock.org. Yatomi, who was a sergeant at the time, unlawfully arrested Stubbs when he refused to allow her to deprive one of his clients of their Constitutional right to counsel.

She then followed that up by falsifying a police report to justify that arrest. Of course, since police reports are sworn statements, that constituted an act of perjury. However, rather than being prosecuted, fired, or in any way whatsoever punished for that (felony) crime, Yatomi was instead promoted.

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In fact, as her current rank indicates, she has actually been promoted not just once, but twice since then. As a matter of fact, as part of her promotion to Lieutenant, Yatomi was placed in charge of the Internal Affairs Bureau. Without even a hint of irony, the LVMPD put someone who was actively being investigated for a criminal offense in command of the department that investigates misconduct by police officers.

Some of the other highlights include Undersheriff Kevin Mcmahill, the current no.2 in command at Metro who was forced to resign earlier in his career after he sexually harassed a suspect. Also among the notable members of the LVMPD’s upper echelon is Assistant Sheriff Charles Hank, who has a history of domestic violence.

As they say, the fish rots from the head down. So it should be no surprise that the LVMPD is a barrel of Bad Apples from top to bottom.

The LVMPD’s “Dirtbag Dream Team”

What Happened in Vegas,” the award winning documentary by Ramsey Denison, is currently available on DVD as well as via Video On Demand (VOD). In addition to the issues and questions surrounding the Route 91 Festival shooting, the movie also exposes some of the many instances of corruption and police brutality within the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

As has been detailed numerous times here at NVCopBlock.org, What Happened in Vegas primarily details the extremely controversial killings of Trevon Cole, Erik Scott, Stanley Gibson, and Tashii Farmer-Brown by Las Vegas police and the cover ups that followed. Several other instances of violent, racist, and/or outright criminal acts by members of the LVMPD are also featured to illustrate the overall systemic corruption within the department.

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Tennessee Cop Caught on Tape Sexually Harassing Woman And Boasting About Also Doing It In Court Has Resigned

Earlier today, it was reported that Officer Frank Geisenhoffer, the South Carthage (TN) cop who was caught on audio recordings sexually harassing a woman and boasting about having done so to another woman in court, has resigned.

Last week, Officer Geisenhoffer’s repeated sexual harassment of a local store clerk was exposed in a “NewsChannel 5 Investigates” story. That woman, Elizabeth Restrepo, had secretly recording audio of Geisenhoffer asking her for nude photos of her and her sister, making crude sexual comments about their appearance, and admitting that he had once shown her a video of himself masturbating.

In addition, he also could be heard on the tapes boasting about how he had sexually harassed another woman within a courtroom with a judge present. In that instance, he described how he sent the unidentified woman text messages telling her to “spread your legs and let me see that pussy.” According to Officer Geisenhoffer, he was sitting in the jury box at the time.

Via NewsChannel5.com:

“I don’t do big girls,” Geisenhoffer says at one point. “Don’t have to — not with this d…k.”

At another point, he tells Restrepo, “You do look good, baby. F…ing hot!” Later, he comments on the appearance of her nipples.

“Everything about Frank is scary, but it’s even more scary because he has a badge,” she told NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

Restrepo began making the recordings in the early morning hours when the on-duty officer would visit her store. She said that he went from asking her for nude pictures of herself to showing her a video of himself masturbating.

“I didn’t know what to say.” she recalled. “I didn’t know what to do. I honestly, I think my mind went blank, like wow, did that really just happen?”

Then, she said, Geisenhoffer asked for video of her pleasuring herself.

“I said, ‘Frank, really?’ – like that. He said, ‘No, I’m serious.’ He said, ‘If you ever were to do that, give me a video. I’ll pay you for it. I will owe you big!'”

That’s when, after checking with one of his fellow officers, she decided to record him.

“Because I had to prove — I just didn’t want it to be an officer against a girl that just works at a convenience store,” Restrepo said.

On the recordings, Geisenhoffer first asks her for nude pics of herself.

“Dude, yesterday was my birthday so I was hoping you’d send me a picture of something,” he says.

Later, he asks for pictures of her sister’s breasts.

“Get me a picture of those t…ies,” he begs.

It’s a request that, on the recordings, he makes repeatedly.

At one point, Geisenhoffer tells Restrepo, “I saw a picture on Facebook of whatever she is to you. You was gonna get me a picture of her t…ies.”

NewsChannel 5 Investigates noted to Restrepo, “He comes back and asks for the same thing.”

“Over and over and over,” she answered.

Restrepo said that, at first, she hadn’t know how to deal with the South Carthage officer’s indecent requests.

Her initial instincts: “Laugh it off kinda. ‘Awww, Frank, you’re crazy!’ You know, whatever you have to do. What do you say?”

Did she ever say “stop it”?

“No,” she acknowledged.

Why not?

“Maybe because of who he is, maybe because of the things I know about Frank, maybe because I was scared, maybe because I didn’t know what to do — he’s an officer of the law.”

Then, one day, while she was recording, Restrepo said Geisenhoffer reached out and touched her.

“Grabbed my hair and just laid it like that,” she said, gesturing toward her breasts.

On the recording, Geisenhoffer says quietly, “Make a picture… just barely covering your nipples… barely, but with your hands on your hips.”

Restrepo recalled the moment.

“I could smell his breath,” she said, fighting back tears. “I didn’t know what to do, but to stand there and let him do it and record him.”

At some point, after Geisenhoffer heard that Restrepo might have been upset with him, he returned to the store and seemed to admit he had crossed a line.

“I did something to you here one night, and I felt bad about it,” he says on one of the recordings. “I didn’t touch you, but I almost did. I almost touched you — may have — and I felt bad about it.”

NewsChannel 5 Investigates said to Restrepo, “That must have been tough.”

“More than you know,” she answered.

“You felt violated?”

“Absolutely.”

Finally, in that last recording, the officer admits to having shown her the video of himself masturbating.

“Dude, I can get myself off. You know. In fact, you’ve seen me get myself off — and I erased that too, by the way,” he says with a chuckle.

Her reaction?

“I nearly jumped as high as the sky because I knew that finally I could prove that he really did show me that. And I thought, wow, finally got him. That’s what I thought.”

We observed, “It wasn’t just your word against a police officer’s word?”

“No,” she said, as tear ran down her cheek.

In another recording, Geisenhoffer boasts of having been ordered out a different store presumably for the same type of behavior. He then continues to brag about the courtroom incident.

And he boasts about pressuring another woman to expose her genital area right in the middle of a courtroom with a judge present.

“So I texted her and said, ‘Spread your legs and let me see that p…y,” Geisenhoffer recounts during the recording.

“She put in big bold letters: ‘NO.’ I said, ‘Please, baby, please.’ I was sitting like [in] the jury box thing, I was sitting over there. (Inaudible) Didn’t have on no panties or nothing.”

We asked Restrepo, “What does that say about him as an officer of the law?”

“Exactly,” she answered. “And every day he gets to wake up and put that badge on.”

Ultimately, Restrepo filed a complaint with the South Carthage Police Department. Their only response was to “punish” Officer Geisenhoffer, who has at least eight previous complaints on his record including one that was serious enough that it  resulted in him being demoted from sergeant back to a patrol officer, with a two week suspension and ordering him to stay out of the store where Restrepo works.

That is what prompted Restrepo to contact the news. “An officer of the law can do these things and just walk away and still be getting up and putting that badge on – still?” Restrepo asked. “But yet if it was a person who didn’t have a badge, they would have done went to jail.”

Fortunately, the publicity generated by that story has now led to Geisenhoffer’s resignation. Of course, the reality is that being allowed to resign, rather than being fired (and facing charges) as he should have, allows Officer Geisenhoffer to still collect his pension and potentially also receive retirement benefits. It also allows him to engage in the rather common practice amongst “Bad Apples” of simply going out and getting hired by another police department.

Bisbee Arizona Police Officer Brian Swan Now Stalking Woman He Sexually Harassed Ten Years Ago

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

The post describes a situation in which the submitter states that a local police officer used the threat of arrest to coerce a woman into having sex with him. According to the submission that officer, identified as Officer Brian Swan, then began stalking the woman and falsely arrested her ten years later when she refused further advances.

Officers Involved: Officer Brian Swan, Officer Charlie Austin
Department Involved: Bisbee (AZ) Police Dept.
Department Phone No.: (520) 432-2261

In the summer of 2008, my now wife and I had been together for just over two years. We both had some criminal history for drug possession, and since she was almost 10 yrs. younger than me, her checkered past was much more recent. I was gainfully employed, a homeowner, just your average citizen trying to enjoy life. My wife told me many stories about her past and one of the most recent, happening just about the time we met, involved a local police officer.

Bisbee, AZ is a small town and it is just one of those places where it’s hard to go out and not see numerous people you know. A very liberal, open-minded, and social community. Her story started with her walking home one evening and a local police officer, Brian Swan, had stopped and demanded to search her. After a pat down, he found a marijuana pipe and started to explain to my wife what her options were. As you can easily guess option one was “sexual favor and I look the other way”. Being in the state of mind she was back then she had sex with him on the hood of a police car behind the local high school.

Just over two years later my wife had started a complete change in her life and was just trying to do the same as the rest of us…enjoy life and get by. Just before sunset, we took our dog out for a walk around the neighborhood. After a few blocks Officer Swan pulled next to us and claimed he had gotten a call about us causing domestic disturbances and we both needed to go separate ways.

We had not argued or even been the least bit cross with each other in weeks, and surely not on our walk tonight. We had been laughing and enjoying each others’ company. At first, my wife made it apparent that we should comply, motioning me to walk one way as she started the opposite direction down the sidewalk. Officer Swan slowly drove past her and turned up the next side street to turn around.

As soon as he was out of sight, my wife ran full speed back to me and told me to run. Being younger and in way better shape she panted out to me exactly what was happening over the next few blocks. She said Officer Swan had confronted her, intimidated her, fondled her and threatened her saying that she still owed him sexual favors from the marijuana pipe he had found on her before. She was clean now and his searches of her now produced nothing he could hold over her head, so he got frustrated and began making demands.

She said she hadn’t told me because not only was she very independent and adamant about being able to take care of herself, but she said also that I would make a big deal out of it and he was just to powerful in town and our happiness wasn’t worth it…Boy how she was right.

Well, it only took a few blocks for Officer Swan to turn around and catch up to us and handcuff my wife. To try covering his own behind, he requested a rookie officer named Charlie Austin transport her to the county jail for disturbing the peace. The only word he EVER said to me that evening was “You need to stand back and mind your own business.”

Why wasn’t I handcuffed and arrested if the reason for stopping us was true? He never even looked at me. And two weeks later when we went to justice court, the prosecutor came out to the lobby before the court even opened and told us: “I’ve been doing this a long time and I’ve never seen a public disturbance case w/o a complaining witness. You may leave there’s no case here.” No court. No public record. We didn’t even get to enter the court and enter a plea or at least get something on record.

I tried to pursue this through many avenues. First directly to the Bisbee Police Department, then the county sheriff, after that I tried the Arizona State Trooper’s Office and finally the local FBI branch. All I ever got was pulled over five times a week for months. Not one supervising officer even looked at this as anything serious whatsoever.

I talked to all of the people living on that street, many had come out once the police came, but all of them claimed that there had been no disturbances that evening until the police arrived.There was NO public record of any incoming phone call or police dispatch pertaining to us or anyone else in the vicinity for that matter. This is a very small peaceful town and distinguishing the exact nature of any and all calls on a given shift isn’t a whole lot of work. Not only were there no complaint calls in that area within an hour window of the incident, there were no police dispatch calls, period, in the entire town in that same window, except for Officer Swan’s call for help from Officer Austin to transport my wife to county jail. The arresting officer has to sign his name on paperwork at the jail. Officer Austin was young and looked up to veteran officers…he surely didn’t question their orders.

I know laws vary from state to state, but here in Arizona I personally know a guy who grabbed his girl’s wrist in front of a police officer and held her from running away. She pulled free and slapped him….right in front of the officer, but being a convicted drug felon he was charged with felony kidnapping and got eight years in prison.

What officer Swam did that evening was felony kidnapping. His reasons were so beyond what his job entails as a police officer it is hard to fathom that not one officer in any of the units I filed claims at would even at LEAST give my wife a polygraph. If you are suspected of any major crime the first words out of the investigating officer’s mouth will be…”would you be willing to take a polygraph”, but as soon as it’s about an officer all I heard was…”polygraph’s are completely unreliable”. I even agreed to pay for the polygraph. But no….nobody wanted to hear the truth and to this day Officer Swan is still on duty and I know at least three other women who would take a polygraph as to his unprofessional and illegal sexual behaviors.

Boston Police Sgt’s Defense: My Penis Probably Wasn’t The First One 16 Year Old Girl Saw

Kenneth Anderson, the lawyer for Boston Police Sergeant Edwin Guzman, stated earlier this week that it was okay if his client sent a sixteen year old girl pictures of his penis because: “You can’t tell me someone her age has never seen a picture of a penis on the Internet.” It’s an interesting albeit not very convincing defense to say the least for Sgt. Guzman, who’s facing charges of “annoying and accosting a person of the opposite sex” and “disseminating harmful material to a minor,” but apparently is in talks with prosecutors to resolve the case. It’s not clear what exactly that means, but as you can see below, it probably means Guzman’s gonna have to ice down a sore wrist at some point in the near future.

Via : (Watch the report here)

Sgt. Edwin Guzman is accused of sending sexually explicit Facebook messages to a minor.

Guzman was promoted to sergeant in August 2014, around the same time he allegedly sent the messages to the teenager who says she considered Guzman a family friend and father figure.

“It started off we regularly chat and it’s mostly about school and how life is,” the teenager who was 16 at the time told 5 Investigates’ Mike Beaudet.

But she says the conversations kept escalating from there.

“If I gave him like pleasure and let him do things to me, he’d be willing to buy me things,” she said. “He took a picture of his penis and he sent it to me.”

Guzman was charged in Quincy District Court with sending obscene matter to a minor and accosting and annoying a person of the opposite sex.

The Norfolk District Attorney’s office has confirmed the charges were based on the allegedly explicit messages and picture.

But nearly two years later we’ve learned the more serious charge of sending obscene matter to a minor is expected to be dropped, a charge that carried a potential prison sentence of up to five years.

While officials say they believe the alleged victim’s story and they have the deleted Facebook messages, they’ve been unable to recover the naked photo.

The alleged victim’s mother is upset the case has dragged on for so long, culminating in this setback.

“I think the system’s screwed up,” she said. “I still feel like he came out winning.”

The alleged victim’s mother says the district attorney’s office has told her Guzman had indicated he would plead guilty to the lesser charge, if he avoids jail time so the family is willing to go along, rather than risk a jury finding him not guilty.

“I’d rather have him plead guilty on his own and say he’s guilty of one thing,” said the mother of the alleged victim.

“Do you think this is justice?” asked 5 Investigates’ Beaudet.

“Not at all. It’s a slap on the wrist,” she replied.

Guzman is due in court Friday morning. His lawyer wouldn’t comment on whether a plea deal could be reached by then.

Boston police tell us their internal investigators are monitoring the case and will begin an investigation which will ultimately decide if he gets to keep his job, once the criminal case is resolved.

For now, Guzman remains on paid administrative leave.

That paid vacation Sgt. Guzman has been on has lasted for just under a year and a half. That’s a nice bonus for the former Boston Police Department officer of the year (2012).

Lawsuit: Creepy Judge Sexually Harassed, Then Fired, Court Clerk

Justice of the Peace Russ CaseyAccording to a federal lawsuit filed in Tarrant County Texas, a North Texas judge forced a court clerk into performing sexual acts between 2009 and 2014. It’s also alleged in the suit that Justice of the Peace Russ Casey sometimes wore his judge’s robes while sexually harassing Martha Kibler and even forced her to have sex with him shortly after her son died in 2013. She also claims to have a semen stained dress and shirt to substantiate her claims.

According to MySanAntonio.com:

Kibler, who has worked as a county employee for 22 years, began working for the court in 2007, the lawsuit states.

About two years later, she entered his office to repay a personal loan.

“Judge Casey informed Kibler that he was not interested in her money and instead he grabbed his penis and told Kibler to perform oral sex,” the lawsuit alleges.

“After Kibler said ‘no’ and that she could not do that for Judge Casey, Judge Casey responded that he was good to her, had loaned her money and kept her employed and thus she had better return the favor. Kibler complied and performed oral sex on Judge Casey,” according to the lawsuit.

Casey then routinely coerced Kibler into sexual acts, which twice included intercourse, and threatened to fire her if she refused, the lawsuit says.

Eventually, Judge Casey, who had previously been investigated for sexual harassment, but not indicted, by a grand jury fired Kibler. Casey claimed that Kibler was fired for stealing money, while she claims it was for refusing to have sex with him.

Kibler had also complained twice to the Tarrant County human resources department, but was reportedly told that there was nothing they could do, since he was an elected official. After she was fired by Judge Casey, the human resources dept. put her on paid administrative leave, then transferred her to a different department. The lawsuit also claims they told her they would investigate the judge, but never did.

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Putting Revenue Generation Above Public Safety at Las Vegas’ “Money Hungry” Municipal Courts

The Las Vegas Review Journal is the latest media outlet to point out the already painfully obvious tendency toward revenue generation that law enforcement has degenerated into.  Citing current and ex-employees, as well as lawyers and people that have been defendants within the court, the LVRJ states in a recent article:

“It’s a question of priorities.

 

Should Las Vegas’ law enforcement officers arrest criminals, or feed city coffers…?

 

They contend the court’s “money hungry” approach to misdemeanor warrants prioritizes revenue collection above public safety and pressures marshals to take a credit card payment in lieu of locking up violent offenders.

 

Staffers say this collect-at-all-costs mentality tends to place a heightened emphasis on traffic ticket revenue — a practice that disproportionately harms poor, often minority defendants more likely to wind up in jail for failure to pay a speeding or fix-it ticket — all while leaving much more serious offenders on the street.

 

They blame those practices on a pair of top city managers, administrators they say have created a culture of “coercion” to better fund Las Vegas’ courts….

 

Law enforcement authorities…also have been accused of plundering vulnerable residents — most recently, in Las Vegas’ case, as part of a class action lawsuit that claims the now-disbanded Las Vegas constable’s office engaged in the ‘illegal shakedown’ of newcomers to the area.”

This is a photo I took of the Brinks truck that they drive up to the front door of the Regional Injustice Center in Las Vegas every morning.The reference to the “illegal shakedown” by the constable’s office (which was actually dissolved due to the constant scandals and corruption within it) refers to their practice of charging new residents a $100 fee as “compensation” when they issue tickets for having not changed their license plates, even if they later prove that they were within the 30-day window allotted to do so (a law which itself was modified to shorten the time allowed and quadruple associated fines, based purely on a desire to increase tax revenue). This led to constables (who personally received $65 of that fee) spending most of their time driving around apartment complexes searching for cars bearing out of state license plates.

(The photo to the left is one I took of the armored truck that they drive up to the front door of the Regional Injustice Center in Las Vegas every morning to haul away all the cash they take in.)

The Review Journal article also goes on to explain how the focus on collecting revenue creates an unofficial quota system and leads to favoritism toward those that pad the Las Vegas Municipal Court’s budget within the Las Vegas Marshal’s office:

“Former Las Vegas Marshal Richard Kilgore said a lot of the work of some of his former colleagues amounts to nothing short of ‘extortion.’

 

Kilgore said the court rewards those who bring in the most money, offering additional training and even promotions to marshals who negotiate court-ordered bail amounts with scofflaws in the field.

 

Those who don’t, he said, find themselves out in the cold.

 

‘Officers like myself would get denied training, get stuck in court more,’ Kil­gore added. ‘That’s where I thought (marshals) were supposed to be. I’ve always thought that we’re not there to generate revenue, we’re there to enforce court orders and uphold the decorum of the court.’”

These cash centric policies of the Las Vegas courts create a predatory nature among law enforcement and effect sentencing policies. Plus, the real danger is that actual criminals, who pose a true threat to local residents, are being allowed to run free, as long as they have a credit or debit card to swipe and some dollars in the bank:

“But the court does handle its share of DUI and domestic violence cases.

 

Lately, when a defendant in one of those cases skips a court date or violates a court order, records show marshals have been willing to let them off with a fine — even if the offender is violent and even if it is not that offender’s first brush with the law….

 

State and city audit records show the Las Vegas Municipal Court has implemented several ‘revenue enhancement’ tweaks in recent years, including at least one bail and fine schedule revision in 2003 and a 2012 change that ‘provides defendants options for settling their case in exchange for higher fines and a major bump in the court’s administrative assessment revenue.

 

The court’s fiscal 2012 revenue report notes a similar policy change requiring defendants to pay program fees before fines — a practice that could see defendants spend months or years paying the court hundreds or thousands of dollars in late fees before even starting to pay down an initial past-due fine….

 

City employees who spoke with the newspaper recall instances in which marshals collected as much as $1,500 on a $187 speeding ticket, or were called out to cuff a defendant facing multiple DUI charges, only to see those infractions washed away with one swipe of a credit card. Still others said marshals had been directed to collect hundreds of dollars in fines over a ticket for suspended vehicle registration.

 

They said the system is designed to ensure that defendants who owe the court money continue to owe the court, and that those same defendants never land in jail.

 

‘There are thousands of violent criminal warrants in the system to be worked,’ said one employee, who declined to be identified for fear of retaliation. ‘Instead, they’re putting more emphasis on traffic warrants or just letting these people go.'”

These type of tactics by Las Vegas revenue collectors can’t help but beg for a comparison to the NYPD’s famous unofficial strike, in which they vowed to only harass or arrest people “when necessary.” That didn’t quite work out how they had expected though, when everyone pointed (happily) to the enormous drop in “crime” and pretty much nobody missed them one bit. The biggest lesson learned during that exercise in cutting off your nose to spite your face was when reporters asked people in New York why they were less than brokenhearted over their absence. A good percentage of them explained, that while cops were constantly stopping them for minor, money based infractions or with thinly veiled excuses to harass people they didn’t like the looks of, when they called them for an actual violent crime or legitimate threat, they were often nowhere to be found.

And of course, no story about police or politicians in Las Vegas would be complete without a healthy dose of corruption and inappropriate behavior being involved:

“Three city staff members blamed marshal’s office management for most problems associated with that department’s renewed emphasis on revenue collection, particularly marshal’s office chief Lt. Manning.

 

They said the 20-year marshal’s office veteran has been named in no fewer than three formal workplace conduct and sexual harassment complaints, two of which are still pending.

 

The city wouldn’t say whether Manning has ever been investigated or disciplined in connection with those allegations. Manning’s wife, Cheryl, has served as the city’s chief internal affairs officer since 2007, a post officials say does not include investigative authority over Municipal Court marshals.

 

Las Vegas employees suspect City Hall is aware of some, if not all of the questions surrounding Manning’s workplace conduct, but chooses to ignore them because he generates “a lot of money” for Las Vegas in fines and fees.

 

Staffers contend that one way Manning manages to boost those returns is by manipulating warrants ‘ordered’ and ‘issued’ by the court.

 

A warrant ordered by one of Las Vegas’ 20 Municipal or Justice Court judges can still be voluntarily tidied up through a defendant’s court appearance before a set date.

 

Marshals can’t make an arrest or collect a fine on such a document until it is put into issued status — a designation that’s not supposed to be approved by anyone but a judge.

 

Multiple city employees said marshals have been instructed to seek out defendants with an ordered warrant and, if found, call the court clerk to have the warrant switched to issued status, effectively pre-empting a judge’s order on the matter and dangling the specter of jail time in front of defendants being served with a warrant.

 

Staffers likened the practice to coercion — the equivalent of treating Las Vegas’ most vulnerable residents like an ATM.

 

‘It’s pay or go to jail…’ one employee said.”

So the next time you see eight LVMPD cops arresting one elderly homeless woman on Fremont St., remember they’re keeping you safe and they need to raise your taxes, so they can hire more cops to keep you even more safe from the dangers of having too much money in your pocket.

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