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Was Las Vegas Cop Who Guarded Stephen Paddock’s Door at the Mandalay Bay on October 1st “Set Up” on Sex Charges?

One of the officers assigned to guard Stephen Paddock's door after they (finally) entered his room was Officer Bret Theil

    Bret Theil, one of the LVMPD officers that (eventually) entered Stephen Paddock’s room, was arrested for sexual abuse of a child, leading to speculation of ulterior motives for those charges.

Yesterday, I did a post about LVMPD Officer Bret Theil, the latest in a long and fast growing line of Las Vegas cops facing charges related to violence against women and/or sex crimes. He was indicted on Wednesday on over two dozen counts related to the sexual abuse of a child. That child is reportedly a family member and a according to several sources that abuse began when the victim was only seven years old.

Theil was arrested after an armed standoff with a Las Vegas SWAT team that began Wednesday night and didn’t end until early Thursday morning. As I reported yesterday, this was the second Metro cop that was involved in a “barricade situation” within the past week. There have also been over a half dozen Las Vegas area police officers involved in some sort of crime against women just since the beginning of this year.

Since that story was posted though, some additional information about Officer Theil has surfaced. The nature of that new information has led to a lot of speculation and theories about those charges being some sort of retaliation or method of “keeping him quiet” by Las Vegas police and the MGM corporation.

Did He See/Do Something He Shouldn’t Have?

It turns out that Theil was also one of the officers involved in (eventually) entering Stephen Paddock’s hotel room at the Mandalay Bay on October 1st during the Route 91 Festival Shooting. Based on the LVMPD’s Force Investigation Team (who are usually assigned to investigate when Metro police officers kill someone) report, Theil and another officer named Burns were assigned to guard the door to the suite Paddock had been staying at.

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LVMPD report shows Officer Bret Theil was assigned to guard Stephen Paddock's room at the Mandalay Bay.

LVMPD report naming Theil as one of the officers that guarded Stephen Paddock’s door. (Click for full size)

So the theory goes that Theil saw or was somehow involved in something shady that happened during the October 1st shootings. Variations of the theory are that he was set up with the sexual assault charges either to keep him quiet about whatever he potentially saw or to retaliate for some unspecified thing he did since then. The basics are that Sheriff Lombardo and the MGM ownership want to destroy his credibility and/or scare him into not talking.

Personally, I think there are some real holes in that theory, though. The first would be that if you want to keep someone from talking one of the worst strategies for that would be to set them up to face multiple life sentences in prison. They pretty much have nothing to lose at that point.

So why wouldn’t they go ahead and tell everything they knew to anyone that would listen? Of course, the other side of this coin is that the nature of the charges would ruin his so no-one would listen. The truth is though that someone will always be willing to listen if you are telling them something they want to hear. Plus, if you’re trying to pull attention away from something that’s a terrible strategy, even if most people won’t believe it.

Also, if you were trying to get rid of someone and you’re in the middle of an armed standoff with them, just killing them is easily the best way to do that. If a big part of your argument against Metro’s handling of the Mandalay Bay investigation is that they control investigations and cover-up facts (which is actually very true), then it follows that he would be very dead right now if they were trying to keep him quiet.

And, by extension, nobody who would want to question it would be given access to evidence that would enable them to raise those questions. The fact that they didn’t just shoot him like they do with most people that get involved in armed standoffs, but aren’t cops, tends to counter that argument that they were “out to get him.” Instead, Theil will live to get his beneficial plea deal and serve the probation he is likely to be sentenced to.

The other much more pragmatic reason why I don’t believe Officer Thiel was set up is the fact that it wasn’t a case of child porn being found on his computer or in his possession. (The fact that police claim to have found child porn on Paddock’s computer and that his brother is facing child porn charges in California is something that has factored into the theories.) Something like that could conceivably be planted on his computer.

However, these allegations are that he preyed on an actual known person and that person was a very young child. I believe those two factors make it very unlikely (not at all impossible, though) that he was just set up with false charges. I personally think the reality is that there are so many rapists, pedophiles, and domestic batterers within the LVMPD and such a total lack of any sort of accountability (as well as within other departments nationwide) that the odds say at least one of them that was in that hallway (standing around for 75 minutes before they finally went in the room) was bound to be one.

What Happened in Vegas?

As has been detailed numerous times here at NVCopBlock.org, the movie What Happened in Vegas explores 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.

A portion of that documentary is also devoted to the shootings that happened at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas on October 1st. Among other things, it explores the reasons why Sheriff Joe Lombardo and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department have been so willing to cover up and even lie about what happened.

It also ties those irregularities within the Mandalay Bay shooting investigation to the similar motives for the cover-ups of the murders of Cole, Scott, Gibson, and Farmer-Brown. As pointed out in the movie by director Ramsey Denison, by and large it’s a matter of liability and pressure from the casinos to assure tourists they should feel safe and continue coming to Las Vegas, since that is the single major industry within the city.

Of course, there’s also a fair amount of incompetence and corruption among the police themselves that has to be factored into that. That holds true with the investigation around the Mandalay Bay Shooting as well. They were already holding press conferences before the investigation had hardly even begun painting themselves as heroes and assuring everyone that there was only one shooter and that he was dead.

After that, they didn’t want to talk about the fact their officers stood around in a hallway outside the room of a man who had already fired on a defenseless crowd (and a security guard in that same hallway) or anything else that contradicted those narratives.

What Happened in Vegas” is currently available on DVD or Video on Demand (VOD) if you want to learn more about just how corrupt (and violent) the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is and what their role has been in the cover-up surrounding the October 1st shooting you can order it at WhatHappenedInVegasTheMovie.com by clicking here.

“What Happened in Vegas” Trailer

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LVMPD Officer Charged with Sexual Assault of Child is Second Vegas Cop Involved in Armed Standoff Within Week

SWAT standoff at Cold Creek Canyon area with accused pedophile Officer Bret Theil

Las Vegas Police Officer Bret Theil, who was indicted on over a dozen charges of sex abuse against a child, engaged in an armed standoff with SWAT overnight Wednesday.

On Wednesday (Feb. 7), it was announced that Officer Bret Theil, who has been with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department since 1998, had been indicted on charges related to the sexual abuse of a child. After his indictment was announced, Theil was involved in an armed standoff with LVMPD SWAT teams.

Update: Coincidentally (?), Theil was also one of the officers involved in (eventually) entering Stephen Paddock’s hotel room at the Mandalay Bay on October 1st during the Route 91 Festival Shooting. Obviously, that has led to speculation that Theil was set up with the sexual assault charges to keep him quiet about whatever he potentially saw. (Click here to view LVMPD report listing Officer Theil as one of two officers assigned to guard door to Paddock’s suite.)

Personally, I think if you want to keep someone from talking one of the worst strategies for that would be to set them up to face multiple life sentences in prison. The pretty much have nothing to lose at that point. Also, if you were trying to get rid of someone and you’re in the middle of an armed standoff with them, just killing them is about the best way to do that.

Basically, there are so many rapists, pedophiles, and domestic batterers within the LVMPD that the odds say at least one of them that was in that hallway (standing around for 75 minutes before they finally went in the room) was bound to be one.

That standoff took place at Corn Creek Canyon, a camping/hiking area about 23 miles outside of Las Vegas. Officer Theil lives in the suburb of North Las Vegas and the NLV police were initially conducting the standoff until it was determined he was an LVMPD officer and Metro took over. Beginning late Wednesday night, the “barricade situation” continued until early Thursday morning. Theil was described as being armed and suicidal.

Not many other details have been released about the standoff at this point. However, it was confirmed that Officer Theil was (of course) taken into custody without injury. He was then taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation. From there he will be transferred to the Clark County Detention Center (CCDC).

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Not very many details have been released regarding the charges he was indicted on earlier in the day, either. It was reported that he was facing charges related to the sexual abuse of a child. The victim of those crimes, which took place over the span of several years, was also a family member. In addition, local media has reported that the victim had been receiving unspecified threats via email after Theil was notified of the impending indictment.

Las Vegas police officer Bret Theil was arrested during SWAT standoff on charges of sexually assaulting a child

SWAT standoff with LVMPD Officer Bret Theil

Currently, he faces six counts of first-degree kidnapping, five counts of lewdness with a child under 14, six counts of sexual assault with a minor under 14, four counts of sexual assault with a minor under 16, four counts of sexual assault, and two counts of child abuse, neglect or endangerment.

The charges were filed by North Las Vegas police and include felony charges that carry the possibility of life sentences if he is convicted. Of course, the fact he is a cop means he will likely receive a very generous plea bargain offer. He’s probably more likely to receive probation than a long prison sentence. (As always, I’ll be following the case and providing updates.)

Metro Officer Involved in Domestic Disturbance

As indicated by the title of this post, Officer Theil apparently wasn’t the only cop to engage in an armed standoff within the past week. On Super Bowl Sunday, there was another incident in which a “suicidal man armed with multiple guns” barricaded himself in his house and also had to be coaxed out by a SWAT team. The Las Vegas Review Journal reported that he also was taken to a hospital for mental evaluation. There was no indication of what (or if) he would be charged with criminally.

Neither the LVMPD nor local media have officially identified the man involved yet. However, sources have stated that he is Metro Officer Jeffery M. Arrigo. Those sources also said that this standoff was the result of a domestic disturbance. Not surprisingly, given the high percentage of domestic violence among police (and the cover ups involved), Officer Arrigo already has a previous history of domestic abuse. In September of 2015, he was arrested on domestic battery charges.

Other Recent Incidents

It’s been a busy past couple of months for Las Vegas police officers involving sexual crimes and crimes against women:

And that’s just since the beginning of this year.

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Family of Gabriel Parker in Casa Grande, Arizona Disputes Official Police Story of His Shooting

The following post was shared with the CopBlock Network anonymously, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. The person who submitted it is a family member of Gabriel Parker. Earlier this month, Gabriel was shot by three officers from the Casa Grande Police Department after another family member called to report that he was threatening to commit suicide. Within the post, the family disputes the official story of how and why Gabriel was shot, as well as the necessity of the shooting.

As has been noted here at the CopBlock Network many, many, many times before, the worst thing you can do for a friend or family member who is suffering from a mental health issue and/or severe emotional episode is call the police to “help” them. Unless you’re okay with the possibility that the person you called the police on might be beaten, arrested, and/or killed, you should never call the police. More often than not, they are neither trained nor of the mindset to actually help people who are mentally ill or suffering from suicidal depression. Instead, they generally see them as a threat that must be eliminated and usually that means permanently and violently.

Date of Incident: November 18, 2016
Officers Involved: Officers Bryan Martinez, Jeremy Ybarra, Efran Lujan
Department Involved: Casa Grande Police Department
Facebook Page: Casa Grande Police Department
Email: Mark McCrory, Chief of Police
Department Phone No.: (520) 421-8700

On November 18, 2016 at 3 pm, the cops received a call from my cousin that my uncle Gabriel Parker was threatening to kill himself, he told them to be cautious because he had a machete. The news and public information officer (see embedded video below) make it seem like when they showed up he came out unarmed, went back into the house, and came out with the machete. They shot him with the bean bags and tazer and after he still didn’t comply they used lethal force.

IMG_1288This is not what happened. Gabriel was inside the house. The police cars pulled all the way into the driveway and stood about six feet from the porch (knowing he had a machete inside). The other officers lined their vehicles outside the yard and aimed AR 15 rifles toward the house.Instead of talking him down they provoked him repeatedly, asking him to come out. After back and forth yelling between Gabriel and the officers he stepped out of the house for the first time, machete in his hand. He was immediately fired upon with rubber rounds and lethal bullets from three officers. He tried to take cover, collapsed and was taken to Casa Grande Banner Hospital. He died from his wounds enroute to the hospital.

Gabriel’s oldest son, sister in law, sister, brother, two nephews, and mother watched this entire incident happen. They asked the police to put down the lethal weapons, they stated they were going to wait for a crisis team to arrive. He was dead within 20 minutes of the cops arriving. Never once did he ask the cops to kill him, never did he charge at them.

He was a loving person, he’d give his shirt off his back to anyone.

Local News Report

San Jose Jury Awards $11.3 Million to Man Shot in Back by Police Officer

On Monday, a jury awarded $11.3 Million to a man who was shot in the back and rendered a paraplegic by a San Jose police officer. Hung Lam a 38 year old man of Vietnamese decent was holding a knife at the time of the shooting, but was only threatening himself and according to witnesses represented no danger to Officer Dondi West, who shot him on January 3rd 2014.

Police had claimed that Lam “advanced toward an officer” and that he was a suspect in a fight with a neighbor. However, that neighbor was one of the witnesses that disputed the contention that Lam was ever a threat to Officer West and also testified that he was not fighting with him, but rather was trying to talk him out of harming himself.

Another neighbor that testified on Lam’s behalf was a retired San Mateo County Sheriff’s Deputy. Helen Anderson said, “West should have taken the time to back off and try to calm the situation, as Anderson herself was trying to do.”

Via CBS News:

Police were called at 3:23 p.m. because Lam had been threatening to hurt himself, holding a knife to his abdomen with one hand and a cellphone in the other. His neighbor was trying to talk him out of hurting himself when police arrived, according to the complaint.

Officer Dondi West

Officer Dondi West (and the horse she rode in on).

As soon as West arrived, she started running toward Lam screaming commands like “drop the knife” and “get on the ground” but Lam was still talking to his neighbor and not facing the officer.

When she reached within 10-15 feet of Lam, she shot him twice in the back, hitting his aorta, lungs and kidney. He was rushed to a hospital and survived due to surgery but was left with no mobility in his legs.

Lam, once a vibrant dancer, was left permanently disabled, according to the complaint.

He was initially charged with assault on a police officer but those charges were dismissed by the time the federal lawsuit was filed in February, according to the complaint.

“The officer’s outrageous display of excessive force sentenced Hung Lam to a lifetime in a wheelchair, as a paraplegic,” [attorney John] Burris said in a statement Monday.

It took the jury three weeks to decide that the taxpayers of San Jose should be forced to compensate Lam for Officer West’s hasty and near murderous actions that day.

In case you’ve been living under some sort of rock for your whole life and haven’t realized it yet, this is also yet another reminder not to call the police to “help” people suffering through some sort of mental health issue, unless you’re okay with them being killed or permanently crippled.

Hung Lam Jury Verdict Form

Roswell Police Officer Taken Alive in Standoff After Shooting, Then Refusing to Drop Gun

Officer Valerie Palombi, of the Roswell Police Department, was arrested after Chaves County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call for a suicidal person. Initially when officers arrived, Palombi was standing on her back porch with a gun in her hand. Instead of killing her, like they would with anyone else they encounter with a gun (or anything else) in their hand, the deputies simply allowed her to walk into the house.

She then began firing her gun inside the house, including several shots as deputies approached to check and see if she had harmed herself. Once again, instead of storming the house guns blazing, as they would with anyone else that didn’t own a magical shiny badge, they just waited outside for her to reemerge still armed with a handgun.

When ordered to, she refused to drop the handgun and instead began approaching the deputies and RPD officers, while still holding the gun. Yet again, unlike they routinely do with anyone that represents any sort of vague or even downright  imaginary threat to them, let alone someone actually walking toward them with a gun, they refrained from unloading every bullet in their guns into her.

Via KOB4 Eyewitness News:

Police and deputies say they were then able to approach her and take her into custody.

“All of us at the Roswell Police Department are shocked and saddened by what occurred involving our fellow officer,” RPD Chief Phil Smith said. “We’re concerned for the officer’s well-being and we stand ready to offer any assistance to help address whatever brought her to this stage. At the same time, we are confident, through the sheriff’s office investigation, all laws will be enforced.”

“We in law enforcement are often called upon to intervene in people’s lives when they are at their very worst. These situations are difficult and frequently dangerous. When the person you are trying to help is somebody you know and have worked with, it is even more emotionally challenging. We are thankful we were able to resolve this situation without any of the responding officers being hurt. As partners with the Roswell Police Department, we too feel their pain and we offer any assistance possible as we move forward,” Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder said.

Police say Palombi was hospitalized after being struck by beanbag rounds fired at her as she approached RPD deputies with a gun in her hands. Palombi was described as being in stable condition as she continued medical treatment at a hospital.

It is pretty fortunate that this wasn’t one of those situations where the person the cops had to deal with was a clear and obvious danger to them or in possession of some sort of lethal weapon that could potentially be used against them. I’m sure if it was someone they didn’t know and work with refusing to drop a gun they had already fired several times whose life they were intervening in they would have gone out of their way to resolve it without shooting them to death.

It’s actually amazing how often they manage to find some way to take off duty cops into custody during armed standoffs without resorting to a hail of bullets. It’s almost like they could even avoid shooting unarmed people if they actually wanted to.