This video and the description included in this post were submitted by members of Nevada Cop Block, who regularly attend Food Not Bombs Las Vegas Picnics to counteract and document the harassment that people participating in the twice weekly events often face from the employees of the Deputy City Marshals of Las Vegas and other Law Enforcement Departments, such as the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Las Vegas Police have a long history of targeting homeless people, as well as those who attempt to aid them through non-government methods, such as Mutual Aid. In fact, in 2006 Las Vegas was one of the first cities in the country to make it illegal to share food with hungry people and several members of Food Not Bombs Las Vegas were either cited or arrested, as a result.
The ban on sharing food with hungry people was overturned fairly quickly, in large part because the law stated that people could not share food in public with “someone who appeared to qualify for government assistance” (I.E. people that look like they might actually need food). However, harassment toward homeless and impoverished people within the Las Vegas area continued in different ways and is still a very common occurrence today, both inside and outside of the local public parks.
As you can see in the video above, the Las Vegas Deputy City Marshals don’t even bother to hide their arrogance, hypocrisy, and disdain for the citizens of Las Vegas. Make sure you don’t forget to contact those within the Las Vegas City Government to let them know what you think of these marshals parking illegally blocking the handicapped parking space in a public park and then saying that that’s just “how it goes” if a disabled person comes along and needs to park.
During a weekly Food Not Bombs picnic, Marshals working for the City of Las Vegas were observed being too lazy to spend an extra five seconds parking in an actual parking space at Huntridge Circle Park in Downtown Las Vegas. So, instead they double parked the wrong direction blocking access to the handicapped parking space in the process, even though there were six other spaces open at the time. (Something they would give anyone else a very expensive ticket for and that is a very legitimate issue in terms of the handicapped access area.)
When it was pointed out that they were not only parked illegally but were blocking the handicapped parking space, Deputy Marshal Marcus Diaz (driving vehicle number 3908) said, “I know, thanks.”
Later, Deputy Marshal Diaz stated, “that’s how it goes,” when asked what handicapped people were supposed to do if they came to the park and the space designated for them to park was blocked.
The other Las Vegas Marshal claimed he was there responding to a call about us being in danger and needed to park blocking the handicapped space in case he had to come rushing to our rescue. The fact that he never contacted us or said anything to us prior to us confronting him about their illegal and immoral parking proves that was a (bad) lie.
He also tried to claim that they weren’t obstructing the handicapped parking area, which as you can see in the video is an even worse lie.
Date of Incident:July 27, 2015 – Approximately 12:42 PM
Location of Incident: “Huntridge Circle Park in Downtown Las Vegas
Department Involved: City of Las Vegas Deputy Marshals’ Office
Officers Involved: Deputy Marshal Marcus Diaz and one unidentified Deputy Marshal, who was driving vehicle #3885 at the time.
Deputy City Marshals
Address: 3300 Stewart Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 229-6444, option 1
Fax: (702) 386-7070
City of Las Vegas Government
City Hall Address: 495 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 229-6011
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/CityOfLasVegas
City Manager Betsy Fretwell
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/betsy.fretwell
Councilman Bob Coffin (Ward 3 Councilman, where Circle Park is located)
Email: Contact Councilman Bob Coffin
Phone: (702) 229-6405
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/bob.coffin.9
Deputy Marshal Marcus Diaz: “That’s how it goes.”
Full, unedited raw video by four different members of Nevada Cop Block.
Kelly is a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, who’s been very active in local grassroots activism, as well as on a national level during his extensive travels. He’s also the founder/main contributor of Nevada Cop Block, served as editor/contributor at CopBlock.org and designed the Official Cop Block Press Passes.
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well, if you’d just blow off their kneecaps, they’d have a reason to park there
Not without a legal handicap sticker
Simple solution: just disband LVMPD and put the casinos’ private police back in charge. They’ll fix the homelessness problem overnight. Fix it good.
Look, I’m all for copblocking, but in my opinion, this is reaching. I mean if the Marshals jumped out of their cars and started beating your asses, I can understand. But them parking in a handicap spot (which I think is bullshit anyways, the whole handicap parking spot is so politically correct… Oh my gosh, I have to walk a few extra feet. what on Earth would we do without handicap parking spots?), really isn’t that big of a deal. I mean it’s not like anyone really goes to that park except for homeless anyways. lol
Well, there is so much hate for law enforcement people as they are so arrogant people. Helping them to remember to obey laws as well is not so bad and are fellow cop blockers are on the stick and ready to fight. You probably will see more incidents that don’t really need to be confronted but the hate for them makes these things happen
In a completely empty lot.
Not the point ! If it was anyone else without a permit – empty lot not irrelevant – the good police men (sarcasm) would issue a ticket because they are following the law.
And no you can not just be in any handicapped parking without the law abiding permit.
I’ve friends physically handicapped – I know!
Mental handicapped like the good police (more sarcasm) does not count!
exactly with all the other spots they had to park there. dirty cop/cops plain and simple
Wow, that’s some oppression and tyranny right there.
There are legal differences between “parking,” “standing” and “stopping.” That’s why you see signs “No Stopping, Standing, or Parking” etc.
The police, and probably anyone else, can “stop” or “stand” in a parking space unless otherwise noted, they just can’t “park” ie. lock up the car and walk away. Look at the MV code for NV.
So if you’re a cop you’re allowed to discriminate against people with disabilities and get away with it.
cops like this is why people hate cops