A memorial candlelight vigil will be held Tuesday June 12, 2012 for Stanley L. Gibson, who was recently murdered by a member of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. June 12th marks six months since Stanley, a disabled Iraq War vet suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer, depression and other conditions related to his time in the Army, was shot while sitting unarmed in his car by Jesus Arevalo, of LVMPD. (see map below for location of the vigil)
Details of the vigil (via FaceBook):
Date:Tuesday June 12, 2012
Rondha Gibson will host a candlelight vigil in honor of her husband Stan L. Gibson, who was murdered on 12/12/11 by LVMPD. This event is open to all that want to join in our moment of silence for our fallen husband, brother, son, friend, soldier, etc. Our motto is and always will be “NEVER FORGET.’ Some day we may forgive, but we will never forget. The vigil will consist of those who knew and loved Stanley speaking about his life and what he meant to them and a call for accountability from LVMPD and those responsible for his killing to be brought to justice.
Stanley Gibson was killed while looking for his apartment in the early hours of December 12, 2011. At the time, he was suffering from PTSD and cancer and had been unable to get medication he was supposed to be taking due to bureaucratic roadblocks within the VA hospital. He had become confused and was likely suffering a panic attack, which resulted in him ending up at the wrong apartment complex. after responding to a report of someone trying to break into an apartment, police confronted Stanley and eventually blocked his car with two police cruisers, immobilizing it.
During a resulting standoff, in which Stanley was unresponsive to commands to exit the vehicle, cops on the scene devised a plan to force him out by firing a shotgun loaded with a beanbag round through his back window and then following up with tear gas. In spite of knowing about this plan, Jesus Arevalo reacted to the shooting of the beanbag round by firing seven rounds of live ammo into Stanley’s back with a AR-15 automatic assault rifle. The entire time leading up to the deadly shots being fired Stanley was fully visible, his vehicle was immobilized, and he was unarmed.
Six months later, many questions persist regarding the necessity of an armed response to the situation, the use of military grade weapons by police, and why Ofc. Arevalo has been sitting at home essentially on paid vacation, rather than being punished for his actions that day.
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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