On October 27th 2018, LVMPD Officers Cameran Gunn and Buford Kenton fired a total of seven shots at 44-year-old Lloyd Napouk, a mentally ill man who was holding a piece of plastic wrapped in electrical tape.
The video embedded below consists of the body cam videos from the two officers and a discussion of that video which took place during an episode of the ACAB Radio Las Vegas podcast on November 6th. The ACAB Radio Las Vegas Podcast Episode #26 can be seen in its entirety on YouTube or here: www.facebook.com/ACABradio/videos/570280816761887/
Metro has claimed that Gunn and Kenton thought Napouk was holding a machete. However, beyond the fact that it’s not actually illegal to have a machete, both officers were close enough (reportedly within 10 feet) that they should have been able to distinguish that the plastic stick wrapped in electric tape Napouk was actually holding had no metal blade. Also, as can easily be seen in the bodycam footage, he never rushed at or charged toward the officers. Nor did he make any aggressive movements of any kind at any time.
This was just yet another unnecessary murder by the LVMPD. There was very little effort made at de-escalating the situation or stalling to allow additional officers, including those better trained to deal with mentally ill people. Nor was there any attempt to deploy less than lethal alternatives like a taser or bean bag shotgun, which could have been done by one officer while the other continued holding his pistol on Napouk. Instead, these officers just gunned down a non-threatening suspect “armed” only with a piece of plastic and tape!
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LVMPD Body Camera Footage of Lloyd Napouk Shooting
Yet Another “Evolving Storyline” by Metro
As is often the case, the LVMPD’s original description of what happened that night has once again changed dramatically since. At the press conference in which the body cam footage from Officers Gunn and Kenton was released, Assistant Sheriff Charles Hank claimed that calls described Napouk as having a “machete or slim jim.” However, during the on-scene press conference (embedded below) that Metro holds after they shoot someone, spokesperson Captain Nichole Splinter never stated that a caller had reported that Napouk was holding what appeared to be a machete.
Nor was it described as a sword, knife, or any other sort of weapon, according to Capt. Splinter. In fact, her statement (highlighted in the screenshot to the left) makes it pretty clear that whomever called never actually equated it to anything close to a machete. Similarly, her initial statement makes no mention of Napouk being reported to have been attempting to break into cars, as Hank later claimed:
“Around 12:22 a.m. Saturday, police were called to the 5400 block of Floating Flower Avenue, near Warm Springs Road and Decatur Boulevard, by a resident who reported a man walking through the neighborhood holding a tool or ‘some kind of long stick.'”
(Note: It’s not at all uncommon for people to report someone who is simply walking through a neighborhood as a “suspicious person.”)
Being that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has a long and frequent history of changing their official story numerous times and oftentimes in a deceptive way, the changing narrative of their latest shooting shouldn’t go unnoticed. More often than not, the whole truth doesn’t come out until after everyone has stopped paying attention and accepted the inaccuracies. That’s not unintentional.
ACAB Radio Las Vegas Podcast
The ACAB Radio Las Vegas podcast (Click here for the ACAB Radio Youtube Playlist) is a collaboration between Nevada Cop Block (NVCopBlock.org) and Food Not Bombs Las Vegas (FoodNotBombsLasVegas.org). ACAB Radio is recorded live (before a studio audience), every Tuesday afternoon in Downtown Las Vegas.
Currently, there are several ways the show can be viewed and/or listened to:
- As it happens, via Facebook Live
- As an audio file, via the Libsyn podcast hosting service
- On YouTube
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