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ACLU, NAACP want Las Vegas PD investigated
by Tribune Staff
Jan 15, 2012 | 602 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LAS VEGAS — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nevada and the NAACP of Las Vegas on Friday submitted a petition to the U.S. Department of Justice calling for an investigation into “patterns and practices” of the Metropolitan Las Vegas Police Department.

“We hope that the U.S. Department of Justice acts on this petition with all due haste, because the citizens of the Las Vegas metropolitan area have been waiting, in vain, a long time for reform and accountability while Clark County police have killed 142 persons in 378 separate shootings since 1990,” Dane S. Claussen, executive director of the ACLU of Nevada, said in a press release. “At the same time, the ACLU of Nevada is closely and continuously working with Metro and the NAACP of Las Vegas on seeing that necessary reforms are made by Metro and the District Attorney’s office before the U.S. Justice Department finishes any investigation.”

“What our petition makes clear is that Metro has not been held accountable, nor made sufficient reforms, because every party that could have made a difference has dropped the ball: Metro itself, its Use of Force Board, the Clark County Citizen Review Board, the Clark County Coroner’s inquest process, the Clark County District Attorney’s office, the Sheriff’s Multicultural Advisory Committee, the Nevada State Legislature, the Nevada Attorney General’s office, Nevada courts, even the news media,” said Staci Pratt, legal director of the ACLU of Nevada. “It’s way past time for the U.S. Department of Justice to step in and help fix Metro.”

A copy of the petition is available online at http://aclunv.org/press/aclu-nevada-and-naacp-las-vegas-submit-petition-us-justice-department.
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