A three-page memo written by Officer David Acosta, who was found to have committed the unjustified shooting.
"Sadly, there were many mistakes made regarding the officer involved shooting that occurred on March 10, 2000." ***
"I recognized immediately that I could have made a better effort to free my MP-5. I could have quickly dialed it to safe, or leaned forward and buried the front of my weapon into the asphalt, or even used a palm strike to try and free the barrel."***
"The investigation that followed this shooting has been long and very trying for me, but I understand that had I used better judgement in the first place it would not have been necessary. Regardless, here are some observations and suggestions that may be helpful concerning the post incident investigation."***
"NLVPD: While at the PD, all officers should have written reports regarding their role in the incident. I believe that this would help eliminate contradictions in statements and individual perception of how specific incidents within the original case transpired."
How can King County possibly claim to have conducted a adequate investigation of the shooting-- one year after the fact-- when the shooter himself acknowledges that the primary witnesses to the incident were not required to file written reports? When finally interviewed by the two representatives from King County, (if indeed any interviews were conducted at all) the witnesses relied on fading memories to reconstruct the events of that tragic evening. After a year spent discussing, debating, refining, and aligning their stories, is it any wonder that their final version of the "truth" was considered benign by King County?
"Shoot board: This is not an easy assignment for anyone, but I felt that Officer Meamber should not have been on the board. We work closely together on a squad that is very "tight" and I felt it was unfair for us to face each other in the shoot board. Also he was on the scene as a participant of the incident being investigated."
"Training: I am not making an excuse here for my actions, but can't help but wonder if the weapon retention training we receive did not have some type of sub-conscious effect on my actions. We are taught in all weapon retention portions of defensive tactics that if we are not able to immediately free our weapon, to fire into the subject. Sometimes the instruction is left as "do what you have to do". I feel we could use a specific training course for weapon retention of MP-5's, shotguns and AR-15s."***
"Memo: To this date, I have only received one memo from this department regarding this incident. That memo was from the shoot board advising me that the shooting was ruled unjustified. No memos regarding my I.A. investigation and accusations was ever generated or maybe I just haven't seen it."
This is the smoking gun… the only available proof that the shooting was deemed unjustified. North Las Vegas successfully repressed all information except for this single document, which was anonymously leaked to an intrepid Copwatch.com member. But this document raises many more questions than it answers- for example, there has been no other mention of either the mysterious "I.A. investigation" or the unspecified "accusations". North Las Vegas MUST be forced to reveal this crucial information, as well as all the facts regarding the unjustified shooting. What was the focus of the Internal Affairs investigation? What were the specific accusations, and who made them? Were the accusations accurate? We demand to know the answers to these questions. Public safety is at stake.
A one-page memo written by Officer Duane Eamon regarding the unjustified shooting .
"I AM WRITING THIS MEMO AT YOUR REQUEST TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE ISSUES OR CONCERNS I HAVE ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION OF THE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING."
"AFTER THE SHOOTING SCENE WAS SECURED AND THE DETECTIVES ARRIVED NO ONE WALKED ME THROUGH THE SCENE SO THAT I COULD EXPLAIN WHERE I WAS, WHAT I SAW, AND WHAT I DID."***
"WHEN I WENT IN FOR MY INTERVIEW WITH THE USE OF FORCE BOARD I NOTICED THAT OFFICER MEAMBER AND DETECTIVE BODNAR WERE SITTING ON THE BOARD. I THINK THAT THERE IS A LITTLE CONFLICT HERE BECAUSE OFFICER MEAMBER SUBSEQUENTLY RESPONDED TO THE SHOOTING AND DETECTIVE BODNAR WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL INVESTIGATING DETECTIVES. I BELIEVE 2 ALTERNATIVES SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THEIR PLACES."
"AS YOU ARE AWARE OF I WAS ASKED TO WRITE A POLICE REPORT ON THE INCIDENT 8 WEEKS AFTER IT OCCURRED. THIS IS WAY TO LONG TO WAIT FOR A REPORT."
As this memo again confirms, it was absolutely impossible for King County to conduct an adequate investigation of the shooting. This officer was not asked to write a police report until 8 weeks after the incident, a time-span he himself acknowledges was "way too long". If 8 weeks was way too long, then a year is WAY, WAY, WAY too long!
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