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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The top law enforcement official in Las Vegas is endorsing a Justice Department probe of police practices days after officers fatally shot a troubled and unarmed Gulf War veteran.

Clark County Sheriff Douglas Gillespie said Thursday that lots of large police departments face questions about officers and use of force. He says any input from an outside source with law enforcement expertise would be good.

Justice Department officials in Washington didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

Gillespie is the elected official in charge of Las Vegas police. He’s faced criticism in recent weeks about the number of deadly police shootings in Las Vegas. The NAACP and ACLU called this week for independent investigations after Stanley Gibson became the 12th person slain by police this year.

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