LAS VEGAS (AP) — The former sheriff and mentor to the current top cop in Las Vegas says he supports a federal probe following the police slaying of a troubled and unarmed Gulf War veteran in his car.

Former Clark County Sheriff Bill Young credits current Sheriff Douglas Gillespie with welcoming calls for a Justice Department investigation of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department policies and practices.

Justice Department officials in Washington say they’re reviewing requests after the NAACP and ACLU in Las Vegas cited the slaying last Monday of Stanley Gibson. He was the 12th person killed by Las Vegas police this year.

As sheriff, Young obtained military-style AR-15 weapons for Las Vegas police after the 2006 slaying of Sgt. Henry Prendes.

Young says discussion is healthy and can lead to improvements.

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