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Federal Review of Metro Shootings Released

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(Photo: Tate South/KXNT/CBS Las Vegas)

(Photo: Tate South/KXNT/CBS Las Vegas)

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(Las Vegas CBS KXNT)  The U. S. Department of Justice has released a long-awaited review of citizen shootings involving the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.  The report issued on Thursday included 75 recommended policy changes and additional training in areas where officers are deficient or untrained.

Mertro cooperated in a months-long project to develop the 154-page report.   Interviews were conducted with community members, judicial officers, and the organizations calling for more accountability — the ACLU of Nevada and the NAACP.  Police officers were observed at work.  There was also a review of the details surrounding five years’ worth of officer involved shootings.

Among the findings. found the Metro policy to be cumbersome, and not clear or concise to be applied when quick action is needed in the field.  Other findings include a need for deescalation training, and training for incidents where multiple officers are on scene.

Sheriff Doug Gillespie was praised by DOJ officials for his participation in the project.  Gillespie said he is committed to adopting the recommendations.

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