Justice for Keith Childress Jr.
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This letter serves as a written complaint, a demand for transparency, and justice for citizens that fall victim to the failure of officers within LVMPD to follow policies and safety procedures established to prevent death and/or serious bodily injury to the citizens of our community.
LVMPD Use of Force Policy includes some of the following statements, “Officers do have the ability to impact the direction and the outcome of many of the situations they handle, based on their decision-making and the tactics they choose to employ.” “Officers should … attempt to slow momentum; … use tactics and alternatives to higher levels of force; … they may withdraw to a more tactical position.”
Trust in LVMPD is compromised when a citizen can be shot down in broad day light and inconsistencies of the investigation are exposed. Our community has in the past and is now again being unwillingly subjected to the shame of the growing trend across our nation of military style armed officers that are trained to shoot first then scramble to cover mistakes, prevent justice, and NOT indict for murder later.
The citizens of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and surrounding areas in Clark County demand accountability and responsibility for errors. We want a thorough, honest, and transparent investigation, including active DA involvement and oversight in the entire process.
We expect that this complaint and the ongoing investigation is handled in a professional manner in line with the quoted mission statements listed above of LVMPD.
Specific demands include as listed below to allow for a FULLY transparent investigation and disclosure to the affected family:
WE DEMAND, due to inconsistent and inaccurate reporting, that the District Attorney supervises the investigation process, and provides direct input of recommendations regarding this case and future cases as well.
WE DEMAND, the immediate release of training, experience, and personnel records of the involved officer’s, Sgt. Robert Bohanon and Officer Blake Walford to include any past complaints and resolutions.
WE DEMAND, full Transparency of the investigation to the family, including ALL unedited Body/ Dash Cam footage from time of initial call, and ALL 911/ and dispatch recordings of the incident.
And further WE DEMAND, the release of the Firearm Dispatch Report, FIT Investigation Report, CIRT Review, and the involved officer’s, Sgt. Robert Bohanon and Officer Blake Walford, Public Safety Statements.
Date of Occurrence: December 31, 2015
Time of Occurrence (approximate): 2pm
Complaint Type: Investigation Practices of Officer Involved Shootings
Name(s) of Employee(s): Sgt. Robert Bohanon and Officer Blake Walford.
Location of Incident: 8335 Gilden Crown Court, Las Vegas, NV Specific
Complaint: Unjust MURDER of Keith Childress
Cc: Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman; Sheriff Joseph Lombardo; District Attorney Steven B. Wolfson; Governor Brian Sandoval
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