Groups want deeper investigation into Metro's use of force

Groups want deeper investigation into Metro's use of force

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Feb 8, 2012

 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Civil rights groups are upset over action the Department of Justice is taking against Metro when it comes to officer-involved shootings. 

What's making the groups mad is what little action is being taken against Metro after a period of several controversial shootings.

The NAACP and the ACLU say Metro is trying to circumvent a real investigation by the Department of Justice. Last week, Sheriff Gillespie told citizens the community-oriented policing services, or 'COPS' office of the DOJ would conduct a best practices review of Metro.

Last month, the NAACP and ACLU sent petitions to the DOJ, asking for a civil rights investigation of Metro. It followed the controversial December 12 fatal shooting of Stanley Gibson, an unarmed disabled veteran.


"So this isn't something that is against Metro," Allen Lichtenstein with the ACLU said. "This is something in terms of working to make improvements to look at what's working, what's not working. Where things can improve in things like policies.

The COPS office of the DOJ helps law enforcement agencies improve relationships with the community and sometimes help problem-solve.

These two groups, the ACLU and NAACP, say this is not a true investigation and will not create the true reforms Metro needs.