Las Vegas police reforms working out well . . .

A step forward–in 2014, Las Vegas police/sheriffs finally managed to shot only those people who were using or menacing with weapons.

That is great. I can play bingo and computer poker at the gas stations in peace now. Maybe I will buy one of those little books about the optimal strategy for blackjack and I will invest in Play Poker like the Pros by Hellmuth.

When there was a questionable shooting in Vegas, and when the sheriff decided to retain the officer involved, the assistant sheriff resigned and ran against him.

It is almost enough to feel more safe in Vegas, if you are not counting cards at the blackjack table.

There was all kinds of controversy in Seattle with the DOJ mandated reforms. The question I have is, are the Seattle mandated reforms identical to the Vegas reforms? Or are they vastly expanded beyond the Vegas reforms?

We’ve got 4 or 5 major news organizations here in Seattle and we have in Las Vegas a reform situation that actually seems to be working out excellently for everybody involved. Does the Seattle mandated reforms go beyond what is required of officers in Vegas? If so, in what ways and why? The problem is that police do need to be able to draw a weapon on a fellow who is menacing or acting aggressively, and Seattle police have complained that the DOJ mandated reforms restrict their ability to draw a weapon on an aggressive or weapons-wielding man.

You would assume that the police guidelines should be straightforward: If a man is aggressive or weapons-menacing, draw a weapon. If a man rushes “you” or points a weapon at another person, shot him.

However, I don’t know what the previous policies were or what the new DOJ mandated policy is now, and how it prevents the obvious, “Draw weapons on a man who is aggressive or menacing.” Maybe I should read it or maybe some of the local news reporters will read it or compare Seattle’s DOJ reforms with the Vegas DOJ reforms.

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Since 2007, 63 percent of all unarmed people shot by Metro were black, and more than a quarter of all black people shot by police were unarmed. The report said only one black person was shot by police last year. Antoine Hodges was unarmed, and he’s suing Metro.

All of the seven people shot by Metro officers this year were armed.

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