Las Vegas feels fallout from police shootings

When Las Vegas' sheriff decided not to fire an officer who shot an unarmed man, it was one insult too many for some in this city

By John M. Glionna
Los Angeles Times

LAS VEGAS — In 2010, police were involved in four times the number of shootings per capita in Las Vegas as in New York, and twice as many as in Los Angeles — cities with far larger populations — according to a series by the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper, which compiled statistics obtained by Freedom of Information Act requests.

The alarming number of shootings prompted a review by the U.S. Justice Department, which found that Las Vegas police committed numerous tactical errors due to a lack of training and suggested a series of reforms, including a more transparent review process of officer-involved shootings.

But the federal review has done little to change what many here see as a cowboy culture in which, critics say, police officers shoot first and ask questions later, knowing the department will bail them out of any trouble.

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