In December of 2010, the Clark County coroner’s inquest process was reformed to provide for real transparency and checks and balances. The ACLU of Nevada, the NAACP’s Las Vegas chapter, PLAN, Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice and many others fought hard for those changes. The Police Protective Association has resisted the implementation of the new inquest process ever since, claiming police officers’ rights are violated by the new inquest system and trying to avoid transparency. The Nevada Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court of Nevada have both rejected the PPA’s arguments, finding that the coroner’s inquest does not violate officers’ constitutional rights.

The Nevada Supreme Court recently ruled that justices of the peace cannot currently preside over the inquests. The Clark County Commission can easily fix that procedural issue by amending the current ordinance to instead have hearing masters oversee inquests. 

The issue is on the Clark County Commission agenda tomorrow (November 7). The meeting starts at 9:15 am and will be held in the Clark County Commission Chambers, Government Center, 500 South Grand Central Parkway. 

Please get the word out about this, and if you can, appear tomorrow to support a simple amendment to finally move inquests forward otherwise keeping in place the critically important 2010 reforms.

If you cannot appear, please consider sending an email to the commissioners. Here are the emails:

ccdista@ClarkCountyNV.gov; ccdistb@ClarkCountyNV.gov; ccdistc@ClarkCountyNV.gov; ccdistd@ClarkCountyNV.gov; ccdiste@ClarkCountyNV.gov; ccdistf@ClarkCountyNV.gov; ccdistg@ClarkCountyNV.gov