ACLU of Nevada Partners with Community Groups to Host Public Forums

LAS VEGAS, NV – The ACLU of Nevada and a coalition of partner groups are sponsoring two community forums in an ongoing campaign for accountability and reform at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. In cooperation with the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, the NAACP Las Vegas, and the Consulate of Mexico, the ACLU of Nevada is encouraging the public to attend two free community forums on July 24th and 25th, 2012 in Las Vegas. Individuals will be invited to provide public testimony about their experiences with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s use-of-force procedures.

“We feel strongly that the community should have a voice in the ongoing discussion about local law enforcement and use-of-force issues. Up to this point, there has been little opportunity for citizens to voice their concerns, and we wish to provide that space,” said Dane Claussen, ACLU of Nevada Executive Director.

The events are scheduled for Tuesday, July 24th from 6-8PM at the Consulate of Mexico (823 S. Sixth Street, Las Vegas, 89101) and on Wednesday, July 25th from 7-9PM at the Asamblea Apostolica, Tercera Iglesia (4509 E. Bonanza Road, Las Vegas, 89110). Members of the public will have the opportunity to sign up at the event to give brief spoken testimony. ACLU staff and volunteers will also be on hand to distribute intake (complaint) forms to any individuals who feel their civil rights have been violated.

In January 2012, the ACLU of Nevada and the NAACP Las Vegas filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Justice requesting a pattern and practice investigation of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s use-of-force procedures. An updated use-of-force policy was recently released by the Department, with some recommendations from the ACLU integrated into the final version.

“We are please that LVMPD is willing to review its own procedures, but this cannot be a one-sided conversation,” said Allen Lichtenstein, ACLU of Nevada General Counsel. “Real people are affected each day by these tragic use-of-force incidents, and we believe these individuals and their families should have an opportunity to be heard.”

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