LAS VEGAS, NV – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nevada is pleased to announce that the team of reporters, editors, photographers and others who produced the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s five-part investigative series, “Deadly Force: When Las Vegas Police Shoot, and Kill,” has been chosen as this year’s Emilie Wanderer Civil Libertarian of the Year award recipients.

deadlyforceThe ACLU of Nevada will present the award to Review-Journal representatives at its Tenth Annual Celebration of Civil Liberties on Friday, April 27, to be held at The Barrymore restaurant at The Royal House hotel, 99 Convention Center Drive, Las Vegas.

The series’ primary reporters/writers were Staff Writers Lawrence Mower and Brian Haynes, and Special Correspondent Alan Maimon. Principal Photographer was John Locher, Photography Editor was Mark Damon, and Videographer was Justin Yurkanin. The Project Editor was James G. Wright, and the Assistant Managing Editor for Special Projects was Charlie Waters. Others who worked on the series included: Ched Whitney, presentation; Mark Antonuccio, Carly Brockinton, Pam Killinsworth, Melissa DeFrank, and David Stroud, graphics; Michael Symes, principal copy editor; Brian Gaw and Jerry Henkel, researchers; Tonya Carpenter, Shane Gammon, and Mark Antonuccio, web and database design; Kerry Woodall and William Raley, database programming; Charles Zobell, managing editor; and Michael Hengel, editor.

“This project is simply unprecedented in Nevada and is nationally outstanding,” said Dane S. Claussen, Executive Director of the ACLU of Nevada. “The Review-Journal’s series was not only highly informative and timely for the public and local government officials, but was of tremendous help to the ACLU of Nevada as it prepared its petition to the U.S. Department of Justice requesting a patterns/practices investigation of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The Review-Journal also continues to regularly publish new stories that follow-up on that investigative series.”

The Board of Directors of the ACLU of Nevada also acknowledged the Review-Journal’s comprehensive coverage of changes in the Clark County Coroner’s Inquest process (and efforts by opponents of the revised process to reverse those changes)—an issue in which the ACLU of Nevada has been deeply involved for many years—and the substantial attention given on an ongoing basis to constitutional rights by the Review-Journal’s editorial writers and columnists, as well as by many of its op-ed contributors and syndicated columnists.

“The ACLU of Nevada does not always agree with the Review-Journal’s positions on every civil rights and civil liberties issue, but the Review-Journal’s extensive, thoughtful, and continuing attention to the federal and state constitutions is highly unusual among U.S. metropolitan daily newspapers,” said Claussen, himself a former newspaper editor and publisher, and a former journalism professor.

The Civil Libertarian of the Year award is given to individuals who have significantly contributed to the protection and advancement of civil liberties in Nevada. It is named in honor of Emilie Wanderer, one of Las Vegas’s first female attorneys and a long-time civil rights advocate.

Starting in 2012, the ACLU of Nevada is holding its annual event in the spring rather than in the fall. The 2011 event was Friday, Sept. 30, and honored Clark County Commission Chris Giunchigliani with the Wanderer award.