Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 | 2 a.m.
With all the talk by Metro Police and the District Attorney’s Office about being more transparent and accountable concerning officer-involved shootings, it’s just business as usual with the grand jury refusing to indict the officer responsible for the Stanley Gibson shooting.
Metro has stood by the officer (as it does every time an officer shoots someone) by saying it was a “miscommunication” and the officer didn’t understand what the plan was to remove Mr. Gibson from his car. They’ve even gone so far as to blame it on their faulty new radio system on which they just spent millions of dollars.
But miscommunication or not, why would an officer fire seven shots from an assault rifle into a suspect’s car when there was no sign that the suspect even had any weapons? It sounds more like a case of an overzealous officer than a radio that didn’t work. It’s clear that officers are never going to be held accountable for shootings, not even with an investigation by the Justice Department.
Perhaps as citizens of Clark County, one of the most important things we should consider as a necessity for our survival is a bulletproof vest.