September 29, 2010

As Expected, Kangaroo Inquest Clears Metro Cops That Killed Erik Scott

It was always a foregone conclusion that the coroner's inquest would exonerate the three Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers that fired seven bullets into Erik Scott just outside the crowded doorway of an area Costco. The inquest process has cleared officers involved in a shooting since the days of disco, in more than 200 total incidents. In a process that allows law enforcement officials and the prosecution to shape the testimony and witness list without possibility of cross-examination, it is quite possible for Metro officers to literally get away with murder... or at least manslaughter.

And so last nights verdict came as no surprise: the officers were found justified.

Of course, we're still left with more questions unanswered than answered by the broken system championed by Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie, who is up for reelection this year.

The Scott family says they plan to file a Civil case against Costco and the Metro Police over Erik Scott's death. Under cross-examination we may finally get some of the many missing answers in this disturbing case.

My co-blogger Mike McDaniel, who has written a brilliant series of posts analyzing the case thus far, is meticulously researching the timing of the 911 tape, and will be posting another review of the evidence in this case soon that I promise you won't want to miss.

The coroner's inquest is over. Now the investigation into the death of Erik Scott can really begin.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 29, 2010 09:28 PM

Here's a thought exercise for the curious. According to the 911 tape, the sequence of events was as follows: 14:16 Mosher issues his first command. Erik is walking past him with his back to Mosher. 14:18 Mosher fires two shots. The commands Mosher issued (heard on the 911 tape, not based on witness testimony which wildly varied) were as follows: "Put your hands where I see them! Drop it! Get on the ground! Get on the ground!"

Now get three people together; one to be Erik, one to be Mosher and one to be a timer. Have Erik walk past Mosher from behind him. Have the timer hit the stopwatch as Mosher issues his first command. Have Mosher issue the exact same commands. Have Erik turn toward Mosher immediately. Have the timer loudly yell "STOP!" when two seconds is reached. Then ask yourself, what chance of survival did Erik have?

Posted by: Paul Schmehl at September 29, 2010 10:10 PM

Manslaughter, my ass. He was murdered. The criminals who murdered him deserve to die.

Posted by: ccoffer at September 30, 2010 12:23 PM

I hope the family is quick enough to get a court order making sure that the city doesn't destroy any of the records. I also hope that they get a chance to sue each of the officers severally. Their actions would seem to me to be so agregious that they can be separated out, or that the city might just drop them.

Posted by: Timothyjp at September 30, 2010 03:10 PM

There will not be records available for review? They have ways of disappearing. The family needs to file a Federal law suit for violation of Erik's civil rights! NOW!!!!!

Clark county officials will most likely bill the family for the ammo that was expended to kill Erik.

Posted by: 1Fearless1 at September 30, 2010 09:00 PM

Check out the pictures of Mosher. Something around 300 lbs, more chins than the Peking phonebook, the big but now flabby arms of a guy who used to lift a lot, and stopped.

First, I guess Metro has no physical fitness standards. If you can lift the donut, you're good.

Second, why was he involved in two shootings? Maybe he has bad luck. Maybe he has bad judgment. But just maybe he has a bad temper. And if he does, it may not be all natural.

You see, he sure looks like a lot of juicers -- anabolic steroid users -- that I've seen. On the other hand, I can't tell from the pictures, but his face doesn't seem to have had the acne ravaging that juicers often experience.

But Mr Scott should seek Mosher's medical records in discovery. No, the 'roids won't be in there -- gym rats don't get prescriptions for that stuff. But at his age, if he's had ED prescriptions, well, that's another side-effect of the Get Big To Be Baaad program that an unfortunately large minority of cops are on. I'd wager that the police did not drug-test any of the cops involved in this shooting. If they thought their guys were clean, they would have done that as part of their PR offensive... that they didn't do it means that they know that have a "metabolites issue" shall we say.

Then again, maybe he's just a donut-fueled prediabetic bag of suet who hasn't got the judgment to be be toting a badge. Occam's razor and all.

Posted by: Dr. Weightroom at September 30, 2010 11:57 PM

Dr. W, not only was he involved in another shooting, the previous incident was also a fatal shooting.

Food for thought.

Posted by: Casey at October 1, 2010 12:36 AM

Firing too quickly is just as likely to be from fear as from a bad temper. Also a lack of confidence in their own judgement to assess the situation accurately. The bad-tempered, bad-a$$ folks I've known tend to like the beatdowns as they're taking suspects into custody more than shooting.

Posted by: styrgwillidar at October 1, 2010 11:29 AM