May 14, 2011

Officer in Erik Scott Shooting Indicted for Arming a Felon

But hey, there's nothing wrong with the Las Vegas PD:

A Las Vegas police officer involved in a fatal shooting outside the Summerlin Costco last year has been indicted on a felony weapons charge in a separate incident.

The indictment returned Friday charges officer Thomas Mendiola with disposal of a firearm to a prohibited person. He is accused of giving a handgun to a two-time felon.

Mendiola, 23, an employee of the Metropolitan Police Department since March 2009, has been relieved of his patrol duties at the Convention Center Area Command .

If convicted, Mendiola faces 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. I'll be interested to see what kind of deal Vegas authorities reach with him so that he stays quiet about what he knows about the police cover-up of the Scott killing.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at May 14, 2011 08:05 AM

If the Vegas authorities wanted him to "stay quiet" about your mythical conspiracy, why indict him in the first place? I'm sure those evil 'authorities' could have made a case to handle the incident in-house and let Mendiola resign or just fire him, to keep him quite.

BTW, how's that federal DOJ investigation on this collusion at LVMP progressing?

Posted by: Buck Turgidson at May 14, 2011 11:41 AM

So, what if no deal is reached? What will happen then? Will Mendiola admit to murder? Last I heard is that a murder rap gets you more time than transferring a weapon to a felon.

But following your logic, if he gets convicted and serious time, then says nothing more about the Scott shooting, then that proves that the shooting was good.

Of course, whatever Mendiola says in the future does not change the events of the Scott shooting. He was still carrying a weapon under the influence of drugs, which is still illegal. And being under the influence tends to cause people to make bad decisions, like pulling a gun on three cops.

Posted by: Federale at May 15, 2011 11:12 AM