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Erik B. Scott - In Memory of Erik B. Scott
Erik B. Scott - In Memory of Erik B. Scott ^ | August 20th, 2010 | William B. Scott

Posted on 08/29/2010 8:31:02 AM PDT by FoxPro

A Devil’s Deal? August 20th, 2010

More than a month after Erik Scott was gunned down in front of the Summerlin Costco, only Las Vegas METRO officers and their allies have seen Costco’s video-surveillance data and heard the contents of a 911 call made by a Costco security employee. That call set off a massive overreaction by METRO officers, and ultimately led to Erik’s death.

METRO’s Sheriff, Douglas Gillespie, and his spokesmen have stated, from the first day of this nightmare, that video surveillance data the police department immediately seized has a “glitch,” and might be “unusable.” Those Costco video data (stored on computer hard drives) were shipped to a forensics lab in Los Angeles. That decision, in itself, is surprising.

As Bill Carns related in detail during a recent Dave Champion radio show (August 10th, 2010), one of the best computer-forensics experts in America is a Las Vegas METRO employee. He’s a founding member of an anti-computer-crime interagency task force based in Las Vegas at the U.S. Secret Service office. So, why would the Costco surveillance video files be sent to Los Angeles for “forensics” work, when one of their own is extremely well-qualified to undertake exactly the same forensics investigation? Could the decision to send those critical data disks to California have been an intentional move to prevent Costco’s video data being subpoenaed by anybody in Nevada?

It appears that METRO wants to make sure nobody, especially our team of attorneys and computer/digital-data experts, has an opportunity to examine the Costco video data. Why? My opinion: Because the surveillance video imagery shows that Erik Scott was not “acting erratically,” was not throwing merchandise around, was not arguing with a Costco employee and manager, and did not constitute a threat to employees or other customers.

Ultimately, unaltered surveillance video would prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Erik did not have a gun in his hand, did not try to draw it from a holster tucked inside the back of his pants’ waistband, and did not “make a furtive movement” that justified Officers Mosher, Stark and Mendiola shooting Erik to death. The video also will prove that Erik’s pistol was still in its holster, after my son was on the ground, dying, as the three METRO officers fired another five rounds into his back.

Sheriff Gillespie believes he cannot afford to have that video seen by our family’s legal team, let alone by the Las Vegas citizens he hopes will reelect him in November. Costco’s video data are far too incriminating. If seen by the public, that imagery could trigger a revolt by outraged Vegas citizens, who would finally rise up and shout, “Enough killing of innocent civilians, Gillespie!” He and a truck-load of undersheriffs, deputy sheriffs and captains would be fired immediately, and dozens of overly aggressive METRO patrol officers would be looking for jobs as security guards at local casinos.

Costco executives in Issaquah, Washington, are running just as scared as Gillespie is in Las Vegas. If the July 10th emergency 911 audio tape were revealed for public scrutiny, Costco Chief Executive Officer Jim Sinegal and three other members of the company’s Office of the President would be subject to intense criticism by both customers and shareholders. How could Sinegal possibly justify such an incredible overreaction by the Summerlin Costco store’s manager and young undercover security guy, “Little-S,” the only security person on-duty that fateful Saturday? The potential liability associated with the Summerlin-store employees’ decisions and actions is staggering. Hence, Sinegal and his team believe they cannot afford to have the contents of that 911 call revealed.

Which brings us to the possibility of a “Devil’s Deal.” Suppose Costco’s attorney had a “non-conversation” with Sheriff Gillespie and his METRO legal team. Maybe they agreed to a simple pact: “You don’t reveal the video surveillance data and we won’t release the 911 tape.” Nice. No video data. No audio tape. Everybody skates. Or so they’d like to believe.

Without those two critical sources of information, the Scott family’s team must rely on eyewitness reports, and METRO’s officers are already putting the squeeze on many of those. Similarly, Costco employees have been warned to not speak with anybody but METRO officers.

Any intelligent observer must ask: Didn’t Costco executives learn anything from British Petroleum’s disaster in the Gulf this past spring and summer? Opting for damage control, rather than forthrightness, caused BP’s stock price to crater and forced-out the company’s top executives. What will be the impact, Mr. Sinegal, when millions of Costco customers cut up their membership cards and go to Sam’s Club? How will you explain to irate shareholders, including those all-important institutional investors, that you withheld critical evidence associated with Erik Scott’s killing? How will you then arrest a sell-off that drives Costco’s stock price down from the mid-50s to near zero in a matter of days?

And both Mr. Sinegal and Sheriff Gillespie should be asking themselves: Who will go to jail for suppressing and/or altering evidence that is absolutely critical to exposing the truth about Erik Scott’s brutal slaying?

If a few ounces of integrity still exist in corporate America and in the Las Vegas sheriff’s office, then we can look forward to several responses within the next weeks, prior to the September 22-23 coroner’s inquest hearing into Erik’s death: Costco will give our attorney, Ross Goodman, an unaltered copy of the appropriate Summerlin-store surveillance-video recorded on July 10th. We know another copy exists, archived offsite, per Costco’s insurance requirements. And METRO’s Sheriff Gillespie will release the 911-call audio tape, at least to Ross Goodman, if not to the Las Vegas media.

Anything less will be disastrous to both Costco and Las Vegas METRO.

William B. Scott


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: costco; donutwatch; erikscott
From the article:

Which brings us to the possibility of a “Devil’s Deal.” Suppose Costco’s attorney had a “non-conversation” with Sheriff Gillespie and his METRO legal team. Maybe they agreed to a simple pact: “You don’t reveal the video surveillance data and we won’t release the 911 tape.” Nice. No video data. No audio tape. Everybody skates. Or so they’d like to believe.

Seems plausible...

1 posted on 08/29/2010 8:31:03 AM PDT by FoxPro
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To: FoxPro
METRO’s Sheriff, Douglas Gillespie, and his spokesmen have stated, from the first day of this nightmare, that video surveillance data the police department immediately seized has a “glitch,” and might be “unusable.” Those Costco video data (stored on computer hard drives) were shipped to a forensics lab in Los Angeles. That decision, in itself, is surprising.

Yeah. Surprise, surprise, surprise.

Can you say "cover up"? Good, I knew you could!

2 posted on 08/29/2010 8:34:12 AM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: Envisioning

Erik Scott Ping


3 posted on 08/29/2010 8:36:05 AM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: FoxPro
Thank you for posting this letter. Please keep us informed of this case.

I hope this family can get justice. It would be nice if this case would get the exposure it deserves.

This man should not die in vain.

4 posted on 08/29/2010 8:42:41 AM PDT by FR_addict
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To: thecabal

Sounds like what they are covering up is nothing less than murder.


5 posted on 08/29/2010 8:43:25 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop thinking about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: FoxPro
"We know another copy exists, archived offsite, per Costco’s insurance requirements."

Tort case history revealed the off-site requirement?

6 posted on 08/29/2010 8:49:47 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: Farmer Dean

On TV the other day a show had the 5 year Katrina look back. They focused on a police officer beating a couple of dudes who brought a shooting victim to the station. Turn out the shooting victim was shot by police earlier. An officer jumped in the car of the wounded victim and drove off. Later the car was found burned out with the victim inside.


7 posted on 08/29/2010 8:52:55 AM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Farmer Dean

“Law enforcers” have a long history of burying their mistakes.


8 posted on 08/29/2010 8:53:14 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: Deaf Smith

Justice would be well served if some “right minded” person were to obtain a copy of the backup and do a widespread release to the public. Releasing it to one agency/organization alone would do no good and just might result in the truth being denied for all time.


9 posted on 08/29/2010 8:57:39 AM PDT by davisfh
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To: FoxPro
And both Mr. Sinegal and Sheriff Gillespie should be asking themselves: Who will go to jail for suppressing and/or altering evidence that is absolutely critical to exposing the truth about Erik Scott’s brutal slaying?

How can they be illegally suppressing evidence when no trial or inquest has begun?

10 posted on 08/29/2010 9:02:56 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Politicians exist to break windows so they may spend other people's money to fix them.)
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To: FoxPro
When I was a kid I was taught that cops were trust worthy. That I was to go to one if ever I needed help.

In the late 1970’s while living in Cincinnati I had a cop point a pistol at me for having a headlight out on my car. I stopped trusting cops then and my distrust of them has only grown over the years.

11 posted on 08/29/2010 9:22:34 AM PDT by proudofthesouth (It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible - President George Washington)
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To: FoxPro

why is this outrage allowed to continue? Where are the people of LV? The Governor? The feds? Anybody? The people in LV should mob the police station and demand answers.


12 posted on 08/29/2010 9:29:01 AM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: proudofthesouth

After being stopped and blowing a zero, then being arrested for DUI, it is all over for me.

Found out that the $600 towing charge, to get my car back, was being paid to an impound lot owned by the cops brother in-law.

I am afraid to drive anymore.

All cops scare the hell out of me.


13 posted on 08/29/2010 9:37:48 AM PDT by FoxPro (Out side of a dog, books are mans best friend. Inside of a dog, it is to dark to read.)
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To: davisfh

If true that the off-site copy exists due to previous suites (court of record), then should remain as is until ordered released to the Scott lawyer by authority of a court.


14 posted on 08/29/2010 9:38:41 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: Moonman62
How can they be illegally suppressing evidence when no trial or inquest has begun?

I think the question is rhetorical.

And someone presumably could be found guilty of tampering with or suppressing evidence for actions that occurred before an inquest or trial.

15 posted on 08/29/2010 9:40:14 AM PDT by FoxInSocks (B. Hussein Obama: Central Planning Czar)
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To: FoxPro; All

—can’t post it but Vin Suprynowicz’ column in the Las Vegas R-J on another situation is worth a read-—


16 posted on 08/29/2010 9:46:11 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the MSM tells you about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: FoxPro

This whole situtation is outrageous. Isn’t there one honest person between the two institutions?


17 posted on 08/29/2010 9:54:01 AM PDT by mockingbyrd (Remember in November.)
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To: rellimpank

I think this is what rellimpank was referring to. Cut-and-paste:

http://www.lvrj.com/opinion/it-s-fine-for-police-to-kill-people—so-long-as-there-s-no—ill-will—101745053.html


18 posted on 08/29/2010 9:58:42 AM PDT by Leaning Right
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To: rellimpank

Yes, more:

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=562#more-562


19 posted on 08/29/2010 9:59:14 AM PDT by FoxPro (Out side of a dog, books are mans best friend. Inside of a dog, it is to dark to read.)
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To: WS

"If a few ounces of integrity still exist in corporate America"

Silver lining is you get to spew your lib crap with impunity gained by your son's murder. Sorry for your son, not you.


20 posted on 08/29/2010 10:35:37 AM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: I see my hands

I think he was talking about Costco.


21 posted on 08/29/2010 10:45:49 AM PDT by FoxPro (Out side of a dog, books are mans best friend. Inside of a dog, it is to dark to read.)
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To: Deaf Smith
"If true that the off-site copy exists due to previous suites (court of record), then should remain as is until ordered released to the Scott lawyer by authority of a court."

The custodians of the tape would not be so observant of such niceties if the recording exhonerated the cops/Costco. The tape would have been playing on the local news 24/7 within a day of the incident.

22 posted on 08/29/2010 10:52:21 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: FoxPro
I'm relying on his words and their clear meaning to understand what he is communicating.

23 posted on 08/29/2010 10:53:37 AM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Joe 6-pack
I'll bet that everyone involved is scrambling this morning after reading that a back up was recorded, possibly in another state.
24 posted on 08/29/2010 11:26:58 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: FoxPro

I know it’s hard to imagine this father has nothing more in his heart then grief for the loss of his son, but maybe, just maybe, he’s saying these things in anticipation of possibly a big payday. Could he know more facts about the incident than we do, maybe facts that show Scott was at least somewhat responsible for this tragedy, and he’d like to muddy the water a little before the tape is released? Not trying to get people riled up here, but I’m just not ready to join you all in lynching these cops. Hopefully the tapes will be shown to the public soon.


25 posted on 08/29/2010 11:33:39 AM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: Ronald_Magnus

I have had enough bad experiences with cops to remain skeptical.

I believe if the cops were justified, this tape would have been shown by now.


26 posted on 08/29/2010 11:45:01 AM PDT by FoxPro (Out side of a dog, books are mans best friend. Inside of a dog, it is to dark to read.)
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To: FoxPro

“I believe if the cops were justified, this tape would have been shown by now.”

Good point, but maybe the sheriff was telling the truth, that there actually WAS a glitch in the surveillance system. I know that sounds awfully convenient, but it’s possible....And no, I don’t believe in the Easter Bunny. :)


27 posted on 08/29/2010 11:58:37 AM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: I see my hands

I don’t think I get your point.

And why do you have to put those annoying boxes around all of your comments? Are your comments that much more special than everyone else?


28 posted on 09/03/2010 11:05:24 PM PDT by Flying Circus
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To: FoxPro

Today (Sept 13 2010) I went to the Erik B Scott site
http://www.erikbscott.com and found an “Account Suspended”
notice.


29 posted on 09/13/2010 4:12:23 PM PDT by cycjec
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To: cycjec

Well, that is strange...


30 posted on 09/13/2010 4:20:02 PM PDT by FoxPro
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