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Erik Scott Killing Sparks West Point Alums to Target Las Vegas Police
Pajamas Media ^ | October 5, 2010 | Bob Owens

Posted on 10/05/2010 6:01:36 AM PDT by Kaslin

The "Long Gray Line" is bringing pressure on the Vegas department following Erik Scott's death in a hail of bullets.

It was a foregone conclusion that a coroner’s inquest in Las Vegas would find three Metro police officers justified in gunning down Erik Scott in a hail of bullets outside of a crowded Costco on July 10, even though five of the seven bullets hit him from behind, and at least one appeared to have been fired while Scott lay prone, dead or dying on the ground.

Police were called to the store after an employee described Scott as both armed and acting as if he were under the influence of narcotics. As Scott and his girlfriend emerged from the store along with dozens of other shoppers, he was confronted by a trio of officers with weapons already drawn. Scott was identified by a Costco employee, and seconds later, Scott lay dead on the ground. These are the facts of the case that are not in dispute.

What is very much in dispute is whether or not Costco employees unnecessarily escalated the threat, whether the store chain’s unclear policies on customers carrying weapons and their employee training contributed to the events that led to Scott’s death, and whether or not police officers violated Erik Scott’s civil rights when they killed him in a confrontation that some argue was little more than an ambush or assassination.

Erik Scott’s family is expected to file a civil case against Costco, the Metro police, and the individual officers over his death, but that isn’t the only action being called for because of this incident. Metro has raised the ire of the the Long Gray Line — Erik Scott’s fellow graduates of the United States Military Academy.

Sources have provided PJM with copies of communications between members of the group. Alumni in the threaded discussion seem almost universally suspect of the coroner’s inquest process used in Las Vegas, where prosecutors and law enforcement control the witnesses called and the questions asked, and disallow cross-examination. Since 1976, law enforcement officers have been in front of the coroner’s inquest more than 200 times, and none has resulted in criminal charges being filed against an officer for even the most controversial shootings.

One alum wrote to the president of one of the larger West Point Society chapters:

I don’t know if you are aware of the tragic shooting of Eric Scott ‘94 in Las Vegas not long ago. It looks more and more like a police screw up and cover up on top of that. We are trying to bring as much political pressure to bear, as possible, to make sure the “truth” comes out.

Another suggested that members bring the Scott case to the attention of West Point and Naval Academy graduates in Congress: Rep. John Shimkus, Rep. Joe Sestak, Rep. Geoff Davis, Rep. Brett Guthrie, Senator Jack Reed, Senator John McCain, and Senator Jim Webb, and well as Nevada’s Congressional delegation, plus Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy and Chairman of the House Judicial Committee John Conyers. (Interestingly enough, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s name was never mentioned.)

One of the strongest comments openly suggested that the Metropolitan Police Department should be considered as an adversary:

I think that we, as a society, need to take a more active stance. This needs to go to the AOG. Remember the words of “The Corps.” We all took the same oath the Erik Scott did many years ago, on the Plain “to preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic.” The abuse of due process, not only for Erik, but all of the others who didn’t have a voice is an attack on the Constitution.

There were at least three of us at the vigil last night. I think that we need to have a much more visible presence to show our support of a member of The Long Gray Line.

Another graduate called Metro PD an “out of control police force,” a characterization that seems to match up with the analysis of the shooting conducted by Mike McDaniel, a former police officer and SWAT operator (also my co-blogger at Confederate Yankee) who recently analyzed the audio of the 911 call and the police radio transcripts. Troubling bursts of static in the Metro radio traffic at key points indicate that these communications need to be examined, and the lack of in-car camera footage from the multiple police cars is also odd — to put it mildly. This is on top of the fact that Costco’s cameras seemingly malfunctioned in the days before the shooting, meaning that none of the four cameras pointed at the scene of the shooting recorded the event according to Metro and Costco — the two entities that have the most to lose from disclosure of such evidence.

A letter composed by one of the officers has been submitted to Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division in the Department of Justice, outlining “an on-going pattern of police misconduct” by authorities in Las Vegas and citing 63 officer-involved shootings since 2005.

Eric Scott’s death may have been ruled justifiable during the coroner’s inquest, but the pending civil trial to be filed by his family, and the specter of a federal civil rights case being filed against the department, means that the spotlight on the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and its leadership will only get brighter.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: banglist; costco; donutwatch; erikscott
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1 posted on 10/05/2010 6:01:38 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

This PD is as corrupt as they come...............


2 posted on 10/05/2010 6:05:20 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Kaslin

I hope this gets lots of publicity.


3 posted on 10/05/2010 6:06:01 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Kaslin

I hope they clean their clocks in a civil case. No sane jury will believe that every car camera and every camera at Costco that happened to be pointed at the action was not working. They need to also sue the officers personally, not just the force and Costco.


4 posted on 10/05/2010 6:06:22 AM PDT by ExpatCanuck
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To: ExpatCanuck
They need to also sue the officers personally,...

Erik Scott’s family is expected to file a civil case against Costco, the Metro police, and the individual officers over his death,...

5 posted on 10/05/2010 6:08:16 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Kaslin
Did you follow the coroner's inquest blog at the Las Vegas Sun?
What did you think of the witness statements? Do you know of any full transcripts or videos of the testimony?
6 posted on 10/05/2010 6:08:27 AM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: All

“Another graduate called Metro PD an ‘out of control police force,’...

The person who wrote this has obviously never been in Lee County Florida.


7 posted on 10/05/2010 6:11:09 AM PDT by MplsSteve (http://patandersonforauditor.com/)
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To: Kaslin
Rep. John Shimkus, Rep. Joe Sestak, Rep. Geoff Davis, Rep. Brett Guthrie, Senator Jack Reed, Senator John McCain, and Senator Jim Webb, and well as Nevada’s Congressional delegation, plus Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy and Chairman of the House Judicial Committee John Conyers. (Interestingly enough, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s name was never mentioned.)

Harry Reid's name is never mentioned when the names of honorable men are listed or discussed.

8 posted on 10/05/2010 6:11:44 AM PDT by sport
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To: Kaslin

How long before the police can do no wrong brigade arrives to denounce the West Point Alumni as cop haters and government haters?


9 posted on 10/05/2010 6:16:11 AM PDT by sport
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To: Red Badger

This PD is as corrupt as they come>>>>>>

Also awful training and hiring some really stupid recruits. The awful training shows when Eric Scott got three different commands and was shot 6 times more when on the ground and out of commission


10 posted on 10/05/2010 6:19:50 AM PDT by dennisw (- - - -He who does not economize will have to agonize - - - - - Confuscius.)
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To: ExpatCanuck
Only the in-store recording equipment was failed that day. There was testimony that Scott was being observed inside the store on camera, (a slip of the tongue if you caught it).

It will take Discovery in the civil trial to find out about the off-site recording equipment.

11 posted on 10/05/2010 6:21:18 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: sport

They mention Joe Sestak, so it is not a list of honorable men (Hey, Joe, what did the White House promise to you if you dropped out of the race?).


12 posted on 10/05/2010 6:30:21 AM PDT by kosciusko51
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To: MplsSteve

“Another graduate called Metro PD an ‘out of control police force,’...

“The person who wrote this has obviously never been in Lee County Florida.”
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If Lee county Florida is any worse then it must be doubly or triply out of control.


13 posted on 10/05/2010 6:37:55 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Clem Hussein Kadiddlehopper would be a vast improvement.)
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To: Kaslin
I've heard of this case but don't know much about it.While it's true that graduating from any of our military academies is a *strong* indication of good character it's not an absolute guarantee that you'll never develop a serious psychiatric problem or drug or alcohol problem.

I've just found a story from the LV Sun about the case and after having glanced at it I have several thoughts but I'll save all but two for now.

The ones I *won't* save are 1)Scott was carrying *two* handguns at the time,one of which he wasn't licensed to have.The story says that that's a felony in NV.But more importantly (to me) is...what's the deal with *two* weapons?? Yah,I can see having one...I have no problem with *one*.But *two*,even if legal,suggests to me that he might have had a screw loose.

And 2) suing Costco is Barbara Streisand.Suing the cops might be logical....but Costco didn't fire any weapons and they didn't *cause* any weapons to be fired.Suing them is a sign that a slimey lawyer is at work here looking for *DEEP* pockets and a *HUGE* payday for himself.

And,lastly,I'd be curious to see if any toxicology tests were done in the autopsy (I'll wager there were) and how they turned out.I'd also want to see what psychiatric history,in any,Scott,and the cops,had...and what trouble,in any,Scott had with the police/courts (civilian and military) in the past...and what disciplinary problems,if any,the cops involved might have had in the past.

OK...I'm ready...flame away!

14 posted on 10/05/2010 6:41:34 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (''I don't regret setting bombs,I feel we didn't do enough.'' ->Bill Ayers,Hussein's mentor,9/11/01)
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To: kosciusko51

I understand that aand they even included Jim Webb. But what was left unsaid, they considered both of these more honorable than Harry Reid. I don’t,but, that is just my opinion. In my opinion, the three are all equally repugnant. Again, just my opinion.


15 posted on 10/05/2010 6:42:14 AM PDT by sport
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To: dennisw

This would make the Chicago PD blush................


16 posted on 10/05/2010 6:43:02 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Among other VALID reasons to do so, suing Costco gets you more chance at discovery as to why all the cameras didn’t work, and work at the most important moments.


17 posted on 10/05/2010 6:45:06 AM PDT by bvw
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To: Kaslin
Troubling bursts of static in the Metro radio traffic at key points indicate that these communications need to be examined, and the lack of in-car camera footage from the multiple police cars is also odd — to put it mildly. This is on top of the fact that Costco’s cameras seemingly malfunctioned in the days before the shooting, meaning that none of the four cameras pointed at the scene of the shooting recorded the event according to Metro and Costco — the two entities that have the most to lose from disclosure of such evidence.

Cold blooded murder and cover up of same. Period.

L

18 posted on 10/05/2010 6:46:35 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
what's the deal with *two* weapons??

A back up gun is not uncommon, especially with the small, light .380's available these days. It's called a "New York Reload" Also, guns can malfunction, it's easier to go for your backup than screw around clearing a jam.

19 posted on 10/05/2010 6:48:53 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Gay State Conservative
You sue Costco to hear the complete 911 recording that has NOT surfaced yet.
20 posted on 10/05/2010 6:51:23 AM PDT by Chgogal (American Mugabe, get your arse out of my bank, my car, my doctor's office & my elec. utility.)
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To: Issaquahking

While you were away ping


21 posted on 10/05/2010 7:02:38 AM PDT by Shimmer1 (They told me I was gullible and I believed them.)
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To: bvw
Among other VALID reasons to do so, suing Costco gets you more chance at discovery as to why all the cameras didn’t work, and work at the most important moments.

Sorry,that's illogical.Costco can't reasonably be sued for having malfunctioning cameras.Cameras at a place like that are meant to show stuff like a customer shoplifting or *pretending* to slip and fall,etc.They're not meant to provide support for the LVPD.Yes,one possible explanation for the malfunctioning cameras is "police cover up".There are other,more innocent,explanations too (ever had a hard drive die on you? I have).And if it;s due to a cover up then the LVPD had the best motive to damage the drives,not Costco for *they* clearly did nothing wrong here (and no,I don't own any Costco stock).

Nope...now that I know that Costco is being sued I smell a rat here with the family.It's kinda like something that happened near Boston a few years ago...nightclub fire...a bad one....100 kids killed.Lawsuits everywhere.Evidence of fire code violations,etc.The owners (who weren't rich) were sued,understandably,as was the band that was appearing (also not rich),and others.One of the suits was against Shell Oil Company because THEY SPONSORED THE EVENT!!!

That's what I'm talking about.

22 posted on 10/05/2010 7:06:52 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (''I don't regret setting bombs,I feel we didn't do enough.'' ->Bill Ayers,Hussein's mentor,9/11/01)
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To: Chgogal
You sue Costco to hear the complete 911 recording that has NOT surfaced yet.

No,you sue the *LVPD* to hear the tapes.You sue *COSTCO* to see a memo that proves that they know there was only 12 ounces of shampoo in bottles that said 16 but sold them anyway.

Costco has *no* control over what happens with a recording made by the LVPD.Yes,you can call Costco employees as witnesses regarding what was reported to the cops by their staff but you don't *sue* them.

23 posted on 10/05/2010 7:11:27 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (''I don't regret setting bombs,I feel we didn't do enough.'' ->Bill Ayers,Hussein's mentor,9/11/01)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Actually the reason to sue Costc is because supposedly the call to police was not a correct version of events that happened inside the store and that there was no reason to state that Eric Scoot was a danger. If Costco employees incorrectly descibed Scott as a danger then they would be liable.


24 posted on 10/05/2010 7:30:59 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: sport

Call yourself a Waaaambulance. The anti-cop contingent on FR talks about all police in all departments with language that (except for the absence of the word “cracker”) could have come right off the stage at a New Black Panther rally, and then compound it by portraying anyone who generally supports law enforcement as an apologist for fascism.

Grow up.


25 posted on 10/05/2010 8:03:53 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: sport

Call yourself a Waaaambulance. The anti-cop contingent on FR talks about all police in all departments with language that (except for the absence of the word “cracker”) could have come right off the stage at a New Black Panther rally, and then compound it by portraying anyone who generally supports law enforcement as an apologist for fascism.

Grow up.


26 posted on 10/05/2010 8:04:05 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: Gay State Conservative
suing Costco is Barbara Streisand.Suing the cops might be logical....but Costco didn't fire any weapons and they didn't *cause* any weapons to be fired.Suing them is a sign that a slimey lawyer is at work here looking for *DEEP* pockets and a *HUGE* payday for himself.

As it says in the article, it appears that the Costco employees (either through panic or in an effort to get faster police response) embellished their account of what Scott was doing in the store. If this led to cops thinking they were going into a confrontation with a wild-eyed armed nut, then Costco is certainly responsible. Then there's the conveniently malfunctioning surveillance equipment...

27 posted on 10/05/2010 8:09:44 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: Kaslin
from the analysis of the shooting link...

The sheer size and nature of the police response also contributed to the almost certain outcome.

erik scott made the 'mistake' of not bending to illegal demands presented by a store employee, to disarm or leave the store when no required signage was present...

from there, the situation was ramped up and the response was ridiculous at best, resulting in his death...

28 posted on 10/05/2010 8:10:59 AM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Gay State Conserv???

You make too many assumptions that Costco and PD are telling the whole truth. I am amazed at your lack of depth and clarity into what happens AFTER something happens. Note that I am not alledging an outright conspiriacy mind you.

It is common practice in most business and probably all government circles to quibble long enough to insure that there is doubt at every step. Recall knowledge is power-you control teh info/knowledge, you play it when appropriate. IF the cameras were not working, the you are correct, if they were (and evidence seems to indicate some were) then it is in the governments and costocos best interest at present to not let that become public for any reason. Only a judge can compel them to release anything. They know more of the truth than Scott ever did, the public ever will.

As far as your comments about his mental state, tox report etc-let’s get this straight- a man does not get into WP and serve honorably, nor does he get a CCW permit and a good job easily along with such mental defects etc. Note-I questioned his term of service-he graduated WP in ‘94, and the service obligation for WP is nominally 5 years, but he separated early, if I recall, so don’t think I think Scott walked on water.....

Scott’s actions are vaguely reported at best, witnesses are very vague for the most part (now, if some irrational maniac were running around, don’t you think that would stand out and be noticed clearly, at least by some?).

While I support Law Enforcement to a high degree, we see an awful lot of weird response incidents going on. I can certainly understand cops shooting down an active shooter or a bank robber etc, but more and more they shoot folks about “compliance” real or perceived.

I think we have a situation wherein too many cops are as afraid of a friendly chat with a fellow citizen as most private citizens are. A doogie pees on your tires or shreds your trash, we call the cops rather than going to see your neighbor and drink a glass of tea while discussing the problem....

Best;


29 posted on 10/05/2010 8:11:35 AM PDT by Manly Warrior (US ARMY (Ret), "No Free Lunches for the Dogs of War" (my spelling is generally korrect!))
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To: Gay State Conservative

He didnt say sue Costco because of the tapes. You bring Costco in for a number of reasons, the principal being that is was initiated by their employees and on their property. Once sued, discovery allows for all documents, media, etc., considered material to the case.


30 posted on 10/05/2010 8:12:52 AM PDT by SgtHooper
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To: Gay State Conservative
flame away ???

no need really, you are already flaming...

31 posted on 10/05/2010 8:13:46 AM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Gay State Conservative
I've heard of this case but don't know much about it.

You should have stopped right there.

32 posted on 10/05/2010 8:19:29 AM PDT by Dan Cooper
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To: Gay State Conservative
The ones I *won't* save are 1)Scott was carrying *two* handguns at the time,one of which he wasn't licensed to have.

Scott was carrying weapons while under the influence of drugs. That's a felony in Nevada. If he followed the law he'd still be alive. The second gun in his pocket was not on his CCW permit, which was another legal infraction.

And,lastly,I'd be curious to see if any toxicology tests were done in the autopsy (I'll wager there were) and how they turned out.

Scott had six times the normally lethal amount of morphine in his system and one time the normally lethal amount of Xanax. The mixture of the two drugs is dangerous under normal levels. Scott obtained these drugs illegally, either by doctor shopping ( a doctor shopping report on Scott was being processed for Scott before the shooting ), or with a stolen prescription pad. Scott stumbled multiple times in the store. He told one of the employees he was "messed up." He wrote illegibly on the membership application. His fiance propped him up with a shopping cart at one point.

33 posted on 10/05/2010 8:21:33 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average.)
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To: Gilbo_3
erik scott made the 'mistake' of not bending to illegal demands presented by a store employee, to disarm or leave the store when no required signage was present...

Costco claims they had the right to ask him to leave because they are a private membership club. Scott's destruction of merchandise was another reason they could ask him to leave the store legally.

34 posted on 10/05/2010 8:24:06 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average.)
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To: Kaslin
Since 1976, law enforcement officers have been in front of the coroner’s inquest more than 200 times,

According to this article, some of the most violent neighborhoods in the country are in Las Vegas.

35 posted on 10/05/2010 8:28:23 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average.)
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To: Moonman62
Scott had six times the normally lethal amount of morphine in his system and one time the normally lethal amount of Xanax. The mixture of the two drugs is dangerous under normal levels.

So, the cops are in the clear.

Erik Scott was already dead anyway...

36 posted on 10/05/2010 8:33:22 AM PDT by kiryandil
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To: Moonman62
According to this article, some of the most violent neighborhoods in the country are in Las Vegas.

According to other articles, you shouldn't make "furtive movements" around Metro police detective Bryan Yant...

37 posted on 10/05/2010 8:36:36 AM PDT by kiryandil
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To: kiryandil

Let me point out the word “normally” in order to aid your reading comprehension.


38 posted on 10/05/2010 8:40:14 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average.)
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To: Moonman62

So, can you explain why these two drugs didn’t kill Erik Scott on the spot?


39 posted on 10/05/2010 8:43:54 AM PDT by kiryandil
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To: Kaslin

Thank you for posting this article.

“...even though five of the seven bullets hit him from behind, and at least one appeared to have been fired while Scott lay prone, dead or dying on the ground.”

I can understand, and accept, all the ‘official’ explanations, the officer’s actions, the Costco Security employees fears, and Scott’s behavior.

But that final bullet is unexplainable, unjustifiable, and immoral. That is why we will never be allowed to see the Security Camera footage.


40 posted on 10/05/2010 8:53:45 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Moonman62

wow - first I have heard of this drug stuff

can you point to a source? Not that you word isn’t golden, mind you, I just want to see why this took so long to come out....


41 posted on 10/05/2010 8:57:28 AM PDT by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: UCANSEE2
You are welcome.

It is obvious, they have something to hide

42 posted on 10/05/2010 9:01:48 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: ASOC
All this came out during the inquest. I would suggest starting here or go to the Las Vegas Sun and do a search there.
43 posted on 10/05/2010 9:02:42 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Before you two get locked into a heated debate over Costco’s Security Cameras, let me ask you both this.

Do you not find it the least bit odd that with all the customers being asked to leave the store, with cop cars outside, firetrucks and ambulances in the parking lot, AND IT’S LAS VEGAS, that there is not one, single, person that caught ANY of this incident on their cell phone camera?????

What kind of odds would they give on that in Vegas?


44 posted on 10/05/2010 9:05:30 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Gay State Conservative
OK...I'm ready...flame away!

Why bother.

45 posted on 10/05/2010 9:07:20 AM PDT by Stentor ( "All cults of personality begin as high drama and end as low comedy.")
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To: Gay State Conservative
There's seems to be some dispute about there being 2 guns. Also he was always armed because he worked for a medical device company and all of their employees are armed since they have to go to questionable neighborhoods at any hour they are called.

suing Costco is Barbara Streisand

Not really as it was a Costco employee that triggered a swat like response from the police and the majority of witnesses disagree with Costco and LVPD's version of events.

And,lastly,I'd be curious to see if any toxicology tests were done in the autopsy (I'll wager there were)

There were and Scott was under the care of a pain management specialist for old injuries from military training and a car accident. The Coroner claims that he was on enough meds to outright kill someone. That is also in dispute.

Remember that the hearing only tells one side of the story.

46 posted on 10/05/2010 9:08:29 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If Bam is the answer, the question was stupid.)
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To: Moonman62

In NYC and LA, police are found to have acted improperly in nearly half of all shootings. In Las Vegas, they are perfect - 0% error!

It is a pity LA & NYC don’t have the high standards of Las Vegas! < / sarcasm >


47 posted on 10/05/2010 9:11:18 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (When the ass brays, don't reply...)
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To: Moonman62

Will do - thanks!


48 posted on 10/05/2010 9:11:18 AM PDT by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: Mr. Silverback; sport

Sorry Mr. S, but the target here is not all police.

It is three officers of the LVPD that are in question for their part in covering up what seems to be the result of an ‘improper kill’. Add to that the final bullet after he was down.

The LVPD is known for this type of response (covering up) and for always getting their man, even if it’s the wrong man.

Those are the issues that I am reading in the posts.


49 posted on 10/05/2010 9:17:35 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (lame and ill-informed post)
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To: ASOC
Scott was on prescription painkillers. If the prescription drugs affect your judgment, then it is illegal to carry. If they do not, it is legal to carry. At the inquest, Scott was accused of shopping for prescriptions, but there was no rebuttal allowed nor was it proven.

The drugs were for an injury while in the Army (he had been taking them for most of his adult life) and a recent car crash. People who have taken painkillers for 15 years don't respond to them the way you or I would - a point not made at the inquest. Think Rush Limbaugh.

In any case, I don't see how that justifies the cops shooting a man whose gun was still in its holster, nor the tactic of confronting him in a crowd as opposed to asking him if they can talk...


50 posted on 10/05/2010 9:20:06 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (When the ass brays, don't reply...)
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