A settlement resulting from a traffic stop involving the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police and a van full of bikers ‘will fundamentally change the way Metro operates,’ says the attorney who won a $300,000 award approved by the committee on Monday of Metro’s tax affairs.
The regulations also require Metro to incorporate officer training on prohibitions against requiring identification of passengers in the absence of reasonable suspicion.
“Metro can no longer use traffic stops to intimidate people of any race,” said attorney Stephen Stubbs, who challenged Metro’s practice of asking passengers to identify themselves at traffic stops without suspicion reasonableness of a crime.
“The fundamental changes that are in this attachment to the settlement agreements are that it ends the saturation events that minority citizens of Clark County have been complaining about for decades,” Stubbs says. “All these saturation events where they go to poor areas and arrest people and try to find crimes – this settlement agreement should end that.”
police camera video April 2017 footage provided by Stubbs shows an officer learning that the van he stopped because its headlights weren’t on was carrying 15 passengers en route to a fundraising event for an injured biker that was taking place across from stopping traffic.
“Do you have any ID on you?” the officer asks the passengers seconds after approaching the van.
“Are you coming to this event over here?” asks the officer, referring to the biker fundraiser.
The passengers answer in the affirmative.
“How many people have we brought here? the officer asks “Fifteen?” Everyone has credentials? All right, start moving them forward.
Passengers in Nevada are required to identify themselves only if there is a reasonable suspicion that they have committed a crime, are committing a crime, or are about to commit a crime.
“I have videos of them doing it to black people, Hispanics, bikers, where they pull someone over for a minor ticket and then bully them and try to figure something out,” Stubbs says.
A video provided by Stubbs of another stop shows officers forcibly removing a passenger who asserts his rights and refuses to provide identification.
The video shows officers searching for marijuana after forcibly removing the passenger from the front seat.
“When they couldn’t find him, one of the officers turned to the other and said, ‘Do what you have to do because we have to find something, don’t we?'” Stubbs said. .
The settlement on behalf of a passenger in the van, James Iiams, is the result of a federal court ordered signed by Judge Richard Boulware. Iiams has since died as a result of unrelated circumstances.
The named subway workers charged are Justin Bryers, Jonathan Carrington,
Lucas Ferris and Richard Nelson. The department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The settlement calls for Metro to train officers for the next five years in traffic stopping procedures detailed in a publication called Constitutional Corner.
“Although passengers are detained inside the vehicle during a traffic stop, special care should be taken when addressing passengers during a traffic violation stop,” declare it Article from the Constitutional Corner from 2021, warning against prolonging a roadside check.
“Where there is no individualized SR (reasonable suspicion) of a crime other than the traffic violation that warranted the stop, a traffic stop CANNOT be extended,” the statement reads. item. “A passenger is NOT required to identify himself during a roadside check UNLESS the officer has individualized RS. Failure of a passenger to identify themselves is NOT considered reasonable suspicion of a crime.