Sheriff Gillespie: Changes will come from LVMPD study
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Sheriff Doug Gillespie said the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is going to make some changes after a UCLA-based think tank released its findings on the department and made some recommendations.
The Consortium for Police Leadership in Equity, or CPLE, pulled over 20 years worth of data and took two years to comprise the report.
"Did prejudice predict severity of use of force, it did. But there were low levels of prejudice generally," said Phillip Goff, Ph.D., one of the writers of the report.
CPLE's findings about the department showed a significant minority of officers may be acting on biases.
"What predicted use of force even more was feeling resentment from the department and resentment from the community," Goff said.
During a media conference Friday afternoon, Gillespie said he approached the CPLE and is taking the findings seriously.
"I am fully committed to implementing the seven recommendations that they have put forward," Gillespie said.
Among the recommendations Gilespie says he's already signed off on are integrate diversity training into other training, provide bias training for executive staff and prioritize use of force training.
But it remains to be seen if other recommendations, like creating an officers' advisory counsel, will happen.
Allen Lichtenstein, general counsel for the ACLU and part of Metro's Multicultural Advisory Committee said there's a lot of good information in the report, but so far he's not impressed with the department.
"The problem with this one as with the rest ... There's really no implementation ... No way of assuring that the things that are recommended are actually going to be done," Lichtenstein told FOX5.
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