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Robert Martinez's resignation letter

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Below is the full text of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Use Of Force Review Board Co-Chair Robert Martinez's resignation letter:

"To: Sheriff Doug Gillespie, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

"It has been an honor to serve you and the community on the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Use of Force Review Board.  However, in light of recent events, I have determined that I can now no longer continue to participate in a process I now view as flawed.  

"The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has faced intense scrutiny from the community and various levels of government for its record and policies involving use of force, lethal and non-lethal weapons, training, and appropriate response levels in violent situations.  In the past, I have proudly supported the community and the LVMPD as these issues were explored and solutions were determined.  However, now I am no longer able to support the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments Use of Force Review Board and am resigning my position as Co-Chair of the Board.

"I am saddened by what I feel is your inability to maintain the integrity and credibility of the Critical Incident Review Process (CIRP). I can no longer support the Department's consistent effort to minimize openness and transparency in the CIRP process. The Jacquar Roston board participants were presented with investigative files containing comprehensive background information, employee interviews and other information and those involved freely, openly and candidly expressed and discussed their impressions and opinions and then made their recommendation. With all these facts and opinions as evidence, you decided to set that information aside and render a decision that again supports the employee and ignore the conclusions of members of the civilian population specifically assigned to scrutinize these matters.

"As long as the person in charge of our brave, strong and ever vigilant men and women who represent our police force continues to bow down to the Police Protective Association things will never ever change. The people of this community are strong and will continue to endure more of the same old police methods and policies.

"It has been my honor and privilege to have served this community as a civilian representative on the Use of Force Review Board and wish the best to all board members and everyone involved in the Critical Incident Review Process.

"Respectfully,

Robert Martinez"

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