The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on Friday afternoon addressed this week's Use of Force Board resignations.
During a press conference called to discuss an investigation into an officer-involved shooting, Undersheriff Jim Dixon took questions concerning the resignations.
Despite six resignations, five of which were civilians, following a decision to suspend an officer rather than fire him over a shooting, Dixon said the board remains relevant.
"You have to remember, we set this board process up unlike [any other] in the county. It allows us to have citizens on the board that participate in the internal investigation," Dixon said.
Those who resigned did so because the sheriff did not follow their recommendation to fire the officer involved in shooting an unarmed man.
Dixon said the board is only part of the termination process.
"Someone is looking at that, and they recommend termination. The sheriff takes a look at that, he reads all the documents, he decides whether or not it moves forward," he said.
If it does move forward, Dixon said even the sheriff can't just fire an officer.
"It moves toward a pre-termination board, which has been in Metro's history for some time now, which is also a contractual matter," Dixon said.
Dixon said the department still needs and plans to continue with the Use of Force Board.
"We will start the board process and make determinations on any level of discipline and/or training that is necessary for those officers involved," he said.
The officer involved in the shooting, Jacquar Roston, was given a 40-hour suspension. The sheriff said he thought that was a more appropriate punishment than termination.
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