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Mixed reaction to failure of 'More Cops' proposal

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According to an arrest report, William Copeland, 19, claimed a slaying victim said she had a handgun when the suspect opened fire. (LVMPD) According to an arrest report, William Copeland, 19, claimed a slaying victim said she had a handgun when the suspect opened fire. (LVMPD)
Metro Sheriff Doug Gillespie on Tuesday made a final pitch to the Clark County Board of Commissioners on a tax hike to fund the hiring of more officers. (Azenith Smith/FOX5) Metro Sheriff Doug Gillespie on Tuesday made a final pitch to the Clark County Board of Commissioners on a tax hike to fund the hiring of more officers. (Azenith Smith/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

This week's failure of the "More Cops" initiative is raising concern among some about public safety.

Two proposals, one for a .15 sales tax increase and another for a .075 increase to pay for more officers in southern Nevada, were shot down on Tuesday.

The brother of an elderly woman who was shot to death in a robbery this past weekend believes that if there were more police on the streets, his sister may still be alive.

However, Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani isn't so sure more officers would prevent violent crimes such as this, and firmly believes a sales tax increase would harm the Valley's middle class.

Dixie Jones lived in the same house her family has owned since the 1950s. Her brother, Scott Chaney, described her as fearless. It came as no surprise, then, that she didn't back down from the teens accused of trying to steal her purse and fatally shooting her.

"What hurts the most is losing my sister for nothing," Chaney said.

Chaney, 63, lived with his sister. She also served as his caretaker.

"There's a big emptiness. I sit here. She lived down the hall. I keep thinking she's going to come down that hall," he said.

Jones was shot three blocks from her home, near Monroe Avenue and H Street, on Saturday night.

Police say 19-year-old William Copeland and a 16-year-old suspect tried to grab her purse, but Jones fought back.

Chaney said he wishes his sister would have given in. He believes that had an officer been nearby, she might have lived.

"What they tried to do they wouldn't have tried to do because there would have been more protection over here," he said.

Giunchigliani voted against the proposals, which would have allowed Metro to hire 100 officers.

"An officer there would not have prevented it," she said.

Giunchigliani was skeptical about where the money would have gone and said she never heard a specific plan from Metro Sheriff Doug Gillespie.

"It's all about assignment," Giunchigliani said. "They could have more cops right now. If they have too many lieutenants they have taken off the streets and put into management roles, maybe it's time to put them back on the streets."

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