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Commissioners revisit plans to review officer-involved shootings

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Updated: 1/07/2013 10:01 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Clark County Commissioners are getting the chance to consider two similar but competing proposals to revive the coroner’s inquest process.

The board will vote on them later today.

The inquest process has been stalled since 2010 after some high-profile officer-involved shootings brought the issue to light.

County commissioners created the process years ago and recently proposed some changes, but police filed a lawsuit, claiming it violated their due process rights.

The Nevada Supreme Court disagreed with the suit but also said the process was illegal.

One proposal brought forth by Chris Giunchigliani would resume the fact-finding process that changed in 2011 but was never tried.

Those changes include a panel of citizens no longer deciding whether deaths are justified, excusable or criminal, but rather answering pre-determined questions.

It would allow an ombudsman representing the family to cross examine witnesses, and there would be a long list of witnesses involved.

The other proposal -- introduced by Commissioners Larry Brown and Steve Sisolak -- wouldn't even be called an inquest but rather a "police fatality public fact-finding review."

This proposal would also have an ombudsman representing the family but there would be no panel of citizens to hear testimony and answer questions. And the witness list would be limited to just a couple of people, such as detectives on the case and the medical examiner.

Both hearings would be televised and open to the public.

That second proposal has already been criticized, with some calling it a glorified news conference.

There are currently 20 inquests still outstanding.
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