LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Make it six.
Another member of metro's use of force review board resigned today because of a controversial decision by Sheriff Doug Gillespie.
Robert Le Piere told News 3 "the system is broken" after Sheriff Gillespie threw out the board's recommendation and handed down a one-week suspension for the officer who shot an unarmed man.
They say the system at Metro is not working and there is no better example of that then Lawrence Gordan, the victim of this controversial decision
“This is where it went in and this is where it came out,” Gordan says as he point to the scares on his body. “This is the damage from one pull of the trigger.”
Gordan was sitting in the passenger seat of his girlfriend’s car in November. He was unarmed but a police officer, assuming he had a weapon, fired.
It was one shot.
A Use of Force board, made up of citizens, recommended that Jacquar Roston, the officer who fired the shot be terminated.
“I was, like yes, there are older people higher chair then me that know I was done wrong,” Gordan said.
But he wasn’t. The sheriff threw out the recommendation, instead suspending Roston for one week.
“I was like, that basically makes no sense,” Gordan said.
Now, nine months after the shooting six members of that review board have resigned, pointing their fingers at the sheriff and the system.
“What's the point? If the sheriff can overrule what they say, why do they have a say at all?,” said Robert Le Piere, the latest board member to leave the review board. “It goes to the sheriff and he has a pretty wide range and obviously go with a suspension.”
Le Piere is the latest board member to leave, he says the sheriff’s office has some difficult decisions to make.
“I think there’s too many moving parts, union arbitrator sheriff board, pre-termination board, too many moving parts,” Le Piere said.
They are not nearly as difficult as the decisions Gordan has to make.
Gordan is 22, has no health insurance and no physical therapist.
Roston lost a week and a paycheck.
Gordan lost his job, his ability to run, and faces a $100,000 medical bill.