LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) – Clark County Constable John Bonaventura is speaking out about a profanity-laced video his office made for a potential reality TV show.
Some county commissioners say they're disgusted by the video, and have called for an audit of the constable's office. Bonaventura says he's cleaning house as a result of the TV show pilot, and is re-evaluating the men and women who represent the constable's office.
Bonaventura says if he could go back, he would not have allowed the pilot to be shot in the first place. Talks on the reality show were ended abruptly this week when county commissioners got a look at the video and essentially raked the constables' office over the coals.
The constable said the video was posted on the Las Vegas Sun website without his knowledge, saying the video was meant to be kept private within the constable's office.
In the video, deputies are seen making traffic stops, which Bonaventura admits they are instructed not to do. The issue has now become a battle over the interpretation of the law, and who governs the constables.
The Nevada Legislature allows constables to make a stop in the name of "public safety." The problem is, the definition of public safety definition is gray, and now county commissioners say they'll team up with legislators to change the law.
Bonaventura said he does not excuse the behavior seen on the video, but believes his office was treated unfairly by the county commission, since the video was not intended for public viewing.
Bonaventure has headed the constable office since 2010.