LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Two civil rights groups are calling for the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the Metropolitan Police Department. The NAACP and ACLU are questioning the department’s use of deadly force after this week's fatal shooting of an unarmed veteran, whose troubles were learning more about this morning.
43-year-old gulf war veteran Stanley Gibson was battling severe posttraumatic stress disorder and was seeking help through the Veterans’ healthcare system. Fellow veterans say Gibson came across cordial, stress free, and friendly. But around October, Gibson stopped attending meetings, and they say something about him changed.
A federal indictment describes his reaction when he found out his VA benefits were being reduced. It says Gibson verbalized his anger towards a doctor saying quote "As soon as you take me out of these handcuffs I'm going to kill that doctor."
Gibson pleaded guilty to Assaulting a federal employee and disorderly conduct. He was going to be sentenced in February.
His wife, Rondah, admits he was struggling, but says it was only because he was so sick. Fellow veteran Bill Aubry says he understands what Gibson was dealing with.
“PTSD and stresses that come as a result of combat are sometimes unpredictable,” Aubry said.
“Yeah, he had his faults but who didn't?" said Gibson's wife, Rondha. "Everybody is not a saint. Everybody is not perfect. If they tell you they are, they're lying. But this man right here, he loved everybody.”
In the meantime, the Las Vegas chapter of the NAACP and the ACLU of Nevada are calling for an investigation into metro for the recent rash of officer involved shootings. The two groups are considering writing a joint request to the justice department.
In a press release, the president of the NAACP said metro has quote "shown itself unwilling to undertake the necessary steps to control, discipline, or properly train its officers.
He also called out Sherriff Doug Gillepsie, saying "He has lost control over his own officers and their use of force."
The Las Vegas Review Journal reports the justice department has confirmed that it is already reviewing a request for an investigation , but it's unclear who made that request.
Metro has not responded to the group's call for action. The executive director of the ACLU Nevada told the review journal the decision came yesterday after a discussion with Gillespie, who proposed creating an advisory committee to look at issues surrounding the department's use of deadly force.
The ACLU says it would be willing to participate in that process, but it says it does not think that that will be enough.