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Union leader: Metro doesn't have use-of-force problem

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Updated: 11/20/2012 12:57 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- For the first time since the release of a report on Metro’s use of force policies and practices from the U.S. Department of Justice, the police union responds.

The Department of Justice outlined 75 steps on how Metro can reduce its officer-involved-shootings and increase public trust.

Union leaders say they agree with 95 percent of the report. It's that 5 percent of what's in this 150-page report that will take some compromise.

Union President Chris Collins said he does not think that Metro has an excessive-use-of-force problem, saying the majority of deadly police shootings involved a person pulling a gun on an officer.

“That indicates to me those officers were doing their job; that is their job,” he said. “If you point a weapon at an officer, I expect them to engage you in gunfire.”

The part of the report the union adamantly disagrees with is a finding that says the Police Protective Association has directed its members not to cooperate with deadly-force investigations.

The Department of Justice says this lack of cooperation can mean lost evidence, a flawed investigation, which adds to a brewing public mistrust.

With no coroner's inquest process right now, the report questioned whether the department can police itself. Collins says they can, and to back it up, he says Metro has been firing police officers for misconduct at a record rate.
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