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December 19, 2014

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Henderson cops mum on lawsuit

The attorney representing the family of a woman gunned down by Henderson police during a traffic stop says the coroner's inquest which cleared police may help the family's case. Attorney Marc Saggese says the inquest transcripts provide a wealth of information from the officers who testified during the two-day process.

We have long wanted to talk with Henderson police but they refuse to address the incident on Face to Face. Former Chief Richard Perkins, saying it was against the advice of his attorney, has spoken with other media about the shooting. But when it comes to appearing on Face to Face, Perkins has heeded counsel's advice.

At a news conference shortly after the shooting I asked Perkins why police closed the air space above the scene to media helicopters. Perkins said it was a call made by someone on the scene and noted it probably bore no relevance to the case. Later Perkins referred to a "checklist" which included the airspace provision and noted the "checklist" may be in need of revision.

Was it revised? Did the police, as promised, review any of the procedures which resulted in just one of nine officers firing a lethal weapon? What have the police done to combat what even Mayor Jim Gibson notes is a sense among citizens that they could be shot?

The police refuse to say. Perhaps a federal court will compel them to answer.

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