LAS VEGAS – Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford issued the following statement on the recent officer-involved shootings during local protests in the Las Vegas valley:
“Today I was heartbroken to hear of two officer involved shootings that took place last night in the Las Vegas valley. According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, one officer is in critical condition and the investigation remains ongoing. My family is praying for the families of those who were killed and for the recovery of those injured.
Across Nevada and this nation, people are scared, angry and in pain. Racial injustice has been part of this country’s history since before America was founded continues to this present day. But this country will not absolve its violent history with a violent future. Americans have made great strides towards equality because passionate people took the heat of their anger and used it to forge real change. Thousands of Nevadans have peacefully protested against racial injustice and I encourage those peaceful demonstrations and taking constructive action. Donate to a cause, volunteer with an organization you believe in, and participate in our elections. You may feel helpless right now, but in reality, you have the power here to drive the change we are all seeking for a more equal and just country. “
Governor Steve Sisolak also released this statement:
“Last night there were two officer involved shootings in Las Vegas. I know this is a difficult day for Nevada. And it’s during these trying times we must remind ourselves that creating a state where justice and peace exist together in partnership, not as a binary choice, is the goal we must all work toward. I am committed to doing all I can.
I am praying for the LVMPD officer who was senselessly shot last night – there is no place for this behavior in Nevada. I am praying for all of the communities across Nevada who are experiencing grief and pain right now. Violence has no place in our communities and we must all work toward peaceful solutions together. As your Governor, I am committed to listening, heeding calls to action, and healing.”
More information about the shootings and the ongoing investigation is on the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s website.