LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Attorneys for the dad and mom of Jorge Gomez say they’ve video evidence that contradicts police accounts of the June 1 shooting close to the Lloyd George U.S. Courthouse that left the 25-year-old lifeless.
Gomez was killed by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers as he brazenly carried a weapon and wore physique armor as Black Lives Matter protests occurred in Las Vegas.
Attorneys say they’ve obtained new evidence and movies that present that Gomez by no means pointed a gun at police or anyone else, opposite to claims by Metro police. The movies might be proven and made accessible to media at a 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, information convention on the courthouse, legal professional mentioned.
Lawyers from Gonzalez & Flores Law Firm say the brand new evidence “shows that the use of deadly force against Mr. Gomez was excessive and unreasonable.” The Las Vegas regulation agency is representing Gomez’s mom, Jeanne Llera, and father, Jorge L. Gomez, together with Claggett & Sykes Law Firm of Las Vegas and the Los Angeles-based Law Offices of Dale Ok. Galipo.
A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed Aug. 29, 2020, towards 4 Metro officers, in addition to different unnamed officers. Lawyers say extra officers might be named in an amended lawsuit that might be accessible on Friday.
Gomez was killed on a chaotic evening of protests in which authorities dispersed protesters on the courthouse, and Metro officer Shay Mikalonis was shot a number of miles away in an unrelated incident. As officers responded to that decision close to Circus Circus, a gaggle of 4 officers got here throughout Gomez, who had simply left the courthouse, the place he had been exterior the primary group of protesters however had drawn police consideration.
Information launched right now by attorneys signifies that police had fired bean-bag rounds at Gomez, and Gomez had fled to the south.
“New released video shows that shortly after Mr. Gomez began to run in the opposite direction of where the bean-bags rounds were being fired at him, Mr. Gomez fell to the ground, quickly got up and grabbed a duffle bag he had been carrying by the strap with his right hand, and continued to run away from the direction of the officer who was firing less than lethal rounds,” attorneys mentioned.
“The video shows Mr. Gomez with nothing in his left hand and only the strap from his duffle bag in the right hand as he continues to run in the opposite direction of the officer who is firing the less-than-lethal rounds and is fatally shot by LVMPD Officers Ryan Fryman, Dan Emerton, Vernon Ferguson and Andrew Locher approximately 1 second later,” in accordance with attorneys.
That sequence of occasions describes a state of affairs that unfolds a lot sooner than earlier accounts from Metro officers, who described their actions in element as they noticed Gomez and approached him earlier than the shooting.
“The video contradicts the involved officers’ allegations that Mr. Gomez pointed a gun at them,” legal professionals mentioned. “In fact, based on the video evidence, Mr. Gomez does not even face in the direction of the shooting officers, who were positioned on the opposite side of Las Vegas Blvd., and Mr. Gomez is seen running in the direction and away from the shooting officers.”