AG determines PD, city violated sunshine laws

AG determines PD, city violated sunshine laws

From the Las Vegas Optic

The City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Police Department violated state law, according to determinations issued last week by the Office of the Attorney General.

In a series of determination letters sent to city officials, the OAG concluded that the City of Las Vegas violated portions of both the Inspection of Public Records Act and the Open Meetings Act, and warned the city that continued violations could result in criminal charges.

The Optic had sought LVPD records pertaining to multiple homicides throughout 2019 and 2018. The first request made under IPRA was filed July 26, 2019, seeking police records relating to the homicide of Leroy “Smurf” Lucero. LVPD denied the request within days.

The Optic filed a second request on Aug. 1, 2019, again seeking records pertaining to the death of Lucero, as well as the June homicide of Cruz Gallegos and the 2018 homicide of Jeromy Vasquez.

LVPD and the City of Las Vegas denied this request as well.

In a Jan. 7 determination letter sent to City Attorney Esther Marie Garduño Montoya, Assistant Attorney General John Kreienkamp wrote, “We have some concern as to the legal basis for the City’s decision to withhold records. We also conclude that the City violated IPRA by providing inadequate written explanations of its denials.”