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Retired Las Vegas Police Capt. Larry Burns disputes story that Lombardo asked his endorsement by offering him a position

LAS VEGAS — Last week 360 News Las Vegas ran the story, ‘Did Sheriff Lombardo bribe former LVMPD Captain Larry Burns for an endorsement?’

The story was authored by alt-right activist Laura Loomer.

According to that story, a source within the LVMPD confirmed that Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo recently met with former LVMPD Captain Larry Burns and during this meeting Lombardo reportedly begged Burns for his endorsement.

The story states that when Burns told Lombardo that he would not give him an endorsement, Lombardo allegedly told Burns that he would give him a position at the LVMPD if he was elected to a second term as Sheriff.

Burns retired from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in December 2013 with the rank of Captain.  He ran against Lombardo in 2014 and lost his bid for Sheriff of Clark County, Nevada.

On Monday Burns responded on his Facebook account to the story as follows:

It has been reported that I had a meeting with Sheriff Lombardo during which he offered me a position at LVMPD in exchange for my endorsement in the upcoming election.

Let me be very clear.  I am not sure, nor do I wish to argue, how these allegations came forward, but I must clarify something that I have direct knowledge of.  Sheriff Lombardo did not, nor has he ever, offered me a position at LVMPD.  It is I, that have always offered everything I have to support the men and women of law enforcement in making our community a safer place to live.  That offer was on the table long before I ever ran for sheriff and remains so today.  I am the one that has offered to assist LVMPD in any way that I can.  Those of you who know that I make every attempt, no matter how feeble, to do the right thing.  I have spoken to both the Sheriff and Tim Bedwell regarding the upcoming election but there has been no quid pro quo.  Ever.

Sadly, elections have become so negative and I have no control over that, but it is morally right to ensure that we operate from a basis of fact.  These are the facts.

Authors note:  Tim Bedwell is a retired North Las Vegas Police Department Officer and former US Marine who is challenging Sheriff Joe Lombardo in the upcoming June primary election.








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