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Las Vegas police union members say hell no to Sheriff Joe Lombardo

LAS VEGAS: Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo who runs the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) wants to be re-elected for a second term in June.  Four other candidates are challenging him for the position of the highest law enforcement officer in Clark County, Nevada.

Lombardo’s comments throughout the criminal investigation of the worst mass shooting in modern American history combined with police misconduct by some police personnel put into question the integrity of the investigation.

Lombardo was a one-man wrecking crew responsible for the worst public relations nightmare in the history of the LVMPD.  His actions were not reflective of the professionalism of most of the men and women of the police department.

To add further insult to the survivors and the families of those killed in the October 1 massacre, Lombardo has not released thousands of pages of documents and hundreds of hours of video relating to the investigation as ordered to do so by a Clark County District Court judge on Feb. 1.

Lombardo’s response was he wanted close to half a million dollars from the press to release the evidence.

On March 20, Steve Grammas the president of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association (LVPPA), the union that represents the 2,808 rank and file members of the LVMPD, sent out a letter to the LVPPA membership urging them to support Lombardo.

In part the letter stated, I believe that Sheriff Lombardo is the best candidate in the race and I would like to see us continue to have a working relationship between the Sheriff and the LVPPA.  Soon, a vote will be going out to the membership to see which candidate they want to support in the coming election.  I speak for the entire Executive Board when I say we hope the response comes back in support of Sheriff Lombardo.

More than 80 percent of the LVPPA disagreed with Grammas.

On April 2 Grammas sent out the following letter:

Last week we sent out the vote for who you all wanted to endorse for the coming Sheriff’s election.  2,808 emails to vote went out to our membership.  We had 775 members cast their vote while 264 members opened the vote but did not cast a vote and 1,769 members did not open the voting email.  The results are as follows: Joe Lombardo- 526 (68%), Timothy Bedwell- 183 (24%), Gordon Martines- 36 (5%), Matthew Caldwell- 21 (3%) and Gregory Heiny- 9 (1%).

We did not reach the necessary 51% of the membership casting a vote in this endorsement.  As such, and in accordance with the Bylaws, the LVPPA will not be endorsing any candidate in this election.

Since all five candidates are non-partisan, whichever candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in the June primary, they win the election outright.

Never forget the 58 people who died and the over 850 who were wounded and or injured on the Las Vegas Strip, October 1, 2017.

It’s all about them.  It should never have happened.




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Doug Poppa

Doug Poppa is a US Army Military Police Veteran, former law enforcement officer, criminal investigator and private sector security and investigations management professional with 40 years of experience. In 1986 Mr. Poppa was awarded “Criminal Investigator of the Year” by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia for his undercover work in narcotics enforcement. He was also re-assigned to the Northern Virginia Regional Narcotics Enforcement Task Force for 18 months. In 1991 and again in 1992 Mr. Poppa’s testimony under oath in court led to the discovery that exculpatory evidence was withheld from the defense by the prosecutor and sheriff’s office officials during the 1988 trial of a man accused of attempted murder of his wife that led to his conviction. As a result of his testimony the man was ordered released from prison, given a new trial in 1992 and found not guilty. Mr. Poppa became the subject of local and national news media attention as a result of his testimony which led to the demise of his 12-year police career. After losing his job, at the request of the FBI, Mr. Poppa infiltrated in an undercover capacity a group of men who were plotting the kidnapping of a Dupont Chemical fortune heir and his wife in 1992. His stories have been featured on Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and CBS News’ Street Stories with Ed Bradley. Contact the author.

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