What Happened In Vegas

A law unto themselves: meet the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police department

What Happened In Vegas When TV editor Ramsey Denison was jailed for simply reporting police brutality on the Las Vegas strip, he was inspired to investigate the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. In this damning exposé, he reveals the police’s cavalier methods and the dire consequences. Civilian fatalities, unconstitutional arrests and embellished crime reports paint an incriminating picture of a police department where the officers are above the law.

In a midnight raid, a team of heavily armed police officers stormed the house of Trevon Cole. He had been filmed selling a small amount of marijuana in a sting operation, which led to the heavy-handed response. Unarmed, he was shot to death after making, what the police called, a "furtive movement". The offending officer, Bryan Yant, was put on paid leave.

"There really is no accountability. They get to go on a paid vacation, you know, for shooting somebody that didn't have a weapon," comments Josh Lewis, his friend and colleague. Whilst police shootings continually make international press, the underlying lack of accountability amongst officers remains. Norm Jahn, an LVMPD lieutenant, is all too familiar with this: "in my early career it was like, you get six weeks off if you shoot some fucker, and it's good if you do it by Christmas, you get six weeks off at Christmas!"

Whilst inquiries are made, the police department do their best to denigrate the victims' characters so as to acquit the officers. "They assassinate the character of the victim. That's a very effective psychology used all over the United States," says Bill Scott, whose son was shot under dubious circumstances. The culture of police recklessness extends beyond the killings to police harassment and arbitrary arrests, which further alienate large sections of the public. As the wife of Stanley Gibson, another unarmed victim, aptly explains: "to serve and protect, you know - they serve and protect their own."

The Producers

RAMSEY DENISON Since beginning his career as an editor on the hit television show Criss Angel Mindfreak, Ramsey Denison has worked for CBS, MTV, Discovery, A&E, Disney, ID, Spike, Travel Channel, and Universal. Ramsey has worked on shows like the Emmy nominated Naked and Afraid, Catfish: Untold Stories, People Magazine Investigates, and Blood Relatives. When he is not editing or directing, Ramsey enjoys watching his beloved Seattle Seahawks play football and looking after his adorable but terribly behaved dog Roman.

RANDY WILLES Randy Wiles began his career as an editor on Miami Vice and has worked for industry heavyweights like Bruce Paltrow, Aaron Spelling, Tyler Perry and Don Bellisario. In a career spanning almost three decades, Randy has edited hit shows like Quantum Leap, Lois and Clark: The Adventures of Superman, JAG, and NCIS. In addition to editing primetime network shows for ABC, NBC, and CBS, Randy has worked for various studios including MGM, Lorimar, Sony, Universal, Warner Brothers, and Paramount. He is also a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Pictures Editors Guild, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the American Cinema Editors.

DOUG BLUSH Award winning filmmaker Doug Blush has credits on more than 70 feature films, eight of which have played at the Sundance Film Festival. Doug edited the Academy Award winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom and the Academy Award nominated The Invisible War. He was also an editor and associate producer on The Hunting Ground, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Widely considered one of the top documentary editors in the business, Doug teaches courses at Young Arts and the University of Southern California and is a proud member of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the American Cinema Editors.

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