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UPDATE: Lawyer demands payment from city for not enacting 'homeless ordinance'

Posted at 10:00 PM, Sep 24, 2019

MARCH 11 UPDATE: The Las Vegas lawyer who brought a shovel of human feces to city hall to protest the homeless problem in the City of Las Vegas is now demanding payment from the city.

Gerard Gillock sent the following letter to the city:

Gillock wants the city to pay him $144,000 to cover the cost of sanitizing the parking lot and alley near his place of business.

He also accused the city of not protecting the people from the novel coronavirus.

A Las Vegas lawyer is so desperate for help regarding a homeless sanitation issue in downtown Las Vegas, he brought a shovel of human feces to city hall to get the attention of leaders.

When attorney Jerry Gillock arrived for work on Sunday at his downtown law firm, he saw something on his front stoop and it was the last straw.

"There was a big pile of human feces right on my front steps, on my brick entryway into my building," said Gillock.

13 Investigates first spoke to Gillock in June regarding the on-going homelessness issue around his business at 4th Street and Clark Avenue in downtown Las Vegas.

Gillock described repeated defecation, urination, indecent exposures and sex acts around his business.

Gillock says for months he's complained to city leaders and tried every method he could think of to get some action.

On Sunday, he decided he needed to do something drastic and nasty.

"I felt I can't get their attention any other way, so I basically took a shovel, put the feces in the shovel, and marched over to city hall," explained Gillock.

Gillock recorded video of himself delivering the feces to the steps and narrated his frustration:

"I am so sick and tired of coming to work and having feces on my front steps, that I've decided this is probably the only way to get city hall's attention," said Gillock in the video provided to 13 Investigates.

Gillock said he left his contact information for city leaders near the pile of feces.

"It's not like we haven't been listening," said City of Las Vegas Ward 3 Councilwoman Olivia Diaz.

"But first we need to listen, we need to see what the plan of action is and then we try to execute that plan of action," explained Diaz.

Councilwoman Diaz says in the coming weeks, an ordinance is scheduled to be introduced to make it illegal to camp or sleep in the public right-of-way, such as a sidewalk, in downtown Las Vegas if space is available at the Courtyard Homeless Resource Center or another non-profit service provider in the Corridor of Hope.

"We are working hard on this issue with the resources and troops that we have," explained Diaz.

Gillock says if leaders do not take action soon, he may find a way to sue the city in order to force a solution.

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