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North Las Vegas police: Former officer arrested, facing multiple charges

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Posted at 9:27 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-12 02:44:56-04

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KTNV)  — The North Las Vegas Police Department reports a former officer from their department has been arrested and is facing multiple charges stemming from an incident earlier this year.

Spencer Kinney resigned from his position as an officer on June 24, but prior to this two fellow officers notified the department they had concerns about Kinney’s actions during an arrest.

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The department reports it was discovered that Kinney had possibly used unnecessary force on a person who was being arrested, which triggered an immediate internal investigation.

Kinney resigned before the investigation concluded but the NLVPD said it investigated the incident thoroughly and recommended the following charges against the former officer:

-Battery with substantial bodily harm
-Oppression under color of office
-False report by public officer

An NLVPD spokesperson said the department "denounces any use of excessive force and Kinney’s alleged actions are unacceptable."

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Former North Las Vegas police officer Spencer Kinney booking photo.

The person who was being placed under arrest in the incident was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a controlled substance, mistreating a police animal, and resisting a public officer.

North Las Vegas police released the following body-camera footage from that arrest:

NLVPD: 1st clip of body-camera footage of arrest
NLVPD: 2nd clip of body-camera footage of arrest

NLVPD spokesman Patrick Walker also released the following statement on the arrest of Kinney:

"Mr. Kinney resigned from his position as a police officer with the North Las Vegas Police Department on June 24, 2020. Prior to Kinney’s resignation, two fellow officers notified their supervisor, pursuant to NLVPD policy and procedure, that they had concerns about Kinney’s actions during an arrest. It was discovered that Kinney had possibly used unnecessary force on a suspect, triggering an immediate internal investigation. Mr. Kinney resigned before the investigation could be concluded. The Department took swift action, investigated thoroughly and recommended the following charges to the Clark County District Attorney’s office: Battery with Substantial Bodily Harm, Oppression Under Color of Office, and False Report by Public Officer.

The North Las Vegas Police Department is committed to upholding justice and the law, and the Department denounces any use of excessive force. Kinney’s alleged actions are unacceptable and are contrary to how the NLVPD trains its officers."