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Las Vegas police department says it works 'hard to ensure' no 'officer like Derek Chauvin' at agency

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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Las Vegas, NV as seen in September 2020
Posted at 3:26 PM, Apr 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-20 19:55:39-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The police department in Las Vegas held a press conference on Tuesday following the conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd.

"The death of Mr. Floyd has become a seminal event in law enforcement and within our community," said Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Undersheriff Christopher Darcy.


"The Chauvin trial brought up a bigger issue about American policing and we are always willing to have that conversation here at the LVMPD. We've been having this conversation for nearly a decade when we began reforms here on our agency."

"Substantive changes are not just procedural, they're cultural," he added. "We have worked hard to ensure there is no environment on this police department for an officer like Derek Chauvin."


During a press conference last month, the LVMPD's Multicultural Advisory Council and then the NAACP and other community organizations praised the department for their reforms, including putting people in recovery positions for faster breathing, body camera usage and focus on de-escalation of volatile situations following the death of Byron Williams while in police custody in 2019.

Watch the full remarks on April 20 below.