​Police Fatality Public Fact-finding Reviews

When a police-involved death occurs and the District Attorney’s Office preliminarily determines that no criminal prosecution of the officer or officers involved is appropriate, the District Attorney calls for a police fatality public fact-finding review.

The review, adopted by the County Commission in January 2013, replaces a process previously known as a “coroner’s inquest.” It occurs in the Commission Chambers at the Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy., and is aired by Clark County Television (CCTV) and streamed live on this website. The proceedings are recorded and available for replay on-demand (see below).

At the review, the District Attorney’s Office presents witnesses and makes a presentation of the essential facts surrounding the police-involved death. Information provided by each witness may be in the form of a presentation or in a question-and-answer format.  

After the prosecutor has concluded with his presentation, the presiding officer and ombudsman may also ask questions. It is the job of the ombudsman to represent the public and the deceased’s family in this fact-finding review. Presiding officers and ombudsmen are selected by the county manager from lists approved by the County Commission.

The procedure for questioning witnesses is informal and intended to provide the public with relevant information about the use of force. Members of the public observing the review may submit proposed written questions to the presiding officer on forms available at the review. The presiding officer may ask the proposed questions, revise them or decline to ask them if he deems them “redundant, irrelevant or an abuse of the review process,” according to County ordinance.  

At the end of the review, no formal determination about the manner or cause of death is rendered since the purpose of the review is simply a public airing of the facts.

Useful Links:
Access meeting dates and agendas or watch review proceedings. (Meeting video can be found under Miscellaneous Meetings at the bottom of the page)
Watch CCTV Live.

 

 Review Dates

 Date

Case Description

Friday, Jan. 6, 2017; 9 a.m.


Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017; 9 a.m.
Donovan Anderson. Anderson died during a confrontation with law enforcement in September 2015. The review will be presided over by Hearing Officer Ozzie Fumo. Carl Arnold will serve as ombudsman for the review. Chief Deputy District Attorney David Stanton will represent the District Attorney's Office in this proceeding View news release.

Jeremias Cruz. Cruz died during a confrontation with law enforcement in May. The review will be presided over by Hearing Officer William Jansen. Michael Troiano will serve as ombudsman for the review. Chief Deputy District Attorney Michelle Fleck will represent the District Attorney's Office in this proceeding.View news release​.

 

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