The Police Fatality Public Fact-finding Reviews to look into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Michael Cohen, Isai Rodriguez, Horacio Ruiz-Rodriguez and Ryan Yamasaki will be held in September.
The review of Yamasaki's death will be held on Friday, Sept. 6, and will be presided over by Hearing Officer Carlos Blumberg. Michael Troiano will serve as the ombudsman for the review, and Chief Deputy District Attorney Christopher Hamner will represent the District Attorney's Office in this proceeding. Yamasaki died during a confrontation with law enforcement in September 2018.
The review of Cohen's death will be held on Sept. 9. Craig Drummond will be the hearing officer over the review, and Waleed Zaman will be the ombudsman. Chief Deputy District Attorney John Giordani will represent the DA's Office during the proceeding. Cohen died during a confrontation with law enforcement in March.
The review of Ruiz-Rodriguez's death will be held on Sept. 11. For this review, Spencer Judd will be the hearing officer, Carl Arnold will be the ombudsman, and Chief Deputy District Attorney Marc DiGiacomo will represent the DA's Office. Ruiz-Rodriguez died during a confrontation with law enforcement in January.
The review of Rodriguez's death will be held on Sept. 30, and will be presided over by Hearing Officer William Jansen. Eric Jorgensen will serve as the ombudsman for the review, and Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Dickerson will represent the DA's Office in this proceeding. Rodriguez died during a confrontation with law enforcement in January.
Each review will begin at 9 a.m. in Commission Chambers at the Clark County Government Center at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway in downtown Las Vegas. The reviews will be aired live on Clark County Television (CCTV) and streamed live at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov and www.YouTube.com/ClarkCountyNV.
A fact-finding review is held 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. Presiding officers and ombudsmen are selected by the county manager from lists approved by the County Commission. The ombudsman represents the public and the deceased's family during the review.
During a review, representatives from the District Attorney's Office present witnesses and make a presentation of the essential facts surrounding the police-involved death. After the prosecutors finish their presentation, the presiding officer and ombudsman may also ask questions.
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.
CCTV will carry the entirety of the proceedings. CCTV is available in the Las Vegas area on Channel 4/1004 on Cox cable and on CenturyLink on Channels 4 and 1004, as well as in Laughlin on Channel 14 via Suddenlink. Live streaming of CCTV programming is available at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov and www.YouTube.com/ClarkCountyNV. CCTV is also available in Boulder City on Channel 4 and in Moapa Valley on Digital Channel 50.3.