The Police Fatality Public Fact-finding Review to look into the circumstances surrounding the death of Pedro Ramirez will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 9, in the Clark County Government Center Commission Chambers at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway in downtown Las Vegas.
Ramirez died during a confrontation with law enforcement in June. The review will be presided over by Hearing Officer Craig Drummond. Eric Jorgensen will serve as ombudsman for the review, and Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Schwartzer will represent the District Attorney's Office in this proceeding.
The review 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 the review, the 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 proceeding. It is available in the Las Vegas area on Channel 4 on Cox cable (Channel 69.10 for those without converter boxes) and on CenturyLink, as well as in Laughlin on Channel 14 via Sudden Link, and via the Internet at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov and www.YouTube.com/ClarkCountyNV. A video recording of the review also will be available later for play on demand on the County website.