Fact-finding Review for David Baxter's Death Set for Nov. 19

The Police Fatality Public Fact-finding Review to look into the circumstances surrounding the death of David Baxter will be held at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, in Commission Chambers at the Clark County Government Center at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway in downtown Las Vegas. 

The review of Baxter’s death will be presided over by Hearing Officer Spencer Judd, Waleed Zaman will serve as the ombudsman for the review, and Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Dickerson will represent the District Attorney’s Office in this proceeding. Baxter died during a confrontation with law enforcement in January. 

Due to Covid-19, and the social distancing guidelines established, the chambers will be limited to a maximum of 50 people. For those not able attend or gain entrance, the review will be aired live on Clark County Television (CCTV) and streamed live at www.YouTube.com/user/ClarkCountyNV/live

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.YouTube.com/user/ClarkCountyNV/live. CCTV is also available in Boulder City on Channel 4 and in Moapa Valley on Digital Channel 50.3.

Editor’s note: Due to potentially limited seating, media interested in attending the review should contact Dan Kulin at (702) 455-5534, (702) 376-3764, or DKulin@ClarkCountyNV.gov. We hope to be able to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend the review; however, there is a possibility that we may need to resort to pool cameras (one video and one still).

Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability.  With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 9th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.