Family Drops Lawsuit Against Police | News
LAS VEGAS - The high-profile officer-involved shooting of Erik Scott stirred a public debate. Tuesday, it took a new turn with the Scott family dropping their lawsuit against the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Sheriff Doug Gillespie and the three officers who opened fire.
"Even if we won in the first rounds, the case would have been appealed, and it would have gone to the 9th Circuit Court," said Erik Scott's father Bill Scott. "They have an almost perfect, unbroken record of finding in favor of police officers under what they call ‘qualified immunity'."
Erik Scott, a West Point graduate, was gunned down at the Summerlin Costco on a busy Saturday in July 2010. Three officers shot Scott seven times. A coroner's inquest cleared them of any wrongdoing.
The Scott family says Erik was trying to comply with conflicting commands. Police say Scott, who was under the influence of narcotics, refused to listen to officers' orders to surrender his gun. Scott possessed a concealed weapons permit and was legally allowed to carry a firearm.
Now, the case will not have its day in federal court.
"I'm a little surprised," said Las Vegas Police Protective Association Executive Director Chris Collins. "I'm obviously relieved for our officers and their families. This finally gives them that last piece of closure that they've needed for the last year and a half."
Metro says the Scott family dropped their lawsuit "in exchange for Metro's agreement not to pursue reimbursement for the department's legal fees."
Sheriff Doug Gillespie said, "As sheriff, my hope is that the Scott case has shown the community that it is best to reserve judgment until a thorough investigation can be done."
He added, "Although the Scott family dropped their lawsuit, at the end of the day, we still have a family who grieves the loss of their son and brother."
"The bottom line is we, the Scott family, are not going away," Bill Scott said. "We're going to continue to support the good people of Las Vegas and their efforts to root out corruption and hold Metro accountable."
The Scott family says their case would have been difficult, because there is no surveillance video of the shooting. Police say a key camera that captured the shooting that day was not working.