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Clark County Commissioner gets emotional talking about Floyd, protests during meeting

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — During a Clark County Commissioners meeting held Tuesday, Commissioner Lawrence Weekly got emotional when talking about the latest incident involving an officer who was shot and is now in critical condition. The Commissioner also spoke about the recent protests that have turned violent in Las Vegas.

“We have one of our officers who’s not doing well… it’s just a very unfortunate situation,” Commissioner Weekly said.

He took a few minutes to give his thoughts on the recent unrest stemming from the May 25th death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which has led to peaceful demonstrations and violent protests across the U.S.

During Las Vegas’ fourth night of violent protests over Floyd’s death, a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer was shot in the head near Circus Circus and is now on life support at UMC... Read More

Social media, music world go dark for Black Out Tuesday

NEW YORK (AP) — Though Black Out Tuesday was originally organized by the music community, the social media world also went dark in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, joining voices around the world outraged by the killings of black people in the U.S.

Instagram and Twitter accounts, from top record label to everyday people, were full of black squares posted in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.

Most of the captions were blank, though some posted #TheShowMustBePaused, black heart emojis or encouraged people to vote Tuesday since seven states and the District of Columbia are hosting the largest slate of primary elections in almost three months... Read More

Police: Violent protests Sunday night in Las Vegas lead to 155 arrests

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — In the third night of violent protests in Las Vegas, Metro officers arrested 155 people.

On Sunday night, Metro Police say 148 people were arrested for misdemeanors and seven for felonies. 

Two Metro officers received minor injuries during the protests, according to police.

Over the course of Friday through Sunday, violence and destruction led to a total of 338 arrests and resulted in police deploying tear gas and shooting rubber bullets.

The protests are in response to death of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He died while being taken into custody by police. An officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck is facing charges including murder... Read More

Police Sources: Suspect who allegedly shot officer in the head identified

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Edgar Samaniego is facing charges after allegedly shooting a Metro police officer late Monday night.

According to a Metro sources, Samaniego is facing one count of attempted murder and two counts of discharging a gun where a person might be endangered.

According to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, the unidentified officer is in “grave” condition at UMC... Read More

NEW: 3 new COVID-19 related deaths in Clark County, more than 6K tests conducted statewide in past 24 hours

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County added 3 new COVID-19 related deaths to its total from Monday, and had an increase of 126 confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, according to the Southern Nevada Health District’s (SNHD) latest report.

SNHD is now reporting a total of 6,845 confirmed cases and 346 deaths, according to its dashboard that updates daily.

Statewide, COVID-19 related deaths changed Tuesday after the state updated its data. The dashboard is reporting one less death from what was reported Monday. Currently, the total number of deaths in Nevada stands at 420, instead of 421.

Nevada reached 8,826 confirmed cases Saturday morning after increasing by 138 cases overnight.

*NOTE: Daily lab data on the DHHS Dashboard and SNHD reports is updated every morning for the previous day.... Read More

Police say 4 officers shot in St. Louis protests

ST. LOUIS — Police say four officers were hit by gunfire after protests in St. Louis that started peacefully Monday became violent overnight, with demonstrators smashing windows and stealing items from businesses and fires burning in the downtown area.

The police department tweeted early Tuesday that the officers were taken to a hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. It was unclear who had fired the shots.

The chaos in St. Louis followed continued protests Monday in Missouri over the death of George Floyd and police treatment of African Americans, with gatherings also held in Kansas City and Jefferson City.

On Monday afternoon, several hundred people rallied peacefully outside the justice center in downtown St. Louis, including Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards. Protestors later walked to the Gateway Arch National Park and then onto nearby Interstate 64... Read More

WEB EXTRA: Sheriff Lombardo news conference on shootings that left Metro officer in ‘grave’ condition and suspect dead

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo held a news conference around 3 a.m. to discuss the two shootings late Monday night that left a police officer fighting for his life and an “armed” suspect dead.

“This is a sad night for the LVMPD family and a tragic night for our community,” he said. “Our officers were attempting to get some of the protesters into custody when a shot rang out and our officer went down.”

The shooting occurred at Las Vegas Boulevard near the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino. A suspect was arrested.

Another shooting — involving police — took place on Las Vegas Boulevard near the Lloyd George Federal Courthouse where police encountered a man who was armed, Lombardo said... Read More