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Former U.S. Marine Challenges Jesus Arevalo, the Las Vegas Police Officer Whom Killed “Unarmed” Gulf War Veteran Stanley Gibson to an MMA Fight for Charity

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Former U.S. Marine Challenges Jesus Arevalo, the Las Vegas Police Officer Whom Killed “Unarmed” Gulf War Veteran Stanley Gibson to an MMA Fight for Charity

 

LAS VEGAS, NV, June 5, 2012 /Endeavor Media Group (EMG)/ -- On December 12, 2011 Stanley Gibson, an Army Gulf War Veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), was killed by LVMPD (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department) officer Jesus Arevalo, whom shot him in the back of the head with an AR 15 military–style assault rifle as Gibson sat in his car, alone, unarmed, and suffering from a panic attack.

 

Steve Sanson former U.S. Marine and President of Veterans In Politics International has challenged LVMPO (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer) Jesus Arevalo to a MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fight for charity.  Sanson said that he recently found out the Officer Arevalo practices the arts and he would like to challenge him in the ring. Sanson has called on longtime friend and promoter, Andre’ Haynes from Endeavor Media Group to help plan a fight fundraiser if Jesus Arevalo agrees to the match.

 

Officer Jesus Arevalo casually enjoys easy life at his comfortably styled home while being on Paid Administrative Leave collecting over $78,000 annually of tax money paid by hard-working Las Vegans whom many are now unemployed and no longer receive unemployment nor government assistance.

 

The high-profile shooting attracted public attention because it was captured on video and as a result the widow of Stanley Gibson; Rondha Gibson is experiencing financial difficulties and her high profile status has enabled her from gaining employment.  Rondha has hired attorney Cal Potter to represent her. Potter said the lawsuit is a couple of months away from being filed.

 

“I know that a lot of people would like to see both of us in the ring and it would be an opportunity to turn a tragedy into some good,” remarked Steve Sanson, the brave veteran whom challenged the police officer to a fair fight in hopes to raise funds. Sanson said most of the proceeds would benefit widows, widowers, and orphans of both Nevada Combat Military Veterans and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer.

 

 

Andre’ Haynes, publicist stated, “There are no winners in this situation because a life was lost and numerous people have been impacted as a result.  Subtracting one person from the lives of several can make a significant difference, especially a loving and supporting husband from a wife whom was dependant on companionship, protection, and a livelihood.  I encourage the community to help support Rhonda Gibson during her time of loss.” 

 

In the May 29, 2012 edition of the Las Vegas Review Journal newspaper Lawrence Mower wrote:

 

Attorney Andre Lagomarsino, said police could have done several things to prevent the death.  "They could have called crisis intervention (officers)," he said. "They could have called SWAT. They could have waited him out.  "He just wasn't a threat, and they killed somebody who wasn't a threat."

 

Stanley Gibson, who was disabled, was probably lost and distraught when police encountered him in a northwest valley apartment complex early Dec. 12.  His car became pinned in by two police cars, and he didn't respond to commands to exit his vehicle.  Police hatched a plan to remove him safely from the car: One officer would break out a car window by shooting it with a beanbag shotgun round and another would douse the inside of the car with pepper spray.  But when the shotgun round was fired, Arevalo shot seven times into the vehicle with the rifle. Gibson was pronounced dead at the scene.  Stanley Gibson, 43, was the 12th person killed by the department last year, a record for the agency - and the use of an AR-15 assault rifle contributed to the death.

 

Lagomarsino was hired by Stanley Gibson’s mother said Gibson's mother didn't want to wait for a coroner's inquest, which could be years away.  "We filed because the family wants to proceed in the justice system," Lagomarsino said.  The lawsuit alleges that the agency's "unconstitutional policies, practices and customs" caused his death. It cites as examples:

 

■ Police weren't required to announce over the radio every time an officer pulls out a rifle, a policy that has since changed.

 

■ The high number of shootings and some of the statistics the Review-Journal cited in its series.

 

■ The Cole shooting and the 2003 death of Orlando Barlow, who was unarmed and surrendering to police when he was shot in the back by an officer with an AR-15.

 

■ Public statements of former police and public officials who expressed concerns over the shooting, including former Sheriff Bill Young, who questioned in a radio interview why an officer had been using a rifle.

 

About Steve Sanson

 

Steve Sanson’s strong commitment to his country and his community have been demonstrated through his leadership and service in the United States Marine Corps in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm, which earned him the distinguishing Certificate of Commendation from the United States Marine Corps.  Within Clark County, Sanson assumes an important role with the Veteran Community and is the former Chaplain for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Marine Corps League.  Sanson has made numerous appearances at funerals for our fallen serviceman, parades, and community functions. Sanson is the President for Veterans in Politics International, and had testified in front of our Nevada State Legislature on various Veteran issues.  Sanson is also the host of an Internet Talk Show on VegasAllNetRadio.com every Saturday discussing issues that concern the community with distinguished members of our community.  Sanson also educates the public on candidates that are running for office (see www.veteransinpolitics.com)

 

Account for Rondha Gibson

 

Donations can be directly deposited to Rondha Gibson’s account:

 

Wells Fargo Bank

  • Routing:            321-270-742
  • Account:           63-51-81-19-60

 

Contact Information

 

If you would like information or to help support the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fight between Steve Sanson and Jesus Arevalo contact:

 

Andre’ Haynes

Endeavor Media Group

Phone:  702.330.3878

E-Mail:  andre@EMGNV.com

 

If you would like to donate money via credit/debit card, check, or cash contact:

 

Karen Steelmon

Phone:  702-238-5134

E-Mail:  Karen.veteransinpolitics@usa.com

 

For appearances, media interviews and inquiries contact:

 

Joseph White

Endeavor Media Group

Phone:  702.330.3878    

E-Mail:  joe@EMGNV.com

 

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Comment by Steve Sanson on July 6, 2012 at 8:25pm
Comment by Steve Sanson on June 10, 2012 at 10:36pm

For Immediate Release:

Karen Steelmon Auxiliary Director for Veterans In Politics International 702 238 5134

Boulder City Mayor and Council will join Gulf War Veteran widow Rondha Gibson for the six month tragedy of Stanley Gibson

Boulder City, Nevada; Boulder City Mayor Roger Tobler and members of his City Council will join Gulf War Veteran widow Rondha Gibson, as she remembers her husband who was killed by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officer Jesus Arevalo six months ago for a vigil at the Southern Nevada Veteran Cemetery:  Located at  1900 Buchanan Blvd. Boulder City Nv. 89005 (Burial Plot 1759 A/C) on Tuesday June 12, 2012 at 11AM.

Army Gulf War Veteran Stanley Gibson suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), cancer, incorrect prescription medication that led to mental confusion.  Stanley Gibson was also disregarded by the Veterans Administration when attempting to get his medication altered.  Immediately after the December 12, 2011 shooting which resulted in Mr. Gibson's death, Sheriff Gillespie reported to the public that Gibson was using his vehicle as a weapon to ram police cruisers and after 29 minutes of negotiations had failed, officers had to defend themselves and shot Gibson dead while he sat un-armed in his car. The weapon used was an AR-15, a military style rifle similar to an M-16 machine gun.

After a video of the event was aired by the media, it became apparent that Gibson had been pinned by several unoccupied police cruisers, he was unarmed, alone, suffering from a panic attack, and his tires were spinning, indicating that he had nowhere to go.

The officers on the scene decided to use a non-lethal method to apprehend Gibson, but Officer Jesus Arevalo disregarded the plan, and fired seven rounds to the rear of Mr. Gibson's head with an AR-15, striking and killing Gibson instantly. It was then stated by several officers on the scene that Officer Arevelo was aware of the plan to take Gibson alive.

For the past six months, Officer Jesus Arevelo sits at home on paid administrative leave, earning over $78,000 per year of our tax dollars and he is joined by three other police officers;  while Rondha Gibson suffers financially.

This incident has caused the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to request a federal investigation against police shootings by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

VIPI Elected Officials Interviews:

This shooting has been a major topic for the Veterans In Politics International (VIPI) and was referred to during several endorsement interviews by the interview panel. Both Commissioner Larry Brown and Lawrence Weekly indicated that the shooting of Gibson is “unlawful”.

We asked the County Commissioners if they believed the shooting to be “unlawful”, why did no one publicly address the issue with Sheriff Doug Gillespie. We were told “because the Sheriff is an elected official”.

If that’s the case, why then did the Clark County Board of County Commissioners pursue Las Vegas Township Constable John Bonaventura over a video his staff made, but not the Sheriff over the death of “unarmed” civilians? Both are elected officials... (see video’s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy1D3l_E5Fs and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd8iNnNpTaI )  

VIPI Awareness:

The Veterans In Politics International is the only group that has publicly requested the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Sheriff Doug Gillespie for his resignation in several media interviews. It was discovered that LVMPD ranks 3rd in Police Shootings below Los Angeles and New York City, these cities having many times the population of Las Vegas (see interview http://www.ktnv.com/news/local/135628383.html  ) .

The VIPI cannot, in good faith, do nothing while Rondha Gibson suffers financially due to the untimely death of her husband who served his country in war, then returned to the country he protected only to be assassinated by a Police Officer who took an “oath to protect and to serve”.  Why would that officer to be unconscionably protected by the Sheriff. The VIPI President challenged Jesus Arevelo to a Mix Martial Arts Fight for charity to financially help widows, widowers, and orphans for Nevada Military Veterans and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officers (see interview http://www.ktnv.com/news/local/157504735.html  ).

We are calling on all military veterans, elected officials, and all citizens who do not want this injustice to continue, or come knocking on your door, to join Rondha Gibson on Tuesday as she remembers an American Hero...

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For More Information: www.veteransinpolitics.com

Comment by Steve Sanson on June 6, 2012 at 6:57pm

The men and women of the US Armed forces put their lives in danger for a fraction of what police officers get paid. It’s bad enough that we have to live the rest of our lives with PTSD and battle scares; that’s if we survive. To come home to police officers that are trigger happy and kill us on the soil we risk our lives to protect; is unforgivable. I am standing up for a Soldier, a brother.  I am asking all Marines, Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, and Coast Guard to stand up with me. All across this country our brothers and sisters are getting killed by “bad cops”. It’s time we stop the bloodshed of our brothers and sisters in arms by BAD Police Officers! We lead in battle on foreign lands and we sure as hell could lead in battle in the United States of America….  Steve Sanson President of Veterans In Politics International www.veteransinpolitics.com

Comment by Steve Sanson on June 6, 2012 at 11:20am

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