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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
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