Las Vegas, NV — Just this week, KTNV’s 13 Action News televised the GoPro footage from Solomon Silk Galloway’s violent arrest by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police. Galloway was recording when officers pulled over his car for allegedly speeding. Even though he wasn’t driving the car, he quickly became targeted by Vegas police.
Galloway told officers he did not consent to a search of his vehicle and, as a passenger in the car, he was not legally bound to identify himself when cops demanded his ID. However, Vegas cops did not care about his rights, so they jerked him out of his car, kidnapped him and caged him.
“Do what you got to do, because we gotta find something,” the officers can be overheard saying to each other while unlawfully searching the innocent man’s car. And, do something they did.
When he was taken back to the police department for legally refusing to ID as a passenger of a vehicle, he was strip-searched and forced to undergo an anal cavity search. Still, they found nothing.
Rape in the United States is defined by the Department of Justice as “Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
Galloway, according to the legal definition, was raped by police. He had harmed no one, had committed no crime, yet his rights were stripped from him and he was violated in the most profane way — all because cops had to ‘find something.’
Did police admit they were wrong and let the innocent man go? No, they doubled down.
After police raped him, Galloway was charged with “Obstruction of Justice” even though the law states as a passenger he is not compelled to identify himself. His attorney, Stephen Stubbs, is now asking for those charges be dismissed.
If the judge has any semblance of humanity, the charges will be dropped and an investigation into the LVMPD will be demanded. However, given the lackluster history of police accountability in the United States, that is not very likely.
So what do victims of police brutality, retaliation, and families of those murdered by cops do to seek justice? They make a documentary!
For weeks now, we’ve known about “What Happened in Vegas: The Movie Police Couldn’t Erase.” We’ve conducted interviews with families, and victims alike. And while the movie might not make it to a theater in your city, you’ll certainly be able to view it in the coming months on streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu.
The movie, directed by Ramsey Denison, is aimed squarely at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, a department which has been rife with so-called “justifiable homicides” and, as Galloway’s case illustrates, rape. As The Free Thought Project has faithfully reported, getting arrested in Vegas might be a life-ending event.
In May, Las Vegas police chased a man through the Vegas strip, tackled him, tased him, and then choked him to death. Forty-year-old Tashi Farmer died when Officer Kenneth Lopera applied a rear naked choke.
But it’s also how the Las Vegas Police Department responds when they’ve killed or attacked someone that’s also in Denison’s sights with the release of the new film. According to Denison, LVMPD officials have a habit of “victimizing the victim” by running a smear campaign of the deceased after the fact.
Denison is calling them out. He has his own personal history with LVMPD. He once called 911 to report an out-of-control Vegas cop, only to find himself in trouble with the law. After his phone call, Denison says he was beaten and charged with “Resisting Arrest.”
Also featured in the film is the case of Erik Scott. Scott was killed in 2010 by Vegas police after an employee in a Summerlin Costco called 911 to report an unruly patron who was carrying a gun. Scott was reportedly unaware that he was the person Costco called police about.
But things took a turn toward tragedy as he was leaving the retail establishment. The West Point and Duke graduate was gunned down at the wholesale club’s entrance as nervous, trigger happy police opened fire, killing the young man. Police gave Scott three conflicting commands, with no time to respond, before opening fire, according to his father William Scott.
The elder Scott is also featured in the film. We had a chance to speak with Scott at length. He says the LVMPD following the shooting, vilified his son. Seven years later he still considers it murder, a killing which no one has answered for.
Scott told TFTP the police have successfully covered up his son’s killing. Not only did LVMPD officers destroy the Costco’s video recording of the shooting, but they then began a smear campaign of his highly decorated son.
LVMPD should be bracing for the explosive true-to-life documentary because they’re in the crosshairs. Their killings, their abuses, and their violations of civil rights will be subjected to scrutiny and will be shown on the silver screen in Vegas theaters.
Make no mistake, Denison’s new documentary will bring some much-needed attention to the alleged human rights violations the LVMPD stands accused of committing. For Scott, Galloway, the Farmer family, and others, it’s long overdue. The secrets and lies coming out of Vegas are getting ready to be exposed.