It’s been one month of protests after the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
Protesters want changes to training, policies and practices at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
The rallies have mostly been peaceful but there have been some that have turned violent. And at one protest on the Strip, a Metro officer was shot and paralyzed.
The man accused of shooting him wasn’t part of the protest crowd but told police he came out of his hotel to see what was going on and fired at the crowd to get them to disperse.
That same night law enforcement officers shot and killed an armed protester downtown.
Undersheriff Kevin McMahill was at the scene the night that Officer Shay Mikalonis was shot. He told KNPR’s State of Nevada that he had gone out to see what was happening at the protest first hand.
“I was immediately behind the SWAT vehicles that were deploying the gas on this group of protesters that had become violent,” he said, “When we had gotten out right there at Circus Circus Boulevard and they were taking a number of individuals into custody and this individual shot Shay and hit him and obviously it went down right there on the corner of Circus Circus and Las Vegas Boulevard.”
McMahill said officers were fired at two more times.