Vigil marks anniversary of fatal shooting

originally by: Las Vegas Sun
10th July 2011

To mark the one-year anniversary of Erik Scott’s death after he was fatally shot by Metro Police, his family laid his ashes to rest in the Pacific Ocean. In Las Vegas, his friends and supporters made sure that wasn’t the last chapter to his story. Instead, they gathered outside Costco on Sunday evening to remember him with a moment of silence and vows to continue seeking justice.

“Erik’s death was not in vain,” the Scott family wrote in a statement read at the vigil. “It was a turning point for Las Vegas, a singular event that galvanized this community.”

The 38-year-old West Point graduate was killed by police July 10, 2010, after authorities say he pointed a gun at an officer, prompting them to shoot.

In September, a six-day coroner’s inquest found the three Metro officers involved — William Mosher, Joshua Stark and Thomas Mendiola — justified in the shooting. The seven-member panel came to the decision following 90 minutes of deliberations.

At the time, the Scott family responded by saying the inquest “failed miserably” and followed by filing a lawsuit Oct. 28 in U.S. District Court for Nevada against Metro, Sheriff Douglas Gillespie, the three officers involved as well as Costco Wholesale Corp. The family later dropped Costco from the lawsuit.

The uproar surrounding the shooting and subsequent inquest triggered a quest to make changes to the coroner’s inquest system. Clark County commissioners approved changes in December that would include the establishment of an ombudsman to represent victims’ families, the release of key investigative files and the restructuring of meetings before the inquest hearing.

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