The Boulder City, Nevada City Council voted Tuesday night to ask the Nevada Division of Investigation to investigate the city’s top cop, Thomas Finn. Finn has been loudly accused of several crimes by Las Vegas biker rights attorney Stephen “Bowtie” Stubbs (photo above). Stubbs’ charges are related to a federal civil rights lawsuit brought against several Southern Nevada police departments and alleged police misconduct during the Mongols Motorcycle Club’s national run last June.
The civil rights suit brought by the Southern Nevada Confederation of Clubs alleges dozens of “claims of relief” that could eventually amount to damages in excess of $5 million. Finn stumbled into that mess when he distributed an email before the Mongols run that advised Boulder City employees: “Lieutenant Albowicz made an excellent suggestion to have all emails related to the preparations we are making for the Mongols event deleted from our computers. If they submit a records request for them it would obviously show our hand and divulge the strategies and staffing levels we need to keep confidential. Therefore please delete any and all emails related to the event immediately.”
Destroying public records is a crime in Nevada and Stubbs believes the emails Finn ordered destroyed could be important to the civil rights suit. The suit argues that the complainants “were willfully, maliciously, and intentionally prevented from associating and/or assembling without justification or compelling state interest as a result of their status as a motorcycle club or motorcycle club member.”
Admittedly, Finn intended to give the Mongols a hard time for choosing Boulder City as their destination. After the last Mongol was chased out of town the chief told the Las Vegas Review-Journal “They came and they went and good riddance. I hope they never come back.” Following contemporary police terminology, Finn called the official harassment “zero tolerance.”
Stubbs has been urging the council to ask the state attorney general to investigate email gate for more than a month. Obviously Finn is annoyed when he thinks he is being harassed so he sued Stubbs and four other people for defamation on November 21. The other defendants in that suit are City Attorney Dave Olsen, Councilman Cam Walker, police sergeant John Chase and retired police sergeant Dan Jennings. At the meeting Tuesday night Olson said deleting the email might have been a felony.
The Tape Recording
In his defamation suit, Finn states under penalty of perjury that; “on October 22, 2012, Stubbs called Olsen. Unbeknownst to Stubbs, Olsen was meeting with Finn about the prosecution rate of DUIs and allowed Finn to listen to the conversation utilizing Olsen’s cell phone ‘speaker’ feature. During that conversation Stubbs asked Olsen about his investigation of Finn as Stubbs had been assured…that an investigation into Finn was ongoing. Stubbs also inquired of Olsen if Olsen could find an officer in Reno, Nevada to file a complaint against Finn to get the investigation to proceed…. Following the telephone conversation with Stubbs, Olsen and Finn continued their face-to-face meeting, which was recorded by Finn.”
Stubbs said earlier this week that Finn was guilty of another felony if he did in fact record Stubbs conversation with Olsen without Stubbs consent.