Boulder City, Nevada Police Chief and bully Thomas Finn will probably be fired when he reports back to work on Monday and he is not taking that well.
Finn’s woes began last June when he decided to use his police powers to bully members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club. The Mongols chose Boulder City as the destination for their national run. The Mongols were accompanied by a local lawyer named Stephen Stubbs who had filed a federal civil rights suit on behalf of the Southern Nevada Confederation of Clubs. The suit complains about the multiple incidents of harassment, intimidation and other abuses by Las Vegas area police departments. Finn tried to cover his own tracks by destroying some of the records related to the harassment of the Mongols.
Finn tried to bully Stubbs into silence with a defamation law suit. Stubbs won that legal battle, was awarded $17,000 in damages and began garnishing Finn’s wages. Finn earns about $185,000 in salary and benefits from Boulder City and he gets another $109,000 in retirement income from his previous employer, the city East Brunswick, New Jersey.
The Victim Finn
After losing civil cases to Stubbs and a Boulder City cop named Dan Jennings, Finn kept complaining that he was not a bully but rather a victim. And a rat. He filed ethics complaints with the Nevada Attorney General against Boulder City’s Mayor, the City Manager and a City Councilman. He also filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in which he claimed he is about to be fired not because he is a shameless bully that not even other cops can stand, not because he is a fool whose department lost an M-16, but because he is Catholic. He will probably file another suit this month against Boulder City after he is officially thrown out of his office.
Finn has also learned a little about how journalism works during his time of troubles. He complained on-camera to the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, KLAS, “I’ve got 35 years without a verbal reprimand, no discipline in my file. I’ve never been charged with doing anything illegal, not even a policy violation. For them to now destroy my reputation in this way, and take pleasure in doing so, I’m just standing up. I am not going to let that happen.” Finn acts like a man who believes his own lies because he hears them coming out of his mouth.
Finn was back on KLAS this week talking to the station’s “Chief Investigative Reporter,” a man named George Knapp. He told Knapp that he is a victim of anti-Catholic bias by Mormons. Until recent decades, Nevada was a largely Mormon state. About 16 percent of the residents of Boulder City are Mormons and many city officials are Mormons.
“They are trying to blame everything on me,” Finn told Knapp. “I’m surprised they haven’t blamed the Lindbergh kidnapping on me, but I’m sure that’s coming.”
Fortunately for truth and justice, Finn only knows a little about how journalism works. He has managed to attract attention to himself and he has managed to portray himself as a victim to a television guy who needs an attention grabbing story. But Finn really does not appear sympathetic on-camera. The Las Vegas metropolitan area has been economically devastated in the last five years and he might find it difficult to convince area residents that anybody who makes $300,000 a year is a victim. Finn isn’t going to get his job back no matter what he claims on TV. And, the best Finn can hope for is that his fantastic claims of victimhood will eventually attract all the Vegas news sharks.
If he had the sense to come in out of the rain Finn would understand that more press scrutiny is the last thing he wants. You can watch the KLAS video below.