Boulder City Municipal Court Judge Victor L. Miller ruled this morning that the arrest and subsequent actions of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department were “malicious” when Vegas Metro officers arrested a Mongol named George Olivo a year ago during the club’s national run.
Olivo was accused last June 24th of Obstructing a Public Officer and of being a Pedestrian Under the Influence On a Highway. Boulder City Attorney David Olsen filed those charges against Olivo after Vegas Metro told him the charges were not contrived and that there was dash cam video to prove it. Olsen dismissed the charges against Olivo when Vegas Metro couldn’t supply the video. This morning the judge ruled that Vegas Metro owes Olivo $571 for his trouble in fighting the case. Judge Miller also ruled that Boulder City did not act maliciously.
Olivo was represented by Las Vegas attorney Stephen “Bowtie” Stubbs (with family in photo above). The bogus arrest complaint will now be included in a federal civil rights suit Stubbs filed on behalf of the Southern Nevada Coalition of Clubs last year. The lawsuit cites multiple instances of blatantly illegal harassment of motorcyclists in southern Nevada.
Vegas Metro and its lawyers behaved stupidly and unfairly from the moment they decided to punish Olivo for being a Mongol in Boulder City. Miller subpoenaed the video of the arrest last September and again last November. Las Vegas police said they could not produce the video without an “event number.” The department then refused to supply the event number until Stubbs filed a Motion to Compel the department to produce the number.
Las Vegas police officials then simultaneously denied the existence of the video to Stubbs and assured the Boulder City Attorney’s Office that there was video. If the video ever surfaces it will prove that Olivo was both cooperative and sober.
In a motion filed yesterday Stubbs wrote, “Every act made by LVMPD in this case is evidence of malice, including, but not limited to: arresting Defendant under bogus charges, encouraging Attorney Olsen to file charges with a false promise of providing additional video evidence, ignoring the first round of subpoenas and forcing Defendant to issue further subpoenas, ignoring subsequent subpoenas, obstructing the defense by purporting not to know their own event number for the incident and forcing Defendant to get a court order, lying to defense counsel about the existence of video evidence, further lying to Defense counsel in a sworn affidavit denying the existence of video evidence, and ignoring a court order to provide the video evidence (only after Defendant provided conclusive evidence that video evidence did, in fact, exist).
“If LVMPD was honest from the start, Defendant would have not been arrested, and there would not have been a criminal case. Even if Defendant was arrested by mistake, if LVMPD was honest from the start, the charges never would have been filed and there would not have been any costs to be reimbursed….”