Police group “urges” answers from Laxalt on cop assault arrest

By: - October 9, 2018 7:49 am
Laxalt primary night

Adam Laxalt speaking the night of his primary victory in 2018 (Laxalt campaign video screenshot).

Laxalt primary night
Adam Laxalt speaking the night of his primary victory (Laxalt campaign video screenshot).

Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt assaulted a police officer when he was 17, and now the association representing cops from throughout Nevada wants to know more about that incident, as well as Laxalt’s other run-ins with the law.

“The latest news about Adam Laxalt’s arrest history is extremely disturbing to Nevada’s law enforcement community, said Richard McCann, executive director of the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers (NAPSO) in a news release. “Mr. Laxalt has admitted that he assaulted a police officer as a younger man. When someone has a history of violence, especially toward officers of the law, it should be a concern for anyone around them. This holds especially true for Nevada’s ‘Top Cop’ who now wants a promotion to Governor.”

NAPSO represents a number of police and sheriffs department around the state, as well as state law enforcement groups such as the Highway Patrol, Gaming Control agents, and investigators in the Attorney General’s office.

The association tends to endorse Democrats, and has endorsed Laxalt’s opponent, Steve Sisolak, for governor. But it has also endorsed Republican Dean Heller for U.S. Senate.

The association is calling on Laxalt to make public 36 pages of documents Virginia police declined to release.

McCann says the lapse in time since Laxalt tangled with a police officer “does not insulate it from a thorough review.  You can’t be trusted to serve in our state’s highest office if you have purposely hidden disturbing details of a violent past that might reveal your true character. Any alleged violent act committed against a law enforcement officer is cause for alarm and a full inquiry,” said McCann.

Laxalt’s office does not respond to inquiries from the Current.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported late last month Laxalt was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer in 1996, according to police report “summaries” from Alexandria, Virginia, where Laxalt was raised.

Laxalt told the Gazette-Journal that he was drinking at a woman’s house and police were called.

“When I was 17, I was at a friend’s house, when police suddenly started to enter and I reacted the wrong way—trying to keep them from coming in and asking for a warrant,” Laxalt told the Gazette-Journal. “Today, as a law enforcement officer, I understand they were just doing their jobs.”

Laxalt says he “found God” as a result of the 1996 and other alcohol-related incidents.

The reports obtained by the Gazette-Journal include an incident in which a 14-year-old Laxalt reports to police the theft of a variety of items, including video games and a 12-pack of beer from his home.

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Dana Gentry
Dana Gentry

Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, two grandsons, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.