Nevada

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Last updated Jan. 20, 2020

Summary

Key:

Legislation Achieved

Some Progress

No Progress

  • Demilitarization

    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes

    No knock warrants
    1033 program
    Military-style training
    SWAT data

    Nevada a

  • For Profit Policing

    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes

    Civil asset forfeiture
    Quotas
    Cost of misconduct

    Nevada b

  • Broken Windows Policing

    Minor offenses
    Objective justification for stops
    Reporting stop details

    Nevada c

  • Accountability

    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes

    Reckless civil rights violation
    Independent investigation
    Qualified immunity

    Nevada d

  • Reinvesting in Communities

    Mental health response

    Education, housing, and community health resources

    Nevada e

Demilitarization

Learn about demilitarization and the specific issues below on the Demilitarization page (opens in a new window).

 

No knock warrants

No Progress:

Nevada has not yet enacted a law eliminating the use of no-knock warrants.

1033 purchases

No Progress:

Nevada has not yet enacted a law ending its participation in programs that facilitate the transfer of military weapons from the federal government to police departments.

Military style training

No Progress:

Nevada has not yet enacted a law refocusing training away from self-defense responses and towards community centered training like that offered by Blue Courage. However, AB478, passed in 2019, requires police officers to complete annual training on topics including racial profiling, mental health and de-escalation.

SWAT data

No Progress:

Nevada has not yet enacted a law requiring the recording and cataloging of SWAT team use.

For Profit Policing

Learn about for profit policing and the specific issues below on the For Profit Policing page (opens in a new window).

 

Civil asset forfeiture

No Progress:

Nevada has not yet enacted a law ending civil asset forfeiture. In AB 420 (2019), state legislators attempted to reform the process by requiring a criminal conviction and depositing all profits in the state's Permanent School fund. The bill was vetoed in June 2019.

Quotas

No Progress:

Nevada has not yet enacted a law ending quotas for low-level arrests.

Cost of misconduct

No Progress:

Nevada has not yet enacted a law requiring police departments (not state general funds) to cover the cost of misconduct.

Broken Windows Policing

Learn about broken windows policing and the specific issues below on the Broken Windows Policing page (opens in a new window).

 

Minor offenses

No Progress:

Nevada has not yet enacted a law decriminalizing minor offenses that do not threaten public safety such as spitting and loitering. There was a bill (AB 411) proposed in 2019 by Democratic Assemblyman Steve Yeager that "would enable police to retain the ability to issue traffic citations and to issue and collect fines — but it would remove criminal penalties for traffic violations, get rid of nearly all chances of incarceration for traffic citations and largely forbid courts from issuing bench warrants and arresting a person for not paying traffic tickets." The bill died in committee.

Objective justification for stops

No Progress:

Nevada has not yet enacted a law requiring officers to establish objective justification for making a stop (i.e. not simply for furtive movement, suspicious activity, or matching a generalized description).

Reporting stop details

No Progress:

Nevada has not yet enacted a law requiring comprehensive reporting of police stops (noting location, race, gender, whether force was used and whether a firearm was found).

Accountability

Learn about accountability and the specific issues below on the Accountability page (opens in a new window).

 

Reckless civil rights violation

No Progress:

Nevada has not yet enacted a law lowering the prosecution requirement from ‘willful’ to ‘reckless’ deprivation of another’s rights.

Independent investigation

No Progress:

Nevada has not yet enacted a law institutionalizing an independent prosecutor within the state’s Department of Justice for instances of police misconduct.

Qualified immunity

No Progress:

Nevada has not yet enacted a law ending qualified immunity. In a special session in July 2020, legislators passed a bill (SB2) that would rollback provisions of legal protection for police. However, the bill did not specifically address qualified immunity.

Reinvesting in Communities

Learn about reinvesting in communities and the specific issues below on the Reinvesting in Communities page (opens in a new window).

 

Mental health response

Some Progress:

Nevada residents can call 9-1-1, note that they are calling about someone with a mental illness, and request a Crisis Intervention Team be sent to their location (rather than just a police officer).

Education, Housing, Community Health Resources

No Progress:

It is important to note that policing does not address the roots of social disadvantage and barriers to (economic) opportunity that often lead to crime. Nor should police be burdened with that responsibility.
Without access to quality resources in healthcare, education, and housing, our cities, neighborhoods, and families will continue to suffer. We should instead reassess the budgets of the state government and reinvest in the services that matter most.

Next Steps

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To ask for more than this:

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