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Separate shootings during protest leave Metro officer on life support, suspect dead

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Protests Monday night turned violent leaving a Las Vegas police officer fighting for his life and a suspect in a second shooting dead.

Metro police sources confirm to 8 News Now that a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer who was shot in the head near Circus Circus late Monday night is on life support at UMC.

According to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo who held a news conference at 3 a.m., police were attempting to disperse protesters in front of Circus Circus Hotel & Casino when people in the crowd began throwing bottles and rocks at the officers and the officers began to take some people into custody.

WATCH: Sheriff Lombardo’s news conference... Read More

Protesters take to Las Vegas for another night of demonstrations

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Protesters have taken to the streets of Las Vegas again, but tonight, the message was louder than any destruction. 8 News Now has team coverage around the city, starting with Orko Manna at the Regional Justice Center.

Orko Manna, Regional Justice Center

There was a moment where tension was building, and it seemed as if it was about to turn.

Several hundred protesters made their way to the RJC after marching all across Las Vegas. You could hear the frustration in their voices as they chanted.

The group was getting very large, and Metro Police started to get information. Officers blocked off the street, wearing tactical gear and holding shields.

But then an amazing moment happened when protesters shook hands with police. Orko and his photographer were in the middle of the crowd, and things were getting very tense in the several minutes leading up to this moment. ... Read More

Black Lives Matter’s protest over George Floyd planned for Trump Tower; local business prepare

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Black Lives Matter movement scheduled a protest in front of Trump Tower on the Las Vegas Strip on Monday, making it the fifth night of demonstrations in Las Vegas in a row.

The plan is to march from Trump Tower, to the Clark County Detention Center.

Businesses near Trump Tower boarded up its windows and doors earlier that evening. They’re concerned over some of the looting and destruction that occurred at some of the stores downtown and near the Strip, during the last two nights of protests.

They wanted to make sure that they protected their businesses — especially now that they’re just getting back on their feet amid the COVID-19 pandemic... Read More

FBI seeks information on people inciting violence during peaceful demonstrations

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The FBI need the public’s help identifying people who were trying to incite violence during protests across the country over the death of George Floyd.

George Floyd is a man who died in police custody when a Minneapolis Police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes and continued kneeling on Floyd’s neck nearly three mins after he became unresponsive.

Numerous video footage shows Floyd was in handcuffs and on his stomach, and not resisting arrest when he was killed. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with 3rd-Degree Murder.

The FBI released the following statement on why they’re looking for violent protesters.

“The FBI respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights. Our mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution is dual and simultaneous, not contradictory... Read More

Power 88’s Craig Knight shares his thoughts on protests, change for the future

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — 8 News Now spoke with Craig Knight, general manager of KCEP “Power 88” radio station, about George Floyd’s death, the protests in Las Vegas and change for the future. Knight has been in Las Vegas since 1980 and is very involved with the community.

You can watch the full Skype interview in the video above. ... Read More

Sisolak responds to Trump’s national guard, Insurrection Act comments

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KLAS) — Gov. Steve Sisolak responded to President Donald Trump’s comments regarding the use of national guard troops across the nation and the Insurrection Act.

Trump’s comments came in response to protests over the death of George Floyd that had become violent in many cities. The president urged governors to deploy the national guard to “dominate the streets” until the violence stops. He also asked mayors and governors to establish an “overwhelming law enforcement presence.”

“If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United military and quickly solve the problem for them,” said Trump.

Sisolak responded: ... Read More

Wynn Resorts and MGM International CEOs speak out against racism amid protests over the killing of George Floyd

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The CEOs of two major resort companies spoke out against racism and in support of peaceful protesters Monday.

The statements were released on the heels of massive protests, the majority of them peaceful, some not so peaceful, over the death of George Floyd, across the country and the world over the weekend.

“We unequivocally reject racism, in any form. We strive to create inclusive environments in which all people feel celebrated, and we believe passionately that diversity is the soul of creativity and the heart of entertainment,” said Bill Hornbuckle, the acting CEO & President of MGM Resorts International.

Hornbuckle continued the company’s stance of fighting racism in a statement that can be read below... Read More