August 30, 2010

Coroner’s inquest to be broadcast live?

An encouraging idea from Commissioner Sisolak:

The coroner’s inquest into the July 10 fatal shooting by Metro Police of West Point graduate Erik Scott at the Summerlin Costco could be shown on the county's cable channel.

Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak, who also sits on Metro’s Fiscal Affairs Committee, wants fellow commissioners to vote on the idea at their next meeting Sept. 7. [...]

"I think it’s important for people to be able to see the inquest and make up their own minds," Sisolak said. "It will either ease their feelings or they won’t like it. But I don’t see how openness and transparency can be a bad thing."

Well said. Police transparency doesn't get as much attention as, say, governmental transparency but it is every bit as important.  Hopefully this will help clear up some of the lingering questions people may have about the inquest process and any potential biases that may exist within it.