September 9, 2010

County agrees to televise Erik Scott inquest

From the Review-Journal:

The coroner's inquest for the fatal police shooting of Erik Scott at the Summerlin Costco will be televised on Clark County's cable channel.

Commissioners on Tuesday approved leaving Channel 4 open Sept. 22-24 for a live broadcast of the hearing and asked county staff to look into airing future inquests.

"There was such an overwhelming outcry for public transparency," said Commissioner Steve Sisolak, who suggested broadcasting Scott's inquest. "I think it's a good idea to make this transparent."

The Clark County Commission has done a good job of supporting transparency this past week. First they rejected the Court system's request to hire Morse Arberry as their lobbyist and now they're televising the inquest. Two isolated cases may not signal a trend, but it's encouraging to see the Commission taking these actions on issues involving ethics and transparency.