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Originally posted by darbur
reply to post by buni11687
if you read up on this elsewhere and not just ats you will see no mention of alcohol so im not sure they were drinking i couldnt find anything on alcohol but i could be wrong.
Cole's family claims that "certain members" of Officer Yant's squad had been drinking alcohol that day.
The complaint states: "At all relevant times herein, it was a policy, practice and custom for certain members, including higher ranking officers, of Metro to drink alcohol while they were working and investigating alleged cases, including the case of Trevon Cole. Specifically, certain members of Team 8, the squad of Bryan Yant, drank alcohol on the job during the relevant time period at issue in this lawsuit.
It took the jury only 90 minutes to clear Yant, even though the Review Journal and other sources report that his testimony and that of others were riddled with disturbing inconsistencies, including:
• Only one of the six officers present during the raid heard Yant give verbal orders to Cole. That officer testified that Yant said nothing to Cole about his hands.
• The bullet that killed 300-pound Cole traveled through his cheek and neck in a downward angle, leading the medical examiner to find it “highly unlikely” that Cole stood and stepped toward Yant, as Yant claims.
• Both the medical examiner and homicide detective who investigated the scene believe that Cole was crouched over the toilet when he turned toward Yant.
• Assistant District Attorney Chris Owens said the evidence suggests there was an “accidental discharge” when Yant kicked in the bathroom door. Other officers present heard both a door kick and a gunshot.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Detective Bryan Yant, who has been involved in other questionable shootings, testified that he fired the fatal shot after Cole stood up and moved his hands toward the officer “in a shooting motion.”
Despite contradictory statements by nearly everyone else who testified, Yant stood by his story that he fired the fatal shot only after Cole stood up, turned and thrust his hands toward Yant as if he had a gun.
Harney, who ran the narcotics Street Team 8, testified that the mistakes began with Yant's affidavit seeking a search warrant.
In Yant's affidavit, he mistakenly said Cole had a history of drug trafficking.
Despite having a copy of Cole's California driver's license complete with a physical description and date of birth, Yant confused Cole with a Trevon Cole from Houston and California, who was seven years older, at least 3 inches shorter and 100 pounds lighter.
Harney said Yant should have compared the birth dates and physical descriptions of both Trevon Coles to verify the information.
Laurent also pressed Harney on Yant's decision to kick open the bathroom door despite having no backup officer and a dead flashlight.
The family says the police squad "drank alcohol on the job during the relevant time period