From the LVRJ: About 70 inmates were released from the North Las Vegas jail this week after an unusually large number of corrections officers called in sick last weekend.
The nonviolent misdemeanor offenders were
released from the jail after a judge signed an order, said Sgt. Tim
Bedwell, a North Las Vegas police spokesman.
Bedwell said a wing of the jail had to be closed because there weren't enough officers.
was unsure how many officers called in sick, but said the agency had to
cover 49 total shifts on overtime on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
can't afford that from a monetary standpoint, and from a people
standpoint we just couldn't cover it," he said. "The only reasonable
solution we have is to close a wing."
The apparent "sick-out" happened a day after jailers learned there would be layoffs due to the city's budget crisis, he said.
Yarter, president of the North Las Vegas Police Officers Association,
which represents the jailers, said he didn't support their actions.
"I don't condone that," he said. "That's them as an individual acting out and deciding to do that."
Now that North Las Vegas has endangered the people of the entire Las Vegas Valley, the State of Nevada needs to step in.
And while the president of the police union may not have personally known specific details of this illegal job action, his subordinates certainly did.
Each person who called in sick should have to provide a doctor's excuse and not the type of doctor excuses used by the teachers and other liberal union hacks in Wisconsin where they had doctors write fake doctor excuses.
And after seeing this illegal job action by one of the highest paid police employees in the country, I think it is time for an Act 10 like law in Nevada like they have in Wisconsin now, thanks to Scott Walker.