LAS VEGAS — The final lawsuit concerning Stanley Gibson, a deceased veteran living in Las Vegas who was killed by Las Vegas police, has been settled.
Gibson was killed in December 2011. The disabled vet was having severe mental health issues for at least a week before his death. On the day of Gibson’s death he had barricaded himself in a car.
Officer that responded wanted to force Gibson from his car and utilized pepper spray as well as beanbag rounds. When the beanbag round was fired former Las Vegas police officer Jesus Arevalo opened fire killing Gibson. Arevalo was fired after a board recommendation due to his actions that resulted in Gibson’s death.
The case garnered widespread attention because there were clear indicators that Gibson was in need of immediate mental health assistance.
He had had numerous interactions with police and medical professionals before his death. He was even arrested and scheduled for a psychiatric evaluation but was released without being examined.
On another occasion Gibson was transported by ambulance to an emergency room and emergency room staff released him 22 minutes after he arrived.
The system failed Stanley Gibson.
Those that spoke out about the Gibson case after his death included his wife and a former landlord. They said that Gibson repeatedly tried to get assistance in obtaining his medication and even turned to the local media for help.
Last October Gibson’s widow Rhonda Gibson received a $1.5 million dollar settlement. She was very vocal about the treatment her late husband’s case received by police and penned a letter to COPBLOCK two years after he was murdered.
Stanley Gibson’s mother Celestine Gibson was awarded $500,000, per an announcement made Tuesday, which will be paid from the Las Vegas police department’s liability insurance.