LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) – A 22-year-old man arrested in a struggle at a Fremont Street nightclub alleges that police beat him with a baton, an accusation caught on a video recording.
In the video, recorded on the bar’s surveillance system, Dominic Gennarino is seen getting into an argument with another patron on June 4 at the Vanguard. Just moments before, someone was stabbed a few feet away. Metro officers arrive and begin clearing the crime scene, asking customers to leave through the rear door.
Officer Robert Glowinski sees Gennarino nearly get into the fight and steps between the two.
Glowinski stated in his report he did not think Gennarino was moving fast enough, but the video appears to show there was nowhere for him to go. The officer wrote that Gennarino threw his back into him. Then Glowinski tries to arrest him.
The video shows a jerking motion by Gennarino. He seems to have heated words with the officer before continuing to walk.
As they near the DJ booth, Gennarino is almost out of view, words still being exchanged. The officer tries to take him into custody.
Gennarino’s attorney, Stephen Stubbs, says the video does not show his client throwing his back or resisting officers.
“Officer Glowinski grabs his arm,” Stubbs said. “And less than two seconds later, there's seven officers on him and one officer is beating him with a baton, almost immediately.”
The officer with the baton gets in four strikes and then is pushed away by another officer.
Metro did not return calls for comments, but the captain in charge of the downtown area told the Las Vegas Sun that officers thought if they let Gennarino leave, he would cause problems outside.
Stubbs asks why those concerns were not included in the department’s incident report. “There's no allegation in the report or in the sworn statement or mouthy or disrespectful in any way.”
Stubbs has not filed a lawsuit. He said his client just wants to clear the charge that he resisted arrest. No lawsuit has been filed yet. Stubbs says his client just wants to be clear the charge of resisting arrest.
Stubbs said the Las Vegas city attorney reviewed the video and agreed to drop the charge as long as Gennarino stays out of trouble until February. Stubbs also said Sheriff Doug Gillespie sent Gennarino a letter after he filed a complaint. In it, the sheriff said there were no policy violations by officers.