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Video shows Nye County Assistant Sheriff removing campaign signs

Reported by: Antonio Castelan
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Updated: 5/03/2014 2:29 pm

PAHRUMP, Nev. (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Video has surfaced showing Nye County Assistant Sheriff Rick Marshall pulling campaign signs.

Last week the county's second in command was arrested for theft. The video shows Nye County Assistant Sheriff Rick Marshall removing an "Anybody but Rick" campaign sign. Today in front of a big crowd, a lawyer representing the detective who arrested his boss spoke up. 

The man behind the movement, Steven Lee, shot the video and notified Det. David Bourchwitz with the Nye County Sheriff's office. The incident led six Nye County sheriff deputies to pull Marshall over.

Deputies say they found a couple of signs in the truck. An affidavit claims Marshall resisted arrest, but in the video there is no sort of resistance. Deputies eventually put Marshall in back of a squad car peacefully.

"My reaction was trying to get the facts," said Nye County Sheriff Tony DeMeo, who was out of the country when all this was going down.

DeMeo ended up putting Det. David Bourchwitz on administrative leave and allowing Assistant Sheriff Rick Marshall to remain on the job. DeMeo questions the way the detective went about his investigation.

"They could've contacted the [department] to know what was going on. There should've been a supervisor involved," DeMeo said.

"It does appears to show him deliberately removing the signs,” said attorney Adam Levine who represents deputies with the Silver State Public Safety Association. Levine feels his client Det. Bourchwitz is now facing retribution.

Pahrump residents who gathered at the news conference were upset with the county's number two man in law enforcement.

"He did and he stole and now he wants to be the chief law enforcement. I don't think so,” said Pahrump resident Bruce Waits.

"I think he should be held to a higher level of respect. He shouldn't have done what he did,” said resident Terry Lass.

Sheriff DeMeo says morale inside the department is strained.

"I think it a little tense,” DeMeo said. “This is election year. There is always a little tension during election time.”

The state attorney is looking into the matter, and a separate firm is looking into whether the department followed the right procedures with the arrest.


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