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Wednesday, North Las Vegas police are not releasing any new information about the shooting, but the President of the North Las Vegas Police Supervisors Association, Leonard Cardinale, did.
Cardinale spoke with Action News about potential staffing issues Tuesday night. He said there should have been a lieutenant on duty, overseeing the sergeants. Last night, he says there was a sergeant in the North and South, but no lieutenant. He says lieutenants usually handle the big picture, and explained to us why he thinks. not having one on duty is an issue. "You have to have someone who can keep their mind engaged on the entire process and not just a particular squad and if you put someone in charge of one or two squads and a station commander for the North or the South and a watch commander, we're saying that's just to much to ask and its a safety problem," Cardinale said.
Las Vegas Review-Journal | Ron DeLord
"It appears that (Cardinale) saw an opportunity to punish nonunion members, and he took it," said the supervisor, referring to Police Supervisors Association President Leonard Cardinale.
Cardinale, the union boss who approved the move, said PSA attorneys spent weeks researching the legality of the legal fee charges before moving ahead with the union board-approved effort. The idea, he said, wasn't to punish nonunion workers or reward union members but to make sure everyone shared equally in the price of legal representation. He wasn't surprised to hear that some nonunion police supervisors disagreed. "This particular situation has never been tested, but the law says there are no free rides," he said. "I would say legally, (Cardinale) is well within his rights. … I think the (federal) Supreme Court decision is further proof that what he's trying to do is correct." Police Supervisors Association President Leonard Cardinale, who leads the smallest of three bargaining groups to bring legal action against the city, said he doesn't plan to break off talks with the city as result of the ruling. "This ruling wasn't about money; it was about right and wrong," Cardinale said. According to court documents, Cardinale made the statements as president of the North Las Vegas Police Supervisors Association, which represents the interests of police sergeants and lieutenants. Following the comments, Chronister reassigned Cardinale from a day-shift non-patrol position to a swing-shift patrol position. As a result, Cardinale was denied adequate time to perform association business and was required to use his annual leave, according to court documents. Also, Cardinale no longer received his specialty pay that he had received since before 2011.
Leonard Cardinale, president of the NLVPSA.
Perhaps it's a worthwhile effort. This chart, courtesy of transparentnevada.com, reveals the staggering level of compensation provided to North Las Vegas employees. For example, Sgt. Cardinale currently receives a whopping $213,140.24 in total compensation for 2011. That represents an increase of $80,674.65 in compensation-since 2009. Yet Sgt. Cardinale is hardly an isolated case.
"It sounds like an insurmountable problem, like it might not be fixable," Police Supervisors Association President Leonard Cardinale said.
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