William B. Hill and Todd Hudson, childhood friends of slain Gulf War veteran Stanley L. Gibson, hoisted a banner Thursday near his grave at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City.
They were marking the second anniversary of the death of the disabled U.S. Army veteran at the hands of a Las Vegas police officer.
“Two years ago today the laughter was taken from our lives, the smile of a grandpa, man, husband, son, uncle, ‘brotha’ and best friend,” his widow, Rondha Gibson, said in a statement.
Gibson, who suffered from post-traumatic stress and other maladies, was accidentally shot as he sat in a car surrounded by police in a parking lot. Public outcry after the incident helped drive a movement to reform police policies and training.
Read some of the Review-Journal’s coverage, and be sure to look at our award-winning series, Deadly Force, which examined the culture of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at the time of the events surrounding Gibson’s death.
Original report: Disabled veteran killed in police shooting
Officer who shot, killed Gulf War veteran fired (Oct. 16, 2013)
Las Vegas officers dismayed, defensive about latest shooting (Dec. 18, 2011)
Stanley Gibson’s funeral (Dec. 23, 2011)