A Las Vegas school district fired a police officer for telling the FBI about a police party where a teenager got drunk and then killed a woman by driving drunk, the officer claims in court.
Former school district police Lt. Daniel M. Burgess claims the Clark County School District fired him for cooperating with the FBI and reporting that 18-year-old Kevin Miranda and other minors were served alcohol and played beer pong with off-duty police officers during a dispatcher’s party.
After the party, Miranda ran a red light, struck a car driven by 24-year-old UNLV student Angela Peterson and killed her. He pleaded guilty to felony drunk driving causing death and was sentenced to six to 17 years in prison.
Days after the Nov. 28, 2009 party and accident, Burgess says, he learned of the “improper and illegal conduct,” and that department officials, including then-Police Chief Filiberto “Phil” Arroyo and current Police Chief James Ketsaa, “began their attempts to cover up – rather than investigate – the involvement of Clark County School District and its employees in sponsoring” the party.