Beatty experience Lt . Frank Jarvis

Beatty experience Lt . Frank Jarvis

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Neal Watkins

Vista, CA

#1 Nov 10, 2006
My fiancÚ Neal Watkins and I visited Las Vegas from Oct. 23 through Oct. 26 and Beatty from Oct. 26 through Oct. 29.

The purpose of our visit to Beatty was to see ghost towns, which we greatly enjoyed until our experience was soured by being confronted by the town's sheriff who ordered us out of rental car at gun point.

Lt. Frank Jarvis pulled in front of our vehicle and without explanation ordered us out of our car, demanded that I stand by the car and demanded that Neal walk backward toward him with his hands on his head and kneel near the patrol car. We both promptly complied with his orders since during the entire ordeal the sheriff's gun remained pointed at Neal. When the sheriff had Neal's driver's license out of his wallet, Neal was allowed to stand up and upon the arrival of another sheriff in a second patrol car, Lt. Jarvis holstered his gun.

As tourists visiting from California we felt utterly violated by this unexplainable and frightening intrusion upon our lives. No explanation was offered to us that made any sense. The first sheriff claimed that he was in pursuit of a suspect with a red shirt who had committed a crime or some sort and offered that "Sorry, I guess this is a bad time to be wearing a red shirt," while an hour later the second sheriff said that we were stopped because of some roll-over crash that had occurred nearby, never mentioning any crime, or a suspect wearing a red shirt.

The deputies involved in this horrific incident clearly were not communicating with one another. They were lacking information sufficient for a stop that required the use of any kind of weapon let alone a gun. Any officer who brandishes his gun with the same disdain we were confronted with is not fit to wear the badge or the uniform of a Nevada officer of the law. It is situations like these that prompt persons like ourselves to steer away from visiting places like Beatty and the surrounding ghost towns.

At this point, we will pursue an official complaint with IA at the sheriff's office in Beatty and have contacted the governor's office.

Situations like this hinder the growth of a wonderful town like Beatty; full of charm and kind people with treasures of the Old West that cannot be found anywhere else in the United States.


San Diego, Calif.
Gun Pointed at Me

Phoenix, AZ

#2 Dec 31, 2006
My situation sounds very similar to yours. I was pulled over for speeding and was approached by a Beatty sherrif department officer who pointed a gun at me and kept it pointed at me unti lanother officer arrived. This incident happened on December 28th as I was passing through Beatty on my way to Death Vally.
Needless to say as a tourist from canada I was horrified and have still not gotten over the incident. I will also persue a formal complaint and rest assured I will NOT be going back to Beatty or Nevada any time soon.
Beatty Posse

United States

#3 Jan 4, 2007
Both of these posts are probably lies, due to the fact that Nye County Sheriffs department uses the use of force continuem, a set of rules governing situations. Please stay out of our state and go back to the socialist hell holes you liberal freaks come from.

Reno, NV

#4 Jan 16, 2007
Nye County is a very corrupt county. One of the worst I've ever had to deal with.

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