Gov. Sisolak won’t pursue charges in incident at Las Vegas restaurant

In this Thursday, March 12, 2020, file photo, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announces a state of...
In this Thursday, March 12, 2020, file photo, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announces a state of emergency amid coronavirus fears, at a news conference in Las Vegas.(John Locher | AP)
Published: Feb. 28, 2022 at 10:57 AM PST|Updated: Mar. 21, 2022 at 12:40 PM PDT
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (KOLO) - Governor Steve Sisolak will not pursue charges following an incident at a Las Vegas restaurant in which two customers used curse words toward the governor and called him a traitor.

In a statement released Monday, the governor called the treatment he and his family experienced “abusive” and “menacing,” but said he has asked District Attorney Wolfson not to pursue prosecution.

See his full statement below:

“I have asked District Attorney Wolfson not to pursue prosecution that could arise from the abusive and menacing treatment my family and I experienced at a local restaurant several weeks ago.

As a husband, I’m outraged at the ethnic slurs and threats aimed at my wife. As a father, I cannot forget or forgive the vulgar and foul language hurled at my daughter.

However, as Governor of this great State, I feel an obligation to avoid further fueling, and at worst, glorifying the anger and violence plaguing our nation and our State. A trial, should it occur, would cause further coverage, and provide this small minority of Nevadans more opportunity to spew their vile.

I ask our friends in the media to pay more attention to the thousands of acts of kindness and the charitable activities of our many kindhearted Nevadans, and to resist the temptation to air, post or print the few vulgar and disgusting acts of a handful. Our kids are taught, in their schools and churches, to be kind, we should be more focused to mirror that in our homes.

To practice what I preach, this statement stands as my final comment about this horrible incident.”

Video of the incident shared on social media shows the governor walking through the restaurant with his wife and daughter when he’s approached by a customer who asks to take a photo with him. The customer then starts using curse words directed toward the governor. A second man joins in, at one point calling the governor a traitor.

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto released the following statement about the incident:

“This is absolutely unacceptable behavior. I am glad Governor Steve Sisolak and the First Lady are safe, and I urge all Nevadans to reject this type of violent rhetoric.”

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford also released this statement:

“Completely unacceptable! We all should denounce this verbal attack and racist diatribe against the Governor and First Lady. Thankfully no violence ensued. Real patriots don’t act like this, and anyone perpetrating these actions should be held accountable.”

The governor’s office said the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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