Albany County Sheriff Defends Deputy

Dec 18, 2014

Deputy Derek Colling
Credit LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

A hire made three years ago by the Albany County Sheriff’s department is now coming under increased scrutiny. Deputy Derek Colling was fired by the Las Vegas Police three years ago for beating an unarmed man.

The victim was videotaping Colling during the incident. He was later awarded 100-thousand dollars in a settlement with the Las Vegas Police. Albany County Sheriff Dave O’Malley says that did not affect his decision to hire Colling.

I know how civil litigation is and I've seen officers in the past who were in situations where they were purely in the right

"I know how civil litigation is and I’ve seen officers in the past who were in situations where they were purely in the right. And I’ve seen agencies and insurance carriers and providers settle those claims rather than litigate them in the manner in which I feel they should have been." 

O’Malley also says Colling surpassed all requirements to become a Wyoming officer. The revelation about Colling comes during increased scrutiny of police brutality around the nation.