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Gamblers flock to downtown Las Vegas on first night of casino reopenings

By | Rachel Brooks

Staff | Telegraph Local 

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Above, inside a Las Vegas casino, as seen on a recent CNBC broadcast.

Gamblers flocked to downtown Las Vegas, Nevada on the first night that casinos reopened post the strict coronavirus lockdowns. The Las Vegas Review-Journal stated that the casinos welcomed the gamblers back after 78 days. USA Today called the reopenings the “best night ever” in terms of reopening. Establishments offered free flights and other perks that encouraged increased gameplay.

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Likewise, reopening ribbons spelled out in bold letters the historical name of the date. 

“ I was there! 6-4-20 Reopening Las Vegas!”

The Las Vegas Review-Journal also reported that the casino reopenings “breathed” a new sense of life into the McCarran airport. McCarran received an influx in guests passing through its facilities as people arrived to celebrate Las Vegas grand reopening. 

As Las Vegas, Nevada prepares to slowly rise from the ashes of the wave of COVID-19’s crushing impact, police brutality protests remain peaceful. This was reported by ABC 13. Local ABC reports that this marks the eight straight day that police protests in Las Vegas did not become heated. 

ABC 13 reported that 50-100 people who support the #BlackLivesMatter movement were in attendance at the June 3 rally. Protesters gathered much the same way they did on Wednesday night, citing ABC. They congregated in the Strip. They then walked along Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue. They stopped to kneel in front of the iconic Bellagio fountains. Then, they proceeded to chant “I can’t breathe.” 

The protests followed the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis, MN police officer Derek Chauvin. “I can’t breathe,” are part of the last recorded words of George Floyd. The phrase has become somewhat mantric to the protest. Yet, in Las Vegas’ case, there have been no known cases of associated violence or criminal behavior to go along with it. 

Despite the fact that protests have been reportedly peaceful in Las Vegas, some residents report that they were roughly treated by the police. This was reported by NBC 3 Las Vegas early on Friday, June 5. NBC 3 was citing the local attorney Athar Haseebullah as the source. In video footage obtained by NBC, Mr. Haseebullah asks police why his fraternity brother was being detained. Rather than explain, Mr. Haseebullah was also reportedly taken into custody. 

It is not clear at this time what sort of degree of impact George Floyd related civil rights protests will have on the grand reopening environment in Las Vegas. Likewise, it is not yet certain what sort of impact the reopening will have on the protests. The influx of people visiting the city from both events of interests will likely drive intermingling and encounters with police. If police are being violent in excess, then we can infer that these forced encounters will take a potentially hostile turn. It is advised to respect local curfews and stay clear of heavily crowded areas. 

In other racially charged events in Las Vegas, NBC 3 reported that Yasmine Jackson, the granddaughter of Joe Jackson, has been stabbed in a hate crime in Las Vegas. This was reported on June 4. Ms. Jackson was stabbed by a female suspect multiple times. The suspect allegedly used racial slurs as she attacked Jackson. According to Ms. Jackson herself, her attacker was 22-year-old Angela Bonell. Bonell stabbed Jackson seven times near her home in southwest valley. 

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Ms Bonell is Hispanic. She was apprehended by a male bystander on the scene who held her to a gate. He was then one of the responders to the scene of Jackson’s injuries. Jackson was later treated by UMC trauma. This is citing NBC 3 News. 

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