Sheriff's Official: Las Vegas Shooters Saw Police As Nazis
Dylan Scott – June 9, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT
Reports have connected the two Las Vegas shooters to neo-Nazi imagery, but a sheriff's official said on Monday that the couple might not be white supremacists. Instead, their ideology appeared to connect police authorities with Nazi oppression.
Clark County assistant sheriff Kevin McMahill told reporters at a press conference that the shooters placed a swastika on one of the two Las Vegas police officers they shot and killed Sunday at a local restaurant. The pair went on to shoot and kill another person before killing themselves.
But McMahill cautioned against presuming that the couple were neo-Nazis or white supremacists.
"One of the things that we believe at this point with the swastika is that we don't necessarily believe that they are white supremacists or associated with the Nazi movement," he said.
"We believe they equate government and law enforcement with fascism and those that support with Nazis," he continued. "They believe that law enforcement is the oppressor and they are associated with the Nazi movement."