NV Deputy Who Made National News Last Year for Abusing Forfeiture Law
Almost a year after a Nevada deputy was exposed on video stealing $50,000 from a man under threat of the state’s forfeiture laws, accusing the man of crimes he could not prove, the deputy was arrested on a felony assault with a weapon charge.
Humboldt County sheriff’s deputy Lee Dove was arrested Tuesday by the Winnemucca Police Department, which so far has released little details other than Dove apparently pointed a weapon at somebody else at a convenience store.
Dove was not on-duty as he has been on administrative leave since January for an unspecified reason.
According to KOLO8:
A deputy with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has been arrested after brandishing a weapon at the Maverick convenience store in Winnemucca on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.
Winnemucca Police Captain Bill Dalley says 47-year-old Lee Dove has been charged with drawing a deadly weapon in a threatening manner and assault with a deadly weapon, which is a felony.
Dove was already on administrative leave for an unknown reason prior to Tuesday’s arrest.
Last year, Dove made national headlines because of his arrogant abuse of the state’s forfeiture law, swiping $50,000 from a man who said he had won it in a Las Vegas casino, giving the man the choice to either abandon it or have it confiscated under the forfeiture law.
Dove had pulled Tan Nguyen over for driving three miles above the speed limit. Nguyen had to file a lawsuit to eventually get his money back.
Dove was so proud of his highway robbery tactics that he would post photos of himself on Facebook, posing with his dog and piles of seized cash.