Does This Newly Released Vegas Footage Add To The Suspicion Behind The Shooting?
Seven months after the largest mass shooting in recent U.S. history a judge ordered body-cam footage be released to the public.
According to NY Times, a handful of Las Vegas police officers cautiously approached the door of Room 135 on the 32nd floor and huddled outside before whispering: “Breach, breach, breach.”
Then came an explosion that ripped open the door of a suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel, where officers expected to confront a gunman who by then had killed 58 people and injured hundreds more at a concert across the road.
They stood at the doorway for more than a minute, peering into what appeared to be an empty room.
“The door, Levi, get the door,” one officer said to another, seemingly trying to alert him to where the gunman — later identified as Stephen Paddock — could be lurking. The officers prepared to enter.
The Nevada Supreme Court ruled Friday that police had to release the bodycam footage and 911 call audio from the shooting.
Police had appealed an earlier ruling that the material be released, following requests by media, including CNN.
Lombardo denied that police were trying to be uncooperative. In a press briefing Tuesday, he cited cost, allocation of resources and potential further victimization of those affected by the shooting as reasons for delaying the release of the footage, recordings and documents.
For example, the department had to reassign detectives from their “primary responsibility” to go over the reports and footage before they were made public, and some personnel would have to endure reliving the shooting, he said.
“I want the community to know the release of the videos, 911, and documents will have a significant impact on the victims of this tragedy. We believe the release of the graphic footage will further traumatize a wounded community,” he said. “And for that, we apologize.”
Lombardo said no employees will be made available for interviews, but said a final comprehensive report on the shooting will come.