Police Bodycam Footage Of Las Vegas Shooting Has Finally Been Released
- Author: Adam Floyd May 04, 2018,
May 04, 2018, 10:43
The footage from two officers was released Wednesday in response to a lawsuit brought by multiple news organizations seeking the release of 911 recordings, body camera footage and documents related to the shooting. He is also seen playing video poker for hours in the casino several times, including the day of the attack.
Another shows officers in a stairwell walking down a hallway behind armored shields and encountering a security guard holding a handgun. "There's a shooter up there".
The videos showed officers inside Paddock's room looking behind curtains, and one grabbed an assault-style rifle from the ledge of a broken window. A loud bang is then heard. The gunman's body is seen on his back, clad in dark pants and a long-sleeve shirt with a glove on his left hand. An apparent pool of blood stains the carpet near his head as a police Swat officer walks past.
Police say Paddock opened fire from the hotel room into a concert crowd on October 1, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds. In one video, an officer is seen taking a rifle out of a window Paddock had shattered and fired out of. "Oh yeah", another replied. Others talked about Paddock "blasting out the window" and pointed to "a whole suitcase full of loaded AK mags".
As more officers rush past, others urge caution. "He knew when officers were coming down the hallway". "That's what these wires are".
"He has an intricate camera system setup", the officer said.
In another video provided to the AP, an officer drives in a police vehicle with a siren on.
The footage does not show what the first officer through the door saw because he didn't activate his body-worn camera.
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A clip shows officers inside a room reading an address off Paddock's driver's license.
The first police officer to burst through the door of a Las Vegas hotel suite where a gunman unleashed a hail of bullets on a concert a year ago didn't activate his body camera.
The body camera video that was released on Wednesday, which totals about 2½ hours, represents a sample of hundreds of hours of body-camera recordings and does not provide a complete view of everything police discovered when they entered Paddock's suite.
"So there is no conspiracy between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, between the (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department) and MGM (the hotel owner)".
The police had argued against the release of the recordings, saying the release would "further traumatize a wounded community".
"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", said Sheriff Joe Lombardo. "What is seen on those videos in no way changes the facts that we were able to clarify for you shortly after the crime".
Mourners attend a vigil after the mass shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, which took place on October 1, 2017.
Police body-camera video from the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history shows Las Vegas officers busting into the gunman's hotel room and removing a rifle near a broken window.