Metro, media debate over cost to release mass shooting documents

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Las Vegas Metro Police are asking for almost half a million dollars to release evidence from the Oct. 1 mass shooting investigation.

Attorneys representing the police department and news outlets were back in court Wednesday. They gave their arguments on how much Metro can charge to produce police reports, body camera footage, 911 calls, and more.

Metro wants to charge for each document and the staff time involved. Attorneys for news organizations strongly oppose paying for manpower hours.

The judge is expected to make a final decision by Friday.

“Isn’t there a balancing act that I have to do in this case. Balancing the rights of the petitioners to obtain the documents because we all know that access to documents in essential to our democracy. But I have to balance that against the importance of not putting the constraints on Metro’s services such that the health, welfare, and safety of the public is not jeopardized,” said Judge Richard Scotti, Clark County District Court.

The judge also ordered both sides to meet in good faith and review what evidence news organizations would like to obtain.

So far, Metro has not released any documents following a court ruling ordering them to do so early last month.
Metro is arguing they have appeal rights.

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