Metro to start releasing 1 October shooting records tomorrow

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Metro Police Sheriff Joe Lombardo said the first of the 1 October records will be released to the public starting Wednesday, May 2.

The release follows a failed attempted by Metro to get a delay from the Nevada Supreme Court. 

Lombardo discussed the court ordered release Tuesday morning but did not take any questions after reading a prepared statement.

“At no point was the LVMPD trying to be uncooperative with the media or the public,” he said.

The records release will include audio and video records from the mass shooting at the Route 91 festival where 58 people were killed and around 800 injured. He said, video from officers body cameras will be released Wednesday showing what the officers saw when they entered the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay hotel and Stephen Paddock’s hotel suite. 

“The videos of two of our officers who had their body cameras activated during the portions of the entry into the suspect’s hotel room, will be released tomorrow,” Lombardo said. “What is seen on those videos no way changes the facts that we were able to clarify for you shortly after the crime.”

Lombardo said, he is concerned the release of footage from the night of the shooting will “further traumatize” survivors and family members of those killed. He added, it will also force his employees who must prepare the tapes for release to relive those tragic events.

Lombardo said preparing the records for release is a labor intensive process involving money and manpower. He estimated the cost will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Some detectives have been reassigned to help with the effort.

“Keep that in mind, we have to reassign detectives in order to accomplish this task. taking them away from their primary responsibility,” he said.

The department plans to rollout the release of body camera videos, 9-1-1 tapes and documents over the next few months.

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