Mixed emotions over release of 1 October shooting videos

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1 October survivors and others continue to try and cope with the videos released by Metro police and they know more are to come.

While some want to avoid seeing the body camera videos made public Wednesday, others are embracing it. 

Some survivors say they can’t watch the videos Police released just yet. Another survivor he’s seen them and it’s given him another level of appreciation for what officers did that night. 

“It was hard to watch, but I understand why they’re doing it,” said Kevin Irons, 1 October survivor.

Irons stays strong, the survivor is joining the community for a Day of Prayer outside Las Vegas City Hall and speaking to a crowd one day after watching the two body camera videos metro made public. He admits it was a bit difficult to watch the videos.

“A little bit. I’ve got a pretty strong constitution,” he said.

He wanted to see how Metro officers reacted while inside the Mandalay Bay hotel that night.

“I was proud to see them, to react so selflessly trying to help people,” Irons said.

The content though still upsets some visiting the Healing Garden.

“No, I haven’t seen any of those,” said Patty McCarthy. I’m not 100 percent sure if I want to see them.”

She didn’t attend the Route 91 music festival but knows a survivor.

“It affected my friend, which affects me because she’s a close friend of mine and I care about her.” 

The records release impact is stretching further than survivors.

Irons says some can handle it better than others. He sees the importance of this footage coming out. 

“I absolutely think the public does have the right to know. I’m interested in finding out more about it.” 

A court mandate issued last week forced Metro to start releasing records. More body camera videos, 9-1-1 tapes and documents will be made public every week for the next few months.

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