Body cam video shows LVMPD breaching Mandalay Bay suite of Stephen Paddock
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LAS VEGAS (AP) - 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 last year didn’t activate his body camera.
The disclosure made by police lawyers late Tuesday raises questions about whether officers followed department policy during the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Police released body camera videos Wednesday from two other officers who helped clear Stephen Paddock’s room.
The footage represents a sample of hundreds of hours of body-camera recordings that police say don’t answer why Paddock opened fire.
A lawsuit by KSNV News 3, The Associated Press and other media outlets led to the videos’ release.
LVMPD Sherrif Joe Lombardo said he was worried about the impact the material will cause.
“We believe the release of the graphic footage will further traumatize a wounded community,” Lombardo said. “For that, we apologize.”
The media however, asserts the public has the right to know what exactly happened on that tragic night in our city.
Paddock opened fire from a 32nd-floor hotel suite at Mandalay Bay on Oct. 1, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds of others.
Jaron Wilson, a One October survivor, says he still thinks that night every day. While some understandably prefer to move on, and move past the tragedy, Jaron is among those happy with the latest release of footage. He calls it an opportunity to learn and grow.
"What could we have done more?", said Wilson.
"Other departments, other cities. I think there's definitely a wealth of information to learn, pros and cons," Jaron told us.
The police department’s policy requires officers to activate body cameras during calls that result in interaction with citizens and searches.