The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) may not have a documentation of all policemen who made a response to the shooting incident in October 1, 2017, the LVMPD’s legal representative said at a court hearing on Tuesday, May 29.
“I don’t know if a record exists of every officer who responded to the scene,” LVMPD attorney Nick Crosby said.
The District Judge Stefany Miley stated that the truancy of such a record “could be obstructive.”
“Everyone who responds to the scene — if they were there on their official capacity — they would obviously have to (be documented),” Miley said. “Come on, we’re lawyers.”
The matter in question emerged at a court hearing regarding the numerous investigatory documents the LVMPD has been ordered to release under court mandate since the Las Vegas concert tragedy, the LVMPD declined to give further comment after the hearing.
The LVMPD lawyer also said that the department does not have a record of all the individuals who filled out voluntary witness statements after the Las Vegas concert massacre, which left 58 concertgoers murdered and hundreds more were injured.
Miley expressed doubt when attorney Crosby said that the Metropolitan department also may not have a file of all Closed-circuit television (CCTV) on the Las Vegas Strip, in spite of compiling hours of surveillance video footage as proofs from the night of the mass shooting.
“I’m sure someone knows where they are, because that’s how they narrow down what they’re looking for when they’re doing an investigation,” said the court judge.
The court hearing was implied to inaugurate a court-approved system of restricting down the ongoing release of records related to the mass shooting. A number of media outlets has successfully sued for accessing to the documents.
Since the LVMPD was ordered to release the data, LVMPD has released those files in three batches that included six hours of police officers body camera footage, more than 1,200 sheets of witness statements, and 2,000 pages of law-enforcement’s reports and other data, respectively.
The media outlets on Tuesday asked for an inventory of all publicly available archives that fall under the order. That way, the news agencies can pick which documents would be the most importance and eventually save on costs to produce them.
Crosby reasoned that the tragedy was “a unique situation” and that many of the internal records one would expect to come from a criminal investigation may not really exist, making a list strenuous to supply.
The judge then ordered the police department to present to court a log of all 911 calls from the mass shooting, a record of all LVMPD police officers who responded to the area, a report of all the officers regularly required to wear body-worn surveillance cameras, and an archive of the CCTV footage in the Last Vegas Strip that were recording on the night of the shooting, including their coordinates.
Should the media organizations are not allowed to narrow their demands, Miley added, “then a bunch of expenses are needlessly incurred that the taxpayers ultimately bear.” — The DistriQ, TheDistriQ.com