Time and time again, those who have studied the Las Vegas shooter’s case have demanded to see the footage that is being withheld from view. Just as during 9/11 when the Pentagon hid footage from America’s eyes, so has it happened with this hotel room killing spree. Many have wondered if anyone was going to stand to this injustice or if it was simply going to be another incident hidden from the American people.
Judge Richard Scotti said on Wednesday that the “release nearly all records related to the Oct. 1 mass shooting” is to happen, according to the Conservative Tribune. To be at last be seen by everyone is “audio recordings of 911 calls, body camera footage, evidence logs, and other information.” The A.P. is saying, “no more games,” and so are many others who are at last being heard.
Confirming this was KNTV News who wrote that “Nevada state court Judge Richard Scotti on Wednesday ruled the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department must begin releasing records to media organizations, which had sought them since hours after the Oct. 1 shooting.”
The station also said, “Scotti said the department must redact all identifiable information, including names, Social Security numbers, and portions of videos in which people could be easily recognized.” That certainly is a fair enough request.
KVVU reminds us that the judge is giving police thirty days (until Marth 7th) to make the redactions needed for everything to at last come out.
Scotti sided with the people as he asked, “Doesn’t the public have a right to know that its government is doing its job? That they’re safe? That the government officials are acting with proper responsibility?” It is said that his patience is “wearing thin” with the attorneys for the police department which is seen clearly in his words.
On the 30th of January, “Judge Timothy Williams declared that the coroner’s report on shooter Stephen Paddock’s body.” We are left to ask why this would even need legal attention. Are we not a free society? This should have been standard practice.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote that “[Coroner] Fudenberg had not complied with the order. He indicated he wouldn’t release Paddock’s autopsy report until it was ‘finalized.” This is said to have puzzled many since the killer has been dead for four months!
“They (the coroner’s office) have delayed this for too long, and whatever stage the coroner’s report on Paddock is in, it should be provided to the Review-Journal and Associated Press without further delay,” stated Maggie McLetchie, an attorney for that news agency.
“No more games. Release the records,” she demanded.
KTNV also added, “On Jan. 13, unsealed documents offer a blueprint of investigators’ pursuits in determining how and why Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock carried out the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.”
It is also said that “Among the revelations in the affidavits are discussions about mystery email exchanges that occurred two months prior to the attack, which investigators believed may have been related to shooting at the Las Vegas music festival in October.”
So, will we find out if there was a second person in Paddock’s room when room service was ordered for two? Are we supposed to believe that he was just really hungry that day without any proof of it? An autopsy will show what was consumed.
Will we find out why the F.B.I. seemed to shush police as they stammered to answer even the most basic questions?
Hopefully, we will. Maybe there isn’t anything nefarious to be seen. Still, only a fool who trusts authority figures way too much would pull back from asking these questions.
That is what republic is all about.