Las Vegas police release more video of night of the massacre
Raw video: Las Vegas Metro Police Department releases body cam footage as the officers of Stephen Paddock’s room in the Mandalay Bay hotel during the attack automatic gunfire is heard in the background.
An armed veteran police officer stood for a few minutes in October last year as the Las Vegas gunman slaughtered dozens of concertgoers from a perch, up a floor, and now that cop’s actions — and inaction — will be reviewed by the Metropolitan Police Department.
The investigation of Cordell Hendrex, and the rest of the city’s police department, comes as Las Vegas prepares for the release of the ninth batch of the images and documents in connection with the shooting, in which 58 dead and hundreds wounded.
“Every officer’s actions that night to be evaluated,” police spokesperson Carla Alston told the Las Vegas Review-Journal last week. “One of the things that Sheriff [Joseph] Lombardo has said from the beginning is that this is an ongoing investigation. of that research is the evaluation of the performance, the actions and behaviour of every officer and civilian employee involved in the incident.”
The actions of Hendrex — that have comparisons drawn with that of Scot Peterson, a former school resource officer indicated with a “coward” by President Asset after Peterson failed to act in the course of February, the Parkland high school shooting — have come into the spotlight following record appears in May and June.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Cordell Hendrex, left, bottom, checking for his reaction to the October mass shooting that left 58 people killed.
(Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
Video footage showed Hendrex the lead of a police-student and three Mandalay Bay guards of the sound of gunfire from the hotel is the 32nd floor, where Stephen Paddock his sniper post, but not the confrontation with the shooter.
In the body of the cam-videos released last week, Hendrex is given the leadership of the group, with their pistols drawn, on the 31st floor.
“Holy s—. That is a rapid fire,” Hendrex told to say in the midst of the sounds of the Paddock unloading his rifle. “Oh my God,” he later says, for the rental of an exasperated sigh.
Hendrex, who allegedly worked together with the police, since 2009, also told the police radio he was “in the Mandalay Bay on the 31st floor, we hear automatic fire coming from one floor above us.”
“Just be advised automatically fire, fully automatic fire from an elevated position,” he told me in a comment. “Take cover.”
The video recordings, captured by the body camera of Las Vegas Officer Elif Varsin, let the group stand in the hallway for approximately two minutes before taking refuge in a stairwell, to the 32nd floor for about 15 minutes, at which point the clip ends.
Officer Cordell Hendrex was the first officer at Mandalay Bay. He was with the Officer Elif Varsin, on her second day of the training.
“I know that I hesitated, and remember being scared with fear, and I think I froze there in the middle of the room, for how long I cannot say.” pic.twitter.com/UlIBpLUIPG
— Adam Herbets (@AdamHerbets) May 24, 2018
“I know that I hesitated, and remember being scared with fear, and I think I froze there in the middle of the room, for how long I cannot say,” Hendrex later wrote in a police report that was made public in May.
“I knew that if I could come on the shooter or shooters of a different side or a different angle then we can surround and contain them from escaping and keep them from pain more victims,” he added, while noting he forgot to turn his body camera on until later in the recording.
“I felt that my mouth was extremely dry and cotton mouth and I had no spit and I also felt myself starting to get tunnel vision and I can remember to focus on tactical breathing to calm myself,” he said.
But for retired Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Lt Randy Sutton, Hendrex, the actions were not good enough.
“The body cam footage that came out, it really is annoying… and you know, it is frustrating for me, both as a retired police officer, especially with the Metro, to be made public, and feel the frustration that he can’t do everything, that he froze, even by his own report, was so afraid that he can’t do everything,” Sutton told Wayne Allen Root, June 29 edition of the Root-radio program. “And not only him, but since he was the senior officer, the intern that was with him not acting, nor the safety of people, because they were waiting for his guidance.”
Sutton added: “Just like in the Park pictures, I to the face of the facts and the treatment of such things as it is lawful, and therefore, when there is a screw or when there is an embarrassment like this, I have to be honest about it as much as I find it uncomfortable to talk about.”
Report of Officer E. Varsin. 10/1 was her second day of the training.
They Officer C. Hendrex were the first two officers in Mandalay Bay. She says that they had to react on the 31st floor.
At a certain point, they are placed in the stairwell until SWAT arrived. pic.twitter.com/yAXG2WirqC
— Adam Herbets (@AdamHerbets) May 24, 2018
Other law enforcement experts, however, said she could understand why Hendrex did the shooting unfolded.
“We teach officers to respond directly to the actively killing. Every second that it continues, more lives are in danger,” J. Pete Blair, a criminal justice professor and director of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training center at Texas State University, told the Associated Press. “But we don’t expect them to take unnecessary risks.”
Thor Eells, the executive director of the National Tactical Officers Association, told the AP that “you can simulate an active shooter scenario, but it is not the same as real bullets fly.”
And Eugene O’donnell, a former New York City cop and now an instructor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said: “we have to be realistic.”
“Police officers are citizens with weapons,” he told the Associated Press. “The idea that they spring into action and take on a serial killer who’s body count is probably not something you can ask for.”
Las Vegas police are expected to release a report on the shooting in August, and the FBI has said the report – which focus on the motive for the attack is due sometime before October 1.