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UPDATE: Therapist, 1 Oct. survivor talk about impact of records release

Sheriff stresses potential harm to survivors
Nev. Supreme Court denies stay on 1 Oct. info
Posted at 1:01 PM, Apr 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 14:24:58-04

LATEST MAY 2:  13 Action News is speaking with a licensed therapist about the impact of this release on victims. Sasha DeCania says the release will cause some victims to just relive that horrific event.  For them, it's best to stay away from the new information.

"Certainly, no one is alone in their feelings about what happened October 1st," said DeCania.

However, she said other victims and family members may be able to use information in their healing process.

"They want to know what  happened," she said. "They want to have a sense of being able to put those memories into some perspective."

Survivor Terri Davis had one question, "Is the whole thing coming out tomorrow?"

After she learned the documents would be distributed over several months she had this to say, "Are we ever going to get those answers that we, as victims really desperately want, will we ever get them anyway?"

LATEST MAY 1: Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo addressed members of the media on Tuesday morning regarding the ordered release of additional  material related to the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017.

The sheriff told the media that video recorded by body cameras worn by police officers during the entry into Stephen Paddock's hotel suite at Mandalay Bay will be released tomorrow.

Lombardo stressed during the press conference that he feels that the video could cause further trauma to the survivors and family members. He also said that the resiliency center is prepared to provide assistance to anyone who needs it after the additional material and video is released. 

The sheriff also said that there are several reasons that it has taken so long to release the material and video.

Those reasons included the need to review as part of investigation, manpower needed to review all of the material, cost to review all of the material, and desire not to cause further harm to survivors and family members.

The sheriff said that the department will be forced to reassign detectives to the task -- taking them away from their regular duties. He also told the media that the cost to produce the materials for the public is a "legitimate" issue and it may cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. LVMPD's Communication Director Carla Alston followed that up by saying that the department had to buy computers in order to process the material for release.

Sheriff Lombardo also stated that LVMPD was "at no point" trying to be uncooperative with the media and the public and that the department has been operating as they always have been. 

The full release of the material is expected to take several weeks and will be released on a "rolling basis."  The sheriff also talked about the impact on its employees who will be involved in the process. The department will also release a final report, detailing the investigation into the mass shooting that claimed 58 lives and injured several hundred more. 

The sheriff read from a script and did not take any questions during the press conference. 


UPDATE MAY 1: Sheriff Joe Lombardo will brief the media at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the process in which the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department will be releasing video and audio records of the 1 October shooting.

We will be livestreaming the event on Facebook and KTNV.com


LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- The Nevada Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department cannot stop public records applications for information related to the 1 October shooting.

On March 2 and March 9, the district court required LVMPD to make certain information available to the media. The department responded by filing for an emergency stay, which would halt the process of making that information public.

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The request for a stay was denied on Friday.

Court documents say that the Nevada Supreme Court considers factors such as whether someone will suffer "irreparable or serious injury" if the information were released to the public. The Nevada Supreme Court said they were "not convinced that a stay is warranted at this time."

LVMPD still has the option to appeal the Nevada Supreme Court's decision.

You can read the full Supreme Court Order here.