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Sheriff Joe Lombardo tells crowd ‘it’s important for us to forget that and move on’

Clark County Sheriff, Joe Lombardo, head of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department once again displayed his ignorance on Saturday.

After months of lies, misleading, convoluted and contradictory statements concerning the investigation of the worst mass shooting in American history, Lombardo like the Eveready bunny, just keeps going and going with his inept remarks.

Lombardo made the following comments on Saturday while addressing a crowd:

“The frustrating thing for me as the head of the law enforcement is the keyboard bandits the guys who sit at their couches at their home and Monday morning quarterback everything you do and that are smarter than you. The pressure that we are put under to do the right thing and I believe we did the right thing and I am not hiding anything from anybody. You know what I know. The reason why I say that it is just as important for you to be comfortable living here and have an understanding to prevent another event from taking place, for you to know what exactly happened. So, you know what exactly happened so far. I anticipate a press conference here in about a week to give you more information and to provide the media with more information associated with that event. But there will not be a keystone or an important piece associated with Mr. Paddock and why he did what he did, so it’s important for us to forget that and move on and be resilient.”    

First, off Lombardo, it was not an event. It was a massacre. 58 people are dead and over 550 were wounded and or injured in Las Vegas on October 1 during the worst mass shooting in American history. Keep towing that politically correct line.

You said you are not hiding anything Lombardo. Well, then why haven’t you told us why your SWAT Team couldn’t make it to that stairwell after an hour and five minutes after the last shots were fired, to back up their lone team member.   I will just forget your lies about the full SWAT Team making entry.

Why did your department have to borrow armored vehicles during the worst mass shooting in American history? Are your officers ill-equipped to protect the public at large? Or is it that you want to remain politically correct at the expense to the safety of your officers and the public?

Remember Lombardo it was police officers in your department who compromised the investigation by leaking crime scene photos to the press and then allowed a photographer to enter the 32nd-floor hallway which was also a crime scene. Then you had the gall during that November 2 interview with KLAS-TV when you said that you would probably never be able to find out who leaked those photos. Was that because you wanted to protect one of your command staff officers who leaked the first two photographs?

Then you had the nerve to have your Internal Affairs Unit contact me to give up my police sources (which I didn’t) because I had found out that the Homicide Division was pulled off Paddock’s suite and that investigation was turned over to the Force Investigation Team, at that time headed by the wife of your second in command, Undersheriff Kevin McMahill.

Let us not forget all the other lies and incompetent remarks you have made including those on that KLAS-TV interview back in November.

Why is it that the local hometown media here keeps giving you a pass on your absurd remarks and lies? Maybe they don’t want their jobs threatened as has been reported you have done to reporters in the past and have their press credentials pulled.

Lombardo, you are really transparent.

That’s why you are fighting to keep all records and evidence concerning the investigation of the massacre out of the public’s hands. And let us not forget hiring an outside law firm to protect the LVMPD by fighting to prevent a former officer from testifying in court because his testimony might implicate corrupt cops.

Yes, Lombardo under your leadership you have done a remarkable job with the LVMPD.

We wouldn’t have to sit back and Monday morning quarterback as you said if you hadn’t disgraced your uniform and badge by lying to the public and contradicting yourself, which by the way reflected on your entire department.

I am sure the dead, injured and their families will appreciate what you said, “so it’s important for us to forget that and move on.”  They will never forget what happened. As for being resilient as you said, the survivors and the families of those who were murdered will never recover emotionally from that.

You continue to be a disgrace to not only your office but to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

I feel I need to apologize for the sheriff’s disgraceful remark to the families and friends of the 58 souls that perished.


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Doug Poppa

Doug Poppa is a US Army Military Police Veteran, former law enforcement officer, criminal investigator and private sector security and investigations management professional with 40 years of experience. In 1986 Mr. Poppa was awarded “Criminal Investigator of the Year” by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia for his undercover work in narcotics enforcement. He was also re-assigned to the Northern Virginia Regional Narcotics Enforcement Task Force for 18 months. In 1991 and again in 1992 Mr. Poppa’s testimony under oath in court led to the discovery that exculpatory evidence was withheld from the defense by the prosecutor and sheriff’s office officials during the 1988 trial of a man accused of attempted murder of his wife that led to his conviction. As a result of his testimony the man was ordered released from prison, given a new trial in 1992 and found not guilty. Mr. Poppa became the subject of local and national news media attention as a result of his testimony which led to the demise of his 12-year police career. After losing his job, at the request of the FBI, Mr. Poppa infiltrated in an undercover capacity a group of men who were plotting the kidnapping of a Dupont Chemical fortune heir and his wife in 1992. His stories have been featured on Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and CBS News’ Street Stories with Ed Bradley. Contact the author.
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  • MattBracken

    Tell us what you REALLY think, Doug!
    I’m sure you are the “keyboard bandit” that is scorching him

    • Doug Poppa

      Thanks Matt. The story or should I say the man that keeps on giving. I sent you that article about the stadium yesterday. You are on the mark. Crazy world out there!

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