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Will criminal charges be filed in Las Vegas massacre?

LAS VEGAS — Clark County, Nevada, District Court Judge Elissa Cadish did not release any records Monday pertaining to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s (LVMPD) investigation of the worst mass shooting in American history as requested by several local and national media outlets.

In a stunning statement to the court, attorney Nicholas Crosby representing the LVMPD told the court that criminal charges may be possible depending on the results of an ongoing investigation.

When the judge asked if there are potential charges against others as a result of the ongoing investigation, the attorney for the police responded, yes. He did not elaborate on any evidence or who may be charged.

That comes as a surprise when juxtaposed with the fact that Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo has said numerous times that Stephen Paddock was the lone shooter responsible for the murder of 58 people and the wounding of hundreds of others.

In a slap in the face to the families of those killed and the survivors, on Saturday Sheriff Joe Lombardo told a crowd that “we need to forget about that and move on” referring to Stephen Paddock and a motive for his actions.

The comments by the LVMPD’s attorney just leads to more questions in a long list of many concerning transparency and truthfulness by the top cop running the LVMPD.

On Friday a Federal court judge released search warrants and affidavits that were requested by the FBI in the days after the massacre. Because of that, we learned that Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend admitted she had helped load magazines but knew nothing of the October 1 attack.

Always remember those who were murdered and wounded in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1, 2017.

It should never have happened.






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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.