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California attorney blames cowardly police for Stephen Paddock’s reign of terror

LAS VEGAS — California attorney Catherine Lombardo told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight show on Thursday that the wife of her client would be alive today, if Las Vegas Police Officer Cordell Hendrex confronted gunman Stephen Paddock whose gunfire rained down on the Route 91 Music Festival on October 1, 2017

Lombardo (no relation to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo) is a former prosecutor and police commissioner who is representing several Californians who were victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting. The Baltimore Post-Examiner was the first to report on the cowardly acts of Hendrex and security officers as well as the coverup of what really happened in the worst mass shooting in modern history of the United States that left dozens dead and more than 400 injured.


Hendrex, along with Officer Elif Varsin, his trainee and three armed Mandalay Bay security managers were too scared to confront Paddock. They remained on the 31st floor of the hotel listening to the gunfire for several minutes that was originating from the 32nd floor as Hendrex’s and Varsin’s police radios broadcast the horror occurring at the concert venue.

It was not until the gunfire stopped that the armed contingent entered the stairwell where they remained for over 30 minutes until the arrival of other officers.

Carlson said, This is the second time in several months that we have seen police officers stand there while a mass murder takes place.  I’m very sympathetic to cops, they take a lot of crap, but I think we deserve an explanation for why this keeps happening.”

On February 14 of this year, 17 persons were killed, and over a dozen others injured when gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  A Broward County Deputy Sheriff, Scot Peterson, remained outside the building as the shots were being fired and failed to confront the gunman.  Peterson, who was called a coward, was suspended without pay the following day but he immediately retired.

“I have a client whose spouse was shot and killed inside the venue during the 12thand final burst of gunfire,” Lombardo said.

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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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