Las Vegas Police body-worn camera footage shows Mandalay Bay security surveillance room night of massacre - Baltimore Post-ExaminerBaltimore Post-Examiner

Las Vegas Police body-worn camera footage shows Mandalay Bay security surveillance room night of massacre

LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer’s body-worn camera footage released Wednesday as part of the court-ordered document release, provides insight into activity in the Mandalay Bay Hotel’s security surveillance room on the night of the October 1, 2017 massacre.

The video footage was captured as LVMPD officers responded to the security office.  The entire video runs for three hours however the officers hadn’t arrived until 10:22 p.m., about seven minutes after Stephen Paddock had stopped firing, therefore it doesn’t cover what transpired prior to that time.

The Mandalay Bay Hotel has two separate surveillance rooms.  The security surveillance room is located in the security office and that system covers all the non-gaming video surveillance cameras.

Mandalay Bay Gaming Surveillance Room from LVMPD.

A separate gaming surveillance room is dedicated to all gaming activities, i.e. slots, table games, cashiers cage, etc.  That system is monitored by surveillance observers who are specifically trained in table games and all areas mandated by Nevada Gaming Control Board regulations.  Per NGCB regulations the gaming surveillance room has master control and recording of all cameras including those monitored by security officers in their surveillance room.

An MGM Resorts International insider told the Baltimore Post-Examiner that after the October 1 massacre the FBI had seized the Mandalay Bay’s surveillance digital recorders as evidence.  The Baltimore Post-Examiner will have more on that in an upcoming story.

The digital video recorders overwrite automatically after seven days.  Because of the amount of video footage that would have had to be reviewed, it would have been impractical to download all the footage onto other media and also to preserve the chain of custody, so taking the actual DVR’s made sense.

I only performed a cursory review of the footage that was released on Wednesday and as of yet haven’t had the opportunity to transcribe all the audio conversations that are heard.

At 10:21 p.m. when the two LVMPD officers are in the basement area of the Mandalay Bay on the way to the security office, there are hotel employees going about their business and one officer says to the other, “It’s unbelievable nobody knows about this shit.” 

As they enter the security office one of the police officers says to a security officer, “Are you guys aware there are shots fired from the tower”, and the security officer responds, “Yeah.”

There are comments made by security officers working the monitoring consoles that they have problems with their radio system, not being able to communicate with some officers.  The Baltimore Post-Examiner in our July 8 story, ‘Compromised evidence raises questions about Mandalay Bay security training, policies, and equipment’ documented Mandalay Bay security officers talking about faulty equipment during their recorded interviews with the police and the FBI.

Keep in mind that the video recorders time/date stamp uses the Zulu or GMT time standard therefore 05 would be 10:00 p.m. Pacific time and 08 would be 1 a.m. on October 2.

Toward the end of the video, at 3:11:03 you get a view of the gaming surveillance room as the police officers walk passed it toward the security room.

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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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