Las Vegas Police do know the location of all surveillance cameras on strip, sources say - Baltimore Post-ExaminerBaltimore Post-Examiner

Las Vegas Police do know the location of all surveillance cameras on strip, sources say

LAS VEGAS —  During a court hearing the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s attorney Nick Crosby told Judge Stefany Miley on May 29 that the department may not have a list of all the surveillance cameras that are located along the Las Vegas Strip.

Law enforcement sources who spoke to the Baltimore Post-Examiner contradicted Crosby’s statement to the Court and said that it is absurd to think that the LVMPD doesn’t know the location of surveillance cameras along Las Vegas Boulevard.

They know what hotel-casino properties have video surveillance cameras said one source. Strip properties routinely are asked for copies of video surveillance footage when crimes occur on or near their properties.

The LVMPD also knows the location of every traffic camera located along Las Vegas Boulevard, the source said.

One retired LVMPD police officer told the Baltimore Post-Examiner on Friday that Crosby’s statement to the Court was pure bull. That officer said that the LVMPD for years has had dozens of their own video surveillance cameras located along the entire length of the Las Vegas Strip.

Those cameras, he said, are controlled by LVMPD personnel who are assigned to the Fusion Center. Those cameras have pan-tilt-zoom capability and can zero in on anything that occurs on the Strip.

The Baltimore Post-Examiner was told that as soon as calls came into the LVMPD Communications Center that shots were fired on the night of October 1, personnel at the Fusion Center would have immediately moved cameras and zoomed into the location.

Those police cameras also can zero in on hotel room windows.

As reports of multiple active shooter incidents were coming into the LVMPD Communications Center the night of October 1, personnel at the Fusion Center would have been moving their cameras to those locations also.

All the police video surveillance cameras are recorded.

Why the LVMPD’s attorney would tell the Court that the police would not know the location of their own surveillance cameras does seem disingenuous to say the least.

To date, the LVMPD has released several hours of video surveillance footage from the night of October 1, 2017, per court order. So, they must have known the location of at least those cameras.

In addition to all the video surveillance footage obtained from the hotels along the Strip, the police should also release all the recorded footage from their own cameras that were recording on the night of October 1, 2017, specifically in the areas of all the active shooter calls at multiple properties that occurred that night.



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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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