David Roger Commentary: Officer Levi Hancock didn't turn on his body camera in the LV Shooting
SWAT officer Levi Hancock did not turn on his recording device upon entering gunman Paddock’s room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. By law, certain Metro Police officers are required to wear body cameras while on duty and, given that a copy is requested, a recording of the events in question must be provided by the officer in question.
Karen Castro from Las Vegas Now, in a May 3rd interview with former district attorney David Roger poses the question: was Levi Hancock’s failure to turn on his body camera a big deal?
"From my perspective, there's nothing from the body camera videos which would help any of those cases, except establish, perhaps pain and suffering of the victims and the trauma," Roger said.
But as far as department policy is concerned, Roger says officers are required to activate their body cameras when they respond to an emergency. With that said, Roger also admitted that Metro does not have a 100 percent activation rate.
"These guys are heroes," Roger said. "These guys are warriors. I mean, this was not your typical situation. This was, get your gear on, run and go stop the threat.”
Regardless of the absence of Hancock’s footage, there were recording officers that entered the room just seconds after Hancock which drastically reduced the gravity of Hancock’s footage. Roger believes that Mr. Hancock did not intentionally forget to turn on his camera. No matter, Roger says that in the grand scheme of things, this is probably not too important.
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