He was hired to serve and protect, not to cower and hide.
It’s been a year and a half and we still don’t have answers about the mass shooting in Las Vegas when Stephen Paddock opened fire for 10 minutes on attendees of the Route 91 Harvest music festival. The worst mass shooting in U.S. history claimed the lives of 58 individuals and left 422 injured.
It has now been confirmed that one officer was fired for standing idly by while shots rang out the floor above him.
The police department confirmed yesterday veteran officer Cordell Hendrex was fired in March, with a union chief saying it was because of his actions during the October 1, 2017 shooting.
Police union president Steve Grammas told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the union does not believe the officer should have been fired and is fighting to get him reinstated.
Hendrex, who served for 11 years in the force, was captured on bodycam footage waiting for four-and-a-half minutes on the 31st floor of the Vegas Strip hotel as the gunman fired from the floor above.
Hendrex admitted that he was “terrified with fear” in a police report submitted days after the October 1, 2017 shooting.
‘I froze right there in the middle of the hall for how long I can’t say,’ he wrote.
Video shows Hendrex waiting on the 31st floor before going to the 32nd floor where he waits for 15 minutes before the video ends.
Hendrex was with Officer Elif Varsin, whom he describes as a “Day 2 trainee” along with 3 Mandalay Bay Security Guards. Before the shooting began, Hendrex was in a Mandalay Bay Hotel security office showing Varsin how to write trespassing tickets to two women.
Amid radio reports of ongoing shooting and ‘multiple casualties,’ Hendrex, Varsin and three Mandalay Bay security officers run to an elevator talking about a shooter on the 32nd floor.
They get off on the 31st floor, though the reason they did so has not been explained.
The video shows Hendrex leading Varsin and the guards down a hallway on the 31st floor. All have their handguns drawn. As the group stands idly on the floor below the shooter, several volleys of rapid gunfire can be heard.
‘Holy s***. That’s rapid fire,’ Hendrex says. The group stops.
‘I’m inside the Mandalay Bay on the 31st floor, we can hear it above us,’ Hendrex says over his police radio.
‘Just be advised it is automatic fire, fully automatic fire from an elevated position,’ a radio voice says. ‘Take cover.’
Paddock fired on the crowd for 10 minutes. According to the video, Hendrex could hear the bursts of gunfire but waited before acting.
In his report, Hendrex attempted to make a defense. He heard automatic fire and only had a handgun.
Hendrex wrote: ‘I remember thinking that I had myself, my day 2 trainee and three security managers.
‘Between the 5 of us only I and Officer Varsin were wearing body armor and all of us were armed with a handgun each.’
‘The shooting stopped and all I could think was to stop the shooter or shooters from … escaping,’ he said.
Source: Daily Mail
The bottom line is: Hendrex didn’t act and people died. A lot of people died.
The police union is trying to appeal the decision, but this looks pretty open and shut.
by Doug Giles
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