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Judge weighs media cost for police video from Vegas shooting

March 7, 2018

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2017 file photo, drapes billow out of broken windows at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip following a mass shooting at a music festival. A Nevada judge says he'll rule this week how much media companies should have to pay to obtain police records about the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting that became the deadliest in modern U.S. history. (AP Photo/John Locher,File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge says he’ll decide this week how much media companies should have to pay to get police videos and 911 calls about the Las Vegas mass shooting that became the deadliest in modern U.S. history.

Clark County District Judge Richard Scotti acknowledged Wednesday that Las Vegas police have been asked since Oct. 1 to respond to a massive document request by several media companies, including The Associated Press.

But he noted that the department estimates it will cost more than $400,000 to search for, retrieve, prepare and copy records, including footage from police body cameras, dispatch logs, 911 recordings, contracts and other documents.

Las Vegas Review-Journal lawyer Margaret McLetchie says police can’t be allowed to charge excessive fees for public records.

Scotti promises a written ruling Friday.

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