THE PARTY OF ‘TOLERANCE’: Soros funded Dem operative arrested for ‘battery’ against GOP campaign manager

Las Vegas — A Democratic operative for a group funded by billionaire business tycoon George Soros was arrested in Las Vegas on Tuesday and charged with battering a GOP campaign manager.

According to police reports, Wilfred Michael Stark III, 50, was arrested by Las Vegas City Marshals after he allegedly forcefully grabbed the arm of Kristin Davison, a female campaign manager for Nevada GOP gubernatorial nominee Adam Laxalt and assaulted her.

“He was arrested by our city marshals last night about 7 p.m. after Kristin Davison contacted them saying Mr. Stark had grabbed her by the arm and pushed her. The arrest is classified as a citizen’s arrest because the incident did not happen in the presence of the marshals,” the Marshal’s office said in a statement. The office said the incident was “an apparent result of an altercation involving Mr. Stark entering one of the rooms … and attempting to question Attorney General Adam Laxalt.”

Davison says the assault left her “terrified and traumatized” and with bruises on her neck and arms.

“Politics is a little bit aggressive these days, but this is just insane. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Davison, 31, told Fox News on Wednesday.

“We’re used to trackers, but this guy was very physical—pushing me, pushing into members of my staff, screaming,” Davison added. “This man was physically, almost body-checking me. I was getting nervous for my safety, so we left, and went into an open room.”

Davison told Fox News when she, Laxalt and two other male staffers went into the private room and closed the door, only to have it “burst open” moments later.

“Two male staffers were trying to hold him back. He was so aggressive, he looked like he was going to towards the candidate to physically harm him,” Davison said. “He grabbed my right arm, my leg was lodged between the door and the wall. He twisted my arm, and contorted it behind my back. I was scared. Every time I tried pulling away, he would grab tighter, and pull me closer into him.”

Stark was arrested on a similar charge earlier this year after police say he attacked the female press secretary for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

He currently remains in custody at the Las Vegas city jail.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS: Police release 2,100 documents relating to Vegas mass shooting

Las Vegas, Nev. (AP) — Police in Las Vegas released documents Wednesday that they said contain dispatch logs and additional officer reports about the investigation into the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The release of some 2,100 pages of documents followed a court order after The Associated Press and other media organizations sued for information on the Oct. 1 shooting that killed 58 people and injured hundreds more.

More than seven months after the attack, the key unanswered question remains a motive for the rampage. Police and the FBI have said they don’t know what led Stephen Paddock to open fire from his high-rise hotel room onto an outdoor concert below.

They have said they believe Paddock, 64, a retired accountant, real estate investor and high-stakes gambler, acted alone and that the attack had no link to international terrorism.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo has said police compiled thousands of documents and amassed hundreds of hours of video, including witness cellphone recordings and footage from officers’ body-worn cameras.

The department has been releasing the information in waves, with names and identifying characteristics of witnesses blacked out. It has not provided all the materials it collected.

Some 1,200 pages of similar police reports and witness statements released last week unveiled accounts from two people who said a person they believed to be the gunman ranted in the days prior the attack about the U.S. government and gun control.

Footage from two officers’ body cameras released May 2 showed police blasting through the door of the Mandalay Bay hotel suite where Paddock is seen dead amid a cache of assault-style weapons.

Authorities say Paddock broke windows on the 32nd floor of the hotel and fired for about 10 minutes into a concert crowd of 22,000 people at an open-air venue on the Las Vegas Strip.

Media outlets sued to obtain videos, 911 recordings, evidence logs and interview reports to shed light on the response by public agencies, emergency workers and hotel officials during and after the shooting.

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GUN GRABS BEGIN: States seizing guns from firearm owners they deem ‘dangerous’

SAN DIEGO, CA — Since January, states with so-called “red flag” laws have begun confiscating firearms from individuals they consider “dangerous”.

Within the last two months, police officials in California have seized guns from individuals they deemed an immediate threat, among them, a 38-year-old man who they say had threatened his wife after an incidence of domestic violence, a 23-year-old ex-Marine who, authorities claim, had developed paranoia and a 39-year-old man who was reported by neighbors for firing his weapon in his own backyard.

The move toward seizing guns has reached a fever pitch in the wake of such high profile mass shootings as the Las Vegas massacre and Parkland, Florida high school shooting and, experts say, it’s only the beginning.

Red flag laws, which are on the books in California, Connecticut, Indiana, Oregon and Washington State, allow law enforcement officials to remove guns from people deemed by a judge to be dangerous. Similar measures are being considered in more than a dozen additional states including Hawaii and Pennsylvania.

“The reason I like gun violence restraining orders as an option is that we can use them even if the person hasn’t been convicted of a crime,” Mara W. Elliott, the San Diego city attorney, told The New York Times (https://tinyurl.com/y85sc9eb). But many Republicans oppose the new laws, Many Republicans oppose red flag laws and argue that a judge’s order to seize a person’s weapon may violate Second Amendment rights when no crime has been committed.

In a statement on its website shortly after Oregon passed the new law, the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action called it a violation of due process.

“Yesterday, Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 719A. Based on a California law enacted in 2014, SB 719A will create a so-called “Extreme Risk Protection Order” (ERPO) that could be obtained by a law enforcement officer, family member, or household member in an ex parte hearing to deprive someone of their Second Amendment rights without due process of the law,” the statement reads (https://tinyurl.com/yckwha9j).

“By allowing a law enforcement officer, family member, or household member to seek the ERPO, SB 719A will allow people who are not mental health professionals, who may be mistaken, and who may only have minimal contact with the respondent to file a petition with the court and testify on the respondent’s state of mind. This ex parte order, which strips the accused of their Second Amendment rights, will be issued by a judge based on the brief statement of the petitioner. The accused will not be afforded the chance to appear in court to defend themselves against the allegations when the ERPO is issued. These orders may be issued without any allegations of criminal behavior,” the statement continues.

Ramesh Ponnuru, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative research group, says that more laws that restrict the rights of those not convicted of a crime, is not the answer.

“This is a country with hundreds of millions of guns in circulation, and that fact imposes real constraints on what policy can achieve and on what kind of policy makes sense,” said Ponnuru. No one, Ponnuru added, should expect any one law to fix everything. “Realism is the right attitude,” he said.

Brad Banks, an Indianapolis criminal law attorney at Banks & Brower, says in his state, the law appears to be working.

“It’s fair and balanced and addresses the immediate need of protecting people with significant mental impairment but also has safeguards for the court to review” whether an individual should have the firearms returned, Banks told the Indy Star (https://tinyurl.com/y73qbuuc).

During a roundtable meeting at the White House this week, President Donald Trump met with state leaders and gun victims to discuss the effectiveness of such laws and to determine what steps need to be taken to prevent further mass shootings.

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THE PLOT THICKENS: Coroner defies court order to release autopsy results of alleged Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock

LAS VEGAS, NV — Clark County Nevada Coroner John Fudenberg on Wednesday defied a court order to release the autopsy report of Stephen Paddock, the man police say was responsible for the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Paddock, 64, who investigators say killed 58 people and wounded close to 700 others during an outdoor concert in Las Vegas last October, was found dead in a Vegas hotel room, the victim of what police claim was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

District Court Judge Timothy Williams ordered the coroner Tuesday to immediately release the results of Paddock’s autopsy, but Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg has thus far refused to do so, stating that he would continue to do so until the report was “finalized”.

Williams’ refusal to release the report was quickly met with outrage from media outlets who say investigators are “playing games”.

“I don’t believe this is consistent with what the court ordered,” Las Vegas attorney Maggie McLetchie, who represents the Las Vegas Review-Journal and The Associated Press in their November action demanding the release of the reports told the Las Vegas Review (https://www.reviewjournal.com/investigations/judge-orders-release-of-las-vegas-shooting-autopsy-reports/). “They (the coroner’s office) have delayed this for too long, and whatever stage the coroner’s report on Paddock is in, it should be provided to the Review-Journal and Associated Press without further delay. No more games. Release the records.”

“The shooter’s body was cremated Dec. 21,” said Review-Journal Editor-in-Chief Keith Moyer. “How can the autopsy report not be ‘finalized’ when the body was cremated more than five weeks ago? The law is squarely on the side of the public’s right to open government.”

This isn’t the first time that officials charged with investigating the attack have fought to keep the results of their inquiries from the public.

In January a judge ordered the coroner to pay about $32,000 in legal costs to the Review-Journal for refusing to release public records to the newspaper, claims McLetchie.

“The court correctly recognized the presumption of public access to records, even when a mass tragedy occurs,” McLetchie said. “(The judge) also rejected arguments by the coroner’s office that there were any privacy interests with regards to the autopsy of Stephen Paddock, let alone any that outweighed the strong presumption of access to records in Nevada.”

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released a provisional report Jan. 8 on the shooting but gave very little information in regard to Paddock’s activities leading up to the shooting or the result of his autopsy.

“Preliminarily, the injuries noted were on the posterior of both calves and a gunshot wound to the upper palette inside the decedent’s mouth with obvious damage to the upper teeth,” the department stated.

“The cause of Paddock’s death was an internal gunshot wound and the manner of death was ruled a suicide,” the report concluded.

Family members of several of the shooting victims have also expressed outrage over how the investigation is being handled.

“We can’t even get a response from the coroner’s office,” Adam Castilla, brother of Andrea Castilla, a 28-year-old California woman killed during the shooting, told the Review-Journal. Castilla added that, despite multiple requests, his family still has not received a copy of his sister’s autopsy.

“It’s been over 100 days and I’ve called at least 20 times,” said Castilla. “I haven’t gotten one call back. I feel like they’re definitely trying to protect someone or themselves.”

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OFFICIAL STORY FALLS APART: Hotel worker claims he dodged bullets before Las Vegas shooter opened fire

LAS VEGAS, NV — In yet another blow to the government’s official story, a hotel worker for Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino says he called for help before shooting suspect Stephen Paddock opened fire.

Stephen Schuck, a hotel engineer at the now infamous resort, said he radioed for assistance after Paddock shot at him and a fellow security guard.

“I could feel them (bullets) pass right behind my head,” engineer Stephen Schuck told NBC News’ “Today” on Wednesday (https://www.today.com/news/las-vegas-hotel-workers-took-cover-hallway-after-gunman-opened-t117342). “Something hit me in the back.”

Schuck claims he was on an upper-level floor of the Las Vegas hotel on Oct. 1 when he received a request to look at a fire exit door that wouldn’t open on the 32nd floor.

The exit door in question was located on the same floor where Paddock allegedly opened fire on concertgoers 1,200 feet below, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds more.

Schuck claims he entered the hallway when the first round of bullets went off at about 9:59 p.m.

“As soon as they stopped, I saw Jesus pop out….he yelled at me to take cover,” Schuck said. “As soon as I started to go to a door to my left, the rounds started coming down the hallway.”

“It was kind of relentless so I called over the radio what was going on,” he said. “As soon as the shooting stopped we made our way down the hallway and took cover again and then the shooting started again.”

Schuck’s claims are in direct contrast to the official story given by investigators that he and security guard Jesus Campos were wounded by Paddock after the suspect opened fire on crowds from his hotel room but before turning the gun on himself.

According to police and FBI reports on the shooting, investigators claim Paddock fired through the door of his room and injured the unarmed guard after shooting into the crowd.

Joseph Giacalone, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a retired New York City police sergeant, told ABC-7 Las Vegas (http://abc7.com/las-vegas-shooting-chilling-audio-recordings-released/2519385/) that the new timeline “changes everything.”

“There absolutely was an opportunity in that timeframe that some of this could’ve been mitigated,” he said.

The Schuck’s claim is accurate, it means that based on the Las Vegas police’s own timeline it took 19 minutes for the LVPD to know what the guard and the maintenance worker already knew — where exactly Paddock was shooting from. Families of the victims say that leads them to wonder how many of their loved ones could have been saved.

Nicole Rapp, whose mother was trampled during the chaos of the shooting said she’s “having a hard time wrapping my head around” the new revelations.

“It’s very confusing to me that they are just discovering this a week later,” she told ABC 7. “How did we not know this before? It’s traumatic for the victims and their families not to be sure of what happened.”

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WAR ON GUNS: Michael Moore calls for ‘repeal and replace’ of ‘outdated’ Second Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Filmmaker and left-wing activist Michael Moore is calling for the “repeal and replacement” of the “ancient and outdated” Second Amendment.

In a lengthy Facebook post in response to Sunday’s Las Vegas shooting in which 59 people were killed and hundreds more were wounded (https://www.facebook.com/mmflint/posts/10154778028796857), the producer of documentary films “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Bowling for Columbine” said the constitutional amendment which protects the right to bear arms must be repealed because it was created “before bullets and revolvers were even invented”.

“This is the sane approach that meets everyone’s needs – everyone, that is, except those of the serial killer, the mass murderer, the violent ex-husband, the disgruntled employee or the disturbed and bullied teenager,” the outspoken Democrat wrote. Calling gun violence a “daily tragedy,” Moore said the time to act is now. “This can come to an end with the repeal of the 2nd Amendment and replacing it with the 28th Amendment,” he said.

A “28th Amendment,” Moore continued, would demand that “the primary right of all people to be free from gun violence … shall not be infringed.”

“As over 90% of gun violence is committed by men, in order for a man to purchase a gun, he must first get a waiver from his current wife, plus his most recent ex-wife, or any woman with whom he is currently in a relationship (if he’s gay, he must get the waiver from his male spouse/partner),” he added.

This isn’t the first time that Moore has called for a repeal of the Second Amendment. He called for similar action after a 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado after two students, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris opened fire killing more than a dozen of their fellow students. Moore again called for a repeal of the Second Amendment after police say 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 children and adults at a school in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

“We will never eliminate all murder; that’s been with us since Cain killed Abel. But we CAN join the community of enlightened nations where gun violence is that rare occurrence — as opposed to the daily tragedy we now suffer here in the United States of America,” Moore insisted in this most recent appeal.

“We can start with the upcoming midterm election. Let every candidate know: If you take NRA money, we will remove you from office. Then do it,” Moore concluded.

Democrat leaders have also seized on the opportunity to reignite the gun control debate in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting.

“How many more dead bodies will it take to wake up this Congress?” Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga said to a group of reporters Wednesday on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. “This must stop, and it must stop now. We were elected to lead.”

Republicans, however, say Democrats are simply capitalizing on the deaths of innocent victims to push their anti-gun agenda.

“I think it’s particularly inappropriate to politicize an event like this,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday. “The investigation’s not even been completed.”

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OFFICIALS: Las Vegas shooter sent 100k overseas just prior to attack

LAS VEGAS, NV — The suspect police claim responsible for the deadliest shooting in U.S. history sent tens of thousands of dollars overseas in the week leading up to the Las Vegas attack, say officials.

According to a report published by Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/03/las-vegas-shooter-sent-tens-thousands-dollars-overseas-officials-say.html), the suspect, Stephen Paddock, 64, wired $100,000 to an account in his live-in girlfriend’s home country of the Philippines just days prior to opening fire in Sunday’s deadly shooting rampage during which 59 victims were killed and over 500 more were injured.

Meanwhile, senior law enforcement officials told NBC News (https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/las-vegas-shooting/las-vegas-shooter-gambled-least-160k-recent-weeks-n807191) that Paddock gambled with at least $160,000 in the past several weeks at Las Vegas casinos. It is not yet known how Paddock obtained such a large sum of money, but the shooter’s brother, Eric Paddock said the wire transfer likely had little to do with the shooting itself.

“One hundred thousand dollars isn’t that huge amount of money,” he said. “Condemn Steve for gambling. Steve took care of the people he loved. He made me and my family wealthy.”

“It’s like a job for him,” Paddock continued. “It’s a job where you make money. He was at the hotel for four months one time. It was like a second home.”

Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, 62, originally hails from the Philippines and was visiting the country when the shooting took place. She is scheduled to return to the U.S. on Wednesday and police say that although they do not believe she played a direct role in the shooting, they do want to question her as she remains a “person of interest” in the case. The couple reportedly lived together in Mesquite, Nev., a city located about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

When asked about Danley’s potential involvement in the shooting, Eric Paddock said his brother may have “manipulated her so that she was far away from this and had money,” Eric Paddock added. “As he was descending into hell…he wanted to take care of her.”

ISIS, which holds a strong presence in the Philippines, claimed Monday that Paddock was “one of us” and that the shooter had converted to Islam months ago. The FBI on Tuesday discounted those claims, citing any proof of a connection between Paddock and the terror group.

Paddock was found dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound by armed police who blasted their way into his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

Next to his body, police found an arsenal of weapons including more than ten rifles but no information to help them determine what drove him to open fire from his window at attendees of a country music festival carrying on below.

“It’s one of those really sad, tragic things that a man that’s 64 years old that really had no other reason that we can find at least in his history here to go out and wound that many people,” said Las Vegas Undersheriff Kevin McMahill.

A search of the suspect’s home turned up at least 19 additional firearms, explosives and several thousand additional rounds of ammunition, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Monday night. Several pounds of ammonium nitrate, a material used to make explosives, were also found in Paddock’s car.

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‘HE WAS ONE OF US’: ISIS says Las Vegas shooter converted to Islam ‘months ago’; claims responsibility for deadly attack

LAS VEGAS, NV — Steven Paddock, who police say was responsible for the deadliest mass shooting on U.S. soil, converted to Islam several months ago and was acting on behalf of the Islamic State, claim published reports.

“The Las Vegas attack was carried out by a soldier of the Islamic State and he carried it out in response to calls to target states of the coalition,” the terrorist group claimed on it website (https://www.rt.com/usa/405409-isis-responsibility-vegas-shooting/). “The Las Vegas attacker converted to Islam a few months ago.”

Paddock, 64, a resident of Nevada, unleashed an assault of bullets from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel, says Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo.

At least 50 were confirmed dead from the attack and more than 400 are confirmed wounded.

The massacre occurred late Sunday night at a country music festival where thousands had gathered for a live concert.

Las Vegas police have not yet commented on the terror group’s claims. When asked whether they were treating the incident as an act of terror hours ago, Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo said: “No, not at this point. At this time we believe we have a lone wolf suspect.”

The hotel room occupied by Paddock was found to have contained several high compacity firearms, including multiple long rifles.

President Donald Trump is expected to address the nation on the tragedy later Monday.

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VEGAS MASSACRE: Over 50 dead and 400 wounded in worst mass shooting in US history

LAS VEGAS, NV– Over 50 people are confirmed dead and more than 400 confirmed wounded after a shooter opened fire at a Las Vegas country music festival on Sunday night.

Police say the suspect, Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, died as a result of a self inflicted gun shot wound after committing the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. It was initially reported that Paddock was killed by law enforcement, but Las Vegas police later clarified that he was dead by the time police raided his room.

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Paddock is believed to have checked in as a hotel guest, before setting up a “sniper’s nest” in preparation for the shooting.

The shooting occurred as approximately 22,000 gathered to attend the concert festival headlined by Jason Aldean, who was performing on stage when the first shots initially rang out at approximately 10:08 p.m.

Investigators have confirmed numerous firearms, including multiple long rifles, were located in the room occupied by Paddock, which was located on the 32nd floor. The suspect is believed to have opened fire from the balcony of the room.

“We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off. Then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun. People started screaming that they were hit… When we started running out there were probably a couple hundred [people] on the ground,” said witness Meghan Kearney told MSNBC (https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/las-vegas-police-investigating-shooting-mandalay-bay-n806461/). “People kept dropping and dropping… People were getting shot one foot away from us,” she said. “People were trying to save their friends. There were gunshots everywhere. Helping them would’ve meant that we got shot, too.”

Aldeen issued a statement on Monday in response to Sunday night’s tragedy, saying his heart was hurt by the violence.

“Tonight has been beyond horrific,” he said on Instagram. “I still don’t know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that me and my crew are safe. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.”

Country singer Jake Owen, who also performed at the concert, told Fox News the gunfire was “non-stop.”

“You couldn’t tell where it was coming from. It was loud and non-stop,” he said (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/02/las-vegas-shooting-at-least-50-dead-more-than-400-sent-to-hospitals-in-massacre.html).

A White House spokesperson said President Trump was briefed on the shooting in the early hours of Monday morning.

“My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!” the president tweeted in response to the massacre.

A companion of Paddocks, identified as Marilou Danley, was initially identified by police as “a person of interest in the case but was later cleared of any wrongdoing.

A motive for the attack has not yet been confirmed. When asked whether or not he believed the attack was tied to foreign terrorist groups Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Sheriff’s Department said: “No not at this point” adding, “We believe we have a lone wolf suspect.”

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