Sacramento Kings Preseason Opener Sees More Security In Wake Of Las Vegas Shooting

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — In the wake of a Las Vegas shooting that left nearly 60 people dead, Sacramento police tripled patrols at the Golden 1 Center for the Kings’ first preseason game of the year. And for many, excitement is overshadowed by safety concerns, following the deadliest mass shooting in U.S history. “We had a lot of fun in Las Vegas—we imagine what could happen if we were there,” said German tourist Wolfgang Hoetter. Hoetter and his wife were just in Las Vegas. “It’s awful really awful,” he said. They’re in Sacramento now, taking pictures of Downtown’s grand sports arena. And they can’t help but think about the vulnerabilities this public venue poses. In Europe, they also call them “soft targets.” “Really if you have a lot of people, you never know who has a gun or a pistol or someone’s driving with a truck into the visitors’ unit,” he said. “We want to make people feel welcome here make them feel they’re safe. We don’t want them to have the feeling to stay inside or not come down to an event because of what happened in Las Vegas,” said Sacramento Police spokeswoman Linda Matthew. She says more officers will monitor downtown from dozens of high-definition cameras mounted on traffic lights. Meanwhile, officers will be on foot, on bikes, in uniform and undercover manning all entry points. “We don’t want it to happen in our town,” said another fan. Kings officials say they work in conjunction with local state and federal law enforcement to secure the arena. But as a safety precaution, they aren’t willing to discuss specific security measures or whether they plan to add any. For now, cars entering the underground parking structure are checked, and fans go through metal detectors, mandatory for all sports arenas. The key for Wolfgang? Awareness. “Yes we have to keep an open eye,” he said.

Colorado Witnesses Saw Humanity At Height Of Chaos In Las Vegas

By Karen Morfitt DENVER (CBS4) – Several Coloradans returned home Monday night after chaos erupted at a country music festival in Las Vegas over the weekend. Sara Lake and girlfriend Lani Langston from Golden were among the thousands who ran for cover when a gunman opened fire during a Jason Aldean concert.
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Lake credits a complete stranger with saving her life. “He said ‘Get down, I’m going to cover you … he was very brave and he was shot,” she said. Lisa Godbey and five others were enjoying the festival and initially thought the popping noise was fireworks. When she realized it was gunshots she had just one thought. “Me and my friend Tami just kept running,” Godbey said. After taking cover in a truck and not sure what would happen next she sent what she called a goodbye text to her family.
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Lisa Godbey’s text messages to her family (credit: CBS)

In it she wrote “OMG. If anything happens I love you guys. Shots at the concert.” RELATED: Englewood, Colorado, Police Officer Shot In Las Vegas Attack That Killed More Than 50 People Among those who returned home Monday night was Jenna Hutchins who was still wearing the band used to get into the music festival on her wrist.
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CBS4’s Karen Morfitt interviews Jenna Hutchins. (credit: CBS)

“It kind of comes in waves. I’m exceptionally grateful. I feel blessed beyond all measure,” she said. Their accounts of the night are different and terrifying but through the devastation each one also spoke about the humanity they saw at the height of the chaos. “Everyone was coming together to make sure everyone was okay and if they were hurt they were coming together to carry people to the ambulances,” Godbey said. Lake described seeing a man with a pickup truck loading wounded people up in the back. “People were doing CPR. People were taking off their belts to make tourniquets,” she said. Hutchins says what she saw was “a lot of people helping other people,” she said. Karen Morfitt joined the CBS4 team as a reporter in 2013. She covers a variety of stories in and around the Denver metro area. Connect with her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @karenmorfitt or email her tips.

Judge Won’t Seek Further Discipline Of High Rank OPD In Sex Abuse Scandal

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — A federal judge Monday indicated he will seek no further discipline
against high-ranking Oakland police officials implicated in botching the initial investigation into the recent sex abuse scandal, despite concerns raised by civil rights attorneys that controversial promotions indicated a different standard for commanders than for low level officers. U.S. District Judge William Orrick, who took over the Oakland Police Department’s long-running reform case from Judge Thelton Henderson in August, said during a status conference Monday afternoon that he found further discipline in the case was unnecessary. A dozen officers were disciplined in the scandal, which started with the suicide of Officer Brendan O’Brien in 2015 and eventually implicated numerous officers in departments across the Bay Area in sexual encounters with the underage daughter of a police dispatcher. A report commissioned by the court and released in June found deep flaws in the investigation, including by the internal affairs and criminal investigations division. At the time, Deputy Chief John Lois was overseeing investigations and Lt. Roland Holmgren was overseeing homicide and would have been privy to the investigation into O’Brien’s suicide. In May, police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, who had just taken over the department in March, promoted Lois to assistant chief and Holmgren to captain and put him in charge of criminal investigations. At Monday’s hearing, Kirkpatrick said that she’d worked with retired Judge Wayne Brazil to question the officers in detail about their decision-making in the scandal. She hadn’t known about their role when she promoted them — the report hadn’t come out yet — but she concluded that she wouldn’t seek further discipline. “Before I made those promotions I engaged in extensive due diligence,” she told the judge. “I was looking for men and women of good character.” She said she conferred with rank and file police officers, the department’s command staff, the Oakland Police Officers Association, officials in City Hall and the two civil rights attorneys in the case, Jim Chanin and John Burris, before making her decision. “These promotions were mine to make and I made them,” she said. “The willingness of these individuals to engage in true self-reflection and constructive problem solving reassured me that my decisions are sound.” Chanin in particular was still troubled by the promotions but didn’t argue the point in detail because the judge indicated he’d already made up his mind. “We just don’t see the individual responsibility being adjudicated the same way for command staff as it is for line officers,” Chanin said. Burris also raised the possibility that there might be racial disparities for discipline within the department, that black officers might be punished for misconduct that white officers aren’t. An attorney for the city suggested that there could be an audit to determine the consistency of discipline. Moving forward with the case, the main issues will be the department’s continued efforts to reduce racial disparities in stops, searches and arrests as well as the renewed efforts to ensure that internal affairs is able to hold officers accountable. Kimberly Bliss from the Oakland City Attorney’s Office outlined some of the recent reform efforts made using data collected and analyzed by Stanford University. Professor Susan Eberhardt has been analyzing stop data and body camera footage and even leading implicit bias trainings at the department. One such study showed that officers spoke more respectfully in general when interacting with white people than black people. Because of this, the department has implemented new bias training but Bliss said it hasn’t provided individual training for officers based on their behavior in the study. The reason for this, she said, is that the footage is about four years old so officers have changed positions since then. Instead, she said their plan is to conduct a new analysis with more recent footage to see how the training is going. TM and © Copyright 2017 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Bay City News Service contributed to this report.