MGM in talks with LVMPD to donate Las Vegas shooting site for new SWAT H.Q.

Ground zero for the worst mass shooting in U.S. history may soon become the headquarters for the Las Vegas SWAT division

LAS VEGAS, NV (Laura Loomer) — MGM Resorts International is currently in negotiation with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) over the donation of the infamous 15-acre Las Vegas Village.

According to a former LVMPD police detective familiar with the talks, the police department plans on converting the concert grounds into a headquarters facility for their SWAT division.

The source, who spoke with Loomer on condition of anonymity, detailed that in a meeting at the beginning of January, Captain Christopher Tomaino, Bureau Commander of LVMPD SWAT, briefed team members that MGM Resorts International, the parent company of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino was in active discussion with police officials over the transfer of the land for a new headquarters complex for the Las Vegas SWAT division.

When contacted with a request for comment, Debra DeShong, the Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Communications and Industry Affairs for MGM Resorts International told Loomer,

“MGM has had preliminary discussions with Metro regarding the possibility of using a portion of The Village site for the purposes of creating a facility for the Metro SWAT team. The discussions are in the conceptual stages and no final decisions have been made as to the future use of the entirety of the property. However, consistent with our history of working collaboratively with law enforcement, utilizing a portion of The Village site for law enforcement is one option we are exploring with Metro.”

“It’s eerie, from my personal experience I wouldn’t want to work in a building built upon the grave site of the 58 Las Vegas shooting victims,” the former LVMPD detective said. “The optics, they appear to be wrong. It’s very inappropriate especially given the fact that the land in discussion is still at the center of ongoing legal battles between MGM and the victims’ families.”

The former LVMPD detective added, “It’s ridiculous, putting a SWAT team on the strip seems good in theory, but it’s logically impracticable.”

The 15-acre plot of land near Mandalay Bay is one of two open-air venues on the Las Vegas Strip owned by MGM Resorts International. The land is approximately worth between $75 to $100 MILLION. For several years, the Las Vegas Village has been at the center of plans to make it a popular music festival destination for music fans.

Inferring that the planned donation of the land is not innocent in nature, the former LVMPD detective added, “nothing happens in Vegas without the sound of a cash register. There’s probably some aspect of pay-for-play in the transfer of this land.”

If the deal between MGM and LVMPD goes through, the area, which has been inaccessible to the public since the October 1st, 2017 Las Vegas Shooting, will no longer remain an open air music venue, and will instead be extensively renovated for LVMPD SWAT, which will conveniently hinder and halt any possibility of a future independent examination of the now infamous crime scene.

LVMPD’s Public Information Office was also contacted via email and phone with a request for comment prior to the publication of this article, but they declined to comment.

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Featured Image: Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Las Vegas (Mark Kent/Flickr)
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