Police release 911 call of shooter from inside Pulse

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Police negotiators talking to the Orlando nightclub gunman at first weren’t sure if the person they had on the phone was actually in the Pulse nightclub, according to audio recordings.

The recordings between police negotiators and shooter Omar Mateen don’t stray from transcripts of conversations released previously by the city of Orlando. But they do capture police officials strategizing among themselves about how to talk to Mateen, who hung up several times during the 3-hour standoff at the gay nightclub.

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Pulse victim’s mom says calls’ release would be traumatizing

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The mother of a patron who was gunned down at Pulse nightclub says in a letter to a judge that the release of audio recordings of 911 calls from the club during the massacre would be “traumatizing.”

Rosetta Evans wrote the letter to an Orlando judge ahead of a hearing Oct. 31 on whether the 911 calls should be made public.

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Pulse victims’ families can testify on 911 calls

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Relatives of the Pulse shooting victims, as well as the parents of the gunman, will be given the chance to speak at a hearing on whether all the 911 calls from the massacre can be made public.

A judge issued an order Oct. 11 setting a hearing when relatives of the 49 deceased victims can weigh-in on the impact of the release of calls made by their loved ones from inside the Pulse nightclub.

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Judge clears way for release of many more Pulse 911 calls

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A judge Sept. 20 cleared the way for the release of many of the hundreds of 911 calls related to a mass shooting at a gay Florida nightclub, but calls capturing patrons’ deaths will still be exempt.

In dismissing a lawsuit by the city of Orlando, Circuit Judge Margaret Schreiber sided with more than two dozen media groups who sued for the recordings three months ago, immediately after the June 12 shooting at the Pulse club. Less than an hour after the lawsuit was filed, the city filed a complaint arguing that the records were exempt from the state’s public records law, both because they were part of an investigation and because some of them depicted patrons being killed. Current state law prohibits the public release of any 911 calls that capture someone’s death. Technically, the law will change on Oct. 1 to exempt only calls capturing the death of law enforcement officers. No officers died in the Pulse standoff.

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