Report: Police responding to Pulse nightclub performed well

By : Wire Report
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A federal report says the response of Orlando police and other agencies likely saved lives during a deadly mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services released a review Dec. 18 of the June 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting, where a man killed 49 people before being fatally shot by police. Officials interviewed first-responders, reviewed 911 calls and researched police procedures.

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U.S. Department of Justice brings an additional $8.5 million to Orlando in aid of Pulse victims, survivors

By : Billy Manes
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Today, the U.S. Department of Justice leaned in on Florida with some extra funding to assist in the ongoing grief counseling of victims of the Pulse massacre.

The federal agency will move $8.5 million into Florida’s battle with its still-stinging tragedy, some of which will apparently be used to pay off debts at the Family Assistance Center which provided immediate help. The DOJ was quick to render $12 million last June in the immediate wake of the tragedy that took 49 – later 50 – lives and damaged at least 53 others.

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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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News outlets fight for release of Pulse 911 calls

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Attorneys for almost two dozen media groups are arguing in federal court in Florida that a lawsuit demanding the release of 911 calls involving the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando should be moved back to state court.

Attorneys for The Associated Press, CNN, The New York Times and other media groups are arguing Aug. 18 that the case doesn’t belong in federal court.

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