17 Jun, 2016
As It Shapes ISIS-Centric Narrative, Orlando Police Reject FoI Request for Audio of Shooter’s 911 Call | Alternet
Hours after Omar Mateen opened fire in the LGBTQ Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, the Orlando Police Department informed the media that Mateen had sworn allegiance to ISIS in a call to its 911 emergency line. This single detail became the focus of all the coverage that followed, prompting politicians from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump and a parade of pundits to call for stepped up military efforts and hardline measures against Muslim-American communities. As scrutiny of the Orlando Police Department’s response to the shooting spree intensifies and Mateen’s profile grows more complex with each new detail, the department is refusing to release the audio of the killer’s alleged 911 call.