DOJ releases review of Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting
By Chris Eger
A graphic showing the subject’s path (B) into the nightclub from his vehicle and the location of the Orlando Police detective (C) who first returned fire. (Photo: DOJ)
The Department of Justice on Monday released a review of the Orlando public safety response to last year’s terrorist attack on the Pulse nightclub.
Compiled by DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services in partnership with the Police Foundation, the in-depth review performed at the request of the Orlando Police Department goes into detail on all aspects of the 2016 attack which left 49 people dead and more than 100 others injured.
In its conclusions, the 198-page report found Orlando’s tactical response was consistent with the agency’s policies as well as standard practices and, following the end of the active shooter event, the agency leveraged their relationship with the community to help cope with the aftermath left behind.
“Not only will this review be a valuable resource to the Orlando Police Department, but also to the thousands of law enforcement and public safety agencies across the nation who must prepare to face increasing acts of mass public violence and the growing threat of terrorism,” said Russ Washington, acting director of DOJ’s COPS Office.
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