Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Pulse nightclub massacre bodycam video documents officer response

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Freda Brock | 02 June, 2017, 00:34

"A person reached up and asked for help, but at that point we didn't know where the shooter was, if he was detained, if he was deceased, or what was going on", said police officer Kyle Medvetz.

The shooting has been described has the worst mass shooting in US history.

Over 11 hours of body camera video were released to ABC's "World News Tonight With David Muir" and "Nightline," showing police pursuing the shooter, Omar Mateen, and helping survivors. The footage contains dramatic scenes of chaos and carnage as first responders tried to save the wounded and hunt down the shooter who killed 49 people in the name of the Islamic State.

'It's terrorism in Orlando, ' the Orlando Police officer said of the gunman. "Let me see your hands now or you will die!" A few seconds later, another officers says: "I got no pulse". "We've got several long guns trained on the bathroom right now".

The series of 30 videos published by the Sentinel show the tense standoff between Mateen and police, that lasted three hours and ended with Mateen's death. 'We're police, man. Come on.

While the video is extremely graphic and hard to watch, it paints a picture of the havoc that this gunman created while at the club where so many people lost their lives.

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In 911 calls released a year ago, a dispatcher tells a man trapped inside that she has to answer other calls.

The situation was made more complicated when Mateen told dispatchers he had a bomb that could take out a city block.

Later, an officer realises that the massacre is an act of terrorism.

The Orlando police released 11 hours of new body camera footage on Wednesday from inside the Pulse nightclub on the night of the worst mass shooting in modern American history nearly one year ago.

The footage also reveals just how dark and chaotic the scene was: Officer Michael Napolitano was actually struck by a bullet in his helmet-if it had landed an inch lower, he would have been dead.

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