Orlando releases 9 of the hundreds of 911 Pulse calls

AP News
Posted: Sep 01, 2016 5:11 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The city of Orlando has released a tiny fraction of the hundreds of calls that were made to 911 dispatchers during the Pulse nightclub massacre.

The nine calls released Thursday mostly were from people outside the nightclub who were communicating with patrons trapped inside.

Hundreds of other 911 calls are currently tied up in a legal battle between the city of Orlando and two dozen media groups, including The Associated Press.

The media groups argue that the recordings will help the public evaluate the police response, but the city of Orlando claims the recordings are exempt under Florida public records law, and that the FBI insists releasing them may disrupt the ongoing investigation.

During the June massacre, gunman Omar Mateen killed 49 people, and 53 others were hospitalized.