Judge orders Pulse gunman calls must be released

Law enforcement officials work at the scene of the Pulse Orlando nightclub following a fatal shooting Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.
Law enforcement officials work at the scene of the Pulse Orlando nightclub following a fatal shooting Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)- A judge is ordering the city of Orlando to release audio recordings of the Pulse nightclub gunman talking to police dispatchers and negotiators. But she won’t rule on releasing other 911 calls until she has listened to them.

Circuit Judge Margaret Schreiber on Monday ordered that calls made by shooter Omar Mateen during the June massacre be made public immediately.

The city previously released a transcript of the calls.

But Schreiber says she can’t make a decision on whether 232 other calls can be released until she has heard them.

Media groups want the calls released so the public can evaluate the police response to the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The city of Orlando says the calls depict suffering and shouldn’t be made public.

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