POLICE CHIEF ADMITS OFFICERS MAY HAVE SHOT SOME OF THE ORLANDO VICTIMS
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL
Orlando police are facing questions over why it took three hours for a SWAT team to storm the nightclub where ISIS fanatic Omar Mateen slaughtered 49 people.
As the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history began to unfold, an off-duty police officer working at a gay nightclub exchanged gunfire with the suspect.
But authorities chose to hold off on letting the tactical units enter Pulse nightclub, where more than 100 people were shot.
Police Chief John Mina has also admitted that some of the victims may have been hit by officers’ gun fire.
Two bodies of victims arrive at the Orlando Medical Examiner’s Office. They were among the 49 people killed in the horrific attack in the early hours of Sunday morning
However he insisted it is a part of the investigation into the horrific attack.
He said: ‘I will say that is all part of the investigation. But I will say when our SWAT officers, about eight or nine officers, opened fire, their backdrop was a concrete wall. And they were being fired upon, so that is all part of the investigation.’
The decisions made by Orlando police made them targets for scrutiny among experts in police tactics.
They said the lessons learned from other mass shootings show that officers must get inside swiftly — even at great risk — to stop the threat and save lives.
‘We live in a different world. And action beats inaction 100 per cent of the time,’ said Chris Grollnek, an expert on active-shooter tactics and a retired police officer and SWAT team member.