City of Orlando seeks legal decision on public records of Pulse shooting

- On Thursday, the City of Orlando, at the direction of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, filed a lawsuit seeking declaratory relief to get guidance from the court on what public records, specifically 911 calls, related to the Pulse tragedy are releasable. 

The City has received voluminous public records requests from the media. In response to these requests, the City is attempting to satisfy the requirements of state law, the direction from the FBI, the needs of the media and Mayor Dyer’s commitment to be responsive and transparent to the public.  

Since the incident on June 12, 2016, Mayor Dyer has encouraged the FBI to release as much information to the public as possible.  While the FBI has released transcripts of some of the 911 calls, the City still maintains hundreds of 911 communications that cannot be released until the City receives guidance from the court. 

“It is important that we are completely open with the community about what happened that night at Pulse,” said Mayor Dyer. “We support the FBI’s commitment not to compromise the integrity of the investigation, but we must balance that with our responsibility to be transparent with the Orlando community and comply with state and federal laws.”

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