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31 Orlando Officers Sued Over Response to Pulse Nightclub Massacre

June 07, 2018  | 

A new federal lawsuit claims a city police officer acting as a security guard didn't do his job and more than two dozen of his colleagues failed in their duties or violated the civil rights of surviving victims after the 2016 Orlando, FL, nightclub massacre, reports ABC News.

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The gunman, Omar Mateen, was fatally shot by police after 49 people were killed and 58 were wounded at Pulse nightclub in what was then the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Orlando police officer Adam Gruler, according to court papers filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, "was at Pulse at all pertinent times and was charged with providing security to Pulse. Instead, he abandoned his post."

The lawsuit also lists 30 unidentified Orlando police officers who the plaintiffs allege either remained outside the nightclub while the shooting occurred or held witnesses against their will after they fled the massacre. The city of Orlando is listed as an additional defendant.

In a joint statement, the city of Orlando and the Orlando Police Department said they have not seen the lawsuit, but that "federal, state and local law enforcement officers and first responders put themselves in harm’s way to save as many lives as possible."

Comments (15)

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LAHeat @ 6/7/2018 4:34 PM

No good deed goes unpunished.

Trigger @ 6/7/2018 4:38 PM

Sounds about right, blame the cops. Easy settlement money. Idiots

Jeff prichard @ 6/7/2018 5:52 PM

Ridiculous!!! Now we have people trying to sue heroes. This is crazy. The situation was tense uncertain and rapidly evolving. The officers who responded did an excellent with an incredibly chaotic and dangerous incident.

Howard Kindred Sr @ 6/7/2018 5:52 PM

INTERESTING to see how the court will decide this case against the police officer acting in the role of security guard, was he carrying his firearm?

Rob @ 6/7/2018 6:09 PM

Ah the gratitude. Makes you want to be a cop all over again.

Tired Centurion @ 6/7/2018 7:45 PM

Another great example for recruitment. Keep this up society, pretty soon there will be no one to protect your ungrateful and pathetic rear ends. Just 5 more years of this...........

EODK9Trainer @ 6/8/2018 3:32 AM

The good old Deep Pocket Theory is still alive and well.

Gary @ 6/8/2018 5:04 AM

Does this still apply? - Justices have ruled Police Do Not Have a Constitutional Duty to Protect Someone.

Kevin @ 6/8/2018 5:38 AM

This is why I retired and told my son to be a fireman.

Kevcopaz @ 6/8/2018 7:27 AM

This is sad. Perhaps there is some issue with the off duty officer, I don't know. Doubt if the responding officers did anything to be involved in this action. I don't like to go there...but is there some anti-police "Gay" reaction going on here? I can hear the hired gun for the money grabbing plaintiff accusing police of not reacting quickly enough "because the victims were Gay" or some ridiculous allegations like that. Sad that some folks would think that let alone say that, but then again a whore attorney and a whore client will do and say what they need to say or do to get paid. Sadly this is too true. The relationship between the Blue and the Gay communities has never been outstanding. Perhaps the leaders of the Gay community there might think twice about supporting this action and instead step up to think the heroes who saved those they could. These types of wedges between gays and Police (any portion of the community for that matter) is very troubling.

DEPUTYJJG @ 6/8/2018 12:08 PM

The off duty officer was most likely only armed with his duty sidearm. Not a good match for any long gun, much less an assault rifle. Geez, when will this crap end. After 38 years I am about to call it quits. At least I live and work in Texas. Good luck Orlando, you'll need it. JJG

Grey Bear @ 6/8/2018 1:40 PM

I seem to recall a Supreme Court decision from 10 or so years ago that police don't have a duty to protect you. Maybe these folks should have been somewhere besides a nightclub at 2 in the morning. The police didn't react fast enough?!?! What a load of bull...and the idea that they violated someones civil rights by detaining them as a witness, well, that sure sounds like something one of our many pathetic, bottom-feeding parasite attorneys would say, seeing as how none of them that file this kind of crap have ever had the backbone to do a job that might put them in danger. How completely sad.

gary @ 6/9/2018 9:28 AM

The result of the wussification of American youth... 2nd generation.

Tomt Ret @ 6/9/2018 5:59 PM

It is not hard to see why departments are having a hard time recruiting. Who would want to be a cop today? It is one thing to put your butt on the line to protect other people who appreciate it but then another to have them Monday morning quarterback you and sue. Job is not for the faint of heart and fewer and fewer will think it is worth the risks for little to no reward. Glad I am retired and probably would not do the job today.

tinman @ 6/11/2018 5:56 PM

27 years is enough for me; it is definitely not the same job today as when I started. I can't remember a time when I did not want to be a Police Officer and now I am not sure I would recommend it to anyone. My Brother who became a Deputy Sheriff after retiring from the US Army Special Operations community, will submit early retirement in October. What will become of all those "righteous citizens" when there is no more "Blue Line" to stand behind and then abuse?

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