Unedited 911 transcripts from Orlando shooter



Monday the Justice Department caught flak for releasing an edited version of the 911 transcripts from the Orlando shooter Omar Mateen. Namely the lines of Mateen plegedging allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and ISIS were redacted. Either way the outcry was a little head scratching considering authorities made mention of Mateen’s rhetoric and pledges well ahead of these transcripts being released.

Either way here’s the unedited version of the transcript:

2:35 a.m.: Shooter contacted a 911 operator from inside Pulse. The call lasted approximately 50 seconds, the details of which are set out below:

(OD) Orlando Police Dispatcher

(OM) Omar Mateen

OD:  Emergency 911, this is being recorded.

OM:  In the name of God the Merciful, the beneficent [Arabic]

OD: What?

OM:  Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God [Arabic]. I wanna let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.

OD:  What’s your name?

OM: My name is I pledge of allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State.

OD: Ok, What’s your name?

OM: I pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may God protect him [Arabic], on behalf of the Islamic State.

OD: Alright, where are you at?

OM: In Orlando.

OD: Where in Orlando?

[End of call.]

Again nothing surprising here. We knew the shooter’s allegiance and nothing within the transcript seems to point to anything new or surprising.

Anyways, the Justice Department did release the following statement regarding the transcripts:

“The purpose of releasing the partial transcript of the shooter’s interaction with 911 operators was to provide transparency, while remaining sensitive to the interests of the surviving victims, their families, and the integrity of the ongoing investigation. We also did not want to provide the killer or terrorist organizations with a publicity platform for hateful propaganda. Unfortunately, the unreleased portions of the transcript that named the terrorist organizations and leaders have caused an unnecessary distraction from the hard work that the FBI and our law enforcement partners have been doing to investigate this heinous crime. As much of this information had been previously reported, we have re-issued the complete transcript to include these references in order to provide the highest level of transparency possible under the circumstances.”


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