During Massacre Police told not to pursue Orlando shooter for '15 or 20 minutes' -- maybe longer

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    Jun 23, 2016 12:16 AM GMT
    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/slf-orlando-shooting-first-minutes-20160621-story.htmlAfter an initial burst of fire between Omar Mateen and a security guard at the Pulse nightclub, a group of five to six police officers arrived on the scene within minutes, broke through a large glass window and entered the club as the killing of 49 people was underway inside, according to a Belle Isle police officer who was among the first responders.

    In the first public accounting of those critical early minutes by an officer who actually went inside the club, Belle Isle police officer Brandon Cornwell, 25, said the ad-hoc team spent the first seconds inside "trying to locate exactly where the shooter was - we kept hearing people scream and shots fired."

    Cornwell said they never saw Mateen; he said the shooter had vanished inside the dimly lit club as Cornwell and the other officers followed the sounds of screams and echoing gunfire to the bathroom area where they presumed the gunman was now holed up. He said they aimed their assault rifles toward that area as the sounds of gunfire stopped. He said that they then followed orders to hold their position for what he described as "15 or 20 minutes - could've been longer" until the SWAT team arrived...

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    Jun 23, 2016 12:20 AM GMT
    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2016/06/swat_expert_cops_waited_too_longSWAT expert: Cops waited too long

    no shit

    The decision by Orlando, Fla., police to wait nearly three hours before forcing their way into the Pulse nightclub where gunman Omar Mateen had massacred 49 was criticized as out of step with military guidelines for dealing with potential weapons of mass destruction.

    Mateen, according to multiple reports, had a “suspicious device” on him as well as an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a Glock handgun...

    ...“The military standard according to (former CIA Director) Gen. (David) Petraeus and counterinsurgency operations for suicide bombers is to neutralize the bomber, period. There is no if, and, or but,” Grollnek said. “The suspect is the No. 1 mitigating factor for safety — the safety of everyone else is off the table. You go neutralize the shooter. This is not my opinion, this is national standards.”