Since the incident on June 12, 2016, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has encouraged the release of as much information to the public as possible, while honoring the confidentiality protections provided to victims by Florida Statutes.
Under state law, some victim related information can only be released on court order, after a judicial determination balancing the interests of victim privacy and public oversight. The 911 recordings of telephone calls originating from the Pulse nightclub during this incident fell within this statutory protection. After a full hearing and after listening to the tapes themselves, the Court has given the City the direction it sought with respect to these recordings. The Court ordered that some recordings could be released, after redaction of certain personal information. The Court further ordered that to protect the victims and their families, only transcripts of other recordings could be released.
We are grateful for the work of the Court in reviewing these materials and for the clear direction we have received. The City will immediately begin the process necessary to redact and transcribe the 911 recordings in accordance with the court order and state law and will then release them as quickly as possible.