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FBI releases redacted transcript of Orlando shooter’s 911 call

City officials in Orlando have refused to provide hundreds of 911 calls from the Orlando nightclub massacre to The Associated Press and a coalition of news organizations, citing confidentiality under Florida law and arguing that an ongoing investigation kept the tapes secret.

The AP and others requested the 911 tapes and related data, a common practice after such major events. The recordings could offer insight into how law enforcement responded to the worst shooting in modern U.S. history.

Gunman Omar Mateen opened fire at the Pulse nightclub early June 12. Forty-nine victims were killed; Mateen also died. The FBI on Monday released a partial, redacted transcript of three 911 calls.

At a news conference, Ron Hopper of the FBI said officials are “not going to propagate violent rhetoric” by giving full transcripts with no redactions.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is criticizing the FBI for releasing a partial transcript of Mateen’s conversation with a 911 dispatcher, calling it “preposterous.”

The Wisconsin Republican called on the Obama administration to release the full, transcript with no redactions “so the public is clear-eyed about who did this, and why.”

Ryan said in a statement Monday: “We know the shooter was a radical Islamist extremist inspired by ISIS. We also know he intentionally targeted the LGBT community.”

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