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Recordings Of Police Negotiations With The Orlando Shooter Were Just Released

This is the first time many have heard Omar Mateen's voice.

America is still reeling from the devastating shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In the scramble to rescue victims and heal the wounded, it was hard to gather details about the actual culprit behind the massacre. Now, police are releasing recordings of their negotiations with Omar Mateen, hoping to shed some light on the situation.

According to The Huffington Post, numerous media organizations fought police to have the recordings released as public record. Although transcripts of the recordings have been published, the "city claimed state law allowed it to keep the tapes secret" until now.

This is the first time many have heard Mateen's voice.

During the calls, a negotiator attempts to gain more information about the hostage situation at hand while Mateen repeatedly sites conflicts in the Middle East as his motvation for his crimes.

HuffPo also notes that only a handful of recordings from victims and their concerned families have been released, with over 200 more still withheld by the city.

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