Almost two years after the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando left 49 people dead and 53 injured, some of the surviving victims filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday (June 7th), saying the city and police didn’t do enough to try to stop the shooter.

In this case, more than 35 victims have signed on as plaintiffs, accusing the city and its police violated the Constitutional rights of those who were injured and killed on June 12th, 2016. Some of those rights are along the lines of victims being detained and not being allowed to contact loved ones as if they were criminals.

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Plaintiffs contend that officers should have more aggressively confronted the shooter to prevent mass casualties. The lawsuit names Orlando Police Department Officer Adam Gruler, who worked an extra-duty shift at the nightclub that evening. The lawsuit says that Gruler “abandoned his post” and, during that time, the shooter walked in, looked around, walked out to retrieve weapons and returned to the club.

The city and police force released a statement saying, “We can’t comment on the substance of the litigation…. On the morning of June 12, 2016, federal, state and local law enforcement officers and first responders put themselves in harm’s way to save as many lives as possible. Our first responders are committed to the safety of this community, and they stand ready to protect and serve.”

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