Orlando police

An Orlando police officer says he was ordered not to pursue gunman Omar Mateen into a women's restroom after he opened fire in a gay bar.

49 people were killed and 53 others were wounded in the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub on June 12.

Officer Brandon Cornwell, 25, was among the first group of officers to arrive at the nightclub after the initial round of shooting by the gunman.

Cornwell and the other officers exited their patrol units with assault rifles.

"Some [cops] ran towards the building; some stayed back with people running out,” he said. “There was tons of people running out of the club. I grabbed my assault rifle and ran toward the club. At this point, the shooter is still actively shooting inside.”

Cornwell and the other officers entered the dimly-lit nightclub with assault rifles raised. He said he and the other officers were “trying to locate exactly where the shooter was — we kept hearing people scream and shots fired.”

The officers followed the sounds of gunshots to the women's bathroom where Mateen was holding hostages.

The officer said he and the other cops were told by a commander to hold their positions after the sounds of gunfire had ceased.

They waited “15 or 20 minutes — could’ve been longer” — until the SWAT team arrived, he said.

“We just basically stayed there, waited for movement, and we just held our position until SWAT got there,” said Cornwell.

Cornwell said he didn't second-guess his commander, or why first responders were told not to pursue Mateen into the women's bathroom.

He indicated the officers may have been concerned for their own safety because they weren't wearing tactical gear.

“Once SWAT got there, they told us to retreat, that they’d take over because we were not really in tactical gear — we were just in our police uniforms,” he said.

About 30 people were rescued from the bathrooms after SWAT shot and killed Mateen 4 hours later.

  • MzFutureLCSW

    Interesting but make sense if they were not properly prepared.......I guess?
    But, he does not say if the shooting started again, as they WAITED FOR SWAT to arrive. That is the question to ask and be answered.

  • HIS4EVA

    ALL I GOT

  • MzFutureLCSW

    When you become a police officer are you NOT trained that you may die in the line of duty and that your FIRST priority is to PROTECT TAX PAYING CITIZENS?
    Anyone know?

  • iWasteTime

    I'm torn on this. Happy to law enforcement doing their jobs and trying to defuse a situation but going in there guns blazing, with no gear on would have got YOU and the hostages killed. So many assault rifles in a cramped space screams more dead innocent people.

  • yoni

    I bet some of the deaths came from "friendly fire".

  • jussaying

    don't they usually call a tactical team to deal with hostage situations anyway..

  • Ebony Starr

    So why were they allowed to go in in the first place! They had no idea where the gunman was? After they passed the threshold, they were already or should have been, committed to save lives.

  • Ebony Starr

    So why were they allowed to go in in the first place! They had no idea where the gunman was? After they passed the threshold, they were already or should have been, committed to save lives.

  • yes yes, ya’ll!

    Mornin', ya'll. I can't wait for an open post so I'm going to through this out there for feedback.

    Yesterday my supervisor attended a train the trainer training on cultural competency she helped organize for our local JPD. One question that was asked that set her off was, "you found out your child's third grade teacher is gay. How do you deal with that?" According to her, the responses were hostile and ignorant. Along the lines of, "that's inappropriate. Teachers shouldn't be talking about their sex lives, blah blah blah." She tried to clarify the question saying they were saying YOU know the orientation not the student. Responses didn't change. Then she tried to flip the script and said, "how would you feel if you were denied a job because your black?" According to her, people started to shout her down so she got up and left the room. She can back to the office pissed off and threw her pen and notebook on her desk.

    FYI... my supervisor is a very white older butch lez.

    She asked me to process this with her because she couldn't understand what she did wrong. Then went on to ask, why is it ok for black people to say they hate this and that but her white, poor trailer park ass can't say she can't hate anything and not be called a racist too? I told her I'll have this conversation with her tomorrow after she cools off because she won't like what I have to say and she may say things she may regret.

    How would you handle this situation?

  • product of 79

    This was handled poorly to me ?... They killed more than him Fr Fr ?

  • scentsychick30

    This is so sad,you would think the swat team would have showed up asap. I wonder if it would have been less casualties.

  • RespectSelf

    This story is very crazy. I'm still trying to figure out how/why it took so long to finally "save" the people. And why the only three survivors that I took time to read about and view videos all said that they were shot by the police too ( I'm guessing the SWAT team). If some of the body count is a result of the police, then why not have let the first responders in there pursue if SWAT was going to shoot and kill people too? Not to mention that had time to sit in the club for about a half an hour and just walk out. like huh? Where was the gunman? If he was trying to kill people why were there any survivors? like why is a gunman leaving groups of people in the bathroom alive when he was there for HOURS? I can't make sense of this story.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Did you see a picture of the holes by the floor in the wall?

  • Junkanoo

    That makes no sense what so ever lives hung in the balance. These people are trying to depopulate this planet so they don't mind us being killed off.

  • Jusstlookn

    Wonders if "friendly" fire killed victims?

  • Low E. TUH!

    I'M JUST READY TO GO HOME TODAY...NOT FEELING IT.

  • Buttercup

    Last week, Daily Mail reported that the Orlando PD admitted that the officers were responsible for some of the shootings of victims.

  • Low E. TUH!

    HOW'D SHE GO FROM SEXUAL ORIENTATION TO ETHNICITY? SHE SHOULD'VE STAYED ON TOPIC. SHE'S BUTT HURT OVER HER OWN DAMN MISTAKE...I'D KEEP IT 100 WITH HER ARSE.

  • Milani

    I'm not sure how she can compare "being denied a job because you're black" to dealing with your child's gay teacher. I'm not understanding why she got so damn angry because it's not the same thing. the first question had nothing to do with race, so why did she even bother bringing race into it? to take the heat off of her?

    Did y'all end up talking about it today though? :popcorn: what did she say? what were you gonna say to piss her off? #nosey

  • MissHarlem

    I'm still missing some puzzle pieces. They need to come again ?

  • KJOURNEY

    but they are police officers....anything can happen at any given moment why would their gear be a problem..

  • KJOURNEY

    morning all

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    This sounds pieced together. Not a complete story.

  • Buttercup

    I would tell her that she needs to consult HR. No need to get involved in that tangled web she's weaving.

  • Tam

    Oh no, I didn't hear this. Sad

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    +100

  • S. Williams

    not if the original report (call) was just gunfire. could've been gang related or a crazy ex. once they realized the scale of the situation swat came. they get called during those situations as well as hostage negotiations which the regular PD isn't [always] trained for. its a "least dangerous method of procurement" first then escalation. same thing our cops in the military use. respond and get back up as the information flows in and escalates. unfortunately, people still lose their lives waiting for help

  • jussaying

    on duty local police officers typically do not deal with active shooters with machine guns and hostage situations. in most cases of active shooters with automatic guns, they do enlist the tactical team bc those officers have specialized training to deal with situations like that.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Folks always straddle the gay and black line. As though if you speak on one you must speak on the other.

  • SunRiseBlossom

    Reading this story brings one word to my mind... FOOLISHNESS!!!

  • yes yes, ya’ll!

    haven't had the convo yet. I need my coffee first but will keep you posted.

  • ?E?E?M?A

    What about tear gassing the club? I don't believe they couldn't have gotten this under control in less than 4 hours. There were no snipers?

  • MookieFly

    Morning ya'll. Got some coffee so I'm ready to eff the day up. Until about lunch time. Then don't look at me cus you might get your fangas bitten. No disrespect, but they are breaking this thing down like 9/11. Ive heard so many variations of info. Make ya wanna say hmmm...all I got to say is RIP to the victims and speedy recovering for those suffering from injuries.

  • Di Ana

    Now this is just ridiculous. If you're a policeman, you're suppose to go after the bad guy! NOT RETREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ?E?E?M?A

    That's what people are saying! I feel there's a lot more to what were being told.

  • Jusstlookn

    Morning Mook - I've said this from day one.
    It's sounds like some were killed by police
    None of it adds up, none of it.

  • ?E?E?M?A

    This is going to be a huuuuge mess. With big lawsuits

  • jussaying

    ok.. looks like we're missing a piece. did the ignorant crowd say that the gay teacher should have lost their job due to being a homo? if not, unsure why race was brought up. if they did say that, then her response was a logical correlation. she was making a parallel to the plight to gain civil liberties and basic human rights for gays to the same expectancy to not face discrimination over race/ethnicity in the job market if you are a minority. i agree with butter though that it's not a conversation you should have unless you REALLY want to have it. in which case, you will need to do just as much LISTENING as talking... less trying to 'win' her over to your viewpoint and vice versa for there to be any growth on either side.

  • iWasteTime

    new post, wood!

  • yoni

    It always is more to the story. Have we heard HIS 911 calls yet?

  • yoni

    #money

  • yoni

    No.

  • MookieFly

    Wasn't there a report about that? I could swore there was a report about some civilians being shot by police and police chief felt horrible about it.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Blegh... I'll pass.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I thought that Loretta Lynch was US. Attorney General not the head of the Orlando PD.

    Who knew?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Where were they going to shoot?
    Into a dark crowded night club or restroom?

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    I would say Don't Handle this situation.
    1-that's not your job
    2-she could use your words against you
    3-stay out of it (Personally I would say "let's not have this conversation. I think that you should ask HR for the proper responses")

    She needs training. Htf is she the trainer?!

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Yes!!!

  • KJOURNEY

    ok good to know...

  • SpideySense

    Bound to happen amidst all that confusion. It's dark, there's 100 plus people in a small space, and a dude is shooting people. You see someone move out the corner of your eye during a volatile situation . . .

    I could definitely see police shooting innocents by accident in a situation like that. Sad all around

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    Good Question truthfully officer's are not here to protect anyone. They're here to enforce the laws, and protect government property which can include a number of things including you. Now if you like to know what the real purpose of the police research their history . Fun Fact Cops started out as slave catchers.

  • SpideySense

    You've done your research. Kudos!

  • Ceezus

    Sounds like they just wasted a lot of time while people were getting shot and killed.

  • Traci404

    So if they would have tried to storm the bathroom ...
    More officers would have been shot...
    And they would have been firing blindly, not knowing how many innocent people would have gotten shot as well.

  • Traci404

    So if they would have tried to storm the bathroom ...
    More officers would have been shot...
    And they would have been firing blindly, not knowing how many innocent people would have gotten shot as well.

  • the guest

    Please do not fall into this trap of false equality in workplace communication. She is white, your supervisor, and gay with gay white racism inclinations. Politely decline. Protect yourself from your words used against you.

  • ?E?E?M?A

    I said tear gas. That requires no shooting and would have disabled the gunman. Did anyone hear of a light switch?

  • Roc

    They waited because he said he had bombs. This has been on the news since LAST WEEK.

  • Roc

    They waited because he said he had bombs. This has been on the news since LAST WEEK.

  • hottlanta

    They still haven't called his guy an AMERICAN CITIZEN and he was born right here in the USA and his parents got here legally. They are using the Muslim Overseas racial/terrorism card to build fear into people. That is the question I want answered.

  • hottlanta

    They still haven't called his guy an AMERICAN CITIZEN and he was born right here in the USA and his parents got here legally. They are using the Muslim Overseas racial/terrorism card to build fear into people. That is the question I want answered.

  • hottlanta

    I don't know what kind of Betty Crocker answer she was expecting but she got some real world answers she wasn't expected to get and she should have gotten them. We tell people ova and ova again being gay is not the same thing as being black. No comparisons in the real world. It makes for a great conversation but when you really break it down folks can't handle it. You tell her if being gay is like being black which white person would trade places with me today as a black person since our struggles are the same and each time I mention what we as a people go through folks don't want to hear it. I get there they go talking about their "hardships again". But when the white gay community says it, it supposed to validated as there must be some truth to that. That's racist right there. Ask her to ask those gay white people what loan rate they are paying on their home/car/credit card versus black people, then we can talk. Her poor white trailer park behind will get the job the educated black didn't get because she is Affirmative Action white or she will become your un--educated white supervisor over the educated black person. She knows her privilege of being white and if she acts as if she is trying to be we are the worldish, just mention to her if OJ white was black would white America feel the same about the trail. Works every time for me. Tell her ain't nobody stopped Little Richard from wearing his makeup all these years.

  • hottlanta

    She needs to go to the Auburn Avenue Black History Library and check out some books on black folks to see that being black is not the same thing as being gay. The educator needs to be educated.

  • hottlanta

    Ask her what is the interest rate on a home/car loan for a gay white person versus the interest rate on a loan home/car loan for a straight black person? LBGT community can discuss genderism but can't discuss racism. That is like the NOW- National Organization of White Women can talk about sexism from men all day but when you want to discuss the racism they do to people of color they can't handle it.

  • hottlanta

    Really I thought they were still slave catchers in their job descriptions.

  • yes yes, ya’ll!

    welp, took ya'lls advice and did not engage. if she couldn't figure out on her own why she said what she said was stupid, then it's not my job to bail her out.

  • jussaying

    not disagreeing with you on any of the above!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    And there would have been pandemonium.
    You would had people stampeding in the dark trying to get air.
    Do you honestly believe a bunch of panicked people who have already been shot or wounded are going to have the presence of mind to look for a damn light switch?
    Damn!

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Next thing she be blaming you or bringing your name into the reasons why she said ____ or ___.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    It's of the wall they entered and shot through. Sandra had it posted. It just makes you wonder.

  • ?E?E?M?A

    What do you mean "would have been pandemonium? There was. This was the biggest disaster in us history. Anything would have been better than how they execute their plan.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    But why do they enforce laws? To attempt (and I'll say attempt to be fair) to protect people.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    They are look at the blks they gun down daily. Just another part of their true jobs.

  • hottlanta

    No one wants to discuss this at all. Someone need to tell the LBGT community since they are using the race card to validate their gender card that being black was considered property not human and it was and still is the law of the land and some of our forefathers were gay and wrote/signed it. Gay/white slaveholders raped black slave men and had sex farms and it was called buck breaking since they are trying to play the role as if they don't have blood on their hands for sexually harming someone else on purpose. I have also noticed how when we say we are black or AA everyone wants us to do away with our labels and just be Americans but no one is requesting that the LBGT community do away with their labels and just be called Americans.

  • Auditor

    Guess he was playing duck, duck goose with folks...

  • Auditor

    I wouldn't even have a conversation with her at all about it just off the fact she came in there asking dumb ass questions. That tells me she does not and will not understand cause the b!tch old as dirt and still DON'T KNOW. I'd tell her you'd never understand or try to understand so it would be pointless in trying to explain anything to you...and walk off...

  • Auditor

    THANK YOU

  • Auditor

    BETTER SPEAK!

  • jussaying

    I'm not sure if they are playing the race card, rather attempting to "relate" to blacks in hopes that they get them on board to support their cause as well. that they draw similarities to me is not the issue. but that marginalize or blatantly ignore issues specific to race or dismiss them is the problem. and I agree if they want "everyone's" support to aid them in their cause, then they should be willing to learn and fight for the rights of other minorities as well. America is strange in that we necessitate that we place ethnicity in front of our nationality - and we are one of the few that does so. in the UK, most black people do not refer to themselves as African British/Briton/English/etc. I'm not sure what your last point is making? because sexuality doesn't pertain to nationality or ethnicity at all which is what those labels relate to. gay Americans are categorized the same way straight Americans are because they come in a variety of ethnicities and racists. heterosexuals do not refer to themselves as "straight Americans," so to me these points you are making are unrelated.

  • B.Loveitt

    Yes, please keep us posted.

  • rachel

    Innocent people were killed and injured to advance agendas.

  • yoni

    Oh I seen THAT. I thought you said bullet holes on the floor. Difference. :shrug:

  • hottlanta

    Please black people overseas are blatantly disrespected, They don't have to call themselves black because white folks treat them like the "N" word. Trust me I saw it for myself/talked to the people while traveling. Some of my international black people are trying to racially romanticized that they don't have any racial problems because they don't have no identify. They don't because they don't see theme as nothing and they don't respect them. I remember one brother got mad at Tina Turner when she said that and remember Ms. Ross was married to a rich man overseas and she came back with the quickness because they disrespected her and she ain't been back. Gay people do say that their fight is like our fight because we are black as to make a point about discrimination. I am sick of them using the black card like you said for ethnicity for their sexuality it is 2 different issues and I take issues with that.

  • the guest

    White people are so ignorant about racism. They say things like that's racist against fat people or that's racist against animals or that's racist against gays. They cant even differentiate between racism, prejudice, discrimination, and animal cruelty. They like to call all prejudices "racist" because it's their way of discrediting black people's historic experience with racism.

  • the guest

    OMG, I never knew this! Is there no end to the extent of evil of slavery. Slavemasters were raping enslaved African men. I think I didn't want my mind to even think of even more evil committed.

  • the guest

    Please be careful. They twist things around and next thing you know she'll be in HR talking about you being homophobic or that you're angry at white people.

    I was always advised never to discuss politics in the workplace. It's perfectly acceptable to politely say I prefer not to discuss politics (race, religion, personal matters) in the workplace.