'You Don't Wanna Look': Bodycam Video From Pulse Shooting

Graphic footage from deputy's body camera shows chaos, confusion
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2016 7:59 AM CDT

No one wants to imagine what went on inside Orlando's Pulse nightclub in the early morning hours of June 12, but now you can see some of it. The Orange County Sheriff's Office has released a deputy's bodycam video that offers a glimpse into the bloody chaos and confusion that officers walked into that night, CBS News reports. The Sun Sentinel has also received 20 pages of reports providing new details about the response to the attack, including how deputies had to comb through bodies to look for the living. News 6 aired an edited portion of one bodycam video and noted the "sense of urgency" that could be felt as deputies tried to plan how they were going to go in to rescue survivors. The screen sometimes goes completely dark, which means that portion of the clip was redacted as deputies passed by victims who didn't make it, a News 6 reporter explains.

At one point, deputies scramble back from the club as they're told over the radio to take "hard cover," the AP notes. "Let's go! Let's go!" one officer can be heard yelling to survivors on the video taken from Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Rutkoski's bodycam. On Rutkoski's video, which the Orlando Sentinel notes lasted more than an hour, clubgoers can be heard crying, with at least one pleading with deputies to go inside for more people. As the deputies stand around waiting for their next orders, one officer can be heard saying, "It's pretty bad in there. You don't wanna look." After a break in the tape, it picks up again with a radio call informing the officers there are at least 42 dead. "Damn," Rutkoski can be heard saying. "That's, like, more than any active shooter I can remember." News 6 has more clips. (Read more Pulse Orlando shooting stories.)

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