The two-year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting is quickly approaching as the victims of the shooting still cope with the effects from the tragic incident.
According to CBS News, the shooting left 49 people dead and 53 injured, and now the surviving victims have filed a lawsuit stating that the city and its officers did not do enough to prevent the shooting from happening.
More than 35 victims have signed off as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, claiming that the city and its officers violated the Constitutional rights of those injured and killed.
The victims say that officers should have been more aggressive when it came to preventing Omar Mateen from opening fire and causing multiple deaths.
The lawsuit names Officer Adam Grule, who worked an extra-duty shift at the nightclub that evening. It claims he “abandoned his post,” which allowed Mateen the time to walk in, look around, walk out to retrieve his weapons and return inside the nightclub.
Another 30 unnamed officers are listed for not capturing the shooter and also for rounding up uninjured survivors and taking them to the police headquarters for questioning.
Keinon Carter, a victim from the shooting said, “I believe victims of the Pulse shooting deserve better. We deserved better. We deserved to be rescued sooner by law enforcement.”
The lawsuit also claims that survivors were not able to use their phones once authorities had the nightclub secured.
The city of Orlando and Orlando police said in a statement, “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.”
The lawsuit is calling for “additional training and resources, a jury trial and an undetermined monetary judgment.”