ADDED ON: 06/11/2018

Why Does the FBI Refuse to Call the Pulse Massacre a Hate Crime?

06/11/2018 | The Advocate

Minutes after bartenders put out a last call for drinks at Pulse on June 12, 2016, a man burst past a ticket counter and into the main room of the Orlando gay bar. Shortly after 2 a.m., Omar Mateen sprayed the dance floor in bullets, and dozens of victims, most queer and Latino, fell to the floor wounded or dead. In total, the attack left 49 innocent people dead, more than 50 others wounded, and the LGBT community worldwide forever jarred. Before stepping through the doors, the shooter posted an ominous message on Facebook pledging his allegiance to the Islamic State, and about a half hour into his killing spree, he stopped to write on his social media. He first added comments about U.S. airstrikes in Syria. Then at 2:37 a.m. he wrote what turned out to be his last message to the world: “The real Muslims will never accept the filthy ways of the west.”


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