POLIZETTE — Obama offered praise Sunday for the Orlando officers who saved lives during the worst mass shooting in U.S. history by storming the Pulse nightclub.
But those officers were able to intervene only with the help of a military-grade tactical vehicle and high-grade armaments — exactly the type of militarized equipment that Obama opposed for police forces less than two years ago.
An armored BearCat vehicle and a Kevlar helmet were just two of the pieces of equipment that made a huge difference for police and civilians alike during the massacre. During the harrowing three-hour ordeal, 50 people were killed — including shooter Omar Mateen — and 53 more were injured. Further casualties were prevented when police used the BearCat armored vehicle — a “Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck” — to ram through the nightclub’s wall to rescue hostages and confront Mateen, who was killed during the ensuing gunfight.
Orlando Police Chief John Mina said in a Sunday press conference that the team’s decision to breach the wall saved the lives of “at least 30 possible victims.”