2nd an­niver­sary of Pulse mas­sacre: Art & lit­i­ga­tion

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OR­LANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sur­vivors and vic­tims’ rel­a­tives are mark­ing the sec­ond an­niver­sary of the Pulse night­club shoot­ing with a re­mem­brance cer­e­mony, a run, art ex­hibits and lit­i­ga­tion.

Ahead of Tues­day’s com­mem­o­ra­tion of the mas­sacre of 49 peo­ple at the gay night­club, some sur­vivors and vic­tims’ rel­a­tives have sued the Or­lando Po­lice De­part­ment and the own­ers of the night­club.

The fed­eral law­suit against the po­lice and city of Or­lando was filed last Thurs­day and it claims po­lice of­fi­cers should have acted more ag­gres­sively to stop the shooter. The state law­suit against Pulse own­ers Bar­bara and Rosario Poma was filed Fri­day and it says the night­club had in­ad­e­quate se­cu­rity.

Both law­suits were filed by plain­tiff at­tor­neys based in Philadelphia and Michi­gan.

The Po­mas said in a state­ment that they hadn’t seen the law­suit and that the fo­cus this week should be on heal­ing.

“We ask that ev­ery­one keep the fo­cus where it be­longs as we pre­pare for this Re­mem­brance Week,” the Po­mas said.

In a state­ment, the Or­lando Po­lice De­part­ment said their of­fi­cers and other law en­force­ment of­fi­cers did every­thing they could to save as many lives as pos­si­ble.

In the run-up to the an­niver­sary, the par­ents of mur­dered gay col­lege stu­dent Matthew Shep­ard spoke in Or­lando, a “rain­bow run” was held in a park near the night­club, and a play was pro­duced based on the in­ter­views of Pulse sur­vivors and those around the world who re­sponded to the tragedy. On Tues­day, bells will be rung 49 times at a church in down­town Or­lando and a re­mem­brance ser­vice will be held at the night­club, where a planned me­mo­rial is in de­vel­op­ment. Forty­nine rib­bons will be hung out­side City Hall, an ex­hibit on the tragedy is be­ing held at the Or­ange County His­tory Cen­ter and a rain­bow flag will be hung from the Or­ange County Ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing.

The re­cent law­suits mark a de­par­ture for some of the sur­vivors and vic­tims’ rel­a­tives since they are di­rected at the law en­force­ment re­sponse and the fa­cil­ity where the mas­sacre took place.

Pre­vi­ous law­suits by Pulse sur­vivors and vic­tims’ fam­i­lies were aimed at so­cial me­dia com­pa­nies and the se­cu­rity com­pany where gun­man Omar Ma­teen was em­ployed. The so­cial me­dia law­suit claimed Ma­teen was rad­i­cal­ized by through pro­pa­ganda found on so­cial me­dia and the em­ployer law­suit claimed the se­cu­rity firm knew Ma­teen was men­tally un­sta­ble but al­lowed him to carry a gun on the job as a se­cu­rity guard.

Ma­teen was killed at the night­club in a shootout with po­lice of­fi­cers. Ear­lier this year, his wife was ac­quit­ted of help­ing to plot the at­tack and ly­ing to the FBI af­ter­ward.

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