US Justice Department to investigate Orlando police response to nightclub shooting

A “comprehensive after-action assessment” will be carried out on the incident which claimed 49 lives

In an announcement on Friday, it was confirmed that a review would be carried out on the police response to the mass shooting which claimed the lives of 49 people in a nightclub in Orlando.

The Justice Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) will perform what they called a "comprehensive after-action assessment" of how the police responded to the reports of a shooter in the nightclub on June 12th. 

Orlando Police Chief John Mina requested that the assessment be carried out as a move to help both the Orlando Police Department and other agencies in their response to incidents of a similar nature in the future. 

In a statement, the Department of Justice said the investigation would look at the "preparation and response to the mass shooting, strategies and tactics used during the incident, and how the department is managing the aftermath of the mass casualty event."

The move was commended by U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III of Florida, who said that the "decision to seek an independent review of the law enforcement response to the Pulse nightclub shootings is another example of [Chief Mina's] effective leadership. The results of this review should help not only the Orlando Police Department, but also other law enforcement agencies forced to deal with terrorist attacks."

Ronald Davis, director of COPS, echoed the comments, stating that "the lessons learned from this independent, objective and critical review of such a high-profile incident will benefit [...] all law enforcement critical guidance and recommendations for responding to future such incidents."

According to the Washington Post, the COPS department is also reviewing the case of the San Bernardino shootings in December of 2015, in which 14 people were killed and 22 were seriously injured.