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More police collaboration could have meant 'different outcome' in Orlando, Rep. Murphy says



Joining the bevy of Florida politicians making the rounds on cable news this week, Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy got nine minutes of airtime with CNN's Wolf Blitzer Wednesday evening to talk about the Orlando shooting investigation, as well as his bid for U.S. Senate.

Murphy, a congressman from Jupiter, represents the district where the Orlando shooter Omar Mateen lived. Murphy is also a member of the House Intelligence Committee, which has been briefed on Sunday's attack and the ongoing investigation into it.

"Every day, (the committee is) learning more and more about this," Murphy said.

"In this era of lone-wolf attacks," Murphy said the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub -- which left 50 dead (including Mateen) and 53 injured -- highlights the need for better collaboration and coordination between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

"I believe there's stuff out there that local law enforcement might have had that, if combined with what the federal government had and the FBI during these investigations -- we might have had a different outcome," Murphy said. "The investigation is going to let us know what happened, and I don't want to point a finger yet -- but it is more important than ever that law enforcement work together."

He added: "It seems that all the pieces weren't connected in this situation. ... But there seems to be enough pieces of information here that perhaps (Mateen) should have been monitored, perhaps we should have kept an eye on him a little bit closer."

Blitzer probed Murphy for more details on the pending investigation, including the potential for Mateen's wife, Noor, to be charged as an accomplice and whether he thought she should be.

There was a lot Murphy said he "couldn't speak to" because of the investigation, but he did say: "It sure seems that she had enough information at this point that she should have certainly said something and (she) awfully seems like an accomplice to me."

On whether authorities will release the 911 tapes from Sunday morning –- which a coalition of media, including the Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times, is urging law enforcement to do under Florida’s Sunshine Law -– Murphy said: “At a certain point, most of those things usually do come out but I haven’t heard one way or the other. … We’ve heard just high-level information about them, nothing more actually.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 9:22pm]


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