Judge Orders Release Of Newtown Massacre 911 Calls
A Connecticut Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that the 911 recordings from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting will be made public. The tapes will remain sealed until Dec. 4 to give the state time to appeal the decision.
A Connecticut Superior Court judge decided Tuesday the 911 calls from the Sandy Hook school shooting would be made public, but not immediately. The tapes will remain sealed until Dec. 4, in order to give the state time to appeal the ruling.
The decision comes almost one year after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, that killed 20 first-grade students and 6 school officials.
In September, the state's Freedom of Information Commission ruled in favor of The Associated Press, which says it wants the recordings in order to examine the police response to the shooting on Dec. 14.
Connecticut State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III urged the court to reconsider the ruling for the sake of the victims' families, who might not want the audio made public. A spokesman for Sedensky did not immediately comment on whether or not the state will seek an appeal.
The decision comes one day after the state's attorney released his 44-page summary of the investigation into the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The report found no conclusive motive explaining why Adam Lanza carried out the attack on the school.