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Pulse Nightclub Shooting Victims Suing Orlando Cops Who Were Once Hailed Heroes

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I don't think anyone can deny how difficult it is to be a police officer.

They put their life on the line every day and have to make split-second decisions that have the ability to change people's lives, and their own, forever.

That being said, victims and their family members are also in a tough spot. Once a crime has been committed, they spend the rest of their lives thinking about every detail of that awful day.

Unfortunately, whether they choose to forget it or not, it will always come back to haunt them.

The Orlando Nightclub shooting that occurred in June 2016 claimed 49 lives and wounded 53 others. The victims still have a bone to pick with the officers who were on duty that day.

When the gunman began his shooting spree, Officer Adam Gruler arrived at the scene of the crime. Then he later made headlines for his courageous effort.

The police veteran was praised by politicians and fellow law enforcement, and he even received the "valor" award for his actions

According to BuzzFeed News, he and his wife were also invited to this year's State of the Union as the guests of Florida Republican Val Demings.

Many people in America still see the officers who were present on that traumatic night as heroes, but some of the survivors and their family members feel like they've been let down by the people they've placed a great deal of trust in.

According to the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida, they are suing Gruler and 30 other unnamed police officers for "violating the civil rights of the club's patrons."

The lawsuit alleges that the officers "abandoned" their post.

According to reports, Gruler exchanged gunfire with the shooter, and seeing that he was outgunned, he went to call for backup.

"I know [the officers] were scared," Wigberto Cintron Capo, whose brother was killed in the shooting, told BuzzFeed News. "But don't sign up to be a police officer if you're scared."

"There are a whole bunch of people who could have gone in together and killed the one person with the gun," he said. "But they stayed out there hearing the gunshots from outside the club," he added.

"Finally, approximately three hours later, after allowing the shooter to murder and injure many helpless people who had no hope other than these defendants, the police finally made their entry and neutralized (the) shooter," the suit said.

The lawsuit also accuses 10 officers for "unlawfully" detaining uninjured survivors for hours after the massacre, and for treating them like "criminals" during this horrific time.

City officials have yet to comment.

Do you think these officers are still heroes? Or could they have done more to prevent such a horrific massacre?

[H/T: BuzzFeed News / CNN]

One of officers who was present on that day was fired just six months before getting his pension. He says he was kicked off the force because of his PTSD. For more on the story, click here.

Moojan has been a writer at Shared for almost a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.