Audio: Unedited 911 calls from Sandy Hook school shooting
Audio recordings of 911 calls placed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting were released on Wednesday, nearly one year after the incident.
For months, the Associated Press and other news organizations fought in court seeking the release of the tapes, which prosecutors had sought to keep from the public.
Prosecutors argued in court that releasing the tapes would, among other things, cause the families of the victims more anguish if they were to be made public.
A court disagreed, ordering last week that the tapes be released. Prosecutors decided not to appeal the decision.
Several news organizations, including NBC and ABC, said they would not air the recordings or post them online. In a tweet on Wednesday, NBC’s public relations department said they made the decision after reviewing NBC News’ “standards,” though the organization has aired 9-1-1 calls in the past.
CBS News said they would air excerpts of the calls in broadcasts. FOX aired portions of the calls during its broadcast day.
Twenty elementary school children and several adults were killed when Newtown, Connecticut resident Adam Lanza opened fire on the school December 14, 2012. Lanza was found dead by first responders in a classroom of the school.