Confirmed: Orlando Cops Told to Stand Down — Not to Pursue Shooter for “15-20 Minutes”
Cornwell recalled getting orders not to pursue the shooter, hold their position and wait for SWAT. It would take SWAT a long time to respond. Cornwell explained that he and the other officers obeyed the orders not to stop Mateen, and they held their position for “15 or 20 minutes — could’ve been longer” until the SWAT team arrived. Cornwall described hearing gunshots and screams for help as they sat there — waiting for SWAT. When asked if he felt the urge to disobey the order to stand down and try to stop Mateen, Cornwell said he had to follow orders.