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Attorney general promises $1 million relief for Orlando law enforcers

Attorney General Loretta Lynch makes announcement Tuesday in Orlando.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch makes announcement Tuesday in Orlando.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Tuesday in Orlando that the Department of Justice will release $1 million in emergency funding for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement “as soon as possible.”

The money will cover overtime pay and other costs that law enforcement agencies incurred during the Pulse nightclub shooting, an event she described as a "shattering attack on our nation.. On our very ideals."

"The message of Orlando is a message of determination to remove hatred, to remove intolerance from our midst," Lynch said. "In defiance of terror and in defense of our most cherished ideals."

Lynch said the investigation is looking for the most reasonable explanation for Omar Mateen's rampage.

"I can't tell you definitively that will ever narrow it down to a single motivation," she said.

She also made a statement of support for the LGBT community.

"To the LGBT community — we stand with you. The good in this world far outweighs the evil," Lynch said.

"Our common humanity transcends our differences, and our most effective response to terror is compassion, it's unity and it's love. We stand with you today because we grieve together, and long after the cameras are gone will continue to stand with you as we grow together in commitment and solidarity and in equality."

The June 12 shooting at the nightclub by Mateen left 49 people dead and 53 injured, in addition to the shooter.

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