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After “Shattering Attack,” Justice Dept. Awards $1 Mil in Emergency Funds for Orlando

Written by Richard Hack

ORLANDO—No sooner did Florida impotent Republican governor send out a mass email complaining that the Federal government had denied the state’s request for emergency funding, than U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch exited a meeting with investigators with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and announced that the Department of Justice was awarding $1 million in emergency funding to assist Florida in covering the overtime for local and state responders.

Equally as important was Lynch’s pledge to continue to make resources available to help Pulse Nightclub victims and family members with counseling, travel funds and medical expenses.

“There is no doubt that this was a shattering attack – on our nation, on our people and on our most fundamental ideals,” she said. “But the message of Orlando, that I have seen today, and that the American people have seen in the wake of this horrific assault, is a message of determination to remove hatred and intolerance from our midst, to live our lives freely and without fear, and to stay true to the principles of liberty, justice and equality that define America at our best.

“Those ideals include the understanding that our diversity makes us stronger. And no matter who we are, what we look like, where we are from, or whom we love, this extraordinary nation belongs to us all. I know the LGBT community in particular has been shaken by this attack. It is indeed an irony that a community that is defined almost exclusively by whom they love is so often a target of hate.”

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