Newtown 911 tapes released after court fight

Newtown school shooting 911 calls reveal a mixture of calm and anguish from the callers, and gunshots from the assailant are heard in the background, audio recordings released on Dec. 4 reveal.

Officials in Newtown, Connecticut, released recordings of 911 emergency phone calls from the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Town officials initially tried to prevent release of the recordings. The state Freedom of Information Commission ordered seven calls placed from inside the elementary school to be aired. Late last month, a judge ruled the town must comply with the commission's order, and Newtown officials have since dropped their appeal.

The Los Angeles Times examined legal issues, news judgments and public opinions in the aftermath of a court fight over release of Newtown 911 tapes.

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