(ORLANDO, Fla.) — In a chilling twist, Orlando shooter Omar Mateen wrote in a handwritten police academy application how much he appreciates being raised in a “safe country and society” and detailed his “respect and admiration” for law enforcement, according to records from Indian River State College.
The document, part of an application Mateen submitted to the college in November 2014, is labeled “Omar Mateen Biography, 750 Words” and begins with basic information, including his birthday, where he was born and how he has three sisters and two parents who “migrated to America from Afghanistan.”
He then goes on to write about the “respect and admiration” he has had for law enforcement since he was young.
“I remember how the police officers would tell fast drivers to slow down in areas where I was walking to and from school,” he wrote. “…my parents would have more peace of mind knowing there was a police officer making street patrols.”
Mateen then writes that his parents came to the U.S. from a war-torn country and how it is a “great blessing” to have grown up in a “safe” community filled with “honest, ethical, uncorrupt police officers enforcing public safety for the overall well being of the community.”
His parents told him to “appreciate these blessings of being raised in a safe country and society,” Mateen wrote, adding that he wants the streets to be “safe” for his son, the way it was for him growing up. He also stressed that he’s a family man, who likes to attend family dinners on weekends and spend time with his nephews.
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Mateen wrote that his wife and family were “very supportive” of him pursuing his career and mentions a college professor who taught him “discipline, confidence and inner strength.”
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Mateen had attempted to file a complaint with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, claiming he was denied admission to the police academy because he was Muslim, but the department referred him back to the college. The Indian River State College has no record of Mateen ever filing a complaint concerning the allegation, a spokesman told ABC News.
In documents released earlier this week, Mateen said wrote that he had worked at a correctional officer trainee from the Marin Correction Institution in Indiantown, Florida, from October 2006 to April 2007 and cited the reason for leaving as “probationary dismissal.”
The Florida Department of Corrections confirmed with ABC News that Mateen was employed during that period and that he was “involuntarily dismissed” during his enrollment at the Florida Corrections Academy at Indian River State College.
Mateen was dismissed from the academy due to disciplinary behavior, such as sleeping in class, unexplained absences and joking about bringing a gun to class, which all happened in April 2007, records show.
Mateen did not complete his academic program and was not certified as a correctional officer, but a copy of his transcripts said Mateen was in “good standing” and “eligible to return unless otherwise stated.”
Mateen then reapplied to the college in November 2014.
In May 2001, Mateen, who was 14 years old at the time, was charged with battery after getting into a fight with another during a math class at Martin County High School. He was sent to an alternative school as a result, he wrote in the college application, but did not explain what the fight was about.
That same year, Mateen wrote that he had tried marijuana three times before his father caught and punished him, he wrote.
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