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Shocking police inaction in Uvalde due to ‘systemic failures’, report finds

Uvalde, Texas – About 400 law enforcement officers arrived at the Uvalde Elementary School for a mass shooting, but “systemic failures” created a chaotic scene that lasted more than an hour, killing 21 people and eventually was confronted and killed. A report by investigators was released on Sunday.

The nearly 80-page report was the first to criticize both state and federal law enforcement, not just the bewildering inaction of local officials in a Texas city by heavily armed officers masquerading as a gunman inside a fourth-grade classroom. For.

“At Rob Elementary, law enforcement responders failed to adhere to their active shooter training, and they failed to prioritize saving innocent lives over their own safety,” the report said.

According to the report, the gunman fired around 142 rounds inside the building, and it is “almost certain” that 100 shots were fired before any officers entered.

The report – the most complete account ever of the hesitation and disorganized response to the May 24 massacre at Robb Elementary School – was written by an investigative committee of the Texas House of Representatives and released to family members on Sunday.

According to the report, 376 law enforcement officers gathered at the school. Most of those who responded were federal and state law enforcement. According to the Tribune, it involved about 150 US Border Patrol agents and 91 state police officers.

“It’s a joke. They’re a joke. They have no business wearing a badge. Neither of them does,” 11-year-old Layla Salazar’s grandfather Vincent Salazar said on Sunday.

The report followed weeks of closed-door interviews with more than 40 people, including witnesses and law enforcement, who were at the shooting scene.

Flowers that were piled high in the city’s central square had been removed by Sunday, leaving a map filled with animals scattered around the fountain along with pictures of some of the children who were killed.

A nearly 80-minute hallway surveillance video published by the Austin American-Statesman this week showed the public for the first time a hesitant and disorganized tactical response, which the Texas state police chief denounced as a failure and some Uvalde residents detonated . coward.

Demand for police accountability has increased in Uvalde since the shooting. So far, only one officer is known to be on leave from the scene of the deadliest school shooting in Texas history.

The report is the result of one of several investigations into the shooting, including another led by the Justice Department. A report earlier this month by Texas State University tactical experts alleged that an Uvalde police officer armed with an AR-15 had a chance to stop the gunman before he entered the school.

But in an instance of controversial statements and conflicting accounts since the shooting, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin has said it never happened. That report was made at the request of the Texas Department of Public Security, which McLaughlin has criticized and accused of trying to downplay the role of his soldiers during the massacre.

Texas DPS chief Steve McCraw called the police response a blatant failure.
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Weber reported from Austin, Texas.

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