UVALDE, Texas ( Associated Press) — About 400 police officers responded to the school in Uvalde, Texas, where a man opened fire, but it took more than an hour for the gunman to be killed due to “systemic failures.” An investigation report says. Released on Sunday. A total of 21 people died.
The nearly 80-page report is the first to openly criticize federal and state officials—not just locals—for the inaction of heavily armed officers to stop the massacre inside a fourth-grade classroom at Robb Elementary School.
The report, by far the most comprehensive account of the response to the May 24 massacre, was written by an investigative committee of the Texas House of Representatives and released Sunday to relatives of the victims.
According to the Texas Tribune, which reviewed the report before releasing it to the public, 376 officers targeted the school. Most of the respondents were federal and state officials. This included about 150 agents from the Border Patrol, which is federal, and 91 state police officers, according to the Tribune.
“It’s a joke. They’re a joke. They don’t deserve to wear police badges, none of them,” 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 police officers, who were at the shooting scene.
A nearly 80-minute surveillance video released by the Austin American-Statesman this week showed the police’s response in public for the first time. The Texas state police chief has admitted the response was a failure and some Uvalde residents have called it cowardly.
Requests for accountability have increased in Uvalde since the shooting. It is being told that so far only one officer is on leave.