US Attorney General Merrick Garland visited Uvalde a day before his department reported on the police response.
The US Department of Justice has concluded that police intervention in the shooting that left 21 dead in a school in Uvalde (Texas) in 2022 was a “failure,” since they passed 77 minutes from the moment the killer entered the center until he was intercepted.
A nearly 600-page report found a number of significant failures’ before, during, and after the police response that states that agents, when they know there is an “active shooter,” must act “immediately” to enter the classroom where he is located and eliminate the threat, something that “didn’t happen.”
In a statement, the attorney general of the United States, Merrick Garland, criticized the “failure” of the local police response to Robb Elementary School, saying it was a matter of “failed leadership, training, and policies.” Garland visited the town of Uvalde the previous day as a preliminary to the presentation this Thursday of the report of the Department of Justice.
In the report, the result of a complete analysis of the authorities’ response to the shooting on May 24, 2022, in which 19 students and two teachers were killed, a number of different problems weseveraled, including a lack of preparation and leadership as well as poor officer communication.
Officers mistakenly treated the situation as if it were a barricaded suspect, even when children and teachers called pthe olice for help. It took the police 77 minutes to deal with the attacker, Salvador Ramos, who was 18 years old at the time.
The report echoes the conclusions of an investigation by the Texas House of Representatives, which in 2022 found “systemic failures” between law enforcement agencies and school security protocols to stop Ramos.
It took the agents more than an hour to enter the classroom, where the attacker was, and kill him. At least 376 agents from various law enforcement agencies responded to the scene, including about 100 from the Texas Department of Public Safety.