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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Uvalde report: 400 officers but ‘extremely poor’ decisions

Uvalde, Texas ( Associated Press) — The mayor of Uvalde announced Sunday that the city’s acting police chief on the day of the Rob Elementary School massacre has been placed on leave after widespread failures by law enforcement, in a new report.

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin said Lieutenant Mariano Pargas was placed on administrative leave to determine whether he was responsible for taking over command after a gunman entered the school killing 19 children and two teachers .

The announcement comes after a report released Sunday after investigators found several levels of law enforcement wronged during the May 24 shooting.

This is a breaking news update. Below is an earlier story from Associated Press.

About 400 law enforcement officers arrived at Uvalde Elementary School for a mass shooting, but “extremely poor decision-making” resulted in more than an hour of chaos, after which the gunman killed 21 people and eventually confronted Gaya and was killed according to a damning sleuth. Report released on Sunday.

The nearly 80-page report was the first to criticize both state and federal law enforcement, not just local officials in a South Texas town with heavily armed officers as a gunman inside a fourth-grade classroom at Robb Elementary School. For bewildering inaction. ,

“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.

The gunman fired about 142 rounds inside the building – and it is “almost certain” that at least 100 shots came before any officers entered, according to the report, which detailed many of the failures in great detail. from them:

The commander of the Border Patrol Tactical Team waited for a bullet-proof shield and working master key, which may not have been needed, before entering orbit.

Despite many officers being on the spot, no one took command.

– An officer from the Uvalde Police Department said he heard 911 calls coming in from the classroom, and to his understanding officers on one side of the building knew the victims were trapped inside. Still, no one tried to break the class.

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

The family members of the victims in Uvalde received copies of the report on Sunday before it was released to the public.

“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.

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

“Apart from the attacker, the committee did not find any ‘villain’ during its investigation,” the report said. “There is no one to whom we can attribute malice or bad intentions. Instead, we found systemic failures and seriously poor decision making. ,

The report noted that among the hundreds of law enforcement respondents who arrived at the school, they were better trained and equipped than school district police—which, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the chief of the state police force, was the first to not go. were guilty. room early.

“In this crisis, none of the responders seized the initiative to establish an incident command post,” the report read.

A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety did not immediately return a request for comment 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 some animals scattered around the fountain along with pictures of killed children.

No single officer has received as much scrutiny since the shooting as Pete Arredondo, the Uvalde School District police chief who resigned from his newly appointed seat on the city council after the shooting. Reportedly, Arredondo told the committee that he treated the shooter as a “barricaded subject”, and defended never treating the scene as an active-shooter situation because he had no visual contact with the gunman.

Reportedly, Arredondo even tried to find a key to the classrooms, but no one bothered to see if the doors were locked.

“The discovery of Arredondo’s key caught his attention and wasted precious time, delaying the breach of classes,” the report said.

The report criticized the approach of the hundreds of officers who surrounded the school as “weak” and said that they should consider that without reliable communication the rest of the Arredondo at the school was “incompatible” with being the scene commander. The report concluded that some officers waited because they relied on bad information while others “had enough information to know better.”

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.

The committee “did not obtain medical evidence” to show that police would have saved lives by breaking up the classroom sooner, but concluded that “it is plausible that some victims could have survived if they had waited 73 additional minutes for rescue.” Don’t have to.”

Michael Brown, whose 9-year-old son was in the cafeteria at Rob Elementary on the day of the shooting and survived, brought signs saying “We Want Accountability” and “Prosecut Pete Arredondo” to the committee’s news conference on Sunday.

Brown said he hasn’t read the report yet, but has already sufficed to say that the police “have blood on their hands.”

“That is ridiculous. Disgusting,” he said. “They are cowards.”

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