ABJECT FAILURE IN UVALDE POLICE RESPONSE
Written by Peter Boykin on June 23, 2022
Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist
The law enforcement response to the shooting at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas was “an abject failure” according to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
The details: Texas DPS Director Steven McCraw spoke at a state Senate hearing to answer questions and provide disappointing new details about the law enforcement response.
McCraw said the response was “an abject failure and antithetical to everything we’ve learned over the last two decades since the Columbine massacre.”
He put the blame squarely on the Uvalde school district police chief, Pete Arrendondo, claiming: “The only thing stopping a hallway of dedicated officers from entering Room 111 and 112 was [Arredondo], the on-scene commander who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children.”
Contrary to previous reports, McCraw says:
The door to the classroom could not have been locked from the inside, despite previous reports that Arredondo was waiting for a key to enter.
Law enforcement was on the scene early in the massacre, armed with high-powered rifles, body armor, and tactical shields. But they still waited roughly one hour before entering.
The Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin responded to the state Senate hearing, accusing DPS of “false leaks” and trying to use the Uvalde police as a scapegoat.
Related tragedy: We also learned that one of the school district police officers, whose wife was killed in the massacre, wanted to enter the school earlier, but he was detained, had his gun taken away from him, and was removed from the scene.
We have to be really careful about how we report on this because we don’t want to demonize law enforcement until we have all the facts. But this is just disgraceful.
[Source: Fox News, Axios]
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