DOJ Report Revives Scrutiny of Uvalde Authorities

( – The country watched in horror in May 2022, as an 18-year-old former student of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, opened fire, killing 19 children and two adult staff while responding police did nothing. Now a report from the U.S. Department of Justice confirms what so many suspected, despite the shushing and feigned outrage from the mainstream media: the police were cowardly and allowed the massacre to become worse than it had to be.

The report echoed what many ordinary citizens said as the tragedy unfolded; the police “demonstrated no urgency.” Not only that, but a lack of leadership, coordination, training, and inadequate equipment plagued the police response.

In a press conference, Attorney General Merrick Garland said of the victims, “Their loved ones deserved better.” The response from the police was “a failure that should not have happened,” Garland said, claiming that if cops had followed “generally accepted practices” designed for mass shootings fewer children and teachers would have died.

On the day of the shooting, horrified parents watched as police not only refused to enter the building while the shooter kept their kids hostage (and killed some of them), but restrained and harassed some parents who tried to rescue their children themselves. Footage from security cameras in the school shows police just standing outside the door of the 4th-grade classroom where the massacre was taking place.

In the hours after the shooting, Texas Governor Greg Abbott had praised the “courage” of the officers who responded, a stance he likely regretted in the coming days. A Texas investigation into the law enforcement response produced an 80-page report detailing how cops walked in and out of the school carrying their guns but doing nothing. There were 376 police officers at the scene from the state police, the city of Uvalde, officers from the U.S. Border Patrol, and school resource officers.

The police response was out of step with accepted practices for school shootings developed after the infamous Columbine High School massacre in 1999, according to the early Texas report. That protocol emphasizes the need to confront the shooter directly and quickly.

Families of the dead have been outraged with the police response since watching it unfold, and they are still hoping for legal consequences for the cops who failed their children. The grandmother of one of the victims, Berlinda Arreola, told the media she had “a lot of emotions” and didn’t have the words to express them. The local district attorney’s office continues to investigate the law enforcement response, though there is no word yet on whether any participants will be prosecuted for failing to carry out their duty.

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