Killing at Uvalde school: “chaotic” and “apathetic” police reaction

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Killing at the Uvalde school: “chaotic” and “apathetic” police reaction

Residents of Uvalde, Texas, pay their respects in front of the memorial to the victims of the shooting at Robb Primary School in the Municipality.

A “chaotic” situation, an absence of command, “apathetic” agents: a Texas parliamentary commission of inquiry pinned down on Sunday all the police departments involved in the response to the massacre in the area. school in Uvalde, which killed 21 people on May 24.

According to this report, which refuses to incriminate certain police officers rather than others, law enforcement did not follow their training and did not put the lives of innocent victims ahead of their own safety.

A total of 376 officers (border guards, state, city, local sheriff's departments or elite forces) responded to Robb Elementary School, elected officials reveal of the Texas House of Representatives in a preliminary investigation report.

But between the arrival of the first police officers and the death of the killer, 73 minutes passed , an unacceptable delay linked to a lack of command that may have contributed to the loss of life, they write.

Although it is likely that most of the victims perished immediately after the first shots, some died during their transfer to hospital and it is plausible that they could have survived if they had been rescued faster, they still slam.

Texas Public Safety Director Steven McCraw had previously called law enforcement's response an absolute failure, focusing his criticism on the Uvalde School District Police Chief, Pete Arredondo, who has since been suspended.

He failed to fulfill his responsibility as commander and he made analytical errors because he did not have all the information, the Texas lawmakers also believe.

But no one offered to help or replace him, they note: L& #x27;attitude of all officers was apathetic, furthermore the scene was chaotic, with no one clearly in charge or leading the response.

Their findings were presented to the relatives of the victims who, for weeks, regretted the lack of transparency of the authorities, suspected of wanting to conceal the failures of the police.

Critics had increased after the release this week of a near excruciating video showing the shooter arriving at the scene with an assault rifle, then officers waiting in a hallway for a long time. #x27;school.

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