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Uvalde report, new body camera video adds to criticism of school response

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A damning report and hours of new body camera video is further evidence mounting against law enforcement who responded to the mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. The report, released Sunday, comes from a Texas House Committee investigating the event that killed 19 children and 2 teachers.

“If we need a simple phrase to describe what the report says, again, I would say multiple systemic failures,” Texas State Rep. Dustin Burrows, the chair of the committee, said at a Sunday news conference.

The report is 77 pages long. It reveals there were 376 law enforcement officers who responded to the scene. Investigators said school administrators adopted a ‘regrettable culture of noncompliance’ with safety and security measures. There are three entrance points into the building. All three doors were unlocked the day of the shooting. The report says the school did not adequately prepare for an active shooter situation and that the officers on scene should have done more.

“That day, several officers in the hallway or in that building knew, or should’ve known, there was dying in that classroom,” Burrows said. “They should’ve done more, acted with urgency, try the door handles, try to go in through the windows, try to distract him, try to do something to address the situation.”

After the news conference on the report, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin released the new body camera video. It captures a further chaotic response by law enforcement.

“We agree with the committee’s review of the incident and there was a failure of command all around. However, we have further questions as to who was responsible for taking command, as each agency there had senior level commanders own site,” Mayor McLaughlin said. “So we want to know which agency took what specific actions to take command and where did the critical breakdown occur.”

The report comes days after the controversial release of security surveillance obtained by two Texas news agencies. The video depicts the gunman entering the school and then the classroom.

“When we wanted to release the hallway video, to members of the family and to the public, we were not going to show his image,” Burrows said. “He wanted that and he did not deserve it.”

Responding law enforcement agencies are conducting their own internal investigations.

 

 

Dustin Burrows | Texas State Representative: “If we need a simple phrase to describe what the report says, again, I would say multiple systemic failures.”
Karah RuckerAFTER SEVERAL WEEKS OF CONFLICTING AND INCONSISTENT ACCOUNTS OF WHAT HAPPENED IN UVALDE TEXAS…WE’RE FINALLY GETTING ANSWERS AFTER THE TEXAS HOUSE COMMITTEE INVESTIGATING THE DEADLY SCHOOL SHOOTING RELEASED THEIR FINDINGS OVER THE WEEKEND.
THE UVALDE MAYOR…ALSO RELEASING NEW BODY CAM FOOTAGE FOLLOWING THE PRESS CONFERENCE. IT CAPTURES A FURTHER CHAOTIC RESPONSE BY LAW ENFORCEMENT.
THE REPORT IS 77 PAGES LONG.
IT REVEALS THERE WERE 376 LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO RESPONDED TO THE SCENE.
INVESTIGATORS SAID SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS ADOPTED A ‘REGRETTABLE CULTURE OF NONCOMPLIANCE’ WITH SAFETY AND SECURITY MEASURES.
THERE ARE THREE ENTRANCE-POINTS INTO THE BUILDING. ALL THREE DOORS WERE UNLOCKED THE DAY OF THE SHOOTING.
THE REPORT SAYS THE SCHOOL DID NOT ADEQUATELY PREPARE FOR AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION AND THAT THE OFFICERS ON SCENE…SHOULD HAVE DONE MORE.
Dustin Burrows | Texas State Representative: “That day, several officers in the hallway or in that building knew, or should’ve known, there was dying in that classroom. They should’ve done more. Acted with urgency.”
Karah Rucker: THE REPORT COMES DAYS AFTER THE CONTROVERSIAL RELEASE OF SECURITY SURVEILLANCE OBTAINED BY TWO TEXAS NEWS AGENCIES…DEPICTING MINUTE BY MINUTE THE GUNMAN ENTERING THE SCHOOL THEN THE CLASSROOM.
Dustin Burrows | Texas State Representative: “When we wanted to release the hallway video, to members of the family and to the public, we were not going to show his image. He wanted that and he did not deserve it.”
Karah Rucker: RESPONDING LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ARE CONDUCTING THEIR OWN INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS.

 

 

 

A damning report and hours of new body camera video is further evidence mounting against law enforcement who responded to the mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. The report, released Sunday, comes from a Texas House Committee investigating the event that killed 19 children and 2 teachers.

“If we need a simple phrase to describe what the report says, again, I would say multiple systemic failures,” Texas State Rep. Dustin Burrows, the chair of the committee, said at a Sunday news conference.

The report is 77 pages long. It reveals there were 376 law enforcement officers who responded to the scene. Investigators said school administrators adopted a ‘regrettable culture of noncompliance’ with safety and security measures. There are three entrance points into the building. All three doors were unlocked the day of the shooting. The report says the school did not adequately prepare for an active shooter situation and that the officers on scene should have done more.

“That day, several officers in the hallway or in that building knew, or should’ve known, there was dying in that classroom,” Burrows said. “They should’ve done more, acted with urgency, try the door handles, try to go in through the windows, try to distract him, try to do something to address the situation.”

After the news conference on the report, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin released the new body camera video. It captures a further chaotic response by law enforcement.

“We agree with the committee’s review of the incident and there was a failure of command all around. However, we have further questions as to who was responsible for taking command, as each agency there had senior level commanders own site,” Mayor McLaughlin said. “So we want to know which agency took what specific actions to take command and where did the critical breakdown occur.”

The report comes days after the controversial release of security surveillance obtained by two Texas news agencies. The video depicts the gunman entering the school and then the classroom.

“When we wanted to release the hallway video, to members of the family and to the public, we were not going to show his image,” Burrows said. “He wanted that and he did not deserve it.”

Responding law enforcement agencies are conducting their own internal investigations.

 

 

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