New video shows Texas police on a chase outside the Uvalde massacre
Police officers who responded to the massacre of 19 children and two teachers in Uvala fear that newly released body camera footage from the day of the tragedy will be shot.
About 400 law enforcement officers Multiple agencies responded to the shooting at Robb Elementary School in May, but waited outside the building for more than an hour as 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos killed two classrooms.
The footage shows heavily armed Texas Department of Public Safety officers wearing bulletproof vests. [DPS] stay out
“Do you want to jump the f—–g gate or what?” – asks an officer in the unit The video was obtained by a TV station in San Antonio, Texas.
“What’s the safest way to do this?” I’m not trying to get applause,” a second DPS trooper responded.
“Neither am I,” said the first officer.
“I don’t like standing next to a shot window either, bro,” added the second officer.
The video also showed confusion and chaos, with officers unsure of key facts such as who fired the shots and who was in the classroom with the shooter, and hesitant to act.
“You’re going to put yourself in danger,” one officer can be heard asking another officer.
Eventually, the classroom door was breached and Ramos was shot, but a A scathing report by Texas lawyers The response of law enforcement agencies to the tragedy announced in July was explosive.
The video surfaced hours before the Texas Department of Public Safety held a public meeting where elected officials and parents of the slain Uvalde children were able to address DPS brass, including DPS Director Stephen McCraw, who led the investigation.
In earlier statements to the victims’ families, McCraw said he would resign if his troopers were to blame for “any culpability” in the botched police response.
“Are you a man of your word?” 10-year-old nephew Uzia Garcia asked slain Brett Cross when he confronted McCraw Thursday morning.
“Absolutely,” McCraw replied.
“Then resign,” said Cross.
Before the meeting ended, McCraw maintained that DPS officers had done their job.
“I can tell you right now that DPS as an institution has not disrupted the community right now – plain and simple,” McCraw said.
After the massacre, various officials were fired, including DPS Sgt. Juan Maldonado, who was on the scene at the time of the shooting.
Uvalde Schools Police Chief Pete Arredondo was fired in August and the entire school district police force was suspended earlier this month.
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