Law enforcement response to Uwalde shooting “absolute failure”, says Reuters official

© Reuters. Rica Amaro, with her parents, Alma and Ramon Amaro, all from San Antonio, visit the memorial to the victims of the Rob Elementary School shooting shooting early in the morning in Uwalde, Texas, USA, June 11, 2022. REUTERS / Lisa Kranz

(Reuters) – Law enforcement officials’ response to a shooting at a school in Uwalde that killed 19 children and two teachers was a “terrible failure” in which a commander put the lives of officers above those of children, said the director of the public safety department. Texas Stephen McCrow on Tuesday.

“There is compelling evidence that law enforcement response to the Rob Elementary School attack was a complete failure and contradicts everything we have learned,” McCrow said during a May 24 hearing in the Texas Senate.

Police actions after the shooter entered Rob Elementary School and started firing were closely monitored amid the anger of tortured parents in response.

“Three minutes after the subject entered the western building, there were enough armed officers wearing bulletproof vests to isolate, disperse and neutralize the subject,” McCrow added.

“The only thing stopping the corridor of dedicated officers from entering rooms 111 and 112 was the commander of the scene, who decided to put the lives of the officers before the lives of the children,” said the director of the hearing.

Uwalde school police chief Pete Aredondo said earlier this month that he had never considered himself the commander of the shooting scene and that he had not ordered police to refrain from breaking into the building.

Community members, along with the parents of the victims, called on Aredondo to resign during a passionate meeting of the school board on Monday night, ABC News reported.

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