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Police response to Uvalde shooting an ‘abject failure,’ Texas DPS chief says

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw speaks during a press conference held outside Robb Elementary School on Friday, May 27, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. Nearly 20 officers stood in a hallway outside of the classrooms during this week’s attack on a Texas elementary school for more than 45 minutes before agents used a master key to open a door and confront a gunman, authorities said Friday. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) Wong Maye-E/AP

Police response to Uvalde shooting an ‘abject failure,’ Texas DPS chief says

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Texass Department of Public Safety slammed the slow police response to the Uvalde school shooting while presenting new evidence before a Texas Senate committee Tuesday.

Chief Steven McCraw presented the most comprehensive timeline of the events that led to the May 24 shooting that left 19 students and two teachers dead at a hearing Tuesday. The timeline, uncovered during the DPS investigation, reveals the “abject failure” of law enforcement to step in, including excessive waiting before attempting to breach the door of the classroom the shooter was in, according to McCraw.

“There is compelling evidence that the law enforcement response to the attack at Robb Elementary was an abject failure and antithetical to everything we’ve learned in the last two decades since the Columbine massacre,” McCraw said.

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The head of the DPS put much of the blame on Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo, who lead response efforts at the scene of the shooting.

Arredondo waited for more weapons, more officers, and keys to the classroom door before acting, the timeline presented by DPS showed. But the door was unlocked, and no officers even attempted to open it before the breach, the DPS chief revealed.

“The door was unsecured, and we’ve gone back and checked in our interviews and [asked], ‘Did anybody touch the door and try it?'” McCraw said before adding the team never tried opening the door.

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Officers did not breach the classroom door until 12:50 p.m. local time, over an hour after officers initially entered the hallway, according to the submitted timeline.

The school district’s police chief also had no radio even as he and officers were inside the building, a transcript between Arredondo and a police dispatcher presented by McCraw showed.

“The only thing stopping a hallway of dedicated officers from entering room 111 and 112 was the on-scene commander, who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children,” McCraw said.

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Included in the timeline are quotes from police bodycam footage that shows Arredondo saying, “I just need a key” and “Tell them to f***ing wait. No one comes in,” while waiting in the hallway for over an hour.

Arredondo is offering private testimony before a state House committee on Tuesday.

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