New footage sheds light on police response during Uvalde massacre — Analysis
A video footage captures how many heavily-armed officers stood for over an hour waiting to face a Texas school shooter.
Surveillance and police body cam footage obtained by media outlets has provided greater insight into law enforcement’s reaction to the Uvalde school shooting, which left 19 children and two teachers dead. Officers waited for 74 minutes before they could confront the gunman, despite arriving on scene just seconds after the attack started.
Video was released by Austin American-Statesman, a local ABC affiliate. The video shows the entire shooting process from start to finish, with the incident when the assailant entered Robb elementary school armed and equipped with a rifle.
“The video tells in real time the brutal story of how heavily armed officers failed to immediately launch a cohesive and aggressive response to stop the shooter and save more children if possible,”According to the Statesman.
The Statesman published not only a short edited version but also a full-length video. However, both videos are free of violent scenes.
Even though you arrived at school only “minutes after the gunman,”The majority of footage shows the police gathering at the hall’s end. This is despite the fact that dozens more gunshots were ringing from the classroom. Although a larger force of officers with heavily armed weapons arrived on the scene shortly afterward, they did not stay in the corridor for longer than an hour.
The police claimed they were searching for keys in the classroom to force entry. However, later investigations revealed that it was not locked. It’s unclear what explains the discrepancy, or whether officers made any attempt to open the door as they waited.
Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw said that Pete Arredondo (school district Police chief) treated the gunman in the incident as an individual. “barricaded subject,”This is better than being an active shooter. This scenario requires a more aggressive approach to stop further deaths than the cautious and slower response for a suspect who is hiding in plain sight.
McCraw has placed heavy blame on Arredondo and failed to confront him, however, video footage captures a range of law enforcement agencies responding to the incident. This includes the Uvalde Police Department (Uvalde County sheriff), Texas Department of Public Safety Texas Rangers, US Border Patrol, US Marshals Service, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers and Texas Rangers. They broke into the classroom at 14 minutes and an hour in the rampage. No officer attempted to rescue them.
The May 24th massacre sparked intense criticism from many people, including parents of the victims. Some of them could be seen in video pleading for officers to allow their kids to safety.
Cops hesitated to enter classroom during mass shooting – media