DOJ to review law enforcement response to Uvalde mass shooting

The Justice Department announced Sunday that it will conduct a critical incident review of law enforcement’s response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

The review, being conducted at the urging of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, is tasked with providing “an independent account of the actions and responses of law enforcement that day, and identifying lessons learned and best practices.” to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events,” Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said in a statement.

McLaughlin in a statement late Sunday thanked the Justice Department for agreeing to his request, adding that “I am confident the review will be fair, transparent and independent.”

Texas authorities spent three days providing often conflicting and incomplete information about the 90 minutes elapsed between the time the gunman entered the school and when US Border Patrol agents opened the classroom door and killed him. Law enforcement officers from local, state, and federal entities responded to the Uvalde shooting,

Nearly 20 officers were standing in the hallway outside the classrooms during the robb elementary school attack for more than 45 minutes before officers used a skeleton key to unlock a door and confront the gunman, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw he said at a news conference on Friday.

Officers at the scene of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas
Children flee the scene of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022.

Pete Luna/Uvalde Leader-News

The on-scene commander “was convinced at the time that there were no further threats to the children and that the subject was barricaded and they had time to organize” to enter the classroom, McCraw said.

“Of course it wasn’t the right call. It was the wrong call,” McCraw told reporters.

the previous Sunday, Representative Val Demingswho was Orlando’s police chief before being elected to Congress, favored a federal investigation to determine what went wrong with Uvalde’s response.

“Because there were so many agencies involved on the ground, it’s important that we know what role each agency played,” he told “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan. “It’s important for us to know, was there any discussion about going in, those 19 offices that told us they were down the hall, was there any discussion between other commanders from other departments? We need to know the answers to those questions. And I think a federal investigation It’s certainly in order.”

Uvalde County Commissioner ronald garza welcomed the idea of ​​a federal investigation when asked about it hours before it was announced. “I think we need to learn more. As tragic as it sounds, we need to learn from this, you know, and parents deserve answers,” she told Brennan on “Face the Nation.”

Once the Justice Department completes the review, it will publish a report with its findings.

Jeff Pegues contributed to this report.

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