Link to forum on gun violence. More discussion of the Uvalde horror.
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Texas Department Public Safety spokesman Lt. Christopher Olivarez confirmed to a reporter during a live shot that police officers went into Robb Elementary School to get their own children during the massacre.
Amid outrage over reports that frantic families who complained about police inaction during the massacre were held back by police, a clip of a live interview with Olivarez from Tuesday has gone viral.
However, multiple new videos and eye-witness accounts from the scene of the entirely preventable tragedy—which claimed the lives of 21 people—have revealed that several armed officers were on the scene and, in fact, did nothing to stop the 18-year-old shooter, Salvador Ramos.
Not only does the Uvalde City School District have its own police department— staffed with a chief, five officers, and a security guard—but additional law enforcement called to the scene (including Border Patrol Agents, who ultimately killed Ramos) are shown to have stood idle in the parking lot outside of school as Ramos gunned down 19 children and two teachers in a barricaded classroom. Parents’ and bystanders’ desperate pleas can be heard on the videos, which were spliced from the livestream of an eyewitness, Hugo Cervantes.
“What are you doing—get inside the building!” one person screamed at cops in one of the clips, as another can be heard yelling, “Go protect the kids!”
The chief of police of the Uvalde, Texas, school district initially told the public there were "some deaths" in the wake of the Robb Elementary School mass shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead.
Now a top Texas law enforcement official says that that same person — Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo — was the on-scene commander during Tuesday's massacre who authorities said wrongly made the call to delay authorities from breaching the classroom where the gunman carried out the deadliest US school shooting in a decade.
During a less than two-minute press conference in the aftermath of the rampage, Arredondo took no questions, but did say, "I can confirm right now that we have several injuries, adults and students, and we do have some deaths."
Arredondo explained that the gunman was "deceased" and believed to have acted alone.
The agent who designed the FBI’s active shooter protocol has written a scathing op-ed about the police tactics used during the shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
The retired FBI special agent, Katherine Schweit, especially questioned the decision to wait more than an hour before confronting the gunman.
Police officers on the scene of what became a horrific massacre in Uvalde, Texas were told school children inside the Robb Elementary School were alive, wounded, and needed help. Despite being heavily armed, well-trained, and well out-numbering the singular gunman, local law enforcement officers took no action to stop the shooter over the course of more than an hour, out of fear for their own safety.
That’s according to a report published Thursday by The New York Times, which says it has seen video footage and reviewed “other investigative material,” including documents.
Uvalde school police chief’s termination may be decided at Saturday school board meeting, source says
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District officials have informed district police chief Pete Arredondo that the school board intends to meet Saturday to decide on his fate, according to a source close to the discussions.
The source told CNN Tuesday the board is expected to vote to terminate Arredondo, who was placed on administrative leave last month for his role in the botched response to the Robb Elementary School shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers.
Earlier, two sources close to the process told CNN Uvalde officials were in discussions on the process to remove Arredondo over his role in the response to the shooting.