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July 14, 2022

Unsettling Uvalde Surveillance Footage Sparks Uproar

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Newly-published surveillance footage of the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, has sparked outrage from horrified Americans after seeing police wait more than an hour to confront the gunman — despite entering the school just minutes after the violence began.

Footage shows the officers “walking back and forth in the hallway, some leaving the camera frame and then reappearing, others training their weapons toward the classroom, talking, making cellphone calls, sending texts and looking at floor plans, but not entering or attempting to enter the classrooms,” the Austin American-Statesman reported.

The 77-minute video, published by the Austin American-Statesman, shows the gunman enter the school at 11:33 a.m. on May 24. He fires his weapon inside two classrooms for two and a half minutes. Authorities say more than 100 rounds were fired. Officers enter the school just three minutes later, but they waited over an hour to confront the gunman.

Several officers rush toward the classrooms, but retreat to a nearby hallway once more shots were fired by the gunman. At 12:09, 36 minutes later, more officers enter the school — some heavily armed, wearing body armor, and carrying ballistic shields — but they stay in the hallway.

At 12:21, the gunman fires four more rounds. The officers eventually move toward the classrooms, but then they still just stand in the hallway. At 12:30, one officer is seen casually using hand sanitizer.

Finally, at 12:50 p.m. — 77 minutes after the gunman began his attack — officers breach the classroom and neutralize the gunman.

The footage immediately sparked outrage over the police officer’s handling of the shooting.

“Would love to hear from this Uvalde cop why he was worried about putting on hand sanitizer while a shooter was massacring kids twenty feet down the hall,” said Cabot Phillips, a senior editor of the conservative outlet The Daily Wire.

“That cop in Uvalde having his lock screen be the Punisher logo and him being scared to take on an active shooter is truly the perfect encapsulation of how cops see themselves vs who they really are,” one critic wrote on Twitter.

Uvalde Mayor Don McLoughlin condemned the media for releasing the video, which was supposed to be shown to the victims’ families before being released to the public.

“That was the most chicken way to put this video out today,” McLoughlin said.

There was no reason for those families to have to see that. They were going to see the video but they didn’t need to see the gunman coming in and hear the gunshots,” he added. “They don’t need to relive that. They’ve been through enough.”

6 comments on Unsettling Uvalde Surveillance Footage Sparks Uproar

  1. 2004done says:

    “After an hour of being told to stand down, a video camera captured an officer doing the only thing he wasn’t told that he couldn’t do: Use a wall-mounted hand sanitizer. Thank goodness he didn’t have a cramp in his hand and twiddle his thumbs while waiting for his “superiors” to decide what they should allow him to do.”

  2. guest says:

    well considering all police have been through, it makes sense that they would not act until told to, they were not in charge, just following orders, they might be sent to jail for doing their duty. Kind of d. . . if you do and d . . if you don’t. Easier to not as a result of those who did and are now incarcerated. George Floyd comes to mind, true he should not have been held so thoroughly while they waited for an ambulance to show up, the guy who attached the police like a bull with his head, the most recent disturbances that turned into ambushes of the police, how to act, how to respond and keep your employment is in question. I have not heard the audio, but it is concerning that authorities are concerned about gun shot sounds; I do not want to hear, but were there not screaming, crying perhaps writhing in pain people sounds? It seems like blame the gun.

    1. Rattlerjake says:

      Making excuses for cops makes you as bad as they were. By your excuse, cops shouldn’t try to pull someone out of a burning car, shouldn’t or try to save a drowning victim, or any of hundreds of other examples, without being told to do it. The life of a child is far more valuable than worrying about disobeying orders.

  3. Michael Morrow says:

    What, are they suppose to just run in and get them selves shot? That is not going to help. I didn’t see anyone else offering to go in and get shot.

    1. Rattlerjake says:

      No, it’s much better to wait until all the kids and teachers are dead and then run in and get themselves shot, you dummmmb fuuuuk! I was in Special Forces, 22 years, trained in close quarters combat (door kicking team); when this situation is encountered it is essential to charge in immediately because 1) it throws the shooter off and 2) you have the element of surprise. When you have 5-8 guys charging into the room all at once in less than 5 seconds, the shooter is too disoriented to respond quick enough.

      Now for further information, Part of my time was training local police/sheriff in these tactics, and my observation was most of them are worthless chickenschitts that are often arrogant and love their badge-given authority to intimidate people; and this was back in the 80s-90s; it’s worse now! I have 3 sheriff’s deputies and 2 local cops living within a 1/2 mile of my farm and I wouldn’t put my trust in any of them (I make it a point to know the people living within a mile of my property).

      For all of the idiot that fully support law enforcement, I will have zero sympathy for you when they come for you when TSHTF!

    2. Old Fur Trapper says:

      That is exactly what they are supposed to do! They have the training and equipment to take out that shooter within minutes! That is what they are paid to do! Same as our military! Either face the danger and do your job, or get the F out of the way, resign and let a better cop take the lead!

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