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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.”

June 22, 2022

Texas Says Uvalde Police’s Response Was an ‘Abject Failure’ [Video]

Texas state officials declared that the police response to the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde was “an abject failure antithetical to everything we’ve learned over the last two decades since the Columbine massacre.”

The Texas Senate held a special hearing on the police response to the shooting at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday.

“Three minutes after the subject entered the west building, there was a sufficient number of armed officers — wearing body armor — to isolate, distract and neutralize the subject,” said Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

“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 added.

“The officers had weapons, the children had none. The officers had body armor, the children had none. The officers had training, the subject had none.”

You can watch the special hearing in full below:

June 6, 2022

Report: Administration Officials ‘Bearish’ on Gun Reform

White House officials are privately “bearish” that Congress will pass any substantial legislation on gun reform, according to a report.

Although President Joe Biden delivered an address last week calling for major gun reform, his aides don’t believe it will make any difference.

“How many more innocent American lives must be taken before we say ‘enough’? Enough! … Enough. Enough. … Enough. … Enough. … Enough. Enough. Enough! … My fellow Americans, enough! Enough,” Biden said during a 17-minute address on Thursday.

“It’s time for each of us to do our part. It’s time to act.”

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) has been saying that he’s more hopeful and optimistic based on his conversations with members of the GOP, but the Biden team reportedly remains skeptical.

June 4, 2022

Uvalde Teacher ‘Heartbroken’ By False Statement

In Uvalde, Texas, a teacher at Robb Elementary School has been “heartbroken” since state officials incorrectly stated that she left a door propped open, allowing the gunman to enter the building and carry out last week’s deadly shooting.

Don Flanary, the teacher’s lawyer, told ABC News that the incorrect accusation had traumatized his client.

“It’s traumatic for her when it’s insinuated that she’s involved, the door open,” Flanary said. “She’s heartbroken.”

Flanary told reporters that the teacher had stepped out of the door to pick up food from a colleague outside when she saw a gray Ford pickup truck crash and propped the door open with her rock while she grabbed her phone to call 911. She saw an armed man headed toward her school when she walked back out, so she kicked the rock and shut the door.

Flanary said the teacher heard gunshots from inside the school.

“She thought she was going to die herself. She was waiting for him to come in,” Flanary said. “Obviously, she’s heartbroken with all the lives lost.”

At the initial press conference after the shooting, a Texas Department of Public Safety official said that the teacher left the door propped open.

The DPS walked back their statement days later, saying that the teacher closed the door, but the door did not lock.

June 2, 2022

Uvalde Police Chief Ignores State Investigators

Peter Arredondo, the police chief of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (CISD), hasn’t responded to state officials’ request for a follow-up interview in their investigation into the elementary school shooting that left 21 people dead.

Arredondo participated in an initial interview with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) but hasn’t yet responded to multiple requests for follow-ups, a DPS spokesperson said.

While Arredondo hasn’t responded to requests for additional interviews, “Uvalde and Uvalde CISD departments have been cooperating with investigators,” DPS spokesperson Travis Considine said.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said he was “livid” over the initial reports that showed a swift response from local police.

Investigators must “get to the very seconds of exactly what happened with 100 percent accuracy and explain it to the public and most importantly to the victims who have been devastated,” Abbott said.


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Texas school police chief hasn’t responded for days to state investigators about Uvalde shooting

June 1, 2022

Border Patrol Agent Shares Harrowing Details of Elementary School Shooting

Jacob Albarado, a Border Patrol agent, shared the harrowing details behind his rushing to Robb Elementary School to save his wife and daughter during the deadly mass shooting last week.

Albarado discussed his experience during an appearance on NBC’s Today. His wife, a fourth-grade teacher at the elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, sent him a text message that said, “There’s an active shooter. Help. I love you.”

His wife and daughter ultimately survived the attack.

Albarado said he raced to Robb Elementary School, describing the scene outside as “chaos. Chaos. Everyone was trying to get to the school, people were trying to get everything situated, I was just trying to get toward my wife’s room and my daughter’s room.”

The local police have been under scrutiny for their response to the shooting after it was revealed that officers waited more than an hour to enter the school.

“To me, I believe everyone there was doing the best that they could given the circumstances,” Albarado said.


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Border Patrol agent recalls rushing Texas school in effort to save wife, daughter

May 31, 2022

Governor Booed at Uvalde Memorial [Video]

Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) was met with some boos upon arriving at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde for a memorial to the 21 victims of the recent deadly shooting.

Videos show the crowd boo the governor as he approached the memorial.

“Please, Gov. Abbott, help Uvalde county,” one person shouted. “We need change! We need change, governor!”

That same day, President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden also visited Uvalde. They attended Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where someone shouted “Do something!” as the Bidens left the service.

“We will,” the president responded.


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Abbott booed at Uvalde memorial site: ‘We need change’

May 30, 2022

Husband of Teacher Killed in Uvalde Shooting Dies of ‘Broken Heart’

Irma Garcia, a fourth-grade teacher at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, was one of the faculty members killed in last week’s deadly shooting. Her family believes that the tragic news also led to her husband’s passing just two days later.

Joe Garcia, Irma’s husband, has passed away after suffering a heart attack, according to a family member.

His nephew, John Martinez, said that his uncle had just arrived home from leaving flowers at his wife’s memorial when he “pretty much just fell over.”

Irma’s cousin, Debra Austin, wrote, “I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart. Losing the love of his life of more than 25 years was too much to bear.”

According to the American Heart Association, a person can die from grief after experiencing an emotionally stressful event, such as a death of a loved one, that causes a surge of stress hormones. This phenomenon is also known as broken heart syndrome.


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Irma Garcia was killed protecting her students. Her husband died two days later: “Joe died of a broken heart.”

May 29, 2022

State Officials Condemn Police Officer’s Response to Uvalde Shooting

Texas state officials say local police should not have waited 48 minutes to engage with the gunman in the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that claimed the lives of 19 children and two adults.

Steven McCraw, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, addressed the issue at a press conference on Friday, saying: “From the benefit of hindsight, where I’m sitting now, of course, it was not the right decision. It was the wrong decision. There’s no excuse for that.”

Despite audible gunshots during the 48-minute period, McCraw said the onsite commander believed the situation had transitioned from an active shooter to a barricaded subject.

Police waited for tactical teams to arrive to confront Ramos. U.S. Border Patrol agents eventually used a master key to enter the classroom and fatally shot the shooter, McCraw said.

“He was convinced at that time that there was no more threat to the children and that the subject was barricaded and that they had time to organize with the proper equipment to go in,” McCraw said.


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Texas official: Police made ‘wrong decision’ to wait on breaching Uvalde classroom

May 28, 2022

Uvalde Residents Weigh-In on O’Rourke’s Interruption: “Bulls—t”

Uvalde residents are speaking out after Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke (D) interrupted Gov. Greg Abbott (R) during a press conference.

O’Rourke had rushed the stage as Abbott spoke and accused him of “doing nothing” to prevent mass shootings.

“Yeah, it’s bulls—t, man,” said one resident on the condition of anonymity. “People are grieving, trying to process their loss, and Beto is running around doing this stuff. It’s bull—-, save it for later.”

Family members of the victims of the elementary school shooting were in attendance at the press conference, including Cody Ytuarte, whose two cousins were killed and another wounded.

“There’s a time and place to address certain things like that,” Ytuarte said. “To do it in the moment in which the tragedy is being addressed so recently, to come in and to act in that way is pure propaganda.”


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Uvalde, Texas residents react to Beto O’Rourke disrupting Abbott press conference: ‘Bull—-‘

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