US Department of Justice to review police response to Texas school shooting

An officer walks outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, 2022.

The US Department of Justice will conduct an independent review of the police response to the recent mass shooting at a Texas elementary school, amid growing questions about the actions of security personnel to arrest the shooter.

“The purpose of the review is to provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare. and respond to active shooter events,” DoJ spokesman Anthony Coley said in a statement.

The review was requested by Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin and “will be fair, transparent and independent,” Coley added.

On Tuesday, an armed teenager stormed Robb Elementary School in the small Texas town of Uvalde, killing 19 children and two teachers, the latest in an outbreak of deadly mass shootings across the United States.

In the aftermath of the shooting, police behavior has come under scrutiny amid reports of their slow response.

Texas authorities admitted on Friday that as many as 19 police officers were in the hallway of the school for nearly an hour before entering the room where the gunman was and killing him, saying officers mistakenly believed that he had stopped killing and was now barricaded.

Officials are now calling the delay a ‘bad decision’ but parents have expressed their fury.

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