US Department of Justice to review response to Texas school shooting | New

Official accounts of the police response to a school shooting that left 19 children and two adults dead have turned around.

The US Department of Justice will review law enforcement’s response to the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 school children and two teachers.

The review comes amid mounting pressure and questions over changing and sometimes conflicting reports about what happened and how police responded to last Tuesday’s shooting at Robb Elementary School.

Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said Sunday the review would be conducted in a fair, impartial and independent manner, and the findings would be made public.

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

The review is being conducted at the request of the mayor of Uvalde, officials said. The Department’s Community Policing Bureau is conducting the review.

Such an examination is quite rare. Most after-action reports that follow a mass shooting are usually compiled by local law enforcement or outside groups.

Repeatedly begged 911

Authorities revealed Friday that students and teachers repeatedly pleaded for help from 911 operators, even as a police commander told more than a dozen officers to wait in the hallway. from school.

Officials said the commander believed the suspect was barricaded in a nearby classroom and there was no longer an active attack.

The revelation caused more heartbreak and raised new questions about whether more lives were lost because officers did not act faster to stop the shooter, who was eventually killed by tactical officers on the patrol border.

US President Joe Biden – who has not spoken publicly about the police response to the shooting – tried to comfort families in Uvalde on Sunday.

President and First Lady Jill Biden wiped away tears as they toured memorials at Robb Elementary, laying white roses and paying their respects at makeshift shrines to the victims.

“Do something,” chanted a crowd outside Sacred Heart Catholic Church as Biden walked out after attending mass.

“We will,” replied the president.

The Bidens were also scheduled to meet with families of victims, survivors and first responders.

US gun laws

Police say the shooter, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, entered the school with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle after killing his grandmother earlier.

Official accounts of how police reacted to the shooting have backfired.

“I feel sorry for them because they have to live with this mistake of staying away,” said Julian Moreno, former pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista and great-grandfather of one of the girls killed, about of the Uvalde police.

The Uvalde shooting has once again put gun control at the top of the national agenda, months before November’s midterm elections, supporters of tougher gun laws claiming that the latest bloodshed represents a tipping point.

Biden, a Democrat, has repeatedly called for major reforms to US gun laws but has been powerless to stop the mass shootings or convince Republicans that tougher controls could stem the carnage.

Leading Republicans such as U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and former President Donald Trump have dismissed calls for new gun control measures and instead suggested investing in mental health care or strengthen school safety.

Ramos, a high school dropout, had no criminal record or history of mental illness but had posted threatening messages on social media.

The visit to Uvalde is Biden’s third presidential trip to a mass shooting site, including earlier this month when he traveled to Buffalo, New York, after a gunman killed 10 black people in a Saturday afternoon attack at a grocery store.

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