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Newly launched surveillance video from the May 2022 mass shooting at Robb Elementary College seems to indicate cops working by way of the halls of the college — away from the gunshots.
The Uvalde, Texas tragedy claimed the lives of 19 youngsters and two academics contained in the elementary faculty’s school rooms. Nevertheless, cops on scene moved again and away from the photographs moderately than charging in to neutralize the shooter. And their lack of action lasted for more than an hour because the shooter killed at will.
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The damning new video was revealed by the Austin American-Statesman newspaper on Tuesday. Within the clip, which is 82 minutes lengthy, officers could be seen working into the college not lengthy after the shooter begins his terrible rampage. Nevertheless, moderately than selecting to confront him, cops step back and regroup in the hallway.
In the course of the lengthy surveillance video, per the New York Publish, one cop could be seen utilizing hand sanitizer that was affixed to one of many faculty’s hallway partitions. One other cop is seen checking his telephone whereas officers line up and wait to do, effectively, nothing. At one level, cops could be seen fleeing from a hail of bullets. The college shooter apparently fired a volley of photographs at police, sending them fleeing from their defensive positions. The shooter then continued his terror as police did not reply again.
Via the second half of the video, reinforcements arrive with tactical gear and much more weapons. And but nonetheless the police refuse to breach the classroom. The Publish even notes that cops could be seen “walking around in the hallway, leaving, coming back, talking to each other, and making calls” as an alternative of shifting in to cease the shooter. They arrange exterior the classroom, however based on TMZ, cops “don’t attempt to enter for another 30 minutes.” Per that outlet, footage even exhibits cops trying to find keys to the classroom door, which investigators decided later WASN’T EVEN LOCKED.
When officers lastly did go in, the shooter reportedly emerged from a closet, and that’s when a Border Patrol agent who wasn’t even supposed to be at the scene shot and killed him. So the cops did completely nothing, then extra nothing, and even MORE nothing, after which lastly a Border Patrol agent who wasn’t a part of their element and wasn’t even supposed to be on duty that day took it upon himself to finish issues. Did we get that proper?
Not less than a kind of cops used the hand sanitizer within the hallway, although… Utterly BEYOND f**king infuriating! Kids had been being killed whereas they took their valuable time.
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Vincent Salazar, whose 11-year-old daughter Layla was killed within the capturing, advised the Publish that households of the victims felt “blindsided” by the discharge of the video. State lawmakers had claimed they had been going to launch it over the subsequent few days — after first giving victims’ households time to view it and converse privately with officers from the Texas Division of Public Security. Nevertheless, the newspaper jumped the gun, acquiring and releasing the video on Tuesday.
As sudden as that will have been, Salazar is appropriately incensed on the officers who did not act:
“We all know that the [police] didn’t do their jobs, but seeing it will reaffirm that. There needs to be accountability. A lot of these people who didn’t act shouldn’t have their jobs.”
That’s 1,000% right.
It’s time for these officers to face very, very serious professional consequences. On the very VERY least, it ought to go unsaid that their careers in regulation enforcement have to be fully completed. All of them. PERIOD!
If you would like, you possibly can watch the Austin American-Statesman‘s new surveillance video of the school shooting (below). It is not physically graphic, but it’s clearly extremely disturbing, so please use good judgement in case you want to view:
Such an terrible, terrible state of affairs.
There are so many cops on this nation who’re respectable, and who wish to do the precise factor, and who’ve it in themselves to place their lives on the road when horrible issues occur. After which there are these guys.
What the f**ok were these Uvalde cops thinking?!?!
[Image via Austin American-Statesman/YouTube]