By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: United States Department of Justice (Information and Press Release)
Picture: WFAA ABC Channel 8 (Courtesy)
Washington, District of Columbia: The United States Department of Justice on Sunday, May 29th, 2022 that they will conduct a critical incident review of law enforcement response to the deadly shooting on the campus of Robb Elementary School that left 21 people killed, including 19 children and 2 adults.
In a released a statement, spokesman Anthony Coley said, “At the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, the U.S. Department of Justice will conduct a Critical Incident Review of the law enforcement response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24. The goal 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 for and respond to active shooter events. The review will be conducted with the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing. As with prior Justice Department after-action reviews of mass shootings and other critical incidents, this assessment will be fair, transparent, and independent. The Justice Department will publish a report with its findings at the conclusion of its review.”
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This comes after the victim’s families, parents of students at Robb Elementary School and the community are demanding answers to why law enforcement delay response to enter the school as the gunman was shooting.
Reports that people outside of the school were telling at law enforcement to go inside the school, even yelling “Go in there! Go in there!” at officers as the gunman was inside began his killing of innocent lives.
Local police in Uvalde, Texas have admitted to a number of failures in responding to the deadly shooting on the campus of Robb Elementary School, including the on-scene commander thinking the gunman had gone from an active shooter to just a barricaded suspect.
According to the Director of Texas Department of Public Safety Steven McCraw, Police Chief for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Peter Arredondo was the commander at the scene on Tuesday and prevented 19 officers from going into the school as the gunman opened fire for at least an hour inside.
Arredondo believed the shooter was barricaded inside the classrooms and that children were not at risk, though it was the wrong call.
The 18 year old gunman would later be shot and killed by law enforcement.
As everybody awaits for more answers, the community continues to mourn the victims of the deadly shooting on the campus of Robb Elementary School.