Law Enforcement Response To Uvalde Shooting Was ‘abject Failure,’ DPS Director Says

Law Enforcement Response To Uvalde Shooting Was ‘abject Failure,’ DPS Director Says

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26 min agoLaw enforcement response to Uvalde shooting was “an abject failure,” DPS director says At the top of his remarks before the Texas Senate Committee, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety said there was “compelling evidence” the law enforcement response to the Uvalde shooting was a failure.

Director Steven McCraw noted it had been 28 days since the shooting, and there remains much to be done before the investigation is completed and presented to the district attorney.

“However, we do know this: There’s compelling evidence that the law enforcement response to the attack at Robb Elementary was an abject failure and antithetical to everything we’ve learned over the last two decades since the Columbine massacre,” McCraw said.”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. 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.”

51 min agoRobb Elementary School shooter, on “pathway to violence,” purchased weapon accessories before gunsFrom CNN’s Rebekah Riess.

An FBI agent walks by the outside of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 25, one day after the school shooting. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images)Robb Elementary School shooter Salvador Ramos was on “a pathway to violence” at least eight months prior to the attack, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steven McCraw told the Texas Senate Special Committee to Protect All Texans on Tuesday.

Ramos had asked a family member to purchase him a weapon, but they refused because Ramos was 17 years old at the time, according to McGraw.

Ramos then began making several purchases for rifle accessories, specifically magazines, as well as slings and high-end optics, McCraw said. 

“And he had money. He had money in a bank joint bank account,” McCraw added. “He had money and in a joint account with his grandmother, and used the debit card to make those online purchases.”

The day of his birthday, May 16, Ramos was eligible to purchase a weapon and purchased two 5.56 millimeter rifles, according to the DPS colonel.

1 hr 9 min agoLaw enforcement did not use lessons learned from Columbine in Uvalde response, Texas official saysFrom CNN’s Adrienne Vogt and Ray Sanchez

Col. Steven McCraw, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, today invoked how the 1999 Columbine shooting changed the way law enforcement responds to active shooter situations.

During the Texas House Committee hearing on the Uvalde school massacre, McCraw said:

“There’s compelling evidence that the law enforcement response to the attack at Robb Elementary was an abject failure and antithetical to everything we’ve learned over the last two decades since the Columbine massacre.” In 2018, James Gagliano, a retired member of the FBI’s elite hostage rescue team, explained to CNN what exactly the response entails.

“You’re going to the sound of the guns,” Gagliano said. “The number one goal is to interdict the shooter or shooters. In the old days, you took land. You went in. You clear the room. Then you slowly and methodically move to clear the next room. In this instance … get to the shooter as quickly as possible and that’s what they clearly did here.”An exhaustive FBI review of the police response at Columbine led to a more rapid response strategy during active shooter situations, according to Gagliano.

Before the Colorado shooting, responding officers would set up a secure perimeter around the crime scene before even thinking about moving on the suspect.

“Nowadays, what we do is go to the sound of the guns,” Gagliano said. “You get one, two, three, four people together. We’re trained. We use particular formations.”

The police response in Uvalde has been criticized, with responding officers not stopping a gunman until 77 minutes after he entered Robb Elementary School and killed 19 children and two teachers.

41 min agoStudents and teachers waited nearly an hour and 15 minutes to be rescued, DPS official says (Austin-American Statesman)Police waited one hour, 14 minutes and 8 seconds to breach the Robb Elementary classroom where the shooting occurred and rescue the students and teachers inside, Texas DPS Director Steven McCraw said.

“While they waited, the on-scene commander waited for a radio and rifles,” McCraw said, referring to UCISD Police Chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo. “Then he waited for shields. Then he waited for SWAT. Lastly, he waited for a key that was never needed.”

McCraw’s comments come as new details emerged about the police response, which has been widely criticized since the shooting.

Preliminary evidence suggests none of the officers attempted to open either of the doors until moments before taking down the gunman, according to a law enforcement source close to the investigation and reporting in the Texas Tribune and the Austin American-Statesman.

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