In its most recent report, the U.S. Justice Department criticised the police for not doing enough to stop the terrible elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, in 2022. When the report came out on Thursday, it said that the 19 kids and two teachers who died “deserved better.” It showed a big problem with how the police handled the situation because it took them over an hour to get into the classroom where the 18-year-old shooter was hiding with 33 students and three teachers. This delay happened even though the kids called to say they were upset.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a press meeting in Uvalde that the people who were touched by the shooting at Robb Elementary School deserved a better reaction. He told them how disappointed he was and said that the police’s response was a mistake that could have been avoided. The report said that the initial officers were criticised for not quickly dealing with the shooter. The gunman stayed in a group of linked classrooms with students and staff for 77 minutes before a police tactics team arrived and took him down.

Garland said that lives could have been saved if the cops had followed the rules and quickly addressed the shooter. The investigation showed that the first police officers who arrived tried to break into the classroom but were met with gunshots. After that, the police changed how they handled the case and now see it as a “barricaded subject scenario” instead of an open killing. The report also said that police, including the head of the school district’s police force, were focused on getting kids out of other classrooms and calling for more help, leaving the kids stuck with the gunman.

According to the report, cops stood in a corridor without taking quick action, while a youngster called 911 from inside the classroom, and the shooter continued to fire. The study, which summarises the conclusions of the department’s “Critical Incident Review,” focuses on the law enforcement reaction. This study was launched immediately after the incident, at the request of Uvalde’s then-mayor.

HOPES ‘THE FAILURES END TODAY’

Kimberly Mata-Rubio had a hard time holding back tears as she talked to reporters about her daughter Lexi, who was hurt in the terrible event at Robb Elementary. She said that she hoped the new report would mean the end of the problems she saw that day. To get justice for the Robb Elementary deaths and survivors, Mata-Rubio stressed that local leaders needed to do something about it.

This could mean firings or criminal charges. Families are still waiting for the results of a separate criminal probe run by local officials and another study that was hired by the city government and is not part of the investigation.

Christina Mitchell, the district attorney for Uvalde County, said that she is hopeful that the DOJ report will be useful, but that her office will continue to look into possible criminal charges on its own. The City of Uvalde has sued Mitchell, saying she was careless and tried to hide what was going on with her investigation by not being open or giving enough information. Mitchell didn’t answer right away when asked for his thoughts on the cases. Because of what happened, the city government of Uvalde said they were changing how the police are led and trained.

Ericka Miller, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said that the police reaction on the day of the killing was not good enough. The Justice Department’s study pointed out problems with leadership, pointing out that no police officer on the scene was forceful. The review also found mistakes in communication, such as wrong information shared on social media and false information given by state and local leaders during press meetings. The report comes after a number of state and local reviews that found problems with how the tragedy was handled. Nineteen kids and two teachers were killed in what is now known as one of the bloodiest school killings in U.S. history. The shooter was a former student. Outside experts in disaster management, responding to active shooters, and school safety helped with the study, which was led by the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

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