Uvalde DA investigates police over failures in mass shootingUvalde DA investigates police over failures in mass shooting

Reports say that in Uvalde, Texas, a lawyer has called together a grand jury to look into whether the police could be charged with a crime for not quickly entering a classroom during a terrible mass shooting in 2022. Nineteen kids and two teachers were killed in the terrible accident. The San Antonio Express-News reported on Friday that District Attorney Christina Mitchell said the grand jury would carefully look over the proof and think about possible criminal charges.

When Reuters asked Mitchell, who is the District Attorney for Uvalde, which is about 80 miles west of San Antonio, for comment, he did not respond.

The 18-year-old suspect at Robb Elementary School was shot and killed by police, but it took them more than an hour to get into the fourth-grade classrooms next door. The U.S. Justice Department did an investigation and found that this wait was a major problem.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a press conference in Uvalde on Thursday that lives could have been saved if police from different agencies had quickly followed standard procedures for dealing with an active shooter situation by trying to stop the threat right away.

Like other school killings, this one hasn’t had much of an effect on gun laws, even though it was one of the worst in U.S. history. The right of each person to bear guns has always been backed by courts and lawmakers.

Mitchell says that the Justice Department report did not make her decide to start a probe. As stated by the Express-News, she said that she had planned to call the grand jury even before she knew that the review would be made public.

She did not indicate which particular themes the grand jury will discuss during its secret meetings. However, in previous utterances, she said that the subject of whether law enforcement might be held criminally liable and if anybody supported the shooter in obtaining guns or ammunition will be investigated, according to the newspaper.

According to the Uvalde Leader-News, which cited anonymous sources, a dozen people were picked on Friday to serve on the extraordinary grand jury. This panel is expected to take at least six months to investigate the events of May 24, 2022.


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