Uvalde school shooting: Department of Justice is investigating law enforcement response to mass killings

UVALDE, Texas (KTRK) – The Justice Department has launched a review of law enforcement response at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.

“The goal of the review is to provide an independent report on law enforcement actions and responses on the 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-focused policing,” the DOJ said in a statement.

The press release goes on to say that the mayor of Uvalde has requested the review.

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Many people hope to understand why police appear to have broken established protocol when dealing with an active shooter.

“I don’t think there will be criminal charges, but there will probably be a termination,” said Shaudra Kellam Lewis, a professor at Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law, which studies mass shootings. “At some point you have to say, that’s the wrong call.”

Authorities said that under the direction of Uvalde’s ISD police chief, up to 19 police officers waited outside the classroom while children inside called 911 and begged for help.

“But it’s annoying. Remember, he’s not the only officer on site,” Lewis explained. “There are 19 other people, so why did they agree to that? It’s hard to say that was a grossly negligent decision when 19 other people apparently agreed with that verdict for 78 minutes.”

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