DOJ Report on Uvalde Shooting Cites 'Cascading Failures'

DOJ Report on Uvalde Shooting Cites 'Cascading Failures'
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The Facts

  • A US Dept. of Justice (DOJ) report released Thursday states that police responding to the deadly school shooting in May 2022 in Uvalde, Texas, "demonstrated no urgency" in addressing the shooting and failed to treat the incident as an active shooter situation.

  • The 600-page DOJ report is the most comprehensive federal account of the police response to the shooting at Robb Elementary School, where 19 students and two teachers were killed.

The Spin

Narrative A

The transparency in this report is a step in the right direction. Hopefully, it will give families the answers they need to move forward and for the right people to be held accountable for this tragedy. Law enforcement failed that day but there's a chance to learn from its mistakes to prevent a repeat incident.

Narrative B

While this is the most comprehensive effort to provide answers to what happened at Robb Elementary, more is still needed. The District Attorney has not finished her assessment and has not decided whether any law enforcement can be criminally charged. No one has apologized or taken accountability for the response to the shooting. These families deserve more.

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