Texas Lieutenant Governor Blasts Police for ‘Not Telling the Truth’ on Uvalde Shooting

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Texas Lieutenant Governor Blasts Police for ‘Not Telling the Truth’ on Uvalde Shooting

Texas Lieutenant Governor Blasts Police for ‘Not Telling the Truth’ on Uvalde Shooting

21 people, 19 of them children, were killed by gunman Salvador Ramos at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on 24 May. The massacre was the deadliest... 28.05.2022, Sputnik International

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Police did not tell Texas officials and federal lawmakers the truth on their response to the Uvalde shooting, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has said.Patrick said he was present at Wednesday’s police briefing for Abbott, other Texas officials, and senators before the governor’s press conference, but were “told a different set of facts than we now know.”The lieutenant governor said he wasn’t sure whether the misinformation was “purposeful” or not, but noted that “the bottom line is we have to have the facts and the truth because it only makes the situation worse for the families when they hear changing stories, and particularly when they heard about this 45 minute delay, or a security officer who wasn’t there even though we were told he was there.”Patrick said families of the victims “have a right to be angry” over changes to the story made by officials and police.Citing specific examples, Patrick noted that the security officer drove onto the campus, but wasn’t at the school when the shooting began. “No one mentioned the fact that there was this 45 minute to an hour hold by the chief of police or the school district while there were still shots being fired,” he added.“So imagine the parent who has to go through this for the rest of their life and they will be thinking ‘was my child still alive and could have been saved?’” Patrick stressed.Patrick agreed with Texas Department of Public Safety director Steve McCraw’s assessment on law enforcement’s response. On Friday, McCraw said that there 19 officers on the scene, and that the decision to wait for a tactical team before breaching the door in the rooms the suspect and students were in and taking him down was “the wrong decision, period.”The lieutenant governor emphasized that the officers themselves remained inside the building, hunkering down in the hallway while being shot at, two of them injured. “So these policemen did the right thing at the beginning, and many wanted to go in,” he said, saying the blame lies at the feet of the police chief.NBC News reported Friday that along with police officers inside the building waiting for orders to storm the rooms where the suspect was located, a Customs and Border Patrol tactical unit that had arrived at the scene was told not to enter the school.Uvalde Police Chief Peter Arredondo said he made the decision to hold off on sending officers into the rooms where the shooter was because he believed the gunman was barricaded and that children were not in danger. However, emergency call records revealed that children in the room were pleading with police for help.19 children ages 9-11 and two teachers were murdered in cold blood by 18-year-old gunman Salvador Rolando Ramos, a former student of Uvalde High School with no criminal record or documented mental health problems, but who was known to have made threats to commit school shootings on social media.The Uvalde massacre was the 27th US school shooting so far in 2022, and the deadliest since Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting of 2012, during which 27 people were killed.

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21 people, 19 of them children, were killed by gunman Salvador Ramos at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on 24 May. The massacre was the deadliest school shooting in Texas since 2018, when a student at the Santa Fe High School shot and killed eight students and two teachers.

Police did not tell Texas officials and federal lawmakers the truth on their response to the Uvalde shooting, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has said.

“This has been a long road. We’ve had, since I became lieutenant governor, when Governor [Greg] Abbott was elected back in 2014 we’ve had five shootings now – Walmart, Sutherland Springs, Odessa, Santa Fe and this shooting – 90 or so people killed, plus we’ve lost over 50 officers in the line of duty killed by violent criminals. So this takes a toll on you, and when we sit down with law enforcement, we expect to be told the truth in our briefing,” Patrick , speaking to Fox News on Sunday.

Patrick said he was present at Wednesday’s police briefing for Abbott, other Texas officials, and senators before the governor’s press conference, but were “told a different set of facts than we now know.”

The lieutenant governor said he wasn’t sure whether the misinformation was “purposeful” or not, but noted that “the bottom line is we have to have the facts and the truth because it only makes the situation worse for the families when they hear changing stories, and particularly when they heard about this 45 minute delay, or a security officer who wasn’t there even though we were told he was there.”

Patrick said families of the victims “have a right to be angry” over changes to the story made by officials and police.

Citing specific examples, Patrick noted that the security officer drove onto the campus, but wasn’t at the school when the shooting began. “No one mentioned the fact that there was this 45 minute to an hour hold by the chief of police or the school district while there were still shots being fired,” he added.

“So imagine the parent who has to go through this for the rest of their life and they will be thinking ‘was my child still alive and could have been saved?’” Patrick stressed.

Patrick agreed with Texas Department of Public Safety director Steve McCraw’s assessment on law enforcement’s response. On Friday, McCraw said that there 19 officers on the scene, and that the decision to wait for a tactical team before breaching the door in the rooms the suspect and students were in and taking him down was “the wrong decision, period.”

The lieutenant governor emphasized that the officers themselves remained inside the building, hunkering down in the hallway while being shot at, two of them injured. “So these policemen did the right thing at the beginning, and many wanted to go in,” he said, saying the blame lies at the feet of the police chief.

NBC News reported Friday that along with police officers inside the building waiting for orders to storm the rooms where the suspect was located, a Customs and Border Patrol tactical unit that had arrived at the scene was told not to enter the school.

Uvalde Police Chief Peter Arredondo said he made the decision to hold off on sending officers into the rooms where the shooter was because he believed the gunman was barricaded and that children were not in danger. However, emergency call records revealed that children in the room were pleading with police for help.

19 children ages 9-11 and two teachers were murdered in cold blood by 18-year-old gunman Salvador Rolando Ramos, a former student of Uvalde High School with no criminal record or documented mental health problems, but who was known to have made threats to commit school shootings on social media.

The Uvalde massacre was the 27th US school shooting so far in 2022, and the deadliest since Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting of 2012, during which 27 people were killed.

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