Uvalde, Texas – The Justice Department said Sunday it would review law enforcement’s response to the Uvalde, Texas, shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers.
The review comes amid mounting pressure and questions about the postponements and sometimes conflicting information about what happened in last Tuesday’s Robb Elementary School shooting and how police responded.
Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said the review would be conducted in a fair, impartial and independent manner and the results would be made public.
The review is being carried out at the request of the mayor of Uvalde, officials said.
In a statement, Coley said the goal of the review is “to provide an independent report on law enforcement’s actions and responses that day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events.” to help”.
The review is processed by the department’s Office of Community Policing Services.
Such review is somewhat rare, and most follow-up reports that come after a mass shooting are generally compiled by local law enforcement or outside groups.
Authorities said Friday that students and teachers repeatedly called 911 operators for help, even when a police commander asked more than a dozen officers to wait in a school hallway. Officials said the commander believed the suspect was barricaded in an adjacent classroom and that there was no longer an active attack.
The revelation caused more grief and raised new questions about whether more lives were lost because officers didn’t act faster to stop the gunman, who was eventually killed by Border Patrol tactical officers.
Biden has not spoken publicly about the police response to the shooting.
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