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Texas leader says Uvalde police response was a ‘pathetic failure’

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A window cleaner works around the town square on Thursday, June 9, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas. Uvalde is home to the Texas elementary school where a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers, which has long been part of the fabric of the small town of Uvalde, a school attended by generations of families and where the spark to led Hispanic parents and students to band together to fight discrimination over half a century ago. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Austin, Texas – Law enforcement had enough officers at the scene of the Uvalde school massacre to stop the gunman three minutes after he entered the building, the Texas chief of public safety testified on Tuesday, condemning the police response as a “pathetic failure” .

Instead, police officers with guns stood and waited in a school corridor for nearly an hour while the gunman carried out the May 24 attack that killed 19 children and two teachers.

Col. Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, testified at a state Senate hearing on police handling of the tragedy.

Delays in law enforcement responses have been the focus of federal, state and local investigations into the mass shooting.

McCraw told the Senate committee that Pete Arredondo, the Uvalde School District Police Chief, decided to put the officers’ lives ahead of the children’s lives.

The head of public safety began to outline a series of missed opportunities to the committee.

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Bleiberg and Associated Press writer Jamie Stengle contributed to this report from Dallas.

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