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Uvalde’s grandfather confronts the police

About a week after the mass shooting in Uvalde, a TikTok account shared footage of a man trying to confront police about their reaction during the tragedy.

On May 24, a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Primary School in Uvalde. It took authorities over an hour after the gunman entered the school to kill the gunman. During this time, desperate parents gathered in front of the school and begged the police officers to enter, according to the reports Texas Grandstand.

People have criticized the Uvalde Police’s response on social media. A man believed to be the grandfather of one of the victims personally contacted the police to ask for their reaction during the shooting. Mediaite reported that the officers the man was confronted with were from the Conroe Police Department, not the Uvalde Police Department.

The TikTok account @statuscoup shared footage of the man yelling at police and pulling out a knife. The popular report referred to the man as a grandfather in the text overlay and video caption. That Independently reported that the man’s great-granddaughter is 10-year-old Alexandria Rubio, who was a victim, and that the man confronted police at a memorial to the victims. That Independently identified him as Ruben Mata.

In the video, Mata screams incomprehensibly for a few seconds as the police approach him. He then tells them to “wait” because he’s going to show them something. He reaches into his pocket and pulls out a knife.

@statuscoup Grandfather Uvalde CONFRONTS POLICE over reaction time in school shooting. See more on Status Coup (link in profile) #Uvalde #Texas #schoolshooting #politics #guncontrol #fyp #fypシ #police ♬ O-Ton – statuscoup

“Pull your gun,” Mata calls to the police. “I won’t kill anyone, but I have a knife. Let’s see how brave you all are with your weapons.”

Mata continues to scream incomprehensibly, but appears to put his knife away as the police approach him.

Viewers appeared to sympathize with the man and said it is clear from the video how badly injured he is.

“He hurts…I feel for him,” reads one of the top comments on the video.

“The pain in him,” commented another viewer.

A third said: “Human is at a breaking point. Sad.”

Other viewers called Uvalde Police and said they shouldn’t be allowed to work as police anymore.

The Daily Dot reached out to @statuscoup via TikTok comment.


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*Initial publication: June 2, 2022 at 4:01 pm CDT

Cecilia Lenzen

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