the police chief on the spot was not informed of the children's calls, according to a Texan senator

the police chief on the spot was not informed of the children’s calls, according to a Texan senator

The police chief in charge of operations in the killing at Uvalde Elementary School had not been informed of the desperate calls made by some children trapped inside the building, a Texas senator said Thursday, June 2nd.

The calls, received by the police of the city of Uvalde, “were not passed on to the commander on the spot, Officer (Pete) Arredondo“It’s the school district’s police chief,” said Democrat Roland Gutierrez, who sits in the Texas State Senate, at a news conference. It is “a system failureHe denounced, explaining that he did not know who exactly was aware of these communications.

Police action has been at the forefront of criticism since the May 24 killing at Robb Elementary School. Nineteen children and two teachers fell under the bullets of Salvador Ramos, just 18 years old, making it one of the worst massacres in recent years in the United States.

“There were a lot of failures”

The 19 officers in a school hallway had waited for nearly three-quarters of an hour as the shooter hid in a room with students, before an elite unit entered. finally and kills him. In all, it took about an hour for law enforcement to intervene. This was done when several calls were made by schoolchildren and teachers in the affected classrooms, including one of a child begging: “Please send the police now.»

Last week, Texas Department of Homeland Security director Steven McCraw said officers had not intervened earlier because they thought “that there may be no more survivors– without explaining who was aware of these calls for help from inside the school.

«We need to know what the police were doingAnd what procedures were followed or not, Roland Gutierrez insisted on Thursday. «We all failed. There have been many failuresConcluded the senator, who is in favor of stricter gun control. The U.S. Department of Justice announced Sunday that it would look into how police responded to the killing and release a report.


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