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

published on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 9:21 p.m.

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.

The calls, which were received by the UValde City Police, “were not forwarded to the commander on the spot, Officer (Pete) Arredondo,” who is the school district police chief, the Democrat said. Roland Gutierrez, who sits in the Texas State Senate, at a press conference.

This is a “system failure,” he said, not knowing who exactly was aware of the 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.

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.

And that was when several calls were made by schoolchildren and teachers in the affected classrooms, including that 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 “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 doing” and what procedures were followed, or not, Roland Gutierrez insisted on Thursday.

“We have all failed. There have been many failures,” he said.

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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