UVALDE, Texas ( Associated Press) – The Justice Department said Sunday it will review law enforcement’s response to the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 students and two teachers.
The review comes amid mounting pressure and questions about shifting and at times conflicting information about what happened in the shooting last Tuesday at Robb Elementary School and how police responded.
Justice Department spokesman Anthony Cooley said the review would be conducted in a fair, impartial and independent manner and the findings would be made public.
Officials said the review was being conducted at the request of the mayor of Uvalde.
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In a statement, Cooley said the goal of the review is to “provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and response that day, and the lessons learned and learned to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter incidents.” Identifying best practices.”
Handling the review is the department’s Office of Community Police Services.
Such reviews are somewhat rare and most action taken reports following mass shootings are usually compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups.
Officials revealed on Friday that students and teachers repeatedly pleaded with 911 operators for help, while a police commander asked more than a dozen officers to wait in the school hallway. Officials said the commander believed the suspect was locked inside an adjacent orbit and there was no longer an active attack.
The revelation caused more grief and raised new questions about whether more lives were lost because officers did not act swiftly to stop the gunman, who was eventually killed by Border Patrol tactical officers.
Biden has not spoken publicly about the police’s response to the shooting.