AUSTIN, Texas ( Associated Press) – Victims of the Uvalde school shooting have filed a lawsuit against state and local police, the city and other school and law enforcement officials, seeking $27,000 million for delays in confronting the officers Is. attacker, according to court documents.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Austin on Tuesday, alleges that officers failed to follow protocol for dealing with armed assailants by waiting more than an hour to confront the assailant inside a classroom.
The complaint seeks class action status and damages for survivors of the May 24 shooting who “suffered emotional or psychological harm as a result of defendants’ conduct and omissions on that date.”
Those filing the lawsuit include school staff and youth representatives who were present at Robb Elementary School when a gunman entered the facility, killing 19 children and two teachers in the deadliest shooting at an American school in nearly a decade .
Instead of sticking to their prior training to apprehend an armed assailant, “the conduct of the three hundred and seventy-six (376) police officers who were on hand during an exhausting stormtrooper of seventy-seven minutes of police indecision, procrastination and damage, The lawsuit alleges that he ranked far below the standards required of him for his duty.
Uvalde municipal officials said they had not received a copy of the papers on Friday and would not comment on pending litigation.
The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Uvalde Consolidated School District did not respond to requests for comment.
A group of survivors has also sued Daniel Defense, the manufacturer of the gun used by the attacker, and the shop where he bought it. That separate lawsuit seeks payment of $6 billion in damages.
Black Creek, Georgia-based Daniel Defense did not respond to a request for comment. In a mid-year legislative hearing, CEO Marty Daniels called the Uvalde massacre and others “deeply concerning” but separated the guns themselves from violence, saying mass shootings in the United States are local problems. that must be resolved locally.
This week, the mother of a child killed in the shooting filed another federal lawsuit against many of the same people and entities.
Two agents have been fired and others have resigned or been placed on leave because of their actions at the site. In October, when confronted for the first time by the families of the Uvalde victims about police’s false and shifting accounts and lack of transparency in the available information, Colonel Steve McCraw, head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, admitted that agents had made mistakes. But McCraw defended his agency, saying he “didn’t let Uvalde down”.