Texas state senator on Uvalde shooting: ‘Every agency on this scene should take some heat’

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A Texas state senator whose district includes Uvalde told TAUT News on Tuesday that every police department that responded to the Robb elementary school shooting “should be criticized” for their actions.

Roland Gutierrez, a Democrat, made the comment on ‘America’s Newsroom’ as law enforcement continues to come under fire for not confronting 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos earlier in the mass shooting of the last week. Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw suggested on Friday that the delay was because “the commander on scene at the time believed he had gone from an active shooter to a barricaded subject.” .

“He takes a lot of heat, for sure, but I think every agency on this scene should take some,” Gutierrez said Tuesday. “Look, active shooter protocols say you come in. We’re putting it all on the local cop with six cops under him.”

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Gutierrez says he asked McCraw for more answers regarding the police response to the shooting, which ultimately killed 19 children and two teachers.

Law enforcement and other first responders gather outside Robb Elementary School after a shooting Tuesday, May 24, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas.
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“I want to know when every officer was there from any law enforcement entity and where they were,” he told America’s Newsroom. “And I also ask for the manuals of these agencies to determine this notion of operational control officer.

“At what point do we not give this to the larger entity that has more manpower, more ammunition, more equipment. The state troopers are fully equipped to handle this type of situation,” continued Gutierrez. “It should have been done – even the feds waited a bit. Eventually one of them said ‘to hell with it, here we go’.”

Gutierrez also said the community needed “some mental health resources” following the attack – and warned the public against donating money to fraudulent organizations claiming to raise money for the families of the victims.

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“There’s a lot of fraud going on. I don’t want people to stop giving, just check who you’re giving to,” he said, noting he had asked the Texas attorney general to investigate. the case. “There are a lot of these so-called organizations raising money on the pictures of these poor babies, the names of these families and that money is not going where it needs to go.”

“People need to cry,” he also said, describing the shooting as “the most tragic thing I’ve ever seen as a senator, as a state representative in my history of official”.

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