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Uvalde police, school district officers have stopped cooperating with Texas DPS investigation into Robb Elementary shooting

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The pivot by local law enforcement occurred shortly after a Friday press conference in which a state official questioned tactical decisions made by officers on the ground.

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Director and Colonel of the Texas Department of Public Safety Steven C. McCraw speaks during a press conference outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 27, 2022. - McCraw said Friday that in "hindsight" it was the wrong decision for police not to immediately breach the Uvalde classroom where a gunman ultimately shot dead 19 children and two teachers. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP) (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

Director and Colonel of the Texas Department of Public Safety Steven C. McCraw speaks during a press conference outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 27, 2022. – McCraw said Friday that in “hindsight” it was the wrong decision for police not to immediately breach the Uvalde classroom where a gunman ultimately shot dead 19 children and two teachers. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP) (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

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A new report from ABC News alleges that local law enforcement departments in Uvalde, Texas are no longer working with state investigators who are looking into the response to last week’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary that left 19 students, two teachers and the suspected gunman dead.

“Multiple law enforcement sources” stated that the Uvalde Police Department and the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District police force are “no longer cooperating” with the Texas Department of Public Safety’s probe into the official timeline of events and decision-making of officers on the ground at the school, according to ABC’s Josh Margolin and Aaron Katersky.

The pivot by local law enforcement to noncompliance occurred shortly after a Friday press conference led by Texas DPS Regional Director Steve McCraw, who called officers’ choice to wait more than an hour for tactical backup before engaging the suspect “the wrong decision.” Gov. Greg Abbott likewise on Friday said he was “livid” regarding the inaccurate early reports from officers, which stated the gunman was immediately engaged by first responders upon arriving at the school’s campus. 

Texas DPS officials declined to comment when contacted by ABC, and a call made to the department’s media and communications department Tuesday afternoon was met with an automated message stating the office was closed until Monday. Another call to the department’s after-hours line went unanswered.


ABC’s report of non-cooperation came just minutes before a Tuesday press release went out from the governor’s office issuing a state of disaster declaration for the city of Uvalde. The decision to confer the emergency status upon the town was made in order to expedite the provision of state and local resources, according to the governor’s statement.

“The community of Uvalde has been left devastated by last week’s senseless act of violence at Robb Elementary School and should not have to encounter any difficulty in receiving the support needed to heal,” Abbott said in a statement. “This disaster declaration frees up the many resources available through the State of Texas and local jurisdictions to continue providing much needed support to all who were impacted and work in the community unencumbered by regulations unnecessary to respond to this tragedy. All of Texas stands with Uvalde, and we are prepared to provide support through all available means.”



 

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