Police could have saved the children, this is what The New York Times’ latest piece discovered.
According to records obtained by The New York Times, Police waited for protective equipment as they delayed entering the Texas elementary school where a gunman inside killed 19 children and two teachers, even as they became aware that some victims needed medical treatment.
The details published Thursday by the Times provided a clearer picture of the slow law enforcement response as the massacre unfolded at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Police waited more than an hour to confront the gunman, even as anguished parents outside the school urged officers to go inside.
Pete Arredondo, the Uvalde school district police chief, led the response on the scene of the May 24 shooting. A man who investigators believe to be Arredondo could be heard on body camera footage talking about how much time was passing.
Arredondo said at the scene, according to a transcript of body camera footage obtained by the outlet:
“People are going to ask why we’re taking so long. We’re trying to preserve the rest of the life.”
According to the report, well before the breach, Arredondo said:
“We think there are some injuries in there… we cleared off the rest of the building so we wouldn’t have any more, besides what’s already in there, obviously.”
More details of this report from The Gateway Pundit, originally published by The New York Times:
According to the report, Arredondo did not begin to discuss entering the classroom until 12:21 p.m., 48 minutes after the gunman entered the school at 11:33 a.m.
“We’re ready to breach, but that door is locked,” he said at about 12:30 p.m.
“If there’s kids in there, we need to go in there,” officers said as they became impatient, according to the report.
At 12:46 p.m., Arredondo reportedly said, “If y’all are ready to do it, you do it.”
However, it would be Border Patrol Tactical Unit agents and a sheriff’s deputy who stormed the classroom and killed the gunman.
While the Department of Justice is still investigating the events of that day in Uvalde, Texas, it has become clear that the local authorities failed to respond quickly and accurately to tragic events that left 21 dead.
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