ABC News has been informed by multiple sources within the law enforcement community that the Uvalde Police Department and the Uvalde Independent School District police force have ceased their cooperation with the investigation being conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety into the massacre that took place at Robb Elementary School and the state’s review of the law enforcement response.
ABC News’ inquiries for comment from the Uvalde police chief and a representative for the Uvalde Independent School District were not immediately met with a response.
The decision to cease collaborating came shortly after the head of DPS, Col. Steven McCraw, gave a press conference on Friday during which he said that the delayed police entrance into the classroom was “the wrong decision” and opposed to protocol, according to sources.
“The Uvalde Police Department and Uvalde CISD Police have been cooperating with investigators. The chief of the Uvalde CISD Police provided an initial interview but has not responded to a request for a follow-up interview with the Texas Rangers that was made two days ago,” a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
The assault that took place on the school on Tuesday caused the deaths of 19 children and two adults, making it one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history.
National Review notes that after arriving at the scene of the incident on May 24, up to 19 municipal police officers and school district police officers were involved in a standoff with the shooter, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, for nearly 50 minutes, while he was inside the building with children.
During this time, there may have been as many as eight or nine children who were still alive and who were making desperate calls to the police dispatch center through 911. Earlier, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Victor Escalon said that authorities were operating under the assumption that all of the children who were inside the classroom had perished.
However, video acquired by ABC News reveals that at 12:13 p.m., police dispatch informed officers that the room was “full with victims at this moment.”
It wasn’t until 12:50 p.m. that a tactical squad of agents from the United States Border Patrol broke into the classroom and killed Ramos.
In contrast to what had been reported before regarding the activities of the law enforcement officials, this revelation aroused widespread indignation over the choice to retreat while children were still alive.
In a news conference held on Friday, the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, said that he was “misled” given “inaccurate” information about the sequence of events, while the Democratic Representative for Texas, Joaquin Castro, asked for an inquiry by the FBI into the activities of the police, National Review noted.
However, The Daily Mail reports that a young victim is heard on totally damning video indicating that they had been shot and that the gunman had entered the classroom, despite the fact that the police chief stated that the children had died.
According to the devastating new footage, Uvalde police officers were 100% aware that children were still alive inside the Texas elementary school during the massacre that took place the previous week.
A video that was first shown on Facebook Live shows the chaotic situation outside Robb Elementary school as Customs and Border Protection officials talk to an injured kid during the shooting.
‘Are you injured?’ the agent asked the child, according to CNN who made the clip public on Tuesday. The child answered: ‘I got shot!
‘A kid got shot? A Kid?’ an adult is heard exclaiming as the child’s voice cuts out.
‘Room 12, are we able to .. is anybody inside of the building …’ the dispatcher asked. ‘2-1, child is advising he is in the room. Full of victims. Full of victims at this moment.’
The newly released video seems to contradict the claims that Col. Steven McCraw, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety, made during a press conference that took place on Friday.
He claimed on many occasions that the police hesitated to enter the premises because the incident commander was considering Ramos “a barricaded subject, and that there was time, and there were no more children at risk.” In short, the police lied, and children died as a result.
This new evidence backs up many accounts of brave parents begging authorities to go in and save kids, or to let themselves go in and save their children, only to be met with handcuffs and detainment.
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