Video of Uvalde college capturing: Surveillance footage results in nearer investigation into legislation enforcement’s delayed response

Video, released Tuesday by the Austin American-Statesman newspaper, shows responding officers approaching the classroom door within minutes of the gunman entering, but retreating after the gunman opened fire on them. More than an hour later, as the hallway filled with officials from various agencies, police forced open the classroom door and shot the shooter. Local officials and families of the victims condemned the decision to release the footage before those affected could see it for themselves. And the video, which was slightly edited by the American-Statesman to blur the identity of at least one child and remove children’s screams, still leaves questions — particularly why law enforcement’s response was so delayed.

“They just didn’t act. They just didn’t move,” Uvalde County Commissioner Ronald Garza said on CNN’s New Day on Wednesday. “I just don’t know what was going through those police officers’ minds on that tragic day, but … there was just no action on their part.”

The video also doesn’t answer the question “who, if anyone, was in charge,” Sen. Roland Gutierrez (D) told CNN on Tuesday.

“Even if we see 77 minutes down a hallway, that won’t tell us who was responsible or who should have been responsible. And I think that’s the sad testimony of what happened on May 24th, that nobody was responsible. “

Gutierrez criticized the Texas Department of Public Safety for having a multitude of officers on the ground but not having the situation under control. The state agency has consistently pointed to Uvalde School District Police Chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo as the commander on the scene during the attack.Outrage, anger and astonishment: How victims' relatives and law enforcement experts reacted to the leaked Uvalde videoArredondo was placed on leave as the school district police chief in June and, despite intense public scrutiny that day, has not made any significant public statements about his decision-making, though he told the Texas Tribune he does not consider himself a leader of the scene. On Tuesday, Uvalde City Council accepted his resignation from his position as councillor. Victims’ families said they were troubled by the leaked footage, saying it was just the latest in a long line of examples of their wishes being pushed aside. Officials said they planned to show the footage to families this weekend before it is released publicly.

“There is no reason for the families to see this,” Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin said of the leak. “I mean, they wanted to look at the video but they didn’t need to see the shooter come in and hear the shots. They don’t need to experience this again, they’ve been through enough,” he said.

School surveillance video obtained by the Austin American-Statesman shows officers in the hallway of Robb Elementary during the shooting.

Officials have strongly criticized the untimely release of the video

The Austin American-Statesman’s decision – along with television partner KVUE – to release the footage drew sharp criticism from local officials, who reiterated parents’ concerns, saying certain graphic audio and image files should not have been included.

“While I’m glad that a small portion is now open to the public, I believe it’s also important to monitor the entire segment of law enforcement response, or lack thereof,” said House Inquiry Committee Chairman Rep. Dustin Burrows (R) tweeted.

“I am also disappointed that the victims’ families and the requests from the Uvalde community to view the video first and not have specific images and audio of the violence have not been met,” he wrote.

Uvalde's teacher feels forgotten by the officers sent to rescue him and his students

In the first edited video, which is just over four minutes long, the audio captures the desperate screams of teachers as the gunman crosses the parking lot after crashing his truck just outside Robb Elementary School’s campus.

He then enters the school at 11:33 am, walks down a hallway with a semi-automatic rifle, goes into a classroom and opens fire. As the shots ring out, a student who was peeking around the corner of the hallway for the shooter quickly turns and runs away.

Minutes later, officers burst into the hallway and approach the door, but immediately retreat to the end of the hallway as the gunman appears to open fire on them at 11:37 a.m. Police continue to come into the crowded hallway but do not approach the door again until 12:21 p.m. and wait until 12:50 p.m. to breach the classroom and kill the gunman.

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin speaks at a City Council meeting.

A second edited video, lasting nearly an hour and a half, was also posted to the newspaper’s YouTube channel.

In the footage, the sound of screaming children has been edited out, but the heavy sounds of gunfire can still be clearly heard and the gunman’s face can be seen briefly as he comes through the school doors.

“It is incredible that this video was released as part of a message with images and audio of the violence of this incident without regard to the families involved,” McLaughlin said in a statement. The American-Statesman defended its decision, with editor-in-chief Manny Garcia writing in an editorial, “We must bear witness to history, and transparency and relentless reporting is one way to bring about change.”

McLaughlin also shared his disappointment that someone close to the investigation would leak the video.

“This was the coolest way to release this video today – whether it was released by the DPS or whoever it was. In my opinion it was very unprofessional which I believe this investigation has been since day one. ‘ he said during a city council meeting on Tuesday.

What will happen next

Despite the leak of surveillance footage, the Texas House Investigative Committee still plans to meet with the victims’ families on Sunday and provide them with an investigative report as originally planned, a source close to the committee told CNN.

The report will show that there was not a single outage on May 24, but a large-scale group outage, the source said. Committee members also asked Texas DPS Director Col. Steve McCraw to testify a second time Monday for further clarification on previous testimony before the Texas House and Senate, according to the source.

Meanwhile, some outraged family members took to social media to urge people not to share the video while families come to terms with the footage and law enforcement behavior it reveals. “PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DON’T SHARE THIS VIDEO!! We need time to process this!!” wrote Berlinda Arreola, grandmother of Amerie Jo Garza, 10, who was killed in the massacre. The children who survived the Uvalde massacre are heartbroken because they could not save their friends.  Their mothers are now worried about their futureGloria Cazares, whose daughter Jacklyn was killed, also begged her Facebook family and friends not to share the video, saying it was “the opposite of what the families wanted!”

“If you are a true friend, please do not share. I don’t want to see it in my feed, nor do I want to be tagged on any of the news channels that share it. Our hearts are shaken once again! ‘ wrote Cazares.

The Uvalde School District has scheduled a meeting for July 18 at which McLaughlin said he hoped the city council and victims’ families could get details on the school’s return.

The school district previously announced that students at Robb Elementary School will not be returning to campus and will be reassigned to other schools.

CNN’s Steve Almasy, Andy Rose, Elizabeth Joseph, Taylor Romine, Shimon Prokupecz, Eric Levenson, Cheri Mossburg, Christina Maxouris, Mary Kay Mallonee, Vanessa Price, and Dave Alsup contributed to this report.

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