More Troubling Info on Uvalde as Interior Images Show Police Had More Firepower Than Originally Thought

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On Sunday, we reported that interior surveillance video from Robb Elementary, in Uvalde, Texas, revealed responding officers never attempted to open either of the classroom doors behind which the shooter and his victims were located during the May 24th attack. Per Bonchie:

To make the timeline clear here, the shooter was shooting for 12 minutes outside without any police response. He then entered an unlocked backdoor, followed in by police minutes later. The police then barricaded the shooter inside the room per their own admission. Instead of attempting entry to stop the carnage, they sat around for over an hour until a Border Patrol team went in of their own volition.

Prior to this surveillance video, the police claimed they attempted to enter the room but were forced back by gunfire. Now, we know that they never even tried to get inside, choosing to retreat like cowards, completely absconding from their duty to protect and serve.

Further, a mother who entered the school to rescue her children recently revealed that the shooting inside the classroom continued well after the police arrived (again, contradicting initial claims by police that the shooter had killed everyone within a few minutes). That means that the shooter was systematically executing children while the police just sat there. That’s so unconscionable that it makes me feel sick to my stomach just to write.

Monday, additional disturbing information came to light, as interior footage showed multiple responding officers inside the school with rifles and a ballistic shield as of 11:52 a.m., within 19 minutes of the shooter’s arrival, and almost a full hour before officers entered the classroom.

Per KVUE:

The footage shows that multiple officers were inside the building with rifles and at least one ballistic shield, 19 minutes after the gunman arrived. They didn’t enter the classroom the shooter was inside for nearly another hour.

Investigators believe this will prove to be a significant development as it indicates they had more than enough firepower and protection to enter that classroom before they actually did.

The May 24 response by law enforcement has been under heavy scrutiny after the Texas DPS revealed that officers waited more than 70 minutes to confront the shooter, even as trapped students called 911 for help.

According to the latest timeline, officers ultimately breached the classroom at 12:50 p.m. The shooter entered at 11:33 a.m.

KVUE has a video detailing the full timeline here:

Additionally, per the reports on Monday, audio from the body cam video indicates officers were becoming impatient with the response.

Why they waited so long to do so is a question that continues to demand answers.