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Uvalde Police Chief Defends Officers’ Actions Amid Delayed Response to School Massacre

HeadlineJun 10, 2022

In Texas, the chief of police for the Uvalde school district is defending officers against charges they failed to act as an 18-year-old gunman slaughtered 19 children and two teachers in May. Pete Arredondo told The Texas Tribune he spent more than an hour in the hallway of Robb Elementary School calling for tactical gear, a sniper and keys to get inside the locked classroom where the shooter had holed up. Meanwhile, The New York Times reports Uvalde police delayed entering the school even as they became aware that some children urgently needed medical treatment. The Times reports that one hour and 17 minutes passed before police finally entered the classroom; by then, 60 officers had assembled on scene. Bodycam footage reveals one officer — believed to be Chief Arredondo — said, “People are going to ask why we’re taking so long.”

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