A few hundred people gather at the Texas State Capitol on May 25, 2022, to mourn the 19 children and two adults killed by a shooter at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Michael Minasi/KUT News

Texas

Families of Uvalde shooting victims want police accountability after DOJ report release

Posted on · While family members of those killed in the 2022 Robb Elementary School shooting say they’re grateful for the Justice Department’s report, many wish it had done more — like identifying all the officers who responded to the incident.

Southside Independent School District police officer Ruben Cardenas, center, keeps watch as students arrive at Freedom Elementary School, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023, in San Antonio. Most Texas school districts say they are unable to comply with a new law requiring armed officers on every campus. The mandate was one of Republican lawmakers' biggest acts following the Uvalde school shooting in 2022 that killed 19 children and two teachers.

Politics

A new state law requires schools to have armed guards. But many are having a hard time hiring officers.

Posted on · The state allotted a total of $15,000 per campus to fulfill the requirements of HB 3, while the going rate for armed security guards with the necessary training can hover around $85,000 in parts of the state.

A rifle cartridge identical to the ammunition used in the Robb Elementary shooting.

School shooting

“He has a battle rifle”: Police feared Uvalde gunman’s AR-15

Posted on · In previously unreleased interviews, police who responded to the Robb Elementary shooting told investigators they were cowed by the shooter’s military-style rifle. This drove their decision to wait for a Border Patrol SWAT team to engage him, which took more than an hour.

At 12:33 p.m. May 24, exactly an hour after the gunman entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, a group of unidentified police officers began advancing toward the classrooms where he had trapped more than 30 students and teachers. But after one officer said “no, no, no,” they stopped. That moment exemplified the overall failed law enforcement response.

School shooting

“I’m so scared”: 911 recordings reveal fear and urgency of those trapped in Uvalde elementary school

Posted on · Audio obtained by The Texas Tribune and ProPublica shows just how long police and dispatchers likely knew that children and teachers were in danger before taking action at Robb Elementary School.

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