New videos show police did absolutely nothing to arrest Uvalde shooter

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Update: it was announcement Thursday that authorities will now review the police response, investigate the steps taken to arrest the shooter and analyze the ballistics.

Just after tweeting that he and his wife were “raising fervently in prayer” the community of Uvalde, Texas, in the aftermath of Tuesday’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told MSNBC that gun control was not necessary to combat gun violence and that in the future more armed officers should be stationed in schools. “We know from experience that the most effective tool for keeping kids safe is armed law enforcement on campus,” Cruz said.

However, several new videos and eyewitness accounts from the scene of the entirely preventable tragedy – which claimed the lives of 21 people – revealed that several armed officers were at the scene and, in fact, did nothing to stop 18-year-old shooter Salvador Ramos.

Not only does the Uvalde City School District have its own police department – made up of a chief, five officers and a security guard – but other law enforcement called on the The scene (including Border Patrol agents, who ultimately killed Ramos) had stood idle in the parking lot outside the school as Ramos shot and killed 19 children and two teachers in a barricaded classroom. Desperate pleas from parents and onlookers can be heard on the videos, which were spliced ​​from the direct of an eyewitness, Hugo Cervantes.

” What are you doing ? Enter the building! one person yelled at the cops in one of the clips, while another can be heard yelling, “Go protect the kids!”

The father of one of the victims, Javier Cazares, was one of the frantic parents at the scene, with his daughter Jacklyn trapped in the classroom with the shooter. He told the press that upon hearing gunshots, he actually suggested rushing into the school to others present at the scene, as the cops were obviously doing nothing. Cazares says NPR the police were clearly unprepared.

Another one clip, which shows several parents trying to break through police cordons in an attempt to enter the school, even reveals a woman on the ground who appears to be pinned down by an officer. A witness can be heard saying, “What the fuck are you doing to her? Let her go!”

Juan Carranza, another eyewitness who lives across from the school, said he not only saw Ramos crash his car before entering the school, but also noted that the police had not entered the building as several people in the parking lot were pleading with them to do something.

In the immediate reports following the mass shooting in Uvalde, law enforcement pushed a far more flattering narrative. After Ramos crashed his truck near the school, he allegedly injured two people near the car after shooting them before entering the school. The Texas Department of Public Safety said Ramos shot two Uvalde police officers who were outside Robb Elementary, wounding them as well. There has since been conflicting reports as to when law enforcement arrived and when Ramos began shooting into the school.

However, U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz told CNN that dozens of serving and off-duty officers responded to the shooting and “did not hesitate”. Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said at a press conference Wednesday: “The bottom line is that law enforcement was there. They engaged immediately. They contained [Ramos] in the classroom.” Yet McGraw also told reporters that the shooter was at the scene for about 40 minutes to an hour before law enforcement could “contain” him. A spokesperson for the ministry contradicted McGraw, saying a solid estimate of how long the shooter was at school or when he was killed could not be given. A news clip circulating on Twitter also shows an officer telling a local reporter that some officers allegedly entered the school prior to Ramos’ confinement to remove their own children.

Even more disturbing, according to a anonymous police officer, Border Patrol agents were unable to immediately break into the classroom. In the end a member of staff had to open the room with a key which meant an inordinate amount of time had passed Ramos barricaded himself in the CM1 class. Law applicationMen’s officials also claimed Ramos was wearing a ‘bulletproof vest’ during the attack, although he has since been confirmed it was just a tactical vest.

Despite more gruesome details emerging, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) insisted things “Could have been worse” if not for the involvement of law enforcement. The parents of the victims, like Cazares, beg to differ.

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