Uvalde School District Suspends Entire Police Force After Botched Response to Mass Shooting at Robb Elementary School
In late May, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos fatally shot 19 children and 2 adults at Robb Elementary School.
According to multiple reports, the shooter, Salvador Ramos, spent more than 40 minutes inside as loved ones and onlookers begged the police to charge into the building.
Police arrived 4 minutes after the shooting began, but Ramos continued on with his killing spree virtually uninterrupted.
The Uvalde police department has been under scrutiny for failing to respond quickly and accurately to tragic events that left 21 dead.
Amid continuing criticism over officers’ ineffective response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary, the Uvalde school district announced on Friday that it has suspended its entire police force.
Below is the statement from Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (CISD):
Uvalde CISD Suspends the UCISD Police Department
The District remains committed to resolving issues with verifiable evidence. Decisions concerning the UCISD police department have been pending the results of the Texas Police Chiefs Association and JPPI investigation. Recent developments have uncovered additional concerns with department operations.
As a result of the recent developments, Lt. Miguel Hernandez and Ken Mueller have been placed on administrative leave, and the District has made the decision to suspend all activities of the Uvalde CISD Police Department for a period of time. Officers currently employed will fill other roles in the district. Ken Mueller has elected to retire.
The District will continue to engage with the Texas Police Chiefs Association who is conducting a Management and Organizational Review. The results of this review will guide the rebuilding of the department and the hiring of a new Chief of Police. We expect to have a report later this month. Also, as previously stated, JPPI is conducting an investigation into the UCISD police officers’ response to the May 24, 2022 tragedy. Results of the investigation will inform future personnel decisions.
The District has requested the Texas Department of Public Safety to provide additional troopers for campus and extra-curricular activities. We are confident that staff and student safety will not be compromised during this transition.
The footage, first obtained by the Austin-American Statesman, shows cops running down the hall after they heard gunfire.
Here is the full 77-minute clip (warning disturbing content):
A Uvalde police officer had a clear shot to take out Salvador Ramos before he entered Robb Elementary School and fatally shot 19 children and 2 adults in late May.
A recent report by the Austin American-Statesman shows Uvalde police were in the hallway of Robb Elementary School with rifles and at least one ballistic shield within ten minutes of the start of the mass shooting by Salvador Ramos.
The Uvalde police officer asked a supervisor for permission to shoot Ramos before he entered the school, but the officer didn’t hear back from the supervisor in time.
“A rifle-armed Uvalde officer sighted in to shoot the Robb Elementary attacker before he entered the school but instead waited for supervisor permission — one of many new revelations in a report obtained today by national experts about the May 24 police response.” Statesman investigative reporter Tony Plohetski reported.