New questions are emerging about the police response to the shooting in Uvalde, Texas that killed 19 children and two teachers.
Police have been trained to immediately engage shooters in the horrible attacks that followed the Columbine High School massacre more than 20 years ago.
However, policemen in Uvalde, Texas, took more than an hour to kill a shooter, who murdered 19 children.
The unusual federal investigation comes in the midst of mounting, agonizing questions and shifting facts from police. According to authorities, numerous officers arrived at the primary school two minutes after alleged gunman Salvador Ramos and opened fire on him, but he was not apprehended until a tactical squad entered a classroom more than an hour later.
During a panel discussion on “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd on Sunday, Former DeKalb County, Georgia, Police Chief Cedric Alexander blasted Uvalde, Texas, law enforcement.
“Officers on that scene who arrive first, you go inside that building. You follow that gunfire, and the whole intention is move that gunfire away from the innocent victims who are innocent and defenseless and you move that gunfire toward you,” Alexander said.
Adding, “You have an opportunity to win that gun battle. There is no other option. There’s nothing else to take about.”
Alexander is a former Dekalb County Public Safety Director and current public safety expert.
He was in charge in 2013 when an armed 20-year-old walked into McNair Discovery Learning Academy.
The response is the expectation of the officers based on their years of training, Alexander also argued.
“When you respond to that scene, that is your training. That’s what you’ve been training to do for the last 23 years, so that’s what you do,” The former police chief said.
Adding that whether it’s the top leader or the newest person on the team, the officer should respond immediately:
“These innocent babies had absolutely nothing, nothing, so it is your responsibility, it’s my responsibility, if I’m the incident commander or if I’m the last person hired.”
According to new information, the shooter allegedly entered Robb Elementary through an unlocked door.
The 18-year-old gunman crashed a truck and escaped with a weapon shortly after 11 a.m., and he died at 12:58 p.m.
More police officers entering the school at that time frame appear to have been requested by parents on the spot.
Alexander also said a state investigation would help clear up confusion and help others avoid any potential mistakes.
“It is hugely important to maintain as much visibility as to what occurred and to maintain a sense of legitimacy with your community in which you’re serving,” he said.
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