DOJ Report Uncovers The Horrifying Truth About Uvalde School Massacre

It's even worse than we thought...

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We’ve all known, all along, that things simply did not add up surrounding the 2022 Rob Elementary School massacre in Uvalde, Texas. Now, the Biden Administration Department of Justice has proven as much…

CNN broke reporting on a truly horrifying and absolutely damning new report from the US Justice Department which ultimately concluded that the deadliest school shooting in the history of Texas could have been stopped far sooner, with lives saved, if police officers who responded to the scene had simply made use of the multitude of opportunities they had to reassess and adjust their flawed response to the massacre that claimed the lives of 19 students and 2 teachers.

In their Critical Incident Review released to the public today, the US Justice Department bluntly wrote, “The response to the May 24, 2022, mass casualty incident at Robb Elementary School was a failure.”

CNN reports:

Bursts of gunfire, reports a teacher had been shot, then a desperate call from a student trapped with the gunman could – and should – all have prompted a drive to stop the bloodshed far sooner, the Critical Incident Review released Thursday says.

Instead, it took 77 minutes from when the 18-year-old shooter walked into Robb Elementary School until he was stopped. The carnage remains among the deadliest episodes in America’s ongoing scourge of campus shootings.

Critical failures in leadership among specific law enforcement officers who rushed to Robb Elementary are blamed by the Justice Department, whose 575-page report nearly 20 months after the massacre is the fullest official accounting of what happened, though much already was known largely through CNN investigation.”

In a news conference this afternoon, following the release of the damning DOJ report, Biden Attorney General Merrick Garland said, “Their loved ones deserved better.”

“The law enforcement response at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022 – and then the hours and days after – was a failure that should not have happened,” the AG told the public. “Had law enforcement agencies followed generally accepted practices in an active shooter situation and gone right after the shooter to stop him, lives would have been saved and people would have survived.”

Read the full report from CNN here and the full Critical Incident Review here.

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