The Uvalde Police Department and Uvalde Independent School District no longer plan to cooperate with the Texas Department of Public Safety’s investigation in to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School that claimed the lives of nineteen children and two teachers.
The decision reportedly came after a high-ranking official at the Texas DPS criticized the Uvalde police’s handling of the shooting.
ABC News Reports–
“The Uvalde Police Department and the Uvalde Independent School District police force are no longer cooperating with the Texas Department of Public Safety’s investigation into the massacre at Robb Elementary School and the state’s review of the law enforcement response, multiple law enforcement sources tell ABC News.
The Uvalde police chief and a spokesperson for the Uvalde Independent School District did not immediately respond to requests for comment from ABC News.
According to sources, the decision to stop cooperating occurred soon after the director of DPS, Col. Steven McCraw, held a news conference Friday during which he said the delayed police entry into the classroom was “the wrong decision” and contrary to protocol.”
As scrutiny on the Uvalde police department and school district continues to intensify, Uvalde Independent School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo was sworn in as a member of Uvalde’s city council last night in a move that frustrated and confused many.
In March, parents and family members of victims of the Parkland mass shooting in Florida were awarded $127.5 million due to the negligence of law enforcement officials, including the FBI who didn’t act on tips about the shooter before he went on a violent rampage.