The more I learn about this school shooting the more it angers the ever loving snot out of me, so I’m not even going to comment much. Here is what I’ve recently found…
Initial reports said that District Police Chief Pete Arredondo’s statement was that the officers on stand by during the shooting tried to enter both doors to the interconnected classroom, but they were locked and waiting for a key. It turns out that was false. Officers did not actually try the doors, they were never locked, and they had a Halligan tool on hand that would have opened the doors in the event they had been locked.
In addition to that, new photographic evidence shows officers decked out with body armor and bullet proof shields hanging out in the hallway, like they’re at some kind of damn tea party, for nearly an hour before they went in to the classroom where children and teachers were being killed. Two officers were grazed by bullets at the start of the gunfight, and apparently that was enough scare them all nutless until more adequate and competent help arrived. Excuse me, that is my opinion and not fact. Buuut, kinda sounds like it.
Officers arrived on the scene three minutes after the shooter entered the school. Perfect, awesome, you came! Are you going to go in and help? Oh no, it’s scary. We have guns, but he also has a gun!… What in the actual heck happened here.
One officer on the scene received a call from his wife, a teacher inside the classroom. She was shot and bleeding out. When he attempted to enter the room, he was disarmed and lead away. At least one adult and one child who were shot died of blood loss while they were waiting with bated breath to be rescued by the officers standing in the hallway awaiting instruction for an hour. I’m not sure yet if his wife was that adult, but it sounds like yes. I just can’t even.
Law enforcement officers are currently testifying on the shooting in which an 18 year old killed two teachers and 19 children on May 24th. Any shooting is an absolute tragedy, but the confusion and lack of information surrounding this case only add to the frustration and the anger. I’m hoping that when the air is cleared we’ll learn the officers did everything they could and performed to the best of their abilities, but right now things are not looking good for the Uvalde Police Department. These stories reflect more fear than courage.
The fact of the matter is that police are not actually required by law to protect you. Weird, huh? You would think it’s their job. It’s not.
“The US Supreme Court has made it clear that law enforcement agencies are NOT required to provide protection to the citizens who are forced to pay the police for their “services.”
In the cases DeShaney vs. Winnebago and Town of Castle Rock vs. Gonzales, the supreme court has ruled that police agencies are not obligated to provide protection of citizens. In other words, police are well within their rights to pick and choose when to intervene to protect the lives and property of others — even when a threat is apparent.”
Remember that when someone says you don’t need to arm yourself. Some police officers will walk through gunfire to save you, but others are simply there to clean up afterwards, and they all get paid exactly the same.