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Report: Uvalde Police and School District Stopped Cooperating With School Shooting Investigation

Report: Uvalde Police and School District Stopped Cooperating With School Shooting Investigation

“The chief of the Uvalde CISD Police provided an initial interview but has not responded to a request for a follow-up interview with the Texas Rangers that was made two days ago.”

Sources told ABC News that the Uvalde Police Department and Uvalde Independent School District stopped cooperating with the Texas Department of Public Safety’s probe into the school shooting at Robb Elementary School.

The gunman killed 19 children and two adults.

The sources indicated the cooperation stopped when DPS Director Col. Steven McCraw criticized the police for their inaction during the shooting. He said they made the “wrong decision,” delaying entry into the classroom with the gunman.

On Tuesday, DPS confirmed to ABC News: “The Uvalde Police Department and Uvalde CISD Police have been cooperating with investigators. The chief of the Uvalde CISD Police provided an initial interview but has not responded to a request for a follow-up interview with the Texas Rangers that was made two days ago.”

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo insisted he is still cooperating: “I’ve been on the phone with them every day.”

The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT), the largest police labor organization in Texas, urged the Uvalde police and school district to cooperate. From The Houston Chronicle:

“At this time, The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, or CLEAT, is advising our members to cooperate fully with all official governmental investigations into actions relating to the law enforcement response to the Uvalde mass shooting,” said a statement issued late Tuesday by the group.

CLEAT officials on Tuesday joined critics of the Uvalde law enforcement’s response, saying there has been “a great deal of false and misleading information” about what happened.

“Some of the information came from the very highest levels of government and law enforcement,” the statement said. “Sources that Texans once saw as iron-clad and completely reliable have now been proven false. This false information has exacerbated ill-informed speculation which has, in turn, created a hotbed of unreliability when it comes to finding the truth.”

It seems like details change every day. We learned a teacher did not prop open a door.

Dan Flanary, the teacher’s lawyer, said the teacher witnessed the car accident involving the gunman. She ran back inside to grab her cell phone to report the accident:

“She saw the wreck,” Flanary said. “She ran back inside to get her phone to report the accident. She came back out while on the phone with 911. The men at the funeral home yelled, ‘He has a gun!’ She saw him jump the fence, and he had a gun, so she ran back inside.

“She kicked the rock away when she went back in. She remembers pulling the door closed while telling 911 that he was shooting. She thought the door would lock because that door is always supposed to be locked.”

Flanary added that the teacher even remembers pulling and holding onto the door — which has a horizontal push bar — while on the phone with 911. At one point as she headed back to her classroom, the 911 call dropped and she texted family that the gunman was inside the building and then that she could hear police.

McCraw told the press that the gunman remained in a classroom for over an hour before border patrol agents “broke in and killed him.”

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That’s probably not going to work out

I can understand why the police are not cooperating, but why is the school district not fully, eagerly and willingly cooperating? What is that foul odor?

    There has been something off about this from the very beginning. This isn’t that complicated situation yet the story never jelled. I still hear competing narratives today on the news reports. The facts keep changing and there is no agreement among those who do the reporting.

    Something really smells and me thinks it’s about competing interests trying to control the narrative to suit their purpose. The early reports about police behavior still don’t ring true to me. Tazing parents trying to take the initiative? Officers with their own children in the room not willing to take action? The time line, the chaos,…. Sounds like a top-down, external interference problem. Just guessin’.

      BTW, if I were a local, I wouldn’t be cooperating anymore either.

        The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Pasadena Phil. | June 1, 2022 at 5:34 pm

        Just curious: why not? I’m being serious.

          These locals are besieged by reporters who can’t seem to get their facts straight. I’m guessing. This is a national headlines story that is fraught with agendas where the two main sides are more worried about the narrative supporting their agendas than what really happened. Something happened at the outset that is not being reported. I don’t know what to believe but what we are being told is very likely not it. I believe the locals are being framed and might have been set up by someone who knew what was coming and sent an “official” to create chaos at the scene.

          Even now, this very minute, I am hearing varying versions of what happened by “reporters”. Something is very wrong here. We should already have a very good idea of what happened and I believe that the witnesses were talking until they realized that the story they were telling wasn’t the one being reported and that state officials were not not only not helping them but were following orders from somewhere.

          There are too many incongruous situations that cannot be true. Lots of people are lying here. I don’t know who or what to believe. It’s been long enough and there were enough witnesses to know what happened by now.

          henrybowman in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | June 1, 2022 at 11:08 pm

          Everything you (Phil) describe smells like Las Vegas. We never got the story on that, and nobody is even trying anymore.

          Do you know that no government agency has officially verified whether or not the weapons outfitted with bump stocks — the ones that were used as excuses to outlaw bump stocks — were ever actually fired as part of the massacre? Why not? It would be trivial to determine.

          It’s because someone wants the truth NOT to come out.

          @henrybowman. But when you put it that way, it gets put down as “conspiracy theory”, the automatic end of any further discussion. Sometimes it’s better to paint a picture and let people figure it out for themselves. Whatever happened here, it sure looks like we are again being force-fed an official version that will blame the wrong people or leave us up in the air. The truth would again be a distraction from the purpose.

Civil settlements in Parkland, about the same scope, came to about $150M (so far), with $25M from the school district. Uvalde lawyers have long since advised not saying a word, especially given the widely publicized evaluation that it was mishandled.

Moon Battery | June 1, 2022 at 1:32 pm

It’s almost like they have something to hide……

healthguyfsu | June 1, 2022 at 1:52 pm

This is unsurprising. Every lawyer in the world worth a damn would tell a client to do the same thing. This just means they have lawyers with a pulse now.

texansamurai | June 1, 2022 at 2:07 pm

the thing that is really stunning is that the “resource officer,” the ACTIVE deterrent that is charged with protecting the children and staff in the building was not even on site–lord–the individual with the MOST important job in the protection scheme was not at their post–why?–and if they had to leave for whatever reason how hard is it to summon a couple of patrol officers/a patrol car to guard the building until they return?

leo response time was about 4 minutes–that’s pretty damned good but unfortunately once they arrived the misinformation/misdirection/mismanagement of the incident was well under way

incredibly, the onsite guys were told to stand down/wait–lord–reminiscent of benghazi–where a ready, willing and able force was available to relieve the embassy boys and was ordered to stand down–just boggles the mind

    kyrrat in reply to texansamurai. | June 1, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    As I understand it there are 2 school resource officers to cover 8 schools. Apparently they have to move between the 8 schools throughout the day. Saw this is a local paper to Uvalde. Apparently the fact that they only have 2 assigned by the police has been a bone of contention locally for a while now.

      geronl in reply to kyrrat. | June 1, 2022 at 4:28 pm

      Such a big bone that the stupid Chief was elected to the city council. I wonder if the 3rd district voters regret their choice now?

    henrybowman in reply to texansamurai. | June 1, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    All the reports I heard was that the resource officer left the school “for a cell phone call.” They don’t have cell service inside the school?

How in the name of hell is cooperating OPTIONAL?

Cooperate with the investigation or get fired, period.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Olinser. | June 1, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    Miranda rights are still important.

    They could get potentially get fired without a conviction but they have bigger problems right now.

Cops know not to talk to the cops. “Tell me what happened, I’m just here to help.”

The soap opera news cycle goes from thoughts and prayers to blame-finding to new law proposals. The point is to get eyeballs to sell to advertisers until everybody’s tuned out. Then start over with another soap opera worthy event when the audience has had recovery time to get outrage up again.

Lets go back to the discussion about the doors. Outer door was opened by teacher, rock placed to hold open, teacher claims she kicked the rock and slammed the door, which should have locked it. Problem is these doors can get a smaller pebble sized stone in the way which prevents them fully closing and locking. Soldiers do this every day to outer doors of barracks; same style door with same vulnerability.

I think she did everything she said and didn’t lock it because a smaller rock she wasn’t aware of prevented closure. That said the teacher is the last adult official through the door; it’s her responsibility to ensure it locked behind her. That teacher is to blame unless we discover the door/lock was defective.

Now the inner doors. Was there an inner door, a second door between the hallway and the outer door? Probably not since no one has reported one to exist. The classroom doors definitely had locks. They were strong enough to defeat/deter LEO entry. Obviously these were not locked because the shooter entered the classrooms. Teacher to blame for this error.

None of that absolves the dismally poor reaction and performance of LEO that day. That the local LEO are putting the salvage of their careers in front of a search for the entire truth of what happened that day is sad but unsurprising given their documented history of self preservation.

    geronl in reply to CommoChief. | June 1, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    Why prop a door open during a lockdown in the first place? That teacher was an imbecile

      Milhouse in reply to geronl. | June 1, 2022 at 5:26 pm

      What lockdown? There was no lockdown. Nobody had any clue anything was happening until this teacher saw the car crash and the kid enter the school grounds, at which point she says she kicked away the rock and pulled the door closed.

        Milwaukee in reply to Milhouse. | June 2, 2022 at 2:42 pm

        Unfortunately,
        “What lockdown? There was no lockdown.”?
        What is your source? I want to know what you know. My initial impression was they weren’t on lockdown, then they were. The story changes. And the teacher opened the door despite of being on lockdown.

        Further, a source claimed she slammed door shut but it didn’t lock, even though it was closed.
        Thank you for your time.

    goddessoftheclassroom in reply to CommoChief. | June 1, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    Why was she outside at all?

This all just stinks like a set-up and every day that goes by and every new revelation of information just serves to reinforce that.

    MajorWood in reply to Ironclaw. | June 1, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    If the end-goal is to ban guns then it worked out perfectly. But be ready to challenge all of the stats being thrown out. People respond to sensationalism on an emotional visceral level, so counter that with hard logic. When they talk about “assault rifles” being the number #1 killer of children over 1, point out that swimming pools are 10-50 times more dangerous on a year to year basis. This is similar to how bent out of shape people get after a shark attack, when in fact more humans are injured and killed by pigs. So when they want to ban guns, just mention that every time this has been done in the past it has resulted in millions being killed by the government, and they are a fool if they think they might not be in that group. heck, even their whole defund the po po has helped to get 1000 more blacks murdered in the US in the last year.

    Milwaukee in reply to Ironclaw. | June 2, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    Did you see this?
    https://gab.com/threesevens/posts/108391589945738011

    Seems a military reconnaissance plane was in the area. On another thread the flight was explained as training. My challenge to that claim is prove it. Who was the pilot, who filed the flight plan?

      Barry in reply to Milwaukee. | June 2, 2022 at 9:41 pm

      Military aircraft over Texas is a constant occurrence.

        Milwaukee in reply to Barry. | June 3, 2022 at 12:27 am

        Sure. Lots of military bases in Texas. Then verifying the flight was routine for training or some such thing should be simple and perfunctory. No big deal. But, only after it is checked out, not dismissed as “ordinary”.

So the teacher did prop open a door that was supposed to be closed with a rock. When it closed it didn’t lock properly maybe because it kept getting jammed open. She should be fired.

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