Police Refused to Enter School as Uvalde Shooter Rampaged, Subdued Parents Begging Them to Act – Opinion

From the moment the shocking shooting occurred at Uvalde High School, TX, one of the most pressing questions was whether Salvador Ramos, who was apparently able to murder so many children, had police been on the spot before Salvador Ramos.

Early on, there were mentions from law enforcement that the initial responding officers waited for a “tactical team,” something that seemed so incredibly ridiculous that most glossed over it. According to witnesses, this was what actually happened, as stated by the Associated Press. Videos provide additional context for the tragedy.

Disclaimer: There is always the chance that one of the witnesses mentioned in the report was misled. If this is the case, then law enforcement must be contacted and addressed directly. It is important to address this issue immediately.

Frustrated onlookers urged police officers to charge into the Texas elementary school where a gunman’s rampage killed 19 children and two teachers, witnesses said Wednesday, as investigators worked to track the massacre that lasted upwards of 40 minutes and ended when the 18-year-old shooter was killed by a Border Patrol team.

“Go in there! Go in there!” nearby women shouted at the officers soon after the attack began, said Juan Carranza, 24, who saw the scene from outside his house, across the street from Robb Elementary School in the close-knit town of Uvalde. Carranza said the officers did not go in…

…Upset that police were not moving in, he raised the idea of charging into the school with several other bystanders.

“Let’s just rush in because the cops aren’t doing anything like they are supposed to,” he said. “More could have been done.”

“They were unprepared,” he added.

If the police actually waited 40 minutes to enter the school, that’s unforgivable. That decision should be taken immediately and all officers who were involved in it must also be dismissed. I understand it’s a tough job. I get the pay isn’t great. Law enforcement must protect and serve.

You have to be a hero and not let the chips drop at some point. I know that might have cost an officer his or her life, but you can’t, under any circumstances, allow a shooter to enter a school and systematically kill 21 people and then barricade himself in a classroom. That is not acceptable. It is unacceptable to harass parents and ask the police for permission to go into the building.

Juan Carranza was the father that described the scene to the AP. His story seems to have been corroborated with videos which previously lacked context. Below is a clip showing officers trying subdue an alleged parent while police stand outside.

I’ve got no words for how those who lost children in this terrible crime must feel knowing that there was this period of inaction. Having a son or daughter be murdered is already unimaginable, but now they will be haunted by the knowledge that something could have been possibly been done directly on that day and wasn’t.

There should be real discussion about law enforcement in this area, as people argue over the uselessness of background checks. This can’t be swept under the rug and left to pass with a shrug. The story of officers standing around and waiting to be contacted by a tactical team is another reason why heads must roll.

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