Justice Department to review response to Texas school shooting

Uwald, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review law enforcement’s response to the shooting in Uwald, Texas, that killed 19 students and two teachers die.

The review comes amid mounting pressure, with questions raised over last Tuesday’s shooting at Rob Elementary School and changing and sometimes conflicting information about how police are responding.

Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said the review will be conducted in a fair, impartial and independent manner and the findings will be made public.

Officials said the review was at the request of Mayor Uwald.

In a statement, Coley said the goal of the review was to “provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shootings.”

Responsible for the review is the department’s Office of Community Policing Services.

Such reviews are somewhat rare, and postmortem reports after most shootings are usually compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups.

Authorities revealed on Friday that students and teachers had repeatedly pleaded with 911 operators for help, even though a police commander told a dozen officers to wait in the school hallway. Commanders believe the suspect is being held in an adjoining classroom and there are no more active attacks, officials said.

The discovery caused more grief and raised new questions about whether more people were killed because police didn’t act faster to stop the gunman, who was ultimately killed by Border Patrol tactical agents.

Biden has not spoken publicly about the police response to the shooting.

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