The U.S. Attorney met with families of Uvalde victims before the Justice Department released a report on law enforcement’s response to the massacre
US Attorney General Merrick Garland met with the families of the victims who were killed and injured in 2022 Uvalde School Massacre Wednesday evening, ahead of the scheduled Thursday release of Ministry of Justice report About law enforcement’s response to the mass shooting that occurred 19 children and teachers killed.
Several family members said some of the findings of the Justice Department’s critical incident review will be shared by Garland, Assistant U.S. Attorney Vanita Gupta and Justice Department staff. Relatives were told that grief counselors would be available for the meeting.
Chloe Torres’ parents left the meeting early about an hour later. Ruben and Jimmy Torres expressed their disappointment, telling CNN that they had not heard anything new.
Chloe, who survived the May 24 massacre, was 10 years old and trapped at Rupp Elementary School with the gunman who slaughtered her friends and teacher. She made frequent calls to 911 throughout the incident.
Before the meeting, some relatives told CNN they were “nervous” but also hoped they would hear about the impeachment and get the answers they were looking for about… Disastrous police response At Robb Elementary School.
“It will be interesting to see if they (share) any valuable information,” one parent told CNN.
Alfred Garza III, whose 10-year-old daughter, Amerie Joe Garza, was killed, told reporters that the meeting “went well” and expressed hope that the report would “answer some questions that we didn’t know.”
He added: “A lot of questions were asked there and I think they will give us a lot of insight (in the report) about some things that we may not have known.” Garza said he got answers to some of his questions tonight, but did not want to go into detail before releasing the report.
The Ministry of Justice confirmed it would publish its review of serious incidents on Thursday, but did not confirm Wednesday night’s meeting with families.
Before the meeting, Garland toured the murals honoring the victims in Uvalde. The “Uvalde Healing Murals” were painted by 21 portrait artists around Uvalde for each of the victims who were shot and killed at the elementary school on May 24, 2022.
Society is still struggling to understand why this happened 77 minutes To stop the gunman who had barricaded himself in two adjacent classrooms, more than 370 law enforcement officers gathered at the scene.
The delay continued until The children inside repeatedly called 911 for help. The botched response also contradicted widely taught protocol for active shooter situations that calls for police to immediately stop the threat.
Controversy over the law enforcement response has continued for months, as have some authorities It changed their narratives About how officers responded.
The Justice Department said its goal in publishing the critical incident review on Thursday was to “provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses; Identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events; Providing a roadmap for community safety and engagement before, during and after such incidents.
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