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Texas Democrats respond to damning report on Robb Elementary: Abbott’s DPS failed




More than 600 days after the massacre of 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School – the public has been finally notified of the extent of the complete and utter failings of law enforcement agencies in Uvalde on May 24, 2022 by the Department of Justice.


Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued a statement following the Department of Justice’s release of devastating Robb Elementary massacre report:


“For 77 minutes, children and faculty repeatedly pleaded for help from inside their classrooms while law enforcement agencies offered no assistance. Greg Abbott’s DPS failed to follow active shooter protocol, failed to protect the lives of 21 innocent souls, and failed to provide the victims’ loved ones and the Uvalde community with transparent accounts of what happened at Robb Elementary that day. Instead, Greg Abbott’s DPS attempted to cover up their own mishandlings and their active role in this massacre.


“If Greg Abbott’s DPS is brave enough to suit up along the southern border to hunt migrant women and children – then Greg Abbott’s DPS should be brave enough to intervene in an active shooter situation inside of a classroom.


“The reality is that they feared the AR-15 that the 18-year-old gunman was able to obtain just weeks before the massacre because of Texas Republicans’ reckless gun laws – so they stood idly by with tails between their legs. This cowardly approach to an active shooter response cost the lives of 21 innocent Texans, and continues to put our classrooms and other public spaces in danger. And we can only pray that when – not if – the next mass shooting occurs, Greg Abbott’s DPS is brave enough to stop it.


“We’re thankful that the Justice Department stepped in to provide long-awaited answers to the loved ones who have been begging for a shred of transparency from DPS for the last 600 days. No parent, family member, educator, or student should have to endure the trauma inflicted upon this community ever again in the state of Texas – that’s why in November, we are going to elect leaders that place the safety of Texans above all else.” 

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