Newly released footage from the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uwald, Texas, footage obtained by San Antonio NBC affiliate WOAI appears to show police confusion and officers discussing their fear of being shot.
What’s in the new footage from the Uvalde school shooting?
The massacre took place in May in which 19 children and two teachers died. As previously reported, police officers who responded to reports of a school shooter were widely criticized for their delayed response. Police waited more than an hour before entering the classrooms where the gunman attacked, the Texas Tribune reported.
Recently leaked footage obtained from police body cameras provides insight into the response of nearly 400 police officers at Robb Elementary School.
“What is the safest way to do this? I’m not trying to clap,” a DPS trooper was heard saying on the footage, according to WOAI.
“Me neither,” responded another soldier.
“I don’t like standing by the windows where we can get shot, bro,” the first trooper said, according to the report.
Throughout the video, there is confusion and a clear lack of planning among the officers. According to WOAI, the video shows police officers suspecting the killer was hiding in the classroom with the children.
“I wonder if I can get in there,” an officer at the scene said in body camera footage.
“There he is. He will fire back at you,” another officer responded.
“Are you going to put yourself in danger?” asked an officer after a few seconds.
Reports say it was more than 70 minutes before police responders took action and the shooter entered the classroom where he was hiding with the victims.
Families of Robb Elementary School victims are calling for more action
At a recent Texas Department of Public Safety meeting, family members of Robb Elementary School victims asked DPS Director Steven McCraw to resign, NBC News reported.
According to the New York Post, McCrory previously said he would step down if his troops were held accountable for the poor police response.
“I can tell you this right now: DPS as an institution has not failed the community right now — plain and simple,” McCraw said in the New York Post.
The Uvalde school district police chief and other state troopers have already been fired over officers’ response to the shooting.