A preliminary report from the Texas House Board of Investigation investigating the Uvalde, Texas school shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers describes multiple failures by multiple entities, including the overall response of law enforcement the order, the Uvalde school system, the shooter’s family, and social media platforms. .
CNN has obtained and is reviewing the report, which was made available to families of the victims on Sunday morning. The families are expected to meet with the committee on Sunday afternoon to discuss the report and its findings, which come more than a month after the committee began investigating the attack and the law enforcement response.
A source previously told CNN that the report should focus on the facts of the attack, include a chronological sequence of events, a timeline, a law enforcement manifesto and details of the shooter. It was also intended to clarify conflicting accounts of what happened, include verbatim quotes from sworn testimony, and show that the failure of law enforcement that day was far greater than a person or agency, a source said.
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Members of the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District police chief and officers, the district superintendent, the school principal, a teacher and custodial staff are among those who testified behind closed doors to the committee – with around 40 people testifying, according to a source.
Republican State Rep. Dustin Burrows, chairman of the committee, said last month that the group would do “everything in its power” to provide facts and answers about what happened “before, during and after this tragedy”.
Victims’ families were due to receive the report and hallway surveillance video, without audio, of law enforcement’s response on Sunday morning to give them an opportunity to review it before meeting with members of the investigating committee .
Printed copies of the report were hand-delivered to officials in Uvalde and Texas on Saturday night over fears the document could be leaked to the media before family members of the victims could read it, according to some of the officials who received the report.
The surveillance footage was leaked and published by the Austin American-Statesman newspaper last Tuesday, sparking outrage from local officials and families who said they were caught off guard and disrespected by the unexpected release.
Here’s what we know about the expected report
In A declaration after the newspaper published the video, Burrows said that while he was happy that part of the video had been made public, he was “also disappointed with the families of the victims and the demands of the community of Uvalde to watch the video first, and not to have certain images and audio of the violence, were not achieved.
The investigative committee’s report and video are expected to be released alongside Sunday’s meeting with family members. A press conference is scheduled for Sunday afternoon to allow members of the press to ask questions of the committee.
The report comes nearly eight weeks after an 18-year-old gunman entered Robb Elementary and began shooting into a classroom, killing 19 children and two teachers. Key questions about the police response to the shooting have gone unanswered ever since. Chief among them: why authorities waited more than an hour in the school hallway before confronting and killing the shooter, a move that law enforcement experts say could potentially have cost lives.
DPS Director Col. Steven McCraw condemned law enforcement’s response to the attack, calling it an “abject failure” during a hearing before a Texas Senate committee last month and said blamed the on-scene commander, whom state authorities identified as District Police Chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo.
“The only thing stopping a corridor of dedicated officers from entering rooms 111 and 112 was the on-scene commander, who decided to put the lives of the officers before the lives of the children,” McCraw said at the time. .
But Arredondo, who was placed on administrative leave by the school district, told the Texas Tribune last month that he did not consider himself the incident commander and assumed another official had taken control of the incident. larger response. “He took on the role of a frontline responder,” the newspaper wrote of the chef.
Arredondo testified behind closed doors in Austin before the House Investigative Committee in June.
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