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Police had rifles and ballistic shield on scene, but still didn't confront shooter in Uvalde, Texas

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21.06.2022

By now, it seems trite to say that every time we learn anything new about the shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, the situation regarding police action there looks worse. But … it’s worse. It’s so much worse.

As the Texas Tribune reported on Monday, almost an hour before members of the Border Patrol finally opened the door to the classroom where the shooter had enclosed himself with fourth-graders and two teachers—a door that we now know was never locked in the first place—officers were on the scene with AR-15 rifles of their own and not only body armor, but at least one “ballistic shield” designed precisely for the situation they were facing.

Police from multiple departments and agencies were there in numbers. They had every possible piece of kit to protect them from harm if they tried to enter the classroom. There were no obstacles in their way. And still, “during most of those 77 minutes,........

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