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US Justice Department to review police response to Uvalde shooting

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Tributes laid outside Rob Elementary School in Texas

Some parents said they urged police to do more as a gunman killed students (Picture: AP/Reuters)

There will be a public review of law enforcement’s response to the Texas school shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers.

The US Justice Department said today that the review’s findings would be made public, after reports that officials took too long to respond and try to stop the attacker.

Justice Department spokesman Anthony Cooley said the review would be conducted in a fair, impartial and independent manner and the findings would be made public.

It follows mounting pressure and questions about what happened at Rob Elementary School last Tuesday and how police responded.

Officials said the review was being conducted at the request of the mayor of Uvalde.

In a statement, Mr Cooley said the goal of the review is to ‘provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and response that day, and the lessons learned to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter incidents’ and identify best practices.

Handling the review is the department’s Office of Community Police Services.

Children pay respects in front of the memorial at Robb Elementary School (Picture: Reuters)
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden speak with Principal Mandy Gutierrez and Superintendent Hal Harrell (Picture: AP)

A heartwarming video shared last week shows how frustrated onlookers begged the police to charge at the elementary school.

But the police reportedly stood by for at least 40 minutes as the mass tragedy broke out inside the fourth grade classroom.

The footage shows how Parents and onlookers shouted at the police officers standing outside the building.

A father, who later learned that his own daughter had been murdered, rushed to the school after hearing the news of the shooting.

He arrived as police were still gathered outside the building.

Upset by his lack of action, Javier Cazares himself took up the idea of ​​charging at the school.

Cazares said, ‘Let’s just hurry up because the police aren’t doing what they should have done. ‘More could have been done.’

‘They weren’t ready,’ said the father.

His daughter, Jacqueline Cazares, a fourth grade student, was one of 19 children killed in the attack.

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