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Uvalde investigation: Texas House committe report on Uvalde school massacre outlines multiple failures by several entities

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Uvalde investigation: Texas House committe report on Uvalde school massacre outlines multiple failures by several entities


CNN has obtained and is reviewing the report, which was made available to victims’ families on Sunday morning. The families are expected to meet with the committee on Sunday afternoon to discuss the report and its findings, more than a month after the committee began investigating the attack and the law enforcement response.
A source previously told CNN that the report is expected to focus on the facts of the attack, including a chronology of events, a timeline, a list of law enforcement officers and details on the shooter. It is also expected to clarify conflicting accounts of what happened, including word-for-word citations from sworn testimony, and to suggest that the failure of law enforcement that day was far more than one person or agency, one source said.

Members of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Uwald Integrated Independent School District police chiefs and officials, school district superintendents, school principals, a teacher and custodians all testified behind closed doors before the committee — about 40 people, according to a source. .

Committee Chairman Rep. Dustin Burrows, a Republican, said last month that the group will “do everything in its power” to provide facts about what happened “before, during and after this tragedy.” and answers.

Victims’ families are expected to receive reports of law enforcement responses and corridor surveillance video, without audio, on Sunday morning, giving them a chance to review it before meeting members of the investigative committee.

A hard copy of the report was hand-delivered to Uwald and Texas officials Saturday night amid concerns that the document might leak to the media before victims’ families 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 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 statement following the video’s publication, Burrows said that while he was pleased that part of the video was made public, he was “disappointed by the request by the victim’s family and the Uvalde community to see the video first, rather than with a certain amount of violence. And audio, neither came to fruition.”

The commission’s report and video are expected to be released to the public in conjunction with the family’s meeting on Sunday. A press conference is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, with members of the press asking questions of the committee.

The report comes nearly eight weeks after an 18-year-old gunman walked into Rob Elementary School and began shooting inside the classroom, killing 19 children and two teachers. Key questions about the police response to the shooting have remained unanswered since. Chief among them: Why authorities waited more than an hour in a school hallway to confront and kill the gunman, a move law enforcement experts say could cost lives.
Uwald school surveillance video sparks scrutiny of delayed law enforcement response
DPS Director Col. Steven McGraw condemned law enforcement’s response to the attack, calling it a “severe failure” at a Texas Senate committee hearing last month and blaming field commanders, state authorities It has been blamed on regional police chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo.

“The only thing preventing dedicated personnel from entering rooms 111 and 112 was the field commander who decided to put the officer’s life before the child’s,” McGraw 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 believed another official had taken control of the larger response. “He played the role of a front-line responder,” the paper wrote of the chief.
Arredondo testified behind closed doors to the House committee of inquiry in Austin in June.

CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz, Matthew J. Friedman, and Rosa Flores contributed to this report.

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