Department of Justice to conduct a review of law enforcement response to the school shootings

On Sunday, a Department of Justice spokesperson announced that the Department of Justice will conduct a review of law enforcement’s response to the fatal mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Ovaldi, Texas.

The critical incident review, requested by Don McLaughlin Mayor, will include a report on law enforcement action on May 24 – the day of the shooting. The report will be conducted by the Ministry’s Community Policing Office.

“The goal of the review is to provide an independent report on law enforcement actions and reactions that day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooting events,” said Department of Justice spokesperson Anthony Cooley.

Law enforcement personnel stand outside Robb Elementary School after a shooting on May 24, 2022 in Ovaldi, Texas.
Law enforcement personnel stand outside Robb Elementary School after a shooting on May 24, 2022 in Ovaldi, Texas.Dario Lopez Mills/AFP

“As with previous Department of Justice reviews following mass shootings and other serious incidents, this assessment will be fair, transparent, and independent.”

Local police have admitted a number of failures to respond to the shooting that killed 21 people, including 19 children.

On Friday, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCrowe said police had made a “wrong decision” to wait for the shooter to be confronted.

“There were a lot of officers doing what needed to be done, with one exception, which was that the incident commander inside thought he needed more equipment and more officers to do a tactical breach at the time,” McCroe said. In hindsight where I sit now, of course it wasn’t the right decision. It was the wrong decision. There is no excuse for that.”

The admission came after days of inconsistencies and a confusing timeline of law enforcement’s response.

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