The head of the Texas Department of Public Safety on Tuesday assailed the police response to the massacre at Robb Elementary last month as “an abject failure,” describing in damning detail how officers quickly made it into the school — wielding rifles and obtaining protective shields — but left children trapped with an attacker as they dawdled waiting for a key to an unlocked door.
During searing testimony before state lawmakers, Steven C. McCraw, who directs the public safety agency, painted a bleak timeline outlining repeated police and school security lapses during the May 24 slaughter in South Texas.
Police were carrying radios that would not communicate. Classroom doors had locks that could not be secured from inside. And the school district’s police chief, Pedro “Pete” Arredondo, made error after error throughout the catastrophe, McCraw said, breaking with decades of accepted law enforcement practice by not pursuing the gunman sooner.
“The only thing stopping a hallway of dedicated officers from entering Room 111 and 112 was the on-scene commander, who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children,” McCraw said. “The officers had weapons; the children had none. The officers had body armor; the children had none. The officers had training; the subject had none.”... Read More: Washington Post