UVALDE, Texas — Families in Uvalde were awaiting a new report on Sunday that was to outline police failures in the May school shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead, after weeks of conflicting and inaccurate statements from police. authorities explaining why law enforcement waited so long to confront the shooter.
The report by an investigative committee led by the Texas House of Representatives follows weeks of closed-door interviews with more than 40 people, including witnesses and law enforcement who were at the scene from Robb Elementary on May 24.
The report’s findings were expected to offer the most comprehensive account yet of the baffling inaction of fully armed police who massed in the school hallway but waited more than an hour before entering a fourth grade classroom. year.
The committee had scheduled a private meeting with Uvalde’s families to discuss their findings before releasing the report.
The flowers that had been piled up in the town’s central square had been removed on Sunday, leaving a few cards of stuffed animals strewn around the fountains alongside pictures of some of the children killed.
A nearly 80-minute hallway surveillance video released by the Austin American-Statesman this week publicly showed a halting and haphazard tactical response for the first time, which the Texas State Police Chief condemned as a failure and some residents of Uvalde castigated as a coward.
Calls for police accountability have multiplied in Uvalde since the shooting. So far, only one officer from the scene of the deadliest school shooting in Texas history is on leave.
The report is the result of one of several investigations into the shooting, including another conducted by the Department of Justice. A report released earlier this month by tactics experts at Texas State University alleged that a Uvalde police officer had the opportunity to arrest the shooter before he entered the school armed with a AR-15.
But in an example of the conflicting statements and disputed accounts since the shooting, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin said it never happened. This report had been written at the request of the Texas Department of Public Safety, which McLaughlin increasingly criticized and accused of trying to minimize the role of his soldiers during the massacre.
Steve McCraw, the Texas DPS chief, called the police response an abysmal failure.
More Must-Have Stories from TIME