Filming in Uvalde: DA argues releasing videos and other material to the public would jeopardize investigations


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District Attorney Christina Mitchell Busbee of Uvalde, Texas, said Thursday that the release of videos and other material from the May 24 shooting that killed 19 Robb Elementary School students and two teachers “re- would traumatize” the victims and jeopardize the investigation of the tragedy.

Busbee’s testimony came as part of Texas State Senator Ronald Guiterrez’s lawsuit against the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), which accuses the Department of unlawfully denying his requests for public information and those of other entities concerning documents, such as video footage, of filming.

“There is no cover-up,” Busbee said in his first public appearance since the DPS opened an internal investigation into the mass shooting in mid-July.

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Guiterre’z’s lawsuit contains a section titled “The Cover-Up,” which states in part that Busbee should turn over the requested documents because “she is not engaging in an active investigation,” as KSAT reported in July. .

Busbee said that while she does not personally conduct investigations, her office is reviewing them and the current DPS investigation into the Uvalde shooting has broadened from the start.
(Michael M. Santiago)

Busbee said while she was not personally conducting investigations, her office was reviewing them, and the current DPS investigation into the Uvalde shooting had widened at her “directive” from the start.

If there had been a cover-up, I wouldn’t have widened the scope of this investigation from the start,” she said.

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In addition to re-traumatizing the victims, Busbee said, releasing the documents Guiterrez, news outlets and others demanded from the shooting could spur potential witnesses to “get a lawyer” and “change their story.” as she has seen in previous surveys.

Law enforcement officials in Uvalde have come under heavy criticism for an hour-long delay in responding to the Robb Elementary School shooting that killed 21 people in May.

Law enforcement officials in Uvalde have come under heavy criticism for an hour-long delay in responding to the Robb Elementary School shooting that killed 21 people in May.
(AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

“If there is information made public, then people would be likely to come to a conclusion without hearing the whole story, the full investigation there,” she said. “There’s no way I can see justice has been served.”

It could take years for the requested documents to be released as part of the DPS investigation, according to the DA.

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“I would ask for time to do my job. Time and patience,” she said when asked what she would say to her constituents who are frustrated by the confusion surrounding the events of the shooting. and the decision not to release video footage, 911 calls, communications. between state and federal officials and other materials.

District Attorney and DPS Director Steve McCraw said they did not review all video footage of the shooting. There is footage from 34 cameras carried by officers, McCraw said.

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Uvalde officials have been criticized for the delay of more than 70 minutes in the confrontation with the shooter. McCraw blamed Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo, who was the on-scene commander during the shooting. Arredondo was placed on administrative leave without pay in June. Only one other law enforcement officer, Uvalde’s acting police chief, Lt. Mariano Pargas, was placed on administrative leave following the shooting.

Robb Elementary School principal Mandy Gutierrez was suspended following the House committee report, but she was reinstated a few days later after answering questions from the school district about his actions.


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