Police are facing heavy criticism and being called ‘cowardly’ for their response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas this week.
A total of 19 children, two adults and suspected shooter Salvador Ramos were killed in the mass shooting on Tuesday. Outrage erupted online and on cable after it was revealed that local police entered the building minutes after the gunman entered unchallenged but quickly retreated and stood sheltered. Ramos was killed by Border Patrol agents more than an hour later.
Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS) Lt. Chris Olivarez told CNN that police did not engage further with Ramos, fearing they caught fire and officers “could have been shot.” “. The word “cowards” was used on Twitter in reference to the police after the delay was announced.
“Uvalde Police were a bunch of gutless cowards who shamed their badges,” said British TV personality Piers Morgan. tweeted Friday. “Heads should roll, and some of them should be charged with criminal negligence. They let these kids die.”
“I’m just going to say it: the local police in Uvalde are cowardly and have failed to protect these children,” said civil rights lawyer Jo Kaur. tweeted Wednesday. “They should be held accountable. They are not heroes.”
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.