Uvalde School Shooting Update: Robb Elementary Attack Investigation Report Could Be Released Within 10 Days


UVALDE, Texas — The Texas House Committee of Inquiry’s preliminary report into the Robb Elementary School massacre in Uvalde could be released within the next 10 days, and the committee’s chairman is pushing for the report to include the 77 critical minutes of “corridor” surveillance video, according to a source close to the committee.

Representative Dustin Burrows, the chairman of the committee, is not pushing for the release of a video showing victims or images of violence, according to the source.

Burrows is prohibited from releasing the 77-minute “hallway” video of law enforcement’s response because he signed a nondisclosure agreement with the Texas Department of Public Safety, it said. he said Friday on Twitter.

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Burrows attached two letters to his tweet. In a letter, he asked the DPS for permission to release the video to the public. The other letter is a response from the DPS saying the agency agrees the video will bring “clarity to the public regarding the tragic events in Uvalde,” but that the Uvalde District Attorney “objected to the release. video”.

Burrow’s tweet states that the video he is pushing to post “contains no images of victims or footage of violence.”

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A gunman fatally shot 19 young students and two teachers in a classroom on May 24 before authorities broke down the door more than an hour later – after waiting in a school hallway. What authorities were doing during those 77 minutes remains largely unclear, and some officials have questioned the reliability of the various investigations aimed at understanding police failures that day.

The next House committee hearing is scheduled for Monday at 9:00 a.m. CT in Austin. The witnesses scheduled to testify are DPS Director Col. Steven McCraw, ALERRT Deputy Director John Curnutt and Uvalde County Sheriff Ruben Nolasco.

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On Thursday, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin refuted a new assessment of the law enforcement response to the shooting, saying the report from the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center (ALERRT) “does not give a full and accurate account of what happened.”

McLaughlin disputed the first part of the report, which said a Uvalde policeman with a rifle spotted the shooter outside the school, but a supervisor either didn’t hear the officer or responded too late when the officer asked permission to shoot.

“No officer from the Uvalde Police Department saw the shooter on May 24 before he entered the school,” McLaughlin said in a statement. “No Uvalde police officer had the opportunity to shoot the shooter.”

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CNN reached out to Uvalde District Attorney Christina Mitchell Busbee on Friday and Sunday asking her to comment on why she objects to the release of the video, but did not hear back.

According to the same source, the Texas House Committee of Investigation’s preliminary report will clarify conflicting accounts from previous reviews of what happened on May 24. The report will include verbatim quotes from sworn testimony, the source said.

Nolasco told CNN on Sunday that his testimony will be by videoconference, not in person.

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan (R) created the three-member committee last month. Burrows, a Republican, was named president; Rep. Joe Moody (D) was named vice-chair; and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman is a member.

The purpose of the commission of inquiry is to establish facts. Two other House committees, Youth Health and Safety and Homeland Security and Public Safety, will be tasked with making legislative recommendations.

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