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Top Texas cop: Uvalde police response was ‘abject failure’

May 27, 2022; Uvalde, TX, USA; A City of Everman, TX police officer, left, and a constable from an undetermined county, pose for a photograph while accepting food delivered and picked up in the parking lot of the Uvalde Police Department in Uvalde, Texas. The Robb Elementary School in Uvalde was the scene mass shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers on May 24, 2022. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY NETWORK

Director of Department of Public Safety Steven McCraw arrives to give a press conference in front of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 27, 2022.
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The head of the Texas state police pronounced the law enforcement response to the Uvalde school shooting an “abject failure.” Col. Steve McCraw of the Texas Department of Public Safety said Tuesday in testimony before a state Senate hearing that there were enough officers and firepower on the scene to have stopped the gunman three minutes after he entered the building. McGraw also said officers would have found the door to the classroom where the assailant was holed up unlocked if they had bothered to check it. Instead, police with rifles stood in a hallway for over an hour, waiting in part for more weapons and gear. Then they finally stormed the classroom and killed the gunman. Testimony was scheduled to resume Wednesday.

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