Justice Department report finds ‘cascading failures’ in response to Uvalde attack

The Justice Department’s critical incident review comes more than a year and a half after the gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School.

By Ryan Lucas, NPRJanuary 18, 2024 8:56 am, ,

From NPR:

A U.S. Justice Department report released Thursday on the 2022 school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, found “cascading failures” by law enforcement before, during, and after the attack that killed 19 children and two teachers.

The new report provides the most thorough accounting yet of the events of May 24, 2022, when the gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary in Uvalde in one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history. The report documents “cascading failures of leadership, decision-making, tactics, policy and training” that all contributed to the failed law enforcement response that saw police officers wait more than 70 minutes in the school hallways before confronting and killing the gunman.

“The victims and survivors of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School deserved better,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement accompanying the report. The law enforcement response at Robb Elementary on May 24, 2022 — and the response by officials in the hours and days after — was a failure.”

The new report from the Justice Department, which runs more than 500 pages, provides a damning look at the law enforcement response to the shooting and the mistakes and missteps that had tragic consequences.