On Thursday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released its long-awaited report on the 2022 active shooter attack at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school, painting a sharply critical picture of the police response to the tragedy.
The DOJ sought report seeks to answer why nearly 400 law enforcement officers spent more than an hour waiting outside Uvalde’s Robb Elementary School while a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers inside, the Hill reports.
To assemble the findings, the DOJ’s investigative team spent weeks in Uvalde, conducted more than 260 interviews and examined more than 14,000 piece of evidence.
Here are five key takeaways from their analysis of the shooting on May 24, 2022.
* Failures of safety and training set the table for the disaster
* Law enforcement read the situation wrong — with fatal results
* Officers delayed outside classrooms while children died inside
* ‘Epic’ lapse of command left officers rudderless
* Failures of communication hamstrung the police response — and sowed lasting public distrust