The much-maligned Uvalde police department will cooperate with the Texas legislature’s investigation into the school shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead.
“Took a little bit longer than we initially had expected,” said state Rep. Dustin Burrows, who is leading the special committee investigation.
Burrows did not say exactly who from the Uvalde police department would testify. The committee will hold hearings in Uvalde on Monday and in Austin on Tuesday.
“Most have fully cooperated and want to help determine the facts for the Uvalde community and all Texans,” Burrows tweeted Thursday. “I do not understand why Uvalde PD, who routinely questions witnesses itself, would not want the same.”
Uvalde police have been widely criticized for not acting faster to stop the slaughter at Robb Elementary School on May 24. Gunman Salvador Ramos, 18, was inside the school killing children for over an hour before a Border Patrol-led team stormed a classroom and killed him.
Multiple kids called 911 begging for help, but officers remained outside the classroom and did nothing to stop the horror.
The state house committee has already interviewed witnesses, Texas state police officers and school staff in closed-door hearings. Uvalde school district police chief Pete Arredondo, who was reportedly the officer in charge as cops cowered outside, has not yet been questioned.
The Department of Justice is also conducting its own investigation.
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