Amid growing public anger, the US Department of Justice said it would investigate the police response to the shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were killed.
It comes amid growing criticism that police did not act soon enough to apprehend the shooter. The shooter spent more than an hour inside the school before he was finally killed by a tactical unit, despite officers arriving at the scene earlier.
“The purpose of the review is to provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare. and respond to active shooting events,” DOJ spokesman Anthony Coley said in a statement. statement on Sunday.
The Office of Community-Oriented Policing will conduct the review and issue a report with its findings once the review is complete, the department said.
The Justice Department’s response came hours after US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden arrived in Uvalde to pay their respects to the victims of the attack.
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Speaking from the White House on Tuesday in the hours after Uvalde’s attack, the president issued an urgent call for action on gun safety.
“As a nation, we have to ask ourselves, ‘When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?’ Biden said, “When in the name of God are we going to do what we all know in our guts needs to be done?”
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The latest mass shooting has sparked growing calls for gun control measures at a time when the country has already faced two back-to-back gun attacks in 10 days. Although Republicans have opposed the tightening of the rules.
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The United States has now passed 200 mass shootings since the start of 2022, reports the BBC.
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