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Uvalde Officer Prioritized Police Over Kids, Top Cop Says

  • Gunman could have been stopped minutes after entering building
  • Instead officers waited for more protective gear to arrive
Flowers and photo at a memorial dedicated to the victims of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. 

Flowers and photo at a memorial dedicated to the victims of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. 

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The police response to last month’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, was an “abject failure” that prioritized the safety of officers over children, according to the state’s chief law-enforcement officer.

Officers could have stopped the gunmen three minutes after he entered the building, but instead waited more than an hour to confront him, Steven McCraw, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, testified at a state Senate hearing Tuesday.