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Police failed act quickly in Uvalde. Experts say their inaction allowed for the massacre continued and led to catastrophic consequences

Until 18-year-Old Salvador Ramos was in neighboring classes, group of 19 law enforcement officers stood outside Class in school for about 50 minutes they waited for room keys and tactical equipment, according to CNN. Meanwhile, children inside the class repeatedly called 911 and begged for help, Texas officials said.

Department of Texas of Public Safety Colonel Stephen McCraw Admits Mistakes in police response to Tuesday’s mass shooting. on-stage leader who is also Uvalde School District Police Chief, “thought it came from active fired at a barricaded object,” McCraw said.

“It was wrong decision. Period. No excuse for it,” said McCraw. of supervisor call don’t resist the shooter.

‘Each second counts during active executions

Thor Eales, Executive Director director of The National Association of Tactical Officers (NTAO) said the commander’s resolve was “100% wrong”. The barricade is ringing for officers to slow down down their response, analyze if the subject is lonely and negotiate, he said.

“If you are in Class with innocent victims and me know that shots rang out, I need to draw you in. Even if you stopped firing, I’m going to enter the room so we can begin provide lifesaving assistance to any potential victims,” said Eills.

Belated police response in uvalde runs contrary to the generally accepted active shooter protocol created after the Columbine school shooting of 1999, Ills said.

Like Columbine changed in way police respond to mass shootingsLike Columbine changed in way police respond to mass shootings

“Even with fire officers trained to face this threat, because every second matters,” said Jonathan Vakrow, CNN law enforcement officer. analyst. “What we saw here was that delay cost children their lives, full stop.”

When the shooting started in Columbine, Colorado police waited for about an hour after the shooting started. in school for Special Forces teams to arrive during which two young men killed 13 people.

Prior to Columbine, law enforcement was usually trained in tactical principles called ICE, which stood for isolate (suspect), contain (suspect), and evacuate (scene). After participation in ICE protocol, the police will request special forces from tactical special forces teams to respond and ask with suspect or suspects, according to Eills.

Shooting in Columbine forced law enforcement to rethink their priorities in responding to active shooting situations. After Columbine, the police began to act on on behalf of of those who are in harm way instead of defending himself, Eills said. First Defendants also began to undergo tactical training to prepare for active shooting, taking some of a responsibility out of arms of special forces teamson added.

Not national guidelines for standardizing law enforcement training and response to active shooting situations. NTAO was first develop active A shooter curriculum and training courses that have since been adopted or modified by other training organizations around the country, Ills said.

The curriculum includes safety priorities for management decision doing while the officers answer active filming based on human proximity to injury or death. They were instructed in all 50 states, according to Eills.

In all trainings, priority is given to involvement in the subject first. safety priorities list considers hostages and innocent civilians top priority, followed by law enforcement and then suspects, Ells said.

Like them tactics evolved law enforcement agencies have recognized that waiting even a few seconds for a response during active The shooting scenario is potentially catastrophic, Ells said. This prompted police training organizations to develop more quick response strategy. Officers are now taught to do whatever they can to stop the shooter as quickly as possible. possible and even get around helping the wounded, Ills added.

“Unfortunately, it’s a constant and continuous learning process,” he said. “There are very good chance what will be some critical lessons learned out of Uvalde, who may find their way to our recommendations of how you can change your answer.”

case shows how quick response saves lives

Eills pointed to the 2013 Colorado high school shooting, which shows how rapid police response lead very different results. The shooting took place within two minutes, during which the high school man student set fire to a Molotov cocktail and fired a pump-action shotgun. in school, fatally shooting 17-year- old woman.

But attack could lead in a lot of more casualties, if not for quick response of deputy sheriff who previously worked as a school resource officer at the school, as previously reported by CNN. After training of threats, the deputy ran up to the shooter, introduced himself as the deputy sheriff of the county and said people get down. While he was containing scene, shooter took his own life.

According to DPS regional director Victor Escalon, Ramos did not encounter police before he entered the school. on Thursday.

Bye active shooter protocols widely recognized among 18,000 law enforcement agencies in country, foundation issue is decentralized nature of police standards at the local, state and federal levels, according to Maria Haberfeld, professor of police science at John Jay College.

” way Uvalde’s officers responded with aligned with in fact that they probably didn’t have the proper training,” Haberfeld said. Local police authorities usually rely more strongly on specialized tactical units, she said.

The mass shooter from Uvalde did not meet with the police before he entered the school, Texas. official saysThe mass shooter from Uvalde did not meet with the police before he entered the school, Texas. official says
All law enforcement officers in Texas trained follow guidelines for handling skills active shooters. In March, Uwalde Unified Independent School District hosted active shooting training for Uvalde-area law enforcement officers, according to his Facebook page.

The instructions say: “Officer first priority is move in and confront the attacker. This may include walking around the wounded and not responding to screams. for help from children.”

safety priorities list said Eills, would have served to lead the officers in this moment. decision wait in hallway, not classroom door, held innocent civilians in danger benefiting the shooter, he said.

“All of the time they stood in corridor, corners added”even when children were evacuated at the same time they should were engaged with suspect.”


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