Mayor of Uvalde supports dissemination of mass shooting corridor videos
The mayor of Uvalde, Texas, suggested on Saturday that there is a body camera and hallway video that shows the “wide range” of officers who responded to the incident and will contradict misconceptions that police d’Uvalde was the only one inside with weapons.
Mayor Don McLaughlin believes releasing the video will help families understand what really happened inside and provide transparency for everyone.
He doesn’t want to broadcast audio from inside the classroom or anything after the breach to broadcast. He does not want to exploit the death of these children or the loss and pain that all families have endured.
He, again, suggested that the district attorney try to confuse the families and prevent the release of any videos in order to protect certain law enforcement agencies.
The mayor further said on Saturday that Uvalde District Attorney Christina Mitchell Busbee was “not telling the truth,” in a press release about her stance.
“I have stated before and continue to state that I never intended to broadcast any video or audio involving the children,” the statement read.
McLaughlin said in a press release Friday that he supported the Texas House Select Committee investigating the Robb Elementary School shooting by releasing the 77-minute hallway videos.
It remains to be determined when the videos will be released that will show the breach that took place on May 24 when a gunman shot and killed 19 children and two teachers.
The mayor said the release of these videos would “bring clarity to the public, families and survivors,” according to the press release.
It has been more than six weeks since the primary school massacre and there have been questions about the police response before they entered the classroom where the shooter was as it took 77 minutes between when the shooter entered the school and when he was killed by officers.
A Texas State University Law Enforcement Rapid Response Advanced Training report released earlier in the week said there were missed opportunities to save lives and an officer saw the shooter outside the school but did not act.
“The officer did not hear a response [on his radio] and turned to get confirmation from his supervisor. When he turned to address the suspect, the suspect had already entered through the exterior door of the West Concourse at 11:33 a.m., according to the assessment.
McLaughlin disputed the report on Friday.
“Ultimately it was a coach with kids on the playground, not the shooter,” McLaughlin said in a statement.
Uvalde: 365 is an ABC News continuing series reported from Uvalde and focused on the Texas community and how it continues in the shadow of tragedy.
Mireya Villarreal contributed to this report.