Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn called for people to stop “second-guessing” Uvalde police, even as a damning timeline continued to emerge, showing that the cops waited as long as an hour to engage a deranged gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers inside an elementary school.
The lawmaker was one of only a handful of officials defending the police, who were seen on video restraining hysterical parents and delaying their reponse to Tuesday’s horrific massacre inside Robb Elementary School.
The gunman was only stopped when federal agents who had sped to the scene disregarded local police and took matters into their own hands. Uvalde police officials have been at a loss to answer why they did not breach the school sooner, as trapped children made repeated 911 calls begging for help.
“The second guessing and finger pointing among state and local law enforcement is destructive, distracting, and unfair,” Cornyn tweeted Saturday. “Complex scenarios require split second decisions. Easy to criticize with 20-20 hindsight.”
Uvalde Police spokesman Lt. Chris Olivarez told CNN on Thursday that police were inside the school, but didn’t hunt down the suspect out of fear for their own safety.
“If they proceeded any further not knowing where this suspect was at, they could have been shot,” Olivarez said. “They could have been killed, and at that point, that gunman would have had the opportunity to kill other people inside that school.”
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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