A new video shows that police never tried to open the door to the classroom where the murderer killed 19 people. I don’t believe that not even one officer tried to enter the classroom and I do not believe that would happen unless they were told to stand down. There might be one cop too scared to act, but not all of them. The better idea is that they were acting on orders, but whose?
The San Antonio Express-News reported:
“Surveillance footage shows that police never tried to open a door to two classrooms at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde in the 77 minutes between the time a gunman entered the rooms and massacred 21 people and officers finally breached the door and killed him.”
“Investigators believe the 18-year-old gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers at the school on May 24 could not have locked the door to the connected classrooms from the inside.”
Allegedly, the doors are designed so that they can only be locked from the outside. That means that the gunman could not have possibly locked the door since he was on the inside of the classroom. And even if the door was locked, police had in their possession a ‘Halligan’. That is a crowbar-like tool that can open a door even if it is locked.
The New York Times reported:
“The decision to establish a perimeter outside the classroom, a little over five minutes after the shooting began, shifted the police response from one in which every officer would try to confront the gunman as fast as possible to one where officers treated the gunman as barricaded and no longer killing. Instead of storming the classroom, a decision was made to deploy a negotiator and to muster a more heavily armed and shielded tactical entry force.”
Bill Francis, a former FBI agent who was a senior leader on the bureau’s hostage rescue team for 17 years, told the Times that officials “made a poor decision defining that as a hostage-barricade situation” because “the longer you delay in finding and eliminating that threat, the longer he has to continue to kill other victims.”