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Texas Gov. Abbott ‘misled,’ ‘livid’ about cops’ delayed response to school shooting

Texas Gov Abbott misled livid about cops delayed response to

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday he’s “livid” that law enforcement “misled” him about their response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School. 

“Yes, I was misled. I am livid about what happened,” he said at a press conference in Uvalde.

“The families whose lives have been destroyed need answers,” said Abbott, who earlier this week praised police for their “quick” response to the massacre.

“Law enforcement is going to earn the trust of the public by making sure they thoroughly and exhaustively investigate exactly what happened.”

Abbott’s comments came hours after Texas police admitted at a press conference that they made the “wrong decision” by waiting outside a classroom where 19 students and two teachers were massacred.

Steven McCraw, director of the state’s Department of Public Safety, said “there’s no excuse” for law enforcement failing to intervene for more than 40 minutes while 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos wreaked havoc.

Police had been ordered to wait for backup and equipment — but by the time a specialized team of federal officers arrived, Ramos had been at the school for more than an hour, McCraw said.

“Of course it was not the right decision,” McCraw said. “It was the wrong decision.”

On Wednesday, a day after the massacre, Abbott, 64, praised law enforcement for their “quick response” and preventing a worse tragedy.

“The reality is, as horrible as what happened, it could have been worse. The reason it was not worse is because law enforcement officials did what they do,” Abbott said at the time.

“The reason it was not worse is because law enforcement officials did what they do. They showed amazing courage by running toward gunfire for the singular purpose of trying to save lives,” he added.

“And it is a fact that because of their quick response, getting on the scene of being able to respond to the gunman and eliminating the gunman, they were able to save lives,” Abbott said. 

Abbott had been scheduled to give a speech at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention Friday but instead opted to send a pre-recorded video of his speech.

Ramos shot his grandmother in the face before unleashing the bloodbath at Robb Elementary in Uvalde on Tuesday.



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