Texas police admit ruling gunman inactive was ‘the wrong decision’
Officials have admitted to critical delays in the law enforcement response to the massacre of 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas.
Police are facing growing criticism for their handling of the tragedy at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday, with accusations they did not move in fast enough to tackle lone gunman Salvador Ramos.
Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said officers did not breach a classroom door for more than an hour after initially arriving on Tuesday.
Authorities falsely believed the gunman was “barricaded” and no longer an active shooter threat, despite pleas and phone calls from terrified schoolchildren inside their classrooms.
It comes as hundreds of people gathered in Houston on Friday to protest the National Rifle Association’s annual conference, where Senator Ted Cruz and former president Donald Trump addressed the gun rights lobby group and claimed their political opponents are ‘exploiting’ the tragedy.
Meanwhile the killer’s mother has begged the victims of her son’s killings for forgiveness, but said Ramos ‘had his reasons’ for doing what he did.
San Francisco Giants manager: ‘I don’t plan on coming out for the anthem’
San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler told reporters ahead of the team’s Memorial Day Weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds that he would be sitting out from the US national anthem on Friday and that going forward, he wouldn’t take the field for any pregame national anthems “until I feel better about the direction of our country”.
Mr Kapler wrote in a fiery blog post earlier this week following the brutal mass shooting in Uvalde that he no longer wanted to partake in moments of silence and stand for national anthems when these “thoughtless displays of celebration” seem to only “celebrate a country that refuses to take up the concept of controlling the sale of weapons used nearly exclusively for the mass slaughter of human beings”.
“When I was the same age as the children in Uvalde, my father taught me to stand for the pledge of allegiance when I believed my country was representing its people well or to protest and stay seated when it wasn’t. I don’t believe it is representing us well right now,” Mr Kapler wrote.
Read his full blog post, shared on his personal Twitter account, below: