Headline RoundupMay 27th, 2022

Did Police Respond Appropriately to the Uvalde Shooting?

Summary from the AllSides News Team

As the nation grappled with the Uvalde elementary school shooting, some began scrutinizing how law enforcement officers responded to the violence. 

The exact timeline was still somewhat unclear on Thursday, with the Associated Press (Center bias) calling the events “murky” and pointing to “contradictory accounts” by police. On Tuesday, a Texas Department of Public Safety official told CNN (Left bias) that law enforcement had exchanged fire with the shooter before he began targeting children; another Texas DPS official said the shooter was killed 40 minutes to an hour after police first encountered him. That official also said police “did contain him in a classroom” — a classroom full of students

In a video posted online, frustrated families outside Robb Elementary School urged a group of police officers to enter the building as the shooting took place; some even suggested attempting to stop the shooter themselves. The Border Patrol agents who eventually killed the shooter reportedly considered it a “suicide” mission to attack his barricaded position; at least one agent was injured in the assault, but none died. 

Coverage was widespread and prominent from outlets across the political spectrum on Thursday, particularly regarding the video of families gathered outside the school, and many framed the police response in a questionable light. Some coverage reflected polarized attitudes towards police; a Vice (Left bias) headline said the police timeline had “a lot of holes,” and a Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) article praised a “hero” Border Patrol agent.

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