Texas Senator Sues Safety Department for Withholding Uvalde Shooting Records

Headline Roundup June 22nd, 2022

State Sen. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio) on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Texas' Department of Public Safety (DPS) after being denied access to records related to last month’s Uvalde elementary school shooting.

Gutierrez said he filed a request on May 31 to access reports detailing law enforcement's response as well as police bodycam footage and 911 audio. The lawsuit argues that DPS is required by law to provide the documents within 10 days of the request. Gutierrez has criticized Texas for not providing Uvalde citizens with "truthful answers" to what happened on the day of the shooting.

Law enforcement officials in Texas have been scrutinized for their prolonged effort to take out the mass shooter and contradicting reports. After DPS Director Steven McCraw said on Tuesday that the Uvalde shooting was an "abject failure" by local police, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin criticized the agency for intentionally releasing "false leaks" to bolster its own agenda.

Reports across the spectrum similarly criticized the lack of transparency surrounding the shooting. Left-rated outlets were more likely to label Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) as another "culprit of misinformation," citing his contradictory statements. Some right-rated outlets emphasized how Texas law permits the DPS to hold records from the public under "certain circumstances" in which they interfere with an ongoing investigation of a crime.

From the Left

State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, a Democrat whose district includes Uvalde, sued the Texas Department of Public Safety on Wednesday, arguing that he is entitled to receive official records related to the Robb Elementary shooting.

The lawsuit, filed in state District Court in Travis County, said it's time to provide answers for Uvalde residents who lost a loved one in the May 24 shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers.

"To date, they have been met with lies, misstatements, and shifts of blame," the lawsuit said. "The State of Texas failed these...

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From the Right

A Texas state senator filed a lawsuit against the state’s Department of Public Safety, accusing officials of denying an open records request regarding the Uvalde school shooting that left 19 students and two teachers dead last month.

State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, a Democrat who represents the district that includes Uvalde, filed the lawsuit on Wednesday, claiming the Texas Department of Public Safety ignored his previous request for information regarding its investigation into law enforcement’s response to the shooting. Gutierrez said he initially submitted a records inquiry on May 31 requesting “several categories of information” but was...

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From the Center

Texas State Sen. Roland Gutierrez (D) is suing the state’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) for denying him records relating to last month’s Uvalde elementary school shooting.

The senator announced Wednesday he is suing the department after filing an open records request asking for information authorities have obtained about the deadly Robb Elementary School shooting, which left 21 people dead. 

Gutierrez said he filed the request on May 31, with the department having 10 days by law to respond to the request.

The Department of Public Safety has not sought...

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