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Castro asks FBI to probe police response

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Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) speaks at a press conference on immigration on Capitol Hill on November 18, 2021 in Washington, DC.

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Texas Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro on Thursday asked the FBI to analyze the timeline of the Uvalde elementary school massacre and the police response to it as controversy grew over how law enforcement officials responded to the scene.

“The people of Uvalde, of Texas, and of the nation deserve an accurate account of what transpired,” Castro wrote FBI Director Christopher Wray. “State officials have provided conflicting accounts which might be at odds with those provided by witnesses.”

“Your agency must make sure that the American people have a whole and comprehensive account of how this tragedy occurred,” wrote Castro, who represents a district encompassing parts of San Antonio, lower than 90 miles from Uvalde.

The congressperson’s letter got here as a top Texas law enforcement official contradicted earlier police reports, and said rifle-toting 18-year-old Salvador Ramos had not encountered an armed school police officer before he entered Robb Elementary School on Tuesday morning and started firing with an AR-15-style rifle.

While police responded to the college inside 4 minutes, authorities waited for an hour to enter the college, when a tactical team from the U.S. Border Patrol arrived and went in and killed Ramos, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Regional Director Victor Escalon said.

Ramos had killed 19 children in the college, together with two teachers.

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Castro, in his letter to Wray, referred to multiple reports which have said, “Onlookers allege that folks unsuccessfully urged law enforcement to enter the constructing during this time.” Some reports have said cops stopped parents from entering the college.

“I urge the FBI to make use of its maximum authority to thoroughly examine the timeline of events and the law
enforcement response and to supply a full, timely, and transparent report in your findings,” Castro wrote.

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