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Justice Department to review law enforcement response to Texas shooting

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A police officer stands near a makeshift memorial for the shooting victims outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 27, 2022. 

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The U.S. Justice Department said on Sunday it’s going to review law enforcement’s response to the college shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two teachers, amid growing anger over why police didn’t swiftly confront the gunman.

Uvalde law enforcement agencies allowed the shooter to stay in a classroom at Robb Elementary School for nearly an hour while officers waited within the hallway and youngsters inside made panicked 911 calls for assistance.

Texas state and county authorities say they’re conducting their very own inquiry. Anthony Coley, a spokesman for the Justice Department, said it’s going to conduct a “Critical Incident Review” of law enforcement’s response to the shooting on the request of Uvalde’s mayor.

“The goal of the review is to supply an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day, and to discover lessons learned and best practices to assist first responders prepare for and reply to energetic shooter events,” Coley said.

“The Justice Department will publish a report with its findings on the conclusion of its review,” Coley added.

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