Lawsuit seeks Texas DPS records on 91 troopers’ actions in Uvalde

KENS 5 is becoming a member of 17 different media corporations in a lawsuit that will require DPS to launch info on its position in the course of the Uvalde bloodbath.

SAN ANTONIO — What have been Texas Department of Public Safety troopers doing for greater than an hour at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde whereas a gunman was in a classroom with useless and wounded youngsters and academics?

DPS officers have criticized native regulation enforcement however have refused to supply any details about what DPS did or did not try this day.

KENS 5 is becoming a member of 17 different media corporations in a lawsuit looking for to require DPS to launch info on its position in the course of the Uvalde bloodbath.

DOCUMENT: Full text of lawsuit against Texas Department of Public Safety

Body cam movies from the Uvalde Police Department present tons of of officers responding to Robb Elementary School on May 24. They are seen huddling in hallways however taking no motion for greater than a hour to cease the gunman inside a classroom the place some youngsters have been nonetheless alive. 

DPS has publicly blamed native regulation enforcement and Uvalde CISD Police Chief Pete Arredondo for failing to right away confront the gunman.

An investigation by the Texas House reveals 376 regulation enforcement officers descended on the varsity, and 91 of them have been DPS troopers. The report criticizes DPS and federal companies for not taking management after the Uvalde ISD police chief didn’t take cost.

DPS has withheld most info associated to the homicide of 19 college students and two academics, claiming an ongoing investigation, regardless that the 18-year-old gunman who was accountable is useless.

The lawsuit particulars how in the quick aftermath of the tragedy and persevering with for the previous two months, DPS has provided conflicting accounts concerning the response of regulation enforcement.  

The lawsuit contends the conflicting info provided by DPS and its willingness guilty native regulation enforcement with out addressing the conduct of its personal officers has brought on frustration, disbelief and confusion for members of the Uvalde neighborhood.

KENS 5 and different media organizations have submitted dozens of public info act requests to DPS. 

Among the records sought are an inventory of DPS personnel who responded to Robb Elementary, together with their ranks, and recordings of their physique digicam video footage and timelines.

DPS has disclosed in depth info by public testimony however has not offered it to the general public.

The Texas Public Information Act states every individual is entitled, except in any other case expressly offered by regulation, to finish details about the acts of public officers and staff like DPS.

That is what KENS 5 is looking for for the neighborhood of Uvalde and for all of us.

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