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‘How Dare You? You Were Paid By Them!’: Prayers Turn Into Anger As Investigator Clears Uvalde Officers Of Wrongdoing

Residents in Uvalde, Texas, spoke during a rally Thursday to criticize local police over their slow response to a mass shooting, despite an independent investigation's report admitting errors, multiple news outlets reported. There was an outpouring of anger after he was acquitted of violating the policy.

The report's author, former police detective Jesse Prado, claimed local officers were “calm” and their response to the incident was appropriate and swift. according to To the Associated Press. According to CNN, Prado was criticized by his family after presenting his findings and leaving the meeting without taking any questions from attendees. report.

Two teachers and 19 children were killed in the May 2022 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, where Border Patrol agents burst into the classroom and shot and killed the gunman. The response to the shooting incident drew criticism from the Justice Department in January. reportMeanwhile, a Texas House committee condemned “deficiencies and failures” in law enforcement's response in a report issued in July 2022. (Related: MSNBC guest blames 'assault weapon' for law enforcement failure in Uvalde)

“They said they did it in good faith. Is that what you call good faith? They stood there for 77 minutes,” said Kimberly Mata Rubio, mother of one of the slain students. told The Associated Press after the presentation.

According to the Associated Press, Prado said in the report that family members at the scene were “difficult to control” and sabotaged efforts to formulate a response plan, claiming they “wanted to break through police barriers.” insisted.

In October 2022, the Uvalde School District suspended its entire police force over its response to a shooting incident and fired a state trooper who did not immediately respond.

“My daughter was left for dead,” Ruben Zamora told The Associated Press. “These police officers signed up to do the job. They didn't do it.”

“How can you do that? According to CNN, you were paid by them,” Mata-Rubio said during the meeting.

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