Shooting in Uvalde, Texas: Blaming police for waiting is ‘destructive, distracting and unfair,’ says Sen. Cornyn

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) defended police and law enforcement after it was revealed they waited over an hour outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, during Tuesday’s mass shooting.

Cornyn said blaming first responders after the complex incident is “distracting and unfair”.

“State and local law enforcement guesses and accusations are destructive, distracting and unfair,” he tweeted on Saturday.

Officers are being slammed amid reports they waited outside the school for more than 70 minutes as suspected shooter Salvador Ramos continued his rampage, ultimately killing 19 students and two teachers.

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Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) speaks at the United States Capitol on August 04, 2021 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
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Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) speaks at the United States Capitol on August 04, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
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In a second tweet, the Texas lawmaker defended officers’ “split-second decisions” and said it was “easy to criticize” after the tense moment.

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“Complex scenarios require split-second decisions. Easy to critique with 20-20 hindsight,” he added.

Texas Department of Public Safety Director and Colonel Steven C. McCraw listens during a press conference outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, May 27, 2022.

Texas Department of Public Safety Director and Colonel Steven C. McCraw listens during a press conference outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, May 27, 2022.
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“There will be plenty of time to sort this out later. The focus now should be on [thorough] investigation and lessons learned to prevent future tragedies, not finger pointing,” he said in a third tweet.

People leave the Uvalde Civic Center following a shooting earlier in the day at Robb Elementary School, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.

People leave the Uvalde Civic Center following a shooting earlier in the day at Robb Elementary School, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.
(William Luther/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

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The review during the hour of waiting by nearly 20 officers outside the school was renewed after news that an active-fire drill dating from two months before Tuesday’s tragedy had ordered the first responders to “stop the murder” and that “the officer’s first priority is to move in and confront the assailant.”

In another tweet, Cornyn said officers should still be investigated and potentially penalized once investigators “uncover the facts.”

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Texas state officials admitted at a Friday news conference that law enforcement officers made the wrong decision to wait outside the school.



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