The last time we checked in, the Uvalde Police Department and the Uvalde Independent School District police force were reportedly no longer cooperating with the Texas Department of Public Safety’s investigation into the Robb Elementary School shooting and the police department’s response (or lack thereof). VICE News is now reporting that the Texas Department of Public Safety is trying to prevent the release of bodycam footage from the incident, claiming that it might give another school shooter an insight into “weaknesses” in police response.
Texas police are refusing to release the bodycam footage of the Uvlade school shooting to Motherboard because they claim it could be used by other shooters to determine "weaknesses" in cop response to crimes. Asked state Attorney General to block release https://t.co/uh6vPxOeFb
— Joseph Cox (@josephfcox) June 13, 2022
Jason Koebler reports:
The Texas Department of Public Safety has asked the state’s Office of the Attorney General to prevent the public release of police body camera footage from the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde in part because, it argues, the footage could be used by other shooters to determine “weaknesses” in police response to crimes.
… “Knowing the intelligence and response capabilities of Department personnel and where those employees focus their attention will compromise law enforcement purposes by enabling criminals to anticipate weakness in law enforcement procedures and alter their methods of operation in order to avoid detection and apprehension.”
Yeah, the weakness is they all stand around outside for an hour or so chatting and waiting for guys with an army with shields to show up. You can kill a lot of people in an hour.
— Jason Syversen (@JSyversen) June 13, 2022
"Standing around with their thumbs up their asses" is definitely a weakness.
— Bob, but it's pronounced throat-wobbler-mangrove (@rmccown) June 13, 2022
"police response" is doing a lot of heavy lifting in this sentence.
— Arlo Schenk (@ArloSchenk) June 13, 2022
Is standing around until the shooting stops really a response?
— Nīna Jo Smith (@njtunesmith) June 13, 2022
Well technically it was a weakness in cop response to crimes, so…
— Jerry Lambert (@JerryLambert70) June 13, 2022
I think everybody is already aware that doing nothing is a weakness.
— Chekhov’s Gun ✍️ (@epi_ontic) June 13, 2022
The whole episode was one giant weakness. Do they really think they are going to reveal some nuanced bit of secret information? Most of the learning is have keys available and shooters willing to protect innocents. Main training lesson is “don’t do any of this”. GMAB
— Charles Grabon 🇺🇦 (@CGrabon) June 13, 2022
The videos don’t determine weaknesses; they evidence liability.
— Bob Brandon (@rhbrandon) June 13, 2022
“Revealing the marked records would provide criminals with invaluable information concerning Department techniques used to investigate and detect activities of suspected criminal elements,” the department wrote to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Karine Jean-Pierre says President Biden doesn’t want to ‘prejudge’ the police response to the Uvalde shooting https://t.co/boKgcr3WjF
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 27, 2022