National outrage over the actions of the Uvalde, Texas law enforcement officers’ response to the elementary school shooting has caused a number of responses from parents, lawmakers, community members, and other law enforcement.
Questions about why the Uvalde Police didn’t enter the building and neutralize — or at least engage — the shooter during last week’s massacre that left 19 students and two teachers dead, have some law enforcement officers feeling the pressure to ensure shooters that they won’t take the same approach.
One example is Polk County, Florida Sheriff Grady Judd, who recently spoke out saying his deputies won’t hesitate to apply lethal force to eliminate a deadly threat to innocent school children.
During a recent interview about his department’s policies in the event of an active shooter, Judd said at a news conference Friday that, “Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd discussed his agency’s policies for responding to an active shooter at a school in a Friday news conference: “We’re going to do our best …. to eliminate the threat outside of the school before they ever get to the children. We’re trained to do that.”
Sheriff Judd mixes no words (Polk County vernacular) when it comes to letting you know how he feels about keeping kids safe. We’re praying for Uvalde. Have a safe and happy summer everyone. #PrayersForUvalde #UnitedWithUvalde pic.twitter.com/E7swt5oT55
— Polk County Sheriff 🚔 Grady Judd (@PolkCoSheriff) May 27, 2022
When talking about the agency’s policies in “Polk County vernacular” he showed images of two sheriff’s deputies armed with AR-style rifles.
“This is the last thing you will see before we put a bullet in your head, if you are trying to hurt our children,” Judd warned. “We’re going to shoot you graveyard dead if you come onto a campus with a gun, threatening our children or shooting at us.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) spoke out vehemently about being “misled” about the timeline around the shooting, asking for a full investigation into the law enforcement response and adherence to activists shooter procedures.
According to recent reports, the shooter was outside of Robb Elementary School for 12 minutes before entering the building and massacring at least 21 innocent victims inside.
Justice Department statement from spokesman Anthony Coley on the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX indicated that the DOJ plans to investigate law enforcement’s response at the behest of the Uvalde Mayor.
“At the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, the U.S. Department of Justice will conduct a Critical Incident Review of the law enforcement response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24.
“The goal of the review is to provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events. The review will be conducted with the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing.