'Indecision, dysfunction, and harm': Uvalde shooting victims file $27 billion class action suit against police, school and city
- Victims of the Uvalde mass shooting filed a $27 billion dollar lawsuit earlier this week.
- The suit is against city, school, and the state as well as local law enforcement, the AP reported.
The victims of the Uvalde, Texas school shooting filed a $27 billion class action lawsuit against the school, police, and city, according to The Associated Press.
The lawsuit, which was filed on Nov. 29, argues that the survivors of the shooting suffered "emotional or psychological damages." The lawsuit includes school staff and families of the victims.
The suit argues that officers did not abide by their "active shooter protocol" when they waited over an hour to stop the gunman inside Robb Elementary School on May 24 before he was eventually killed by US Border Patrol officers, The AP reported, citing court documents. The shooting left 19 children and two adults dead.
Following the shooting, which sent shockwaves across the country, many blamed local law enforcement, specifically Uvalde School Police Chief Pete Arredondo, for the muted response to the shooting. A Texas House report released in July revealed that 376 officers from multiple law enforcement agencies were present at the school during the attack.
"Despite the immediate presence of local law enforcement leaders, there was an unacceptably long period of time before officers breached the classroom, neutralized the attacker, and began rescue efforts," the report viewed by Insider said. "We do not know at this time whether responders could have saved more lives by shortening that delay."
According to The Associated Press, the lawsuit mentions the alleged failures of authorities "who were on hand for the exhaustively torturous seventy- seven minutes of law enforcement indecision, dysfunction, and harm, fell exceedingly short of their duty bound standards."
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