Jul 9, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Uvalde mayor says he supports releasing 77-minute hallway footage

Photo of a brick sign that says "Welcome to Robb Elementary School. Bienvenidos"
The Robb Elementary School campus in Uvalde, Texas, on May 25, 2022 after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers. Photo: Allison Dinner/AFP via Getty Images

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin said Friday that he is in support of releasing the 77-minute hallway footage that marks the duration of the Robb Elementary School shooting when a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers in Texas, ABC News reports.

Why it matters: Conflicting timelines and retracted statements have sowed doubt in law enforcement as the public waits for an answer on failures in police officers' response to the shooting.

  • The footage is likely to be released on Monday and will "bring clarity to the public, to the families and to the survivors," McLaughlin said in a statement, per ABC.

The big picture: McLaughlin has been a vocal critic of the Texas Department of Public Safety's (DPS) management of the investigation.

  • Friday's statement comes after he disputed a report from the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT), a Texas State University training center for active shooter situations.
  • The report had said that a police officer armed with a rifle had watched the gunman walk toward the campus but did not fire while waiting for permission from a supervisor to shoot.
  • He has repeatedly said Texas DPS is releasing contradictory information and perpetrating "false leaks."
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