San Antonio Rep. Joaquin Castro says Abbott lied about what he knew about Uvalde police response | San Antonio News | San Antonio

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Michael Karlis

U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro speaks at an event in San Antonio on Wednesday night.

U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, said he believes Gov. Greg Abbott lied when he said he was ‘misled’ by local authorities about how quickly police responded to the Uvalde school shooting last week.

In the comments at RunningCastro called a Department of Justice Review law enforcement’s response a “step in the right direction”. The congressman, who last week asked the FBI to investigate the incident, added that the Texas Department of Security is “compromised” when it comes to reviewing how he was managed.

At a news conference the day after the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, Abbott — who faces re-election in November — praised law enforcement for their quick response and “incredible courage”. In a line widely mocked On social media, the Republican governor said the incident, which claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers, “could have been worse” had it not been for the police response.

However, after reports surfaced, officers lingered outside the school as frantic parents pleaded with them to enter the building, Abbott backtracked at a press event on May 27claiming he had been “cheated” about the answer.

Castro doubts this assertion.

“If the request of Greg Abbott and [DPS Director] Steve McCraw is that they were lied to, I want to know if they didn’t speak to the DPS soldiers who were there, including those who were waiting right outside the door,” Castro said. “That doesn’t add just not up.”

Abbott’s office was not available for immediate comment.

As many as 19 officers waited in the hallway outside classrooms 111 and 112 at 12:03 p.m. on May 24, about half an hour after the shooter entered the school, according to a chronology of the tragedy published by the Express-News.

Castro said at least two of those officers belonged to the DPS.

“I know there’s been a lot of focus on the Uvalde law enforcement failure, but the thing is, you had multiple local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel there, who all waited too long to get in,” the MP said.

Castro sent a letter to the FBI on May 26, asking the agency to investigate conflicting accounts provided by state officials about the shooting. Three days later, the Justice Department said it would review the actions of law enforcement.

“It’s a very positive step,” Castro said. “I also wanted them to take the lead on the investigation, because I think the DPS is compromised, for different reasons, at least in part.”

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