Austin, June 18th. The municipality and police department of the city of Uvalde hired a law firm to prevent the publication of video footage related to the investigation into the May 24 massacre of students and teachers at a local elementary school.
As a result of the shooting, which was arranged by a senior student of the same educational institution, 21 people were killed, 19 of them were children.
Immediately after the incident, the Uvalde Police Department faced harsh criticism due to the indecisive actions of the officers who arrived on the call. Police officers reportedly remained outside the building for a long time, despite shots being fired inside. Only after the police special forces arrived at the scene, law enforcement officers began the assault.
Relatives of the victims believe that the delay in the start of the assault allowed the criminal to shoot with impunity the students who had remained in the building all this time.
Now the municipal authorities and the police department are trying to prevent the publication of videos and other materials that relate to the actions of the police at the scene, despite the fact that the publication of these data is required by law. According to preliminary information, we are talking about a ban on the publication of records from surveillance cameras, body cameras of employees, photos, records of calls to the 911 service, emails, text messages, and other information.
Officials explain their decision by the fact that some records may contain “extremely unpleasant information.” In addition, the police claim that the publication of these materials may reveal “methods, techniques, and strategies for preventing and predicting crime.”
The city of Uvalde has now hired a law firm to prevent the publication of hard facts about police inaction.
“It appears that the city has gone to great lengths to get a bylaw passed to prevent the disclosure of this information,” said a sociology professor at Brandon University. Christopher Schneider.
Nevertheless, the public and journalists say they intend to get an investigation into the actions of the police.