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AP Photo/Jae C. Hong Uvalde School Police Chief Pete Arredondo spoke to media Thursday for the first time since the tragic May 24 Robb Elementary School shooting, but his responses in an interview with the Texas Tribune bring more questions than answers. Most concerning, he said he never considered himself to be the incident commander and did not give orders telling responding officers to stand down.
Then who was, and who did?
Law enforcement has been under heavy criticism since that terrible day for the more than 67 minutes it took them to breach the building and kill the shooter. RedState’s Cameron Arcand reports that roughly a dozen children were still alive in two classrooms during that long period. No one will ever know how many students and teachers could have been saved if police had attacked instead of waited.
Further tarnishing the image of the on-site police, it was Border Patrol agents who finally went in, and despite Arredondo’s insistence that no stand-down order was given, they claim to have been told through their earpieces at one point to “not enter that classroom .” Arredondo denies it was his voice.
“I didn’t issue any orders,” Arredondo said, noting that he “called for assistance and asked for an extraction tool to open the door” to the classroom where the shooter was barricaded. He continued: Not a single responding officer ever hesitated, even for a moment, to put themselves at risk to save the children. We responded to the information that we had and had to adjust to whatever we faced. Our objective was to save as many lives as we could, and the extraction of the students from the classrooms by all that were involved saved over 500 of our Uvalde students and teachers before we gained access to the shooter and eliminated […]
Most “Conservative” News Outlets Are on the Big Tech Teat
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I’ll keep this short. The rise of Pandemic Panic Theater, massive voter fraud, and other “taboo” topics have neutered a majority of conservative news sites. You’ll notice they are very careful about what topics they tackle. Sure, they’ll attack Critical Race Theory, Antifa, and the Biden-Harris regime, but you won’t see them going after George Soros, Bill Gates, the World Economic Forum, or the Deep State, among others.
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