‘Cowards Of The County’

Not the country song but the actions of the police department of Uvalde in the mass shooting that killed children.

I wrote earlier about the CYA that began after the shooting by the Uvalde PD……

And The CYA Begins

Now there is more coming out about the incompetence of the Uvalde PD….

Days after the revelation that police responding to the Uvalde school massacre last month didn’t try the Robb Elementary School classroom door behind which the shooter was killing 21 people, another revelation raises more questions about the law enforcement response to the tragedy: According to documents and surveillance footage from inside the school reviewed by KVUE and the Austin American-Statesman, within 19 minutes of the shooter’s arrival on campus, multiple officers with rifles and at least one ballistic shield were on the scene. That’s earlier than has previously been reported. The officers remained in the hallway outside the classroom for almost an hour after that, according to the reports.

Investigators believe this shows the police on the scene had enough firepower and protection to enter the classroom, according to KVUE. The newly released video shows that 11 officers were on the scene even earlier, within three minutes of the shooter’s arrival, but that the first ballistic shield did not arrive until the 19-minute mark. The latest information on the massacre, and the law enforcement response to it, will be presented Tuesday at the first of two consecutive days of a a Texas Senate hearing on the tragedy. Members of the public will be allowed to speak to lawmakers at the Capitol.

(Read more Uvalde mass shooting stories.)

AS this story unfolds the more they appear to be incompetent for a SWAT team….or they were just afraid to engage the shooter.

Not much more needs to be said…..other than disbanding a team of the police that cannot function the way it was intended and to hold the chief responsible for the deaths that his team could have prevented.

At almost every turn the police are illustrating the need to throw the slogan of ‘protect and serve’ into the crapper…..for it means NOTHING!

The war of the words continues around this shooting…..

On Tuesday we reported on the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s forceful, scathing denunciation of the decisions made by local police during the mass shooting in Uvalde. Our story didn’t contain one standout piece of information given in testimony before a special state Senate committee in Austin by Col. Steven McCraw: that murdered teacher Eva Mireles’ husband, a police officer, tried to save her but “was detained and they took his gun away from him and escorted him off the scene.” McCraw said Ruben Ruiz, a police officer for the school district, received a call from his wife, who said “she had been shot and was dying,” reports KSAT.

McCraw says that upon getting to the scene, Ruiz tried to force his way into the school and was stopped; McCraw didn’t provide details on who stopped him. McCraw himself ended up being a target on Tuesday, with CNN reporting Uvalde’s mayor “sharply criticized” DPS and McCraw; the Texas Rangers fall under the DPS umbrella and are heading up the investigation into the shooting. While speaking at a City Council meeting on Tuesday, Mayor Don McLaughlin said McCraw hasn’t been providing him with updates on the investigation, and he faulted McCraw for what he has revealed and what McLaughlin perceives to be spin.

“Colonel McCraw has continued to, whether you want to call it … lie, leak, mislead, or mistake information in order to distance his own troopers and Rangers from the response,” McLaughlin said. “There were no less than eight law enforcement agencies present in the hallway leading up to the breach of the door at Robb Elementary School,” he continued, per Fox News. “Every briefing, he leaves out the number of his own officers and Rangers that were on scene that day. He leaves out that during this time, every other classroom in the building was safely evacuated.” McLaughlin also made clear that the school building would definitely be demolished, saying, “You could never ask a child to go back or a teacher to go back in that school, ever.”

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Those J6 Hearings

After the assault on our democracy on 06 January I am all for prosecuting the offenders to the full extent of the law.

Now we have the J6 hearings that is attempting to find out who knew what and said what and did what…..if this was another time I would be in full agreement with the hearings….but as it is today they are nothing more than political theater for both parties.

Just watch part of a hearing and tell me it is not theater of the absurd.

I agree with former Senator Al Franken that these hearing will accomplish little…..

Monday’s edition of The Al Franken Podcast, the former senator praised the hearings, but ultimately believes they will make little to no difference.

“I have been watching the hearings and they have completely surpassed my expectations or at least surpassed what I had feared,” Franken said.

“I think that they have been devastating. Am I shocked by anything? No. No revelation has shocked me because this is (Donald) Trump. And how can you possibly be shocked by anything about Donald Trump? Nothing anyone could say at these hearings about Donald Trump could possibly shock me, you know, and there are at least four more hearings!”

The former senator went on to list examples of the kind of ridiculous information that could come out which would still fail to move the needle.

Franken imitated a committee member asking the question, “‘Just curiously during the three hours of the riot, did the president ever dance a jig? … Can you tell us about it?’”

“‘Yes,’” he continued impersonating a witness, “‘There was a misreport that the crowd had found the vice president and was tearing him to pieces and that’s when President Trump danced a jig. Well, I’m not exactly sure the legal definition of a jig, but it was clearly a celebratory dance of some sort.’ I mean, would you be shocked if we heard that in the next hearing and then commentators would be asking, ‘Do we really think it would be wise to indict a former president?’”

“Here’s my take, the only thing worse than prosecuting Donald Trump is not prosecuting Donald Trump,” he added. “Judge Luttig was right. Donald Trump and his allies continue to pose a clear and present danger to our democracy. And by the way, I was just on CNN, I said that all these Trump / (Mike) Pence people who testify are not heroes. If they had spoken out before January 6th, there would be a number of people alive who are now gone. But even if they hadn’t come out before January 6th, why didn’t they speak up during the impeachment?”

Al Franken Doesn’t Think Jan. 6 Hearings Will Make A Difference: ‘How Can You Possibly Be Shocked by Anything’ About Trump?’

These hearings will accomplish nothing….any ‘bad guys’ will have the pee-pee whacked and then go on to continue to spread crap and dissension.

Again they are little more than political theater that sole purpose is to generate 30 second news bytes….little will change.

If you have been watching this theatrical performance play out….what are your thoughts?

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