Uvalde mayor and Texas lawmakers push for release of surveillance footage of Robb Elementary School shooting

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Texas officials, from Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin to state Rep. Dustin Burrows, who is the chairman of the committee investigating the Robb Elementary School shooting, are pushing for the surveillance footage from inside the school be made public.

“This video is believed to be footage of the hallway at Robb Elementary School. It does not contain any graphic images or depictions of violence,” said Rep. Burrows, whose committee aims to release a preliminary report on the Texas shooting soon. State Capitol. Monday morning.

“I can tell people all day what I saw. The committee can tell people all day what we saw, but it’s very different to see it for yourself, and we think it’s ‘is very important.”

Children run to safety after escaping from a window during a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School where a gunman killed nineteen children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas, USA, May 24, 2022.
(Pete Luna/Uvalde Leader-News/Handout via REUTERS)

Mayor McLaughlin also supports the release of a video showing the response of law enforcement inside the school, Burrows said.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety also wants to release the footage, noting last week that the video would “likely bring clarity to the public regarding the tragic events at Uvalde.”

“We do not believe its public release would harm our investigative efforts,” Texas DPS deputy director Freeman Martin wrote in a letter to Rep. Burrows on Friday. “In fact, releasing this video would help us provide as much transparency as possible to the public without interfering with the investigation as immediate public release of all evidence would.”

A banner hangs from a memorial outside Robb Elementary School, the site of a mass shooting in May that killed 19 students and two teachers, Friday, June 3.

A banner hangs from a memorial outside Robb Elementary School, the site of a mass shooting in May that killed 19 students and two teachers, Friday, June 3.
(AP/Eric Gay)

While officials broadly support the release of some surveillance footage, the decision ultimately rests with Uvalde County District Attorney Christina Mitchell-Busbee, who “objected to the release of the video and directed” forces ordered not to, Freeman wrote in the letter.

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Mitchell-Busbee did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.

Rep. Burrows tweeted Monday afternoon after concluding the special committee hearing that he intended to “show the hallway video to the people of Uvalde, regardless of any agreement.”

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Local state law enforcement officials have come under scrutiny for their response to the May 24 shooting, which left 19 children and two adults dead.

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