He then listed off Uvalde ISD, its police chief Pete Arredondo, the Uvalde Police Department, the Uvalde County Sheriff, the Texas Rangers, the Department of Public Safety (DPS), and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol as the law enforcement subjects of the impending suit.
After the report came out, the mayor of Uvalde, Don McLaughlin, said the acting chief during the shooting, Lt. Mariano Pargas, had been placed on administrative leave and that the city had begun its own internal investigation. The city released body camera footage documenting the actions of the Uvalde officers at the scene.
The facts laid out in the report also made clear that neither existing gun laws, nor expanded background checks passed by Congress in response to the shooting, would have prevented the gunman, Salvador Ramos, from obtaining the weapon he used.
“My recollection is that (Uvalde Mayor Donald McLaughlin Jr.) was upset with the way that DPS had conducted the press conferences, and they had prepared that narrative and they were going to release it,” Busbee said in an interview with the San Antonio Express-News. “And then I objected to it because … the investigation had just begun so we did not know if that was a true assessment of what transpired. There was no way for us to tell or assess whether or not that narrative was accurate.”
Busbee’s office is investigating the school shooting and how officers on the scene responded.
Mayor Don McLaughlin criticized The Austin American-Statesman and ABC affiliate KVUE at a meeting of the city council on Tuesday for releasing school surveillance video from the shooting.
McLaughlin told the meeting: „I want to go on the record. The way that video was released today was one of the most chicken things I’ve ever seen.
Another member of the city council said that it was „chickensh*t.“
A 77-minute video recording captured from this vantage point, along with body camera footage from one of the responding officers, obtained by the American-Statesman and KVUE, shows in excruciating detail dozens of sworn officers, local, state and federal — heavily armed, clad in body armor, with helmets, some with protective shields — walking back and forth in the hallway, some leaving the camera frame and then reappearing, others training their weapons toward the classroom, talking, making cellphone calls, sending texts and looking at floor plans, but not entering or attempting to enter the classrooms.
Gestern von der Zeitung „Austin American-Statesman“ und dem Lokalsender KVUE veröffentlichte Bilder einer Überwachungskamera zeigen unter anderem, dass Polizisten sich eine Stunde und 14 Minuten lang im Schulflur aufhielten, bevor sie den 18-jährigen Angreifer in einem Klassenzimmer erschossen.
Eventually, a janitor provided six keys. Arredondo tried each on a door adjacent to the room where the gunman was, but it didn’t open.
Later, another key ring with between 20 and 30 keys was brought to Arredondo.
“I was praying one of them was going to open up the door each time I tried a key,” Arredondo said in an interview.
Eventually, the officers on the north side of the hallway called Arredondo’s cellphone and told him they had gotten a key that could open the door.
The officers on the north side of the hallway formed a group of mixed law enforcement agencies, including U.S. Border Patrol, to enter the classroom and take down the shooter, Arredondo said.
„I didn’t issue any orders,“ he told the Tribune, though the outlet reports the chief did instruct officers to start breaking the outside windows of other classrooms and begin evacuating students. „I called for assistance and asked for an extraction tool to open the door“ of one of the classrooms where the shooting happened, he said.
Arredondo „assumed that some other officer or official had taken control of the larger response,“ the Tribune wrote.
„We’ve asked for a briefing or something but we’re not getting it. I’ve been told they’re law enforcement and we’re not going to be entitled to it at this time,“ Mayor Don McLaughlin said at a city council meeting. „I’ve asked everybody involved for a briefing at one point or another. It’s frustrating, but again I’ve been told I’m not law enforcement, but it makes me feel real frustrated.“
He said he has asked other officials with insights on the investigation to hold a press conference, to no avail.
In the school teacher’s case, Texas DPS Director Steven McCraw said Friday that the unnamed teacher had propped open the door through which the gunman entered the school. DPS now says a teacher shut that door but its automatic lock malfunctioned. Considine said DPS is investigating why the lock didn’t work.
The reversal came hours after a lawyer representing the teacher told the San Antonio Express-News that the teacher closed the door before the shooter entered the building.
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11:33 a.m.: The shooter enters the school and begins shooting into a classroom, which is connected to a second class. He shot „at least“ 100 rounds, McCraw said.
11:42 a.m.: A source close to a teacher receives a text saying there was an active shooter on campus. CNN saw the text chain and confirmed the timestamps.
12:15 p.m.: Members of the Border Patrol’s tactical unit, BORTAC, arrive on scene, McCraw said.
12:50 p.m.: Law enforcement breach the locked classroom door using keys from a janitor, McCraw said. They shoot and kill the suspect.
“I am livid about what happened,” Abbott said during a news conference in Uvalde, the site of the shooting where a gunman killed 19 students and two adults Tuesday. “The information I was given turned out, in part, to be inaccurate, and I am absolutely livid about that.”
In his first news conference after the shooting, Abbott had praised how police handled the shooting, applauding their „amazing courage.“
(May 26, 2022)
By now it’s as predictable as the calls for thoughts and prayers: A mass shooting leaves many dead, and wild conspiracy theories and misinformation about the carnage soon follow.
Darüber, wie genau sich die Tat abgespielt hat, hatte es in den vergangenen Tagen widersprüchliche Angaben von der Polizei gegeben. Zunächst hieß es, der Schütze sei bereits vor der Schule von einer Sicherheitskraft konfrontiert worden. Das bestätigte Escalon nun nicht. Stattdessen konnte der 18-Jährige ungehindert durch eine unverschlossene Tür in die Schule laufen.
Bei der Pressekonferenz am Donnerstag gerieten die Behörden unter Rechtfertigungsdruck. „Warum klären Sie das nicht auf und erklären uns, wie es sein kann, dass Ihre Beamten eine Stunde lang drin waren (…), aber niemand in der Lage, in diesen Raum zu gelangen?“, fragte ein Journalist.
School officials across the Bay Area expressed sorrow and extra patrols are planned in the wake of a massacre at a Texas elementary school where 19 students were killed. Sara Donchey reports. (5/24/22)
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), a potential challenger to centrist Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, criticized Cruz as a hypocrite for identifying himself as an anti-abortion lawmaker and pushing for the reversal of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortions nationwide, but not taking more steps to fight mass shootings.
Incumbent Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has won the Republican primary over George P. Bush, the Texas General Land Office commissioner, according to a race call from The Associated Press.
A federal court issued Texas a temporary victory in its lawsuit against the Biden administration’s coronavirus vaccine mandate issuing a stay on the controversial federal government regulation in Texas.
October 11, 2021 | Austin, Texas | Press Release
Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order stating that no entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination by any individual, including an employee or consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19. Governor Abbott also sent a message to the the Chief Clerk of the House and Secretary of the Senate adding this issue as an item to the Third Special Session agenda. The executive order will be rescinded upon the passage of such legislation.
The move comes as the Biden administration is set to issue rules requiring employers with more than 100 workers to be vaccinated or test weekly for the coronavirus. Several major companies, including Texas-based American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, have said they would abide by the federal mandate.
Abbott’s move is an escalation in the Republican battle against vaccine mandates, something that many public health experts view as a key tool in the fight against the pandemic, given that voluntary efforts like incentives have hit their limits. The politicization of vaccine mandates could also undermine vaccination efforts even for other diseases, some experts warn.
Biden’s needless order is hurting workers and feeding polarization.
„The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,“ Abbott said in a press release Monday.
Abbott’s executive order prohibits „any entity“ in the state from compelling an individual to receive a COVID-19 vaccine „who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience.“
Abbotts Regierung erklärte nun, dass „keine Einrichtung in Texas“ eine CoV-Impfung von Angestellten oder Kunden verlangen dürfe, wenn diese eine Impfung aus „persönlichen Gewissensgründen, aufgrund einer religiösen Überzeugung oder aus medizinischen Gründen“ ablehnen.
Hart InterCivic Inc. is a privately held United States company that provides election technologies and services to government jurisdictions. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Hart products are used by hundreds of jurisdictions nationwide, including counties in Texas, the entire states of Hawaii and Oklahoma, half of Washington and Colorado, and certain counties in Ohio, California, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Hart entered the elections industry in 1912, printing ballots for Texas counties.
Both 2020 candidates have lavished attention to the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania, the likely tipping-point state in the Electoral College.
Campaign manager Bill Stepien told reporters they would “put the nail in the coffin” for Biden in Pennsylvania, and possibly Ohio and Minnesota.
Biden and Trump are also locked in a tight race in Texas, a state Democrats have long dreamed of taking but one in which the comments could prove damaging.
Surge Energy currently has about 93,000 net acres of land lease rights and more than 700 producing wells in the Permian Basin in western Texas and eastern New Mexico, the largest source of shale oil production growth in the United States.
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), whose 2018 Senate campaign was credited with a massive surge in turnout across the state, on Sunday called for former Vice President Joe Biden to visit Texas.
„Texas could win this for Biden and end the nightmare on election night. Texans are doing their part. We’d sure like to see @JoeBiden visit us and spend more resources here,“ wrote O’Rourke on Twitter.
When the poll only included those who were certain, Trump had a slight lead of 46 percent to 44 percent. The poll was conducted between October 15 and October 18 among 933 likely Texas voters.
The poll included 180 respondents who said they had already cast ballots in early voting, which began in Texas on October 13. Among those who already voted, 57 percent said they had voted for Biden, compared to 41 percent for the president.
Trump leads Biden 48 to 46 percent, according to a CBS News poll released Sunday. The president’s lead is within the poll’s 3.5 percentage point margin of error.
Trump built on his slim lead over Biden, adding to his 1-point lead over the former vice president in a similar poll from July, according to CBS.
Fort Worth bar owner Chris Polone has organized what’s labeled as “Freedom Fest,” in which hundreds of bar owners say they’ll open their doors and set ’em up Saturday. About 800 bar owners have promised participation, Polone told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which could place their state liquor licenses in jeopardy.
Polone, however, is now organizing Freedom Fest in alliance with other bars and venues across the state that will open their doors illegally for concerts on Saturday, July 25.
When Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officers gave him the option of shutting the event down or losing his liquor license on July 4, Polone — who was broadcasting on Facebook Live — got on stage, ranted, and tore up the paperwork. Then he went outside, lit up a cigarette, and said his lawyers were ready to sue the state of Texas.
Thousands of people gathered at Belo Garden Park in downtown Dallas on the ninth day of protests in the city against social injustice.
Resign @Chief_Manley & @MayorAdler.
Get live updates from Los Angeles Times journalists as they report on protests across the U.S. after the death of George Floyd while in police custody.
Governors in nearly a dozen states plus the District of Columbia have now activated the National Guard amid protests and riots that have broken out in response to George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody earlier this week.
States calling for Guard asistance were California, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington state.
In der vergangenen Woche hat der Oberste Gerichtshof von Wisconsin als erstes der höchsten einzelstaatlichen Gerichte in Amerika einen Großteil der Coronavirus-Bekämpfung einer Landesregierung für nichtig erklärt.
The Foreign Minister also called for an in-depth investigation into the attacker’s connections with the Doral Jesus Worship Center, a church in Miami in which the U.S. Vice President Mike Pence came to deliver „a speech of enormous hostility calling for action against Cuba.“
“I think the constitution gives us a right to meet like this. The constitution gives us a right to life and liberty and I have a right to work,” Wayne Richard, a small business owner, also told the station.
In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee (R ) said on Monday that “the vast majority of businesses” will be allowed to reopen when the state’s stay-at-home order expires on April 30, and as of Friday state parks and dine-in restaurants were allowed to open with reduced capacity. Tennessee was one of the last states to issue a stay-at-home order.
Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole will be in district court today asking a state judge to allow a partial recount of the March 3 primary, due to “counting errors” found days after the ballot count was complete.
In a petition filed Friday night, the Democrat official said she discovered “discrepancies” between the number of voters who checked in at the polls and the number of electronic ballots counted:
(4 hours ago)
As of 1 a.m. Eastern time, some polls were still open, but even the Texas secretary of state’s office could not say how many. Only county-level officials could provide that information, the office said.
There are 254 counties in Texas.
Garett Haake speaks with a voter at HBCU Texas Southern University in Houston about his experience voting, and explained why the process took so long and how it differed from last year. Rachel Maddow responds, saying this is something „systematically underway in Texas.“
A resurgent Joe Biden scored victories from Texas to Massachusetts on Super Tuesday, revitalizing a presidential bid that was teetering on the edge of disaster just days earlier. But his rival, Bernie Sanders, seized the biggest prize with a win in California that ensured he — and his embrace of democratic socialism — would drive the Democrats’ nomination fight for the foreseeable future.
March 3, 2020 10:30 PM
Voters in Houston, in Dallas and at Texas State University reported facing wait times that extended past two hours after polls closed.
Dozens of extra voting machines were sent to TSU and some other locations, though the slow pace appeared to leave many waiting or giving up entirely.
.@HarrisVotes has sent out 68 extra Democratic machines to locations.
„These closures and delays led to extended wait times for voters,“ she said. „In addition, the secretary of state’s website, which is used for checking voter registration was down for a large period of the day.“
Decisive wins for a single candidate in California and Texas — states which will award more than 600 of the 1,991 delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination — could change the tenor of a race that has at times seemed headed for a protracted fight.
#BernieWinsNevada #BlackLivesMatter #BLM #Bernie2020
Sanders received 24 percent of the vote from potential Democratic primary voters, a jump from 12 percent in the same poll in October. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the October leader in the poll, was in second place with 22 percent of the vote, which falls inside the margin of error, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) remained in third place with 15 percent.
So, while the other three Democrats tested — Biden, Warren and Buttigieg — split that vote about 60-40 in their favor, Sanders beats Trump 70 to 30 among voters 18 to 29 years old.”
Independent voters are also a strength for Sanders in Texas, Blank said. He was the only one of the four candidates to beat Trump among independents.
“[W]hile all three Democrats, aside from Sanders, lost independents to Trump in this poll, basically 60 to 30 or so with the rest of them unsure, Sanders is actually ahead of Trump with independents, 44 to 41,” he added.
As many as 113 people say they will take part in peaceful protests Saturday outside the Los Encinos Park, near the McAllen detention center.
In a visit to Border Patrol Station No. 1 in El Paso, Kennedy said he saw detainees kept in jail-like conditions. He was among the lawmakers who spoke to a group of 13 women from Cuba who had tried to enter the United States to seek asylum, but were detained by federal officials.
Those women began crying when they spoke, he said.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) railed on the conditions within a Texas facility used to detain immigrants after she toured the facility with a group of lawmakers
US Customs and Border Protection officials say they are investigating „disturbing social media activity“ after a published report of a closed Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents that reportedly features jokes about migrant deaths, derogatory comments about Latina lawmakers and a lewd meme involving at least one of them.
The posts sparked special outrage among a delegation of more than a dozen House members who had just started a tour of federal immigration facilities in Southwest Texas when ProPublica broke the story.
Some of the Facebook posts discussed throwing burritos at the visiting lawmakers, while others joked in profane language about the deaths of migrants and included a vulgar illustration of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., being forced to engage in a sexual act by President Donald Trump, according to images of the posts obtained by ProPublica.
And in early 2018, federal investigators found a raft of disturbing and racist text messages sent by Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona after searching the phone of Matthew Bowen, an agent charged with running down a Guatemalan migrant with a Ford F-150 pickup truck. The texts, which were revealed in a court filing in federal court in Tucson, described migrants as “guats,” “wild ass shitbags,” “beaners” and “subhuman.” The messages included repeated discussions about burning the migrants up.
Several of the postings reviewed by ProPublica refer to the planned visit by members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, including Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Veronica Escobar, to a troubled Border Patrol facility outside of El Paso.
Another visit to the United States will likely bring another round of protests and official rebukes of far-right Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, as American activists and lawmakers opposed to his his racist, sexist, homophobic and environmentally destructive policies attempt to make him persona non grata in the U.S. Seven members and members-elect of the Dallas city council blasted Bolsonaro before he arrived in the city on Wednesday, urging the organizations behind the Brazilian president’s visit to cancel scheduled events with a leader who, they said in a letter, “represents a deep disdain for democracy and civil society.” The councilmembers urged the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth ― a nonprofit group that hosts international leaders and events on global affairs and will hold an event with Bolsonaro ― to cancel his appearance. “Providing President Bolsonaro a platform dangerously normalizes his authoritarianism and shows tacit support for his discriminatory actions, words, and policy positions,” the councilmembers said in the letter. “President Bolsonaro does not reflect the values of the City of Dallas.” Scott Griggs, a city councilman who helped organize the letter, said Bolsonaro’s visit represented “a terrible step backward” for Dallas. “Dallas is a welcoming city built on love,” Griggs, who is running for mayor this year, told HuffPost by phone Wednesday. “Welcoming Bolsonaro sends the wrong message not only to our city but to our state, our country and the world.”
Wie es scheint, mag man den brasilianischen Präsidenten Jair Bolsonaro in New York nicht sehr, denn auf Grund der heftigen Kritik und des schweren Drucks musste er die Reise in diese Stadt absagen, wo er die Ehrung der Handelskammer Brasilien-USA erhalten sollte.
Wie das brasilianische Außenministerium bestätigte, ist das neue Ziel Bolsonaros Dallas in Texas, wo er mit dem ehemaligen Präsidenten George W. Bush zusammentreffen und am Donnerstag die Auszeichnung Persönlichkeit des Jahres 2019 erhalten wird, die ihm im April von besagter Handelskammer verliehen worden war, die ihn auch zu einem Galadiner in New York eingeladen hatte.
Separately, Bolsonaro’s spokesman said on Thursday that the decision to visit Dallas followed an invitation from Bush.
Unlike New York City’s De Blasio, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has said he will welcome Bolsonaro to the city.
According to FlightRadar the jet had departed Miami at 11.33 local time and was scheduled to arrive at Houston Intercontinental at 12.53 local time.
All the hoopla surrounding the caravan of Central Americans who are heading north to the United States to seek refugee status has brought back fond memories of one of the best experiences of my life — a Christmas show that I organized at the illegal-immigrant detention center in my hometown of Laredo, Texas.
Der ganze Trubel um die Karawane der Mittelamerikaner, die nach Norden in die Vereinigten Staaten ziehen, um den Flüchtlingsstatus zu suchen, hat gute Erinnerungen an eine der besten Erfahrungen meines Lebens zurückgebracht – an eine Weihnachtsshow, die ich in dem Anhaltezentrum für illegale Einwanderer in meiner Heimatstadt Laredo, Texas, organisiert habe.
In a statement, 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade commander Col. Jay Hopkins said he was sorry for the damage and grateful no one was hurt.