fairn.png
Thursday July 7th, 2022 6:58AM

Texas committee still trying to question Uvalde police

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Police in Uvalde still haven't committed to speaking to a Texas House committee investigating the May 24 massacre at an elementary school and the law enforcement response that day, the lawmaker leading the probe said Friday.

Republican state Rep. Dustin Burrows said his committee was in conversations with the Uvalde Police Department and hoped to announce soon whether members of the force will appear as witnesses.

It came a day after comments by Burrows raised uncertainty about whether Uvalde police would cooperate, saying Thursday there was a question of whether the local officers would “visit with us voluntarily" about the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary School in which 19 children and two teachers were killed.

He went even further Thursday night on social media, tweeting: “Most have fully cooperated and want to help determine the facts for the Uvalde community and all Texans. Burrows said he did not understand why Uvalde police "would not want the same."

The police department didn't immediately reply to messages left Friday seeking comment.

Weeks after one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history, law enforcement officials have stopped providing updates about what they've learned about the shooting and the police response. Their silence comes after authorities gave conflicting and incorrect accounts in the days after the shooting, sometimes withdrawing statements hours after making them.

Officials also haven't released records sought under public information laws to media outlets, including The Associated Press, often citing broad exemptions and the ongoing investigation. It has raised concerns about whether such records will be released, even to victims' families.

The state House committee has interviewed more than a dozen witnesses behind closed doors as of Friday, including state police, school staff and school district police. The list of witnesses provided by the committee so far has not included Pete Arrendondo, the Uvalde school district police chief, who has faced criticism over his actions during the attack.

Burrows defended the committee interviewing witnesses in private and not revealing their findings so far, saying its members want an accurate account before issuing a report.

“One person's truth may be different than another person's truth," Burrows said Friday.

Since the shooting, Republican leaders in Texas have called for more mental health funding but not new gun restrictions. Authorities say the 18-year-old gunman used and AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle. Police did not confront he gunman for more than an hour, even as anguished parents outside the school urged officers to go in.

___

Find more AP coverage of the Uvalde school shooting: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting.

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Olympian Marcell Jacobs takes fashion break with Dsquared2
Caught between the pandemic and war in Europe, Milan luxury fashion designers on Friday open four days of mostly menswear previews for next spring and summer in a challenging economic climate
2:34PM ( 5 minutes ago )
Ukraine gets possible path to EU, aid pledges from Britain
The European Union’s executive arm recommended putting Ukraine on a path to membership, a symbolic boost for a country fending off a Russian onslaught that is killing civilians, flattening cities and threatening its very survival
2:32PM ( 7 minutes ago )
Texas committee still trying to question Uvalde police
A Texas House committee investigating the Uvalde elementary school massacre is signaling that local police have still not committed to speaking with it about the shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers
2:20PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Stocks edge higher on Wall Street at close of a brutal week
Stocks edged higher in afternoon trading on Wall Street Friday at the end of a brutal week
1:35PM ( 1 hour ago )
Jill Biden: 'It's up to Congress to act' on gun safety laws
Jill Biden says parents and teachers must “speak up” and demand that Congress pass gun safety measures following recent deadly mass shootings in Texas and New York state
1:35PM ( 1 hour ago )
Race factors into Dem runoff for Georgia secretary of state
The Democratic primary battle for Georgia secretary of state may come down to questions about how party faithful view diversity and the representation of Black women
1:27PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
Report: Smoking bans no longer a threat to casino revenue
For decades, it was accepted wisdom in the casino industry that eliminating smoking would automatically lead to revenue declines and customer losses
11:39AM ( 3 hours ago )
Nebraska rushes to build horse tracks despite few fans
Horse races are regularly held in only two spots in Nebraska, but the tracks in Grand Island and Columbus are usually pretty quiet apart from the rumble of thoroughbreds that stomp past the often empty grandstands
10:45AM ( 3 hours ago )
Towns near Yellowstone fear impact of lost tourism season
The severe flooding at Yellowstone National Park has left business owners in some of the park’s gateway towns wondering how they’ll make ends meet without a steady stream of customers during what is normally peak tourism season
10:10AM ( 4 hours ago )
Top U.S. News short headlines
US sanctions Nicaraguan gold mining firm over ties to Russia
The U.S. has imposed sanctions on Nicaragua’s state-owned gold mining company and the president of its board of directors partly over the Central American nation’s ties to Russia
12:57PM ( 1 hour ago )
Ex-Trump aide Navarro pleads not guilty to contempt charges
Former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro has pleaded not guilty to contempt of Congress after he refused to cooperate with a congressional investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol
10:39AM ( 4 hours ago )
Costa Rica chaos a warning that ransomware threat remains
Costa Rica has been reeling from unprecedented ransomware attacks disrupting everyday life in the Central American nation for the last two months
7:20AM ( 7 hours ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Jan. 6 takeaways: 'Heated' Trump, Pence's near miss with mob
In its third public hearing, the House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection has focused on former President Donald Trump’s pressure on his vice president to delay or reject the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory
7:17PM ( 19 hours ago )
Texas recount underway between Texas Rep. Cuellar, Cisneros
A recount is underway in a Texas primary race between Democratic U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar and progressive challenger Jessica Cisneros
6:09PM ( 20 hours ago )
1/6 panel: Plan for Pence to reject electors 'nuts,' 'crazy'
The Jan. 6 committee has plunged deeper into Donald Trump’s last-ditch effort to overturn the 2020 election
5:55PM ( 20 hours ago )
AP Online Congress News
Olympian Marcell Jacobs takes fashion break with Dsquared2
Caught between the pandemic and war in Europe, Milan luxury fashion designers on Friday open four days of mostly menswear previews for next spring and summer in a challenging economic climate
2:34PM ( 5 minutes ago )
Ukraine gets possible path to EU, aid pledges from Britain
The European Union’s executive arm recommended putting Ukraine on a path to membership, a symbolic boost for a country fending off a Russian onslaught that is killing civilians, flattening cities and threatening its very survival
2:32PM ( 7 minutes ago )
US adds $103M for wildfire hazards and land rehabilitation
The U.S. is adding $103 million this year for wildfire risk reduction and burned-area rehabilitation throughout the country as well as establishing an interagency wildland firefighter well-being program
2:13PM ( 26 minutes ago )
From dry to deluge, how heavy snow, rain flooded Yellowstone
A culmination of unique events led to the recent extensive flooding in the Yellowstone region
2:05PM ( 35 minutes ago )
Montana governor faces criticism for vacation during floods
Amid heavy criticism six days after leaving the country without telling his constituents, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte's office confirmed that he had gone to Italy with his wife
2:04PM ( 36 minutes ago )