Texas Prosecutor Initiates Grand Jury Investigation into Uvalde Shooting Incident

Texas prosecutors led by Uvalde County District Attorney Christina Mitchell, have convened a grand jury to investigate the Uvalde school shooting, addressing persistent demands from families of the 19 children and two teachers killed for criminal charges against officers implicated in the police response.

Mitchell revealed to the San Antonio Express-News that the grand jury will scrutinize evidence related to the May 24, 2022, shooting at Robb Elementary School.

Mitchell did not disclose the specific focus of the grand jury, according to reports. During the attack, police took over an hour to confront and eliminate the gunman, prompting criticism from US Attorney General Merrick Garland, who deemed it a “failure that should not have happened.”

Relatives of the victims renewed their calls for police officers’ indictment following the release of a scathing Justice Department report on Thursday, outlining numerous failures during one of the deadliest classroom shootings in US history. 

Velma Lisa Duran, whose sister Irma Garcia was among the teachers killed, expressed surprise that no one had faced imprisonment and demanded justice.

President Joe Biden mentioned he had not read the full report and expressed uncertainty about criminal liability.

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Texas Prosecutor Examines “Cascading Failures”

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Texas prosecutors led by Uvalde County District Attorney Christina Mitchell, have convened a grand jury to investigate the Uvalde school shooting, addressing persistent demands from families of the 19 children and two teachers killed for criminal charges against officers implicated in the police response.

Texas prosecutors have witnessed the dismissal of five officers, including two from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the on-site commander, following the shooting, yet no criminal charges have been brought forth in the Texas Rangers-led investigation.

The Justice Department report outlined “cascading failures” by police, waiting over 70 minutes to confront the gunman and providing false information to families. 

The pace of the criminal investigation has frustrated families, local leaders, and state officials, with state Sen. Roland Gutierrez called it a “shame.”

Uvalde, a close-knit city of 15,000, faces challenges in rebuilding trust, with parents feeling abandoned by local and state leaders. 

The Justice Department report criticized officials, including Gov. Greg Abbott, for releasing false and misleading information about the police response, undermining public trust in law enforcement.

Jesse Rizo, whose niece was a victim, hopes for accountability from District Attorney Mitchell but expresses little faith in those in power. 

As the grand jury convenes, it marks a critical phase in addressing the aftermath of the tragic Uvalde school shooting and the persistent quest for justice.

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