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The prospect of many students trapped in Uvalde, Texas, calling 911 pleading for police action should have elicited an enthusiastic response from district officers, a former FBI official told Fox News on Friday.
The office’s former deputy director, Chris Swecker, said school district authorities should have changed tactics immediately after hearing the 911 calls.
He stressed that the blame should not lie with the Texas Department of Public Safety, which was not the agency that responded, adding that he personally knew its commanding officer, Col. Steve McCraw.
“A lot of things went wrong here. From the very beginning, security at the school – all kinds of different security breaches there. If they had their procedures in place, they certainly didn’t practice them,” said he declared. Angle of Ingraham.”
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He cited McCraw’s press conference explanation that two CISD officers from Uvalde entered the building while 19 others gathered outside, before a decision was made to wait to engage the shooter.
“What we don’t know is if they were in contact with the dispatch; the 911 center, because if they knew that … the kids were calling from inside that room, then there’s no absolutely no apologies,” he said.
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“It should have been the charge of the light brigade,” Swecker said, referring to the famous uprising of British forces during the Crimean War.
“They should have kept going until they neutralized that shooter because, you know, there are survivors inside and [the shooter] is still there.”
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Swecker said McCraw “put it on the line today” when he clarified conflicting reports that led to criticism of UCISD police actions.
“A lot of things have gone wrong here, but clearly they should have gone in,” he said.