The Biggest Police Failure in History: 500 Million Lawsuit Rocks Texas

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**Uvalde School Shooting: Families File Monumental Lawsuit, Seek Accountability**

Two Years Later, the Fight for Justice Continues

Two years after the tragic Uvalde school shooting that shattered a community and the nation, 19 families of victims have filed a 0 million lawsuit against 91 Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers and the local school district. The families accuse law enforcement of “the single greatest failure of law enforcement to confront an active shooter in American history.”

The lawsuit comes on the eve of the second anniversary of the May 22, 2022 shooting at Robb Elementary School, where 18 fourth-grade students and two teachers were killed. Over 370 federal, state, and local officers responded to the scene but shockingly waited more than 70 minutes to confront and kill the 18-year-old gunman, identified as Salvador Ramos.

Comprehensive Lawsuit

The lawsuit targets Uvalde School District, former Robb Elementary Principal Mandy Gutierrez, and former Uvalde Schools Police Chief Peter Arredondo as defendants. The families argue that the officers failed to follow active shooter training and delayed their response, resulting in the loss of innocent lives.

Veronica Luevanos, whose daughter Jailah and nephew Jayce were killed, stated: “Nearly 100 officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety have yet to face a shred of accountability for cowering in fear while my daughter and nephew bled to death in their classroom.”

Disciplinary Measures Fall Short

DPS Director Steven McCraw previously acknowledged the police response as an “abject failure” but has only disciplined two of the 91 state police officers who were at the scene. The families demand a full account of the officers’ actions and accountability for those responsible.

The lawsuit faces the challenge of qualified immunity, a doctrine that shields law enforcement from being sued over their jobs. However, the families argue that the officers breached their duty to protect students and teachers and violated their constitutional rights.

City Settlement Reached

In a separate development, the city of Uvalde has agreed to pay million to the families of 17 children killed and two families of children injured. The agreement also includes a commitment to overhaul the Uvalde Police Department, implementing new training and fitness for duty standards, and establishing a permanent memorial for the victims.

Outpouring of Grief and Demand for Justice

At a press conference announcing the lawsuit, attorney Josh Koskoff emphasized the families’ shattered lives: “They think the city of Uvalde has enough money, or training, or resources? You think they can hire the best of the best? As far as the state of Texas is concerned, it sounds like their position is: You’re on your own.”

Javier Cazares, the father of slain 9-year-old Jackie Cazares, expressed his frustration: “No amount of money is worth the lives of our children. Justice and accountability has always been my main concern.”

Ongoing Criminal Investigation

A criminal investigation into the police response is underway by the Uvalde District Attorney’s office. A grand jury was summoned this year, and some law enforcement officials have testified. The results of the investigation are expected to be released later.

Additional Lawsuits

The lawsuit filed by the 19 families is not the only legal action taken following the shooting. Several other lawsuits have been filed against local and state police, the city, and gun manufacturers. These lawsuits continue to seek accountability, compensation, and reforms to prevent future tragedies.

Data sourced from: foxnews.com