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Surveillance video from Uvalde shooting published

Austin newspaper releases portion of video from Uvalde school shooting
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What we covered here

  • The Austin American-Statesman newspaper published edited portions of surveillance video from Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, during the fatal May shooting.
  • One edited video — which is just under five minutes — shows the gunman walking down the hallway with a long rifle. The recording also shows officers approaching the classroom, but then retreating down the hallway and taking cover when gunfire is heard. A second edited video lasts nearly an hour-and-a-half.
  • The Texas House committee investigating the shooting previously announced it would publicly release the full video on Sunday after showing it to victims’ family members. 
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Uvalde mayor says he's angry surveillance video was leaked before families could see it themselves

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin speaks to the media following a city council meeting in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday, July 12.

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin said Tuesday night he was angered over the leaking of surveillance footage inside Robb Elementary and how the wishes of the community were not taken into consideration.

“I am angry that the victim’s families and the Uvalde community’s request to watch the video first before it was made public did not happen,” he said in a written statement.

McLaughlin nodded to earlier comments from Texas state Rep. Dustin Burrows, the chair of the House committee investigating the shooting who said he was disappointed the families did not view the footage first.

“I share Representative Burrows’ disappointment, and believe that watching the entire video of law enforcement’s response or lack of response is also very important to understanding what happened on May 24,” McLaughlin said.
“Regardless, it is unbelievable that this video was posted as part of a news story with images and audio of the violence of this incident without consideration for the families involved. I continue to stand behind my statements that full transparency and consideration for the families remains the priority as it relates to this incident.”

Uvalde City Council accepts Arredondo's resignation

The Uvalde City Council accepted the resignation of Councilman Pedro “Pete” Arredondo Tuesday. 

In video of the meeting, applause from the off-camera audience was heard after the motion to accept Arredondo’s resignation passed. 

Earlier this month, Arredondo offered his resignation from the city council in the wake of the massacre at Robb Elementary School in May. 

“After much consideration, it is in the best interest of the community to step down as a member of the City Council for District 3 to minimize further distractions,” he said in a resignation letter sent to the city. “The Mayor, the City Council, and the City Staff must continue to move forward to unite our community, once again.”

Some context: Arredondo’s role in the police response to the May 24 shooting has been under intense public scrutiny and criticism from the Texas Department of Public Safety. That’s, in part, because more than an hour elapsed before officers entered the classrooms and killed the gunman.

Arredondo, who has worked in law enforcement for nearly 30 years, has not spoken substantively to the public about his decision-making that day, but he told the Texas Tribune in an interview that he did not consider himself the on-scene commander.

Arredondo was placed on leave from his job as school district police chief by the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District in June.

Arredondo had been elected to the Uvalde City Council on May 7, just weeks before the massacre. He was sworn in to the council position a week after the shooting.

Uvalde mayor calls out media for releasing video inside Robb Elementary

The leaked footage that shows portions of surveillance video from inside the Robb Elementary School “is one of the most chicken things I’ve ever seen,” Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin said in an ongoing city council meeting.

As CNN previously reported, the Texas House committee investigating the Uvalde school shooting is planning to release hallway surveillance video of what police were doing, along with a fact-focused report to the families of those who were massacred.

According to McLaughlin, “all news agencies knew” the city was working with the Texas House committee to release the video to families impacted by the school shooting on Sunday.

Uvalde families urge others not to share leaked surveillance video on social media

Some parents and other family members of children killed in the Uvalde school massacre are taking to social media to express their outrage over the leaked surveillance video.

Anger is aimed at both the law enforcement response depicted in the surveillance footage and at the Austin-American Statesman for publishing the video.

“PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THE VIDEO!!’We need time to process this!!,” posted Berlinda Arreola, grandmother of Amerie Jo Garza, emphasizing her post with numerous angry and sad emojis.

Gloria Cazares, whose daughter Jackie was killed, also implored her Facebook family and friends not to share the video.

“This is the opposite of what the families wanted!!!!! If you are a true friend please do not share it, I don’t want to see it in my feed nor do I want to be tagged on any of the news stations that are sharing it,” the post said.

Her anger palpable, Cazares also posted a photo of the Austin American-Statesman reporter who obtained the video, and punctuated her comments with one directed at him – “F**k Y**U.”

“Please DON’T TAG me or my family! This is so f**kinh hard for us!!,” pleaded Barbara Rodriguez, the aunt of Maite Yuleana Rodriguez. 

“Our hearts are shattered all over again!!!!!!!!!‼️‼️‼️‼️,” emphasized Cazares.

Father of 10-year-old victim on leaked footage: "That is unacceptable"

Angel Garza, father of 10-year-old victim Amerie Jo Garza, chastised the leaked footage showing the shooting at Robb Elementary and officers retreating from a classroom after hearing gunfire.

“We get blind-sided by a leak. Who in the hell do these people think they are? I don’t’ care if you’re a DA, you’re a spokesperson, you’re a councilman, you’re a senator – who do you think you are to release footage like that of our children who can’t even speak for themselves – but you want to go ahead and air their final moments to the entire world. What makes you think that’s OK? The least you can do is have some freaking decency for us. That is unacceptable,” Garza said.

The Austin American-Statesman released two edited videos — one under five minutes and nearly an hour-and-a-half long — of the deadly May shooting today.

The Texas House committee investigating the shooting had already announced it would publicly release the full video on Sunday after showing it to victims’ family members. A source close to the committee tells CNN that plan has not changed.

Texas newspaper explains decision to publish Uvalde surveillance footage

The Austin American-Statesman, the Texas newspaper who published the leaked surveillance footage inside Robb Elementary, explained to readers why they, alongside their news partner KVUE-TV, decided to publish said video.

Garcia is also listed as the ethics and standards editor for USA Today Network, which is part of the American-Statesman’s parent company, Gannett.

The release of the leaked footage comes more than month after 21 people — 19 children and two adults — were gunned down on May 24 in Uvalde, Texas.

Since then, frustration and outrage has boiled over as parents along with local, state and federal politicians have called out the lack of transparency in the investigation into the bungled law enforcement response to the shooting.

Garcia wrote the decision to publish the video — which parents were supposed to view first on Sunday — came after “long and thoughtful discussions” between the leadership at the paper.

“We have to bear witness to history, and transparency and unrelenting reporting is a way to bring change,” Garcia wrote.

The paper published two videos Tuesday. The first is the initial four-minute video that shows the gunman entering the school, shooting into the classroom and police waiting outside the classroom and retreating as they hear gunfire.

The second video, posted to the paper’s YouTube channel, is an hour and 22 minutes of footage.

The paper edited out the screams of children as the gunman enters the classroom and blurred out a child’s face who first saw the gunman and ran away once the shooting began. The paper chose to show the gunman’s face, Garcia wrote.

“We chose, in this instance, to show his face to chisel away at any conspiracy that we are hiding something. This last point included much discussion among our senior leaders, our Managing Editor for Standards Michael McCarter, our lead reporter, Tony Plohetski, and his editor, Bob Gee,” Garcia wrote.

The Texas House committee investigating the shooting announced it would publicly release the full video on Sunday after showing it to victims’ family members. A source close to the committee tells CNN that plan has not changed.

Uvalde families express outrage at leak of school shooting video

Javier Cazares, father of Uvalde victim

Javier Cazares, whose daughter was killed at the mass shooting inside Robb Elementary School, was outraged over the leaked surveillance video footage inside the school during the May 24 attack.

“We were supposed to get some footage shown to us on Sunday of the filming inside the hallway and then we got a call, another parent got a call saying that someone got a hold of it. It got released and got leaked. They didn’t have our permission from us to do so,” Cazares told reporters in Washington, DC, shortly after the video was published.

“We didn’t want any audio and these SOBs did it. It got leaked. It got shown all over the world and we are pissed. These families didn’t deserve it. I don’t deserve it. That’s a slap to our babies’ faces and we’re tired of this. We can’t trust anybody no more. It’s aggravating.”

Cazares spoke along with other Uvalde families who were in Washington, DC, along with other Uvalde victim relatives for several events including the White House event celebrating the passage of a bi-partisan bill aimed at reducing gun violence.

Rep. Joe Moody, the Speaker Pro Tempore of the Texas House, called the newly published video of the Uvalde school shooting “a piecemeal release of information.”

The Austin American-Statesman released two edited videos — one under five minutes and nearly an hour-and-a-half long — today.

The Texas House committee investigating the shooting had already announced it would publicly release the full video on Sunday after showing it to victims’ family members. A source close to the committee tells CNN that plan has not changed.

Texas DPS leader says he's "deeply disappointed" video of shooting leaked before planned release

The head of the Texas Department of Public Safety said he was “deeply disappointed” that surveillance video showing parts of the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting were published by an Austin newspaper Tuesday, ahead of the planned public release this weekend.

“I am deeply disappointed this video was released before all of the families who were impacted that day and the community of Uvalde had the opportunity to view it as part of Chairman Dustin Burrows’ plan,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said in a written statement. “Those most affected should have been among the first to see it.”

“As I stated during my testimony before the Senate Special Committee to Protect All Texans, this video provides horrifying evidence that the law enforcement response to the attack at Robb Elementary on May 24 was an abject failure,” McCraw said. “In law enforcement, when one officer fails, we all fail.”

Police response to Uvalde shooting has been creating controversy during investigations

A report by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center, or ALERRT, at Texas State University put out at the beginning of July cited a series of deadly missed opportunities and mistakes in the response to a shooting at Robb Elementary school, including two unlocked doors and a lack of effective command.

The report says an Uvalde police officer with a rifle spotted the gunman outside the school, but a supervisor either did not hear him or responded too late when asked for permission to fire. Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin criticized that account, saying no officer had an opportunity to take a shot at the gunman.

McLaughlin said an officer saw someone outside “but was unsure of who he saw and observed children in the area as well.”

“Ultimately, it was a coach with children on the playground, not the shooter,” the mayor said.

Pete Blair, executive director of ALERRT, defended the report in a statement, saying the source for each item in its timeline is clearly shown in the document. He said the information about the officer who possibly had a shot at the gunman was based on the officer’s statements to DPS.

Citing the report, Blair added, “Ultimately, the decision to use deadly force always lies with the officer who will use the force. If the officer was not confident that he could both hit his target and of his backdrop if he missed, he should not have fired.”

Some context: The gunman fatally shot 19 young students and two teachers inside a classroom before authorities eventually breached the door more than an hour later.

The pain surrounding the tragedy has been compounded by finger-pointing and blame-shifting from the various agencies investigating the school shooting — one of the deadliest in US history — and its aftermath.

Newspaper releases longer edited hallway surveillance video of Uvalde school shooting

The Austin American-Statesman newspaper published a lengthy second edited video Tuesday of hallway surveillance video from inside Robb Elementary School, as gunman Salvador Ramos entered and opened fire, eventually killing 21 people.

The edited presentation lasts nearly an hour-and-a-half and includes video from the parking lot as Ramos crashes a truck and first opens fire. It also shows some video from police body cameras. It was published on the Austin American-Statesman’s YouTube channel.

None of the victims is seen in the video. The newspaper blurred the face of a child who was in the hallway and runs away when Ramos first begins to open fire. The paper says it also edited out sounds of children screaming.

Earlier today, the Austin American-Statesman released just under five minutes of what it reported is more than 77 minutes of video they obtained.

Texas House member says people "deserve the complete truth" about the Uvalde shooting

Rep. Joe Moody, the Speaker Pro Tempore of the Texas House, called the newly published video of the Uvalde school shooting “a piecemeal release of information.”

The Austin American-Statesman released just under five minutes of what it reported is more than 77 minutes of video they obtained.

The Texas House committee investigating the shooting had already announced it would publicly release the full video on Sunday after showing it to victims’ family members. A source close to the committee tells CNN that plan has not changed.

Uvalde's US representative calls video of shooting footage difficult to watch

Following the release of the leaked surveillance video recorded inside Robb Elementary during the May 24 attack, US Rep.Tony Gonzales, who represents Uvalde, called it a “very difficult video to watch.”

Here’s his full tweet

Texas House Investigative Committee chair says he's "disappointed" victims' families did not see the video first

Texas House Rep. Dustin Burrows, the chair of the House committee investigating the Uvalde school shooting, tweeted he’s “glad that a small portion” of the video was leaked on Tuesday, but disappointed that victim’s families did not get to see if beforehand. 

The Austin American-Statesman released just under five minutes of what it reported is more than 77 minutes of video they obtained.

One victim's family is reacting with "mixed emotions" to Uvalde shooting surveillance video

Members of Amerie Jo Garza's family speak with CNN.

Berlina Irene Arreola, the grandmother of Uvalde school shooting victim Amerie Jo Garza,

told CNN her family has “mixed emotions” about whether they want to see the hallway surveillance video.

“We do, I do” want to see the video,” she said. “At the same time, I’m afraid of how I’m going to feel because right now we have so much anger, we have so many mixed emotions. Hurt more than anything, because of what happened. Then anger, because we’re not getting the answers that we need.

“Seeing that, I think is just going to make everybody else more angry, knowing that they were just standing there, basically doing nothing for that long period of time. They may say they were waiting or they were getting prepared. Seventy-seven minutes to get prepared is way too long,” she said.

Amerie Jo’s stepfather, Angel Garza, told CNN he feels like he knows more about the timeline of events for the Highland Park parade shooting last week than about the shooting in Uvalde in May.

“And that’s wrong, that is so wrong,” Garza said. “We’ve had multiple people tell us that they’ve never seen anything like this — agencies arguing, fighting, pointing the finger at each other. Nobody wants to admit that they were wrong, and our daughter isn’t here anymore. We deserve to know what happened.”

Texas state senator calls the early publication of Uvalde shooting footage "appalling"

Texas State Sen. Roland Gutierrez tweeted about the early publication of the Uvalde school shooting video, calling it “appalling.”

The Austin American-Statesman released just under five minutes of what it reported is more than 77 minutes of video they obtained.

The Texas House committee investigating the shooting had already announced it would publicly release the full video on Sunday after showing it to victims’ family members. A source close to the committee tells CNN that plan has not changed.

New video show officers inside Uvalde school retreated immediately after taking gunfire

Newly published surveillance video recorded inside Robb Elementary in Uvlade, Texas, during the May 24 attack, shows officers approaching the classroom where Salvador Ramos killed 21 people, but then retreating down the hallway and taking cover the moment gunfire is heard.

The video was obtained by the Austin American-Statesman newspaper and published Tuesday.

The edited video first shows teachers screaming as the gunman crosses the parking lot of Robb Elementary School after crashing a truck just outside the property. Once Ramos is inside the building, hallway surveillance cameras show him walking down the hallway uncontested with a long rifle. Gunfire is heard as the gunman enters a classroom, and a child on the other end of the hallway is seen running.

The newspaper says it removed the sound of children’s screams from the video.

The first shots that appeared to be directed at responding officers are heard at 11:37 a.m. local time, sending the officers immediately running down to the other end of the hallway in retreat. Multiple officers are seen with their guns drawn in the hallway, but are not seen approaching the classroom again until 12:21 p.m., after four more rounds are heard from the gunman. The officers do not directly confront the gunman again until 12:50 p.m., killing Ramos.

The Austin American-Statesman released just under five minutes of what it reported is more than 77 minutes of video they obtained.

The Texas House committee investigating the shooting had already announced it would publicly release the full video on Sunday after showing it to victims’ family members. A source close to the committee tells CNN that plan has not changed.

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