UVALDE, Texas – The long-awaited report by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on the police response to the tragic massacre at Robb Elementary School in 2022 is set to be released on Thursday. The report, known as the Critical Incident Report, aims to shed light on the law enforcement’s actions during the devastating event.
In an intimate gathering held at Uvalde’s Herby Ham Activity Center on Wednesday night, the families of the victims were given a sneak peek into the contents of the report. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, accompanied by DOJ officials, personally met with the grieving families to provide them with the much-anticipated information. The closed-door, two-hour conversation was a somber affair, filled with emotions.
According to Alfred Garza III, father of Amerie Jo Garza, one of the 19 students who lost their lives in the shooting, the report presented a detailed and summarized account of the events that unfolded on that fateful day. However, Garza emphasized that the report did not seek to assign blame but rather allowed readers to draw their own conclusions based on the information presented.
The DOJ’s investigation into the incident involved interviews with over 200 individuals and the analysis of nearly 13,000 pieces of evidence. While some parents stated that specific details were not disclosed during the meeting, they respected the confidentiality of the information until the official release of the report.
Wednesday’s gathering left a lasting impression on the families, with many expressing their gratitude towards Attorney General Garland for his empathetic and compassionate demeanor. Garland also took the time to address the parents’ inquiries, fostering an atmosphere of open dialogue. The families shared that the conversation mainly revolved around the failure of law enforcement in their response to the incident.
Oscar Orona, father of Noah, a survivor of the shooting, expressed optimism about the upcoming report, believing that it would validate their concerns and shed light on what transpired and what should have occurred on that fateful day. Berlinda Arreola, the grandmother of Amerie Jo Garza, expressed her need to process the overwhelming amount of information presented during the private meeting and pondered the next steps in light of the revelations.
The parents of the victims, anticipating a comprehensive and unbiased investigation, eagerly await the report’s release. They hope that the objective analysis, conducted by an independent entity not involved in the initial response, will bring about the change and accountability they have been tirelessly fighting for since the tragedy occurred. The families believe that the truth will finally come to light with the report’s publication.
Following the release of the DOJ report, Attorney General Garland will hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m., during which he will discuss the department’s findings. Uvalde families also plan to share their thoughts on the report in a subsequent news conference. Both events will be livestreamed on KENS5.com and the KENS 5 app, ensuring widespread access to the important updates regarding this tragic incident.