Every coward Uvalde cop should be fired – they’ve shamed their badges and their country


I didn’t think I’d see a more stomach-churning image this week than President ‘I’ll make Saudi a pariah’ Biden gleefully fist-bumping Mohammed bin Salman like they were best buddies.

The breathtakingly shameless hypocrisy of Biden’s groveling to the man he believes ordered the horrific death squad murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi made me want to vomit.

But it pales in significance compared to some of the truly disgusting video clips emerging from the first official report into the Uvalde massacre.

It’s shocking enough to now learn there were nearly 400 armed law-enforcement officers at Robb Elementary School by the time one lone deranged shooter had spent 77 minutes obliterating 19 young children and two teachers.

‘The only one way to stop a bad guy with a gun IS A GOOD GUY WITH A GUN,’ tweeted the NRA last year.

How hollow that always disingenuous claim looks today when we learn 376 “good guys with guns,” including 149 Border Patrol officers, 91 members of the state Department of Public Safety, 14 from the Department of Homeland Security, 25 from the Uvalde Police Department, 16 from the San Antonio Police Department and 16 from the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office, couldn’t collectively summon the courage, sense of duty or basic humanity to charge into that classroom and kill one pathetic shooter armed with an AR-15.

As Texas Tribune journalist Zach Despart tweeted, there was a bigger force there than the entire garrison that defended the Alamo.

But it’s not just the cops’ now demonstrably proven inaction that is so scandalous.

The Texas House report was the only thing more sickening this weekend than watching President Biden fist-bump Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia.
The Texas House report was the only thing more sickening this weekend than watching President Biden fist-bump Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia.
Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP
There were nearly 400 law enforcement officers at the scene of the shooting, according to the Texas House report.
There were nearly 400 law enforcement officers at the scene of the shooting, according to the Texas House report.
City of Uvalde Police Department/Handout via REUTERS

It’s also their outrageous antics as they did nothing.

One of them was seen on camera laughing.

LAUGHING!?!

What the hell did he find so bloody funny given what was happening to those poor young kids just a few feet away?

Another casually applied a squirt of hand sanitizer.

SERIOUSLY? That was his priority as the massacre unfurled?

Newly released videos show how casual the officers were during the massacre.
Newly released videos show how casual the officers were during the massacre.
Uvalde Police Department
Children getting evacuated from Robb Elementary School during the mass shooting on May 24, 2022.
Children getting evacuated from Robb Elementary School during the mass shooting on May 24, 2022.
Pete Luna/Uvalde Leader-News/Handout via REUTERS

Others stayed safe around corners or lay hiding on the floor with their big powerful guns.

The Uvalde school police chief could even be seen treating the active shooter with gut-wrenchingly inappropriate respect: “Sir, if you can hear me,” he pleaded pathetically, “please put your firearm down, sir.”

SIR?

This was no “sir” — this was a sniveling, evil mass murderer.

There was no time for such excruciating polite chat with someone firing a semi-automatic rifle at point-blank range into innocent young heads.

The only possible response was to storm the classroom as fast as possible.

The officers waited in the building for over an hour while the shooter was in a classroom.
The officers waited in the building for over an hour while the shooter was in a classroom.
via REUTERS

Yet the only one who seemed to understand this urgent imperative was Uvalde SWAT team chief Sgt. Eduardo Canales, who was shot and wounded when he first tried to confront the shooter, but minutes after could be seen repeatedly yelling, ‘we’ve got to get in there, he just keeps shooting, we’ve got to get in there!’

He was right, but they ignored him, and he didn’t do it himself – instead, they all chose not to risk their lives to save the lives of young children.

Even as I write those words, I find it hard to believe that’s what happened, but it did.

“It could have been worse,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said at the time, as the false narratives initially spun by lying law enforcement that the brave, selfless cops had prevented an even worse death toll.

Actually, it couldn’t have been any worse.

This was as bad as law enforcement could possibly be.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott initially said the shooting "could have been worse" based on false narratives from law enforcement.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott initially said the shooting “could have been worse” based on false narratives from law enforcement.
Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP, File

Nineteen children are dead because these self-protecting weasels couldn’t be bothered to do their jobs and how any of them have the audacity to remain in those jobs is beyond my comprehension.

How can they possibly sleep at night knowing what the horrific consequences were of their appallingly gutless failure to act?

If they’re in any doubt about their culpability, they should listen to the grieving relatives of those who were killed.

Leonard Sandoval, whose grandson Xavier Lopez died on the way to the hospital, told the New York Times the report confirmed what the community had long known: the cops failed in their duty and then tried to cover it up.

‘We all make mistakes,’ he said. ‘We are all human. But they should have admitted to it and then resigned. It’s the lying that hurts.’

A woman protesting the police response to the shooting at a Uvalde city council meeting on July 12, 2022.
A woman protesting the police response to the shooting at a Uvalde city council meeting on July 12, 2022.
AP Photo/Eric Gay

His words were echoed by many others whose lives were shattered that day.

‘They’re going to have the blood of those kids on their hands for eternity,’ said Manny Renfro, grandfather of Uziyah Garcia, 10, who also died.

Renfro, 65, said the thought of what those officers did, or failed to do, made him sick to his stomach, as it did me and I’m sure everyone else who’s now seen the hard evidence.

‘I think every single lawman who was on the scene should be held accountable,’ he said. ‘They lost 19 beautiful children, including my grandson. My blood just starts boiling, and I get upset because something more could’ve been done to save those kids.’

The cowardly police response to the shooting is at fault for the 19 children and and two teachers killed in the shooting.
The cowardly police response to the shooting is at fault for the 19 children and and two teachers killed in the shooting.
AP Photo/Eric Gay, File

Mary Grace Garcia, an aunt of Uziyah, posed a simple question for the officers: ‘What were you all thinking? What was going through your mind by standing there in the hallway?’

Sadly, we know the answer.

They were thinking of themselves, not the kids being slaughtered.

And for that, every single one of them should be fired today.

They’re a disgrace to their badges and to America.





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