Justice Department: Uvalde School Shooting “Pain, Failure and Missteps Continued Into Minute 78”
For Immediate Release: January 18, 2024
UVALDE, TEXAS – Today, Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Department of Justice released their findings following a comprehensive, independent investigation on the Uvalde Massacre and the failures of Texas law enforcement on that day.
Candidate for the United States Senate and Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez joined the families of survivors and victims this morning as the Department of Justice Report released their findings in Uvalde.
Senator Gutierrez will be thoroughly reviewing 273 recommendations made in the 610 page DOJ report, including key recommendations for reform and best practices. He will provide further in-depth commentary in the days to come.
In the months following the Uvalde massacre, Roland Gutierrez fought alongside Uvalde families at the Texas Capitol last year to pass laws to reduce gun violence and uncover the abject failure of Texas leadership and law enforcement. Gutierrez reviewed hundreds of hours of body cam footage to uncover each failure, hold state officials accountable, and develop real policy solutions. Of the 21 bills submitted, none were passed in the Republican-controlled legislature, including measures popular with GOP voters, such as age limit increases and red flag laws.