Uvalde school shooting update: Officials agree to release some hallway surveillance video from Robb Elementary attack

UVALDE, Texas — State and local officials have agreed to release surveillance footage from the hallway at Robb Elementary School during the May 24 mass shooting that claimed the lives of 19 students and two teachers, a key Texas state legislature said Monday.

The development ends a week-long dispute between the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Mayor of Uvalde over how to handle the sensitive video.

At a hearing on Monday, Rep. Dustin Burrows, chairman of a Texas House special panel investigating the Robb shooting, said the video “would not contain any graphic images or depictions of violence” but supported the release of footage of the police response to help the public better understand what happened at school.

“I can tell people all day what I saw, the committee can tell people all day what we saw, but it’s a whole different thing to see for yourself,” Burrows said. “And we think that’s very important.”

Burrows didn’t say when the video would be released, but pledged to “continue to put pressure on the situation and consider all options to ensure the video is released to the public.”

This is a breaking news update. A previous version of this report can be found below.

The Texas House investigative committee’s preliminary report into the Robb Elementary School massacre in Uvalde could be released within the next 10 days, and the committee’s chairman is urging the report to include the critical 77 minutes of “hallway” surveillance video a source close to the committee.

Rep. Dustin Burrows, the committee’s chair, said the source is not pushing for the release of videos showing victims or footage of violence.

Burrows is barred from releasing the 77-minute “hallway” video of law enforcement’s response because he signed a non-disclosure agreement with the Texas Department of Public Safety, he said on Twitter Friday.

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Burrows included two letters in his tweet. In a letter, he asked the DPS for permission to release the video to the public. The other letter is a response from DPS stating that the agency agrees that the video will “bring clarity to the public about the tragic events in Uvalde” that the Uvalde District Attorney “has objected to the video being made public”.

Burrow’s tweet said the video he’s urging for release “does not contain images of victims or footage of violence.”

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A gunman fatally shot 19 young students and two teachers in a classroom on May 24 before authorities broke down the door more than an hour later – after waiting in a school corridor. What authorities did in those 77 minutes remains largely unclear, and some officials have questioned the credibility of the various investigations working to understand police failures that day.

The next House Committee hearing is scheduled for Monday at 9 am CT in Austin. The witnesses scheduled to testify are DPS Director Col. Steven McCraw, ALERRT Assistant Director John Curnutt and Uvalde County Sheriff Ruben Nolasco.

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On Thursday, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin refuted a new assessment of law enforcement’s response to the shooting, saying the report from the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center “does not give a full and accurate account of what happened.” “.

McLaughlin criticized the first part of the report, which said a Uvalde police officer spotted the shooter outside the school with a rifle, but a supervisor either did not hear the officer or was too late to respond when the officer asked for permission to shoot .

“No officer from the Uvalde Police Department saw the shooter before he entered the school on May 24,” McLaughlin said in a statement. “No policeman from Uvalde had the opportunity to shoot the shooter.”

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CNN reached out to Uvalde District Attorney Christina Mitchell Busbee on Friday and Sunday, asking her to comment on why she’s objecting to the video’s release, but has received no response.

According to the same source, the Texas House Inquiry Committee’s preliminary report will clarify conflicting reports from previous reviews of the May 24 events. The report will include verbatim quotes from affidavits, the source said.

Nolasco told CNN on Sunday his testimony will be made via videoconference, not in person.

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan (R) formed the three-member committee last month. Burrows, a Republican, was elected chairman; Rep. Joe Moody (D) was appointed vice chairman; and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman is a member.

The purpose of the committee of inquiry is a finding of fact. Two other House Committees, Youth Health & Safety and Homeland Security & Public Safety, are tasked with making legislative recommendations.

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