The police chief in charge of operations at a Texas elementary school where a gunman killed 21 people has not been notified of desperate calls made by children trapped inside, a state senator said Thursday.
The 911 calls “did not contact the so-called incident commander,” Senator Roland Guterres told a news conference, referring to school district police chief Pete Aredondo.
“There’s a human error, there’s a system error,” Guterres said.
Officers have been sharply criticized for waiting more than an hour to deactivate the gunman after he arrived at the school. Steven McCroy, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), acknowledged that the delay was a “wrong decision.”
Guterres said: “We need to know what law enforcement is doing, what radio procedures were followed and not followed.”
“We’ve all failed. There’s been a lot of failure here,” the senator said.
The U.S. Department of Justice said Sunday it would investigate the law enforcement response and issue a report.
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