'I’m not trying to get clapped out': New video shows cops responding to Uvalde massacre feared getting shot

'I’m not trying to get clapped out': New video shows cops responding to Uvalde massacre feared getting shot
Footage shows Texas Department of Public Safety [DPS] officers who are heavily armed and wearing bulletproof vests waiting outside Robb Elementary School classrooms (New York Post/ Video screengrab, YouTube)

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UVALDE, TEXAS: Police officers responding to the Uvalde massacre, which claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers, reportedly dreaded being shot, reveals newly leaked bodycam footage from the day of the horror. Cops are heard whining about their worries about being shot, New York Post reported. Almost 400 law enforcement officials from various agencies arrived at the Robb Elementary School massacre on May 24, but they were forced to wait outside for nearly an hour as the 18-year-old shooter Salvador Ramos attacked two classrooms of children. 

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Footage captured officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety [DPS] who are heavily armed and wearing bulletproof vests waiting outside. The video depicted uncertainty and mayhem as officers hesitated to act and were unsure of basic details, such as who had been shot and who was in the classroom with the shooter, reported New York Post.

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In the footage obtained by a TV station in San Antonio, Texas, an officer can be heard asking, "Want to jump the f*****g gate or what?" The second DPS officer responded, "What is the safest way to do this? I’m not trying to get clapped out," cited by New York Post. "Me neither," said the first trooper. "I also don’t like standing right by the windows where we can get shot, bro," added the second officer. The video also captured one officer telling another official, "You’re going to put yourself in danger."

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The video leaked and surfaced hours before the Texas Department of Public Safety scheduled a public conference where elected leaders and the families of the murdered Uvalde children addressed DPS brass, including the director of the investigation, Steven McCraw.

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In previous public statements, McCraw had told the families of the victims that he would step down if his troopers had "any culpability" in the ineffective police response, as per the New York Post report.

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Ramos was reportedly shot dead by a off-duty Customs and Border Protection agent from an elite tactical unit. The officer killed Ramos before his rampage could claim more lives. Police officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety, US Customs, and Border Protection, and various other local agencies responded to the deadly shooting in the small town located about 60 miles east of the Mexico border on Tuesday, May 24. But the law enforcement reaction to the tragedy was severely criticized in a damning report by the Texas senators which was released in July. 

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Numerous authorities have been fired as a result of the tragedy, including DPS Sgt Juan Maldonado, who was there when the shooting took place. Pete Arredondo, the head of the Uvalde schools police department, was reportedly fired in August, and early this month the whole school district police force was suspended.

Meanwhile, the video grabbed the attention of people who are slamming the police officers who were responding for the tragedy at Uvlada. One user on YouTube commented, "These cops were cowards. It’s fine to be concerned and take precautions, but when people are getting shot and possibly killed with you there, it’s time to stop talking and act." "Fire them all," said one user.

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One user on Twitter wrote, "Cowards. ALL of them." Another user tweeted, "How pathetic. Oh, no. I'm scared to get shot! What abou the scared children in that classroom, wanting to go home to their mom and dad; scared of being shot, or killed! Of you don't have the balls to do you oath, then you're a disgrace to your uniform. Disgraceful department."


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