Moskowitz Issues Statement After DOJ Report Finds “Cascading Failures” by Police During Uvalde Shooting
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jared Moskowitz (D-FL), Co-Chair of the Congressional Bipartisan School Safety and Security Caucus, released the following statement after a report by the U.S. Department of Justice Department (DOJ) revealed “cascading failures” in the police response to the 2022 shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas.
“When 17 people were killed at my alma mater, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the armed school resource officer on site did nothing to save the lives of children and staff members being murdered. Today, I am profoundly saddened by the report showing another failure to respond at Robb Elementary, where 21 people were gunned down in 2022. I want to thank the DOJ for releasing this report, but it raises an important question: Why does this keep happening? Why, when kids and staff members are crying for their lives, are the people sworn to protect and defend them not following protocols and procedures? As the only emergency management director in Congress, I know how crucial it is to have a rapid response to these events. If they don’t dare to protect students when they’re being shot at, they have no business wearing those uniforms. It is critical that we have a nationwide standard for law enforcement responses to active shootings, to prevent future tragedies like those that happened in Uvalde and Parkland,” said Moskowitz.