NYC Mayor Eric Adams says NYPD would not repeat Uvalde police mistakes during school shooting

New York City Mayor Eric Adams assured Tuesday that NYPD officers and other first responders to a school shooting in his city would not hesitate to intervene, contrary to the reported police response to the deadly mass shooting at a Uvalde elementary school , Texas , last week.

“That’s not going to happen in New York. We’re going in with an active shooter,” Adams said Tuesday morning.morning joe.”

“Not only would the police go in with an active gunman, but the FDNY, EMS, they’re trained to go in with an active gunman,” he continued. “It appears this was treated more like a barricaded gunman or hostage negotiation scenario than an active gunman.”

Adams also said he intends to reach out to Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin to discuss what local leaders can do to end gun violence.

“I’m going to call him today because this is a mayors’ fight,” Adams said. “Mayors are affected.”

Police in Uvalde, Texas, have faced growing criticism for their response to last week’s shooting at Robb Elementary School, in which 19 children and two teachers were killed by a gunman.

At a Friday news conference, Steven McCraw, chief of the Texas Department of Public Safety, told reporters that during the shooting, police had come to believe the gunman had barricaded himself in a classroom and was no longer an active gunman threat. Several officers had been waiting for backup in the school corridor when children were trapped in the classroom with the gunman.

Some of the children spoke to police officers on the phone and asked the police to rescue them. Instead, officers waited nearly an hour before breaching the classroom and incapacitating the gunman.

“Based on the information we have, there were obviously children in this classroom who were still at risk,” McCraw said Friday. “In retrospect, where I’m sitting now, it obviously wasn’t the right decision. It was the wrong decision. Point.”

ABC News reported Monday that the Uvalde Police Department and the Uvalde Independent School District Police Department have ceased cooperating with the Texas Department of Public Safety’s investigation into the massacre. The decision to end cooperation with the investigation came shortly after McCraw said police made the “wrong decision,” ABC News reported.

The Biden administration announced Sunday that the Department of Justice will open an investigation into the police operation in Uvalde at the request of Mayor McLaughlin. The department said the review “will be fair, transparent and independent”.

“The goal of the review is to provide an independent report on law enforcement’s actions and responses on the day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events,” said the Ministry of Justice. NYC Mayor Eric Adams says NYPD would not repeat Uvalde police mistakes during school shooting

Laura Coffey

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