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Uvalde Shooting Victims Want $27B, Class Action In Lawsuit

By 12/04/2022 12:55 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

According to court filings, victims of the Uvalde school massacre, which left 21 people dead, have sued the local, state, and local police, the city, and other school and law enforcement officials, claiming $27 billion in damages for failing to apprehend the assailant quickly enough.

The lawsuit claims that when authorities took more than an hour to engage the gunman inside a fourth-grade classroom, they violated the active shooter procedure. It was filed in federal court in Austin on Tuesday.

For victims of the May 24 shooting who have suffered “emotional or psychological damages as a result of the defendant’s behavior and omissions on that date,” the lawsuit asks for class action status and monetary compensation.

School personnel and legal guardians for youngsters at Robb Elementary School when a shooter stormed the building and killed 19 students and two teachers in the bloodiest school massacre in the United States in almost a decade are among those who filed the case.

The lawsuit asserts that instead of acting following prior training to stop an active shooter, “the conduct of the three hundred and seventy-six (376) law enforcement officials who were on the scene for the arduously torturous seventy-seven minute period of law enforcement indecision, dysfunction, and harm, fell exceedingly short of their duty bound standards.”

Officials from the City of Uvalde stated that they had not received the documentation as of Friday and declined to comment on the ongoing case.

Requests for comment from the Uvalde Consolidated School District and the Texas Department of Public Safety went unanswered.

A number of the survivors have also filed a lawsuit against the gun’s manufacturer, Daniel Defense, as well as the retailer from which the gunman purchased the weapon. In a different action, $6 billion in damages are demanded.

An attempt for comment from Black Creek, Georgia-based Daniel Defense went unanswered.

CEO Marty Daniels described the Uvalde shooting and others like it as “very troubling” in a congressional hearing over the summer, but he distinguished between the guns themselves and the violence, claiming that America’s mass shootings are local problems to be dealt with locally.

A federal lawsuit was filed earlier this week by the mother of a child killed in the incident against many of the same parties.

Due to their actions at the scene, two cops have been dismissed, while other officers have resigned or been put on leave.

When confronted for the first time by the families of the Uvalde victims regarding false and inconsistent accounts from law enforcement, as well as a lack of transparency in the information that was made available,

Col. Steve McCraw, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, admitted mistakes made by officers in October.

McCraw defended his organization nonetheless, claiming that they “did not fail” Uvalde.

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