Court records reveal that victims of the Uvalde school shooting, which left 21 people dead, have filed a lawsuit against local and state police, the city, and other school and law enforcement authorities demanding $27 billion due to delays in confronting the attacker.
The complaint, filed on Tuesday in federal court in Austin, alleges that authorities did not act in accordance with active shooter policy by waiting more than an hour to engage the assailant in the fourth grade classroom.
Sufferers of “emotional or psychological losses as a consequence of the defendants’ behavior and omissions on that day” from the May 24 shooting are seeking class action status and damages in this lawsuit.
The complaint argues that during the active shooting, “the actions of the three hundred and seventy-six (376) law enforcement officers who were there for the exhaustively tortuous seventy-seven minutes of law enforcement uncertainty, dysfunction, and injury, fell significantly short of their duty bound standards.”
It was reported on Friday that no one from the city of Uvalde had been served with the necessary documents, and that authorities there would not comment on the ongoing dispute.
A number of the survivors have filed lawsuits against the gun manufacturer Daniel Defense and the retailer from where the perpetrator purchased his weapon. The damages sought in the other claim are estimated at $6 billion.
Officers’ actions on the scene have led to the dismissal of two of them and the resignation or suspension of many others. When questioned for the first time by relatives of the Uvalde victims in October, Col. Steve McCraw, chief of the Texas Department of Public Safety, admitted faults by officers over inaccurate and changing narratives from law enforcement and lack of openness in the available facts. Yet McCraw stood by his agency, maintaining that they “did not fail” Uvalde.