Surveillance Video Shows Uvalde Police Officers Fist-Bumping, Using Hand Sanitizer During School Massacre

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Screenshot: Online Video, Austin American-Statesman

An utterly horrifying video has been released showing the failed Uvalde police response during the massacre at Robb Elementary school in May where a gunman shot and killed 19 children and two teachers. 

Surveillance video obtained by the Austin American-Statesman shows a scene in which heavily armed and heavily armored officers from multiple departments do little to stop the carnage that took place over a 77-minute span.

And while they find no time to take action in an attempt to save the lives of children and teachers in the classrooms, a pair find a moment to share a fist bump while another officer can be seen making use of a hand sanitizer dispenser in the hallway.

The newspaper edited down a 4-minute clip that shows a paired-down timeline of the attack. They had to edit out the screams of children to make the video somewhat less disturbing.

It is nothing short of excruciating to watch the monumental failure of those put in charge to serve and protect the community – especially its children.

Please be aware that the video is very disturbing.

RELATED: Uvalde Police HAD Protective Shields, Weapons, Tools – Still Waited For Over an Hour

Uvalde Surveillance Video is Difficult to Watch

The Austin American-Statesman also published the full surveillance footage in its entirety on their YouTube page

The video confirms previous reporting that Uvalde police officers in the school certainly had the protective equipment and firepower necessary to confront the killer, but waited over an hour for orders directing them to do so regardless.

The newspaper describes the scene as such:

(The video) shows in excruciating detail dozens of sworn officers, local, state and federal — heavily armed, clad in body armor, with helmets, some with protective shields — walking back and forth in the hallway, some leaving the camera frame and then reappearing, others training their weapons toward the classroom, talking, making cellphone calls, sending texts and looking at floor plans, but not entering or attempting to enter the classrooms.

Outrage poured in from all corners as portions of the video showed an officer cleaning his hands with sanitizer while others remained outside and continued to do nothing, even as shots continued to ring out.

In another segment of the video, the Statesman reports, “two officers in camouflage fist-bump each other” at 12:41, well over an hour after the gunman entered the Uvalde school and nearly 10 minutes before the classroom is breached and the killer is put down.

RELATED: Officer Wanted To Save Teacher Wife From Uvalde Classroom But Was Detained And Had His Gun Taken Away

Police Officer Whose Daughter Was Killed Is Restrained Outside the Classroom

In yet another excruciatingly sad scene, video footage of the Uvalde police response to the shooting reportedly shows Sheriff’s Deputy Felix Rubio being restrained outside the classroom where his 10-year-old daughter Lexi was killed.

“As multiple law enforcement agencies finally begin to engage (the shooter), an officer who stays back steps across a physically restrained Rubio to use hand sanitizer,” the Daily Mail reports.

“During the video, Rubio can be seen looking on helplessly, crying and gesticulating. At one point, a second officer has to help to restrain him,” they continue.

Previous reporting by The Political Insider revealed a similar harrowing scenario in which another Uvalde police officer whose wife had called him from inside the classroom as she lay bleeding heavily was reportedly detained and had his gun taken away when he tried to save her.

“She says she is shot,” Ruben Ruiz of the school district police force told other officers on the scene.

An official with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) told the Texas Tribune last month that “Ruiz was soon escorted away by other officers on the scene.”

DPS Director Col. Steven McCraw confirmed that Officer Ruiz was prevented from saving his wife, Uvalde teacher Eva Mireles.

“What happened to him, is he tried to move forward into the hallway,” McCraw said. “He was detained and they took his gun away from him and escorted him off the scene.”

Mireles later died from her injuries.

Over a dozen students in the classroom were still alive during the timeframe that the Uvalde surveillance video played out. Many of the victims were bleeding due to the wounds they suffered. One teacher died while being transported by ambulance.

But one officer in a helmet prevented himself from catching a cold by using hand sanitizer, a pair of other officers got to buddy up with a hearty fist bump, and another was able to check his text messages.

These men must truly be proud of their actions, or rather, inaction.

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