As TFTP reported last month, the Uvalde shooter was able to fire off rounds outside the school building for 12 minutes, unobstructed and unchallenged by law enforcement before he entered the school and murdered children. He then entered the school where he was allowed to remain unhindered for 1 hour and 17 minutes before a tactical unit with Border Patrol showed up, disobeyed the order not to go in, and finally took him out.
Last week, a still shot from a surveillance camera inside Robb Elementary showed that Uvalde cops were well equipped to engage the shooter. At least one of the officers is seen with a bullet proof shield nearly an hour before police would enter the classroom.
As parents were thrown to the ground, tasered, and handcuffed outside the school for trying to save their children, heavily armed officers — with the proper gear to take out a shooter — were inside the school just 19 minutes after the gunman arrived.
They would not enter the classroom for another 58 minutes.
Angeli Gomez was one of these parents who was thrown to the ground and handcuffed, but she persisted nonetheless.
"The police were doing nothing," said Gomez. "They [the police] were just standing outside the fence. They weren't going in there or running anywhere."
Gomez would convince one of the Uvalde police officers to uncuff her and she snuck away.
"As soon as they [police] take me off the cuff I see his arm like, give me a little gateway, because I'm real little so a little gateway where I can just run."
As heavily armed cops with AR-15s and body armor twiddled their thumbs as a mass shooter murdered children inside the school, Gomez — unarmed and wearing no body armor at all — jumped a fence and rushed into the school.
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As FOX 29 reports, within minutes Gomez is able to get her oldest son and some of his classmates out. But her youngest was still inside. She ran around the school desperately searching for his classroom.
"At this moment I'm jiggling the handle and I'm going pretty nuts like trying to get the door open and it's not gonna open, so I stand back and the cops are already on me and they're like "ma'am calm down!"
Gomez answered back, telling police to evacuate the school or she won't leave her spot, "immediately they start evacuating that classroom and my son runs out to me and he's like, "mom, mom!""
"I just remember when my son saw my other son, one hugged the other one and said 'I'm so glad you're okay', and the other one said, 'I was so worried you weren't,'" she recalled.
Gomez became an American hero that day but to the cops in Uvalde, she's an bothersome reminder of their gross incompetence. Since her heroism exposed their inaction, Gomez says she's been constantly harassed — even at her own home.
Gomez told FOX 29 that "the other night we were exercising and we had a cop parked at the corner like, flickering us with his headlights."
She told reporters that she has since had to separate from her boys, "just so my sons don't feel like they have to watch cops passing by, stopping, parking."
Gomez says she now intends on filing a lawsuit against the department. Her lawyer, Mark Di Carlo told FOX 29 that Uvalde chief Pete Arredondo needs to be immediately fired, noting , "the fact that he wasn't fired immediately based upon whatever it is, hours of video, from testimonies such as Angeli's; is an indication that there is some sort of what, corruption or wrong-doing."
Indeed, as we reported last week, many Texans feel the same way and the lack of transparency in this case has many of them alleging that a cover-up is taking place.