Uvalde Body Cam Footage Shows Exactly What Police Officers Can’t Afford to Do

For police officers, hesitation is not an option.

In a situation where the innocent are at risk, public officials should do whatever is necessary to protect the innocent from harm. Hesitation — and even using personal judgment — is a sign that maybe someone shouldn’t be a cop. Because that can make the difference between life and death.

I’m talking about Crimson Elizondo. CNN reported that she was recently hired as a school clerk by the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District. However, body cam footage has revealed her role in the tragic shooting that took place in Uvalde this year.

Elizondo was identified as one of the state police officers who arrived at the Robb Elementary compound within minutes of a call about a gunman entering the facilities.

Now, as you know, over 370 officers were waiting outside because the police department didn’t have the lead, resulting in the shooter killing 19 students and two teachers. But Elizondo’s case is particularly disturbing due to footage captured by another police officer at the scene.

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That’s because Elizondo was once heard to say, “If my son had been in there, I wouldn’t have been out. I promise you that.”

I have a real problem with this. Not because Elizondo was standing outside with the other officers, waiting for any order. But because this comment showed a lack of respect for life. If it had been more personal for her – if a family member had been involved – she would have saved them at all costs. But not other children?

That should not be the verdict of the police officers. Your job is to risk your life to protect the innocent. Not just people you know. Everything innocent. Taking care of them whether there is a relationship or not. Elizondo’s comment was like, “Well, these aren’t my kids, so I don’t mind being out there.” It’s about as unprofessional as it gets.

Apparently the school district felt the same way. Elizondo was fired not only for her actions on camera, but also because she is under investigation. And rightly so, based on said footage.

I remember reading another story about an officer learning that someone related to him was in the building. He was willing to go inside and save her at any cost after receiving a phone call from her. Unfortunately, due to the callous leadership of Uvalde’s police, he was held back at the time, leading to the tragedy that happened just moments later.

This officer did not deserve to lose a family member and more could have been done to save all victims. The leadership let everyone down – and Elizondo’s bodycam footage is another sign of how bad things were. I mean come on

The investigation is still ongoing and I can only hope that the officers responsible for the crime scene inaction will be disciplined. And that includes Elizondo. People rely on you for protection. You can’t choose how this is done; you have to protect That’s an officer’s job.

I’ve been in law enforcement for over 30 years and while I’ve seen many unprofessional acts in my time, this one just gnaws at my gut.

I understand your need to take care of your family – I understand that – but put them ahead of others in the face of tragedy? That’s just wrong.

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