Law may allow Texas school shooting 911 calls, bodycam videos to be withheld
By Eileen AJ Connelly
June 4, 2022 4:57pm Updated
- Police walk near Robb Elementary School following a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.
- Uvalde police are allowed to stop any additional 911 records or body cam footage during the school shooting from being released due to a “dead suspect loophole” law, according to a local reporter.
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Police may never have to fully account for what went wrong during the Uvalde school massacre, thanks to a quirk in Texas law.
The law, meant to protect people wrongly accused, says police agencies may not release their investigative files unless a person is convicted of a crime.
But when an accused criminal dies before they’re convicted, it enables police to withhold information, an award-winning Texas journalist said.
Dubbed the “dead suspect loophole,” the law has prevented families of those who die in police custody from learning about the circumstances of those deaths, said according to Tony Plohetski, an investigative reporter for the Austin American Statesman newspaper and KVUE.
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Can we allow them to hide the evidence?
Personally, I’d fire them all!
How do we incentivize better? Privatize.