From the New York Post
A hard-to-find key to a locked classroom door was the ultimate reason police waited 77 minutes to enter a Robb Elementary classroom to kill a gunman, stopping the massacre that claimed the lives of 19 students and two teachers, the under-fire police chief said.
Oh, it was their inability to find a key that kept them from entering the room.
“Not a single responding officer ever hesitated, even for a moment, to put themselves at risk to save the children,” Arredondo told the newspaper. “We responded to the information that we had and had to adjust to whatever we faced.”
The door jamb was steel so they couldn’t just kick it in. I don’t know, I’ve seen a few police rams designed to do exactly that. And every fire and rescue vehicle I know carry those magic pry bars. I’ve seen fire fighters open doors in contests in less than 30 seconds.
The door to the classroom that Ramos was in had a steel jamb and could not be kicked in, Arredondo told the paper. He spent more than an hour in the hallway trying dozens of keys.
The school district police chief also tried to justify his decision not to take his police radios into the school with him, believing he needed both hands to take down the shooter instead of holding the devices that might give away his position if the gunman heard them. Arredondo also did not have a bullet resistant vest, he told the paper.
“Our objective was to save as many lives as we could, and the extraction of the students from the classrooms by all that were involved saved over 500 of our Uvalde students and teachers before we gained access to the shooter and eliminated the threat,” Arredondo said.
But Arredondo’s decision not to take his radios in with him meant he did not know that students were calling 911 from inside the two classrooms the gunman targeted, begging for police to stop him.
In Robert Heinlein’s book The Number of the Beast they endup in a world where justice is an eye for an eye. The example given is that of a man found guilty of hitting a pedestrian and leaving. The pedestrian survived.
The punishment? They tied the man to the road and drove over his legs, the same as the victim. They then stood around and waited while the guilty screamed and begged for 45 minutes. At the end of 45 minutes the rescue team went to work. The same 45 minutes that the original victim waited before rescue arrived.
I think we should find a suitable punishment for Pete Arredondo, a monster.