Uvalde shooting families file lawsuit seeking billions
The suit reportedly lists the city of Uvalde, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, the school's police department, the Uvalde Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and select individual members of the named groups as defendants in the case.
Survivors of the mass shooting and victims' families argue that they "sustained emotional and psychological damages as a result of Defendants' conduct and omissions" and are seeking $27 billion in damages.
Over 376 officers arrived at the scene, but waited 77 minutes before finally entering the building and killing the gunman.
The suit says officers "fundamentally strayed from conducting themselves in conformity," and their "indecision, dysfunction, and harm, fell exceedingly short of their duty bound standards."
The school and law enforcement have struggled to give a sufficient reason for the delayed response, resulting in multiple lawsuits filed since the massacre and causing many officials to resign or be suspended from their positions.
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