August 10, 2022

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Video on police response to Uvalde: “They must have done something”

According to André Durocher, a retired inspector of the SPVM, in a video made public on Tuesday, the police should have been inactive when the killer opened fire at Uvalde’s elementary school.

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“Either they chickened out or they didn’t have training, but certainly not what intervention was appropriate. They should have done something,” he said in an interview with TVA Nouvelles.

The retired inspector is concerned about the inactivity of the police force despite its large numbers.

“The more employees they have, the less they seem to function,” he laments.

He cites one of the last scenes in the video, where more than a dozen armed police officers gather, one of them putting on hand sanitizer or another looking at his phone.

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He also criticizes the work of the policeman who was at the center of the video and responsible for the intervention.

“What’s clear is that he doesn’t seem to be very much in control. He’s acting like a bystander. I’m sad,” says Mr. Durocher.

The latter argued that the parents of the dead children could forgive them “within limits” if the video instead showed police officers vigilantly trying to intervene.

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He also pointed out that the police were heavily armed.

“But actually, when you look at it, it’s not a weapons fault. I mean, the soldiers in Ukraine are jealous of the weapons they have,” says the retired inspector.

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Andre Durocher parents can’t help but think of these “blood-chilling” images.

“It’s a bit worrying, I’m thinking about the parents who see it, who say my child could have been saved,” said Mr. Durocher said.