IssuesJudicialSen. Roland Gutierrez Sues Department of Public Safety Over Open Records Requests Related to Uvalde Shooting

Gutierrez’s district includes Robb Elementary School, the site where a teenage gunman took the lives of 19 children and two teachers.
June 22, 2022
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Sen. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio) announced a lawsuit against the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) over public information requests pertaining to the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde.

The senator is accusing DPS of failing to respond to his filing or request a decision from the Texas attorney general by the 10-day deadline.

Agencies can either respond to a request for public information or defer to the Office of the Attorney General for guidance.

“In the wake of this massacre, the State of Texas has completely failed to provide the community of Uvalde with truthful answers,” Gutierrez said in a news release.

“Weeks have come and gone, and yet families who lost their children have not been told by their government the basic information about who was on site as their children bled, what tools were at their disposal to stop the gunman, and exactly why they decided to wait instead of act.”

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The news release did not detail exactly what Gutierrez requested other than “several categories of information.”

He repeated criticisms of the law enforcement response to the shooting and again called for gun control.

“By not taking common sense gun safety measures to prevent such atrocities as this, the state of Texas failed 21 Texans, their families, and countless others touched by the tragedy. We must not fail these families again with cover ups and misinformation,” Gutierrez said.

DPS Director Steven McCraw called police actions on the day of the shooting an “abject failure” in testimony to Texas state senators on Tuesday. He ascribed many of the failures to the “on-scene commander,” whom he considers Chief Pete Arredondo of the Uvalde Independent School District Police Department.

Arredondo has said he did not believe himself to be the incident commander and was in fact seeking to take down the gunman himself.

Gutierrez was among a number of Democratic senators who called for gun control in a news conference at the state Capitol on Monday.

A copy of Gutierrez’s lawsuit can be found below.

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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a reporter for The Texan. He has coached high school competitive speech and debate and has also been involved in community theater and politics. A native Texan, Hayden served as a delegate at the Republican Party of Texas Convention in 2016. He is on track to receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Liberty University. In his free time, Hayden is known to take walks around the neighborhood while listening to random music on Spotify.