Families of Uvalde school shooting victims announce $2 million settlement with Texas city and new lawsuits

Family members Uvalde school shooting victims It announced a $2 million settlement with the Texas city on Wednesday over the deadly 2022 disaster. The group also said they are filing lawsuits against dozens of Texas public safety officials and the Uvalde school district.

The announcement comes almost two years after a teenage gunman 19 students and two teachers were killed Rob at elementary school. Law enforcement officers later killed the gunman in a classroom Waiting for over an hour For confronting him, he was heavily criticized in the aftermath of the shooting.

In the settlement announced Wednesday, the city of Uvalde will pay $2 million to the families of the 17 children killed in the shooting and the two survivors, according to a statement from the families’ attorneys.

“Further legal action against the City could have plunged Uvalde into bankruptcy, and none of the families are interested in looking to the community for healing,” the report said.

The solution also includes improved training for Uvalde police officers, supporting mental health services for families, survivors and community members, and creating a team to coordinate with families on a permanent memorial.

Families are also taking new legal action against 92 state Department of Public Safety officials.

“While it is clear that an active shooter is inside, law enforcement is not treating this incident as an active shooter situation,” Wednesday’s statement said. “… The shooter was able to continue his killing spree for over an hour as helpless families waited anxiously outside the school.”

A Justice Department report released in January called the police response a failure.

“Had law enforcement agencies followed generally accepted procedures … lives would have been saved and people would have survived,” Attorney General Merrick Garland told reporters at the time.

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