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MSNBC host agrees with suggestion that Uvalde police were motivated by race to delay their response
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MSNBC host agrees with suggestion that Uvalde police were motivated by race to delay their response

MSNBC host Joy Reid affirmed this week the horrendous suggestion that race played a role in the apparently botched law enforcement response to the Uvalde mass killing.

What happened?

While speaking with María Teresa Kumar, president and CEO of Voto Latino, about the upcoming election, Reid said that Hispanic voters should take into consideration where they live, citing Uvalde and the police response.

"[It] doesn’t take eleven minutes for the police to respond to an active shooter call. That was the first thing that got my spidey senses going. Because in wealthy communities, it don't take eleven minutes. You got your sirens on. You're motoring down— and it took that long to even respond at all? That got me very concerned," Reid said.

Kumar agreed with Reid, and she claimed a Texas state senator voiced the same concern to her. Kumar did not identity that politician.

"I had a conversation with a state senator there, and basically what you're echoing was what he shared with me," Kumar claimed. "That if that had been a different part of town it wouldn't have taken so long and there wouldn’t have been such a long response rate.

"One likes to feel that is not happening, but sadly when you start looking at the statistics, when you start looking at the response rate, the utter failure of that police department, you do have to start— take a step back and question what did race play into it," she added.

"Yeah," Reid affirmed.

What is the truth?

Police confirmed last week that officers staged outside the classroom where the Uvalde gunman was because the incident commander — Pete Arredondo, police chief of the Uvalde school district — believed the gunman had barricaded himself inside the classroom and that no more lives were at risk.

"With the benefit of hindsight, from where I'm sitting now, of course it was not the right decision. It was the wrong decision, period," said Steve McCraw, director of the Texas DPS. "Clearly, there were kids in the room. Clearly, they were at risk."

There is, in fact, zero evidence to show that police in a majority-Hispanic community were motivated by race to delay their response to an active shooter at a school where many of their own children attend.

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