Fox News staffer Tom Homan continued to defend law enforcement’s actions during the tragic Uvalde school shooting on Friday, even after a police officer admitted police made the “wrong decision” to wait while the shooter was shooting slaughtered children and teachers.
During a stunning and heartbreaking news conference, Texas Department of Public Safety director Steven McCraw said officials at the scene of Tuesday’s horrific Robb Elementary massacre believed they were dealing with a “barricaded issue” after Salvador Ramos began shooting a classroom.
Believing they had time to get keys and wait for replacements and additional equipment, more than a dozen police officers packed the hallway outside the room where Ramos killed 19 children and two teachers, according to McCraw. Twenty-five minutes after police first arrived at the school, people in the classroom began calling 911 for help. It would be another 47 minutes before tactical units finally entered the room and killed the gunman.
“What do I tell the parents? I have nothing to say to the parents except what happened. We’re not here to defend what happened, we’re here to report the facts so they have the facts,” McCraw said Friday. “If I thought it would help, I would apologize.”
Despite the Texas chief’s shocking admission of law enforcement’s devastating blunders, Homan — a former director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement who went on to become the Trump administration’s “border czar” — felt the Uvalde cops were taking on too much criticism .
“They took what they thought was an active, mobile active shooter and held on to it,” he explained on a Fox News panel show outnumbered. “Until these officers were shot, they didn’t retreat as I hear some news media say! They ducked for cover and kept him at bay, which is the first thing you do in an active shooter [situation].”
Homan then turned on anyone who criticized law enforcement’s decision to wait more than an hour to burst into the classroom to take out Ramos.
“So when people ask why the police didn’t break down the door sooner — you’ve heard the term ‘death hopper’ — they didn’t have that equipment, they didn’t have that training,” Homann explained. “So that puts them in danger.”
He then held up the officers as heroes, adding, “I’m not a Monday morning quarterback. I’m just saying that there are many police officers here who have done many right things and saved many lives overall.”
Additionally, Homan slammed reporters for grilling a police commander for answers at Friday’s heated and emotional news conference.
“I think lessons would be learned and some mistakes made. But, you know, until the investigation is complete, let’s spring forward with the gun,” he snorted. “And some of the reporters, I find the way they’re asking McCraw these questions a little unfair.”
Homan concluded his analysis by noting that the officers who responded to the scene “are also victims” and asked viewers to complete the investigation before “officers were thrown under the bus.”
He concluded: “The officers are not the bad guys. Sagittarius is the bad guy.”
Homan’s over-the-top defense of officers follows Fox News host Lawrence Jones furiously protesting multiple news reports that Uvalde cops did not react quickly to neutralize Ramos.
“The suggestion that the AP would issue this report and say they didn’t run into danger is just ridiculous,” Jones exclaimed Thursday morning.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/tom-homan-still-claims-uvalde-cops-saved-a-lot-of-lives-and-did-a-lot-of-right-things?source=articles&via=rss Tom Homan still claims Uvalde Cops ‘saved a lot of lives’ and ‘did a lot of right things’