Parents and journalists were told to leave Uvalde City Hall this afternoon. before Texas House of Representatives Committee heard of to gather testimony from the officers involved in response to a school shooting Last month, 19 students and two teachers were killed and 17 others were injured.
video posted by CNNSimeon Prokupez shows a fire marshal telling Prokupez that he is being asked to leave the meeting because “somebody is intimidated.”
As the conversation continues, one pastor walks by, saying that he “came down to protect our children.”
Another man, whose nephew was reportedly among those killed in the shootout, asks the fire marshal, “Officers, which people are frightened?”
The fire marshal responds by asking the man – who is wearing a pin with a picture of a child on it and an “Uvalde Strong” T-shirt – to leave the building.
“Are you a parent, sir?” Prokepecz asks the man as he goes outside.
“Yes, I am, and my kids are scared,” he replies.
Journalists were told to leave Uvalde City Hall because people are afraid of us. Texas legislators are meeting with law enforcement behind closed doors here. The fire marshal also asked a local pastor and the victim’s father to get out of the building. pic.twitter.com/ukyTmtHbOt
— Shimon Prokupez (@ShimonPro) 20 June 2022
According to Associated Press, committee chairman Dustin Burroughs said the group will hear Uvalde’s testimony police, a school district officer and someone from the Department of Public Safety during a city hall meeting. Burroughs reportedly gave his opening statement and then barred the public from hearing witnesses’ testimony.
The hearing will continue tomorrow in Austin, per AP.