Video of Greg Abbott Praising 'Courage' of Uvalde Police Resurfaces

Video of Texas Governor Greg Abbott praising the "courage" of the police response to a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde has resurfaced after new video was released from the incident on Tuesday.

Footage from the shooting at Robb Elementary School was published by The Austin American-Statesman and ABC affiliate KVUE on Tuesday and has reignited criticism of law enforcement's actions during the May 24 attack that left 19 children and two teachers dead.

The video of Abbott's remarks from May 25 was re-shared on Twitter on Tuesday by Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand, a group campaigning for "reasonable solutions to address our nation's culture of gun violence."

In his first news conference after the shooting, the Republican governor praised the "amazing courage" shown by police.

"It could have been worse. The reason it was not worse is because law enforcement officials did what they do," Abbott said at the time.

"They showed amazing courage by running toward gunfire for the singular purpose of trying to save lives," the governor said.

Abbott also said that Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District police officers had "engaged with the gunman" outside the school. That turned out not to be the case.

It later emerged that law enforcement had waited to enter the classroom where the shooter was located. Steve McCraw, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, called that the "wrong decision, period."

Abbott said on May 27 that he had been "misled" about the police response to the elementary school shooting.

"I am livid about what happened," Abbott said during a news conference in Uvalde.

"The information I was given turned out, in part, to be inaccurate, and I am absolutely livid about that," he said.

There have been significant questions about the police response since the May 24 shooting and a committee of the Texas House of Representatives is currently conducting an investigation.

Watts tweeted on Tuesday that Abbott "says he was misled about the police response, but won't say by whom."

Abbott is seeking re-election to a third term as governor this year and is facing former Democratic Representative Beto O'Rourke, who has focused on the issue of mass shootings and gun control.

Newsweek has asked the Abbott campaign for comment.

A report from The Texas Tribune published on June 14 said that it was still unknown who had given Abbott the information before he spoke on May 25 but the police commander on the scene, Pete Arredondo, has said he was not the source.

The Uvalde city council formally accepted Arredondo's resignation as a member of the council during its meeting on Tuesday. At that meeting, Mayor Don McLaughlin accused the media outlets that released the new footage of doing "one of the most chicken things I've ever seen."

McLaughlin argued that the families affected by the shooting should have seen the video first. Some of the relatives of those who died in the shooting also criticized the decision to release the footage.

The previously unseen video shows the gunman entering the school carrying a long gun and walking toward a classroom.

School surveillance camera footage shows police officers gathered in a hallway inside the school and apparently waiting. The video shows one officer checking his phone and another, who was wearing body armor, stopping to use hand sanitizer.

Officers can be seen waiting before they move to tackle the shooter.

Greg Abbott Speaks About the Uvalde Shooting
Governor Greg Abbott speaks during a press conference about the mass shooting at Uvalde High School on May 27, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas. Abbott previously said he was "misled" about the law enforcement response to the Uvalde school shooting. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images