An officer carried flowers from visitors to the memorial site at Robb Elementary School on Saturday evening. Credit: Kaylee Greenlee Beal for The Texas Tribune

Uvalde’s “back-the-blue” values collide with outrage over police response to Texas’ worst school shooting

The conservative, predominantly Hispanic town has long supported law enforcement. But some wonder how — or if — the heavily criticized response to the shooting will change that.

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A bus driver for Robb Elementary school stood outside of Sacred Heart Catholic Church with her son at the start of Mass on Sunday. Credit: Kaylee Greenlee Beal for The Texas Tribune

BY JASON BEEFERMAN, Texas Tribune, texastribune.org

A woman grieved Monday at the memorial site for the 21 victims of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School. Credit: Kaylee Greenlee Beal for The Texas Tribune
An officer carried flowers from visitors to the memorial site at Robb Elementary School on Saturday evening. Credit: Kaylee Greenlee Beal for The Texas Tribune

A tight relationship

An American flag made of hanging lights decorated the interior of the Tex-Mex restaurant Town House in Uvalde on Friday. Credit: Evan L’Roy for The Texas Tribune
Juan Martínez, co-owner of the Tex-Mex restaurant Town House, said of the police, “They’ve always been there for us, helping us out for whatever comes up.” Credit: Evan L’Roy for The Texas Tribune

The remedy for recent crime

Problems with profiling

Avel Ortiz, 55, put the final touches on a window message in front of his business in Ulvade on Sunday. Credit: Kaylee Greenlee Beal for The Texas Tribune

“There’s no excuse”

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