In mass shootings, US police are trained to ‘confront the abuser’

Responding to the call of a mass shooting, police officers in the United States are trained, first and foremost, to stop the shooter. Act with urgency. Defend innocent lives.

As new questions emerged on Friday about the police response to the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, experts described these principles as the central tenets for handling such circumstances — a set of protocols that have significantly evolved over the past two decades but are widely accepted by law enforcement agencies in the United States.

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