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Professional wrestler and Fox News co-host Tyrus expressed his support for a fair investigation of Uvalde law enforcement’s response to last week’s horrific mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, but cautions that putting “more shame” on the officers would be “irresponsible.”
Tyrus appeared on Fox News’ “Big Sunday Show” to discuss the Justice Department’s announcement that it has launched a Critical Incident Review of law enforcement’s response to the situation.
At the start of the segment, host Alicia Acuna played a clip of Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) before asking Tyrus about his thoughts on the DOJ review. In the clip, Crenshaw, appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” reported that the Uvalde police chief did not even have a radio on him, preventing him from knowing that children inside the school were desperately calling 911, begging police to rescue them.
“I think, on the face of it, of course, you would investigate every situation to see what could obviously be done better,” Tyrus replied.
“But at the same time, if it’s a witch hunt, if it’s to try to point fingers squarely at law enforcement, to put another burden on the backs of law enforcement–” he added, before stopping himself and acknowledging that mistakes were obviously made that tragic day.
“Of course, mistakes were made,” he said. “If the police chief had the wrong information– he clearly made the wrong call, so, again, I’m in favor of him stepping down. As I said before, yesterday, I would step down.”
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“But the investigation needs to be done by professionals looking to improve, not politicians looking to use it to get votes,” Tyrus stressed.
According to the “Gutfeld!” regular, the investigation needs to look at more than just the officers — strengthening the security of our nation’s schools must also be a priority.
“Someone said something about making our schools no longer soft targets,” Tyrus said, “because no matter how well you plan for anything, you don’t know what’s going to happen when you get punched in the mouth.”
“And that’s not just, unfortunately, with our schools,” he continued. “That’s in everyday life. There’s a great line: Everyone’s got a plan until they get hit.”
“And clearly,” he added, “law enforcement got hit.”
“Someone made the wrong call,” he said. “There were deaths. And, again, let’s not take it away from where we need to be pointing at — is the monster who did this.”
“Unfortunately, he won that day, and we lost, and we have to live with those losses,” Tyrus said. “And I guarantee, every law enforcement officer who was there is second-guessing themselves, and they are living with that. So, the idea to put more shame on them, I think is irresponsible.”
Tyrus urged investigators to look at the “bigger” picture when reviewing the events of that day.
“Find things to change,” he said, “but at the same time, the bigger argument should be, what can we do to make sure all our schools aren’t in this situation, to where they can be caught slipping by a casual door being open?”
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