Reported by CARLOS GARCIA | June 27, 2022
A Texas mom celebrated for rushing into the site of the Uvalde elementary school massacre said that she is being harassed by police and had to move her children for their safety. Angeli Rose Gomez said that she has been threatened by police and has faced increased scrutiny after she spoke to the media about how she saved her children.
In a media briefing on Sunday with her lawyer, Gomez detailed her experiences during an announcement that she was seeking to file several lawsuits over the massacre and the police response.
“The other night we were exercising, and we had a cop parked at the corner like, flickering us with his headlights,” Gomez said.
She had also previously claimed that a police officer had called her and warned that she might be in violation of her probation from an arrest a decade ago if she kept speaking to the media. She only began speaking to the media after being reassured by a judge that she would not be violation of her probation. Gomez went on to say that she had moved her children in order to avoid the intimidation and harassment from police.
“Just so my sons don’t feel like they have to watch cops passing by, stopping, and parking,” she explained.
Mark Di Carlo, her attorney, said that he was representing about 15 parents of the Uvalde community.
“The fact that [Uvalde School Police Chief] Pete Arredondo wasn’t fired immediately based upon whatever it is, hours of video, from testimonies such as from Angeli, is an indication that there is some sort of what, corruption or wrongdoing,” he said to reporters.
Gomez has been praised for her defiance of police orders in order to save her children on the day of the massacre. She said that she had been briefly handcuffed by police who were preventing her from entering the school as the gunman was barricaded into a classroom. When she was released, she hopped a fence to gain entry onto school grounds twice and saved her children.
Uvalde law enforcement has faced scathing criticism over the choice to wait outside the barricaded room while the gunman continued to shoot and kill children.