An attorney representing more than a dozen Uvalde, Texas, families in wrongful death and emotional distress claims following May's deadly school massacre believes the majority-Latino community of 15,000 residents would have been better off if police officers hadn't shown up at all to Robb Elementary School that day.
MARK DICARLO: In many respects, people of Uvalde would have been better if there was no police, because they wanted to go into the school and they were tased, barricaded, beaten to prevent them from going in.
MARK DICARLO: My name is Mark DiCarlo. I'm an attorney in Corpus Christi, Texas. I'm representing Angeli Rose Gomez who had rescued her own two children, and I'm representing numerous other families regarding wrongful death and emotional distress claims. I received a certified letter yesterday from [INAUDIBLE] an attorneys firm, saying they're representing the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District and that they do not want to allow us to inspect the Robb Elementary School, [INAUDIBLE] pertinent physical evidence, and they will not be providing such evidence until various law enforcement agencies and others have completed their investigation and review of the incident.
They did not give me a timetable. We believe it's basically a cover up and we believe it's basically been a cover up since day one, where it was announced that it was a legal sale, where there was no indication that in fact, it was a legal sale that we know of. It's rather egregious when I was up there approximately two weeks ago and you see taxpayers' money using to secure an empty school, surrounding the school. And in fact, when they have the option to do something to go in to protect the children, nothing was done. But they're using taxpayers' resources and hiring law firms to prevent taxpayers from getting information, from filing lawsuits, and to discovering what happened to their children.
MARK DICARLO: What we need is the information. We need the videos, we need the autopsies, we need the ATF form 44-73. We don't need their opinions or their investigations, we need the facts.
We don't need their opinions regarding what occurred. We don't need their opinions of what [INAUDIBLE]. That could be actually enforced in a court of law, not by public opinion and dripping out various PR releases at various times.
All the cases are different. There's one family, for example, the child that was in their home who was killed, they didn't get a chance to see that child until that child was in the funeral. So they didn't get to see the child, where the child was shot. They were completely cut off from this child until they saw the child in the funeral home.
MARK DICARLO: I mean, obviously, it would be great if there's some social justice reform or that we get some of these facts out regarding what we think is apparently cover ups of many of these mass shootings. That would be great as a side effect. But I'm an attorney, that's the way I make my living, and that's how we go forward, to try to get recovery for these people. And I told one or two of them, I said, "look, I can't change the system. When you hire me, I'm looking for insurance money or deep pocket defendants or a way to recover as much money as I can for you."