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Uvaldes 27 billion class action lawsuit likely aimed at law enforcement and the arms manufacturer for willful knowing disregard for human life


A class action lawsuit on behalf of the victims and survivors of the Uvalde school shooting that took place three months ago is about to be filed and is likely to name multiple law enforcement agencies and at least two firearms companies as defendants.

On May 24, a gunman locked himself in two adjacent classrooms at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, terrorizing children and teachers for over an hour before police forced down the door and killed him. A total of 19 students and two teachers were killed and several others injured in the attack.

Last week, Charles Bonner of Bay Area law firms Bonner & Bonner announced that he would soon be filing a $27 billion lawsuit on behalf of the Uvalde victims. He has met with survivors and family members at a local church to discuss a possible lawsuit that will hold law enforcement accountable for their actions that day.

“Up to now there has been no accountability, there has been no justice for these 19 children and the two teachers,” he said Daniel Meyersthe pastor of the Tabernacle of Worship church where Bonner and the victims met.

accused The lawsuit is expected to involve: the Uvalde Metropolitan Police, Uvalde Police Commissioner Pedro “Pete” Arredondo, Sheriffs, Texas Rangers, Border Patrol and the Texas Department of Public Safety. The lawsuit will also likely face Daniel Defense, who made the gun used by the shooter, and Oasis Outback, who sold it to him. Members of the school board and Uvalde town council can also be nominated.

Bonner alleges that through their actions – and in many cases their inaction – these individuals, corporations and law enforcement agencies have violated victims’ constitutional rights.

“People have a right to life under the 14th Amendment, and what we’ve seen here is that law enforcement has deliberately and knowingly disregarded life,” said Bonner, who also represents victims of the recent mass shooting in Buffalo, New York .

The civil rights lawsuit will be “unique in the world,” Bonner said.

The lawsuit is expected to be filed soon.

“Now is the time for all of us to stand up and demand change and protection,” one said expression on the Bonner & Bonner website it says.

Other attorneys at a separate California law firm are preparing to file a federal lawsuit over the shooting on behalf of three individual families. Although it will not be a class action lawsuit, it will likely involve many or all of the same defendants as Bonner’s class action lawsuit. Uvalde’s $27 billion class action lawsuit likely aimed at law enforcement and the arms manufacturer for “willful, knowing disregard” for human life

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Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.