Title: Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety (appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott)
His connection to death: McCraw heads the state agency investigating law enforcement’s response to the Uvalde mass shooting. His agency includes the Texas Rangers, an investigative branch of the Texas DPS.
McCraw called the police response “an appalling and repugnant failure of everything we’ve learned in the last 20 years since the Columbine massacre.”
he identified the commander of the incident as the school’s district police chief and criticized the principal’s decision not to breach the classroom door immediately. Officers remained in or around the hallway for more than an hour after the shooting began.
“It was the wrong decision, period,” McCraw said. “There is no excuse for that.”
Why it is under scrutiny: The mayor of Uvalde criticized McCraw for blaming the Uvalde school’s chief police officer when officers from McCraw’s own agency were also on the scene.
The DPS did not directly address McLaughlin’s criticism of McCraw. In a July 5 statement, DPS said that “committed to working with multiple law enforcement agencies to get the answers we all seek” and said “this is very much an active and ongoing investigation.”
The 376 respondents came from a range of agencies, according to a Texas House Investigative Committee Report. Among them, 149 were from the US Border Patrol, 91 from the Texas Department of Public Safety and 14 from the Department of Homeland Security.
“Every agency in that hall has to share the blame,” McLaughlin, the mayor, told CNN on 5 July.
A changing timeline when DPS personnel arrived on the scene raises serious questions about the department’s trustworthiness, the head of Texas’ largest police union told CNN. He asked an “independent outside source” to investigate the initial response.
“I don’t know that we can trust (DPS) to do an internal investigation,” said Charley Wilkison, executive director of the Texas Law Enforcement Association, which represents several law enforcement officers in Uvalde. “I would say the DPS wanted to quickly wash their hands, point their fingers and make sure the general public, especially the elected officials, knew they were spotless, blameless and a local problem this is it.”
Most recent: Although the DPS director in June called the response a “failure to respond,” a DPS trooper was on the scene outside Robb Elementary just 2 minutes and 28 seconds after the gunman entered, CNN was the first to report 2 August. seen on police body camera video provided to CNN by McLaughlin.
Previously, McCraw said one trooper entered the hallway at 11:42 a.m., or nine minutes after the shooter entered the school. Uvalde police dashcam video first reported by CNN showed a DPS trooper at the school’s west entrance at 11:37:51 — about five minutes earlier than previously acknowledged.
The DPS investigation into the shooting will include: an internal review of the actions taken by each DPS officer on the scene to determine whether any should be referred to an inspector general for investigation, McCraw said Aug. 4. The DPS director said he had not yet reviewed video from all 34 body cameras — noting that he may have to correct that number in the future — but he had seen footage.
McCraw would not publicly release any details about the probe, per the Uvalde County district attorney’s request, he said, noting the case could take years.
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