Title: Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety (appointed by Governor Greg Abbott)
His connection to the massacre: McCraw led the state agency investigating the law enforcement response to the Uvalde mass shooting. His agency includes the Texas Rangers, an investigative branch of the Texas DPS.
McCraw called the police response “a crushing failure and contrasts with everything we’ve learned in the last two decades since the Columbine massacre.”
He identify the person in charge of the case as the school district police chief and slammed the principal’s decision not to immediately break down the classroom door. Officers waited in or around the hallway for more than an hour after the shooting began.
“It was the wrong decision,” McCraw said. “There’s no reason for that.”
Why he is under scrutiny: The mayor of Uvalde criticized McCraw for directing the blame to the chief of Uvalde schools when officers from McCraw’s own agency were also on the scene.
DPS did not directly address McLaughlin’s criticisms of McCraw. In a statement dated July 5, the DPS said it was “committed to working with multiple law enforcement agencies to get the answers we all seek“and said” this is still an active and ongoing investigation. “
376 respondents came from a wide range of agencies, according to one Texas House investigative committee report. Of those, 149 are 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 corridor will have to share the responsibility,” McLaughlin, the mayor, told CNN on July 5.
The head of the largest police union in Texas told CNN that the schedule change in when DPS personnel arrive on the scene raises serious questions about the reliability of the department. He called for an “independent outside source” to probe the initial response.
“I didn’t know we could trust (DPS),” said Charley Wilkison, executive director of the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, which represents a number of law enforcement officers in Uvalde. to conduct an internal investigation. “I can say that DPS has been quick to wash hands, point fingers and make sure that the public, especially elected officials, know that they are spotless, innocent people and this is a problem. local subject.”
Latest: While in June the DPS director called the response a “huge failure,” a DPS soldier was on the scene outside Robb Elementary School just 2 minutes and 28 seconds after the gunman entered, CNN first The first reported on August 2. That soldier was watch on police bodycam video provided to CNN by McLaughlin.
Earlier, McCraw said a soldier entered the hallway at 11:42 a.m., nine minutes after the shooter entered the school. The Uvalde police bodycam video first reported by CNN shows a DPS soldier at the school’s west gate at 11:37:51 – about five minutes earlier than previously recorded.
The DPS investigation into the shooting will include a internal review of actions taken by every DPS employee McCraw said Aug. 4. The DPS director said he has yet to review video from all 34 cameras – noting that he may have to correct that number in the future. – but he saw the excerpts.
McCraw will not publicly disclose any details of the investigation, at the request of the Uvalde district attorney, he said, noting that the case could take years.
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