Uvalde in check: What we know about the main characters associated with Fire Response

Title: Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety (appointed by Governor Greg Abbott)

Relationship to the massacre: McCraw leads the state agency investigating law enforcement’s response to the Ovaldi mass shooting. His agency includes the Texas Rangers, an investigative branch of Texas DPS.

Macro described the police response as “a fiasco and contrary to everything we have learned in the two decades since the Columbine massacre.”

He identified the incident commander as the school district police chief and criticized the principal’s decision not to breach the classroom door immediately. The officers waited in or around the hallway for more than an hour after the shooting began.

“It was the wrong decision, period,” Macro said. “There is no excuse for that.”

Why is it being examined: Mayor Yuvaldi criticized Macro for blaming the Uvalde Schools Police Chief when officers from the Macro Agency were at the scene.

DPS did not directly address McLaughlin’s criticism of McCraw. In a July 5 statement, DPS said it was “committed to working with multiple law enforcement agencies to obtain the answers we all seek” and said “this remains largely an active and ongoing investigation.”

The 376 respondents came from a range of agencies, according to the Texas House Commission of Inquiry report. They included 149 from the US Border Patrol, 91 from the Texas Department of Public Safety, and 14 from the Department of Homeland Security.

“Every agency in this lobby will have to share the blame,” McLaughlin, the mayor, told CNN on July 5.

The president of Texas’s largest police union told CNN that the changing schedule for when DPS employees will arrive at the scene raises serious questions about the department’s credibility. He has called for an “independent outside source” to investigate the initial response.

“I don’t know we can trust (DPS) to conduct an internal investigation,” said Charlie Wilcox, executive director of the Texas Joint Law Enforcement Consortium, which represents some Yuvaldi law enforcement officers. “I would say DPS was quick to wash her hands, point fingers and make sure the general public, particularly elected officials, knew they were clean and blameless and that this was a local problem.”

Last: While in June the director of DPS described the response as “a fiasco,” a DPS soldier was at the scene outside Robb Elementary just two minutes and 28 seconds after the gunman entered, CNN was the first to report on August 2. Video provided by McLaughlin to CNN.

Previously, McCroe said, one of the soldiers entered the hallway at 11:42 a.m., or nine minutes after the shooter entered the school. Ovaldi police camera video first reported by CNN showed a DPS member at the school’s western entrance at 11:37:51 — about five minutes earlier than previously acknowledged.

McCraw said the DPS investigation into the shooting will include an internal review of the actions taken by each DPS officer on site to determine whether any should be referred to an inspector general for investigation. August 4th. The director of DPS said he has not yet reviewed. Video from all 34 body cameras — indicating that he may have to correct that number in the future — but watched excerpts.

McCro will not publicly disclose any details of the investigation, he said, according to the request of the Uvald County District Attorney, noting that the case could take years.

Photo: Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc / Corbis / Getty Images

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