The actions or omissions of the five Texas Department of Public Safety officers who were at the scene at Robb Elementary School on May 24 were referred to the Texas Inspector General to determine what discipline, if any, was justified and whether they were guilty of crimes against the DA. It was decided whether a person’s referral was required. DPS communications chief told his ABC News.
DPS Director Steve McCullough has ordered a thorough review of what officers did and didn’t do during the deadly Uvalde Elementary School shooting. A special legislative investigation found that among federal, state, and local law enforcement officers there were DPS officers at the scene who took no action to stop the massacre for over an hour.
According to DPS spokesperson Travis Considine, its internal review is now complete. Authorities have referred the actions/inactions of five DPS officers to the State Inspector General. The Inspector General will conduct an investigation to determine what further disciplinary action may be required. The Inspector General may also refer the findings to Uvalde’s District Attorney.
Even if the inspector general decides not to take action, McCraw has the power to take internal disciplinary action against those officers. Not.
Meanwhile, McCraw has issued two new orders that fundamentally change the way police procedures are handled in Texas in the wake of a school shooting in which 19 students and two teachers were killed. did.
Uvalde:365 is an ongoing ABC news series reported by Uvalde that focuses on the Texas community and how it develops in the shadow of tragedy.
First, once an “active shooter” is declared in a school, Texas DPS personnel (troopers and rangers) cannot treat the situation as anything else until the shooter or shooter is incapacitated.
In another order, all DPS personnel are ordered to disable other law enforcement officers who are preventing them from taking positive steps to neutralize the school shooter.
The police response was plagued with failures, taking nearly 77 minutes to confront and kill the 18-year-old gunman, according to a state report issued by a special commission in the Texas legislature. In it, the report found that school district police chief Pete Arredondo “failed to fulfill or delegate the role of incident commander.”
Arredondo was fired last month as the community continued to demand accountability following the school shooting. The former chief countered that, despite taking “all reasonable actions”, he was “forced into the role of the ‘corrupt'”.