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Head of Texas DPS says no officers will lose jobs after Uvalde, documents show

AUSTIN (Nexstar) – The head of Texas’ top law enforcement agency said in response to the Uvalde school shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers, “nobody lost their jobs. “, according to the minutes of the internal meeting of the captains of the DPS. In August, KXAN got.

According to the minutes, director Steven McGraw told his team that leaders overseeing the Uwald region “did what they were supposed to do” and “stood up to respond at this time,” according to the documents. . Meanwhile, McGraw acknowledged that the department would change the shooter’s positive response protocol across the board after criticizing law enforcement’s response.

“We saw nearly a hundred [sic] There’s more on the way. Transcribed notes from the meeting, held August 15 and 16, said initial information was positive for law enforcement, but some information turned out to be inaccurate, causing confusion. “We did not respond to media and political criticism, but relied on the facts emerging from the investigation.”

After saying the DPS will await the results of an internal investigation into the agency’s response to the Rob Elementary School shooting, the memo describes what McGraw said “Oh, by the way, nobody’s gonna lose their use.”

“However, it will change the way we react to active shooting events as it should,” he continued. “We should continue with our school safety plan and be on campus as much as possible. Many schools are vulnerable.

On Tuesday, the DPS announced that five of its officers would be investigated by the Office of Inspector General for their conduct in response to school shootings. Two of the officers have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

According to the same email, in July the DPS said an internal committee would review the conduct of every soldier, officer, and Texas Ranger who responded to Robb Elementary to determine whether police violated policy or their accelerated training in answer. Yet, despite outnumbering DPS responders by a 2:1 ratio, McGraw and his agency largely blame Uvalde local police for the action.

A Texas House committee investigation found police waited more than an hour to take action against the shooter after he was initially arrested by the shooting. More than 370 law enforcement officers responded to the massacre.

Investigations indicated that the delay was due to confusion about the real commander at the scene. Last month, the school board fired embattled Uwald CISD Police Chief Pete Arredondo for his handling of the response. Arredondo is controversial in the state lawmakers’ report.

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