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Texas Public Safety Director: ‘Not Right Decision’ to Wait Outside Uvalde School While Shooter Rampaged

Texas Public Safety Director Steven McCraw said the officers who responded to the school shooting in Uvalde did not make the right decision

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Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw admitted the law enforcement made an incorrect decision when waiting outside the Uvalde elementary school where a horrifying shooting took the lives of more than 20 people, including 19 children.

Apparently the severity of the mass casualty event was exacerbated by police officers who waited outside the building for reinforcements rather than storming it immediately, and was potentially made possible by a teacher propping a door open.

McCraw admitted that officers made a mistake by not immediately entering the building to incapacitate the shooter before he could cause more damage, an allegation that was raised as reports of parents being handcuffed and detained while the shooter rampaged inside surfaced.

“There were plenty of officers to do whatever needed to be done with one exception,” McCraw admitted. “The incident commander inside believed they needed more equipment, or more officers to do a tactical breach at that point.”

This statement prompted a chorus of excited interruptions from reporters asking McCraw to explain. “With the benefit of hindsight,” he began before being overwhelmed by the crowd.

“From the benefit from where I’m sitting now, of course it was not the right decision. It was the wrong decision, period. There’s no excuse for that,” said McCraw.

“When there’s an active shooter, the rules change,” he added. “It’s no longer a barricaded subject. We don’t have time, you don’t worry about outer perimeters.”

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In what may amount to a full disavowal of the officers’ actions, McCraw said that all Texas law enforcement is trained to race toward an active shooter.

“We don’t care what agency you’re from, you don’t have to have a leader on the scene,” said McCraw. “Every officer lines up, stacks up, goes and finds where those rounds are being fired at and keeps shooting until the subject is dead. Period.”

McCraw explained that the Chief of Police “was convinced” there was no more threat from the shooter, who he believed was barricaded. Thus, the delayed police response was attributed to the false belief officers “had time to organize with the proper equipment to go in.”

McCraw also offered a complete timeline of the shooting, as reported by The Post Millennial.

The incident began at 11:30 a.m. when the shooter began shooting between vehicles. McCraw says the shooter, identified as Salvador Romas by police, entered the school through a side entrance that was propped open by a teacher.

Three police officers entered the school using the same entrance as the shooter, and received “grazing” gunshot wounds. The suspect then entered a classroom and locked the door.

Students continued to dial 911 and beg for police to respond until as late as 12:46.

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McCraw says that by 12:50, over one hour after the incident began, officers had shot the suspect and were clearing the classrooms of survivors.

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    Jim

    May 27, 2022 at 3:12 pm

    They want to federalize the cops that’s why they’re throwing them to the wolves

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    Scott L

    May 27, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    I want to know the political affiliation of the SOB that kept officers from going in. It seems they WANTED maximum fatalities to force change in American policy towards gun control.

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    B Seidem

    May 27, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    Take the incident commander onto the public area in front of the school and hang him until he is dead for violating Tx policy as a described: “We don’t care what agency you’re from, you don’t have to have a leader on the scene,” said McCraw. “Every officer lines up, stacks up, goes and finds where those rounds are being fired at and keeps shooting until the subject is dead. Period.” Also publicly discipline each officer who failed to enforce this Tx policy. Now hire MEN who’ll do their duty to protect and fire these cowards.

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    StarPass

    May 27, 2022 at 5:24 pm

    Cops took 3.5 hours to clear the Columbine school. The on-site guard at Parkland refused to go inside and when the back-up arrived, they sat on their tails and waited for more backup. Now this stupidity in Texas. Does anyone see a pattern forming here? If cops don’t want to risk their lives, maybe they should find another line of work, like selling perfume at Wal-Mart.

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      Bill Stephens

      May 27, 2022 at 9:44 pm

      You are absolutely correct. Steven McCraw was at least honest enough to say the wrong decision was made by the on-site commander. The officers involved in this are pansies, period. Any one of them could have disobeyed his “commander” and gone in to confront Ramos. Why did it take an off duty Border Patrol officer to get the job done. The one that handcuffed a parent for attempting to help is a disgrace to his profession. I would sue him/her and the police force for that stupid action. After having a tragedy like this happen more than once tells me that going out armed is your only support you can count on. It’s obvious the police can’t be counted on to do the job they signed up for.

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    Dbear

    May 27, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    This article is not correct — the cops DID immediately go into the school, the shooter escaped them by entering the classroom where they kept him contained until the Border Patrol special unit arrived. It still may have been a bad idea to have the rest of the cops stand down until the Border Patrol got there, but to say the cops didn’t go in and stay in is factually incorrect.

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    Chuckles47

    May 27, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    How about…

    The ‘leadership’ all get charged as ACCOMPLICES to 22 charges of MURDER IN THE 1ST DEGREE.
    AND FACE THE DEATH PENALTY!

    The rest of the ‘officers get charged with 2nd degree manslaughter.

    AND FACE NOT LESS THAN 10 YEARS IN PRISON!

    It’s called ACCOUNTABILITY!!!

    None were hired to take an hour + coffee break until the shooter ran out of ammunition.

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    Chuckles47

    May 27, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    “”“The incident commander inside believed they needed more equipment, or more officers to do a tactical breach at that point.”

    NO!!!

    That POS decided to do a Press Briefing INSTEAD OF DOING HIS JOB!!!

    HE EARNED his spot ON THE GALLOWS….

    Next week is 9 days too long to WAIT for his execution for aiding in the MURDERS OF 21 PEOPLE

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    Bill Stephens

    May 27, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    I’ve been on this planet longer than most. In all my years, when someone shop lifted, robbed someone, or any other crime against the public, the criminal was dealt with the way it’s supposed to work. I am having a hard time trying to understand the mindset of policing these days. In order to get arrested, a criminal just about has to murder someone, and even then it’s iffy. The fact that police won’t engage criminals unless they have tons of back-up is shocking. Now it seems that they won’t engage some active shooter unless they are inside an MRAP or something similar. Why won’t the cops do the job they signed up for nowadays? Granted, it’s dangerous, but if they are not willing to act, then do something else in life and give the people who are willing the job.

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    Smarg

    May 28, 2022 at 9:14 am

    When I saw the first videos of the incident, I knew. Many obese local cops and deputies standing around, refused to risk their lives because their government pensions were on the line. “Gotta wait for SWAT!” was their cowardly cry while parents heard their children screaming as they were shot one by one.

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    MustangWriter

    May 28, 2022 at 9:28 am

    When will the public realize that the police ARE REVENUE PRODUCERS for the state and have ZERO obligation to protect the public according to the Supreme Court. They are LAW enforcement. They enforce the law set up by the legislature, they do NOT save lives (that is NOT a law) according to their job description. Everyone has an antiquated thought that police save lives… No, that is NO LONGER their function AND THEY KNOW IT, so it’s high time the public knows it too. I don’t like it, but that’s law enforcement in the 21st Century.

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    C.W. LAUDERDALE

    May 28, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Per G.A. Custer, “Always ride to the sound of the guns and attack!

    The events in Uvalde concluding with the briefings held on 5/26/ & 5/27 have once again made me hold my head in shame as a retired soldier/cop. I spent first 26 years of my life as a soldier charged with training/leading soldiers and cops in ground combat and specializing in counter-terrorism tactics (As an instructor in the Federal Civil Disobedience Orientation Program[SEADOC] spent many years teaching many senior level civilian police officers across this nation how to deal with special threats [shooters/bombers]); followed by a like number of years as a municipal police chief. Sadly, the briefings given on 5/26 and 5/27 by a senior officers from the Texas Department of Safety reinforced the reason I left government service rather than starting a one man war to negate as many self-serving/corrupt/incompetent/witless politicians and bureaucrats as one man could accomplish.

    First, both of the briefings were an admission that the responders to the shooting were not trained in proper/effective tactics and demonstrated a level of absolute cowardliness. As George A. Custer stated many years ago; “Always ride to the sound of the guns and attack!” When officers aggressively close in on a shooter’s position while trying to minimize collateral damage, the shooter is usually kept occupied defending his/her/its position rather than killing hostages. In short, basic tactics include occupying the shooter by attempting to engage him/her/it in conversation while the action team/other officers close in and shoot to kill (action team members/attacking officers do not talk, they act) at the first opportunity. Remember; “Wounded animals are still dangerous, dead ones not so much!”

    Second, stop blaming guns/ammo for killing people. Guns do not kill, people do! However, as a soldier/cop/Texan who has hunted game and/or men all over Texas, all three Americas, the Near/Middle/Far East, and Europe, I personally challenge any individual to demonstrate why one would use .223 or 5.56 super sonic ammo loaded in 10/20/30 round magazines, and fired from any semi-automatic type gun to hunt game. For the sake of the ladies and/or the wimps among you, I will just say as one who has personally shot men and seen many men hit by 5.56 super sonic ammo, that you do not want to shoot game with the same. The tissue and bone destruction is beyond most civilian’s imagination.

    In closing, I wish I had the authority to deal with any person who illegally or legally sells/provides any weapon to individuals without carefully checking their mental/criminal history. Farther more, I wish I had the authority to deal with those politicians and bureaucrats who stand in the way of providing/enforcing laws that keep guns (of any type) out of the hands of unqualified persons, and laws that provide for swift and proper punishment for those who violate the same.

    Have a nice day,

    Soldier/Cop/Grunt, Retired

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    Mr Mustashe

    June 2, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    “NOT RIGHT DECISION”?… HELL, IT VERGES ON DELIBERATE RACIST ETHNIC CLEANSING!… AND A, C R I M I N A L A C T!

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