Aug 04, 2022
Texas public safety chief says Uvalde shooting investigation will include internal review of all DPS officers who were on scene
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(CNN)The Texas Department of Public Safety investigation into the Uvalde elementary school shooting will include an internal review of the actions taken by every DPS officer on the scene to determine whether they should be referred to the inspector general for investigation, Texas DPS Director Steven McCraw said Thursday."Every one of our officers will undergo scrutiny by the DA and an internal investigation -- just because they didn't violate the law, doesn't mean they acted appropriately based on our policy," said McCraw.McCraw said agencies involved in the investigation include the DPS, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Uvalde District Attorney Christina Mitchell Busbee's office is also involved, since she is "ultimately the customer," he said, adding, "It's our job to provide them timely investigative data."Officers responded to Robb Elementary School just minutes after the shooting began on May 24, but waited for over an hour outside adjoining classrooms before finally entering and killing the 18-year-old gunman, according to a DPS timeline. The massacre left 19 children and two teachers dead.The massacre at Robb Elementary was the nation's deadliest school shooting in years.On Thursday, McCraw again called the law enforcement response to the shooting an "abject failure," echoing the statement he made while testifying before the Texas Senate.Read MoreThe director said he has not yet reviewed video from all 34 body cameras -- noting that he may have to correct that number in the future -- but he has seen certain excerpts. All DPS agents who arrived at the school as well as troopers and one of the special agents had a body camera, according to McCraw, however, some of the officers outside of the building may have not activated them. Not all officers inside the building were outfitted with cameras because not all agencies responding had cameras, he added. A top Texas official shared new details on how police responded to the Uvalde massacre. This is the latest minute-by-minute timelineAll the ballistics reports are complete and most of the DNA tests are complete, McCraw said.The director said he is not publicly releasing any information in accordance with the district attorney's request and acknowledged that the case could take years, depending on whether Busbee decides to prosecute any of the officers."In all investigations, the last thing you want to do is undermine the prosecuting attorney and her ability to prosecute the case," said McCraw. "It is important to do a thorough investigation, especially when law enforcement officers are involved."DPS has given video to the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center, an active shooter and attack response training provider at Texas State University, for their assessment on tactical efficacy of the operation, said McCraw.Several Texas senators also requested material through non-disclosure agreements, McCraw said. The department would have provided information to Texas Sen. Roland Gutierrez if he had signed a confidentiality agreement, but Gutierrez was not willing to sign one and "was not happy" with that offer, McCraw said.Gutierrez filed a suit in June saying DPS failed to respond to a public information request.
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Advice | Harriette Cole: Im scared by my boyfriends unruly ex
DEAR HARRIETTE: I’m dating a man whose ex-girlfriend cannot seem to leave him alone. She follows him around and even shows up at his home unannounced while I’m there. He’s had to call the police on her a few times.
It’s getting to the point where I’m concerned not only for his safety, but for my own. What should I do?
DEAR CRAZY EX: Trust your inner voice. Jealous ex-partners can be dangerous.
While your boyfriend cannot control his ex, you may want to put your relationship on pause until she calms down. Talk to him about your concerns. Make a plan together that puts both of your safety first. He may need to visit with the police and learn if they have any recommendations for safety precautions.
If she doesn’t know where you live, your home might be a safe space, but if she follows him around, that may be dangerous as well.
Ultimately, you need to decide if this relationship is worth risking your safety. That may sound harsh, but sometimes these situations escalate and turn violent. Is this man worth your life?
She and I have had issues in the past, and generally I bite my tongue, but I had had a few too many, and I let her have it.
I know this wasn’t nice. It was actually out of control. The thing is, though, what I said is how I feel, even though I had never said it all out loud before.
I feel I owe my friend an apology for blurting it all out like that, but I may also owe her the truth, which is that she does upset me in particular ways that I have never told her before.
I think it’s time for a heart-to-heart talk, but I’m scared. I’m also embarrassed that it took a drunken rage to get me to have the courage to say anything. Should I tell her?
DEAR SOBER TALK: Being honest with your friend when you are alert and sober is the responsible action to take.
Start with an apology for spewing all of those thoughts on the day that you did. Acknowledge that being drunk is not a viable excuse for bad behavior. You know better, and you truly are sorry.
Then add the fact that you are also sorry that you never had the courage or could choose the moment to tell her what bothers you about her. Admit that your drunken talk, while vitriolic, did represent your true thoughts. Point out what bothers you about your friend’s behavior and how she makes you feel. If you can see any resolution to whatever has surfaced, recommend that.
Also give her a chance to talk. Once you clear the air, decide together — if possible — how to move forward.
This moment of truth could mark the end of your friendship or a fresh start.Related Articles
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Harriette Cole is a lifestylist and founder of DREAMLEAPERS, an initiative to help people access and activate their dreams. You can send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or c/o Andrews McMeel Syndication, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.