The Texas Division of Public Security referred two extra officers to the company’s Workplace of Inspector Normal late final week for formal investigation over their responses to the Robb Elementary bloodbath in Uvalde, a division spokesperson instructed CNN on Tuesday.
This brings the full variety of officers beneath formal investigation to seven. 5 officers had been initially referred on Sept. 6. Two of the officers have been suspended with pay pending the end result of the investigation and the opposite 5 stay on obligation.
It’s unknown what actions by these officers, who haven’t been publicly recognized, prompted their referrals.
A complete of 91 officers from division responded to the Uvalde taking pictures on Could 24, in line with a report by a Texas Home of Representatives committee. Amid anger over the broader legislation enforcement response, the company has been beneath intense scrutiny to disclose particulars of its officers’ actions on the scene.
The Department of Public Safety consists of state troopers and Texas Rangers.
In an unique interview with CNN final Thursday, Col. Steven McCraw, the company’s director, vowed to fireplace any member of his division who didn’t do their job stating, “Nobody will get a move.”
His pledge got here after CNN tracked him down and confronted him with minutes of an inside assembly the place he’s recorded as telling freeway patrol captains the other – that “nobody is dropping their jobs” over the inept legislation enforcement response.
Whereas confirming a lot of the data attributed to him within the memorandum, McCraw mentioned he was misquoted on the potential of firings and his feedback solely referenced Victor Escalon, a regional director for the company, who won’t be terminated.
“I reviewed his actions, and there’s nothing he might’ve carried out in any other case than what he did,” McCraw mentioned.