WATCH: Texas Dept of Public Safety chief gives absolute BRUTAL takedown of Uvalde police response to Robb Elementary massacre

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw didn’t pull any punches this morning when he gave his assessment of the Uvalde police response to the unfolding massacre at Robb Elementary before a Texas Senate committee.


Here’s what McCraw said:

There’s compelling evidence that the law enforcement response to the attack at Robb Elementary was an abject failure and antithetical to everything we’ve learned over the last two decades since the Columbine massacre.

Three minutes after the subject entered the West building, there were a sufficient number of armed officers wearing body armor to isolate, distract, and neutralize the subject. The only thing stopping a hallway of dedicated officers from entering room 111 and 112 was the on-scene commander, who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children.

The officers had weapons. The children had none. The officers had body armor. The children had none. The officers had training. The subject had none.

One hour, 14 minutes and 8 seconds. That’s how long the children waited, and the teachers waited in rooms 111 to be rescued. And while they waited the on-scene commander waited for radio and rifles. Then he waited for shields. Then he waited for SWAT. Lastly, he waited for key that was never needed.

The post-Columbine doctrine is clear and compelling and unambiguous. Stop the killing, stop the dying. You can’t do the latter unless you do the former.

Yesterday we posted a photo of several officers in the school building with both guns and at least one ballistic shield, nearly an hour before the school room was actually breached:

McCraw continued his assessment, telling the committee that if you’ve got even one officer, that’s enough to try and stop the killing and there’s an obligation to immediately engage the shooter:

Here’s another clip of McCraw explaining why all of this waiting for rifles, SWAT, etc was intolerable based on police doctrine:

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