Angry families of Uvalde school shooting victims demanded the resignation Thursday during their first face-to-face confrontation with Texas Director of Public Safety Steven McCraw. Nineteen students and two teachers diedRob in elementary school.
“If you are a man of your word, you will resign,” Brett Cross, whose son Ujiah Garcia died in the shooting, said at a Public Safety Commission hearing in Austin. “We can’t wait any longer.”
McCraw, who is in charge of dozens of state troops responding to the shooting, previously said he would step down if any of his officers were guilty of a failed response to the massacre. A soldier, Juan Maldonado,for his inaction, and ,
But at Thursday’s hearing, McCraw was defiant in his first public comments since June.
“I can tell you this now – DPS just as an institution, the community, plain and simple did not fail.”
In the days following the massacre, he blamed the local police, although 91 DPS officers were at the scene. McCraw said Thursday the DPS investigation is ongoing and will be presented to Uvalde County district attorney at the end of the year.
Family members say that even five months after the shooting, the lack of consistent information and accountability from the DPS makes them feel like they are being victimized again. Jesse Rizzo, uncle of shooting victim Jackie Cazares, blamed McCraw for what he called the constant misinformation tearing the community apart.
“Our city is divided,” Rizzo said. “Our teachers are feeling cheated.”
Earlier this month, the entire police department for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (UCISD)Because it faces many checks.