It’s horrific timing that both police departments—one with jurisdiction over the school district and its grounds and the other with jurisdiction over the city—chose to stop cooperating after state police kept having to correct the story, culminating in McCraw’s cutting comments. At one point on Wednesday, a UCISD police officer shot at the shooter before he made his way inside. By Thursday, DPS regional director Victor Escalon Jr. corrected the story: The gunman “walked in unobstructed.”

Then there was the conflicting number of minutes the gunman spent outside. First it was none at all. On Thursday, Escalon said the gunman spent 12 minutes outside after crashing the pickup truck near the school. By Friday, DPS again amended the story: Video footage suggested he spend all of five minutes outside before entering through an unlocked and propped open door.

There was also continued discrepancy on how the shooter was apprehended (was he barricaded or pinned down?), whether or not the gunman was wearing protective body armor (he wasn’t), and whether or not and when the police even entered the classrooms, let alone the actual building.


The Uvalde shooting is a failure of policing. Not cooperating with the review into decisions and protocols that led to this massive failure will only prolong the enviable disclosure of facts. There will be a disclosure of facts. The story of these slaughtered children is not going away.

The state-level investigation isn’t the only one examining the failures of police forces in this small Texas city: The Justice Department announced its own review on Sunday, heeding the call of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin.


Jezebel reached out to Texas DPS, Uvalde police and the Uvalde CISD police for comment, and neither had responded as of publication.