The department announced on Thursday that none of the seven Texas Department of Public Safety troopers involved in response to the Uvalde school massacre will face any repercussions.
The organization sacked Sgt. Juan Maldonado and Ranger Christopher Kindell are being tried for termination. Trooper Crimson Elizondo, the third, quit before the probe into her actions was finished. The police department of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District then employed her but fired her after neighbors objected to the decision.
According to Travis Considine, a DPS spokesperson, the four remaining troopers have been cleared. Director Steve McCraw told reporters after a budget meeting at the Texas Capitol on Thursday that no other officers will face penalty even though the agency had not yet concluded its investigation public.
It is still unknown why Kindell and Maldonado received punishment. Only the U.S. Border Patrol responded with more DPS personnel—91—to the incident.
Although McCraw has criticized the school district police chief for failing to do so, the agency received criticism because no DPS officer took leadership of the disorganized law enforcement response.
All police personnel, including those from DPS, were found to be at fault for the appalling response in a Texas House special committee examination into the incident. The shooter, who killed 19 children and two teachers, was confronted by law police after more than an hour had passed.
In response to criticism of his agency’s response to the shooting from some victims’ relatives and state senator Roland Gutierrez, a Democrat from San Antonio who has vehemently condemned DPS since the tragedy, McCraw has resisted calls to step down.
On Thursday, McCraw reaffirmed that position, telling reporters that Texans would “be stuck with me for the time being. I’ll be around for a while.