Migrant shot and injured by National Guard soldier patrolling border
A Texas National Guard soldier patrolling the Texas-Mexico border shot a migrant Sunday morning just west of McAllen, according to an internal Texas Military Department document obtained by Military Times and The Texas Tribune.mysanantonio.com
Criminal cases in South Texas are unraveling because of a Texas Ranger’s suspension after the Uvalde shooting
After the Texas Department of Public Safety suspended Texas Ranger Christopher Ryan Kindell, one of hundreds of officers who responded to the May 24 mass shooting, felony cases he investigated are in jeopardy and experts have questioned the justification for his suspension.
Feds often hand migrants over to state police rather than process immigration claims, complaint says
State police often rely on federal immigration officials to lock up migrants on state trespassing charges, according to a new complaint by the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. The collaboration contradicts federal and Texas officials’ attacks on each other’s immigration policies.
Letter: Uvalde officers seen as cowards
Bottom line, the word for the Department of Public Safety and Uvalde Police Department in not going in to kill the gunman is cowards. None of the officers have once manned up to the accountability and responsibility to what they failed to do — protect and defend — on that horrific day. The young man eating a burger at McDonald’s who was shot multiple times and is fighting for his life. The mother whose son was shot multiple times for reckless driving in Edinburg. I think all the officers who were in Uvalde that day should be fired.myrgv.com
‘Lives Robbed’ group calls DPS hearing a ‘bait and switch’ after no update to investigation
A nonprofit group that formed in response to the Robb Elementary massacre in Uvalde has issued a response to Thursday’s Department of Public Safety hearing on the investigation, calling it a ‘bait and switch’ and a ‘glorified press conference.’
Texas DPS chief Steve McCraw says his agency “did not fail” at Uvalde school shooting
At a public meeting where families that lost children in the school shooting said he should resign, McCraw said members of the Department of Public Safety made mistakes. But he said he’ll step down only “if DPS as an institution failed the families.”
DPS director refuses Uvalde families’ call for resignation but says shooting should’ve been stopped within minutes
The head of the Department of Public Safety told the families of the Uvalde shooting victims that first responders were “wrong” in their delay to breach the classroom where a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers.
Texas state trooper who responded to Uvalde shooting fired amid investigations into police response
Department of Public Safety Sgt. Juan Maldonado is the first state police officer fired in the aftermath of a botched police response to the shooting. He was the highest-ranking state trooper to initially respond to Robb Elementary School.
Five Department of Public Safety officers face a formal investigation over Uvalde shooting response
Hundreds of law enforcement officers from several local, state and federal agencies have been heavily criticized for the delayed response in confronting the gunman during the worst school shooting in Texas history.
KSAT, other outlets sue City of Uvalde, sheriff, school district for Robb Elementary school massacre records
KSAT 12 and more than a dozen media organizations have filed a lawsuit against the City of Uvalde, the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office and the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District seeking access to records related to the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary School.
More than 30 DPS officers will patrol Uvalde CISD campuses in new school year, Gov. Abbott says
More than 30 Department of Public Safety officers will patrol the campuses of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District as students and teachers head back to class in the wake of the school shooting.
Texas state police can keep Uvalde records secret for now, judge rules
The ruling sidestepped the question of whether the state police can withhold records concerning their response to the May 24 massacre at Robb Elementary School. The judge concluded that state Sen. Roland Gutierrez had not properly filed his request under Texas’ public records law.
KSAT, other media organizations sue Texas DPS for Uvalde school massacre records
KSAT 12 and more than a dozen media organizations on Monday filed a lawsuit in state district court in Austin asking a judge to order the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to release records regarding the law enforcement response to the May 24 massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.
Texas troopers are causing car chase fatalities and racially profiling drivers under Abbott’s border crackdown, complaint claims
Two civil rights groups have expanded their request for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into Operation Lone Star, citing evidence of risky pursuits and more frequent traffic stops of Hispanic drivers.
Three Campers Gunned Down at Popular Iowa Park by Shooter Who Killed Himself
Iowa Department of Public SafetyA 23-year-old gunned down three campers at an Iowa state park early Friday morning before fatally shooting himself nearby, authorities say.Anthony Orlando Sherwin has been identified by the Iowa Department of Public Safety as the shooter, accused of killing three people at the Maquoketa Caves State Park campground—a popular attraction in Iowa that draws 300,000 visitors annually.Sherwin is accused of killing three before heading just west of the park to take his onews.yahoo.com
Texas Department of Public Safety investigating how 91 of its troopers and Rangers responded to Uvalde school shooting
The department’s officers made up nearly one-fourth of the 376 law enforcement members who responded to Texas’ deadliest school shooting. Announcement of the inquiry came one day after a report criticized police response to the massacre.
Justice Department is investigating Texas’ Operation Lone Star for alleged civil rights violations
"Justice Department is investigating Texas’ Operation Lone Star for alleged civil rights violations" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. The Department of Justice is investigating alleged civil rights violations under Operation Lone Star, a multibillion-dollar border initiative announced last year by Gov. The Legislature last year directed more than $3 billion to border measures over the next two years, a bulk of which has gone to Operation Lone Star. In a letter sent Friday to the state’s attorney general, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice also cited a “formal investigation” of Operation Lone Star by the DOJ. State and federal lawmakers as well as civil rights and immigrant groups have repeatedly called for investigations into Operation Lone Star.mysanantonio.com
Texas will increase checkpoints for trucks crossing from Mexico after migrant smuggling deaths
DPS said the checkpoints won’t occur at the ports of entry, which is different than in April when Abbott mandated all commercial vehicles entering from Mexico be checked by state police. The order snarled trade with Mexico at the time.
Here’s how Pete Arredondo and other law enforcement differ on what happened during the Uvalde shooting
New information released by law enforcement sources and the director of the Department of Public Safety tells a different story about police response to the shooting than Uvalde CISD Police Chief Pete Arredondo.
Waiting for keys, unable to break down doors: Uvalde schools police chief defends delay in confronting gunman
Criticized by law enforcement experts for slowness in taking out the shooter, Pete Arredondo described an agonizing wait for a key that would work. In an interview with The Texas Tribune, he said he hadn’t spoken out sooner because he didn’t want to compound his hometown’s grief or point blame.
Capital Highlights — Gunman walked into school building unopposed
The gunman who killed 21 people inside a Uvalde elementary school walked into the unlocked building unopposed, the Department of Public Safety said in a revised statement, as reported by the Austin Am[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
What did Greg Abbott’s border inspections turn up? Oil leaks, flat tires and zero drugs
The governor ordered troopers to thoroughly inspect every commercial truck coming from Mexico in what he described as an effort to stop illegal drugs and migrants from being smuggled into Texas. His order for increased state inspections led to snarling delays in trade between the two countries.
Produce assocation: ‘Enhanced inspections’ costing millions
As of late Thursday, roughly 80 percent of commercial truck traffic inbound to Texas from Mexico was still subject to Gov. Greg Abbott’s order requiring the Department of Public Safety to conduct “enhanced inspections” of every northbound truck attempting to cross the border. But Galeazzi noted that the additional level-one inspections being conducted by DPS focus on equipment — lights, mirrors, windshield wipers, etc. “Those safety inspections do not permit DPS to open the trailers, at least as I understand it,” he said. “The difference is they’re conducting inspections on somewhere between 20 to 40 percent of the traffic that’s coming through,” he said.myrgv.com
Gov. Greg Abbott eases state inspections at one commercial bridge, as trade remains snarled across the border
The move provides little relief as trade between Texas and Mexico is hampered along the border because of Abbott’s order. The Colombia bridge is just one of 13 commercial crossings between the two countries and the only one connected to Nuevo León.
Six Kids Among Dozens Shot at Arkansas Gun Show
GettyA terrifying volley of bullets that left one person dead and 28 wounded—including kids as young as 19 months old—was sparked by two men who who “got in a gunfight” at a car show that was supposed to be a family-friendly event.“There was no mass shooting intended on this,” Col. Bill Bryant of the Arkansas Department of Public Safety said during a Sunday press conference about the violence that erupted at the gathering in small-town Dumas.Officials confirmed that Cameron Shaffer, 23, of Jacksnews.yahoo.com
Border Patrol pursuits lead to 32 arrests
On March 15, Border Patrol agents dealt with three failed smuggling attempts that led to 32 arrests. This resulted in a pursuit which ended once the driver plowed through a ranch fence. An hour later, a Department of Public Safety trooper was involved in a pursuit with a Chrysler 300 near Mission. The McAllen Border Patrol Station agents were requested to assist and, once engaged, were able to determine that five of the occupants were non-citizens from Mexico. Although DPS troopers attempted to assist and follow protocol, yet another driver embarked on a vehicle pursuit.myrgv.com
State to build border wall in Starr County
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced a lease agreement Monday that will allow the state to build a border wall in Starr County. The commissioner held a news conference in Starr County in July to talk about a lawsuit filed by his office over the unfinished border wall in a property stretching 3,099 acres. Greg Abbott visited Del Río, he announced his plans to create a border wall and barriers. That same day Bush said the construction would receive emergency authorization on state lands. During Bush’s visit to Starr County in July, he announced the General Land Office would be making its 20,000 state-owned border acres available to his plans.myrgv.com