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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.

Texas Ranger Christopher Ryan Kindell outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24, 2022, when 21 people — 19 children and two adults — were killed by a gunman. Kindell was fired by DPS Thursday and said he plans to appeal.
District Attorney for the 38th Judicial District of Texas (Uvalde & Real Counties) Christina Mitchell Busbee at a press conference at the Uvalde High School on May 27, 2022.
Texas Department of Public Safety Steve McCraw at a Public Safety Commission Meeting in Austin on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. During public testimony, families of the victims of the Robb Elementary Shooting in Uvalde called for DPS Director Steve McCraw to resign.

Ranger has major role in criminal cases

Kindell’s role in Robb Elementary response remains unclear

Students are evacuated out of Robb Elementary School during a mass shooting in Uvalde on Tuesday. Nineteen children and two teachers were killed in Texas’ deadliest school shooting.
Uvalde school police Chief Pete Arredondo stands on a dirt road on the outskirts of town on June 8, 2022.
Jesse Rizo speaks during a special meeting of the Uvalde CISD Board of Trustees at Benson Elementary in Uvalde on Oct. 19, 2022.

DPS remains tight-lipped about reasons for suspension

The town square memorial for victims of the Uvalde mass school shooting on June 15, 2022.

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