Police officer caught checking his phone during school shooting sparks outrage

CCTV footage that showed a US police officer checking his phone during the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Texas has sparked outrage.

The horrifying video — which was released Tuesday (July 12) by the Austin American Statesman — shows the Uvalde cop in the hallway of the school when responding to the incident on May 24.

With a gun in one hand, he then takes a brief moment to check notifications on his phone.

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Uvalde police have since faced scrutiny over the handling of the shooting, during which nineteen children and two teachers were killed.

Their families claim the force mishandled the situation and that delay in confronting the 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos lead to more deaths.

Ramos had shot his grandmother and severely wounded her before heading to the school and firing shots into the air for five minutes.

He then entered the school with an AR-15 style rifle through a side entrance, locking himself inside two adjoining classrooms and killing his victims.

Eagle-eyed viewers also noticed that the police officer appears to have Marvel's anti-hero “Punisher” on his lock screen.

The Punisher is a vigilante, which made his debut in 1974, and is known for using lethal weapons in his one-man war on crime.

Media personality Matt Karolian tweeted: "The cop at #Uvalde holding back and checking his phone, which features an American flag Punisher background is the perfect summation of modern-day American policing."

Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt also called out the irony of the cop being a fan of the Marvel character, writing: "Checkin my neat-o phone with the Punisher logo (sooo cool!) while I'm hidin' listenin' to the kids gettin' killed."

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The character's logo has been co-opted by several police officers, military personnel and extremists in recent years.

Creator Gerry Conway has previously spoken out against police officers who adopted the logo during the Black Lives Matter protests back in 2020.

He said: “The idea that police, even unofficially, would take on this character just seemed to me to be not only totally inappropriate but also shocking."

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