The Reason Why The Uvalde Cop Was “Checking His Phone” In The Hallway Is Finally Revealed – Paints Totally Different Picture Of The Viral Image

Twitter users have seized on one moment from the surveillance footage showing the police response to Uvalde school shooting.

The video, published by the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE on Tuesday, is a disturbing 77-minute recording showing officers in body armor milling in the hallway of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24 while a gunman carried out a massacre inside a classroom.

The footage from a hallway camera inside the school shows in grim detail how heavily armed officers—some carrying rifles and ballistic shields—waited more than an hour before going inside and confronting the gunman. Nineteen children and two teachers were killed in the mass shooting.

And it showed how one officer, within a minute of officers first entering the school, pulled his phone out of his pocket with his left hand and looked at the screen while holding a gun in his right.

Eagle-eyed viewers spotted that the phone’s lock screen features a version of Marvel antihero The Punisher’s skull logo, which has been co-opted by police officers, military personnel and extremists in recent years.


Some took to Twitter to note the irony.

“That cop in Uvalde having his lock screen be the punisher logo and him being scared to take on an active shooter is truly the perfect encapsulation of how cops see themselves vs who they really are,” Albert Jaragua Corado wrote in a tweet that has amassed more than 120,000 likes.

Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt wrote: “Checkin my neat-o phone with the punisher logo (sooo cool!) while i’m hidin listenin to the kids gettin killed (punisher is so badass also i like deadpool & john wick).”

And while most of the time we’re right, sometimes we all get it wrong.

And this is one of those times where we all got it wrong.

That photo became the “face” of the cowardly response from Uvalde police.. a cop just standing there, looking at his phone while innocent people died.

It was a horrific image.

But it was wrong.

We all got it wrong.

That man’s name is officer Ruiz, and his wife, a schoolteacher at the school, died that day.

But before she died, she was sending him text messages, letting him know what was happening inside, and telling him she was shot and was dying.

That’s why he was looking at his phone.
The image was likely taken shortly before he was disarmed and removed from the building while attempting to enter the classroom.
Radar Online reported that officer Ruben Ruiz, one of the many police officers seen in the newly leaked footage from the Uvalde school shooting, was the husband of one of the teachers killed in the massacre, Radar has confirmed.

According to an official timeline published by the Associated Press, Ruiz was seen checking his phone in the hallway at 11:38 AM.

Ten minutes later, outside the school at 11:48 AM, Ruiz was told that his wife had been shot. Ruiz ultimately attempted to re-enter the elementary school to take down the gunman, but was reportedly restrained by other Uvalde officers.

“As he tried to move forward into the hallway, he was detained and they took his gun away from him and escorted him off the scene,” Texas Department of Public Safety Director Colonel Steve McCraw also revealed regarding what happened after Officer Ruiz attempted to re-enter the building.

There is a lot of valid criticism against the Uvalde police, but this image of a cop checking his phone is not part of that.

This was a husband, clinging to the last moments of communication he had with his dying wife.

Video below:

A picture can tell a story, but sometimes, it doesn’t tell the right one; you need to look deeper.

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Tom Anderson
Tom Anderson
30 days ago

So tell me folks, when is that smug, fat-a$$ Patton Oswald punk apologizing to the officer?

Travis Thiessen
Travis Thiessen
28 days ago
Reply to  Tom Anderson

NOT ONLY DID THAT SO CALLED OFFICER LET 19 KIDS DIE HIS WIFE WAS IN THERE AND HE FUCKING DID NOTHING WHAT WOULD ANYONE APPOLOGIZE TO HIM 4

Redleg
27 days ago
Reply to  Tom Anderson

That officer can get fucked for not saving his wife along with all the others. They took him alive when he shoukd have been violently resisting. . They held down parents who did. Apology not warranted.

Craig
Craig
30 days ago

Just about every member of that ‘department’ should be now unemployed.

cheeflo
cheeflo
30 days ago

This made me weep all over again.

Travis Thiessen
Travis Thiessen
28 days ago
Reply to  cheeflo

4 THE WIFE AND NOT MR. DO NOTHINGH I HOPE

Genie Smith
Genie Smith
30 days ago

He is not the police officer anyone should be focusing on.

What about the so called police officer who casually used the hand cleaner on the wall then could be seen leaning against the opposite wall scrolling through his phone as if he was bored with the whole ordeal?

XXX
XXX
29 days ago

You mean hollywood pedo patton asswipe got it wrong again, tell me it ain’t so. The one guy we thought we could trust because he is always the number 3 or 4 guy in every show instead of the lead. Oh well maybe next time he’ll get it right, pfffftttt.

twohawk
twohawk
29 days ago

My spouse be dying mere feet from me, I’m tossing the phone and making a move. I don’t care who said to stand down.

sam
sam
29 days ago

Punisher logo was on hats of police at Boston bombing.

Travis Thiessen
Travis Thiessen
28 days ago

HUGE REMORSE 4 THIS PERSONS WIFE
4 HIM NONE NOT ONLY DID HE LET 19 KIDS DIE HE KNEW HIS WIFE WAS IN THERE 4 AN HOUR AND DID NOTHING WHY THE HELL DO ANY OF U FEEL 4 HIM

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