A Uvalde police officer has come under scrutiny after new security footage from the Robb Elementary School shooting shows him checking his phone with what appears to be a “Punisher” lock screen.
The horrifying video — which was released Tuesday by the Austin American Statesman — filmed the cop in the hallway of the elementary school during the active shooting pulling out his phone, which flashed the logo on the screen of the Marvel anti-hero, Newsweek reported.
“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,” tweeted Matt Karolian.
Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt also called out the irony of the cop being a fan of the Marvel character.
“Checkin my neat-o phone with the punisher logo (sooo cool!) while i’m hidin listenin to the kids gettin killed,” Oswalt wrote.
Uvalde police have faced backlash over the handling of the shooting with several of the victim’s families saying that their delay in confronting the gunman lead to the deaths of several children. Nineteen kids and two teachers were killed in the massacre.
The Punisher, a vigilante known for using lethal weapons in his one-man war on crime, made his Marvel debut in 1974.
In recent years, the character’s logo has been co-opted by police officers, military personnel and extremists.
“The idea that police, even unofficially, would take on this character just seemed to me to be not only totally inappropriate but also shocking,” creator Gerry Conway said.
Conway had previously spoken out against police officers who adopted the logo during the Black Lives Matter protests back in 2020.