Uvalde Schools Police Chief resigns from City Council

UVALDE, Texas — The Uvalde School District Police Chief resigned from his city council position just weeks after being sworn in following allegations that he erred in his response to the shooting of mass at Robb Elementary School which left 19 students and two teachers dead.

Chef Pete Arredondo said the head of Uvalde-Nouvelles Friday who decided to step down for the good of the municipal administration. He was elected to the District 3 council on May 7 and was sworn in – in a closed-door ceremony – on May 31, just a week after the massacre.

“After careful consideration, I regret to inform those who voted for me that I have decided to resign as a member of the District 3 City Council. The Mayor, City Council and City staff must continue to moving forward without distractions I think is the best decision for Uvalde” Arredondo said.

Arredondo, who has been on administrative leave from the school district since June 22, declined repeated requests for comment from The Associated Press. His attorney, George Hyde, did not immediately respond to emailed requests for comment on Saturday.

Colonel Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, told a state Senate hearing last month that Arredondo – the on-scene commander – made “terrible decisions” as the massacre was taking place on May 24, and that the police response was a “dismal failure”.

Three minutes after 18-year-old Salvador Ramos entered the school, enough armed law enforcement was on hand to arrest the shooter, McCraw said. Yet police armed with rifles stood and waited in a school hallway for more than an hour as the shooter carried out the massacre. The classroom door could not be locked from the inside, but there was no evidence that officers attempted to open the door while the shooter was inside, McCraw said.

McCraw said parents pleaded with police outside the school to move in and students inside the classroom repeatedly pleaded with 911 operators for help while that more than a dozen officers were waiting in a hallway. Agents from other agencies urged Arredondo to let them move in because the children were in danger.

“The only thing that kept a hallway of dedicated officers from entering rooms 111 and 112 was the on-scene commander who decided to put the lives of the officers before the lives of the children,” McCraw said.

Arredondo tried to defend his actions, telling the Texas Tribune that he did not see himself as the commander in charge of operations and that he assumed someone else had taken control of the forces response. order. He said he didn’t have his police and campus radios, but used his cell phone to call tactical gear, a sniper and keys to the classroom.

It’s still unclear why it took the police so long to enter the classroom, how they communicated with each other during the attack, and what their body cameras show.

Officials declined to release further details, citing the investigation.

Arredondo, 50, grew up in Uvalde and spent much of his nearly 30-year career in law enforcement in the city.

Copyright 2022 NPR. To learn more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Comments are closed.