Uvalde school district police chief Pete Arredondo placed on leave; city council denies leave request
Steve McCraw slams regulation enforcement response to Uvalde faculty capturing
DPS Director Steve McCraw slammed regulation enforcement’s response to the Uvalde faculty capturing in a listening to earlier than the Texas Senate.
Damien Henderson, Related Press
The superintendent of the Texas faculty district the place 19 college students and two academics have been killed in a mass capturing final month has positioned Pete Arredondo, the district’s police chief, on administrative go away.
Hal Harrell, superintendent of the Uvalde Consolidated Impartial Faculty District, stated in an announcement Wednesday that district officers supposed to “wait till the investigation was full earlier than making personnel choices.”
“At the moment, I’m nonetheless with out particulars of the investigations being carried out by varied businesses,” he added. “Due to the dearth of readability that is still and the unknown timing of when I’ll obtain the outcomes of the investigations, I’ve made the choice to position Chief Arredondo on administrative go away efficient on this date.”
Lt. Mike Hernandez will “assume the duties” of the UCISD chief of police, Harrell confirmed within the announcement.
The transfer comes after the Uvalde Metropolis Council on Tuesday unanimously denied a go away of absence for Arredondo, who’s additionally a council member.
Arredondo was elected to the council on Might 7. It was greater than two weeks later, on Might 24, when a gunman entered Robb Elementary Faculty in Uvalde and barricaded himself. After more than an hour, police stormed the classroom he was in and killed him.
Arredondo didn’t attend Tuesday evening’s assembly or a earlier emergency session held shortly after the capturing, per the Austin American-Statesman, a part of the USA TODAY Community. The council voted unanimously to say no Arredondo’s go away of absence. If he misses the subsequent two conferences, the council can take away him for abandoning his workplace.
A number of Uvalde residents attended the assembly to oppose Arredondo’s go away of absence request. “We heard our residents tonight, loud and clear,” Mayor Don McLaughlin stated. “If he misses his three conferences, I am positive Pete will go. … I will vote sure (to take away him).”
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Family of the capturing victims had pleaded with metropolis leaders to fireplace Arredondo. “Please, please, we’re begging you, get this man out of our lives,” stated Berlinda Arreola, the grandmother of Amerie Jo Garza.
Additionally Tuesday, the director of the Texas Division of Public Security, throughout a hearing in the Texas State Senate, blamed Arredondo for stopping officers from rapidly confronting the gunman. Sufficient officers have been on the scene three minutes after the gunman entered the constructing to have stopped him, DPS Director Steve McCraw stated.
He known as the police response an “abject failure” that ignored classes from earlier shootings and stated Arredondo “determined to position the lives of officers earlier than the lives of kids.”
McLaughlin criticized McCraw’s briefing saying he and different native officers have been requested to maintain quiet in regards to the capturing and the regulation enforcement response as a number of investigations proceed.
“They will go to Austin and have public offers to speak about it … and never share a rattling factor with this metropolis or anyone on this group, and that is incorrect,” he stated. That is completely incorrect.”
Arrendondo has said he didn’t consider himself the person in charge on the scene and assumed one other official had taken management.
Contributing: Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY; Chuck Lindell and Niki Griswold, Austin American-Stateman; The Related Press.
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