Crowd cheers Pete Arredondo as Uvalde City Council refuses to leave

Pubic members reportedly rejoiced after Uvalde City Council denied an extended leave of absence for Uvalde Schools Police Chief Pete Arredondo on Tuesday, a week after last month’s massacre at Rob Elementary School, a member of the council. As sworn in. Above, objects left in memory of the 19 children and two adults killed in the mass shooting are pictured above the school welcome sign on May 28, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas.
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Cheers erupted on Tuesday after beleaguered police chief Pete Arredondo of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) was denied a continuous leave of absence from his new role as a member of the Uvalde City Council.

Arredondo, who privately took oath at the council a week after the mass shooting at Robes Elementary School that killed 19 children and two adults, has not attended any meetings since the council and came amid heavy criticism from the public. Stay out of sight. of his actions as incident commander during the massacre.

According to Fox News reporter Ashley Soriano, during a city council meeting on Tuesday, members of the public decided that Arredondo’s future absence would not be condoned.

a short video clip share On Twitter by Soriano on Tuesday evening, reportedly after the council voted against a leave of absence, the crowd was shown clapping and cheering during the meeting. During the stage, local residents urged the council to avoid “adding fuel to a raging fire” by allowing Arredondo to leave, preferring that he “fell on his sword,” according San Antonio ABC affiliates for KSAT.

Arredondo is urged to resign from both the city council and the Uvalde CISD Police Department due to his performance during the Rob Elementary shooting. As incident commander, Arredondo was responsible for the decision to designate the 18-year-old shooter Salvador Ramos as a “barricaded” subject rather than an “active shooter”, which probably prevented police from confronting Ramos before. that he would have completed his class massacre.

Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS) director Steven McCraw said Arredondo had made “the wrong decision, period” in the weeks following the shooting. During a Texas Senate hearing on Tuesday, McCraw told Arredondo to make a “terrible decision” that resulted in a “gross failure” of the police response, according to Reuters.

“There is strong evidence that the law enforcement response to the attack on Robb Elementary was a serious failure and contrary to what we have learned,” McCraw said. “The officers had weapons, the children had none. The officers had body armor, the children had none. The officers had training, the subjects had none.”

“The only thing preventing the dedicated officers’ hallways from entering Rooms 111, and 112, was the on-scene commander, who decided to put the officers’ lives before the lives of the children,” he said. ,[Arredondo] Waited for radios and rifles, and he waited for shields and he waited for SWAT. In the end, he waited for a key that was never needed.”

Also on Tuesday, TDPS soldiers allegedly helped the Texas House of Representatives investigative committee hearing the shootings break into a closed door and escape the media.

Members of the public increasingly accused Texas officials of attempting to cover up the police’s response to the shooting, in part because of efforts to resist the release of public records, which prevented at least 70 public information requests from being granted. refusal is involved.

newsweek Uvalde reached out to Arredondo through the CISD Police Department for comment.

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