The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District school board has voted to sack the district police chief following allegations of making several serious mistakes during the mass shooting at Rob Elementary School that killed 19 students and two teachers, KTLA Sister Station KXAN Report.
The district was going to hold a similar meeting on 23 July on the fate of Arredondo. But it was canceled at the request of Arredondo’s lawyer. Which cited being in line with due process requirements. During a meeting on Wednesday night, the school board unanimously voted to remove Arredondo.
Arredondo has drawn criticism for his leadership during the response to Rob Primary Shooting In which 21 people died. He is on administrative leave since June 22.
He is the first officer fired over a hesitant and faltering law enforcement response to one of the worst school shootings in American history. Only one other officer – Uvalde Police Department Lieutenant Mariano Pargas, who was the city’s acting police chief on the day of the massacre – was placed on leave for his actions during the shooting.
What led to the discussion of Arredondo’s firing
May 24: Arredondo held an early news conference In the hours after the mass murder of students and teachers on 24 May. He confirmed that there had been a mass casualty, but did not provide details on the police response. He briefly explained the process of family reunification.
May 27: Texas Department of Public Security gave an initial update On what happened during the shoot. DPS director Steven McCraw said the on-scene commander, believed to be Arredondo, was waiting to enter the orbit where the shooter was located, as he believed the situation to turn into a “barricaded subject”. Went.
9 June: in an interview with Texas TribuneArredondo defended his actions during the shooting.
“Not a single responding officer hesitated for a moment to put himself at risk to save the children,” Arredondo told the Texas Tribune. “We responded to the information we had and adjusted whatever we encountered. Our aim was to save as many lives as possible, and to remove all the students involved from classes before we could Gain access to the shooter and put an end to the threat, having saved over 500 of our Uvalde students and teachers.”
Arredondo told the Tribune that he never considered himself the commander of the scene and gave no instructions that police should not attempt to demolish the building.
June 20: Parents and families affected by mass shootings Called for Arredondo’s sacking During the school board meeting.
“We were failed by Pete Arredondo. He killed our children, teachers, parents and the city, and by having him on your staff, you are failing us constantly,” Brett Krauss said at that meeting. identified as the father of a slain student.
June 21: Texas DPS released an in-depth timeline Inside Rob Elementary of law enforcement response.
The timeline shows, for more than 40 minutes, Arredondo and officers were trying to figure out how to open the doors of the classroom where the gunman was located, which included a master key and a door breaker device.
“There’s clearly a window over there. The door is probably going to close,” said Arredondo, at 12:28 p.m., according to the Texas DPS timeline. “I’m going to get some more keys to test.”
June 21: Arredondo Testified before the Texas House Committee In a meeting that was not open to the public.
June 22: Arredondo was placed on administrative leave.
Uvalde CISD Superintendent Hal Harel said he did not want to decide on a change in the district’s police leadership until the first mass shooting investigation was completed. He explained that he made the call anyway due to “lack of clarity and unknown timing of when”. [he] Will get the results of the investigation.”
July 2: Arredondo also served on the Uvalde City Council. In early July, he said he would resign from the role“I think it’s the best decision for Uvalde,” he told the local newspaper.
12 July: Surveillance video from inside the school building during the shooting and subsequent law enforcement response was leaked, Before the video was published online, lawmakers had planned to first privately show the video to the families of the victims before releasing it publicly.
July 17: A preliminary report on the shooting Compiled by the Texas House Inquiry Committee was released. The report blamed “systemic failures and seriously poor decision-making” for the delayed law enforcement response.
18 July: family Arredondo pushed again to be fired During the school board meeting. He also called for a security upgrade before the new school year begins.
July 19: CNN reported Uvalde CISD School Board was going to decide whether to eliminate Arredondo In a special meeting on 23rd July
22 July: The school board canceled the July 23 meeting at the request of Arredondo’s lawyer.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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