The Uvalde School District Police Chief, who was in charge of operations when a gunman killed 19 children and two female teachers on May 24, has been suspended, the district superintendent announced Wednesday.
The announcement comes a day after the Texas Director of Public Safety received strong criticism of the police response to the massacre, calling it an “absolute failure”.
“From the beginning of this horrific event, I have maintained that the District will wait until the investigation is complete before making personnel decisions […]. Due to the remaining lack of clarity and the unknown timing on when I will receive the results of the investigation, I have made the decision to place Chief [Pete] Arredondo on administrative leave, effective today. today,” Superintendent Hal Harrell said in a statement.
On Tuesday, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw slammed Pete Arredondo for deciding to “put the lives of officers ahead of children.”
“We know one thing: there is compelling evidence that the law enforcement response attack on Robb Elementary School was an absolute failure and goes against everything we have learned in the past two decades since the Columbine high school massacre in 1999, he said. he said.
The time taken by police – over an hour – to enter the classroom and kill the 18-year-old gunman has come under heavy criticism since the killings, and Mr McCraw had driven home the point during this television hearing.
“The agents had weapons, not the children. The officers had bulletproof vests, the children did not. The officers were trained, not the shooter,” he said again.
The mayor of Uvalde also announced on Tuesday that Robb Elementary School would be “demolished”.
“You can never ask a child or a teacher to come back to this school,” said Don McLoughlin.