UVALDE, Texas ( Associated Press) – Facing enormous public pressure, the Uvalde school superintendent on Wednesday recommended the dismissal of the district police chief for his response responsible for the Texas elementary school shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers. .
The school board of this southern Texas city will discuss the firing of Chief Pete Arredondo during a special meeting Saturday, which was called to discuss the superintendent’s recommendation. Texas officials have accused Arredondo of making significant mistakes during the May 24 shooting at Rob’s school.
Until now, school officials had rejected calls to fire Arredondo, but school board members endured three hours of fury on Monday from those who robbed them for failing to take basic safety measures, He was accused of not being transparent about what happened and not keeping Arredondo. account.
Confronting parents shouting for Arredondo to be fired and threatening that he would be fired further, Superintendent Hal Harrell said the police chief was a contract employee who just couldn’t be fired. In next Saturday’s meeting, the board will discuss with his lawyer the possibility of his dismissal.
Arredondo, who has been on leave since June 22, has been reprimanded since the massacre, particularly for not ordering officials to immediately enter the classroom where an 18-year-old man attacked.
Although around 400 agents from various police agencies took part in the operation, which took more than an hour to confront and kill the perpetrator of the massacre, Arredondo is only one of two who have been reprimanded.
An 80-page report from the Texas Legislative Commission blames all law enforcement for the slow and chaotic response, despite the presence of about 400 officers at the scene. The report specifically names Arredondo and accuses him of wasting “significant time” during the massacre in search of the keys to the classroom.
According to the commission, Arredondo told lawmakers that he did not consider himself a commander in charge during the crisis and that his priority was to protect children in other classes. The report said the decision was a “terrible and tragic mistake”.