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Uvalde police chief Pete Arredondo could lose his seat on the council at the next meeting

Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo, who is accused of a failed police response to the killings of 19 children and two teachers and is also a city council member, could lose his seat at the next city council meeting.

The Uvalde city council voted to deny Arredondo a holiday, largely due to resistance from residents on Tuesday.

“We don’t need him,” Uwalde resident Kim Hammond said emphatically at a city council meeting on Tuesday. “We want him to come out!”

State investigators said Arredondo was in command of the incident at the time of the shooting and was responsible for the “terrible failure” to enter the classroom and kill the shooter after waiting over an hour and 14 minutes before breaking the classroom door.

According to the Texas Tribune, Arredondo has already missed two public gatherings, saying he received death threats.

Under Uvalde’s local ordinance, a council member who misses three meetings must be removed from office. Since the city council voted unanimously to deny him leave, Arredondo could be fired after the next meeting on July 12 if he doesn’t show up.

Uwalde resident Kim Hammond (right) warned the mayor and city council of a statutory ruling that would allow them to remove new member Pete Arredondo from his seat for missing three consecutive meetings.
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A Robb Elementary School Sign Covered In Flowers And Gifts On June 17, 2022 In Uvalde, Texas.
Arredondo is blamed for the failed police response to the killing of 19 children and two teachers.
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Uvalde Mayor Don Mclaughlin Jr. (Center) And City Council Members Pray During A Special Emergency City Council Meeting To Reissue The Mayor'S Statement Of Local Distress Over The Recent Shooting At Robb Elementary School, Tuesday, June 7.  , 2022.
The Uvalde city council ultimately voted to deny Arredondo the leave.
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City Attorney Uvalde did not immediately respond to The Post’s inquiry about how the process would go.

“You can delete it because it is going to free up its space. Your agenda (item) is the decision not to give Arredondo a vacation. Why the hell are you? Hammond said to the applause of her countrymen.

Hammond explained to the mayor and city council that she and other residents tried to recall Arredondo before realizing they couldn’t because he hadn’t taken his seat for eight months. They also tried to change the charter of the city before they stumbled upon yet another roadblock. The bylaws have recently been amended and will not be able to be changed for another two years.

Uvalde Police Chief Pete Arredondo Speaks At A Press Conference Following The Shooting At Robb Elementary School In Uvalde, Texas, Usa, May 24, 2022.
Arredondo was the commander of the incident at the time of the shooting and was responsible for the “terrible failure” to enter the classroom and kill the shooter, investigators said.
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“Let him miss three meetings. He is my adviser. Don’t waste any more time on him.”

Prior to the May 24 shooting, Arredondo ran for and won a seat on Uvalde’s city council, taking the oath away from the public eye a few days after the massacre. He did not attend any council meetings after the shooting and kept out of the public eye.

The Uvalde Unified Independent School District announced Thursday that it has placed Arredondo on administrative leave immediately.

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