Texas school shooting: Uvalde’s chief police officer suspended

The announcement comes a day after the Texas director of public safety slammed the police response to the massacre as an “absolute failure”. “From the beginning of this horrific event, I have maintained that the district will wait until the investigation is completed 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, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Steven McCraw, had in particular castigated the fact that Pete Arredondo had decided to “put the lives of agents before those of children”. “We know one thing: there is compelling evidence that law enforcement’s response to the attack on Robb Elementary School was an absolute failure and goes against everything we have learned at two decades since the Columbine massacre” at a high school in 1999, he said. The time it took for police – over an hour – to enter the classroom and kill the 18-year-old shooter has come under heavy criticism since the killings, and Mr McCraw drove home the point during that televised hearing. The mayor of Uvalde also announced on Tuesday that Robb Elementary School would be “demolished”.

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