Uvalde School District Police Chief Resigns From City Council Amid Criticism | Texas school shooting
The Uvalde, Texas, school district police chief is resigning from his community’s city council amid criticism over the response to the shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in May.
Pedro “Pete” Arredondo told the Uvalde Leader-News that he was stepping down from the city council position he was sworn to just seven days after the massacre, the outlet reported on Saturday.
According to Leader-News, Arredondo continued to claim he was not the commander of the officers who waited over an hour to confront and kill the gunman in Robb on May 24. His statement is contrary to the findings of the head of the state’s public safety department, who concluded that it was Arredondo’s call to delay officers on that tragic day despite having a number and weapons sufficient to end the carnage much sooner than they did. .
Arredondo told the Leader-News that he offered prayers to the families of the victims of the school massacre.
“In speaking with other communities who have experienced similar tragedies, the advice has been the same: keep supporting the families, keep supporting our community, and certainly keep our faith,” Arredondo said.
Arredondo had missed the first two city council meetings of his term and faced expulsion from the panel if he had a third unjustified absence. City council late last month rejected a request to grant him time off that would have protected him from being kicked out of the body if he missed more than the two meetings.
Residents had gone to the meeting where council considered the furlough and urged colleagues to reject it. Some said he had let down the pupils and teachers killed on the day of the attack, with the parent of one victim saying: “We beg of you – get this man out of our lives”.
Prior to leaving the board, he was placed on paid administrative leave from his position as school district police chief while federal and state investigations into the officers’ response to Robb’s attack continued.
Residents had considered subjecting Arredondo to a recall election if he insisted on retaining his seat on the city council. It would have taken less than 50 signatures to force the election, but local laws prevented residents from taking such a step until February next year.