Uvalde School Board Votes to Remove Police Chief Over School Shooting

Uvalde School Board Votes to Remove Police Chief Over School Shooting

He’s FIRED – The Votes Are In!

(UnitedVoice.com) – The school board in Uvalde, Texas, has voted to fire its senior cop. Police Chief Pete Arredondo faced widespread criticism in May after his officers allowed a mass killer to rampage for over an hour. Arredondo’s lawyers were defiant — but Uvalde residents want him gone.

When crazed gunman Salvador Ramos assaulted Uvalde’s Robb Elementary School on May 24, murdering 19 children and two teachers, residents expected police to rush to the rescue. Instead, officers waited outside for 77 minutes while Ramos stalked through a classroom, gunning down his victims. Border Patrol agents stormed the classroom and killed him, finally ending his murder spree.

Following the atrocity, a state investigation found that Arredondo failed to take command of the scene and wasted time looking for keys to an unlocked door that officers could have breached anyway. On August 24, the Uvalde School Board voted unanimously to remove the chief, suspended without pay since June 22. Arredondo didn’t attend the hearing, claiming he felt unsafe. Instead, he applied for back pay and asked the board to lift his suspension.

After the hearing, Arredondo’s lawyer, George E. Hyde, told reporters, “Chief Arredondo will not participate in his own legal and unconstitutional public lynching.” Hyde also released a 17-page statement from Arredondo, claiming the school board and other law enforcement agencies scapegoated him because he’s of Mexican descent. He also complained that officials put his life at risk by not allowing him to carry a weapon to the school board meeting. Hyde insists Arredondo is “a leader and a courageous officer,” but chanting parents at the hearing the suspended chief was too intimidated to attend, called him a coward.

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