Swearing in of police chief of Uvalde in city council canceled for the time being: mayor

A special swearing-in ceremony in Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) Police Chief Pete Arredondo to Uvalde City Council on Tuesday has been canceled after the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School.

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin announced the cancellation Monday, saying that nothing “prohibits” Arredondo from taking the oath.

“Our focus Tuesday is on our families who have lost loved ones,” McLaughlin said in a statement.

“Pete Arredondo has been duly elected to the City Council. There is nothing in the Texas city charter, electoral code, or constitution that prohibits him from taking the oath of office. To our knowledge, we are not currently aware of any investigation into Mr Arredondo.”

Arredondo was one of several newly elected councilors to be sworn in on Tuesday, KSAT-TV reported.

The controversial police chief is accused of delaying officers in responding to Tuesday’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary, which killed 21 people, including 19 students.

As news week Arredondo was elected to the city council just three weeks before the incident.

A campaign sign for Pete Arredondo, the chief of police for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, is on display on Monday, May 30, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas.
Jae C. Hong/AP Photo

Officials said the suspected gunman was on campus for more than an hour before he was fatally shot in a classroom by a US Border Patrol tactical team. The response drew widespread criticism, including from Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

“It was the wrong decision, period,” McCraw said. There was no excuse for that. There were plenty of officers to do what needed to be done, with one exception: the incident commander believed he needed more equipment and more officers at the time to make a tactical breakthrough. “

Texas Governor Greg Abbott felt “misled” about the police response, saying he was “absolutely furious” on Friday. The US Department of Justice is now conducting a review of law enforcement’s response, at McLaughlin’s request.

“The purpose of the review is to provide an independent record of the actions and responses of law enforcement officers that day and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooting incidents,” it said. Ministry of Justice Sunday.

“The review will be conducted with the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing.”

The Department of Justice will publish its report upon completion.

According to the latest report from University Health, three patients are still being treated in hospital for injuries sustained in the Uvalde shooting. A 10-year-old girl was admitted in serious condition, a 9-year-old girl in good condition and a 66-year-old woman in fair condition, the hospital said Sunday.

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