the chief police officer in charge of operations sacked

Pete Arredondo is blamed for delaying the intervention of police, who took more than an hour to deal with the 18-year-old shooter responsible for the deaths of 19 children

The Uvalde school district police chief, who was heavily criticized for his slow response to the gunman who killed 19 children and two female teachers in the Texas town in May, was fired on Wednesday, according to US media. .

The school district board in Uvalde, near the border with Mexico, voted according to the Texas Grandstand unanimously in favor of his ousting on Wednesday, three months to the day after one of the worst school shooting massacres in the United States.

Pete Arredondo had decided not to be present at this “illegal and unconstitutional public lynching”, according to the words of his lawyers in a document published hours before Wednesday’s meeting. He asked the district council for a full return to his duties as well as the closure of the “unfounded” procedure against him.

A report points to a “chaotic” situation

Nearly 400 agents from different departments intervened in Robb Elementary School on May 24, but between the arrival of the first police officers and the death of the killer, 73 minutes elapsed, an “unacceptable” delay according to a commission of Texas parliamentary inquiry, the conclusions of which were revealed in mid-July.

His report points to a “chaotic” situation, a lack of command and “apathetic” agents, while desperate children trapped in the building called for help from the emergency services.

Pete Arredondo “did not assume his responsibility as commander” and he made errors of analysis because he did not have all the information, according to the commission.

Texas Public Safety Director Steven McCraw called law enforcement’s response “an absolute failure.”

Following the Uvalde massacre, as well as other killings that shocked the country, the US Congress passed legislation at the end of June establishing new restrictions on firearms, the largest in nearly 30 years, but well below what President Joe Biden wanted.

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