Uvalde massacre: the chief police officer in charge of operations sacked

Killing d’Uvalde : the police chief responsible for operations sacked

Residents of Uvalde, Texas, gather in front of the memorial to the victims of the shooting in municipality's Robb Elementary School.

Uvalde School District Police Chief, heavily criticized for being slow to deal with shooter behind the deaths of 19 children and two teachers in May in this Texas city, was fired on Wednesday, according to American media.

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

Pete Arredondo, then in charge of operations, is blamed for; delay in bringing in the police, who took more than an hour to respond to the 18-year-old shooter, who was eventually shot.

Mr. Arredondo had for his part decided not to be present at this illegal and unconstitutional public lynching, according to the words of his lawyers in a document published a few hours before the meeting on Wednesday.

Uvalde Police Chief of Operations Pete Arredondo at a press conference in late May.

He was asking the district council for a full return to duty as well as the termination of the unfounded case against him.

Pete Arredondo had been suspended by the district superintendent on June 22.

Nearly 400 officers from various 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 passed, an unacceptable delay according to a commission of a 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, trapped in the building, desperate children called for help from the emergency services.

The images from a surveillance camera show the police who are intervened in the shooting at the Robb de Uvalde primary school who hesitate and wait almost 80 minutes before neutralizing the shooter.

Pete Arredondo has not taken responsibility of commander and he made errors of analysis because he did not have all the information, according to the commission.

The director of public security of the Texas, Steven McCraw, had called law enforcement's response an absolute failure.

In the aftermath of the Uvalde massacre, as well as #x27;other killings that shocked the country, the US Congress passed a law at the end of June introducing new s restrictions on firearms, the largest in nearly 30 years, but well below what President Joe Biden wanted.

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