Texas state police fire 1st officer over Uvalde response
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Department of Public Safety fired an officer Friday who was at the scene of the Uvalde school massacre and becomes the first member of the state police force to lose their job [San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
New York Times investigation bolsters Uvalde parents’ demands that more officers be held accountable
Families of the victims killed in the May 24 Robb Elementary School massacre say a New York Times investigation is further proof that more people need to be held accountable for failing to protect their children that day.
Uvalde schools suspend entire police force after outrage
School leaders also put two members of the district police department on administrative leave, one of whom chose to retire instead, according to a statement released by the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District. Uvalde families have said students in the district are not safe so long as officers who waited so long to confront and kill the gunman remain on the job. The Uvalde school district had five campus police officers on the scene of the shooting, according to a damning report from Texas lawmakers that laid out multiple breakdowns in the response. A total of nearly 400 officers responded, including school district police, the city’s police, county sheriff’s deputies, state police and U.S. Border Patrol agents, among others. The fallout Friday is the first in Uvalde’s school police force since the district fired former police Chief Pete Arredondo in August.myrgv.com
Uvalde protestors hold vigil, demand that school district suspend officers
Brett Cross launched the protest Sept. 27, joined by other Uvalde families who say the school district hasn’t held five of its officers accountable for their part in law enforcement’s delayed action during the May 24 shooting.
Five Department of Public Safety officers face a formal investigation over Uvalde shooting response
Hundreds of law enforcement officers from several local, state and federal agencies have been heavily criticized for the delayed response in confronting the gunman during the worst school shooting in Texas history.
Families win one in search of justice
There never was going to be a different outcome for Pete Arredondo. His fate was sealed the moment an 18-year-old walked unimpeded into Robb Elementary School armed with an AR-15 and murdered 19 fourth-graders and two of their beloved teachers. Arredondo was the school district chief of police. His sole job was to protect theuvaldeleadernews.com
Broken trust still felt in Uvalde as school year approaches
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Even though Uvalde's school police chief is now gone, Mario Jimenez doesn't feel any safer about sending his 10-year-old son back to class for the first time since his teacher was[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Robb families honor their loved ones as district police chief Pete Arredondo is fired
On the three-month anniversary of the Robb Elementary shooting, families of the victims took control of the board meeting to talk about the lives taken as the board met privately to terminate Pete Arredondo's employment.
Letters: Article addressed
The new findings that a culture of lockdowns due to “bailouts” by fleeing migrants is a reason joined by the authors with immigration policies, school lockdowns, complacency and the proximity of numerous immigrant detention centers in three nearby cities. Lockdowns — no actual numbers here — happen presumably when sirens scream on the two highways close to the school. In one report we are told that the Raptor alarm system doesn’t distinguish why there is a lockdown. Or is it another sort of link to immigration policy, which of course belongs solely to President Biden? Has any president for the past 20 or 30 years addressed real immigration reform?myrgv.com
Arredondo, attorney bow out of termination hearing
08.24.2022 Arredondo Press Release - Name Clearing Hearing- Click on link to read full 17 page document. Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District police chief Pete Arredondo and his attorney George E. Hyde will not attend the planned termination hearing, which was scheduled today, Aug. 24, at 5:30 p.m. Pete Arredondo His attorney released a 17-pageuvaldeleadernews.com
Uvalde school board fires Chief Pete Arredondo over shooting response, after he calls vote a “public lynching”
Uvalde school officials have faced mounting pressure to fire Arredondo, who received much of the blame for the delay in confronting the shooter during the May 24 massacre at Robb Elementary.
Uvalde school officials to discuss firing Pete Arredondo on Aug. 24
Uvalde school officials could fire Pete Arredondo, the school district’s police chief, on Aug. 24, three months after he was one of the first law enforcement officers to arrive at Robb Elementary, where a gunman killed two teachers and 19 children. School officials on Tuesday set a date for a meeting to decide Arredondo’s future with the district. Hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement officers waited more than an hour to confront the gunman after he entered the school and perpetrated the deadliest school shooting in Texas history. “With the benefit of hindsight, we now know this was a terrible, tragic mistake,” the House report stated. Training for active-shooter scenarios directs law enforcement responders to prioritize the lives of innocent victims over those of officers.mysanantonio.com
Robb principal refutes House claims
Mandy Gutierrez Two days after Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District placed her on administrative leave, Robb Elementary Principal Mandy Gutierrez released a three-page document refuting issues raised in the House Investigative Committee Report Gutierrez’s attorney, Ricardo Cedillo of San Antonio, distributed the document on July 27. In it, Gutierrez addresses issues related to campus security,uvaldeleadernews.com
Uvalde school board pushes Greg Abbott for special legislative session to increase legal age for purchasing assault rifles
The Uvalde school board is formally urging Gov. Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District trustees approved the largely symbolic resolution in a unanimous vote on the same night they voted to delay the start of the school year. The governor is the only Texas official with the power to call special legislative sessions. School board members were scheduled to discuss that Saturday, but the school district postponed the meeting at the request of the police chief’s lawyer. School officials have also requested that state troopers be on every campus at the beginning of the school year.mysanantonio.com
Uvalde CISD to consider new elementary school, resolution calling for special session on assault rifles during meeting Monday
The school board is expected to consider the development of a new elementary school, approve an updated 2022-2023 calendar and vote on a resolution to be forwarded to Gov. Greg Abbott asking him to call a special legislative session to consider raising the minimum age to purchase semi-automatic assault rifles from 18 to 21.
Meeting over Uvalde school police chief's future canceled
Uvalde school officials on Friday canceled a meeting to decide the future of embattled district Police Chief Pete Arredondo, who was facing the possibility of becoming the first officer to be fired over the slow law enforcement response to the Robb Elementary School massacre. Arredondo's job was set to be discussed in an abruptly called school board meeting that was scheduled for Saturday. The reversal comes just two days after Uvalde's superintendent moved to fire Arredondo amid mounting public pressure and growing impatience in South Texas for accountability after police body camera footage and a damning new report revealed how officers waited in the school hallway for more than 70 minutes instead of confronting the gunman inside a fourth-grade classroom.news.yahoo.com
Arredondo on unpaid administrative leave.
PeteArredondo Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District officials canceled Saturday's board meeting which was slated to review the employment of UCISD police chief Pete Arredondo and said he is now on unpaid administrative leave. District officials announced the change Friday afternoon and said the meeting was postponed to allow for due process, as requested by Arredondo'suvaldeleadernews.com
Uvalde schools look to fire Chief Arredondo after shooting
Uvalde’s top school official has recommended the firing of the school district police chief who has been blamed for the botched law enforcement response to the elementary school shooting nearly two months ago that killed two teachers and 19 students.
Texas state police launch internal review of Uvalde response
UVALDE (AP) — Two months after the Uvalde school massacre, Texas state police on Monday announced an internal review into the actions of dozens of troopers who were at Robb Elementary during 73 minute[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
“Systemic failures” in Uvalde shooting went far beyond local police, Texas House report details
In total, 376 law enforcement officers descended upon the school, according to the most extensive account of the shooting to date. It says that better-equipped departments should have stepped up to fill a leadership void after the Uvalde schools police chief failed to take charge.
Uvalde officials told DPS that police had ‘zero hesitation,’ ‘each minute was used to save lives,’ document shows
The City of Uvalde painted its law enforcement officers as “heroes” that had “zero hesitation” and saved hundreds of people in the May 24 attack on Robb Elementary School, according to a document presented to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Uvalde's new anguish: Video shows police waiting in school
Surveillance footage captured the gunman in the Uvalde school shooting enter the building with an AR-15 style rifle and later shows officers in body armor milling in the hallway outside the fourth-grade classrooms where 19 children and two teachers were killed.