The Uvalde Faculty District Board voted to terminate faculties police Chief Pete Arredondo at a particular listening to Wednesday after he confronted intense scrutiny over the response to the Might college bloodbath that left 19 children and two academics lifeless.
The board voted unanimously to oust Arredondo from his job as high college district cop throughout an over hour-long closed session.
Arredondo has been chastised for being the particular person on the helm of the flawed police response to the Might 24 mass taking pictures at Robb Elementary Faculty. Officers waited for greater than an hour to have interaction the 18-year-old shooter and have a tendency to injured victims who later died at or on the way in which to hospitals.
The 50-year-old college district chief, who has been on unpaid depart since June 22, didn’t attend his termination listening to — which his legal professional referred to as an “unlawful and unconstitutional public lynching” in a 17-page assertion launched shortly earlier than the listening to.
Arredondo has disputed being the commander in command of the greater than 400 native, state and federal officers who responded to the taking pictures. Nevertheless a report launched by state lawmakers stated he was in actual fact the particular person in cost.
“The Uvalde CISD’s written energetic shooter plan directed its police chief to imagine command and management of the response to an energetic shooter,” the report said. “The chief of police … did not carry out or to switch to a different particular person the function of incident commander. This was a necessary obligation he had assigned to himself within the plan talked about above.”
“The void of management may have contributed to the lack of life as injured victims waited over an hour for assist, and the attacker continued to sporadically fireplace his weapon,” the report continued.
A particular tactical workforce ultimately entered the classroom the place the victims have been shot and took out the gunman, Salvador Ramos.
Arredondo demanded the varsity board to instantly reinstate him with backpay and advantages within the assertion from his authorized workforce.
He added that he didn’t really feel secure attending the listening to as he reported receiving earlier dying threats.
Mother and father and relations of the 19 fourth-graders who have been killed within the taking pictures referred to as Arredondo a coward throughout the listening to and stated he was disrespectful for not displaying up on the listening to.
The households, who wore orange shirts with “The unheard voices march & rally” and the quantity 21 written throughout them, referred to as on the board to fireplace him and shared reminiscences of the victims throughout the listening to.
Arredondo, who grew up in Uvalde, stepped down from his his place on the Uvalde Metropolis Council earlier this 12 months.