Uvalde Police Chief Fired

A little over four months ago, children and teachers lost their lives in a horrifying mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

When investigations into the shooting took place, Uvalde police quickly came under fire for their handling of the situation. Police stand charged with waiting nearly one hour to enter the school as the shooter actively ended the lives of children and teachers.

Some of the parents of Robb Elementary School students even accused police officers of physically restraining them as they tried to enter the school and save their children.

On top of this, video footage showed when Uvalde police did finally enter the building, they huddled around a corner in the hallway, still not actively charging into the classroom to stop the active shooter.

As the (now-former) Uvalde police chief, Pete Arredondo was responsible for giving out orders to officers on the scene at Robb Elementary School. Because of how poorly this situation was handled, Arrendondo has been fired accordingly.

What to Know About Arrendondo’s Firing
On Wednesday, every single member of the Uvalde school board voted to send Arrendondo packing.

During the day of the Robb Elementary School massacre, Arrendondo instructed officers under his command to hold off on actively pursuing the shooter until they had various combat materials and classroom keys.

This resulted in a 75-minute delay between the time that Ulvade police entered Robb Elementary and finally apprehended the shooter. Much of the country was also horrified to learn from one of the survivors that as the shooter claimed kids’ lives, he was playing music.

Before Arrendondo’s firing earlier this week, the Uvalde superintendent ordered him to administrative leave in June.

Response From Arrendondo’s Attorney
Despite officers under Arrendondo’s order waiting over one hour before going after the shooter, the fired police chief’s attorney claims his client did “the right thing.”

Arrendondo’s legal aide went on to present a hypothetical, alternate scenario where police would have ended up in a shoot-out with the gunman in the hallway, leading to more children dying.

Yet, this doesn’t add up since the shooter took the lives of children hiding in classrooms, not the hallway. The Border Patrol Tactical Unit that finally took out the shooter had to break into a classroom, not the hallway, in order to reach him.

After Arrendondo’s attorney accused his client of being subjected to a “lynching,” he argued the Uvalde school district is violating Arrendondo’s First Amendment rights and overlooking his “loyalty” to the job of police chief.