Uvalde CISD suspends police department over school shooting

Officers currently employed by Uvalde CISD will assume other roles in the district.

UVALDE, Texas – The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District has decided to suspend the Uvalde CISD Police Department “for a period of time.”

Officers currently employed by Uvalde CISD will take on other roles in the district, according to a district news release Friday morning. The district also announced that student union director Ken Mueller has decided to retire. This comes after both Mueller and Lt. Miguel Hernandez were placed on administrative leave.

The district says they “will continue to work with the Texas Police Chiefs Association, which is conducting a management and organizational review.” The results of this review will guide the rebuilding of the department and the hiring of a new police chief.”

A report is expected to be released later this month.

Decisions regarding the UCISD police department are pending with the results of the Texas Police Chiefs Association and the JPPI investigation. Her latest developments have reportedly “uncovered additional concerns about department operations,” hence the administrative furlough orders and the department’s suspension.

Meanwhile, the district has asked the Texas Department of Public Safety to provide additional Soldiers for campus and extracurricular activities.

“We are confident that the safety of staff and students will not be compromised during this transition,” the district wrote.

Just this week, the former Texas Department of Public Safety officer who was reportedly under investigation for her actions during the Robb Elementary shooting response, who was hired as a police officer for Uvalde CISD, was fired Thursday.

Crimson Elizondo was featured in footage of the May 24 tragedy at Robb Elementary School and was one of the first soldiers to arrive at the school in response to the shooting.

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The families of the Robb victims took to social media in outrage after the report on Wednesday night, with one parent tweeting: “That’s a slap in the f***ing face!!”

Uvalde’s families protested and called for punishment of Uvalde’s CISD officers, who had responded to Robb.

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Until the announcement of the suspension, only Pete Arredondo, now the former county police chief, was facing repercussions; He was released at the end of August, three months to the day after he served as chief of operations overseeing the botched law enforcement response.

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Laura Coffey

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