Uvalde police chief’s swearing-in at city council canceled for the time being: Mayor

A special meeting to swear in Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) Police Chief Pete Arredondo before Uvalde City Council on Tuesday was canceled following the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School.

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin announced the cancellation Monday, saying nothing “forbids” Arredondo from taking the oath.

“Our focus Tuesday is on our families who have lost loved ones,” McLaughlin said in a statement.

“Pete Arredondo was duly elected to the City Council. There is nothing in the charter, the electoral code, or the Texas constitution that prohibits him from taking the oath of office. To our knowledge, we are not aware of any investigations into Mr Arredondo at this time.”

Arredondo was one of several newly elected council members due to be sworn in on Tuesday, KSAT-TV reported.

The embattled police chief is accused of delaying officers in responding to last Tuesday’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School that killed 21 people, including 19 students.

As news week reported, Arredondo was elected to the city council just three weeks before the incident.

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A campaign sign for Pete Arredondo, the chief of police for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District is seen Monday, May 30, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas.
Jae C. Hong/AP photo

Officials said the suspected gunman had been on campus for more than an hour before he was fatally shot by a US Border Patrol tactical team in a classroom. The response has drawn widespread criticism, including from Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

“It was a wrong decision, period,” McCraw said. “There was no excuse for that. There were plenty of officers to do what needed to be done, with one exception that the inside operations manager felt he needed more equipment and more officers to make a tactical breakthrough at that point.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott felt “misled” by the police response and said he was “absolutely furious” on Friday. The US Department of Justice is now conducting a review of the law enforcement response at McLaughlin’s request.

“The goal of the review is to provide an independent report on law enforcement’s actions and responses on the day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events,” said the Justice Department on Sunday.

“The review will be conducted with the Department’s Office of Community-Oriented Policing.”

The Department of Justice will publish its report upon completion.

Three patients are still being treated at their hospital for injuries sustained in the Uvalde shooting, according to the latest report released by University Health. A 10-year-old girl is in serious condition, a 9-year-old girl is in good condition and a 66-year-old woman is in fair condition, the hospital said Sunday.

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Rick Schindler

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