Arredondo, who has been on administrative go away from his faculty district place since June 22, has declined repeated requests for remark from The Related Press. His lawyer, George Hyde, didn’t instantly reply to emailed requests for remark Saturday.
On June 21, the Metropolis Council voted unanimously to disclaim Arredondo a go away of absence from showing at public conferences. Family members of the taking pictures victims had pleaded with metropolis leaders to fireplace him.
The Uvalde Metropolis Council launched an announcement Saturday saying members couldn’t remark as a result of they’d not obtained official notification from Arredondo of his intent to resign.
“Whereas it’s the proper factor to do, nobody from the Metropolis has seen a letter or another documentation of his resignation, or spoken with him,” the council members stated. “When the Metropolis receives affirmation of Councilman Arredondo’s resignation, the Metropolis will tackle the Council place emptiness.”
Representatives of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin haven’t responded to AP’s requests for remark.
Col. Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Division of Public Security, instructed a state Senate listening to final month that Arredondo — the on-site commander — made “horrible selections” because the bloodbath unfolded on Could 24 , and that the police response was an “abject failure.”
Three minutes after 18-year-old Salvador Ramos entered the college, enough armed legislation enforcement have been on scene to cease the gunman, McCraw testified. But cops armed with rifles stood and waited in a college hallway for greater than an hour whereas the gunman carried out the bloodbath. The classroom door couldn’t be locked from the within, however there is no such thing as a indication officers tried to open the door whereas the gunman was inside, McCraw stated.
McCraw has stated mother and father begged police exterior the college to maneuver in and college students contained in the classroom repeatedly pleaded with 911 operators for assist whereas greater than a dozen officers waited in a hallway. Officers from different companies urged Arredondo to allow them to transfer in as a result of kids have been at risk.
“The one factor stopping a hallway of devoted officers from getting into room 111 and 112 was the on-scene commander who determined to position the lives of officers earlier than the lives of youngsters,” McCraw stated.
Arredondo has tried to defend his actions, telling the Texas Tribune that he didn’t contemplate himself the commander accountable for operations and that he assumed another person had taken management of the legislation enforcement response. He stated he didn’t have his police and campus radios however that he used his cellphone to name for tactical gear, a sniper and the classroom keys.
It’s nonetheless not clear why it took so lengthy for police to enter the classroom, how they communicated with one another in the course of the assault, and what their physique cameras present.
Officers have declined to launch extra particulars, citing the investigation.
Arredondo, 50, grew up in Uvalde and has spent a lot of his practically 30-year profession in legislation enforcement within the metropolis.