“From the start of this horrible occasion, I shared that the district would wait till the investigation was full earlier than making personnel choices,” Uvalde Consolidated Impartial Faculty District Superintendent Hal Harrell stated in a press release.
“Right this moment, I’m nonetheless with out particulars of the investigations being performed by numerous companies. Due to the dearth of readability that is still and the unknown timing of when I’ll obtain the outcomes of the investigations, I’ve made the choice to put Chief Arredondo on administrative go away efficient on this date,” he stated.
“He failed us,” Arreola stated of Arredondo to councilmembers. “Don’t make the identical mistake he made and fail us too. Go ahead and make it proper … please, please, we’re begging, get this man out of our lives.”
Arreola spoke with CNN Wednesday concerning the ache of shedding 10-year-old Amerie in addition to the following fallout, with preliminary particulars from investigations indicating that extra might have been achieved sooner.
“Now we have to talk for all these youngsters, all these households. Now we have to make issues proper, we have to get all the way down to the underside of every thing that has occurred and discover out the reality.”
“I simply do not get how one can hear these youngsters crying and asking for assist, however you are scared to enter as a result of your commander does not need you to go in,” he stated.
Dad and mom, together with himself, “have been proper exterior” the college. “I used to be making an attempt to get in, I used to be put into handcuffs,” he stated, distraught that police he entrusted “did not save my daughter or any of the opposite youngsters.”
Arredondo examined to a Texas Home committee behind closed doorways on Tuesday concerning the day of the capturing and didn’t remark publicly. CNN has reached out to Arredondo’s legal professional for remark.
Uvalde mayor calls out DPS director
Whereas Arredondo has acquired the lion’s share of public criticism for the way police dealt with the disaster, the mayor of Uvalde was fast to level out Tuesday that he believes different regulation enforcement companies additionally must be held accountable and supply updates to metropolis officers.
In pointed remarks on the metropolis council assembly, Mayor Don McLaughlin accused DPS director Col. Steven McCraw of shirking his division’s accountability and famous that officers from not less than eight regulation enforcement companies have been inside Robb Elementary in the course of the capturing.
“Col. McCraw has continued to — whether or not you wish to name it — lie, leak, mislead or misstate info with the intention to distance his personal troopers and Rangers from the response. Each briefing he leaves out the variety of his personal officers and Rangers that have been on-scene that day,” McLaughlin stated.
McLaughlin additionally decried leaks from unnamed sources he stated have been meant to shift blame over police response away from sure companies and extra towards native regulation enforcement.
“Col. McCraw has an agenda and it’s not to current a full report on what occurred and provides factual solutions on what occurred to this neighborhood,” the mayor stated, including he was meant to obtain a every day briefing from authorities for the reason that day after the capturing however none has been offered.
CNN has reached out to the Texas Division of Public Security for remark.
CNN’s Jamiel Lynch, Matthew J. Friedman, Amanda Musa, Eric Levenson, Christina Maxouris, Rosalina Nieves, Andy Rose and Amy Simonson contributed to this report.