Chief Pete Arredondo of the Uvalde, Texas school district, where 19 children and two teachers were gunned down in cold blood, has been criticized for weeks after it was revealed that perhaps his slow and hesitant reaction time to the crisis resulted in a higher body count.
Adding insult to injury, Arredondo had been elected to the city’s city council earlier in May, and was officially sworn in to his seat just a week after the Uvalde massacre at Robb Elementary.
According to the Washington Examiner, after weeks of public — and presumably internal — pressure, Arredondo announced this week that he will resign from his post on the District 3 council.
“After much consideration, I regret to inform those who voted for me that I have decided to step down as a member of the city council for District 3. The mayor, the city council, and the city staff must continue to move forward without distractions. I feel this is the best decision for Uvalde,” the chief said in a statement to a local newspaper.
Pedro “Pete” Arredondo, whose delayed response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Tex., has been widely criticized, resigned from his post on the city council, the local newspaper reported Saturday. https://t.co/dKv4AyUwVv
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 2, 2022
It was on June 22 that Arredondo was put on administrative leave from his position as the top-ranking police officer for the Uvalde school district that he served.
Arredondo was accused of making “terrible decisions” in his response to the Uvalde school shooting, as stated by Col. Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Col. McGraw said on record:
Three minutes after 18-year-old Salvador Ramos entered the school, sufficient armed law enforcement were on scene to stop the gunman, McCraw testified. Yet police officers armed with rifles stood and waited in a school hallway for more than an hour while the gunman carried out the massacre. The classroom door could not be locked from the inside, but there is no indication officers tried to open the door while the gunman was inside, McCraw said.
Across social media, users have continued to call for Arredondo not only to answer for his decision-making on that day, but also for his complete and immediate resignation as the chief of police.