Americans were horrified when 19 children and two adults were murdered at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Yet their horror turned to outrage when it was revealed that police stood by for nearly an hour as victims died.
The Daily Wire has now reported that a senior law enforcement official is stepping down from Uvalde’s city council.
Chief says local government must “move forward without distractions”
According to the website, Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arrendondo announced his resignation late last week in the wake of intense criticism over how his officers handled the massacre.
“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,” Arrendondo was quoted as saying in a letter dated July 1.
“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,” he went on.
“As we continue to grieve over the tragedy that occurred on May 24th, we pray for the families involved and our community,” Arrendondo stated.
“Uvalde has a rich history of loving and supporting thy neighbor and we must continue to do so. In speaking with other communities that have had similar tragedies, the guidance has been the same… continue to support the families, continue to support our community, and definitely, to keep our faith,” the lawman declared.
“As I think about my life, from growing up as a child and to adulthood, Uvalde has held an attraction that is very unique,” Arrendondo insisted.
He concluded by saying, “At the center of that attraction, is our community members. Together, we will keep Uvalde strong. Uvalde strong, Uvalde home.”
Texas Department of Public Safety director condemns Arrendondo’s actions
Among those to condemn Arrendondo’s decision to prevent his officers from intervening is Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven C. McCraw.
The Washington Post quoted McCraw as saying of the move, “It was the wrong decision. Period. There’s no excuse for that.”
CNN reported that Arrendondo was placed on administrative leave following the May 24 mass shooting, with Lt. Mike Hernandez temporarily assuming his duties.