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IPFS News Link • Mass Shootings

In Unanimous Vote, Uvalde School Board Fires Police Chief

•, By Luca Cacciatore

The decision came one month after a report detailed "egregiously poor" decisions by authorities during the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, where 19 children and two teachers were killed by 18-year-old Salvador Ramos.

Arredondo did not attend the meeting, with his lawyer issuing a statement claiming that the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District failed to adhere to proper procedure.

Attorney George Hyde argued in a lengthy statement in defense of his client that laid out the board's failure to provide a written complaint to Arredondo, to do so promptly and to conduct an internal investigation.

"Chief Arredondo will not participate in his own illegal and unconstitutional public lynching and respectfully requests the Board immediately reinstate him, with all back pay and benefits and close the complaint as unfounded," Hyde wrote.

Arredondo had come under intense public scrutiny for his department's response to the Uvalde school shooting, with the Uvalde schools' superintendent recommending his termination shortly after reports of repeated misjudgment by officers at the scene.

The 80-page report, which was written by an investigative committee from the Texas House of Representatives and released in July, criticized state and federal law enforcement responses to the tragedy. According to the report, 376 officers were amassed at the school and lingered for 73 minutes before entering.