According to a new report from the Daily Wire, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District has just revealed that the entire police department has now been suspended as of Friday amid continual criticism for how the department handled the massing shooting that took place at Robb Elementary School that ended with a over a dozen children and two teachers dead.
“The District remains committed to resolving issues with verifiable evidence. Decisions concerning the UCISD police department have been pending the results of the Texas Police Chiefs Association and JPPI investigation. Recent developments have uncovered additional concerns with department operations,” the district went on to say in its statement concerning the suspension of the department.
“The district said Lt. Miguel Hernandez and Ken Mueller had been placed on leave, and other police department members would be placed in different roles for the time being. District officials have requested that the Texas Department of Public Safety handle school security in the police department’s absence,” the report continued.
The district added, “We are confident that staff and student safety will not be compromised during this transition.”
A total of nineteen students, along with two teachers were murdered in cold blood at the school last May, after a gunman broke into a classroom and opened fire. While local law enforcement made it to the outside of the room where the shooting was taking place, it took them over an hour to stop the gunman. There is damning footage of the officers standing around outside the room as the shooter continued his rampage inside.
“He shot the next person’s door,” one fourth-grader survivor recounted to local news outlet Kens5. “We have a door in the middle. He opened it. He came in and he crouched a little bit and he said, he said, ‘It’s time to die.’”
The gunman was later killed by authorities.
“The Uvalde School Board voted unanimously in August to fire Police Chief Pete Arredondo, following the district’s recommendation that he be fired. Arredondo did not show up to the board meeting. His lawyer said in a statement that Arrendondo was refusing to participate ‘in his own illegal and unconstitutional public lynching,'” the Daily Wire said.
According to people who were in the room, folks applauded after it was announced he was fired from his position.
Being a police officer is one of the toughest jobs a person can have. You’re hated by so many people, despite the fact you put your life on the line every day to protect and serve your local community. While it might rightly make you upset to see the Uvalde police department act so cowardly, keep in mind that’s not the norm for police officers.
More often than not, these men and women are sacrificial heroes who are willing to die in order to preserve the lives of others. That’s what it means to be in law enforcement, and most of them know that when they take that career path.
Remember to thank your local law enforcement officers for their sacrifices and to fight the good fight against those who would capitalize on the failures of one department to try and slander cops all over the U.S.