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Pete Arredondo was denied a leave of absence from city council amid cheers from the community after families of Uvalde victims rallied against embattled officer

Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo was denied a leave of absence from his position on city council after community members lined up to criticize his response to the elementary school shooting. Robb.

The city council’s unanimous decision on Tuesday was met with public cheers after an emotional period of public comment, much of it centered on Arredondo’s response to the May 24 shooting that left 16 children and two teachers dead. . who took the oath as a council member a week after the shooting, was roundly criticized fordecide to wait more than an hour for backup instead of confronting the shooter, who was later killed by US Border Patrol.In a plea to council members during the stormy board meetingAmerie Jo Garza’s grandmother, 10, said she wanted Arredondo removed from his post, which he assumed shortly after the shooting.

“Take him out of our faces and no, he doesn’t deserve administrative leave with pay,” she said.

Public officials, including state law enforcement and lawmakers blamed Arredondo for the chaotic response to the shooting. The shooter entered the school building at 11:33 a.m., but it was not until 12:50 p.m. that authorities were able to enter the classroom and kill the shooter. Meanwhile, Arredondo opted to wait for backup, supplies and SWAT before entering, said Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.Tuesday in testimony before state lawmakers.

“Terrible decisions were made by the on-scene commander that should never have happened, plain and simple,” McCraw said, referring to Arredondo.

Senator Paul Bettencourt arrested the chief of police for testifying before a Texas House committee in private, instead of testifying publicly about his role that day.

In an interview with The Texas GrandstandArredondo maintained that he did not believe he was responsible for responding to the mass shootings.