SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — The termination of Uvalde CISD Police Chief Pete Arredondo could happen as early as Wednesday, August 24.
The school district announced on Tuesday it will take up the topic of Arredondo’s termination at a school board meeting that will begin at 5:30 pm. To date, Arredondo has had two previous termination hearings postponed since the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School that left 19 students and two teachers dead.
The police response to the massacre has been widely criticized, and a Texas House committee report stated that Arredondo should have taken charge of the situation early on.
But surveillance video from inside the school showed numerous law enforcement officers waiting more than an hour to engage the shooter.
Uvalde Superintendent Hal Harrell called for Arredondo’s termination after the video footage showed what many consider a botched effort to save the lives of 21 people. Arredondo was put on administrative leave a few weeks after the massacre, but later he was put on unpaid leave.