SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Another emotional public meeting in Uvalde. This time it was in the City Council chambers Tuesday night, where residents gathered to demand more accountability by area law enforcement.
The outcry follows the failed response to the May 24 massacre at Robb Elementary School in which 19 students and 2 teachers were killed, as dozens of law enforcement officers stood in the hallway, making no attempt to stop the shooter.
Uvalde’s Police Chief wasn’t in town the day of the shooting but Lt. Mariano Pargas was. He had been assigned to be acting chief. He was placed on administrative leave shortly after the lack of response by local police became public knowledge.
The council is taking up the possibility of creating an Assistant Chief of Police position with the Uvalde P.D. Mayor Don McLaughlin says he wants to fill the position with someone from outside the Uvalde Police Department. Residents at the meeting wanted assurance that the candidate would be properly vetted.
Citizens were told that an outside investigation of the Uvalde Police Department could take 60 to 90 days to finish and that they have to follow due process.
Other issues brought up at Tuesday night’s meeting included a forming a committee to look into building a permanent memorial to the Robb Elementary victims.