A Police Chief reportedly made the call not to immediately send officers into Robb Elementary School Mass Shooting to confront Salvador Ramos, the 18-year-old gunman who was pinned down for killing 19 children and 2 teachers. Now, this police chief named Peter Arredondo is elected to Uvalde’s City Council. Read on to know more about him.
Who is Peter Arredondo?
Pedro “Pete” Arredondo aka Peter Arredondo worked as the police captain at the United Independent School District in Laredo, Texas, about 140 miles south of Uvalde. After that, Arredondo returned to his hometown in April 2020, when he accepted the position of chief of police for the Uvalde school district.
Since 2020, Peter has campaigned on communication and outreach “to those in need”. Peter revealed in an interview that he was eager to serve the community, saying he was committed to establishing a strong working relationship with the three officers he would be leading. He said, “We want to make sure we are available wherever we are needed.”
Peter Is Elected to Uvalde’s City Council!
The decision not to enter the Uvalde elementary school was supposedly taken by the school district police chief Peter Arredondo. As Arredondo’s tenure hit two years, his local likability led to a successful bid for a City Council seat this month.
Peter has defeated three other candidates, garnering nearly 70 per cent of the vote in the May 7 election. The chief campaigned, largely door-to-door, on communication and outreach “to those in need. Peter stated:
“I’m very excited, I am ready to hit the ground running. I have plenty of ideas, and I definitely have plenty of drive.” Arredondo is scheduled to be sworn onto the council on Tuesday, exactly one week after the Uvalde shooting.
Peter’s Late Response to Mass Shooting
Peter Arredondo, the chief of police for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, stopped at least 19 officers from breaking into the school as the gunman opened fire for at least an hour. Steven McCraw, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety stated that:
“Arredondo believed that the shooter had barricaded himself and that the children were not under an active threat. From the benefit of hindsight where I’m sitting now, of course, it was not the right decision. It was a wrong decision. Period. There was no excuse for that. There were plenty of officers to do what needed to be done, with one exception, is that the incident commander inside believed he needed more equipment and more officers to do a tactical breach at that time.”
According to McCraw, Arredondo believed there was no active threat, so instead of sending officers in, he spent time finding keys that would let him into the school. During this time, however, the shooter had unencumbered access to carry out the attack. Nineteen students and two teachers were killed.
Arredondo was not present among law enforcement officials standing with McCraw on Friday, and McCraw did not explicitly name him. But again, it was specified by the officials that the man behind this delayed response to the mass shooting. When asked whether he was present at the scene at the time of the shooting, McCraw refused to comment.
Is Texas In Safe Hands?
It has been revealed that children in classrooms 111 and 112 of the elementary school were constantly calling 911 and pleading for help. The Uvalde Robb Elementary School shooting has been referred to as the deadliest school massacre since the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.
What happened on May 24th could have been avoided! First, if the girl with whom Salvador was chatting about carrying out this attack did not report to the authorities, second, Arredondo who swore to protect citizens failed to carry out prompt action. Instead, he thought that children are not under “active threat”.
Despite this, Peter Arredondo will be lifted to Uvalde’s City Council tomorrow. This decision has sparked outrage on various social networking sites. Well, Twitter is boiling as people say that he must file his resignation.
Demands for his resignation have flooded Twitter; social media users are calling him a “coward” and “incompetent.” State investigators are also looking into whether Arredondo, 50 even had a police radio on him when he made the decision.
Well, Texas Governor Greg Abbott stated that he had demanded a full report of what happened during the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde. But he also mentioned that he could not take the call on whether the school district’s police chief should be fired.
Greg Abbott said, “As far as his employment status is concerned, that’s something that is beyond my control and I have no knowledge about. Every act of all of these officials will be known and identified and explained to the public.”
Arredondo’s neighbour Lydia Torres, 56 said, “Pete Arredondo is a coward. He didn’t do his job. He failed the children I do not understand why the police from Uvalde, Texas, is guarding Pete Arredondo’s home. He is hiding in his home, requesting the PD patrol the area and guard his home day and night. He should come out and speak up.”
Peter Arredondo hasn’t responded to these allegations yet. Well, one thing is clear, electing him to the City Council does seem to be a poor decision in light of what happened at the Robb Elementary School. What do you think about this? Why is he even chosen?