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Police chief Uvalde resigns after being delayed by school shooting | Police News

Mariano Pargas, who came under scrutiny for his handling of the deadly Texas school shooting, has asked to resign.

A Uvalde cop who headed the U.S. City Police Department while hesitating Law enforcement response A city spokesman spoke of an elementary school shooting that left 19 children dead and two teachers resigned.

Mariano Pargas retired Thursday afternoon after working for the city for 18 years, according to spokesperson Gina Eisenberg. said.

Pargus is the second police chief Leave Law Enforcement to Fallout Since the killing in May, when hundreds of police officers waited more than an hour to confront the shooter in a classroom at Robb Elementary School. will be split.

Pargas could not be reached for comment. He previously told CNN that his lawyers have instructed him not to speak publicly, but “there are so many things I can explain…I want to defend myself.”

The city put Pargas, which ran the department during filming, on administrative leave in July because Mayor Daniel Rodriguez was out of town. A damning report from a member of parliament About police response.

he is leaving in a few days New audio highlighted Pargas was told that there were children alive in the classroom with the shooter 30 minutes before officers broke into the room.

Months after the shooting, state officials focused the blame on school district police chief Pete Arredondo, saying he had made a “terrible decision” as field commander not to immediately confront the shooter.

Arredondo was fired in August, didn’t consider myself Officers assumed someone else was managing the police response, which eventually ballooned to nearly 400 officers.

Recordings released by CNN showed police gathered around the school, and a dispatcher told Pergus that “eight to nine” children were still alive inside the classroom where the attackers were trapped. said there is. Pargus is heard confirming the information, but it takes over half an hour before the tactical team breaks in and kills the gunman.

Authorities said the shooter did most of his photography They died within minutes of entering the classroom, but it is unknown if there is an official tally of how many children in the room survived.

Corina Camacho, whose son was shot but survived, told The Associated Press that none of the 11 children were killed and that the family is in contact. publicly pretended to be dead Don’t let the gunman notice you.

In addition to Pargas’ retirement and Arredondo’s dismissal, the victims’ families and some legislators are calling for the resignation or dismissal of Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) head Steve McCraw.

Body camera footage, legislative investigations and media reports indicate that state police played a bigger role at the scene than police seem to suggest in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.

Among the 376 law enforcement officers who eventually responded were 91 DPS troopers. Seven people have undergone internal investigations since the attacks, but McCraw has defended his agency’s overall response. Uvalde says ‘did not fail’.

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Uvalde County Commission, Community members summoned Pargus resign from the panel. Pargas, who was re-elected to county government on November 8, was absent from the meeting, he reported to Uvalde Leader-News.

Berlinda Arreola, whose 10-year-old granddaughter Amerie Jo Garza was murdered, said Pargas needed to do the “right thing” and resign, according to CNN.

“He was a coward that day, and now he is so cowardly that he cannot show his face,” said Areola.

At a school board meeting the same day, Josh Gutierrez was named interim police chief for the Uvalde School District. Gutierrez leads a handful of police officers hired since the shooting. His five officers involved in the law enforcement response were assigned other duties pending an investigation into the day’s actions.

Interim Superintendent Gary Patterson held a meeting to talk about the courage shown by the families of the victims. Patterson will succeed Hal Harrell, who announced his plans to retire last month.

Patterson said, “The world has a lot of respect for how you handled things in the worst possible circumstances.

The school district board on Wednesday also approved new school locations. Rob Elementary School, decided to build next to another school a few kilometers away. The board decided to demolish Robb Elementary School a few months ago and recommended Wednesday the establishment of a committee to decide what should happen to the site.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/17/uvalde-police-chief-who-delayed-during-school-shooting-steps-down Police chief Uvalde resigns after being delayed by school shooting | Police News

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