Troubled Uvalde School District Police Chief Pat Aridondo, who has been blamed for the police’s failed response to the massacre of 19 children and two teachers and who has doubled as a City Council member, lost his seat at the next City Council meeting. can.
The City Council of Uvalde voted to reject Pat Eredondo, the Uvalde Consolidated ISD Police Chief and City Council member, on leave of absence, mostly due to opposition from residents on Tuesday.
“We don’t want that,” Uvalde resident Kim Hammond insisted at Tuesday’s city council meeting. “We want to get it out!”
State investigators say Aredondo was the commander of the incident during the shooting and was responsible for “absolutely failing” to enter the classroom and kill the shooter, waiting an hour and 14 minutes before breaking into the classroom door. I was doing.
Arredondo has already missed two public meetings, claiming to have received death threats. According to the Texas Tribune.
Under the local Uvalde Ordinance, a council member who misses three meetings must be removed. Since the city council unanimously voted to deny him leave of absence, Aredondo could be expelled after the next meeting on July 12 if he does not attend.
The Uvalde City Attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post.
“You can remove him because he is about to vacate his seat. Your agenda (item) is to decide not to give Aredondo a leave of absence. Why would you do that?” Hammond was greeted by fellow residents.
Hammond explained to the mayor and city council that he and other residents were considering returning Aredondo before realizing he had not been in office for eight months. He also tried to change the city charter before blocking another road. The charter has recently been amended and cannot be changed for another two years.
“Let him skip three meetings. He’s my councilman. Don’t waste any more time on him.”
Prior to the May 24 shooting, Eredondo ran for and won the Yolde City Council seat, swearing out of public view a few days after the massacre. He has not attended any city council meetings since the shooting and has been out of the public eye.
The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District announced Thursday that it has placed Arredondo on effective administrative leave immediately.