Uvalde school district suspends its entire police department

Robb Elementary memorial

In May the world was shocked by the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas. The aftermath of the event revealed a series of errors committed by the police. On Friday the Uvalde School district announced that it was suspending the entire district police department.

In the aftermath of the shooting that killed 21 people including children, it became apparent that the police did not respond in a timely manner. There was a 77-minute delay in confronting the gunman in spite of the fact hundreds of officers had arrived on the scene. Subsequent testimony from witnesses and video only compounded that sentiment and created outrage.

Following protests from parents of students, the school district decided to suspend all police activity and place the entire department on leave.

“the District has made the decision to suspend all activities of the Uvalde CISD Police Department for a period of time. Officers currently employed will fill other roles in the district.” Uvalde CISD announced via news release.

Some officers were already fired before this development even occurred including the former police chief Pete Arredondo.  

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