The police department serving the Uvalde, Texas, school district has been suspended, officials said Friday, more than four months after a mass shooting claimed the lives of 19 students and two teachers. The decision was taken amidst several ongoing investigations in the department and its response to the fatal,
Anne Marie Espinoza, executive director of communications and marketing for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (UCISD), wrote in a statement that the department was suspended due to “recent developments”, including “additional concerns with the department’s operations”. was revealed.”
He added that officers serving in the UCISD police force “will fill other roles within the district”. Two officers within the department – Lieutenants Miguel Hernández and Ken Muller – were placed on administrative leave. According to Espinoza, Mueller later decided to retire.
While the Police Department is suspended, the Texas Department of Public Safety will provide troops to ensure student and faculty safety at Uvalde schools.
“We are confident that the safety of staff and students will not be compromised during this transition,” Espinoza said.
Several outside groups are still reviewing the UCISD Police Department, which has faced heavy criticism since the day of the shooting.
In July,He cited “extremely poor decision-making” by law enforcement officers who waited more than an hour before confronting the 18-year-old gunman. The campus police chief, Pete Arredondo, ,
and on Thursday, aWho was hired to serve UCISD after the shooting. Crimson Elisondo was among more than 90 state soldiers — and about 400 law enforcement officers — who arrived at Rob Elementary during the massacre, but were to confront a gunman with an AR-15-style rifle shooting within a fourth of an hour. waited longer. class class.
Espinoza said Tuesday the district is working with the Texas Police Chiefs Association, which is conducting a review and “will guide the reorganization of the department and the recruitment of a new police chief,” she said. The report is to come this month.
Meanwhile, the response of the UCISD Police Department to the shooting is under investigation. “The results of the investigation will inform future personnel decisions,” Espinoza said.
“The district is committed to resolving the issues with verifiable evidence,” he said.