UVALDE, Texas – The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District is restricting access to public records that some media outlets say amounts to a “cover up”.
The DailyMail is reporting on the cover up after the district posted a two sentence statement announcing the suspension of the public records act between June 5 and June 11 and as a result deadlines to respond to requests have been suspended. The documents include a hyperlink to the Texas Attorney General’s website that tells the viewer “page not found”.
Lawyers hired by the Texas city last week wrote to state attorney general Ken Paxton trying to wriggle out of divulging information requested by DailyMail.com and others under the state’s sunshine laws.
In the letter, attorneys at Denton Navarro Rocha Bernal & Zech revealed 148 requests for information had been made to the City from May 25, 2022 through June 7, 2022 by media organizations and individuals.Josh Boswell, Daily Mail
The district has come under for fire not firing its appointed police chief, Pete Arredondo after he publicly admitted to “not knowing” he was in charge, allegations he had no police radio on him during the melee, and is alleged to have prevented officers from performing rescue saving techniques learned in mass shooter training taken months prior.
Arredondo was sworn in February 2020 by unanimous vote of the board.
“Chief Arredondo is well versed in the expanded expectations in student and school safety and will stay current as changes occur.”
With all of his 27 years of experience, it all but disappeared May 24 when under his watch 21 people died in a Uvalde CISD classroom because it is alleged he was “looking for keys”. In all of his experience he didn’t realize he should always have the keys to the school nearby?
According to Hyde, Arredondo’s lawyer, the criticism does not take into account the realities police face when under fire and trying to save lives. Hyde pointed out that the chief’s small force of six does not have the numbers, equipment, training or experience with mass violence that larger cities might have.
A story that appeared in the New York Times on June 9 reported that video taken with police body cameras at the scene showed that officers were aware of wounded people still inside the classrooms. Among them was fourth-grade teacher Eva Mireles who had phoned her husband, Ruben Ruiz, to say she had been shot. Ruiz, who works as an officer under Arredondo, rushed to Robb and tried to enter the classroom but was restrained by other officers. Mireles was still alive when taken from her classroom but died on the way to Uvalde Memorial Hospital.
Arredondo said in the interview that he never considered himself to be the scene’s incident commander and issued no orders for police not to attempt to breach the door. DPS officials have said Arredondo made the call to stand down and treat the incident as a “barricaded suspect,” which halted efforts to enter the room.Uvaldeleadernews.com
What a disgrace.NOTICE-OF-SUSPENSION-OF-PUBLIC-INFORMATION-ACT-DEADLINES-FOR-UVALDE-CONSOLIDATED-INDEPENDENT-SCHOOL-DISTRICT