Uvalde Is Overhauling The District
The district said it requested more Texas Department of Public Safety troopers to be stationed on campuses and during extra-curricular activities while the department is suspended. They assured,“We are confident that staff and student safety will not be compromised during this transition.”
They were not precise on how long the suspension will be but it comes at the perfect time as the victim’s families and others are criticizing the way the department has dealt with the shooting and further responsibilities put upon them for some time now.
Additional Leads Led To The Suspension
The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District released a statement that reads,
“The District remains committed to resolving issues with verifiable evidence. Decisions concerning the UCISD police department have been pending the results of the Texas Police Chiefs Association and JPPI investigation. Recent developments have uncovered additional concerns with department operations.”
They went on to state specific names. “As a result of the recent developments, Lt. Miguel Hernandez and Ken Mueller have been placed on administrative leave.”
Furthermore, “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. Ken Mueller has elected to retire.”
Victims And Families Of Uvalde Shooting Are Satisfied
Kimberly Rubio spoke with ABC News after the announcement, her daughter Lexi was murdered at Robb Elementary, the news is “what we’ve been asking for — it’s more than we’ve been asking for,” she insists.
She tore into the lack of preparation that the officers demonstrated. “They don’t know how to hire people, they don’t know how to vet officers, they haven’t provided proper training.” This department suspension comes shortly after Crimson Elizondo an officer who was hired by Uvalde’s school district was fired.
It was revealed that despite being under investigation for her conduct as a DPS trooper she was still hired by the district. She was one of the first officers to enter the hallway at Robb Elementary. Photographic evidence shows she entered unprepared without a rifle or a vest which they all have access to.
Now, the district is focused on “rebuilding” their department “and the hiring of a new Chief of Police,” as the school district’s police chief, Pete Arredondo, was fired in August.