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The Uvalde schools police chief has resigned from the Uvalde City council as residents continue to demand answers about the police response to the Robb Elementary School shooting that left 21 dead (including 19 children).

Pete Arredondo, who was elected to the city council two weeks before the school shooting, stepped down following two missed city council meetings. Previously, Arredondo requested a leave of absence which was denied after residents showed up demanding the city council deny his request.

Uvalde City Council

According to Uvlade city charter, if Arrendondo was to miss one more meeting, the city council could vote to remove him.

In a statement, Arredondo wrote “After much consideration, I regret to inform those who voted for me that I have decided to step down as a member of the city council for District 3. The mayor, the city council, and the city staff must continue to move forward without distractions. I feel this is the best decision for Uvalde. As we continue to grieve over the tragedy that occurred on May 24th, we pray for the families involved and our community. Uvalde has a rich history of loving and supporting thy neighbor and we must continue to do so. In speaking with other communities that have had similar tragedies, the guidance has been the same… continue to support the families, continue to support our community, and definitely, to keep our faith. As I think about my life, from growing up as a child and to adulthood, Uvalde has held an attraction that is very unique. At the center of that attraction, is our community members. Together, we will keep Uvalde strong. Uvalde strong, Uvalde home.”

Arredondo’s resignation from the city council comes as he continues to be on administrative leave pending a review from the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District.


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