In late May, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos fatally shot 19 children and 2 adults at Robb Elementary School.
According to multiple reports, the shooter, Salvador Ramos, spent more than 40 minutes inside as loved ones and onlookers begged the police to charge into the building.
Police arrived 4 minutes after the shooting began, but Ramos continued on with his killing spree virtually uninterrupted.
The Uvalde police department has been under scrutiny for failing to respond quickly and accurately to tragic events that left 21 dead.
Amid continuing criticism over officers’ ineffective response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary, the Uvalde school district announced on Friday that it has suspended its entire police force.
Below is the statement from Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (CISD):
Uvalde CISD Suspends the UCISD Police Department
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.
As a result of the recent developments, Lt. Miguel Hernandez and Ken Mueller have been placed on administrative leave, and 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.
The District will continue to engage with the Texas Police Chiefs Association who is conducting a Management and Organizational Review. The results of this review will guide the rebuilding of the department and the hiring of a new Chief of Police. We expect to have a report later this month. Also, as previously stated, JPPI is conducting an investigation into the UCISD police officers’ response to the May 24, 2022 tragedy. Results of the investigation will inform future personnel decisions.
The District has requested the Texas Department of Public Safety to provide additional troopers for campus and extra-curricular activities. We are confident that staff and student safety will not be compromised during this transition.
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