The Uvalde school board unanimously voted to fire school district police chief Pete Arredondo on Wednesday over his response to the May 24 school massacre that left 19 children dead.
The board made its decision within an hour-and-a-half of holding their closed session, CNN reported. The crowd reportedly broke out into cheers when one of the board members, Laura Perez, announced the motion to terminate his contract.
Arredondo’s attorney, George Hyde, argued in a 17-paged statement that the school district’s investigation is an “illegal and unconstitutional lynching” of his client and accused the school board of not following the proper legal procedure throughout the process. The statement also urged the Board to reinstate Arredondo to his position.
Hyde alleged that the district did not notify Arredondo for nearly a month that there was an investigation into the police response and did not contact him for a statement. He also alleged that the district did not take any initiative to ensure the police chief’s safety from death threats he had received.
BREAKING: Uvalde school police chief Pete Arredondo has been fired, three months to the day since the Robb Elementary shooting.
This marks the first law enforcement official to face significant action for