Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin defends local police, says Lt. Gov. Patrick’s claim that he was lied to is ‘not true’

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin defends local police, says Lt. Gov. Patrick’s claim that he was lied to is ‘not true’

Because the criticism of the police response to final week’s Texas faculty capturing deepens, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin now says that native legislation enforcement has not misled anybody and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s claims that he was lied to are “not true.”

Instantly following the capturing that left 19 kids and two adults useless, a slew of Texas officers praised the legislation enforcement response to the tragedy. 

“They confirmed wonderful braveness by working towards gunfire for the singular objective of attempting to avoid wasting lives,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott mentioned at a press convention in Uvalde alongside Lt. Gov. Patrick on Wednesday, about 24 hours after the capturing. 

That reward was rapidly recounted later within the week as extra particulars in regards to the police response got here to gentle, together with that 19 officers have been contained in the elementary faculty for about an hour earlier than a Border Patrol workforce breached the classroom and killed the suspect. 

Lt. Gov. Patrick advised Fox Information on Saturday that legislation enforcement’s selection to not instantly confront the shooter was a “dangerous choice, and that call price lives.”

“Nobody talked about the truth that there was this 45 minute-to-an-hour maintain by the chief of the police of the college district whereas there have been nonetheless photographs being fired,” Patrick mentioned. 

“I take this personally, and I do know the governor takes it personally. And for me, it’s 140 or 150 folks killed in Texas within the final six or seven years of collective anger after we’re not advised the reality.”

Uvalde College District police chief Pete Arredondo was the incident commander on scene who made the “mistaken choice” to not instantly confront the suspect as a result of he “believed that it had transitioned from an lively shooter to a barricaded topic,” Texas Division of Public Security Director Steven McCraw mentioned. 

Investigators seek for evidences exterior Robb Elementary College in Uvalde, Texas.AP

Uvalde Mayor Dan McLaughlin mentioned Monday that native legislation enforcement has not misled Patrick or every other officers. 

“Native legislation enforcement has not made any public feedback in regards to the specifics of the investigation into the incident or [misled] anybody,” McLaughlin mentioned in an emailed assertion to Fox Information Digital on Monday. 

“Statements by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick that he was ‘not advised the reality’ will not be true. All statements and feedback made to this point in regards to the ongoing investigation are being dealt with by DPS/Texas Rangers.”

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick mentioned police made a “dangerous choice” after they didn’t enter the classroom in Robb Elementary College to cease the capturing.Getty Photos

McLaughlin additionally appeared to face by the college police chief, saying that Arredondo, who was elected to the town council earlier this month, can nonetheless be sworn in when the ceremony takes place. 

Patrick mentioned Monday that he’s targeted on supporting the mayor and the neighborhood of Uvalde following the tragedy. 

“My aim right now is to assist Mayor McLaughlin and the residents of Uvalde. The Governor and I have been each furious on the info initially given to Texas DPS,” Patrick advised Fox Information Digital on Monday night. “I feel the Mayor has achieved a superb job at a really troublesome time and my focus continues to be on the households.”

The Division of Justice introduced Sunday that they’re conducting an impartial investigation into the police response on the request of the mayor. 

“The aim of the assessment is to supply an impartial account of legislation enforcement actions and responses that day, and to determine classes discovered and greatest practices to assist first responders put together for and reply to lively shooter occasions,” the DOJ mentioned in an announcement. 

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