Entire police department at centre of Texas school shooting suspended | US News

The district at the center of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, has suspended its entire police force.

After the assessment was conducted on Massacre at Robb Elementary School In which 21 people, including 19 children, were killed, the district announced that two police officers would be “administrative leave” and all operations of the department would be suspended.

The May shooting was the deadliest school shooting in the US since 26 people were killed in the Sandy Hook attack in Connecticut in 2012.

The Uvalde County Sheriff was fired in August over the hesitant response of hundreds of armed law enforcement officers to murders committed by high school dropouts. Salvador Ramos.

Victim of Ramos

A state-led investigation is currently underway into all of the events that day, but in an announcement on Friday, Uvalde’s Consolidated Independent School District (CISD), admitted “” Recent developments have raised further concerns about the department’s operations”.

A statement from the agency said: “Lieutenant Miguel Hernandez and Ken Mueller (director of student services) have been placed on administrative leave, and the district has made the decision to suspend all operations of the Uvalde CISD Police Department. in a period of time. .

“Currently employed officers will take on other roles within the district.”

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School districts in the United States usually have an attached police department.

CISD said it plans to rebuild the Uvalde school police department once the state report is released, expected later this month.

It said it would review the findings, then hire a new head. Meanwhile, the district said it has requested additional state troops to patrol the schools.

Parents and family members holding signs at the Uvalde Unified Independent School District Board meeting
Parents and family members protested at a recent meeting of the Uvalde Independent School District Board of Trustees

The young children and their two teachers were killed by the 18-year-old gunman after he crashed a vehicle outside their school and entered the classroom, opening fire.

Command of the day suffered a barrage of criticism for not ordering officers to go into the room where the gunman was hiding and keep them waiting for more than an hour before breaking into the classroom and killing Ramos.

An initial report of what happened revealed nearly 400 law enforcement officers were dispatched to the scenebut despite the overwhelming response in terms of personnel, a “research lackluster approach” and a pervasive sense of “chaos” among all participating institutions prevailed.


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