The Uvalde City Council is not public posting meeting schedules, and they have sworn the Police Chief in as a member of city council.
The police chief is now on the city council:
BREAKING: Uvalde ISD Chief Pete Arredondo was officially sworn in as a city council member today, Mayor Don McLaughlin confirms in a statement. This comes hours after DPS said he is not responding to a request for a followup interview. pic.twitter.com/yKG1ed68AE
— Tony Plohetski (@tplohetski) June 1, 2022
The police chief was elected city council earlier this year, but why hold the swearing-in after a mass shooting?
City Council isn’t publicly posting their meeting schedule:
This is utterly insane. I went by Uvalde City Hall today to see if any public meetings were posted (as they legally must be), and none were. https://t.co/zE8Mj6Btv9
— Elizabeth Findell (@efindell) June 1, 2022
It is always a giant red flag when local governments stop posting their meeting schedules in violation of the law. Nothing screams WE ARE HIDING SOMETHING more than Sunshine Law violations.
The Story On The Uvalde Teacher And The Door Changes Again
Texas law enforcement has now changed the story about the teacher and the door for a third time. The first story was that a teacher left a Robb Elementary School door open, and that is how a mass shooter gained entry. Law enforcement admitted on Tuesday that the door was closed by the teacher. The third version of the story is that the door was closed, but the lock malfunctioned.
The police chief also happened to be the commander on the scene that kept the police from entering the classroom while a mass shooter killed two teachers and 19 children.
Something Is Wrong In Uvalde
There is something wrong in Uvalde. The Police Chief has been avoiding talking to the Texas Rangers about the law enforcement response that he oversaw, but he did have time to be sworn into city council.
The false information that state officials have received about the response appears to have come from Police Chief Arredondo.
What is happening in Uvalde is not a normal local government response to a mass shooting. It feels like local officials are hiding something, and Uvalde officials are giving a clinic on how local governments should not respond.
The community has seen 19 children and two teachers murdered. They need to be able to trust their leaders and not wonder if elected officials are hiding the truth from them.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association