Uvalde, Texas Schools Suspend Entire Police Force After Outrage

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By Newsy Staff

and Associated Press
October 7, 2022

School leaders besides enactment 2 members of the territory constabulary section connected administrative leave.

The Uvalde schoolhouse territory connected Friday pulled its embattled field constabulary unit disconnected the occupation pursuing a question of caller outrage implicit the hiring of a erstwhile Texas authorities trooper who was portion of the hesitant instrumentality enforcement effect during the May shooting astatine Robb Elementary School.

School leaders besides enactment 2 members of the territory constabulary section connected administrative leave, 1 of whom chose to discontinue instead, according to a connection released by the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District.

The bonzer determination by Uvalde schoolhouse leaders to suspend field constabulary operations — 1 period into a caller schoolhouse twelvemonth successful the South Texas assemblage — underscored the sustained unit that families of immoderate of the 19 children killed successful the May 24 onslaught person kept connected the district.

Brett Cross, whose 10-year-old lad Uziyah Garcia was among the victims, had been protesting outside the Uvalde schoolhouse medication gathering for the past 2 weeks, demanding accountability implicit officers allowing a gunman with an AR-15-style firearm to stay successful a fourth-grade schoolroom for much than 70 minutes.

"We did it!" Cross tweeted.

The territory said it would inquire the Texas Department of Public Safety, which had already assigned dozens of troopers to the territory for the schoolhouse year, for further help.

"We are assured that unit and pupil information volition not beryllium compromised during this transition," the territory said successful a statement.

The determination comes a time aft revelations that the territory not lone hired a erstwhile Department of Public Safety trooper who was 1 of the nearly 400 officers who rushed to the country of Robb Elementary, but that she was among astatine slightest 7 troopers aboriginal placed nether interior probe for her actions.

Officer Crimson Elizondo was fired Thursday, 1 time aft CNN archetypal reported her hiring. She has not responded to voicemails and messages near by The Associated Press.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press.