Families of those who lost their lives during theLaw enforcement officials are demanding liability after the Austin American-Statesman published a photo of armed police in a hallway outside classrooms where 19 children and two teachers were killed.
The images viewed by the Austin American-Statesman show a timestamp of nearly an hour before the gunman was stopped. It’s more evidence in athat indicates that the police waited before stopping the shooter, despite the fact that he has guns and at least one ballistic shield.
The proof is handed over toTuesday in Austin.
Several relatives of victims made emotional pleas at a school board meeting Monday for Uvalde school district police chief Pete Arredondo to fire.
“We failed because of Pete Arredondo,” said Brett Cross, the uncle and guardian of victim Uziyah Garcia. “He has forsaken our children, teachers, parents and city, and by keeping him in your staff you are failing us.”
“My mother died protecting her students. But who protected my mother?’ said Lyliana Garcia, daughter of Irma Garcia, one of the two teachers who died trying to protect their students.
Her father, Joe, died of a broken heart just two days later, the family says, leaving Lyliana orphaned.
“At 16, an age when a girl needs her parents the most, I try to fill the shoes of both my beloved mother and father as best I can,” she said.
Despite calls to fire Arredondo, no public action has been taken. Arredondo previously told the Texas Tribune that heduring the shooting, and assumed that someone else had copied the response from law enforcement.
said he has lost faith in law enforcement as more details about the shooting become known.
“I’ve had agents from all departments look at me and ask me to trust them. How are we supposed to continue our lives here, knowing that those people who are supposed to protect us are abandoning our family?’ said Garza.
A Texas State House committee is currently investigating the police’s response to the shooting.