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Uvalde mayor says city aims for transparency, but can’t comment on shooting investigation for legal reasons

UVALDE, Texas – As new info involves mild about regulation enforcement’s response to the Uvalde elementary faculty shooting, the Uvalde mayor stated he and different city officers can’t comment about it attributable to legal obligations.

On Tuesday, the Texas Department of Public Safety director testified in entrance of a House committee in regards to the Uvalde shooting investigation, calling the response from regulation enforcement an “abject failure.” He additionally positioned blame on the Uvalde faculty district police chief Pete Arredondo, claiming he made “terrible decisions.”

Earlier within the day earlier than the director’s testimony, a picture surfaced on-line from the surveillance video inside Robb Elementary through the shooting, displaying that officers have been armed with ballistic shields, weapons and different instruments whereas within the hallway, able to method the gunman regardless of Arredondo’s orders to attend.

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With these new developments within the investigation, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin stated, for now, the city won’t be commenting on the investigation or releasing any data that pertain to the Robb Elementary shooting on the request of the district lawyer.

Although the city has obtained many requests for the physique cam movies, he stated these requests and different investigative data ought to be directed to the DA and the Texas Dept. of Public Safety/Texas Rangers.

“The premature release of anything related to the May 24 Department of Public Safety (DPS)/Texas Rangers investigation or Critical Incident Review by the Department of Justice is a disservice to families who lost children or parents because the true facts need to come out once all investigations/reviews, which the City expects will be thorough and fair, are complete,” McLaughlin stated. “To date, the DPS and the Uvalde County District Attorney has not provided the City with any information on their investigation.”

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According to the mayor, info that has been launched within the investigation that hasn’t come from the city of Uvalde is “incomplete.”

“The City of Uvalde and its Police Department strive for transparency every day and will evaluate release of City records related to this investigation when appropriate,” McLaughlin stated.

The Law Firm of Denton, Navarro, Rocha, Bernal & Zech is representing the City of Uvalde through the course of the shooting investigation and prohibits “governing lawyers from providing or sharing any information about the legal representation of the City with members of the public, including members of the news media,” the mayor’s assertion stated.

“There is no coverup. Anyone who suggests the City of Uvalde is withholding information without legitimate and legal reasons is wrong and is spreading misinformation,” McLaughlin stated. “There are specific legal reasons the City cannot release information at this time. For the past month, my number one priority is a transparent and thorough investigation to give our grieving families the answers they deserve. And, to hopefully prevent another community from having to live through a tragedy like this.”

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In addition to being the Uvalde CISD chief of police, Arredondo was sworn in as a city councilman in a non-public ceremony the week after the shooting.

He has not made an look at a Council meeting and has largely been in hiding because the shooting.

Uvalde City Council members are slated to vote Tuesday evening on “granting a leave of absence from future council meetings to Councilman Pete Arredondo,” in accordance with a meeting agenda.

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