Changing Story, Contradictions, and Lies After Uvalde Massacre

Chief Pete Arredondo, with the Uvalde CISD Police Department, under investigation for response to mass shooting
Pete Arredondo – Evan L’Roy for The Texas Tribune

Politicians Praise Response to Shooting by Law Enforcement

(TX) – On May 24, an 18-year old man, carrying an AR-15, entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas and shot 39 people, killing 21 of them. Law enforcement does what it always does, and tried to put a positive spin on their actions. Politicians do what they always do, and used the tragedy to get their faces in front of media cameras.

Within 24 hours Governor Greg Abbott was giving a press conference with Mayor Don McLaughlin, saying how fantastically the police had responded to the shooting. With crocodile tears in his eyes, Abbott said, “It could have been worse. The reason it was not worse is because law enforcement officials did what they do.”

The press conference never passed the smell test. Definitive information on how law enforcement reacted during a major event like this just doesn’t come out that fast. Beto O’Roarke was livid. Like the rest of us, we’ve seen this before, heard our governor, and knew nothing was going to be done to stop the next shooting. O’Roarke called out Abbott during the press conference. Mayor McLaughlin yelled at Beto O’Roarke, “Sir, you’re out of line.” Then called him a “sick son of a bitch.”

Stories Keep Falling Apart

Then more information started coming out. The public was shocked to hear the shooting lasted 77 minutes. What was going on during that time? Why didn’t the police act? And the cover-up and lies began. Law enforcement acted right away. No, they waited for 77 minutes before breaching the room. Officers were waiting for backup. No, there were 19 officers in the hallway. Police officers were waiting for shields and sniper guns, because the gunman had body armor. No, they had at least four shields and guns, and the gunman did not have body armor.

A teacher had left a door propped open. In other words, it was the teacher’s fault the gunman got in the school. No, turns out she didn’t leave it open.

When All Else Fails, Hide Information

The public is infuriated. Journalists smell a coverup and it just makes them work harder. The City of Uvalde starts challenging all open records requests. Per,

“The City has not voluntarily released any information to a member of the public,” Cynthia Trevino, a lawyer for the firm Denton Navarro Rocha Bernal & Zech, wrote to Paxton.

The city uses the “dead man” loophole to keep information from becoming public. They asked other law enforcement agencies to come in to keep the media away from the Uvalde police officers. A woman ran into the building to get her two children. They threatened her with a probation violation if she spoke to the media about what she saw. The police even made the unheard of move of asking a biker gang for help to keep reporters away from the funerals. A biker gang!

Police Chief Tells Sickening Story

The Texas Tribune spoke to Uvalde CISD Police Chief Pete Arredondo, not long after the shooting, to get his account of what happened. The below is an excerpt from the article published on June 9.

The article also includes a quote from Chief Arredondo. “Each time I tried a key I was just praying.”

We have since learned that the class room door was NOT LOCKED. In addition, video of the school hallway has been released.  It shows that NO ONE attempted to open the door. What kind of person makes up a story like this? Two teachers and 19 children dead, and he makes up a story to try to paint himself as a hero? Unbelievably disgusting.

Uvalde Mayor Throws a Tantrum

Mayor McLaughlin screamed profanities at Beto O’Roarke when Beto tried to get answers. He let his people block open records requests by the media. Now McLaughlin is furious because he says he’s not getting any information from state officials. He “criticized the governor’s office for ignoring repeated requests for information about the shooting.” Mayor McLaughlin accused DPS of changing their story four times in four days. (Oh, the irony of it all).

Mayor McLaughlin was used to being a big fish in a small pond. It looks like he’s going to learn what it feels like to be a small fish in a pond full of sharks.

Whose Version of Events Can We Trust?

The mayor did have a valid point. DPS was there. That means they didn’t act either. DPS Troopers are supposed to be the elite law enforcement agency here in Texas. If you believe that, I highly recommend you read up on the history of DPS. They are still a law enforcement agency and they have the same weaknesses as other law enforcement agencies. If anything, they have way more arrogance, which may make them less inclined to want to admit to their failings. We’ll see. My vote is on the Justice Department’s investigation. They don’t have a dog in this fight.

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