Uvalde mayor defends local police, says Lt. Gov. Patrick’s claim that he was lied to is ‘not true’

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Because the criticism of the police response to final week’s Texas college capturing deepens, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin now says that native regulation enforcement has not misled anybody and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s claims that he was lied to are “not true.”

Instantly following the capturing that left 19 kids and two adults lifeless, a slew of Texas officers praised the regulation enforcement response to the tragedy. 

“They confirmed superb braveness by working towards gunfire for the singular objective of attempting to avoid wasting lives,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott stated at a press convention in Uvalde alongside Lt. Gov. Patrick on Wednesday, about 24 hours after the capturing. 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, speaks during a news conference about the elementary school shooting with Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, right and Texas District Attorney at 38th Judicial District, Christina Mitchell Busbee, Friday, May 27, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, middle, speaks throughout a information convention concerning the elementary college capturing with Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, proper and Texas District Lawyer at thirty eighth Judicial District, Christina Mitchell Busbee, Friday, Could 27, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. 
(AP Picture/Dario Lopez-Mills)

That reward was rapidly recounted later within the week as extra particulars concerning the police response got here to gentle, together with that 19 officers had been contained in the elementary college for about an hour earlier than a Border Patrol group breached the classroom and killed the suspect. 

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Lt. Gov. Patrick informed Fox Information on Saturday that regulation enforcement’s alternative to not instantly confront the shooter was a “dangerous choice, and that call price lives.”

“Nobody talked about the truth that there was this 45 minute-to-an-hour maintain by the chief of the police of the college district whereas there have been nonetheless pictures being fired,” Patrick stated. 

“I take this personally, and I do know the governor takes it personally. And for me, it is 140 or 150 individuals killed in Texas within the final six or seven years of collective anger once we’re not informed the reality.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a news conference in Uvalde, Texas Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The 18-year-old gunman who slaughtered 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school barricaded himself inside a single classroom and

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks throughout a information convention in Uvalde, Texas Wednesday, Could 25, 2022. The 18-year-old gunman who slaughtered 19 kids and two lecturers at a Texas elementary college barricaded himself inside a single classroom and “started capturing anybody that was in his means,” authorites stated Wednesday in detailing the most recent mass killing to rock the U.S. (AP Picture/Dario Lopez-Mills)

Uvalde Faculty District police chief Pete Arredondo was the incident commander on scene who made the “flawed choice” to not instantly confront the suspect as a result of he “believed that it had transitioned from an energetic shooter to a barricaded topic,” Texas Division of Public Security Director Steven McCraw stated. 

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Uvalde Mayor Dan McLaughlin stated Monday that native regulation enforcement has not misled Patrick or another officers. 

“Native regulation enforcement has not made any public feedback concerning the specifics of the investigation into the incident or [misled] anybody,” McLaughlin stated in an emailed assertion to Fox Information Digital on Monday. 

“Statements by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick that he was ‘not informed the reality’ should not true. All statements and feedback made to this point concerning the ongoing investigation are being dealt with by DPS/Texas Rangers.”

Children run to safety after escaping from a window during a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School where a gunman killed nineteen children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas, U.S. May 24, 2022. 

Youngsters run to security after escaping from a window throughout a mass capturing at Robb Elementary Faculty the place a gunman killed nineteen kids and two adults in Uvalde, Texas, U.S. Could 24, 2022. 
(Pete Luna/Uvalde Chief-Information/Handout by way of REUTERS)

McLaughlin additionally appeared to face by the college police chief, saying that Arredondo, who was elected to town council earlier this month, can nonetheless be sworn in when the ceremony takes place. 

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Patrick stated Monday that he’s centered on supporting the mayor and the neighborhood of Uvalde following the tragedy. 

“My aim right now is to assist Mayor McLaughlin and the residents of Uvalde. The Governor and I had been each furious on the data initially given to Texas DPS,” Patrick informed Fox Information Digital on Monday night. “I feel the Mayor has executed a wonderful job at a really troublesome time and my focus continues to be on the households.”

A memorial is seen surrounding the Robb Elementary School sign following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 26, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. 

A memorial is seen surrounding the Robb Elementary Faculty signal following the mass capturing at Robb Elementary Faculty on Could 26, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. 
(Picture by Brandon Bell/Getty Photos)

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The Division of Justice introduced Sunday that they’re conducting an impartial investigation into the police response on the request of the mayor. 

“The aim of the assessment is to supply an impartial account of regulation enforcement actions and responses that day, and to establish classes discovered and finest practices to assist first responders put together for and reply to energetic shooter occasions,” the DOJ stated in an announcement.