Acting Uvalde police chief during shooting furloughed after report findings

The mayor of Uvalde announced on Sunday that the acting municipal police chief on the day of the Robb Elementary School massacre has been furloughed after a new report revealed ‘systemic failures’ by authorities during of the shooting.

What they say : “This administrative leave is to determine if Lt. [Mariano] Pargas was responsible for assuming command on May 24, what specific steps Lt. Pargas took to establish that command, and whether it was even feasible given all the agencies involved and other possible policy violations,” said said Mayor Don McLaughlin in A declaration.

The big picture: Sunday report from a Texas House of Representatives committee found 376 law enforcement officers who responded to the scene of the mass shooting lacked clear leadership and communication, as well as urgency to stop the shooter.

  • Pargas testified before the committee that he “believes” Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo “has jurisdiction over the incident and that he should coordinate the law enforcement response — and that Uvalde police were there to help,” according to the report.
  • Arredondo was placed on administrative leave last month after he and other Texas officials came under fire for explaining why it took officers so long to arrest the school shooter, who killed 19 children and two teachers .

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Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with more context.