Uvalde school district suspends entire police force
The district announced the news in a statement, explaining that they came to the decisions as investigations into the force "uncovered additional concerns with department operations."
"As a result of the recent developments, Lt. Miguel Hernandez and Ken Mueller have been placed on administrative leave, and the District has made the decision to suspend all activities of the Uvalde CISD Police Department for a period of time," the statement says.
Hernandez and Mueller were the directors of student services for the UCISD. Mueller has decided to retire in light of the suspension.
The decision comes after the UCISD received heavy criticism earlier this week for hiring officer Crimson Elizondo, a former Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who is currently under investigation for her role in the catastrophic police response to the shooting back in May.
Elizondo reportedly showed up at the school within the first two minutes of the first emergency call, but waited in the hallway for 77 minutes along with 91 other officers as the massacre continued.
In body cam footage, Elizondo can also be heard saying, "If my son had been in there, I would not have been outside. I promise you that."
Her hiring was met with immense backlash from the community and families of the shooting victims, and she was promptly fired on Thursday.
The Texas Police Chiefs Association is conducting a thorough review of the response to the shooting, which is expected to be released later this month.
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