(Video Credit: CNN)
Texas Democrat State Senator Roland Gutierrez (D) representing the Uvalde district torched the recent decision to hold off on a vote to determine Police Chief Pete Arredondo’s future employment and blames Republican Gov. Greg Abbott for not doing more to hold people accountable for the tragedy perpetrated by a violent and aggressive 18-year-old.
Gutierrez told CNN’s Fredericka Whitfield on Saturday that he believes that the police chief’s “termination is a foregone conclusion.”
“But to your point earlier, the community itself wants to have greater accountability at every level, including state police,” the state senator continued. “Here we had the report last week indicate that each and every law enforcement that had superior firepower, training, and manpower, should have been able to go in and make the appropriate decisions. That didn’t happen here.”
Video: Cowardly Uvalde officers retreat, stand around, fist-bump, use hand sanitizer, and RESTRAIN cop-dad whose child was in bloody room https://t.co/xz513lfZWD
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) July 13, 2022
Texas Department of Public Safety director Steve McCraw also came into focus in Gutierrez’s crosshairs.
“I think that there needs to be a revamping of the school police. I think that the city is going to have to look at restructuring their own police department. But we at the state level, this governor needs to demand accountability of Steve McCraw and his agency,” the 51-year-old said.
‘She says she’s shot, Johnny’: New bodycam clip shows Uvalde husband being restrained by fellow officers https://t.co/De2OUrVHrl pic.twitter.com/tfYTIExVua
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 21, 2022
But more than the shooter’s psychotic state of mental health the district officials that failed to act quickly, Gutierrez placed the largest blame for the incident that cost the lives of 21 people on Abbott, calling his response a “colossal failure.”
“All of this falls on Greg Abbott,” Gutierrez said. “These people directly report to Greg Abbott. And he has failed to ask for accountability and he has failed to provide adequate resources to this community. People of Texas need to be very aware of that failure.”
Although Abbot has taken a beating in the aftermath of the shooting, his handwritten notes from the immediate aftermath of the massacre suggest that he was misled by police about the response and timeline of the active school shooting at Robb Elementary School.
Abbott’s handwritten notes support claim he was ‘misled’ about police response to Uvalde shooting https://t.co/YNlKoyDhoP
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 15, 2022
Gutierrez also discussed the potential indictments by the attorney general and seemed to infer that they should include more than just the police officers on the scene.
“When she goes to indict somebody, I hope she remembers the law of parties in Texas, if you indict one, you better be ready to indict them all,” he proclaimed.
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