Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin has asserted that local police failed to deceive Texas Governor Greg Abbott about their response to last week’s lethal mass taking pictures at Robb Classic College.
Abbott in the origin praised Uvalde police for displaying what he called “fabulous courage” whereas shooter Salvador Ramos killed 19 teens and two adults on the college. Amid heavy criticism of the police response days later, the governor reversed direction and said he changed into “fully furious” about being “misled.”
McLaughlin told KVDA on Wednesday that Abbott couldn’t had been misled by local authorities on legend of he and Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick were briefed on the challenge by the Texas Division of Public Safety (DPS) in its keep.
“The local authorities haven’t lied to anyone,” McLaughlin said. “Because the briefing that the governor and lieutenant governor and all americans else in that room [attended] changed into given by the DPS, not local law enforcement officers.”
When requested whether or not he believed the Texas DPS lied to Abbott and Patrick referring to the response, McLaughlin responded that it changed into “an ultimate demand.”
“I mean, I’m ultimate as pissed off as they are,” he said. “They’ve had three press conferences, and at all three press conferences, something has changed. In all three. Or not it’s exclusively frustrating.”
McLaughlin said he hoped questions referring to the Texas DPS response would be answered by an goal overview from the Division of Justice (DOJ), which he had requested following the taking pictures.
DOJ spokesman Anthony Coley said that the overview would “present an goal legend of law enforcement actions and responses that day, and to title lessons discovered and easiest practices to serve first responders put together for and answer to vigorous shooter events.”
Additionally on Tuesday, McLaughlin said that Pete Arredondo had been sworn in as a member of Metropolis Council, despite heavy criticism of his actions all the device in which thru the taking pictures in his role as Uvalde Consolidated Independent College District police chief.
Arredondo changed into to blame for making the resolution to stamp Ramos a “barricaded” self-discipline in chance to an “vigorous shooter,” paralyzing the police response despite desperate 911 calls from college students trapped inside the be taught room with Ramos—a chase that Texas DPS Director Steven McCraw called the “substandard resolution.”
McLaughlin also rejected allegations that local police lied to dispute officers following a Fox Files interview with Patrick last weekend, when the lieutenant governor said that he changed into “not told the truth” referring to the police response.
“Statements by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick that he changed into ‘not told the truth’ are not ultimate,” McLaughlin said in a narrate to Fox Files on Monday. “All statements and comments made up to now referring to the continuing investigation are being dealt with by DPS/Texas Rangers.”
Newsweek reached out to the Texas DPS and Abbott’s position of job for comment.