Posted BY: Jasmine | NwoReport
The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Friday said it had suspended its school police force, less than five months after the attack that left 19 children and two teachers dead.
“The District has made the decision to suspend all activities of the Uvalde CISD Police Department for a period of time. Officers currently employed will fill other roles in the district,” the district said in a statement.
Additionally, Lt. Miguel Hernandez and Ken Mueller have been placed on administrative leave, with Mueller electing to retire, according to the statement.
“The District has requested the Texas Department of Public Safety to provide additional troopers for campus and extra-curricular activities,” the district said. “We are confident that staff and student safety will not be compromised during this transition.”
The district cited unspecified “recent developments” that “uncovered additional concerns with department operations.”
he moves come in the wake of a CNN report Wednesday which identified newly hired Uvalde school officer Crimson Elizondo as one of the state troopers under investigation for her actions during the response to the Robb Elementary School massacre in May.
The school district issued a statement on Thursday, following CNN’s report, announcing Elizondo’s termination.
Elizondo was one of the first of the 91 DPS officers to arrive at the school that day. She was one of 376 law enforcement personnel who responded as the shooter was left for 77 minutes, with the dead, dying, and traumatized victims, before he was stopped. The response to the attack has been denounced as an “abject failure” and the blame has spread widely.
The school police chief was fired and now seven DPS officers are being investigated. CNN reported exclusively that Elizondo is one of the officers under investigation. A source close to the investigation also confirmed that to CNN.