Recently released radio logs from May’s Robb Elementary School shooting have reportedly shown that Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo yelled “Tell them to f*cking wait” at the same time dying children were begging to be saved by police.
Radio logs released on June 22 are painting a clearer picture of the Uvalde school shooting timeline, and in one critical moment at 12:16 pm, a child was on an emergency line reporting that several kids were still alive and begged for police to enter. In response to the added pressure to breach the room, Chief Arredondo reportedly said, “Tell them to f*cking wait!” according to a timeline of radio communications posted to Twitter by CNN correspondent Shimon Prokupecz.
In one exchange over radio, Arredondo talked about fear of bullets piercing thin walls and how his slow response would be perceived.
After Arredondo commanded everyone to wait, including children who were being shot inside, he then ordered police not to shoot because the walls were so thin.
At 12:23 he was told that they’d already lost two kids, but responded “we have to put those aside right now” because he was afraid that bullets could break through the thin walls.
Arredondo said at 12:27 that “People are going to ask why we’re taking so long.”
Arredondo has finally be placed on administrative leave after the new information release on June 22.
As Texas State Officials have released the full timeline and dispatcher calls, the new materials have supported evidence that police did not properly respond to the May 24 school shooting.
Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw summarized the failures of the Uvalde police, especially Chief Arredondo, by saying simply that the gunman could have been neutralized in “three minutes.”
Gunman Salvador Ramos entered the school at 11:33am and police arrived two minutes later. Ramos then entered classroom 111 and adjacent room 112. The police didn’t check to see if the doors to the classrooms where children were being shot were unlocked, and retreated.
After Chief Arredondo entered the school, he began trying multiple keys on doors located away from the two rooms in the hopes of finding a master key to open them, which have since been revealed to likely have been unlocked the whole time.
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