Another law enforcement officer in Uvalde, TX, has been sent packing.
Lt. Mariano Pargas has been suspended.
Pargas was the highest-ranking local police officer on the scene the day of the shooting.
Looking for Blame
From the tapes we have seen, there was clearly a problem with command.
I would also say that I was surprised how many officers accepted the command not to go in after the shooter.
They clearly had enough men and equipment to overwhelm the shooter very early on during the shooting.
That time would have been vital to saving some of those children in those classrooms.
The Texas House probe found that at one point, there were nearly 400 law enforcement on scene.
The report blasted police leadership, stating, “Despite an obvious atmosphere of chaos, the ranking officers of other responding agencies did not approach the Uvalde [school district] chief of police or anyone else perceived to be in command to point out the lack of and need for a command post, or to offer that specific assistance.
“In this sense, the entirety of law enforcement and its training, preparation, and response shares systemic responsibility for many missed opportunities on that tragic day.”
Every leadership position from every law enforcement agency on scene that day should be terminated, period.
Source: New York Post