“Colonel Macro has an agenda and is not giving a full account of what happened and giving realistic answers about what happened to this community,” McLaughlin said.
The DPS director accused Uvalde School District Police Chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo, whom McCroe and others identified as the commander at the site, of ordering police to wait in a nearby hallway to obtain unnecessary equipment and keys for a door that had not even been locked.
“Three minutes after the person entered the western building, there were enough armed officers in body armor to isolate, distract and neutralize the subject,” McCro said. “The only thing that prevented the dedicated officers’ porch from entering rooms 111 and 112 was the commander on the post, who decided to put the officers’ lives over the lives of children.”
However, authorities repeatedly changed their version of the basic facts about what happened inside the rooms and what the police did in response during those 77 minutes.
McLaughlin said repeated misrepresentations and shifting blame from Texas authorities were dividing society and frustrating grieving families
“What matters to Ovaldi is that these heartbroken families and this grieving community will get a full investigation and an accurate account of what happened that day,” he said. “Little infighting, clickbait headlines, and politically motivated scapegoats don’t help anyone.”
CNN has reached out to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the attorney general’s office, the chair of the Texas House Investigative Committee, and the FBI’s San Antonio office for further comments.
The mayor says he is frustrated by the lack of transparency
At a city council meeting, McLaughlin noted that officers from at least eight law enforcement agencies were in the hallway outside of classrooms on the day of the shooting. McLaughlin said he did not wish to pursue an elected position again and was “not covering up for anyone,” saying all responding agencies should be held accountable.
He said that the leaking of certain bits of information over the past few weeks “continues to create havoc in our society and prevents the full truth from being revealed.”
“I’m totally frustrated – maybe not as frustrated as families who have lost loved ones – but what bothers me is that I can’t give you answers or I can’t get answers,” McLaughlin said.
McLaughlin said he was supposed to receive a daily briefing from the authorities from its inception, but no briefing was given.
“The gloves are off,” he said. “As we know, we’ll share them. We won’t back down anymore.”
The city council meeting also discussed Arredondo’s absence from the public eye.
Arredondo, the school’s chief of police elected to city council this year, testified behind closed doors to the Texas House of Representatives committee Tuesday, but did not speak publicly about his decision on the day of the shooting.
DPS manager is planning to release bodycam video
Tuesday’s developments came after reports from CNN, the Texas Tribune and Austin American-Statesman reviewed some of the DPS timeline and revealed more flaws in the police response.
Citing a DPS assessment, Macro told the state Senate committee on Tuesday that Ovaldi School police officers’ radios would not have worked inside the school building due to poor signal. He said that Border Patrol agents had the only portable radios that could work, but that when the Border Patrol tried to correct its signals with local law enforcement, their radios didn’t work either.
McCraw said DPS planned to release body camera footage at some point.
“When the attorney general agrees, we will release all body cam coverage, and we will release all school videos and funeral videos,” he said.
Andy Rose, Rosa Flores, Christina Maxuris, Amanda Moses, Rosalina Nieves, Rebecca Reese and Steve Almassi contributed to this report.