April 20, 2024 4:59 am
Mayor of Uvalde Steps Down Due to Health Concerns

Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez resigned, citing the need for a new chapter in his career following the release of a controversial report that defended the actions of local law enforcement during the response to the deadly 2022 Robb Elementary School shooting. The resignation of Rodriguez coincided with the sudden resignation of City of Uvalde Mayor Cody Smith, who cited health concerns and the need to focus on his recovery from recent unexpected health issues.

In a statement released on Monday, Mayor Smith expressed his gratitude to the Uvalde community for their support and did not provide any further details about his health issues. The city council was scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss the report in a private session, but it was postponed due to concerns for the mayor’s health. The independent investigation was conducted by private investigator Jesse Prado, who was paid $97,000 for his work. When Prado presented his findings to the city council in a special meeting, it sparked anger among victims’ families and community members.

The report has brought increased scrutiny to the actions of local law enforcement during the tragic school shooting. Despite this, some have argued that Rodriguez’s decision to resign is politically motivated and that he should have stood up for what he believed in instead of giving up under pressure from certain individuals or groups.

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