Mayor of Uvalde Steps Down Due to Health Concerns

In Shock: Uvalde Mayor Resigns, Police Chief Leaves Amid Controversial Report on School Shooting Response

On Monday, Uvalde Mayor Cody Smith suddenly resigned from his position, citing health concerns and the need to focus on his recovery from recent unexpected health issues. The resignation of Mayor Smith came at a time when Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez was also expected to leave the city, following a controversial report that defended the actions of local law enforcement during the response to the deadly 2022 Robb Elementary School shooting.

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 had planned to meet on Tuesday in a private session to discuss the report, but this meeting was postponed due to concerns about the mayor’s health.

Police Chief Rodriguez had previously announced his resignation, effective April 6th, following the release of a report that found no wrongdoing by local officers who took over an hour to confront the gunman during the tragic school shooting. Rodriguez, who was on vacation during the shooting, did not mention it in his resignation letter but instead stated that it was time for a new chapter in his career.

The independent investigation into these events was conducted by private investigator Jesse Prado, who was paid $97,000 for his work. When Prado presented the findings to the city council in a special meeting, it sparked anger among victims’ families and community members. The report brought increased scrutiny to the actions of local law enforcement during this tragic event.

The sudden resignation of Mayor Smith and Police Chief Rodriguez has left Uvalde residents with unanswered questions about what happened during this tragic event. The city council must now take steps to ensure accountability and transparency in all matters related to this tragedy.

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