At the Uvalde, Texas, city council meeting Tuesday, community members gathered for public comment.
Many comments centered on the school district's police chief, who also serves on the city council.
"He does not deserve an administrative leave with pay," the grandmother of Amerie Jo Garza said.
The school district's police chief in Uvalde, Texas, was denied a leave of absence from his city-council position Tuesday after community members lined up to criticize his response to the Robb Elementary School shooting.
The city council's unanimous decision was met with cheers from the audience after an emotional period of public comment, much of which centered on Pete Arredondo's response to the May 24 shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead.
Arredondo, who was sworn in as a council member a week after the shooting, has been roundly criticized for deciding to wait more than an hour for backup instead of confronting the shooter, who was later killed by US Border Patrol agents.
In a plea to council members during the heated council meeting, a grandmother of Amerie Jo Garza, a 10-year-old who was killed in the shooting, said she wanted Arredondo removed from his position.
"Get him out of our faces, and no he does not deserve an administrative leave with pay," she said.
Public officials including state law enforcement and lawmakers have blamed Arredondo for the chaotic response to the shooting. The gunman entered the school building at 11:33 a.m., but it wasn't until 12:50 p.m. when authorities entered the classroom and killed the shooter. In that time, Arredondo chose to wait for backup, supplies, and SWAT support before entering, the Texas Department of Public Safety's director, Steven McCraw, said Tuesday in testimony to state lawmakers.
"Terrible decisions were made by the on-scene commander and should have never happened, plain and simple," McCraw said, referring to Arredondo.
State Sen. Paul Bettencourt challenged the police chief for testifying before a Texas House committee in private instead of publicly testifying about his role that day.
In an interview with The Texas Tribune, Arredondo has maintained that he didn't think he was in charge of the mass-shooting response.
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