(CNN) – The acting police chief will no longer be with the department by the end of the week, the mayor of Uvalde, Texas, said.
This comes after CNN reported on a phone call between Lt. Mariano Pargas and dispatchers on the day of the Robb Elementary School shooting that killed 21 people.
During the call, a student’s 911 call informed Pargas that someone was still alive in Room 112.
Mayor Don McLaughlin said that should have started the ball rolling, but it didn’t.
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GRAPHIC ALERT: About 400 officers responded, but the 10-year-old and her classmates were left wondering where they were. (CNN, City of Uvalde, Torres Family)
“If we had this, all this, if we had your video and what we saw and what we saw last night, I think Mariano would have gone sooner, in my opinion, gone,” he said.
“It just goes to show why we put him on leave in the first place, the failure to act and set up a command situation,” McLaughlin said. “And then as the acting chief of police, he gets this information, and I see he does nothing about it.”
He added, “It smells to me like an endless cover-up on the part of (the state Department of Public Safety) because there’s no transparency, no honesty.
McLaughlin said every part of that day’s response is under scrutiny.
He said he will get to the bottom of it and make sure the same mistakes never happen again in another school or community.
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