Mayor of Uvalde Steps Down Due to Health Concerns

Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez announced his resignation, effective April 6, following a controversial report commissioned by the city that defended the actions of local law enforcement during the response to the deadly 2022 Robb Elementary School shooting. The resignation of Mayor Cody Smith coincided with this news, as he cited health concerns and the need to focus on his recovery from recent unexpected health issues in a statement released on Monday.

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. Rodriguez had previously stated that it was time for a new chapter in his career, without mentioning the incident that led to his resignation. An independent investigation conducted by private investigator Jesse Prado found no wrongdoing by local officers who took over an hour to confront the gunman. However, this report has sparked anger among victims’ families and community members, bringing increased scrutiny to the actions of local law enforcement during the tragic school shooting.

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