Uvalde Mayor Resigns Amidst Health Concerns and Protests: How Accountability Will be Held

Uvalde Mayor Steps Down Due to Health Concerns Following Controversial 2022 School Shooting Report – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

In a surprising turn of events, Uvalde Mayor Cody Smith has resigned effective immediately, leaving his post just days before the city’s police chief is expected to depart. Smith cited health concerns in his statement, thanking the community for its support during his recovery from recent unexpected health issues.

The resignation comes weeks after an independent report commissioned by the city defended the actions of local officers during the botched response to the May 2022 Robb Elementary School shooting that left 21 people dead. The report was authored by private investigator Jesse Prado, who was paid $97,000 for the investigation. Last month, Prado presented his findings in a special city council meeting, prompting eruptions of anger from victims’ families and community members.

Uvalde City Council members were expected to meet Tuesday afternoon to discuss the report in a private session, but last week’s meeting was postponed due to concerns about Smith’s health. It is unclear when or if they will reconvene this week.

Smith’s decision follows a recent announcement by Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez that he would be stepping down effective April 6 after no wrongdoing was found by local officers who waited over an hour to confront the teen gunman armed with an AR-15-style weapon during the deadly school shooting. Rodriguez made no reference to the mass shooting in his letter submitting his resignation last month.

The resignations of both Smith and Rodriguez have sparked outrage and questions about how accountability will be held for those involved in what many consider one of the deadliest school shootings in US history. The community remains divided on how best to move forward and ensure safety for its residents and students.

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