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

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Apr 2, 2024

Uvalde Mayor Cody Smith announced his immediate resignation on Monday, stepping down from his position due to health reasons. Smith expressed his gratitude to the Uvalde community for their support during his recovery from recent health issues, although he did not provide details on his condition. His decision comes amidst ongoing recovery and leaves the city without a mayor.

The resignation follows an independent report commissioned by the city that defended the actions of local law enforcement during the Robb Elementary School shooting in May 2022. The report exonerated Uvalde officers following a botched response that resulted in 21 fatalities. The Uvalde City Council is expected to discuss the report in a meeting that was postponed due to concerns for the mayor’s health.

Prior to Smith’s resignation, Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez announced his departure, effective April 6. The city’s report found no wrongdoing by local officers who delayed confronting the armed gunman during the school shooting. Rodriguez submitted his resignation without mentioning the tragic event, citing a desire for a new chapter in his career.

The report, conducted by private investigator Jesse Prado, was met with backlash from victims’ families and community members during a city council meeting where the findings were presented. Prado conducted the investigation independently and was compensated $97,000 for his services. The departures of both the mayor and police chief come as Uvalde continues to grapple with the aftermath of one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

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