AUSTIN, Texas — Internet trolls are increasingly calling for Uvalde school police chief Pete Arredondo to be killed for how he appeared to have directed his officers to respond to the mass shooting last week.
Users across blogs and social media channels say Arredondo, who told his school police officers not to enter Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, despite calls for rescue from children and staff trapped inside, ought to be hanged from a tree, shot and left for dead, and stoned.
“Peter Arredondo Chief of Police for UCIS is A Coward & Moron. And so are the 19 officers who waited in the hallway while kids were Murdered. We do not need A DOJ investigation. We need 19 Ropes and a tall limb on a tree To HANG ALL THE COWARD COPS. We need some dead pigs!!!” one Twitter user wrote.
Peter Arredondo Chief of Police for UCIS is A Coward & Moron. And so are the 19 officers who waited in the hallway while kids were Murdered.
We do not need A DOJ investigation.
We need 19 Ropes and a tall limb on a tree To HANG ALL THE COWARD COPS. We need some dead pigs!!!
— Dvstr888 (@dvstr888) May 29, 2022
Another person said he “should be shot and left for dead for 1hr. 3 minutes,” a reference to the length of time that emergency responders were notified of the shooting but did not respond.
“He should be in front of a firing squad!” one Gab user wrote Thursday.
“This bloated PIG should publicly stoned and buried while breathing,” another user wrote. Another person called for him to be arrested and to “publicly hang his a**.”
Users on Bitchute wrote that Arredondo ought to be “charged with the MURDER of every child who died,” while another said it deserved the death penalty.
A New York Times report published Friday found that Arredondo had arrived at the school exactly two minutes after the attack began, but he chose not to go after the gunman, instead choosing to retreat after his officers were grazed with bullets. Arredondo, who did not have a police radio on him and thus had no way of knowing that 911 dispatchers continued to receive calls from children inside for the next hour, instead treated the situation as stable and not an active shooting. He believed the gunman was barricaded inside the classroom.
Arredondo has 24-hour police protection in light of the growing focus on the role he played in how the incident was handled. He was sworn in as a city councilman in a private ceremony earlier this week, opting not to have the event in public. The Texas Department of Public Safety has charged that Arredondo is not cooperating with its Texas Rangers investigators.
In the initial days after the shooting, some social media users called for the “doxxing” of the police, a term used to describe the public release of personal information with malicious intent.
The FBI told the Washington Examiner on Friday it could not confirm or deny any investigation or the tracking of threats against Arredondo.
Dox the Uvalde Police Officers. Spread their information everywhere. Protest outside of their homes. These cowards shouldn’t get a good night’s sleep for months. Absolutely pathetic.
— Woke William (@WokeWillWalker) May 27, 2022