Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick Condemns Uvalde Police Chief As Not ‘Very Credible’

During an appearance on Tuesday’s broadcast of Fox News’ “The Story,” Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) condemned Uvalde Police Chief Peter Arredondo as not “very credible,” asserting that “most of what he has said” about the Uvalde school shooting was proven false “by actual evidence.”

As details continue to emerge surrounding the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which left 19 children and two adults dead, outrage over the actions of the police and law enforcement officials has grown.

Throughout the weeks since the shooting, evidence has come out that has completely contradicted statements made by Arredondo, who is the Chief of the Uvalde Consolidated ISD Police Department. Parents of children within the school, citizens of Uvalde, and concerned Americans across the country have begun to call for the police chief to take accountability for his actions, and to stop trying to cover for his failed response to the shooting.

Fox News host Martha MacCallum asked Patrick about the claims made by Arredondo that have since been debunked, and questioned whether there was going to be any accountability for these lies.

“Arredondo said that they didn’t have shields, which also was completely debunked by the photographs, which are timestamped that we now have as well. Who’s going to hold the — where’s the accountability going to fall here? Because as Garrett Tenney just said, he’s refused to be questioned past an interview that he did about a week ago?” MacCallum asked.

“Well, I can say this, Martha, I’m confused by his behavior,” Patrick responded. “Because in that briefing, by the way, there was no information from — coming from that office or that team. And then he refused to be interviewed and then he said he was being interviewed and then he did an interview with a print — an online newspaper here, which is opposite of everything you heard today. Then he did a closed hearing today. So far, he’s not shown to be very credible. Most of what he has said has been debunked by actual evidence, video evidence of what happened.”

In the same interview, the lieutenant governor also noted that the slow leak of information regarding the shooting, especially with contradictory facts, has made it very difficult for the public to understand what actually happened.

“There have been too many behind-closed-doors discussions, meetings, hearings,” Patrick said. “The public needs to know everything.”

“I wanted this evidence, instead of leaking it out — I hate these leaks,” he added. “Because one day this story’s leaked out, and the next day, there’s a new story and a change and this newspaper and that newspaper. I wanted it all out in a public hearing at one time of where we are today.”