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Former APD detective selected to carry out internal investigation on Uvalde Police
(Uvalde ISD)
(Uvalde ISD)

Former Austin Police Department detective Jesse Prado has been selected to conduct an internal investigation of the Uvalde Police Department’s actions during the Robb Elementary School shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers.


The move was announced by Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin in response to a report on law enforcement’s delay in confronting the gunman. The report, shared by the Texas House Investigative Committee, found “systemic failures and egregious poor decision making.”

“At Robb Elementary, law enforcement responders failed to adhere to their active shooter training, and they failed to prioritize saving the lives of innocent victims over their own safety,” the report said.

After its release on Sunday, McLaughlin said “we agree with the committee’s review of the incident.” He added that there was “failure of command.” 376 law enforcement officers were at the school.

“However, we have further questions as to who was responsible for taking command as each agency there had senior level commanders on site.”

Before he retired in 2013, Prado was a detective with APD’s Organized Crime Unit. The investigation will involve a review of Lt. Mariano Pargas, the acting chief of the city’s police department on May 24, the day of the shooting.

On Sunday, McLaughlin also announced that Pargas has been placed on administrative leave until the investigation is concluded.

In a press release, McLaughlin said the leave is to investigate whether Pargas was responsible for taking command, what specific actions he took to establish that command and “whether it was even feasible given all the agencies involved and other possible policy violations.”

It’s unclear whether Pargas will be on paid leave, as McLaughlin said he didn’t have that information and it was a decision made by the police chief and city manager.

The city is also releasing body camera footage from the Uvalde police officers who responded to the shooting. McLaughin said the community “has waited entirely too long for answers and transparency.”

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🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway