Uvalde's Police Look Worse and Worse - The Tuesday AM Quickie 6/21/22
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THE BIG NEWS
Everything We Learn About Uvalde's Police is Terrible
There is a sense to me that every new detail I learn about the Uvalde shooting – in particular the police's response to it – will be worse than the last. Immediately after the massacre I was furious at the police response – all it took was one video of the heavily armed agents restraining parents from saving their children to accomplish that. But since then, every new piece of information that we get has only made things worse. On Monday night, the Texas Tribune reported that Uvalde's police forces were inside the school building with multiple rifles, ballistic shields, and breaching equipment, remaining stationary outside of the classrooms where the shooter was killing children unopposed. Read through this exchange, between a public safety officer who wanted to enter the classrooms and the other cops outside. Via the Tribune:
One such officer, a special agent at the Texas Department of Public Safety, had arrived around 20 minutes after the shooting started. He immediately asked: Are there still kids in the classrooms?
“If there is, then they just need to go in,” the agent said.
Another officer answered, “It is unknown at this time.”
The agent shot back, “Y’all don’t know if there’s kids in there?” He added, “If there’s kids in there we need to go in there.”
“Whoever is in charge will determine that,” came the reply.
The inaction appeared too much for the special agent. He noted that there were still children in other classrooms within the school who needed to be evacuated.
“Well, there’s kids over here,” he said. “So I’m getting kids out.”
This is just an opening anecdote to the Tribune's heartbreaking reporting, which accompanies a massive trove of stories that have detailed law enforcement's utter failure to handle the situation – which the Tribune themselves summarize succinctly here:
Revelations have trickled out in the press: The New York Times has described officers’ doubts about the decision to wait; breakdowns in communications and tactics; and the fact that officers held off from the confrontation even though they knew people were injured, and possibly dying, inside. The San Antonio Express-News reported that there is no evidence that officers tried the doors on rooms 111 and 112 — contradicting a key assertion by the Uvalde schools police chief, Pete Arredondo, who told The Texas Tribune that officers tried the doors, found them locked and had to wait for a master key to unlock them. On Monday evening, the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV revealed that the officers, in effect, had more than enough firepower, equipment and motivation to breach the classrooms.
What sticks with me, though, is the Uvalde PD's new and obstinate refusal to turn over bodycam footage, and their use of every possible legal loophole to prevent it ever seeing the light of day. There are still mysteries to uncover about this tragic event, chief among them what happened when officers finally did enter the room and engage with the shooter. The answers there may be even worse than the ones we have so far.
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The Treason Show, Episode 4 Preview
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NYT Investigation Finds Strong Evidence that Israel Killed Journalist
It would be very easy to let this story slowly fade away – Israel gets away with stuff like it all the time. But we don't have to do that. On Monday, the New York Times visual investigations teams published a comprehensive report using video evidence and interviews with witnesses that found that the shots that killed Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh were fired by Israeli troops in a military convoy. The Times' reporting also noted that there were no Palestinian militant fighters in Abu Akleh's group's direction, and that 16, not five (as the Israeli government claimed), shots were fired at the journalists. All of this evidence confirms what most of the world already knew – but I still want to highlight it because this kind of comprehensive, detailed investigation is often the only thing that actually gets governments to admit mistakes.
- E.U. Calls Russia's Blockade of Ukraine a "War Crime" The accusation hints at the far-reaching effects of Russia's blockade of Ukrainian exports on the world's food supply. via NYT.
- Stephen Colbert's Staff Arrested at Capitol Very odd situation here. Interested to see what kind of TV comes out of it! via Politico.
- Israel's Government Falls Apart Again The country's strange 8-party coalition has completely collapsed – and Benjamin Netanyahu could be resurgent again. via NYT.
- GOP Psycho Releases "RINO Hunting" Campaign Ad Eric Grietens is a real piece of work. via NYT.
Amount that Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov sold his Nobel Peace Prize for, at auction. The money will be donated to help Ukrainian children who have become refugees.
ON THE SHOW TODAY
6/21: Emma hosts Robert Kuttner, founder and editor at the American Prospect, to discuss his recent piece "After Hyper-Globalization". Then Emma is joined by David Adler, General Coordinator at Progressive International, to discuss the recent Colombian elections.
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