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Uvalde police response, Westminster Dog Show: 5 Things podcast

On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Uvalde police response an ‘abject failure,’ Texas top cop says

We have the latest developments. Plus, another round of Jan. 6 hearings is in the books after state election officials testified, USA TODAY Editor in Chief Nicole Carroll reflects on an abortion decision in her family, Supreme Court correspondent John Fritze looks at the implications of a decision on religious school funding and the Westminster Kennel Club crowns Best in Show.

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Hit play on the player above to hear the podcast and follow along with the transcript below. This transcript was automatically generated, and then edited for clarity in its current form. There may be some differences between the audio and the text.

Taylor Wilson:

Good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Wednesday, the 22nd of June, 2022. Today, new developments in the Uvalde elementary school shooting police response. Plus, the latest from January 6th hearings and more.

Here are some of the top headlines:

  1. An earthquake slammed eastern Afghanistan earlier today. At least 280 people are dead, with those numbers expected to rise.
  2. President Joe Biden will ask Congress today to suspend the federal gas tax for the next three months. Gas prices have soared past $5 a gallon in most states.
  3. And Yellowstone National Park will partially reopen today. Last week’s devastating flooding forced more than 10,000 people to evacuate.

New developments continue coming in about the police response to the Uvalde elementary school shooting that left 19 students and two teachers dead last month. The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety testified yesterday that police had enough officers on the scene of the massacre to have stopped the gunman three minutes after he entered the building. Police armed with rifles instead waited for more than an hour before they stormed the classroom and killed the gunman. Director Steve McCraw testified in front of a state Senate committee.

Steve McCraw :

There’s compelling evidence that the law enforcement response to the attack at Robb Elementary was an abject failure and antithetical to everything we’ve learned over the last two decades since the Columbine massacre. Three minutes after the subject entered the west building, there was sufficient number of armed officers wearing body armor to isolate, distract, and neutralize the subject. The only thing stopping a hallway of dedicated officers from entering room 111 and 112 was the on-scene commander who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children.

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