Preliminary investigation into Uvalde school shooting reveals ‘systemic failures’ by various authorities
A scathing report published on Sunday by a Texas House committee investigating the Uvalde school shooting blamed multiple failures by those in positions of power — including nearly 400 law enforcement who converged on the scene — for failing to stopped the killing. The preliminary report describes “systemic failures and egregious poor decision-making”: how police ignored active shooter training, how the school district failed to fully adhere to its safety plan, and how the shooter’s family did not didn’t recognize the warning signs of the outburst. The committee has held closed meetings over the past month to investigate the shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead. Outrage skyrocketed at the response from law enforcement officers who waited more than an hour before entering a classroom.
The report had quick fallout: Lt. Mariano Pargas, an Uvalde Police Department officer who was the city’s acting police chief during the massacre, was placed on administrative leave after the report was released. Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin also announced Sunday that the city is releasing body camera footage of Uvalde police officers related to the Robb Elementary shooting. Read more.
988, the new 3-digit suicide prevention hotline, launches
Saturday marked the start of 988, the new 3-digit shortcut (like 911) to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. The existing lifeline uses a 10-digit number, 1-800-273-8255. The shorter number – which people can text or call – aims to make the mental health resource more easily accessible, amid a mental health crisis in the United States intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts expect the hotline to have a huge impact. After dialing or texting 988, users will be connected with a trained mental health professional at a local or regional crisis centre. If local centers cannot connect to an advisor, national rescue centers can take the call.
3 dead, 2 injured after shooting at Indiana mall, police say; an armed civilian killed the suspected shooter
Three people died and two others were injured on Sunday after a man with a gun opened fire in Indiana mall and shot by armed civilian, authorities said. The man entered the Greenwood Park mall with a rifle and multiple rounds of ammunition and began shooting into the food court, Greenwood Police Department Chief Jim Ison said during a press conference. Ison added that an armed civilian killed the suspected shooter.
On January 6, a panel subpoenas the Secret Service for the erased texts
House committee investigates attack on US Capitol subpoenaed the Secret Service Friday night for text messages, the officers would have been removed around January 6, 2021. The subpoenas come hours after the nine-member panel received a closed briefing from the Department of Homeland Security watchdog. The committee originally requested the electronic records in mid-January and made a formal request in March for all communications received or sent by DHS employees between January 5 and 7, 2021. Committee chair Bennie Thompson said D-Miss., said in a statement that the committee is looking for “relevant text messages, as well as any after-action reports … regarding or in any way related to the events of January 6, 2021.”
Russian leader asks troops to ‘step up’ attacks
Although the Russian campaign is concentrated in eastern Donbass, Saturday’s attacks hit areas in northern and southern Ukraine as well. The country’s second largest city, Kharkiv, has come under heavy shelling in recent days. Ukraine reported at least 17 more civilians killed Saturday in Russian attacks with missiles and shelling across the country. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has given “instructions to further intensify the actions of units in all operational areas”, his ministry announced on Saturday. Russia has lost more than 30% of its ground combat effectiveness in Ukraine, but military problems will not bring about regime change in the invading country, Britain’s top military official has said.
180,000 donations to the doctor who performed the abortion of a 10-year-old girl
A team of OB-GYN providers across the country helped raise around $180,000 Saturday night for Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an obstetrician-gynecologist from Indiana University. The funds are to help pay for security costs and legal fees after she became a focal point in the abortion debate over providing the procedure to a 10-year-old rape victim. After the cancellation of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court, Ohio’s trigger law went into effect, banning abortions after six weeks. The girl’s story has gone viral, appearing in media across the country and becoming a flashpoint in the abortion debate. Some opponents and news outlets criticized the story as unproven. But criminal charges and court testimony earlier this week confirmed the disturbing story.
Cameron Smith overtakes Rory McIlroy to win 150th British Open
Rory McIlroy will have to wait to end his major drought. Australian Cameron Smith overtook McIlroy on Sunday to win the 150th British Open. Smith, 28, started the day four shots behind McIlroy and co-leader Viktor Hovland but shot 8-under 64 to finish 20-under to claim the first major championship of his career. Smith becomes the first Australian golfer to hoist the Claret Jug since Greg Norman in 1993. McIlroy, the fan favorite among the huge galleries at the Old Course in St. Andrews, was trying to win his fifth major and end nearly eight years . drought at major championships. But he shot 2-under 70 on Sunday to finish third at 18-under, one stroke behind second-placed Cameron Young.
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