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. hello, and welcome to all of you watching here in the united states, canada and all around the world. ahead on "cnn newsroom," terrifying details about one of the 911 calls a student made to police during the school massacre in uvalde, texas. ukraine marks 100 days of war. we'll look at how military hardware for ukraine can make a difference. and pomp and pageantry as
queen elizabeth celebrates 70 years on the throne. we're live with a preview of the upcoming celebrations. live from cnn center, this is "cnn newsroom," with kim brunhuber. >> the mass shooting at an elementary school in uvalde, texas was an unthinkable tragedy. 19 young students and two teachers gunned down. but now we're hearing more chilling details about police failures on that day. the incident commander, police chief arredondo did not have a police radio on him at the time. we're also getting new information about a desperate 911 call by a 10-year-old student while the shooter stalked the building. >> reporter: new questions raised in the investigation of the deadly school shooting in uvalde. school district police chief
arredondo didn't have a radio with him at the scene, something that may have hindered his ability to communicate directly with police dispatcher. >> i am told that this person did not have radio communication, and i don't know as to why. >> reporter: gut aiierrez learn that he didn't have a radio. and we have reached out to confirm if he had a radio but have not heard back. arredondo has been criticized for not making the call to send officers sooner into the classroom where the gunman killed 19 students and to teachers. >> active shooter protocol says you go in. you go in immediately. >> reporter: gutierrez says he wants to know more about what
happened at robb elementary school that day. from 10 year old chloe torres who survived, she said there are a lot of bodies. i don't want to die. my teacher is dead. my teacher is dead. please send help. send help for my teacher. she is shot but still alive. according to the transcript, 11 minutes into it, the sound of gunfire could be heard. the senator says he was told that the 911 calls were relayed to the city's police force. what remains unclear is whether or not that information was given to the school district police chief, pete arredondo. questions have also been raised about how the gunman got into the school. initially, investigators said it was through a propped open door. an educator says she was the one who propped open the door while
helping the co-worker cary in items but did shut the door when she heard co-workers yelling sdgs he's got a gun." in the days that followed, she was overcome with emotion, thinking she may not have closed the door after all. >> it really shocked her. it scared her, made her second guess her own memories. and so she, the rangers had to tell her, no. we looked at the video. you didn't do anything wrong. and still, she was worried. >> reporter: authorities clarified last week that the door didn't lock after maureen kicked it shot. preliminary death certificates were released today for 20 of the 21 victim this is this shooting. and even though we knew all of them had died from gunshot wounds, it really is the first documentation that we have seen that details the gruesome nature of this attack. the vast majority of these
victims had been struck by multiple gunshots. ed lavandera, cnn, uvalde, texas. the white house illuminated orange for national gun violence awareness day. president biden says he's being briefed constantly on congressional negotiations on gun reform and vowed to do what he can to bring about real progress. in a rare move he gave a primetime address to put pressure on republicans to do something about the epidemic of gun vee lens in america. the vpresident has proposed raising the age to buy weapons to age 21. >> to repeal the liability shield that often protects gun manufacturers from being sued for the death and destruction caused by their weapons. they're the only kind of industry in this country that has that kind of immunity. >> one of the victims was amerie
garza. her mother sent a letter to the maker of the gunmaker. joining me now is jessica levinson, a law proefser. we have these folks trying to sue gun manufacturers. on the other hand, there's what the president referred to, the law that protects gun manufacturers from most liabilities, this is something that was passed in 2005. explain what it does and what effect this has had. >> i think it's had an enormous effect. this is a 2005 law, as you said. it was passed under george w. bush and passed basically to
protect gun manufacturers from civil liability. that's because starting in the late 1990s, people were filing suits against gun manufacturers under the theory that they were causing a public nuisance based on the way they were manufacturing and selling and allowing to be sold guns. and some of these cases were dismissed, but a lot of them settled. and the gun manufacturers started lobbying very aggressively to say we need some protection here. now we have seen some exceptions to this particular law where we've seen some successful settlements, but it's really changed the ability of people to try and hold gun manufacturers liable. >> yeah, i think the way to win seems very specific, because, as you say, despite that law earlier this year, the families of several victims of the sandy hook shooting got a $73 million settlement against remington. but that was really the first time that a gun manufacturer was held responsible for a mass
shooting in the u.s. like this. so will that be a precedent or maybe a legal template for others to follow here? >> yes, and we'll see. so part of this law says that you can be held liable if the gun manufacturer is violating a separate federal law or state law. and what the victims of sandy hook, their families said, in fact the gun manufacturers violated a connecticut law, based on how they advertised the guns and what type of use they were for. and so that was a successful argument there. it was part of an exception built in to the law. we haven't seen other cases really define how broad that exception will be. that's what we're waiting for. >> so opponents of these gun control measures, thfirst of al they say it's wrong to target the tools, the guns rs anand thy it's like suing a car company if
somebody was killed by a drunk driver. do they have any merit? >> i understand that argument. but i will say that when it comes to gun manufacturers and when it comes to how they are marketing and what they can reasonably foresee will happen based on how they are marketing, i think there's a very good argument on the other side that we're not holding gun manufacturers accountable in all cases when somebody commits a crime. what we are doing is saying you are taking very specific actions. you're advertising in a very specific way. we can reasonably understand what might happen. and therefore, the argument is at least don't bar liability. allow the suits to go forward. it doesn't mean everybody wins. it meernsans they get their day court. >> the house committee is investigating semi-automatic rifles. is there anything the government can do on that angle or is it
more efficient for the states to take action like in california where you are to make it easier for people to go after the manufacturers? >> i think the answer could be both, except we know there's something called the supremacy clause. no state can violate the federal law. the more effective tool would be for the federal government to repeal this immunity. this is the type of thing where you would want some sort of national rule that provides at least a floor. and states can be more restrictive if they want to be, but they don't have to be. now of course all of this is happening against the backdrop of a supreme court that's very conservative and might be leery of anything they view as an undue burden on second amend rights. >> that's exactly what i wanted to ask you about. because democrats are trying to pass a series of gun control bills and republicans keep saying that all of these measures that they're trying to take step on the second amendment, and they usually use
that as sort of a symbolic shield but that the supreme court really offers a much morel so id legal shield, right? especially this supreme court that's so far to the right. >> yes, although i will say we should all read justice ska leah, who is a conservative icon. we should read that conservative decision in heller, in 2008, where he said there is an individual right to bear arms. it's not just for the militia or the military. but he said honestly, that's just step one. step one is recognizing the right. step two is when account right be burdened, because we know all of our rights in certain circumstances can be burdened. this idea where well, we can't have any restrictions because of the second amendment, that's just a political expediency, that's not a legal argument. justice scalia talks about some of the reasons why maybe we can restrict gun ownership as an
opinion. we should take that as a guide. >> so many americans recognizing we need to do something. so we appreciate you untangling some of the legal barriers. a vigil was held friday for the four people killed at the medical clinic in tulsa, o oklahoma. people gathered to remember dr. phillips. also remembered were dr. stephanie huzen, receptionist amanda glen. more than 100 days and counting. we'll have the latest on the fighting when we come back, plus the top african leader reaches out to russia to try to address a food crisis on his continent. stay with us.
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ukrainians appear to be digging in for a very long fight. back to you. >> for more on this, let's bring in malcolm davis, a senior analyst at the strategic policy institute and joins us from canberra. thank you for be bing with us. as i was saying earlier on one hand, the british meninistry predict it is will fall to russia in two weeks. yesterday we reporting that they only control about a fifth of the city. now they say they've gained ground and control about half of it. how do you she pee this playing? >> look, i think the situation is very fluid. our ability to understand what's playing out is very difficult to figure out what's going on. the fog of war is very clear in that there's battles running
back and forth, advances, retreats, counter offenses. this is the nature of the conflict going forward the next few weeks, but i think it's very clear the russians have started to regroup. and it's starting to apply what's known as combined armed tactics which is allowing them to be more effective on the ground. the ukrainians are fighting back furiously, but it's quite likely that the russians will in fact take donetsk in the next few weeks. >> okay, so then if they do take it, can russia hold it, given the influx now of high-tech western weapons that might help ukraine retake it? >> i think that is the key question. and it depend s largely on how many weapons come in. we've seen a lot of long-range
rockets. so really it does depend on the amount of weapons we send the ukrainians and how effectively they can apply them on the battle space. f if they can bring the armored fighting vehicles, you start to see the potential for the ukrainians to push back the russians. if they can't bring it to bear, then the russians can probably hold onto donetsk and start to think about pushing forward. >> i guess helping them in all this is the terrain, right? when russia made it to the south and to the east, many of the experts were talking about that shifting to more eastern spaces. that would give russia a big
strange. is advantage. >> that is more effective when using armored fighting vehicles supported by air power. that is what we are seeing. they're making better use of the terrain, traditional military doctrine and that's why they're starting to make incremental advances in the east whereas before they were constantly falling back and being under attack. >> now, a few days ago, the british ministry of defense claimed russia has likely suffered devastating losses amid its mid and junior-ranking officers in the conflict, just quoting there. what impact do you think that might have? >> this is the flip side to the occa equation. on the one hand, they are making progress, but on the other hand, the forces are shattered from the earlier failures. they've lost a lot of key mid and lower level officer ranks, which is critical for ensuring
fighting ability and discipline. and morale is at an all-time low amongst the ranks. if they can't rebuild that command level of their forces, if they can't rebuild their logistical support and get their forces fully supplied again, then morale is never going to pick up. therefore it's going to be more difficult for the russians to hold territory. so as i said at the beginning, it's really fluid, it's really uncertain. >> but those sort of mid-level command troops. how important are they in the russian military, because as i understand it, many of them don't really have that much responsibility or prerogative of initiative. >> well, certainly, compared to western military approaches you're correct. but at the level of the individual squads and companies i think those middle officers do play an important role in ensuring battlefield discipline and ensuring command, control
over their forces at lower levels. so the loss of those personnel is leaving a critical gap in russian military mission command and in terms of their ability to undertake operations and in particular to try and restore morale. >> all right, well, we'll keep watching. thanks so much for your expertise, malcolm davis. really appreciate it. >> my pleasure. president putin is denying that russia is preventing ukraine from exporting its wheat. ukraine has been accusing moscow of blocking its ports which put much of its grain exports on hold. to get an idea of what that means, have a look at this map here. it shows how many countries exactly depend on russian and ukrainian grain. ukraine was number five. they accounted for 30% of the world's wheat sales. and food shortages are a problem
right now in parts of africa. and the war will obviously make things worse. a top african leader went directly to putin to talk food security. >> reporter: the head of the african union was in russia to talk to president putin in sochi to discuss food security on the continent. they are dependent on grain, oil and fertilizer to secure their food security. now in that meeting in the readout from the kremlin and also in statements from the head of african commission, they discussed the blockade of grain from ukraine with some 22 million tons according to the ukrainians are being held because of warships and mines outside the port on the black seacoast. that has potentially had a
severe impact on countries looking to import that grain in the coming months. there is a much more nuanced viewpoint of this conflict from the african continent. several countries have in fact backed russia in certain ways because of their u.n. votes. this is also a diplomatic win for vladimir putin to show that he isn't completely isolated from the international community. but there is an inferior in the coming months that if they are not able to get imports from ukraine or russia this will have an impact on food prices and food availability in the next few weeks and months on the after african continent.
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counts, one for not producing documents demanded by the house committee and the other for failing to show up for testimony. he says he was unable to cooperate because former president trump has asserted executive privilege. but they argue that many of the topics have already been written about in his book. the committee was dealt a blow on two other former officials. >> reporter: the department of justice informing that they will not indict mark meadows or dan scavino for criminal contempt of congress, this despite the committee saying that the two men did not comply with a subpoena request from congress. this is a blow to the committee as they try to put weight and enforcement behind these subpoenas that they've handed down. they have a number of subpoenas that are still outstanding at this point, including five subpoenas for republican members of congress that these
republican members have defied up until this point, and the committee has not said how they plan to enforce. while that was certainly a blow to the committee to lose out on the meadows and scavino subpoenas and criminal contempt referrals, they did have some success in that peter navarro who's openly defiant was indicted by the department of justice and will now face criminal prosecution and could face towup to two years in pris and fines up to $200,000. this comes at an important time for the committee. they begin their public hearings thursday next week, the first one in prime time 8:00 p.m. eastern where the committee promises they'll reveal much of what they've been working on behind closed doors, essentially ray lay the ground work for a month's worth of hearings, and what they have learned. this could be an important part of their public relations
strategy as they try to reinvest the american people into what happened here on january 6 and why there needs to be changes and people held accountable. of course they are still planning on issuing a final report sometime this fall. ryan nobles, cnn on capitol hill. the u.s. economy keeps churning out new jobs despite fears of a recession. employers added 390,000 jobs in may, that's lower than the previous few months but still more than twice the monthly average from before the pandemic. the unemployment rate remains at 3.6% near record lows, but inflation is near 40-year highs raising concerns about a recession. president biden is striking an optimistic tone, insisting the u.s. is well-positioned to combat rising costs. here he is. >> there's no denying that high prices particularly around gasoline and food are real problems for people. but there's every reason for the american people to feel confident that we'll meet these
challenges. because of the enormous progress we made on the economy, the americans can tackle inflation from a position of strength, still a problem. you can tackle from a position of strength. >> the u.s. inflation rate is at 8.3%, just shy of the 40-year high. republican dave mccormick has conceded the pennsylvania senate primary to the candidate backed by donald trump, television doctor oz. mccormick acknowledged friday he's going to come up short. the democratic opponent, john f fen terman revealed he almost died last month. millions of people in southern florida, kooub and the bahamas are under tropical storm and flash flood warnings,
bracing for a possible tropical storm alex. it's already slammed cuba where one person has been confirmed dead and 50,000 people in havana are without power. the system is expected to bring even more heavy rain, flooding and possibly tornados. karen mcguinness is monitoring the storm for us. what's in store here? >> reporter: yes, we are within the next half hour the hurricane center is going to issue an updated advisory. i doubt it's going to be changing very much. the very diffused area of pressure. but it looks like it is just kind of moving off at a moderate pace to the northeast. still some heavy inuh dags. still not named, my guess is probably will not be named. there's just not enough time, not enough distance from land,
which usually interrupts the development of these types of systems. the latest information just came in at 2 c:00 eastern time, what i've seen across the florida keys have been gusty winds between 40 and 45 miles per hour. this is not a tropical storm. but there are tropical storm-like conditions across this region with heavy downpours. i just saw some reports with flooding, flash flooding, right around the metropolitan miami area, cars were flooded, some intersections, so flooding is definitely a problem here. there will be storm surge as we go into the morning hours at the time of the high tide. what can we expect the next several days? i do think once it moves into the atlantic on the other side of the florida peninsula, more conducive environment to tropical storm activity or tropical storm status. so it will move fairly rapidly. it will pick up some speed.
want to show you some more images coming out of havana and tens tens of thousands of people without power. some collected as much as 10 inches of rainfall, for the international viewers, about 250 millimeters. if you are headed to the south florida peninsula, headed to the beaches, watch out for the rip currents there. stay attuned to that. a lot going on. >> yeah, absolutely great advice to watch for conditions in the water, especially, thanks so much. we'll have an eye on that throughout the weekend, karen maginnis. how police in hong kong are trying to stop people from commemorating a massacre more than 30 year later. plus, nmore celebrations ar in store for queen elizabeth's platinum jubilee.
. it's the anniversary of a tragic, historic event, the t tiananmen square massacre. thousands gathered there. china started halting newscasts in beijing including cnn. then on june 4th, chinese troops killed hundreds of people in tiananmen in a bloody crackdown. the number of those killed in the massacre still isn't known. police closed part of victoria
park to avoid gatherings. since then, people have gathered. pictures show police searching pedestrians on the streets. they will targeting those inciting those to gather. things used to be a lot different, obviously, on this adver anniversary in hong kong, and it seems like the suppression is continuing, is that right? >> reporter: that is true. we're reporting on the absence of something that was a tradition for 30 years in hong kong, where you'd have an annual vigil here, a candlelight vigil honoring the victims who were massacred in the capital of china in tiananmen square on this day 33 years ago, and the police have called, they've banned anything that they call an illegal gathering and closed off the park, and there's a tremendous security presence around here.
just judging by the police vans that are parked around the corner here. it looks like hundreds if not more of police officers ringing the park, carefully watching anybody who comes through. i've seen somebody have their documents checked, all as an effort to reeft people from gathering. could you face up to five years in jail for illegal assembly and that you're also at risk of threatening public health with covid. now in past years, this vigil was banned on public health grounds because of the pandemic. talking about tiananmen square and the massacre and the killings of 1989, that's not illegal right now in hong kong, but we have seen a real pattern of attempting to erase and remove monuments and even a museum marking what happened on june 4, in beijing, 1989. there used to be a museum in
hong kong. that's been closed. there were monuments on the campuses of two universities, those have been taken down over the course of the past year. and this is in parallel with opposition politicians being round up, put in jail, and the freedom of assembly, which is enshrined in hong kong's basic law, we haven't seen a permitted protest or demonstration in years in this city as part of what has been a real crackdown. now the authorities insist there are still freedoms here. but as you can see, there is also real concern about anybody trying to gather and show any kind of political sign. there are people committed to remembering and not erasing the history of 1989. on mainland china, it is heavily, heavily censored. there's no reference whatsoever allowed to june 4 and tee and man square. it was allowed here in hong kong. look out, careful. up until about three years ago.
so the commemorations and remembering those who died on that dark day, that is likely to have to take place in other cities and countries around the world, including in taiwan. back to you. >> really interesting to see all that through your eyes there, ivan. really appreciate that. ivan watson. at least four people are dead after a train derailed in southern germany on friday. some 30 passengers were hurt and more than a dozen with serious injuries. it happened near a resort town in the bavarian alps. an investigation is under way, and the transport manager says a technical fault may have caused the derailment. north korea has accepted an offer of covid vaccines from china. north korea hasn't been known to accept imported vaccines, even though it's eligible through covax. covax scaled back north korea's allotment in february because
the country failed to arrange any shipments. north korea has also failed to respond to vaccine offers from the u.s. and south korea. kim jong un said earlier this week that conditions there are improving, a claim disputed by the wo w.h.o. still to come, the uk gives thanks to its queen. they show their appreciation for britain's longest-reigning monarch. more on her platinum jubilee, stay with us. cream. but your stomach doesn't. that disagreement enends right now. lactaid ice cream isis the creamy, real ice cream you love that will never mess with your stomacach. lactaid ice e cream.
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longest-reigning monarch and her 70 years of service. prince harry and meghan were met with a mixed reaction. have a listen. cheering there, but you can hear some boos as well. it was the couple's first appearance together at a royal event in two years. meanwhile, there's much more platinum june lie celebrations st to come. and buckingham palace says the queen won't be able to attend that event as well. the derby will be followed by a concert with an all-star lineup from the world of music and dance. and a real shame that the queen's going to miss the derby. i understand she really enjoys that event. >> reporter: she absolutely loves horse racing and will be
particularly disappointed to miss this event. it's really no surprise. we always warned going into this jubilee that her majesty suffers from episodic issues. and we're told this is likely the case the coming days. she will be watching the derby from the television at windsor castle according to the palace. they're planning to celebrate her majesty's contributions anyway. so there's going to be some sort of guard of honor for her. i imagine something like that will still happen. you mention that it is a busy day for the other members of the royal family dashing across the uk visiting all four nations, princess anne, the duchess of cambridge in wales. very busy day and a platinum party at the palace. behind me, you can see the stage is already set up and rehearsals
will soon be under way. lots of star guests. even brian may from queen will be performing. >> obviously, a lot of the focus is on the eldest royal. but a lot of attention as well from the public and curiosity, i i must say, is about the youngest ones as well. >> reporter: the youngest, the very youngest once, have drawn a lot of attention. of course prince louis on the balcony here with many, many faces on day one. prince william and the duchess of cambridge. it was a big moment for the uk, the first time meghan's been in the uk since her very high-profile departure. a lot is being made in the newspapers about was there a lot of distance between the cambridges and the sussexes.
nothing gets left up to chance with the royal family. and prince harry and meghan arrived just moments before prince william and kate. they are very much a part of the royal family. family events are quite high up the running order, which i think is interesting. and tonight we may see them all at the party taking place here. >> interesting to see how everyone's parsing and tea leaf reading every placement and movement that they're seeing there. thanks so much, we'll catch up with you throughout the day. anna stewart, appreciate t that wraps this hour of "cnn newsroom." we want to look back at some of the highlights of the platinum jubilee. >> are you excited about the jubilee? [cheers and applause] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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