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top of the broadcast. these are the names and faces of 19 children, 2 teachers killed a week ago today in uvalde, texas. the news continues. let's hand it over to laura coates. >> a chilling photograph for so many reasons. i am laura coates and this is cnn tonight. look, i'm going to be honest with you. i had a panic attack dropping my son off at school this morning. a full-blown panic attack. i was terrified at the prospect it could be my last good-bye with my baby. wondering which would be the picture, the moment, the stories i might have to tell to try to explain what this boy means to me. i look at the teachers that were opening the car doors to greet him, and i prayed in those moments that they would care enough to protect my child. all of our children. and frankly, i resented that they might have to. my 9-year-old son, who is
realizing now that children his own age were murdered inside their classroom, inside their school, he's trying to process it all. and he saw my own anxiety this morning and i felt guilty for even causing a little bit of his own. and he actually said to me, don't worry, mommy. i will be home tonight. he said, i make a promise to myself every day that i will make it home at night. now, these should not be the promises any child has to make. not in a nation where our promises to keep them safe have not been kept. i remember when mr. rogers was trying to comfort kids like me by telling them when you see scary things, look for the helpers. look for the helpers. okay, well, as far as we know, the helpers stood in the hallway. the helpers heard shots even after they believed it was a barricade and not an active
shooter, and when the helpers aren't being tight hp lipped, they're offering changing narratives but i'm still going to look to these helpers. but this time it will be for answers because we have questions that do need to be answered. there are parents who buried their children today. in fact, the first full funerals are now being held one by one, one week after that attack that has shaken this texas city to its entire core, and much of the nation along with it. and the deep anguish we're all feeling, it's not abating. and neither is the pressure for the answers. and you know what. i'm going to spend much of this hour helping to apply that pressure. asking those questions that we just don't have answers to yet. because that's what the families of these 19 children and 2 teachers deserve. that's what the survivors deserve. so why can't they get these
answers from the uvalde police? even one week later. questions like, why did it take so long to take down a mass murderer as children were begging for help? and why did the police chief in charge of this school district order his officers to hold off on entering these classrooms and why won't that chief, pete arredondo, answer the key questions himself? i mean, he was the incident commander and he won't answer these questions from reporters. in fact, he won't even answer them from the texas rangers. hasn't talked to them apparently in two days. won't respond to the rangers' request for even a follow-up interview. why not? we're going to examine the helpers. and the 78 minutes between the time this murderer entered the school and when he was killed. were the 19 officers inside robb elementary aware there were 911 calls coming from children
inside? d did they know, for example, about this call appearing to capture one kid telling a dispatcher they got shot? >> are you injured? >> i got shot. >> where? where? >> they shot a kid? >> and what about this tape of an apparent dispatcher to the officers inside the school? did they know about this one? >> you have a child on the line. the child is alleging he is in the room full of victims. >> full of victims. full of victims at this moment. so why were border patrol agents the ones to finally go in to act? also, why was it called a barricaded subject situation instead of an active shooter one? in times like this, i think about the dangers, and we all do, that so many first responders face, and how so many
valiantly face those risks. like the heroes we saw on 9/11, some of whom saw one of those trade center towers fall and still charged into the other burning building knowing it was likely to go down as well. and the countless law enforcement officers who do answer their call to duty every single day. the ones who run toward danger when the rest of us run away. the ones who know the risks to their own personal safety and they take the risks anyway. the ones we look for. the helpers. yet 78 minutes of terror in uvalde, and that number, 78 minutes, it's more than many parents even get to spend with their children in the mornings before they're off to a school where they ought to be safe. 78 minutes. 21 lives gone. so when will the answers come? and what should happen now?
because in perspective from someone who experienced a similar horror first-hand, chris was one of the first officers on the scene at sandy hook elementary school almost one decade ago. where 26 children and adults lost their lives. he is now chief of police in plainville, connecticut. i'm very glad you're here, christopher. thank you for being here, chief. i have to tell you, i am having a very difficult time wrapping my mind around the fact that officers were on the premises in the building, it seems, and did not go into the classroom. what is your reaction to that? >> good evening, laura. thank you for having me. as soon as i heard there was another shooting, and of course, this one being an elementary school, you know, my heart sank. it was a gut punch and some of those old feelings came back. i'm sure the same feelings came back for the other officers that were with me that day at sandy hook. you know, when the initial
reports started to come out of the officers and how they handled the call, i expected that. any time something like this happens, you're going to have reporting coming out about the response, and we need to hear that. we need to know what the police department's response was so we as fellow law enforcement responders can learn from those situations. we can learn what they did well, we can also learn from the areas in which they didn't do well. unfortunately, i can't wrap my head around how long they waited. i know it's -- i don't want to judge before we have the full facts, but they shouldn't have waited, to be quite honest. this is an active shooter. >> go ahead, chief. an active shooter response? >> correct. so i can understand where he may have stopped shooting for a while, so they may have decided that it's not active shooter, but once there's an active shooter and he shoots people and harms people, he's considered an active shooter until they are
neutralized. the rule of thumb is you always go in. you do not wait. we learn that from columbine. we learned that from virginia tech, and all of the other shootings since. the one thing you do not want to do is sit there and wait and do nothing. your job is to go towards the gunfire, to find that shooter, to neutralize them, and one or two things is going to happen. either you're going to go down and you may lose your life as a law enforcement officer, or the other person that's shooting is going to go down and they're going to be neutralized. that's the only two outcomes. >> chief, i know that you were, i believe, a school resource officer when columbine happened as well. you know the both sides of the issue and the way of being present in the school and being called to the scene as well. on that idea of why there wasn't the reaction that you just spoke about, you know, we're learning a little bit. admittedly, the problem here in part is we're getting piecemeal information that's often then retracted in some particular point in time. we don't necessarily have the full story. here we are seven days later,
but the answer people are looking for as to why people did not break rank. why were there so many people you think were in the hallways listening to the person who was the incident commander in charge. were you surprised that no one broke rank or is that the way it would go to say you have to wait until you're instructed before you can go in? >> no, i mean, i can maybe understand if one or two officers maybe stayed outside the building. we saw that in the shooting in florida. but to have 19 people stand around and listen to one person, that's extremely strange. it's odd. you know, the only words that come to mind are group think. and i cannot believe for the life of me that nobody broke rank or at least said, hey, let's figure out a different plan. maybe we can go through a window, maybe we can have other type of equipment to get in there. because, you know, even if he stopped shooting, there are children in there and they could be bleeding.
time is of the essence, especially when you have a young child in a high powered weapon, it doesn't take long for that person to lose their life. so even if he wasn't actively shooting people at the time, he could have started at any time. plus, there are people there that could have used medical attention. why they didn't go in, i have no idea. i'm very interested to find out why out of those 19 people, not one of them stood up and said, the heck with this, i'm going in. it doesn't make any sense to me. >> i'm really glad you mentioned the idea of those who would have needed care, those who would have needed assistance and medical treatment. i'm wondering on that perspective, is that why we haven't gotten an accurate timeline. was it known people were in need of medical care and the idea an earlier intervention could have saved even one life, even two. any lives whatsoever. it's just something, to hear you as somebody who is as seasoned as you are, to have such
experience in this area, to ask the same questions that laymen are asking all across the country as to why, it really is something we have to know more about. chief, thank you so much for helping us to unpack it and to ask those questions we need to hear. i want to dig deeper now into the police response and the shifting narratives that are coming out of this tragedy. in fact, i'm wondering how our investigators are going to sort out this truth now. andrew mccabe is former deputy director of the fbi and he's here now. andrew, i'm glad you're here. you heard me just speak to the chief about some of the questions we have all had. the idea of how could it have taken so long, why did it take so long, what is the law enforcement timeline we're dealing with here, and why haven't we gotten those answers? i ask from your perspective, of course, about this idea of the barricade versus the active shooter. i'm not sure people understand why this distinction continues to be highlighted here. if it was a barricade situation, what is the protocol versus an
active shooter? why the distinction? >> sure. great question, laura. so an active shooter, as most people are familiar now, is a situation where you have someone shooting in a public space that's occupied by many people. that's clearly the situation we had here. a barricaded subject is when you have usually one person who is armed and has blocked themselves off in a closed space. it is essentially resisting law enforcement. sometimes you have a barricaded subject who is also holding hostages. but even in a barricaded subject situation, which is not what we had in uvalde, if that person is holding hostages, you always have a tactical team present and ready to go in, as soon as you sense that that barricaded subject presents a threat to those hostages. so even under that sort of thinking, it's incomprehensible that the leadership over that critical incident in texas made
the decision to hold that team of 19 men who were ready to go in. so they are very different concepts in law enforcement, but in this case, to be perfectly clear, what we had was an active shooter and those folks should have been sent in immediately on their arrival. >> and if they didn't know that initially, the second they heard shots later or were aware that shots had been fired later, then it would immediately go back to an active shooter again. it wouldn't simply stay in this stagnant position of a barricade if they now have active shooting happening. it seems counterintuitive to me that would be the case, but i'm wondering now from your perspective as an investigator, when we have these changing narratives, when we don't know all of the answers and i'm inherently naturally skeptical. the prosecutor in me, i have questions, i have doubts. i want to understand what's going on. add the mother, you have an exponential level of skepticism happening now and fear adds to
that as well. let me ask you, if you're looking at this, how do you try to unpack and investigate and get to the truth? knowing there's different narratives, there is a distrust happening. walk us through how an investigation looks from here. >> sure, so i of course share all of your skepticism naturally, and especially in this situation. so what investigators will do is focus on those undisputable facts, things like the timeline in the way that it's established by things like the video capture inside the school, the phone calls to 911 that happened, that definitive places and times. maybe phone records between people who were involved in the incident, the dispatcher calls to the law enforcement folks on the scene. and then they'll add into that the information they get from witnesses, whether those are police officers or leadership folks or in this case, one of
the most critical sources of information is from the actual child survivors. and that is, as you would understand as a mom, an incredibly sensitive thing to do to be able to sit down with some of those children, if they're able to talk about their experiences, what they saw, what they said to each other, maybe if they made those 911 phone calls. so you would lay in all of those, all that informational narrative you get from those interviews on top of those undisputable facts. in this situation, much of that information exists. it's incredibly frustrating we haven't heard more of it in a clear and concise manner so far. >> just to be clear, these are interviews you would perform as original ones, not relying on what was received from the investigators thus far, right? something that would be original content that would be looked at? >> that's right. the department of justice in their review of what happened here, they will go back and with fbi agents helping them and
they'll reinterview every one of those folks. the interesting thing here, though, you'll remember from your own time at doj, this is not a criminal investigation that they're conducting. so they won't have the normal criminal process and grand jury proceedings behind them to really leverage people to force cooperation and the production of information. so you might have a situation with an individual like, for example, let's take the chief, chief arredondo, who apparently is refusing to talk to the texas department of public safety. if he continues to refuse to cooperate, there may be very little that doj or anyone else can do to force that cooperation. >> without a legal hook or a predicate here, we have to see what happens next and that review will be so crucial. thank you, andrew mccabe. >> you know, this massacre has thrust the community of uvalde into the national spotlight. and tonight, a unique glimpse at how guns are woven into the fabric of this small town.
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the name uvalde, texas, is now forever tied to tragedy. a community of 16,000 people which joins newtown and parkland and columbine and so many others. while the world may be learning about uvalde for the first time in the past week, those with roots in the community know the story extends well beyond the walls of robb elementary. that includes my next guest, neal meyer, whose connections to uvalde date back generations. you wrote a really thought provoking piece in "the washington post" i believe about these very concerns. what struck me is that you said as much as you obviously are pained by what has happened, you
weren't surprised given the gun culture in uvalde. tell me a little more about this area as to why that was your sentiment. of course, i understand you were not undermining or minimizing what's happened by not being surprised, but the culture itself is what shook you. >> laura, thank you for having me. what i meant to convey in saying i wasn't surprised was that as i watched the events unfold, i understood them. and i knew it was a very complex set of events. and it was that tragedy and that very, very deep sadness that drove me to write the article. i was born in uvalde. i have lived there. my great grandfather settled in uvalde in the 1870s. and i grew up at my grandparents' ranch which i still own in northern uvalde, and i grew up hunting and fishing there.
i understood the deep love in the community for those activities. they're still very important to the community. and there is a very strong gun culture there. when i was growing up, it was quite different. now it's just extraordinarily different and the types of weapons that can be purchased and the freedom with which people purchase those weapons. to that extent, i was not surprised that this tragedy occurred. you had the social circumstances, which would lead to these kind of events. there's an extremely high poverty rate in uvalde. 1 in 3 children live in poverty. there's just a total freedom of people in their ability to have guns. you have the most popular restaurant in town where this gunman apparently purchased his weapons. it's a restaurant with a gun
store inside of the restaurant. so you have to understand, people think that is normal and acceptable that you could have somebody walking in, an 18-year-old, and buy a military style tactical weapon. but that's exactly what occurred. >> one could think about that notion, though, and on the one hand, say look, it's so normalized. it's so much a part of the fabric of the community that people don't expect there to be a violent outcome from the proliferation or the pervasiveness of these weapons. did the idea that this might have happened, did that shock you, even in spite of the prevalence of the guns and the relative ease of just how much it was a part of the community? >> unfortunately, no, it didn't really because violence has always been extremely high in uvalde's history.
from its beginning when it was founded, through the post civil war period, through the period during the 1920s when the ku klux klan was the dominating politics there. until the current day when you have, you know, a young boy, young 12-year-old boy, just recent times, accused of going to his neighbor's house and shooting him in the face, which was in my neighborhood. so this is the kind of thing that people become immune to, learn to accept, and like you say, become a little callous about it. so it does occur. the community, though, is plagued with drug violence, with drugs, as many cities are in the united states, rural areas. and places a huge burden on the city. but i think back to your segue into the program, i think it was very important that you're questioning what actually happened on the ground and what happened in terms of the command
at that crucial minute. i think there are questions to be asked that go much higher, that go to the chief of police. the police system is -- the enforcement system is highly fragmented in uvalde. you have only six policemen that cover all of the schools. you have a very large police department with an elected official as chief of police. you have a sheriff's department with elected sheriffs. then you have the department of public safety, which has been brought in en masse recently by governor abbott. as part of his lone star efforts. and then you have the customs and border patrol, a huge presence of the customs and border patrol. so that's why you saw that there was a huge reaction of legal enforcement coming to the school and perhaps accounting for a lot of fragmentation in the decision making process about when to go into the school and rescue the children. >> we'll see if that fragmentation is the source, but
it's just -- it breaks your heart to even think of all the different law enforcement entities you just named, that you still have 19 children and 2 teachers dead at that school. uvalde, texas. >> it's horrible. >> unconscionable. thank you so much for your time. we're going to obviously continue and cover this really important aspect in the broader picture as well. >> but now to the breaking supreme court developments. we have an exclusive update on the investigation into the leak that rocked the nation and may foreshadow a decision on roe v. wade. that's next. rks are created equal. t-mobile covers more highway miles with 5g than verizon. t-mobile has more 5g bars in more places than anyone. another reason t-mobile is t the leader in 5g.
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now, a cnn exclusive report. the supreme court taking unprecedented measures to investigate the leaked draft opinion on abortion rights. the marshal of the court is taking steps to require law clerks to provide private cell phone data and also sign affidavits. some clerks are apparently so alarmed they're considering lawyering up. so what does all this mean for the supreme court? and could this mire the third branch in legal drama of the sort, well, frankly, it's not that used to. with us now is the person behind this exclusive reporting, cnn legal analyst joan biscoupic. tell me what's going on? affidavits, private cell phones.
this is not the court we remember. >> good to see you, laura. well, you know, it was four weeks ago today that the chief justice, john roberts, launched this investigation into who might have leaked early copy of a decision that would overturn roe v. wade to politico. it was february 10th draft, and the justices are still working on which way they're going to go in this case. and it's so -- look, look how much it disrupted the public, first of all, for people on both sides wondering does this mean roe is going to be reversed and a half century of privacy rights rolled back, but inside, it's obviously caused all sorts of disruption. and the chief doesn't want -- wants to know who did this breach and also prevent further leaks from the court. they have been working for four weeks to try to figure out how this happened. obviously, they haven't gotten an answer yet, which is why they have escalated to start taking
steps to have clerks sign affidavits that generally would deny any kind of responsibility here. and also, they have been asking, starting to ask about cell phone data. and we're not sure yet, laura, whether that means just phone calls or it means texts. if it means images, it means everything on your cell phone. but it has concerned the law clerks enough that they have been starting to feel out potential for maybe getting lawyers. now, this is early stage and we're not sure what the court is going to do, but it certainly makes it suggest that the tensions that are already surrounding these cases are going to be exacerbated because of this investigation. >> well, on the one hand, they're in washington, d.c., and you know how the story goes. you throw a rock, you hit 42 lawyers. there's no shortage of lawyers to actually be in washington, d.c. i'm wondering on sort of the answer of the question of you and what army. who is able to compel this?
because you asking me for my cell phone as a supreme court justice or the court-martial in some respect, they don't have the weight of the department of justice to force me to hand anything over, right? >> no, absolutely not. and this is not yet a criminal investigation. i should make that very clear. the justices haven't called in the fbi. they haven't called in the department of justice. this is something they're trying to solve internally with the court's marshal. a woman by the name of gale curley, and she might be familiar to you, because you hear her every time you listen to oral arguments. she chants the court is now sitting. she runs a fairly large police force, but they are not accustomed to doing these kinds of heavy duty investigations of broad-scale personnel or of cell phone data. so i'm not sure how this is exactly going to be conducted. i want to make clear to our viewers that even though this
part of the investigation is focusing on law clerks, there are many other people in that building who could be responsible for the disclosure that ended up with politico. that first draft by samuel alito went to the nine justices, some 36 law clerks, other administrative people. probably a total of like 75 folks. and then there were hard copies circulated to the chambers. somebody might have brought one home. the possibilities of how this could have gotten out of the building and then into the wrong hands, so to speak, are endless. and i think this is a sign that they just have not made enough headway to feel like they're closing in on anyone. now, that's as an outsider saying that. there could be a potential maybe they have already targeted some clerk and they want all the clerks to follow through here, laura. we just don't know frankly. >> there's a lot we don't know, but you know what else.
i know there's a focus on the potential for roe v. wade being overturned but there are still a great deal of opinions to be issued in the supreme court, and this must be impacting the court's trust and internal negotiations on those cases as well. the ramifications could be quite extensive for years to come, as you have already shown us today. thank you so much, joan. i appreciate your insight as always. >> thanks, laura. and the question, of course, is how is your bank account looking these days? look at president biden's new message on inflation. plus, the new admission tonight by the treasury secretary in a cnn interview. what janet yellen says she was wrong about when it comes to inflation. that's next.
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wrong then about the path that inflation would take. as i mentioned, there have been unanticipated and large shocks to the economy that have boosted energy and food prices and supply bottlenecks that have affected our economy badly that i didn't at the time didn't fully understand. >> don't need to be janet yellen to know price said on just about everything have gone up for about a year. let's bring in catherine rampell. catherine, it's a little bit disturbing for a layman like myself to hear someone like janet yellen say she got it wrong and didn't fully understand something in the economy. how did she not know? >> look, if janet yellen can't predict these things, what hope is there for the rest of us? she's one of the best forecasters that the fed has ever had. she was formerly the chair of
the fed. she's not alone. if you look back to a year ago, what the fed was forecasting, what wall street economists were predicting for the path of inflation, most of them with some very loud exceptions, were expecting that we might have a short pop of inflation and then we heard this word all the time, it would be transitory. and it would come back down as supply chains normalized. that obviously did not happen. and as the year wore on last year, it became more and more evident that many of the assumptions behind that forecast were much too optimistic. then as the treasury secretary mentioned in her comments that you just played, there were also an additional series of unexpected, unpredicting and possibly unpredictable shocks, things like the war in ukraine, disrupting energy and food markets, for example. avian flu that's affecting egg
prices right now. a drought, various other kinds of things. you know, new covid variants, china continuing to have these lockdowns, more than two years after this pandemic first hit the world. so some of it was about overly optimistic assumptions that were made a year ago. again, not only by the treasury secretary, not only by the administration, but by most economists, and some of it was about just getting really unlucky in the couple of years that have followed the pandemic's start. >> i tell you, i happen to appreciate candor when it comes to any official. i do appreciate it. i often really appreciate it when it's combined with what are you going to do about it now that it's been established. so let's go there, catherine, because the question now, of course, is what can the administration do about it? okay, you got it wrong, the trajectory was not what you thought it would be, all the different things you spoke about. can the biden administration really do anything about this?
>> the actual task of price stability belongs to the fed, the federal reserve. that is part of their dual mandate, stable prices and maximum employment. they have the most potent tool available to get prices back under control. control is maybe the wrong word given the connotations of price controls. to get inflation more moderate. that's through raising interest rates. there are, however, some modest tools that the president does have at his disposal to, you know, get prices down a little bit on the margin. these are things like repealing some of the trump tariffs. he can do that unilaterally. these were very unpopular among democrats, by the way, when trump put them into place. and for some reason this administration has been dragging its feet about repealing them. in fact, has extended many of them in some form or another. there are other things like we have these widespread labor shortages which are also contributing to inflation. part of the reason why we have
these widespread labor shortages is our immigration system, our legal immigration system is backed up. again, that predates to some extent the current president. that's partly because of choices made to sabotage the immigration system by donald trump. that's partly because of the pandemic. but again, the administration has been dragging its feet in fixing many of those problems. and it has only belatedly been dealing with some of the lower hanging fruit there. there are some tools available. that the administration for some reason, i think because they're afraid of political blowback, near term political blowback, they have been avoiding adopting. >> well, if there's near term political blowback, it doesn't sound like any of those solutions will be short-term solutions. we'll see what happened. thank you, catherine rampell, for breaking it down. >> look, there is one place that the economy is soaring. >> this is your captain speaking.
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laura. a couple of years ago the entire summer movie season didn't even earn $200 million. normally it earns 4 billion. so this a big, big moment for movie theaters. again, where we were two years ago, unbelievable we're here now. >> it's not like "top gun" was out two years ago. we're talking about decades since we're seeing the now sequel this of movie. i have all sorts of questions about why meg ryan was not in it. why did he decide to make sure it waited even two more years because that seemed to be a really big decision that had a crucial impact here. >> it certainly did but come hell or high water, no way was tom cruise going to let "top gun maverick" go to streaming. it will go there eventually
after it plays at the movie theater first. the movie theater and we, the audience, made tom cruise a star. he's got another "mission impossible" coming out next year. so the summer movie season is back and there was nobody better to usher it in. >> just thinking about tom cruise's career, you're talking about "the firm," "risky business," "mission impossible," all of these different films, thinking about it, this one has surpassed all those, right?
>> that's right, laura. his last film, the closest one to this opening was "war of the worlds" 17 years ago with $64.8 million. that was tom cruise's biggest opening -- >> are you kidding? now i feel old thinking that was 17 years ago? >> yeah. >> i guess it was. wow. >> he's about consistency. so tom cruise has had about 44 movies released in 40 years and almost half of them have earned over $100 million atdomestic bo office and his movies with this film have brought in about $10.5 billion unadjusted for
inflation. he's the king. box office for sure. >> are these people who remember "top gun," is it a new audience coming in? is he bringing in a new fan base? >> he's bringing back more mature movie-goers -- >> more mature movie-goer, there you go. >> made the waiting for a non-super horror movie -- thou thothough i would argue these pilots are super heros. don't you have fomo? the fear of missing out is huge. >> tell the people who did that to come baby sit my kids. i with them when they were watching this movie. i'm going to go. i cannot wait to see it. paul, you made us all very
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hey, thanks for watching. i'll be back tomorrow night. "don lemon tonight" starts right now. >> quite a different time, laura, than when you and i went to elementary, junior high and high school, sort of the open, carefree environment. i don't remember ever having to worry about a mass shooter. i'm older than you. we were at the end of the drills where you had to get under the desk in case there was some sort of missile or something. we didn't have to worry about somebody coming in our school and shooting our kids or shooting us. >> you know, i didn't hear part of what you said, don, i tell you, the idea of what we've been seeing jus