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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air on the johnson & johnson vaccine. late today, a cdc panel of experts leaving the temporary pause in place, saying they need more data. after reports of six women suffering rare blood clots after receiving the shot. one death, one woman in the hospital. the pause affecting thousands of vaccination sites. 1 in 4 locations in the u.s. using that vaccine. and what the head of the white house task force said today about the pfizer and moderna vaccines. also tonight, the former police officer kim potter has now been charged with second degree manslaughter for the deadly shooting of 20-year-old daunte wright. potter allegedly mistaking her gun for her taser. the 26-year veteran was training another officer as this all unfolded. the trial of former police
officer derek chauvin tonight. a former chief medical examiner testifying for the defense suggesting underlying health issues were the cause of george floyd's death. news on u.s. troops in afghanistan tonight. president biden revealing today his plans to end america's longest war, withdrawing u.s. troops from afghanistan by september 11th, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. and what the cia director said just today about the risk if u.s. troops leave. the desperate search under way at this hour to find survivors from a capsized vessel in the gulf. at least one person found dead. several others still missing tonight. the attack on the capitol. and the scathing new report tonight from the inspector general. did capitol police ignore intelligence warnings of an attack on congress? and why were officers told not to use the most aggressive force against the capitol rioters? bernie madoff has died in prison. so whatever happened to the billions stolen?
did american investors get their money back? and the new cdc study tonight on the virus, airplanes, and the middle seat. good evening. it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. we begin with the breaking headline from the cdc, an advisory committee late today leaving the temporary pause for the johnson & johnson vaccine in effect. saying they simply need to know more after those extremely rare reports of six women who suffered severe blood clots. one died, another in the hospital. this temporary halt affecting about 1 in 4 vaccine sites in the country giving the johnson & johnson one-shot vaccine. the panel adjourning without a clear recommendation, saying they'll try to meet again in a week to ten days. the johnson & johnson vaccine
using similar technology to the astrazeneca vaccine in europe. that vaccine has also triggered some concern in europe over rare blood clots there. at least 19 reported deaths. and the white house saying there's more than enough of the other vaccines to vaccinate all americans. to even accelerate vaccinations, they suggested. steve osunsami leading us off tonight with late news from the cdc in atlanta. >> reporter: a cdc advisory panel tonight says it needs more time and information to respond to the new concerns about the johnson & johnson vaccine. which means for now, americans should continue holding off using this brand of the covid vaccine. >> we do not have to arrive at a vote today or a recommendation today. if we need more time to think about this, we can reconvene later this week or this weekend. >> reporter: a very small number of women who suffered blood clots after getting the shot caused health officials to put a hold on using the drug.
health officials here worry that this potential adverse reaction looks a little too similar to what happened in europe with the astrazeneca vaccine. the astrazeneca vaccine is made using similar technology as the johnson & johnson, and in europe 19 people died. >> there are some rather strong similarities about this with regard to the time frame following vaccination. particularly importantly, the clinical syndrome of these clots together with low platelets. so there are a lot of similarities there that you just can't miss that. >> reporter: the scientists are looking for any link between the six women who got sick, and they're investigating whether the blood clots were an immune response. all six women were between 18 and 48 years old. they got sick within two weeks of getting vaccinated. some of the clots formed in veins of the sinus and prevented blood from draining out of the brain. one woman died. three are still hospitalized. the holdup on using the johnson
& johnson vaccine has had a huge impact on these 7,000 locations where it was the only shot they were giving. 1 out of every 4 vaccine locations in america was only using johnson & johnson. >> i get why they're doing it, out of the abundance of caution. but the statistics were so low for someone like myself to get the blood clotting, i was willing to take the risk anyway. >> reporter: the race is on to find available shots from pfizer and moderna for appointments that are already scheduled. >> this is all the pfizer and all the johnson i have. of course it makes it very hard because i have hundreds of doses of johnson that i can't use. >> reporter: they're pretty frustrated at this clinic in los angeles that's already been struggling to vaccinate underserved communities. toight, the biden administration is saying that p vaccine. >> i want to be clear that we have more than enough pfizer and moderna vaccine supply to continue or even accelerate the current pace of vaccinations. >> all right. steve osunsami live at the cdc
tonight. i know the advisory committee plans to meet again on this. any idea how soon? >> reporter: david, this group's next meeting is scheduled for may 5th. but they're hoping to meet again in a week or so. there was a lot of concern about making a decision without all the proper information. they're also still watching about 3 million americans who have recently gotten the johnson & johnson vaccine within the last few weeks. they say it's still very possible we could see a few more of these rare cases that concern them. david? >> steve, thank you. the other major story developing, the former officer in the shooting death of 20-year-old daunte wright has now been charged with second degree manslaughter. kim potter was training another officer when this unfolded. body camera video can be heard, her shouting taser then firing her gun instead. stephanie ramos in minnesota again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the now
former officer who killed daunte wright charged with second degree manslaughter days after this traffic stop. >> [ bleep ]. i just shot him. >> reporter: according to the washington county attorney's office, kim potter fired one round into wright's left side with her glock 9-millimeter handgun after yelling, "taser, taser, taser." you can see a yellow taser on her belt in this photo. the office adding in a statement, "certain occupations carry an immense responsibility, and none more so than a sworn police officer." today, the wright family's lawyer questioning how potter, a brooklyn center police veteran, appeared to have mixed up the two. >> at what point did you not feel that this was a gun in your hand, versus a taser? and so the family, obviously, they are glad she got charged. >> reporter: authorities say potter, on the force for 26 years, was actually training another officer sunday when wright was pulled over for an expired tag. as they tried to arrest the unarmed 20-year-old for an outstanding warrant, a struggle broke out. >> i'll tase you!
>> reporter: moments later, potter firing that fatal shot. she resigned along with the police chief. for a third night in a row, protesters taking to the streets, outraged over the killing of the young father. the mother of his child remembering him. >> he was a good father. he loved his son, and he wanted to see him grow up. he just was a very active fther. >> reporter: potter was brought to this hennepin county jail. if convicted, she could face up to ten years in prison. but if the case goes to a jury, she could also be acquitted. david? >> stephanie, thank you. and just a few miles from that scene, the trial of former police officer derek chauvin in the death of george floyd. today, the defense calling a former chief medical examiner who testified that underlying health issues were the cause of floyd's death. here's alex perez. >> reporter: today, the defense calling a forensic pathologist who testified that the manner of george floyd's death, officially
classified as a homicide, was actually undetermined, citing a series of potential causes including heart disease and drug use. >> how did the heart and drugs contribute to the cause of death? >> they were significant. >> reporter: the defense also floating a new theory that floyd inhaled carbon monoxide from the tailpipe of the squad car. >> there is exposure to a vehicle exhaust, so potentially carbon monoxide poisoning. >> reporter: prosecutors then demanding proof, and the witness admitting he had none. >> you haven't seen any data or test results that showed mr. floyd had a single injury from carbon monoxide. is that true? >> that is correct, because it was never sent to the laboratory for that test. >> i just simply asked you whether -- i asked you whether it was true, sir. yes or no? >> it is true. >> reporter: dr. david fowler conceding the officers should have tried to help floyd when he became non-responsive. >> are you critical of the fact
that he wasn't given immediate emergency care when he went into cardiac arrest? >> yeah. as a physician, i would agree. >> reporter: david, we expect the defense will rest their case tomorrow. so far, they've called seven witnesses. the prosecution called 38 witnesses. we could learn soon who was more effective as early as next week, when the jury gets the case. david? >> alex, thank you. we turn now to news on u.s. troops in afghanistan. president biden revealing his plan for all u.s. troops to leave afghanistan by september 11th. the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. and what the cia director said just today about the risk if u.s. troops leave. here's mary bruce tonight. >> reporter: at arlington cemetery tonight, president biden honoring the lives lost as he announced he's ending the 20-year war in afghanistan, withdrawing all u.s. troops by this september 11th. >> it's time to end america's longest war. >> reporter: over the last two
decades, 2,312 americans were killed. more than 20,000 wounded. and nearly $825 billion were spent. >> we delivered justice to bin laden a decade ago, and we have stayed in afghanistan for a decade since. since then, our reasons for remaining in afghanistan become increasingly unclear. >> reporter: on capitol hill today, the head of the cia with a sobering assessment. >> when the time comes for the u.s. military to withdraw, the u.s. government's ability to collect and act on threats will diminish. that is simply a fact. >> reporter: but he also said al qaeda, the group behind 9/11, does not have the capacity today to carry out an attack against the u.s. >> mary with us live from the white house. we noted while we were on the air that the president was speaking today from the treaty room, the same room where president george w. bush told the nation nearly 20 years ago that we were in afghanistan.
now, 20 years later, president biden saying we must end this forever war. president biden saying he spoke with former president bush? >> reporter: yes, he says he spoke with bush yesterday to inform him of his decision. he did not say how the former president responded. but biden stressed they're absolutely united in their respect and support for the valor and courage of the men and women who served. >> mary, thank you. and also from washington tonight, a scathing new report on the attack on the capitol. what the inspector general has found. did capitol police ignore intelligence warnings that congress itself was the target? here's pierre thomas. >> reporter: tonight, a new inspector general report revealing just three days before the attack, capitol police intelligence analysts wrote that congress itself is the target, and that the stop the steal movement had the likelihood of attracting white supremacists, militia members, and others who actively promote violence.
today, the intelligence failure drawing sharp criticism from the senator who chairs the committee overseeing the capitol police. >> in the end, they didn't do what they needed to do. >> reporter: the inspector general's findings, in sharp contrast to former capitol security officials who recently told congress they could not have anticipated the broad violence that left more than 100 officers injured and possibly killed another. >> no entity, including the fbi, provided any new intelligence regarding january 6th. >> reporter: the inspector general also finding stunning security failures the day of the insurrection. shields that easily shattered from the blows from the mob, some officers vulnerable without shields because they were locked away inside of a bus. and the inspector general questioning why officers were also told not to use the most aggressive force against the mob, like stun grenades, which might have helped push back the rioters. david, tonight we learned that prosecutors have closed the investigation into the fatal shooting of ashli babbitt.
who was killed by capitol police when she tried to climb through a broken window during the attack. authorities say the officer was justified to fire in self defense, and to defense congress. david? >> pierre, thank you. there's a desperate search under way in the gulf of mexico tonight after a vessel capsized. at least one person found dead. 12 crew members still missing off the coast of louisiana. elwyn lopez is in louisiana tonight. >> reporter: tonight, off the louisiana coast, a race against time to find survivors from this capsized vessel. >> we are saturating the area with available resources to assist in the rescue mission. >> reporter: 19 people were on board the seacor power when it capsized during unusually powerful storms. the 129-foot vessel has 250-foot legs that can raise it out of the water to work on offshore platforms. winds gusting to 75 miles per hour in the area.
a good samaritan sending a distress message just before 4:30 p.m. the coast guard and good samaritans saving six people from the rough seas, finding one survive.rson who did not - families of the missing anxiously awaiting word tonight. >> we're trying to be positive and stand on faith. >> reporter: the coast guard telling me moments ago, efforts to find those missing will continue throughout the night here. david? >> elwyn, thank you. we learned today that bernie madoff has died in prison. he was 82. the mastermind of the biggest ponzi scheme in american history. and we wondered, whatever happened to the billions? did investors get their money back? here's whit johnson tonight. >> reporter: the mastermind of the largest ponzi scheme in american history, dying behind bars in north carolina at the age of 82. bernie madoff's health deteriorating in recent months. in a wheelchair, suffering from
kidney disease. >> he was an aging, debilitated man who was in many ways broken at this point in his life. >> reporter: madoff died 12 years into a 150-year sentence. the disgraced financier defrauding thousands of investors. pleading guilty to the scheme, which unraveled shortly after the 2008 financial crisis. >> he's not only destroyed my life but he's destroyed the lives of thousands of people. >> reporter: madoff's wife ruth madoff, reportedly living quietly out of the public eye in connecticut and florida, always claimed she knew nothing. the fraud was ultimately valued at $17.5 billion. most of that, more than $14 billion, has now been recovered for the victims. david? >> whit, thank you. when we come back, the new cdc study on the virus, airplanes, and the middle seat.
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sorting these out in just a moment. this is abc 7 news. tonight it could all come to a head to -- for a small town whose mayor faces a fight for survival against sexual assault accusations. thank you for joining us. for weeks we have bhave b reporting on the sonoma county town of windsor. it's mayor, dominic foppoli has been accused of sexual assault and denies. >> they have targeted the winery he owned and there are more and more calls for his resignation. tonight, town council will make a formal request for him to step down. j.r. stone is live at that meeting which is happening right jr? >> reporter: dan,