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don't get along but today we get along. >> changing the narrative, telling all who see it of that day, when the blacks and latinos came together and worked side by side to meet in the middle. >> hi everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. beyond ferguson. the new video in cleveland raising questions about police tactics there. winter blast, a holiday storm hits the northeast on one of the busiest travel days of the year. strict standards. white house plans to tighten pollution standards. why some critics are fuming. why finding chuck hagel's
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replacement could be difficult. singer darlene love, talks about her move from background to the center stage. >> we begin tonight with another controversial and deadly police shooting. this one in cleveland. a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun in a city park was shot and killed by police last saturday. today the video of his death was released to the public. roxana saberi has the story. >> this surveillance video is silent and grainy but it shows 12-year-ol12-year-old tamir ric. the person in the gazebo is calling 911. saying the boy with the gun is pointing it at people. the dispatcher then roots two officers but she doesn't mention
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that the suspect is a child and that the gun may not be real. >> by the youth center. there's a black male on the scene, pulling a gun in his hands and pointing it at people. >> rice sits in the now empty gazebo. rookie tic timothy lohman yells out to raise his hands. the men draw their weapons within ten feet of the boy. >> shots fired. male down, black male, maybe 20, black handgun. >> rice died hours later. >> this is an obvious tragic event where a young member of our community lost their life. we've got two officers that were out there, protecting the public, that just had to do something that nobody wants to do.
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>> lohman and the driver officer frank brownback are on administrative leave. the rookie was the one that killed rice. police know the gun was now fake, it was a pellet gun. but the orange tip was missing. >> we'll review that tape to see if there was anything tactically that could have done better. >> rice's parents sent them a letter on tuesday that said, we feel the actions must be made public. they also call for calm saying, we ask for public to demonstrate peaceably. some demonstrators called for a grand jury to indict the officer who shot rice, the boy's family says words can't describe their pain. >> i don't know why they did that. he was only 12. he wanted to play basketball in the nba. he loves everybody.
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>> police have three months to finish their investigation. then the grand jury will decide whether to indict the officer who shot rice. >> roxana saberi, roxana, thank you. protest, in response to the grand jury decision not to indict the ferguson police officer in shooting of michael brown. some tried to push their way, police used pepper sprays to disperse the crowd and arrested three people. in ferguson the national guard setting up again. about 30 humvees are in the target parking lot serving as a command post. missouri's governor tripled the amount of national guard after protests overnight. status quo was no longer acceptable. diane eastabrook is in ferguson with more, diane. >> john, some of the people here say that what happened here is
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really unacceptable. this is a community that's been shane to the core. and -- shaken to the core. it appears that the racial divide here is wider than ever. >> people united will never be defeated. >> for people like marcus, protesting is now the new normal. >> you're asked to disperse from the area. >> since august the 20-year-old has divide his time between classes and protesting michael brown's shooting. marching downtown he calls the grand jury decision not to indict darren wilson another setback for race relations. >> protests, people coming together, it is like a voivelg g cycle. >> ferguson quickly became the focus of the world's media.
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but while the tension faded after a few weeks the protests here never really stopped. some turned violent since the grand jury's decision monday. over 100 people have been arrested over the last two days. the voyages is casting a pal over ferguson as it -- a ball over ferguson before the holidays. some shoppers preparing for thanksgiving say they want life to return to the way it was before august. >> i want to go back to the way it was. it's a little rough, it's hard, everything that happened, i understand people are upset. people still live and work in ferguson. they should respect that as well. >> it will calm down eventually but nowhere in the near future. by next summer maybe. >> but protesters like mash mars say they don't want things to return to the way they were.
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>> like another civil rights movement like in d.c. but on a different scale. i didn't feel i would ever be involved in this. >> far fewer than we saw last night, protesters, and of course monday night. the bad wed may have something to do with -- weather may have something to do with that, john. >> thank you patricia. what's next for them? >> we're just going to keep fighting. going to pray for abetter outcome. >> what do you hope happens? >> well, conviction. >> you're hoping he's pursued in federal court? >> yes. >> did you watch the interview with officer wilson? >> no. >> would you want to watch it? yes. i'll get a chance to watch it. >> he's claiming that your son was the instigator.
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punched him, reached back for him. does that seem possible for you? >> no. >> why not? >> for one, my son wouldn't -- he respected law enforcement. who in their right mind would rush or charge at a police officer that has his gun drawn? that's -- that sounds crazy. >> martin luther king iii is a human rights advocate and the eldest son of civil rights leader dr. martin luther king jr. thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> give us your feelings for what you've seen in ferguson over the last few days. >> first my prayers go out for the brown family. i would have to say i was in the category of those who would have great disappointment for the
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grand jury not indicting a finding or looking at a way of indicting. secondly, i also am very disappointed that the community went up in flames. we come from the tradition of what i would call kingly nonviolence. my father and my family and many have advocated for nonviolence, nonviolent resistance. in fact i would have to say that if we were to look at the overall picture, over 90 days of demonstrations, the overwhelming majority of them were mostly peaceful. but unfortunately, there have been days of very, very difficulty, such as monday night was perhaps the most difficult that people became so frustrated that they burned down their community. and burned down the businesses. and it is -- that is just very, very sad.
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but we as a nation, i think, must take some different action and steps. and, well, i'll stop for now. >> well, let me try this on you, because there are a lot of people who are speaking on social media who have pointed out a quote from your father which said, a riot is the language of the unheard. what do you think he meant by that, and do you think some people are using it or misinterpreting it? >> what he was essentially saying is that when people don't feel their voices are being heard, that they will resort to, or they could possibly resort to violence. that happens when people -- people's backs or people feel that their backs are pushed up against the wall. they are some who will engage in violence. but that is not his -- he was not advocating, ever, ever what would he advocate for violence.
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all throughout the movements that he was engaged in. even when four little girls lost their lives, in birmingham. even when jimmy lee jackson prior to that had been killed. even when swerner goodman and cheney lost their lives, when malcox x and others, he never advocated or talked about engaging in violence. he knew that nonviolence was the higher level that we as human beings should operate on. and ultimately it would yield long term peace. >> in past years the civil rights movement has relied so much on important leaders like your father and many others. but there are some online who are part of this movement who suggest we don't need leaders, that we're able to communicate with each other and turn out the crowds on our own. what do you say to them? >> i don't -- i would never
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condemn a process if it is working. and i do think that there needs to be leadership, not necessarily a messiah. one leaders. i think there should be leaders in business, religious leaders which there are, community leaders, there should be political leaders and all of these leaders must work together to move the community forward. as well -- and i should say youth leaders, especially youth leaders. >> i want to get your take on a couple things. first of all, did you have a chance to watch dairnlz's comments -- darren wilson's comments on tv? >> i have seen elements, not the entirety, i've seen clips. >> just give me your reaction. >> the first reaction that i would have is, i just think, from my person perspective, when
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someone kills someone, whatever the circumstances are, you ought to always reflect and feel like, if there had been a better way, perhaps i would have hoped that i would not have had to take someone's life. even if you're a police officer. and sometimes they do end up doing that. but it did not seem -- it did not appear that there was any remorsefulness for killing of a young man. and although the position would be well, he was charging me, it was me or him, i just think we are a better society sometimes than how we choose to respond. it seems totally insensitive when we're talking about a human being whose life has been lost. >> and robert mccullough who made the announcement that there would be no indictment in
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ferguson for darren wilson, can you give me your impression of what he said that night? there's been a lot of discussion about the fact that he not only didn't indict darren wilson, but they suggest that he did indict michael brown. >> well, i think that that certainly is the feeling of many. and i did not watch the proceedings. what i did watch was his press conference and the announcement. and it appeared that he was defending officer wilson as opposed to being a prosecuting attorney. now i might add that i think he's in a very difficult position. because every day, he has to work with police officers. and believe in what they say. no one has raised the question, is officer wilson telling the whole truth? we probably will never know that. but because he is a law person we automatically assume that
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what he is saying is true. it may have some truth. it may not. who knows? bought the higher point as it relates to bob mccullough is, i was one of those who had been told by the community that he needed to recuse himself. and i certainly went on record suggesting that. not because he's a bad person. but because he has to closely work with police officers. so how do you tso how do you thd if you have to prosecute, and prosecute someone that you have to depend on every day? it just makes it a little challenging. >> martin luther king iii, it's good to have you on the program, thank you for speaking with us. >> thank you. >> cutting down on smog, the new plan for ep environmental protection agency, critics say
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it's now worth it. in a statement house speaker john boehner said the new standards would slash family budgets by more than $1500 a year, cut gdp and cost the economy millions of dollars. winter storm that's hitting the northeast. 20 million people in its way. meteorologist rebecca stephenson is here with that. rebecca. >> so big a travel day and people want to get here and there and see family members for the holiday. we've seen a lot of travel plans, drop off three to four hour delays, most at newark new jersey, two hours in the airlines getting out. we had a nor'easter, or an area of low pressure track right up the coast. it moved a little further inland. because of that we had warmer conditions along the coast and
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colder air didn't funnel in. the amount of snow we got, for most areas, in higher elevations, however we had it from new hampshire to maryland, new york, rain/snow mix even sleet at times. of the snow continues further to the north and it's coming down heavily at times. you can see temperatures well above the freezing mark. we're expecting though to continue with areas of snow inland and areas of rain tape offering off tonight. >> all right, rebecca, thank you. this storm is happening on one of the busiest travel days of the year. jonathan betz has more on that. jonathan. >> john more than 700 flights have been cancelled across the u.s. as this northeast storm deals a powerful punch to the reason. this timing couldn't be worse, grounding planes and forcing travel changes. >> lower gas prices, more people traveling just as thanksgiving was looking easy, a winter
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wakeup call. a major storm barreling through the northeast on one of the busiest travel days of the year, backing up roads and cancelling flights. >> the snow made us miss our flight but we got it handled. >> melissa got out early. >> i wanted to get a head start. >> new york, la guardia, and new jersey, saw hundreds of flights cancelled. >> all it stays is one city in the northeast. >> 4107 there too. >> at command centers across the country, airlines have been preparing for storm. >> we've got flexibility, we got spare ai aircraft, spare cruise. >> more highways in the sky that we can move planes through to get people to their destination
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efficiently. >> this year 46 million americans are traveling for holiday, up from last year and the highest number in seven years. most by far, nearly 90%, will drive. encouraged by gas prices, less than $3 a gallon the lowest since 2010. now if only the weather would cooperate. >> i don't want to deal with the traffic. you know it's not the weather, you know nature is nature. >> spoken like a thankful traveler. now this east coast storm is supposed to pass through tonight leaving travelers hopeful their return trips will be smooth on what is even a busier travel day and that's this coming sunday. john. >> thank you jonathan. up next why replacing defense secretary chuck hagel might be more difficult than thought. and being priced out of the community they protect. >> the borderland marathon. >> no one's prepared for this journey. >> experience al jazeera
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>> supreme court justice ruth bader ginsberg is recovering from heart surgery tonight. a blockage was discovered in the right coronary artery, ginsburg
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is expected to be back to work on monday, she's 81, the oldest supreme court justice. top contendedder for defense secretary michel fornoy has pulled her name from the contention. the fight against i.s.i.l, the ebola crisis, the u.s. military role in afghanistan once the combat mission ends in september. retired major michael lyons is in the studio. why doesn't anyone want the job? >> it's a two year job, not a transformative job.
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>> people are concerned about actually the job's too short? they might be under real are pressure to make this work. >> yeah, and there's not a lot of money. i think you've got the new gop senate and congress coming in, this new thing that the secretary has got to get is budgetary relief. that's what the generals are telling whoever gets this job, we have got to get more funds to get this done. >> but the administration is talking about putting more funds behind the defense department. >> all chairman and chiefs say they don't have enough money to get the mission done. especially when you add ebola, and you add the humanitarian effort, the navy in the pacific, ukrainian operations potentially. still so much going on. >> are there others out there? >> jay johnson, ash carter, former undersecretary of
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defense, perhaps carl levin, he was chairman of the senate armed services committee, the key is confirmation process and how much the president wants to expend any capital to get that person through. if it's someone from the senate orasenatorial body. glue how important is it to come from the military? >> not that important. in some areas this person had to run a grat bureaucracy. that was always the bar before. now that we've considered michelle flornoy, they don't have to come from the area but they have to understand the building, the pentagon. >> and international relations a long way right? >> i think this position is going to reflect to the world what the united states leadership role is, for the next would years. if it's someone reflected on internal things and the white
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house and budget the world might feel abandoned. i think the president has got to understand the rest of the world is going to think this is important -- >> how would you compare whoever's going to be the new defense secretary to past seacts secretary osecretary ofsecretar? >> right now secretary kerry is the face of what's happened abroad. secretary of defense doesn't even have a voice in that process. >> there's been a lot of talk about the morale in the u.s. military. how do you think it stands today compared to let's say five or ten years ago? >> that's probably compartmentalized, i think each of the services have the challenges they have. unfortunately you bring up the negative nuclear issue and the army struggling with budgets,
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it's got to cut down on individuals. >> iraq and afghanistan how do they deal with those? >> the combat missions, something army wanted in particular so they're going to grasp these little victories as they moved forward. >> mike lyons, always a pleasure to see you. oil prices what could be done to drive them back up. the use of deadly force by police and how race factors into it. is
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>> hi everyone, this is aljazee. i'm john siegenthaler. coming up, supply side, why the world's top oil producers might cut production and when it could do to prices. plus police shootings. not just ferguson, look at the grim statistics of the young black men killed by police across the country. and darlene love, her role
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in some of the biggest hits in the past four decades. it's estimated that about 41 million people will be on the road this thanksgiving holiday. drivers are paying the lowest gas prices in four years. but tomorrow the world's major oil producers meet in vienna and many want to put those dropping oil prices in reverse. patricia sabga has our report. >> it's the most closely watched polk meeting iopec meeting in y. >> the other 11 members of opec can cut prices in significant ways to move forward. >> saudi arabia traditionally help sway over global oil prices
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by altering how much crude it pumps. but this week, it's laid bare how weak that has become. crude tumbled towards $80 a barrel, thanks to u.s. shale oil flooding the supply at a time when supplies in europe and asia is fading. >> many of the cartel members and nonmembers like russia that need high prices to funneled fur government budgets. seriously curtail output and jeopardize their shares of an increasingly competitive markets. >> the saudis say, why should we curtail production? they are not willing to go that route again.
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>> challenging significantly lower extraction cost to test the upstarts. >> the saudis would like to see what happens in north america and in she is shale plays in the u.s. and canada when you have an environment of low prices. are these guys able to sweat it out and tough it out or does production fall off? >> because it may not be as powerful as it was when it comes to waging the price war, the saudis are still king. patricia sabga, al jazeera. >> u.s. special forces in yemen led a rate to rescue eight hostages from al qaeda at a height out. the operation took place 2 dozen american commandos joined yemenis in the raid. 6 yemenis one saudi and one
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ethiopiaian national. critical time for demonstrators as their numbers dwindle and so does the public support. rob mcbride supports. >> a rude awakening declaring this is the day they had to move out or face arrest. even ruder a confrontation with student leaders who have complained of excessive police force. >> while policemen try hurt people again and again, i believe it would cause more public support and the student umbrella movement. >> a few minutes later, joshua wong was under arrest again, as people cleared the barricades. pushing demonstrators back. >> because the force of the police is too strong for us and we have no weapons. >> the police tactic at the moment seems to be to advance a few feet, and arresting anybody who obstructs them. in doing so of course they are moving the demonstrators into a
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smaller and smaller areas. the protest camp in mong kok has been the site of the worst demonstrations, especially among protesters and local people. people here applauded the action. >> are you happy? >> yes, very happy. >> even among the supporters of the campaign for democracy, there has been growing dissatisfaction. after two months of occupying roads with no apparent success. >> is this the end of the movement? >> no, absolutely not. never will be the end, it's only beginning. >> the occupation of other sides on hong kong island continues. but as demands for full democracy is not heeded, their yellow umbrella looks excessive. >> take a look that's los angeles, california, where the protesters are going on tonight.
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and it's all because the problem is a nationwide one. according to the fbi statistics show that police are far more likely to kill young black men than whites. tom ackerman has more on that. >> one month after the ferguson shooting a white south carolina policeman confronts and shoots an unarmed black motorist. that person lost his job. but in 2012, eight michigan officers fired 45 shots to kill a homeless black man armed only with a pen 95 knife. police are vindicated usually without even facing trial. like darren wilson, the officer who killed michael brown, jr. in ferguson, the explanation they give is stark. >> can i shoot this guy? the answer was, i have to, he will kill me if he gets to me.
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>> the police are seen as the predators. >> our people are stopped. we are frisked, we are criminalized, we are invaded we are killed. >> the fbi reported that among 400 fatal shootings each year 18 of those killed were blacks aged 18 to 34. that was double the rate for whites in the same age group. while most of the officers were white, nearly 80% of blacks killed were also by black. >> one of three between 18 and 30 is in jail, prison operation or parole. los angeles, philadelphia, bloarm can washington -- baltimore, washington, are on probation or parole. >> president barack obama is calling for better police
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training, growing closer to the people they are charged to protect. more than recruiting more blacks into police ranks. >> it becomes important yes that we have diversity in our police departments and in our community. but what's really important as well too is that we have well trained, well qualified, well paid police officers, men and women, who feel supportive. >> a mission to pursue for years to come. tom ackerman, al jazeera, washington. >> robert tarver is a criminal defense attorney. robert welcome. as we look at pictures from languages where protesters are out again tonight, reflect on these numbers we're hearing. they're not a surprise. >> they're not a surprise at all john. fact of the matter is, it's been going on for a long time. michael brown brought this to light. across our cities and towns african americans are being shot
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and killed at a alarming rate. excuses as to why those shootings are justified now we're starting to look at it through some very clear glasses to see that there are not. >> we have heard enough is enough so many times. yet somehow what was it about this shooting that seemed to capture the attention of american people? >> i think it was the callousness. the fact that he laid in the street for so long. the fact that there seemed to be little or no concern for what happened to michael brown. i think that also, it happened at a time when so many other shootings were going -- so many other killings. eric garner in new york being choked by the police and all these other things being captured on video and people having the opportunity to see what these acts looked like. >> you prosecuted police brutality cases before. how tough are they to prosecute? >> extremely difficult.
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when police step into a courtroom, they come with an aura of responsibility. to protect and serve, in many cases that is accurate and true but in many cases it's not. >> darren wilson's testimony has been under scrutiny. and then he did this interview today on abc, the first interview. let's take a look. >> is there anything you could have done differently that would have prevented that killing to have taken place? >> no. >> nothing? >> no. >> and you're absolutely convinced when you look through your heart and your mind that if michael brown were white, this would have gone down in exactly the same way? >> yes. >> no question? >> no question. >> i don't know why i was surprised to hear him say that. >> i'm not surprised at all. he has to take that tack. the fact of the matter is all of us know as we look at this objectively is he could have done many other things. he didn't have to pull over and
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stop in the first place but there are a number of things that could have happened but probably should have happened but didn't happen. i was struck by the callousness, the cold exterior that he had, maybe he was coached to be that way but it was a very cold and detached interview and a lot of people saw officer wilson as being detached from the situation. >> so if they come in with this credibility as you described police officers into the courtroom how do you hold them accountable? >> you hold them accountable by allowing them to go to trial. the reason it's difficult to -- >> you say it's tough to make a case once you get into the courtroom. >> look they very rarely get into the courtroom because they are filtered out by grand jury. but you can challenge them, saying this officer says i'm being approached buy hulking man, guess what, darren wilson is six foot 4, 2.210 pounds. you say he is calling someone
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else a hulk? you have a courtroom setting, you have a chance and an opportunity to do that. >> let's talk about this cleveland case, this disturbing video of a 12-year-old boy being shot. what does that video tell you? i mean, can you draw some conclusion from that or not? >> i can't. and the conclusion i draw is a troubling one, it is that the value that officers place oftentimes on black life is much lower than any other. let me call something to your attention. you remember this video of the young man in san diego who brandished the gun for hours and the police tried to talk him down from what he did? >> yes. >> you look at the video of the 12-year-old. the officer drives directly in the line of trouble five feet away and he presents himself directly in proximity to this young man. >> we don't know what was said, we don't know what was happening with that gun necessarily. i mean do officers get the
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benefit of the doubt when they pull up to a situation where what they perceive to be as a pistol is a reresolve ver revol gun? >> these officers had options. the first option was not to pull up immediately into a situation and place yourself five feet from a person you believe might be a danger. the second option would be to use something less than deadly force. which are tasers or other materials. that is not the option, to see what is going on these officers seem to want to shoot first and question later and that's the problem when it comes to young black men. they are perceived as a danger unlike young white men. and the man str mantra is shoott and ask questions later because you will be justified. >> there are questions we cover, some we do, some we don't. you think because of all this attention we're going to cover
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them more or do you suspect they will fade like they faded in the past? >> i hope they will be covered more. i think the public outrage is going to force us to cover them more. in your package you had the south carolina shooting. those things need to be brought to light and when they're brought to light hopefully that's the only chance to change department policies and practices. >> robert, good to see you. >> same to you john. >> after the electric of president obama many hoped things would be different. our white house correspondent patty culhane has the story. >> for 34 years hannah hawkins has done this. feed the people of her communities. she says, it's only been getting harder. >> it's true. even the middle class don't have anything. and they're constantly, every month, taking people downsizing them deleting them from the
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welfare roles. >> the african american community continues to struggle even during president obama's time in office. the unemployment rate for african americans has barely moved when president obama took over at the height of the financial crisis. it's still just over 12%. and increasing numbers, 41% of whites and 48 of blacks feel that race relations are bad, the election of the first african american president seemed to indicate a change in race relations. but now as president, stay in the country's past was not erased from his victory. >> frustrations that we've seen are not just about a particular incident. they have deep roots in many communities of color who have a sense that our laws are not always being enforced uniformly
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and fairly. that's not just made up. >> he's made a promise to help not just the african american community. tara greg believes it will get better. >> i'm hopeful and i'm willing. i see it, i see the future. >> like generations before her she hopes it will be different if not for her but for her sons. patty culhane, al jazeera, washington. >> and we stay in washington. sheila macvicar is in for joie chen tonight to tell us what's coming up for "america tonight" at the top of the hour. >> good evening, john. on "america tonight" we are looking at the mike brown phenomenon facing the nature. we saw protests from oklahoma to boston and everything in between. and -- oakland to boston and
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everything in between. to them this does feel personal >> i've seen my friends killed, my friends brutalized by police officers and coy have been michael brown. >> correspondent christof putzel went into the ground and see if he could bring the grass routes protest into change. that's coming up at the top of the hour. >> thank you sheila. particular, first responders say it's tough to live in the community they serve. melissa chan reports. >> andrew yee was born in san francisco, raised in san francisco. and now serves san francisco as a firefighter. he also almost got priced out of living in san francisco. >> i went to preschool all the way to high school here and everything has changed since growing up. i think tech boom has really driven the prices pretty high
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and it's been pretty hig hard to even afford to rent let alone buy in san francisco. i think it's unfortunate, you have teachers, firefighters, sheriffs department police department, we want to be in the city we work in. >> the gap between the rich and the poor is growing faster in san francisco than in any other major city in the country. families in the bottom 20th percentile actually saw their salaries drop some $4,000 in the past five years. meanwhile, those in the 40th percentile, saw theirs raise almost 20,000. this group is discovering they can no longer find affordable places to rent or buy. with the cost of living sky high some city firefighters and first responders have been forced to move hours away and that worries
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officials in this quake prone city. >> when the next one hits we want our first responders to be living in san francisco. >> city hall is now offering first responders like yee up to $100,000 in down payment assistance to purchase homes in the downtown. the initial pool had enough money to help out about ten applicants. so andrew yee is one of the lucky few who have benefited from the program. >> i was getting outbid by 20% over the listing price and a lot of them were cash offers. so i was just lucky to get a house in san francisco today. i just moved in, about two months ago, so i'm doing allot of little projects here and there on my days off. it is a two bedroom one bath small little house up on a hill. >> reporter: the city recognizes it wrote have to significantly expand the program for any impact.
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andrew yee said he'd certainly like to see the loan assistance scheme grow so more public servants like teachers police and fifthers could also have the opportunity to live in the city where they serve. melissa chan, al jazeera, san francisco. >> first family continued their annual thanksgiving tradition of service, president obama, along with the first lady and their daughters sasha and malia and grandmother visited a food pantry handed out food for those in need, other services to the poor in washington, d.c. coming up next our photo of the day, plus. ♪ ♪ singer darlene love talks about a career in and out of the spotlight. ♪ ♪
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>> the busiest travel day of the year and we've been dealing with a lot of though across parts of
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minnesota into illinois. just a couple inches here but it has been more of a slushy mess in the northeast, as you move further inland the poconos up to a foot of snow, inland virginia up into parts of new jersey as well, we've had anywhere from close to a half an inch early in the morning dul dulles airport washington, d.c, and it's been a slushy mix. snow totals that have been coming down the concern is okay, the storm's moving in but the cold air's moving in so the very same areas that had the slush and the rain even the snow are going to start to ice over with temperatures in the single digits in the upper northwest, upper midwest that is. upper northwest, flood conditions potentially here. the northeast we are going to be
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brisk and cold for another day. al jazeera america news continues. >> darlene love is the secret ingredient in hits going back to the 1950s. she's only now getting the recognition she deserves. i asked her about that the documentary 20 feet from stardom which charts her rise from backup singer to star. >> i haven't felt like i was 20 feet from stardom for a long time. it was just doing this movie that brought everything back.
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♪ ♪ >> about my life in this business. >> what did it feel back then? >> well, i was a backup singer. the great thing about being a backup singer when i started, nobody treated me like a backup singer. they always were so excited about me and my group the blossoms being on their records so it was always great. you go in the studio you felt like you were one of the stars. the thing that made it great about the blossoms. we were black and we were the first background singers to ever do recording sessions. it was a white world, the singers were white and we were what we called the readers. they could read music, we could not read, but we had great ears. >> did you make a great money as a backup singer? >> sometimes, i don't know why i became an artist. during the '60s scale in the union was $22.50 an hour.
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in a year i could make over $100,000 in a year. >> residuals? >> we didn't get residuals. we only started getting residuals about a couple of years ago as background singers. >> why didn't you get residuals? >> because it was no law in our union that said as a background singer you got residuals. ♪ ♪ >> they just passed that law for us a couple years ago. >> so you began in recent times to get some of that money back or not? >> big time. i got a check from -- it's called sound international. i got a check from them for $56,000. (laughing) for back money that we had not got. >> what was it like working on "that's life" an and "da do ron
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ron"? >> frank senate ray was great, like hey guys make me sound about. >> and monster mash? >> elvis presley on his come back movie. >> you didn't read music? >> no. not at all. you could give us the key, we would go up and what we call sight music we read. >> phil specter had a huge impact on your life. talk about working with him. >> when i worked with phil it was great, he hadn't become a great star yet. we didn't find out until later that phil specter was trying to make himself a name not us a name. that held us back for years. >> you were the stars and bruce
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springsteen was in the background. >> that was when i got inducted on the rock 'n' roll hall of fame. they said we saw the guitar on the ground all night and nobody was playing it but once you got inducted, bruce picked it up and started playing it. these people years ago said i should be a star and i finally got my due. ♪ >> and you're getting ready to release your first full length album is that correct? >> yes. >> in your life all these years and you've never done a full length album? >> because back in the day people didn't make albums, 45s. my very good friend steve van zant, years ago, he said i'm going to get together and do an
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album with you and here we're doing it! >> i watched you on the documentary a couple of times, and i honestly -- you seem to have absolutely no regrets. you seem to be joyful about everything you've done and continue to do. despite some of those setbacks. how do you remain so positive? >> it's something i love to do and something i want to do. there's nothing more joyful than standing on the stage in front of your friends and lifting their spirits. >> thank you for joining us. >> you're welcome. >> you can see stars like darlene or rose ann cash or fitz and the tantrums. tomorrow night. coming up, one of the funniest ladies in show business, sandra bur burnhart.
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11 eastern 8 pacific. broken gateway arch in st. louis, one white, the other black. the artist said he wanted to comment on the rift in his home town. the mos mostly black neighborhod was torn down to make way for that arch. i'm john siegenthaler. we'll be back here live at 11, 8:00 eastern, see you then.
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>> on "america tonight": moving beyond ferguson. protests spread to other cities and more are planned. >> hands up. >> don't shoot,. >> is this a real movement or just a moment in time? plus an island of productivity in an industrial waste land. >> we're all engaged not just general motors or uaw, we have two hands together engaging what we do given the direction out here how we're going to be successful and i think that's how we have to survive.


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