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>> hi everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm randall pinkston. john siegenthaler is on assignment. bloodshed in tunisia. temperaturists murdered. the deadly museum a-z tourists murdered. is san francisco officers prompting a discloser look at a thousand convictions for possible bias. water and waste. >> the entire oil and gas regulatory scheme in california is a sham.
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>> millions of toxic gallons dumped in california. who is behind it and why state reergts let itregulators let it happen. plus without a trace. it is the biggest art heist still unsolved, a quarter-century later. amid the turmoil in the mid east tunisia is seen as stable, an ally of the u.s. that's what makes today's deadly attack at the national museum all that disturbing and surprising. at least 21 people were killed including two of the suspects. many of the other victims were tourists. morgan radford has more.
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>> tourists swarmed the bardo museum after some opened fire. some managed to run for their lives. the tunisian government said security forces killed two gunmen and freed hostages, but the tunisian government says they are looking for two or three other suspects. >> our country is under attack. we are being envied for many for the outstanding outcomes, in our success and march towards democracy. many people are taken mercy against all of those undermining the stability and stability of tunisia. >> tunisia has been praised for its transition to democracy after the turmoil of the arab spring. the country held its first free presidential elections just last year after its dictator was ousted in 2011 but years ago of
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authoritarian rule, left many disaffected, 3,000 tunisians have joined the fighting inning syria and iraq, a disproportionate number than other countries. others denounce the attack, to strengthen its democracy. >> we are completely lost. they hit a sector that makes millions of tunisians live, our economy is getting a hard time to get started and this is going to deal a fatal blow. >> morgan radford, al jazeera tunisia. >> it was expected to be frank with you. i was surprised and shocked like most tunisians of course, but there were threats over the last few years that tunisia would be targeted. from all kind of threats.
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so yes i was shocked. i was surprised but it was something expected and frankly we should say well, it didn't happen over the last four years. so we escape the last four years more or less well, but now i.t. finally happens sadly. but it was something expected. and if you compare it to the region as you state tunisia is quite peaceful. so hopefully tunisia will stay peaceful after the event. hopefully this will be something like 9/11 for america or the charlie hebdo attacks in france. something like a wakeup call that will unite tunisians together but something that can be avoided in the future. >> do you think there is any connection between the timing of the aarticulate attack and the tunisian
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government was considering antiterrorism legislation? >> i think so but this attack seems to be prepared for a while now. i don't think this is something random that was prepared all of a sudden. and so well coordinated attack, needed some coordination, maybe few months of preparation. and i don't think these guys really knew the schedule of the parliament. so it is quite possible yes but also i think i would relate it more to the fact that tunisia is now a functioning democracy. tunisia is praised all around the world. you have a lot of european tourists, you have american investments coming so this is you know for somebody as we think now, it is someone affiliated to the i.s.i.s. ideology, this is the place to astack. >> you have commented on social media that the arab spring in tunisia has not faded away. what do you mean by that?
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>> because i've been reading and listening from many sources from many people, even well respected people that it's over in tunisia it's finished, the revolution did not lead to nowhere and now a lot of tunisians are saying we need to bring back the dictator ship and we need to bring it back, this is wrong. this is not first of all a similar attack happened in 2002, ended the dictator ship in a jewish synagogue in tunisia i think 17 tourists or more were killed. just to say things are collapsing in tunisia is totally wrong. this was a alone lone attack. thousands of tunisians demonstrating against terrorism and calling for revenge against the terrorists.
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>> political analyst and blogger, based in tunis, thank you for your observations on what happened at the museum. >> thank you. >> israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu said he will move quickly to form a influence government. netanyahu scored a clear victory yesterday, but not everyone is happy with the result, dana lewis is live in jerusalem. how has netanyahu's election to a fourth term been received? >> loot of mixed views here randall. certainly his win is being described as a big come from behind surprise. a disappointment of many israelis who voted against him. at one point it looked like the left wing started to get traction but that traction fizzled as the final vote took
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place. a minute after the polls closed the left wing started cheering, they thought they had it in the bag, prime minister netanyahu on the ropes what they saw as netanyahu's vision of no peace as the hours went by the numbers told a different story. he had somehow boldly beat had odds over isaac hertzog. he claimed victory at the western wall. >> translator: i appreciate the decision to elect me, he said, in the face of powerful forces i'll do everything i can for the security of all israelis. how did he save himself when preelection polls had the prime minister trailing the opposition? describing him as detached and out of the touch for most of the
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campaign? >> netanyahu didn't speak to israelis until three days ago when he realized that things are going bad for the likud then he started to talk to the israelis. >> he spoke mostly to the right wing calling off what is left of the peace process calling the two state solution irrelevant and arab israelis, calling them dangerous. >> only the price he pays is at the expense of israeli citizens, of israeli democracy he did such ohorrible things, incitement racism. zionist >> netanyahu has his victim tri but many says his campaign and
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his rhetoric has polarized this country like never before. as one columnist wrote today those who hope to wake up to the dawn of a new day instead woke up to just another yesterday. clearly many voters welcome netanyahu's campaign pledge that only he can protect israel. >> we have i.s.i.s. and we have al qaeda and we have all kinds of things in the world. and i'm scared for my personal safety. so that is the prime issue. >> but teresa benjamin told me she had hope for change. >> we will keep hoping for change around not falling into despair and not giving up but you know -- >> will the government last do you think? >> will the government last? i hope not. >> reporter: randall only
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strengthens their resolve to fight israel, the palestinians, pursuing these allegations of war crimes at the icc the international criminal court. >> dana lewis in jerusalem thank you. prime minister netanyahu's victory is only likely to complicate the relationship between he and president obama. has the president spoken to the prime minister since the election results? >> not yet randall. not so much the netanyahu victory that might cause repercussions, but the things he said on the way to that victory that may likely cause fallout with other western allies of israel. the disparaging of arab-israelis on the day of the election calling them a threat, that did not sit well. there was some very harsh comments out of the white house in reaction to that. the reversal of the long term
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policy the palestinian state two state solution, there will be fallout for all of that. personal animosity no doubt there is personal animosity between benjamin netanyahu and president obama. a lot of people say they're going to have to put that aside put that behind them. there will be a cooling off period over the last two years of the obama if thecy many supporters in congress supporters of israel are hoping that is case. >> much has been made of the president and the prime minister not liking each other. frankly, i think it's a tempest in a tea pot. it doesn't matter to me whether they like each other or not. presidents come and go. prime ministers come and go. members of the congress come and go members of the knesset come and go. the feelings of leaders at any given time. >> and randall the warehouse
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hasn't yet called, that's when president obama will call, when he forms a government. onotably not an exception at this time, secretary of state john kerry did call and what his spokes woman described as a brief conversation. congratulating benjamin netanyahu, randall. >> mike, one of the friction points is iran and those nuclear talks. what does netanyahu's victory mean for america's participation in the talks? >> well a lot of people look at this and see a hardening of positions. those who oppose those talks are going to do so and vice versa those who support what the presidential is trying to do are going to continue to did that. it's not going to help netanyahu's cause here in washington. he antagonized a lot of people in the tactics he used and the bottom line is, what can congress do to stop it inif in fact the the white house does reach a settlement with iran, not
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calling for netanyahu to approve what the white house does. randall. >> thank you mike. iraqi troops are now in a major operation to retake the city of tikrit. as jane arraf reports celebrations are happening in the el alam. these families are not even waiting for electricity to be restored to return. this is a sunni town. most of the residents are from a town allied with federal government forces because of that i.s.i.l. attacked them. this returning policeman credits the shia militia for driving i.s.i.l. out. >> we're like brothers. they brought security and stability back. they avending us. >> reporter: in other areas there is tension between sunni tribes and the shia militias.
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but here in el alam. after months of being displaced they're ecstatic. give them a gun says this militia member. iraq has seen lots of wars but this battle is unlike any that has come before. for the most part the fighters are not army soldiers. this is a completely different mix. along the highway you can see the devastation caused by air strikes as well as burned buildings and destroyed shops. el alam where residents worked with the militia seemed to have escaped most of that destruction. militia along with federal police are maintaining security there. >> translator: we are holding the ground on el alam. people are happy they are giving us cake and sweets. >> reporter: a plan from the sunni jabor tribe said he joined
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the sunnies to give backup support. >> we were forced to escape, we were forced to flee other areas. >> reporter: militia members said i.s.i.l. executed town members at this round about. here they display a flag from a i.s.i.l. command post and after his father was burned to death. >> translator: they killed our men and took our women. they took our property. they didn't leave anything. >> reporter: i.s.i.l. isn't far. militia and iraqi security forces are still fighting down the road in tikrit. but for now the people of el alam are home. jane arraf, al jazeera iraq. >> bill oil is big business in california and now we know it's
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a big contaminator of the state's water supply. i'm jennifer london. documents videos even an admission of a top state official calling the regulatory agency in sacramento a sham.
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>> a state that is running out of water is learning that some of the water it does have is contaminated. california officials admit they allowed oil companies to dump toxic waste hundreds of wells have been drilled and some of the waste is going right into state aquifers. jennifer london reports. >> you are looking at the greatest threat to california drinking water waste oil from oil production, including fracking. into pits and aquifers in california's central validate. tom wagner shot the video.
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>> i saw the black liquid into the ground, this local this hole is not in the middle of nowhere. it is adjacent to an almond orchard. >> the groundwater could be contaminated? >> that's obvious. as an almonder, there are series cancer causing chemicals in the groundwater right now. >> while these videos exposed the dumping these documents revealed the state regulators knew it was happening and allowed it to happen. >> it is completely illegal. >> they have allowed oil companies to use our drinking water, aquifers as garbage dumps. right now there's over 400 wells. illegally dumping toxic oil and gas waste water directly into drinking water aquifers in california. the state so far has shut down
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only 23 of those wells. >> reporter: you're saying that the regulator industries in charge of regulating these industries in california have known this all along? >> they have. and we have recently learned the extent of the water pollution crisis that we have in california. because governor brown's oil regulators have been ignoring basic health and protects laws they're supposed to protect the water we drink. and what we found out is the entire oil and gas regulatory scheme in california is a sham. >> reporter: this letter to the federal environmental protection agency dated february 6th signed by the division of oil gas and geothermal resources known as dogger, the division acknowledges that in the past it has approved uic in zones with aquifers lack exemptions. >> what this sentence says is that state oil and gas
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regulators acknowledge that they have issued permits for oil industry to inject toxic waste fluid directly into protected drinking water aquifers. >> reporter: we came to sacramento to get answers from dogger, the state water board and jerry brown. we are told he is traveling and won't be available for an interview. dogger and the state board also denied our request. during that hearing the state lawmakers lambasted for not regulating. >> in reading the arms, the reports, i found my blood pressure getting rather high. >> reporter: then a surprise admission from the agency charged with protecting california's water supply. >> we believe any injection into the aquifers that are nonexempt has contaminated those aquifers. >> dismisses claims of contamination saying this is a bureaucratic issue over the permitting process and what's
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important is that after extensive testing it's clear no water supplies have been impacted by this situation. >> the state has done very limited testing of only 9 existing water wells and we have hundreds of illegal disposal wells operating right now in dozens of aquifers and the state's top water official has admitted yes it's only common sense, the chemicals that were injected down into the aquifer are in fact there. >> in our search for answer he from state regulators we first traveled to sacramento back in december and were granted an interview with jason marshal dogger's top official. >> there are a multitude of agencies that are looking out for that because there are a multitude of jurisdictions. >> one of those state agents is the state water board. john borkovich. >> john is big oil poisoning
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millions of gallons of water each day? >> so you're giving me a yes or no answer on something that i don't know. so i think the right answer would be that i don't know. >> do you think you know the answer to that question? >> um -- >> because i think a lot of people are asking that question. a lot of californians are saying wait, fracking is happening and we're worried about toxic water and where that water is going. >> that's a reasonable concern that people have, as a resident of california you should be. >> like tom france, he says he believes regulators haven't been regulating on behalf of californians. >> so you don't believe dogger is doing its job? >> dogger has never done its job. they think they're being protected but it's a buffer between the public and big oil
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to sort of make sure that big oil gets what they need to make big profits. >> on the backs of farmers like yourself? >> on the backs of everyone. on the backs of everyone big oil has done whatever they please. >> lawmakers and environmentalists are demanding that changes. and demanding a shut down of all oil injection wells before this crisis becomes a catastrophe. during that senate oversight hearing in sacramento which lasted nearly three hours state record keepers stated apart of the reason for the errors, they have pledged to overhaul that record keeping and say they plan to test some more of those underground injection wells. >> jennifer, is there any reason to believe anyone has become ill from this contamination? >> not that we know so far.
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state regulator officials say yes this has happened but we haven't seen any contamination but if you talk to the environmental groups they say any toxic waste water that is put into the underground aquifers that are suitable for drinking once that water is injected it's there the water's contaminated. >> what about the official you have spoken to him haven't you? >> we haven't we reached out to the governor, we are told he's traveling he's not available. he's remained silent on this issue including the admissions from his own state regulators, but once again we reached out to the governor's office and we were told that if the governor has something to say on this matter his office will contact us. >> quite a story from a state that has a reputation of being outfront on environmental issues. thank you jennifer london.
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racist texts for a police department. what they're doing. and fulfilling a promise to women.
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>> hotel everyone, this is al jazeera america i'm randall pinkston. police bias, racist anti-gay text messages in san francisco. the fallout for officers and how it could impact some convicts. the backlog. hundreds of thousands of rape kits untested nationwide. >> that's when i discovered it was a nationwide problem. >> and the problem for women in detroit. the biggest art theft ever. $500 million in paintings still missing after 25 years. and eagle eye. soaring views from the stallest skyscraper in the world. the next messages are vile. offensive. they denigrate minorities and
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gays and they were sent by san francisco police officers. the racist and homophobic messages were sent, forcing prosecutors to take a closer look at a decade of criminal convictions. erica pitzi is here with more. erica. >> the police officer is saying it makes him sick to his stomach to have these guys around the department. the san francisco mayor agrees and that's why they are seriously considering firing all of them. >> in an interview the former police officer at the center of the controversy insists he is not a racist or bigot adding most of his friends are black asian or gay. >> if i offend anybody i'm truly sorry. it's banter among friends.
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>> what ian says is banter, others say is bigotry. one of them ask, do you celebrate kwanzaa at school? the other says, yes we burn the cross on the field and celebrate whitemas. brother and sister i am watching them like hawks. and when furminger said his white friend was visiting with her black friend, he answers well said. public defender jeff adaji has represented suns of people arrested by the sfpd, comments are proof of bias. >> it is highly unlikely i think that a judge would not believe that an officer who made these kinds of statements or engaged in this kind of banter would not
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be biased in his perceptions. >> to illustrate his point alleging bias throughout the san francisco pd, he introduced nico brennan, a young italian american who called police. >> the police accused us of drug dealing and that was the reason they thought we were robbed. and i felt like, nobody was going to help us. >> reporter: that's what worries sergeant yolanda williams she is president of officers for justice formed to improve relations between officers and the community. she says these types of comments are damaging and dangerous. >> the public will continue to see police officers based on this one incident. they're going to take it globally and going to think we're all racist bigots.
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>> no public content while the department investigates. meanwhile the district attorney says he will review these cases going back ten years randall. >> one of the people in the piece, the public defender jeff adaji, can you separate what these guys were saying was just crazy talk between colleagues, and their action he out on the field? >> well, in a sense it almost makes it scarier that they were saying oh this was private conversations so it's no big deal. they're talking about killing people burning crosses. there's repeated references to the n word. this evidences some real hatred, very deep rooted feelings about african americans and gays. and it's got to translate into the job. a person isn't a racist at home
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and then put on a badge and a gun and then go out on the street. and sunlt you scunldand suddenly you're mr. equal. these texts were found on the phone of an officer who was convictof official corruption. it turns out there were inform others involved in the conversation, we learn there might be as many as ten. the imlimtion is implication is huge. it comes on the heels heels of the department of justice report on ferguson. >> if you decide to go through all of the text messages of everyone on the san francisco police department what do you think you are going to find? >> you know, i shudder at the thought. here we have an officer's cell phone, it was a private cell phone, and the only reason it was subject to search was
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because he himself was the target of a criminal investigation by the federal government. in most cases officers' cell phones their personal cell phones are not going subject to search so we'll never know that. however this kind of gives you some insight into the conversation that was occurring between police officers. this was a sergeant, so somebody who was in charge of other police officers who was gauged in this banter -- engaged in this banter . so it raises the question: is the san francisco police department engaged in a pattern of racist conduct and behavior? and one thing that is worth pointing out and certainly i wouldn't say that all police officers share these views. it could be a very small group. but they're talking about white supremacy. and it comes at a time when we're seeing a high number ever african american arrests in our city. the san francisco police
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department's own statistics show that if you're african american you're four times as likely to be stopped even for a traffic violation if you're doing nothing wrong. so when you start looking at these statistics and take that in context of these texts it raises some real concerns. >> what happens to the cases you already have under scrutiny, will the charges be straightened out, does it require action by the prosecutor? >> well, the district attorney and myself have agreed to look at cases going back ten years. and we've already identified in my office about 120 cases that need to be reviewed just since 2012 which is when the texts were sent. but each one of these cases has to be scrutinized to determine whether or not this new evidence in the form of biased e-mails might affect the outcome in the case. if you have a witness who is a police officer and has shown this kind of context for the
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people that he's -- contempt for the people he's supposed to serve that's going to affect his credibility. the prosecutor may decide to throw the case out just dismiss the case when you have a police officer involved not only in this conduct but a number of these officers have other acts of discipline that they got in trouble for in the past. so again it's going to be a process of going through cases. we're going to be bringing cases back to court probably as early as next week. and it's something that is very disturbing. >> thank you very much mr. jeff adaji the public defender of san francisco. >> the fraternity, sig sigma alpha
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epsilon, national fraternity leaders apologized promising to investigate where the chant came from. they also say they will hire a national diversity director. sae will also require members to take diversity discrimination tests. members allegedly posted pictures of nude and seemingly unconscious women on a facebook page, also photos of drug sales and hazing. a former member told police about the photos. penn state has suspended kappa alpha row. >> a rape or sexual assault occurs every two minutes in the u.s. it's a disturbing truth. made even more troubling by the number of rapes that go unsofd. the federal government says, there are 400,000 untested rape kits nationwide. and the cost to test those kits
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is staggering. between 200 and $600 million. just this week, vice president joe biden announced $41 million in federal funds to help reduce the backlog. in 2013, 12,000 untested rape kits were found in memphis 3,000 were found in clevelandohio deloitte also has a history of untested rape kits. bisi onile-ere has the story. >> i was surprised but i wasn't totally shocked. >> it's been six years, at a cost of 500 to $1500 to test each kit a county short on money, most of the kits couldn't be tested. >> so there was nothing else to do but pursue it. >> in 2013, wayne county prosecutor kim worthy told al jazeera america she was on a mission to find the funding.
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>> and the fact that i have to now have fund raisers to try source this office, that's what we have to do. >> is that normal? >> no it's not normal. it's ridiculous, it's ridiculous but that's what we have to do. >> reporter: worthy pressed hard with the help of state and federal money. each rape kit some dating back two decades ago has been tested. >> i knew it would be difficult. i just didn't know how difficult it has been. >> since then there has been dna matches, how many? >> there has been over 700. but the bigger numbers are and the bigger information is that we have identified over now 188 sear yam rapists. >> the man who raped erica benjamin is one of them. >> he made me close my eyes and undress waist down. >> if you could describe in one word what would that be? >> i was terrorized, yes. >> in 2003 benjamin was held at
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gunpoint kidnapped and raped. her rape kit was among thousands collecting dust. >> to know that these kits had sat in that white house warehouse for so long, how did that make you feel? >> it made me feel very terrible. this was the third time i have been sexually assaulted in detroit, michigan about so i just gave it to god. >> but benjamin is now one of prosecutor's worthy's success stories. more than ten years after she was raped police arrested de shaun lee starks. his dna was also linked to three other raich kits. he was -- rape kits. he was sentenced to 90 years in prison. >> i applaud kim worthy, she was the only one i have seen that was so gung gung ho, she is
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passionate, adamant about it. i've never seen someone as passionate as she. >> no anger whatsoever towards police towards -- >> no, everybody human beings. they can only do -- work an eight hour shift or 12 hour. i don't blame them. >> where does the accountability fall? >> you know bisi i've stain this particular task ever since it happened in 2009, i wanted everybody's head at that time, i wanted to know who how where it happened that doesn't bring us anywhere in terms of bringing justice to our victims. >> reporter: so far 15 men have been convicted. it cost the prosecutor's office about $8,000 to investigate and prosecute each case. worthy is working with a nonprofit to raise $10 million to pull potentially thousands of rapists off the streets. bisi onile-ere, al jazeera
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detroit. >> natasha alexenko, president of a coalition working to reduce rape kits, the survivor of sexual assault herself. we talked about the money aspect but let me ask you before we get to the money how extensive is this untested rape kits? we listed a couple of cities but is it everywhere in america? >> i definitely believe it is everywhere in america. i certainly think that at this point in time, we are really calling various municipalities to task to find out what those numbers are. >> there's no requirement for them to report untested rape kits? >> absolutely there is no requirement. in fact at present i'm working with other groups that getting each state to come up with some sort of legislation that will allow for the accounting of kits in every state. and thus far 20 states have this
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legislation starting or about to pass. >> so vice president biden talked about $41 billion to clear the existing backlog is that enough? >> i think certainly money is an issue but it's going to take more than that. there are municipalities that do not want to talk about the fact that they have these rape kits sitting on shelves collecting dust, that is disconcerting. they are not really understanding the value of these kits. and as you h hear, they are apprehending these individuals that basically were on a one- one-person crime wave. the man that raped me, committed crimes in seven different states of a variety of natures. >> over how many years? >> nine and a half years. >> so what did you become suspicious -- did you know that your kit hadn't been tested? >> i had no idea my kit hadn't been tested.
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>> how long from the point that you reported, and we have to acknowledge that reporting a sexual assault is not an easy thing for any woman to do, period. >> yes. >> i've read that it's like a second assault when you're being questioned about your background and your history and the rest of it. so going through that, how much time elapsed from the time you made the police report until you found out that your kit hadn't been tested? >> i had no idea they had not tested my kit because as you mentioned it's basically a very invasive gynecological exam. my rape kit test took four hours. waiting in the emergency room and getting the test done. it was -- it went against my very -- basic instinct which was to take a shower hot shower after the fact i couldn't because my body became the crime scene. >> but how many years did it take for you to learn your kit wasn't tested, nine years?
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>> i got a call in 2003 which was nine and a half years after my assault from the manhattan d.a.'s office, said we just tested your rape kit. we don't know who did this, but we want to take a john dough indictment. they charged the dna in my rape kit. that was the first time i realized, oh my goodness, all these years and my rape kit sat there. >> not knowing that the evidence hasn't even been checked out. thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me. >> in other news tonight the mother of a mentally ill dallas man shot and killed by police is speaking out. the incident is registered by a body cam. shirley marshal says he was not
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violent and that she called police for help to get her son to a hospital. >> all i'm visualizing every day is blood coming to his shirt. every day. because i still don't know why they did what they did. i don't trust them. i really don't. and i hope i never ever have to use them or call them for anything. because if i do i probably won't call them. >> we bring you much more of our interview with shirley marshal happy newharrison tomorrow. crimea one year after it was annexed by russia. stephanie sy is here. stephanie. >> today the russian military marched through the capital of
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what was once ukrainian territory to the cheers of residents. cheering even though they've dealt with rising food prices and shortages of goods since western sanctions were imposed. >> we are very glad, without it a little in the beginning but our future is with russia. >> russia is a big sedate powerful potential that can stand up for its people. >> the west still considers crimea a land grab. tonight we speak to the secretary-general of the operation, charged with the shaky ceasefire. randall. >> thank you stephanie. coming up next, a first in space. how a cost mow cosmonaut remembers the
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first spacewalk. and a camera on the back of an eagle.
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>> it was the biggest art heist in history and it happened at 25 years ago today. thieves posing as cops. making off with rembrandt's only sea scape. allen schauffler reports.
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>> it is an odd thing for a museum to be best known for the objects that are not there. but that's the case for boston's gardner mutually. two thieves stole 13 pieces mostly paintings and not just any paintings works by rembrandt ver vermeer degas monet. >> art crimes researcher erin thompson. >> in the history of the u.s., only 5% is returned. up to 20 to 25% of well-known works of art masterpieces are
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returned. >> linking the heist to organized crime even identifying suspects. but there have been no arrests. >> pieces that were taken were very eclectic and it's been difficult for us to determine the reasoning behind the paintings and the pieces that were taken. >> we're looking at the touch room of the museum, including from this frame rembrandt's christ in the storm in the sea of galilee. >> in fact what may be missing forever, you can always take this virtual tour, createon the 25th anniversary of the huge theft. >> why haven't these piece he resurfaced? the most common theory is that their very notoriety is keeping them off the market, they were hidden or destroyed years ago. >> a quarter century later is this about the history or the
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art? >> it is not about the theft what it's really about and has always been about is recovery of the art. >> the empty frames of the stolen paintings still hang in the gardner emphasizing emphasizing what isn't there and hoping that some some day the masterpieces will be returned. allen schauffler, al jazeera. >> shifting gears, it was just 12 minutes long but made history, 50 years ago today a soviet cosmonaut became the first to float outside a space spacecraft. nah diem baba has thenadem baba has the story. gls outside the capsule orbiting
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earth was a huge deal not just for russians but people around the world. half a century later he remembers the political pressure as well as the technical challenges that he faced. >> translator: what i rim is unusual siems. i heard my heartbeating. i heard myself breathing which never happened before. and at that moment someone calls me and said, alexi how are you? we the members of the polit bureau can see you tumbling. we ask for you to be cautious. we're waiting for you come back. >> leonoff's at great risk he let out some of the oxygen it worked and moscow was able to
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boast another first. sputnik into space a month later, sputnik 2 took a dog into orbit, yuri gagarin was a household word. often it is yuri gagarin who gets celebrated as a space pioneer. experts say leonof was just as important. >> if the soifts soviets had gotten to the moon, he was trained do that. 1975 he flew the apollo soyuz mission, when he and tom stafford shook hands in orbit. then went to the facility just outside moscow, a tremendously
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important figure. alexi has opened cosmonautaly justcosmonaut yale. alley. >> the man behind the stunt roland'ronald menzel. >> in dubai we have just done the most amazing flight we will be able to do. we start from the top of the highest building in the world. we have started this rediscretion program a few years ago. and in the process of trying to u how eagles fly in the world one of the of much these small videos went viral and was the most watched video in 2013.
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we had more than 10,000 around the world and this is basically breaking all the records, it is the most viewed video in the history. the bird that flew is the imperial eagle three year old. training a bird for such a flight takes quite some time. and then the specific time to train the bird to do these flights, was four months. while the changes the bird is facing are numerous, the first one is to get the bird up to the top of is without scaring it. this is the highest recorded flight for a bird, you could really see enjoyed flying as he took around six minutes to go back to the trainer.
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othe message we try to pass is really that we can do something to preserve the future of wildlife. and actually, we are so happy to be able to pass this message through amazing and simple images. >> thanks for watching. next is international news with antonio mora and stephanie sy.
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judge pooh brazen attack on a museum. a gunman. >> they told us run run duet out quickly. >> tensions between the u.s. and israel. benjamin netanyahu's victory in the israeli elections last night could further strain relations between the two allies. >> it is the u.s. israel relationship that has to transcend any kind of feelings between leaders of countries