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>> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris. >> accountability. you're getting it today. >> charges filed against the six baltimore police officers who are now in custody accused of contributing to the death of freddie gray. governor chris christie charged with conspiring to shut down traffic for political retaliation. and mayday marchs, protesters speak out on issues from excessive police force to
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immigration. >> so in celebration condemnation in baltimore after the city's top prosecutor announced that charges would be filed against six officers involved in the arrest and transport of freddie gray. all of the officers are now in custody. john terrett now joins us live from baltimore. fill news on this dramatic day please. >> tony, dramatic day that in many ways as far as baltimoreens are concerned is an understatement. the day began with a midmorning press conference by the state's attorney who spoke words that i don't think anybody expected her to stay. that is that the six officers involved in the arrest and transportation of fredy freddie
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gray are to be charged with murder. the community erupted with positive comments,. >> mr. gray's death was a homicide. we have probable cause to file criminal charges. >> a cheer heard charge against six police officers involving freddie gray's arrest april april 12th. all were charged with chargeed. delivering a detailed account of what the state says happened the state attorney said that freddie gray's pleas for an inhaler and medical help were denied. >> no medical assistance was rendered or summoned for
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mr. gray at that time. >> the police union backed the officers. >> no officer injured mr. gray, caused harm to mr. gray, and they're truly saddened by his death. these officers did nothing wrong. the union is calling for a special prosecutor to be appointed, a notion rejected by mosby. freddie gray's family spoke out about the charges. >> we think that the state--we thank the state attorney and the team for their response to this crisis. we must be mindful that this is the first step not the last. >> president obama reacted to news of the charges saying that the issue is a top priority for his administration. >> i think the people want more than anything else is the truth. that's what people around the country expect.
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>> but baltimore's mayor had a message for her city's police officers. >> to those of you who wish to engage in brutality misconduct racism and corruption, let me be clear there is no place in the baltimore city police department for you. >> state senator catherine pew has been arm in arm with elijah cummins each night since the curfew has been imposed. she said may 91 1st just took on a whole new meaning. >> it will go down in history books. >> long time baltimore lawyer said that this week's protest marchs will go go ahead focused now on the other problems that exist in baltimore and in other u.s. cities. >> the protest is going to go on because of the other social isil
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ills that we've discussed jobs, education system, all the things that are impacting the inner cities across this country. [ chanting freddie ] >> but pettit adds that he hopes protesters won't us auto charges as a reason to protest against police for freddie gray's death. >> indeed. in the last half hour extraordinary scenes in downtown baltimore that i could only describe as a victory parade as you see after a world series. vehicle after vehicle driven by people who were sitting half in and half out of their cars, some on the hood, some on the roofs cheering waving. people in the streets waving back at them. it was that kind of atmosphere. it was that point that they worry that people will use what happened today as an excuse to attack the place and it's turning into a real worry.
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>> john terrett. thank you. states attorney marilyn mosby had a message for law enforcement officers. >> for the rank and file police officers of the baltimore police department please know that this is not an indictment on the entire force. i come from five generations of law enforcement. my father was an officer. my mother was an officer. several of my aunts and uncles, my recently departed and beloved grand four was one of the founding members of the first black organization in massachusetts. i can tell you that the actions of these officers will not and should not in any way damage the important working relationships between police and prosecutors as we continue to fight together to reduce crime in baltimore. >> former mayor joins us now. now before he was mayor for the city of baltimore he held a position of the city's state's
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attorney. that is a job now held by marilyn mosby. mayor, good to see you. >> thank you. >> here is a surprise question. are you surprised the state attorney brought indictments so quickly. freddie gray died on april 12th, and he was arrested on april 12th, and he decide a week later. this is pretty quick on the heels of his death wouldn't you say? >> well, i think what she decided to do was tory to redouble the efforts of her office. they were conducting parallel investigations with the ply police, and she was very concerned that a lot of people in the community thought that this may 1st date was going to offer something more than just a police report to the state's
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attorney. so i don't think she felt completely obligated by this date but i do think that she moved her people quickly enough to get enough information to move forward with the charge. but to answer your question quickly, i thought--i was a little surprised. i thought she was going to come out and explain to the community what the steps are and explain the grand jury and things that have nature. but i was very proud to see her stand there and layout the case in such detail that the people would understand it. >> you felt pride today. explain that to me. >> well, for full disclosure i was on her transition committee after she was elected states attorney. there were some who questioned
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her ability, she's young. i was 32 when i was elected state's attorney so it didn't bother me her age but some questioned about her experience. i thought that she came out in a very professional manner with her deputies, with her investigators and laid out a very detailed case. it's going to be tough. i have to say and i hope people in the community recognize that, that it's a very high standard of proof in a criminal case. this is not like a civil case if the gray family sued baltimore city for wrongful death, they would probably win that fairly easily because the police department has already admitted negligence. but in this matter, this is a criminal case, and you have to proof against each of these officers beyond a reasonable doubt. so you know-- >> well, that's interesting.
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>> it's a higher standard. >> a couple of questions. one, do you feel that the case has been overcharged. but can you explain this particular charge of second-degree murder as it is being applied in this case the idea of a defrayed murder. >> well, you make a lot of distinctions with murder. most people think about first-degree, which is premeditated which she would then have to prove that they willfully, they had a design to kill him when they put him into that van with the intention of killing him. i don't think that's a standard that she could meet. on the other hand, once they knew that this person, that afraidy gray was in freddie gray was in severe condition and they continued their activity, then that raises the level that she
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thought appropriate to charge. >> one more here, i'm sort of anticipating defense argument. i can imagine defense attorney saying this was a rush to adjustment. a rush to make a case for herself as a strong, decisive leader. this indictment is unfair to the citizens of the city, and it further divides and only heighten tensions between those of the city and those who protect and serve him. >> tony, you're right there are likely to be comments in the court of public opinion and in the trial court. but what i anticipate they'll
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assign a special prosecutor. i don't think that will happen. then they're likely to seek a change of venue and then the prosecutor will have to be prepared to respond to that. so yes, this is just the beginning of a process and hopefully it will move along. >> mayor as always, great to see you. great to talk with you. and have a great weekend. >> thank you very much. >> got to tell you a lot of people are pointing to the economic disparity in baltimore as a major factor in the protest and the violence. let's get you to real money's ali velshi. he's here on that story. what do the numbers tell us here? >> i'm never sure you can blame violence on economic disparity but i can always tell you that when there isn't--when joblessness is low when
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everybody is doing well, you have less chance of it. the numbers are striking. white median household income in baltimore is $63,698. nearly double the $34,568 that blacks make in baltimore. blacks in baltimore make about 18,000 less than the median household income of 53,000. here's three ways to put it. here is the median for everybody in america. here are blacks in baltimore and the whites in baltimore. the disparity is greater than in many places in america. >> i'm wondering if you were surprised by that, and more importantly, what is behind it. >> if you hang out in baltimore you're not surprised by virtue of the fact that baltimore is an east coast version of a rust
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belt city. it had manufacturing and it had shipping, and now it doesn't have much of either. if your only visits to baltimore are the airport and inner harbor you say what a fantastic place. but there is a lot of baltimore that looks more like detroit than philadelphia or new york. it's about jobs. 37% of black men in baltimore young men age 20 to 24, are unemployed. that's much more than 12% of their white peers. the shipping and manufacturing industry has really contributed a lot to this baltimore a place that a lot of african-americans went north to get jobs in the steel industry, a plant set up in 1900, but since the '70s, it has laid off workers at its peak 35,000 people.
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thethere has been an influx of jobs in cyber security, life you sciences information technology just like in northern virginia, those companies that in many case contract out to the government, a bit of a silicon valley type of thing but they're not geared for people who are former manufacturing workers. they're geared for college graduate works. >> manufactureing workers like my late dad who worked at beth steel all those years ago. what else is on the program tonight. >> we're talking about jobs and the economy. applications and pundits are ready to spin every piece of economic data out there for their advantage. i'll set the record straight and i've got an interview with ed gillispie. it got a little heated, but in the end there was light.
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>> light we'll take the light wherever we can find the light. >> there was light. >> appreciate it. as always. you can watch of. "real money with ali velshi" right here on al jazeera america. you know, there is legal trouble for people once close to new jersey governor chris christie. they were indicted in the scandal known as bridge gate. they're accused of deliberately creating massive jams to punish a local politician. >> chris christie was not charged today but the action mean that the dark crowds clouds hanging over his presidential ambition may linger. >> just weeks before cyst chris christie hoped to announce presidential ambition. according to prosecutors wild
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steen, who appeared in court on friday conspired illegally with puerto puerto officials to port officials to shut down the bridge. they chose the first day of school to maximize the traffic jams and chaos and to punish new jersey mayor mike sacoleg. >> they greed to this plan in in 2013 after kelly confirmed that mayor solcolich was not supporting chris christie. >> knowingly converting and intentionally misapplying property receiving federal benefits. they reacted with this. >> to say that i was the only person aware of the george
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washington bridge issue is ludicrous. >> as for wild steen, the high school friend of christies he agreed in his deal to become a government witness. wild steen's lawyer reiterated his client's contention that governor christie knew about the lane closing as it occurred. >> there is more that will come out, unfortunately i'm not in position to talk about the matters of the details. >> the federal prosecutor running the investigation said no more indictments are coming. >> based on the information coming from our office, we will not be bringing further charges relate to the matters in today's indictment. >> unless someone else flips and says that chris christie was part of the scheme, the governor is in the clear. from the beginning christie denied involvement. >> i had no knowledge of this in the plan, execution or anything about it, i first found out
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about it after it was over. >> and today on twitter he said it again. quote, i had no knowledge or involvement in the planning or execution of this act the moment i first learned of this unacceptable behavior, i took action firing staff believed to be accountable and calling for an outside investigation and agreeing to fully cooperate with all the appropriate investigations which i have done. christie's popularity was at an all-time high now his ratings have reached an all-time low. it's governor who was once considered a presidential frontrunner has been hurt by the controversy and by outbursts like this one last fall to a heckler. >> you want to have a conversation later i'm happy to have it, buddy. but until that time sit down and shut up. >> christie has tried to soften his image as of late, and the
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effort may have started friday near where the programs began. >> it was a calculated act and it was a despicable act. >> he also gave governor christie a pass. >> the governor is not part of this. the governor's office apparently is not part of this or based on the indictment. is there resentment, no. i guess you would characterize my emotion better as disappointment. >> and disappointment in christie's administration is a lot more manageable politically than direct charges against him. governor christie now in a position to claim vindication and he intends to announce his presidential campaign as early as this month. >> if you think i'm the only one who knows anything about this from the governor's office, that's ludicrous. that's bridget kelly. >> she says, i have information that others were involved, and oh by the way i want a deal out of this, then start
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thinking--it's a different story. >> right now bridget kelly says not guilty. the main accuser is lying and i did nothing wrong. >> david shuster with us. coming up next on the program. >> things got tense in turkey at the mayday rally today. one of many protests held around the globe. plus a series of fiery accidents, the government tightens the rules of transport transporting crude oil by train.
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>> today is the first day of may may, mayday. a day of rallies around the globe to mark what is also known as international workers day and demonstrate against social injustice. >> in turkey police useds tear gas and water canon after a rock-throwing demonstrators
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deified government ban and tried to march on istanbul's square. in seoul demonstrators clashed with police as they protested south korea's labor policies and the way the government handleed the 2014 ferry disaster. in jakarta indonesia union leaders say that workers do not trust the government and will form their own political party. and in detroit someone to protect their pensions. others came to show solidarity with protesters in ferguson and baltimore. in seattle mayday is the day that people take to the streets to show their political opinions. some of those demonstrations have erupted into violence. alan. given all that's happened in baltimore and around the country are police taking any special
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precautions. >> if they're taking precautions they're not sharing their plans with us or the protesters. we've been out on the march route earlier on, and there is a heavy police presence. officers on bicycles. officers in squad cars. riot officers in blacked out advance, and basically all hands on deck. the police brass has said no one is getting the day off. they're familiar with this. this is the 14th mayday mark march for workers and immigration rights. many of the people protesting and many of the people in blue escorting them and shadowing them have done this before. it's a familiar dance. so far we're hearing there have been no problems along the parade route. the last time we saw them we saw a crowd adding more. there were groups all along the crowd waiting to join in.
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peaceful so far. not the case back in 2012. there is quite often a hard serious core of anarchists, and they went off in downtown seattle breaking windows businesses causing considerable damage. we haven't seen any of this type of action so far today but there is what is being billed as an anti-capitalist rally a call to for people to go out on the the anarchist blog sites. so far no problems whatsoever with the 14th march for workers and immigration rights here in seattle. >> allen talk to us about--you
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mentioned a couple of years ago. how about two thousand. you were there for the wto riots. i can't imagine officials are expecting anything quite like that. >> they're simply days of unrest and riots in seattle. nothing like that here. they move in. they say if they see property damage or violence they have a lot of experience, and we hope that it pays off tonight. >> adam schauffler for usallen schauffler for us in seattle. no. baltimore six police officers charged in the death of freddie gray.
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more community reaction. andand a police officer a trial accused of killing two unarmed black men come near an end.
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>> surprise and elation in baltimore today over news of the charges filed against six police officers for the death of freddie gray. the state's attorney announced the charge this morning and said that the law applies to everyone including police. >> my administration is committed to a fair and equitable justice system for all no matter your occupation, your age, your race, your color or your creed. >> melissa chan was in baltimore when news of the charges broke. some hope that will ease the anger building in the black community for decades--for decades. what have you been hearing today?
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>> well, it's 7:30 p.m. in the east coast. it's early to tell if things are kick off, it's friday night after all. we've even peaceful rallies. people honking their horns. this is one resident had to say. >> we know from history of other previous cases happening in 2015 and 2014 officer don't even get indicted. this is a major milestone for us. we're still going strong. >> we're holding people accountable. i think it was the state attorney who said this was the time to make systemic changes and this is our time to bring peace and bring more wholeness to our community. i think this is so important. things have been so divided for so long. >> of course, even the people are excited and relieved.
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they do understand that this is just one battle won in a greater war. this is a national conversation, and of course the fact that this is going to be considered a homicide is something that people are relieved about, at the understand that the justice system is going to have to run its course. this is again just the first steps, tony. >> absolutely. melissa, you know it's also mayday. there have been a couple of celebrations of today's charges connected to those celebrations of mayday as well, right? >> absolutely. people are aware that it is mayday. it's a day about freddie gray as much as it is about mayday, a celebration of the working class. we understand that this is not just about race. it's about the social economic situation. and in baltimore where you have a situation where the median house old income of white
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residents is twice that of black residents. >> areba was with me when we broken in with continuing coverage of this. good to see you on camera and not that skypey thing. >> yeah, glad to be back. >> are you surprised the state's attorney brought indictment so quickly after freddie grays arrest and subsequent death? >> i was surprised because what we've seen in these cases these other high profile cases is protracted sessions investigations and grand juries coming back with no indictment. they have been callling for charges to be brought in cases like this. >> you're answering from the
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news from the state's attorney. why did the police chase freddie? why was freddie gray arrested? >> you know what we heard from that state attorney is that eye contact was made. eye contact was made. that caused the officer to take off-- >> and for freddie to take off. >> and for freddie to take off and then the officer to take off after him. i heard earlier in the week that freddie may have started running because he had an earlier run in with the police in march and that he had fear associated with his encounter with the police, and that might have caused him to run when he did make contact with the officer. >> but it was illegal. the state's attorney is saying to us that it was an illegal arrest. >> yes, and i think its important to make a distinction. the supreme court has ruled when police officers are in certain high-crime neighborhoods, they have the right to stop a suspect if they think that suspect is
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engaged in some kind of illegal activity. but once they determined that that individual is not that there is nothing illegal about what they're doing they don't have contraband on them, they should release that individual. we do know that there was a switch blade involved. once those officers caught him from that chase he bankly submitted to the officers. once they found out they didn't have anything illegal they should have released him and sent him on his merry way. they arrested him without probable cause. >> this second-degree murder charge. explain that charge here because i think i'm still asking the question and you're an attorney. you're the person to ask this question of, what happened? there is an incomplete narrative here. explain the second-degree murder charge. >> we heard the state attorney
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layout this morning very methodically everything that happened to freddie gray from the time he made eye contact with the officer she said that the driver of the van is being charged for refusing to provide freddie gray-- >> not hitting him not beating him, no excessive force. >> disagreedisregard for his condition. he was in distress the entire time he was dealing with police, and this officer refused to provide--let me give you an example of what depraved heart murder is. think of someone firing a gun through a crowded train station. it's a dangerous act and you know the likelihood of causing an injury is great and you do so any how with reckless disregard. they saw freddie was in
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distress and they refused to provide him with medical care. >> let me push. viva martin, this is a case heavily dependent on circumstantial evidence. wouldn't that worry you if you were the state's attorney? >> let me just say this, most cases depend on circumstantial evidence. we just watched aaron hernandez be convicted of murder, get sentenced to life without parole on circumstantial evidence. circumstantial evidence can be very powerful evidence. think of what is going to happen. you're going to have a jury pool-- >> that has been heavily prejudiced--that has been heavily prejudiced by the tone and tenor of the comments of this prosecutor, judge can i move for change of venue. >> we're going to see everything
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that could happen, change of venue, sever the cases so the defendants are tried separately. we're going to see a barrage of motions. the boston bombing case, the injuries in that case, the judge determined that that case could remain in boston if the jurors could listen to the law listen to the facts and make a determination. i think a judge in this case is likely to do the same. >> everybody is surprised that we heard indictments today. the former mayor surprised that we heard indictments today. you were surprised that indictments would come this quickly? >> it took a lot of courage for this woman on the job less than 100 days to step up and say these police officers should be held accountable. >> could we have a rush to adjustment or at least a rush to indictment here? >> that's a very good question, tony. but one thing that the state attorney said that i felt was very compelling, she said i
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didn't make my decision thursday night after i got the police report from the baltimore police department. she said, from day one, from the day this incident occurred she started her own independent investigation and it was that independent investigation that caused her to come to the decision that she made. now, also keep this in mind. if these weren't officers, and a medical examiner ruled the death of freddie gray a homicide, these charge would have been filed even earlier. so i don't think we should make too much of the folks who say this happened so quickly. we should make more of prosecutors around the country who have prolonged these investigations. >> i enjoyed chatting it up with you. an attorney and legal analyst joining us from los angeles. have a good weekend to you. >> thanks, tony. always good to be with you. >> yes pleasure. as dramatic as the scenes have been in baltimore violent protests are not new to people
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who live there. "america tonight's" joie chen looks back at the city's legacy of upheaval through the eyes of a lifelong baltimore resident. >> there was anger flames broke out across the city. thousands stood guard. protests sparked by the death of a black man before his time. but that april was 47 years ago. >> what did you think when you saw the fires? >> i said, here we go. 1968 all over again. >> i don't know what will happen now we've got some difficulties ahead. >> in the days ahead of the assassination of martin luther martin luther king jr. when riots broke out in chicago kansas city and baltimore hele na hicks saw her city explode.
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>> people were not just angry they were fighting mad, and there is a difference. they were ready to just beat up the enemy. and fire was one of the ways they chose to make that feeling apparent to everybody. so they burned up everything. >> you can't miss the parallels between that april in baltimore and this one. dr. hicks saw, too as clashes broke out this time in her old sandtown neighborhood. >> i said to people, thank god i'm this age because hopefully i'll never see this again. >> nearly 50 years after her generation stood up for justice as more baltimore neighborhoods have emptied out and more poverty and hopelessness set in what choice, she asks, do these young people have? >> we keep painting over it, we keep saying it was not as bad as
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1968. but you see if you don't learn anything about the systemic problems, eventually they're going to come back up to the surface. and you've got a whole other generation like i was a young generation protesting in the '60s this is the young generation that is protesting now. >> hicks says that baltimore is not a city without hope, but she warns failure to bring justice for freddie gray could plunge it into more chaos. >> let me tell you what i learned from 1968. after four days you're sitting on the powder in the keg. before you get to the seventh day all hell is going to break loose. history repeats itself when you don't sit down and look at the history and analyze it and say how do we keep this from happening again? >> joie chen, al jazeera,
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baltimore. >> and you can watch joie's full report at 10:00 p.m. eastern 7:00 7:00 p.m. pacific. now a case over the police treatment of black americans. a trial was set in the tried of a cleveland officer charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter. accused of firing 49 shots into a car at the end of a police chase. no weapons were found in that car. bisi onile-ere was in the courtroom. good to see you. what happened today? >> tony, the attorney representing cleveland police officer michael brillo asked the judge that brillo be aquite quitted, but that request was denied. i sat down with michelle russell. russell's brother timothy is the person who led police on that
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high-speed chase involving police back in november 2012. she told me that she isn't buying officer brillo's claim of self defense. >> it seems that he was--like they had target practice that night. he was jumping on the car acting like rambo shooting three rounds. it makes no sense. somebody that is so afraid and so afraid for their life just don't react that way. you would be behind something trying to cover--make sure you don't get shot. >> and there is no jury involved in this trial. the verdict will be issued by the judge, which is expected to happen in the next couple of weeks. >> so the case led to a department of justice investigation into wrongdoing within the cleveland police department. where does the city stand now on reforms? >> well, tony, that doj report
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was released back in december, and there still hasn't been much progress. i do know that the doj and the city of cleveland that they're looking for an independent monitor to oversee some of these reforms. again, we're about five months out still not a lot of progress here. i did speak with a russell family attorney here when they told me about the impact that this case awfuling officer brillo has had in wrongdoing within the cleveland police department. >> that's one of the things that the russell family takes away from this, if any good could possibly come out of his death and this tragedy it is that this brought to light the state of ohio threw the attorney general's office and the department of justice it really brought their focus in on the city cleveland police department. >> and i've been here in cleveland for the past couple of
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days and i've had the opportunity to talk talk with residents who are waiting to hear about the progress. >> the obama administration is getting ready to hand out $20 million in grants to help local police departments purchase body cameras. demand has been on the rise since the deaths of issuing garner michael brown and freddie gray. the grants will go to departments that already have policies in place. sweeping new rules for rail cars used to transport oil and flammable liquids. it follows a series of fiery train crashes, four this year. lisa stark has more from washington. >> these changes come after two dozen derailments of these crude oil trains and growing concern over the trains that can be 200
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cars going through cities. the requirements of sturdier rail cars and more sophisticated braking systems and it will significantly improve safety. >> the truth is that 99.9% of these shipments reach their destination safely. the accidents involving crude and ethanol that have occurred, though have shown us that 99.99% is not enough. >> the most volatile crude will be transported in these stronger cars in about five years. safety advocates say that is too long to say. american petroleum that will help consumers. critics say that the brakes will only marginally improve safety.
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the volatility of the crud oil, the department of transportation says it is still looking at possible requirements that will require the oil companies to lower the volatility of the oil before it gets put in the tank cars but critics say that cannot wait. >> we have seen too many accidents that put too many lives at risk to simply say this needs more study to be addressed as a later date. >> also in the works and not part of this rule is the requirement that the railroad submit emergency response plans a blueprint for what happens when there is an accident. >> appreciate it. thank you. coming up next on the program. teslaa's new technology could change the way people power up and they're changing the way other automakers do business. plus the fight of the century. what do you think? floyd mayweather versus manny
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pacquiao bringing big bucks to sin sit city.
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>> part of our month long look at working in america. "hard earned". >> automaker tesla is using it's know-how to bring batteryies to homes. but they won't be cheap. the base model is expected to cost $3,000 when it goes on sale later this year. tesla's focus will still be on its electric cars. the company is making waves in the auto industry. we have reports now from silicon valley. >> the center of gravity in the auto industry is shifting westward from detroit to silicon valley. ford opened a new technology center a police where software and hardware meet. >> being here in silicon valley and being viewed as being part
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of silicon valley is important and support ours driving innovations. >> here cars are designed by virtual reality with ultralight carbon parts the kinds used on the the up comeing ford gt super car. ford has traveled partway down the road to self-driving vehicles at least when it comes to the annoying task of parallel parking. i'm operating the gas and break but this is entirely staring itself. see, no hands. ford is researching making cars more internet connected. there they're catching up with tesla. tesla has developed a niche in the $100,000 range. the challenge is to do that with
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the moderately priced cars. >> autos are becoming mobile, commuting and communication platforms. if you want to be on the edge of that stuff you want to be where you can incorporate that sort of technology into the auto as quickly as possible. >> that logic is likely to attract other u.s. automakers building an island of detroit in northern california. john hedron, al jazeera, palo alto california. and at the top of the hour, morgan radford is here. >> coming up at 8:00 p.m. former congressman and former naacp president will join us to talk about the charges filed against six police officers all in the death of an unarmed black manfredy gray. plus we'll hear from both sides as a prosecutor and defense
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lawyer discuss that case. our conversation with nick broomfield we talk about why he chose his subject and what he hopes audience takes away from that film. >> can't wait. this saturday night is fight night in las vegas. about an hour ago the contenders manny pacquiao and floyd mayweather jr. were on hand for the official weigh in. now tomorrow they square off in what some are calling the fight of the history. what is questionable the huge amount of money that tomorrow's fight is generating from around the globe. >> it's the neon city in the desert. a place where just about everything goes. but even here the buzz surrounding the fight of floyd mayweather and manny pacquiao. pound for pound they're
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considered the greatest boxers of their generation. this has been a fight years in the making, and this is bringing in thousands of fans between them will spend millions of dollars. >> at the lucky transportation company business is booming. the firm has more than 200 vehicles not enough to cope with the influx of people. >> i've been booked solid for the weekend for the fight. >> the company's owner said that this fight has brought the biggest event he has ever seen. >> this has a huge economic impact and a huge moral impact that vegas is back. it will be great for our economy. >> in betting shops across las vegas it's a similar story. it's estimated $100 billion there are bet on the outcome. >> i'm waiting for a great
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fight. a great fight. if it's a dull fight or something doesn't go right i think boxing is in trouble. >> this is an event that is hoped to restore the city's fortunes. >> during the crisis las vegas was one of the hardest cities. this could be a $1 billion weekend as fans are excited about the fight that could be billed as the fight of the century. >> look at them go at it. they're both raring to go at the end of the day. no better place to--no better venue, mgm watching the fight. just being in this atmosphere is amazing. >> boxing may not draw the crowds it once did but this is expected to be the biggest money fight of all time. >> well, access does not get better than this. this is inside the mgm arena and
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this is the ring where these two fighters will meet, floyd mayweather and manny pacquiao, two of the greatest fighters of their generation. you have your pacquiao fans, your mayweather fans and they've all paid a fortune to watch the night. if you want tickets yourself, the ones here at ringside are selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars. everybody wants to be a part of this event. what is being called the fight of the century. >> legendlegendary singer and songwriter ben e. king has died. ♪ stand by me ♪ >> he had a list of hits including "save the last dance for me." but he achieveed musical immortality as a soloist singing "stand by me." ben e. king was 76 years old.
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that is all of our time for our news hour. you have a great weekend. thanks for watching. morgan radford is back in just a couple of minutes. ♪
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>> good evening. you are watching al jazeera america. i'm morgan radford. john siegenthaler as the night off. probable cause. six officers charged in the killing of freddy gray. tonight a closer look at those explosive allegations. plus taking command. a defining moment for baltimore and its prosecutor. but who is marilyn mosby. and reaction to the day's stunning new development.