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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.
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an entire city clamoring for answers came to a momentary halt as baltimore's chief prosecutor addressed the death of of freddy gray. when marilyn mosbying finished, the reaction was swift stretching from the white house and all across the country. we begin with john terret in baltimore. >> mr. gray's death was a homicide. we have probable cause to file criminal charges about. >> reporter: a cheer the whole of baltimore heard. charges against six police officers involved in freddy gray's arrest april 12th. all six charged with assault. four with manslaughter, the most series charge against officer caesar goodson reckless heart
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murder. delivering a detailed account of what happened, freddy gray's pleas for an inhaler and medical help were ignored by police. >> despite mr. gray's seriously deteriorating medical condition no assistance was sought by any officer. >> attorneys for the baltimore police union backed the officers. >> no officer injured mr. gray, caused harm for mr. gray and they are truly saddened by his death. they did nothing wrong. >> the union is calling for a special prosecutor to be appointed, a notion rejected by mosby. freddy gray's family spoke out about the charges. >> we thank the state's attorney and her team for their unprecedented courage and
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measured and unprecedented response to this crisis. however we must be mindful that this is a first step, not the last. >> reporter: president obama reacted to news of the charges saying the issue is a top priority for his administration. >> what i think the people of baltimore want more than anything else is the truth. that's what people around the country expect. >> 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. >> reporter: state senator katherine pew has been arm in arm,. >> a page in history has just been turned.
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>> reporter: she says, play the 1st has a whole new meaning. >> it will go down in history so will marilyn mosby and so will freddy gray. >> dwight pettit says marches will go ahead focused on the multiple other problems that exist in baltimore and other u.s. cities. >> well, the protest will go on because of all the social thails we've discussed before. jobs education educational system all the things, mass arrest all the things that are impacting the inner cities across this country. >> reporter: but pettit adds he host the protesters will not use the charges as an excuse to retaliate against police for freddy gray's death. and morgan, speaking to that point, more black lawyers have organized a rally outside baltimore's city hall. expected on the green lawn behind me.
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the rally will be rather broader now than just the freddy gray issue alone. it is hoped it will be peaceful. if it isn't state troopers and the national guard are on duty here to try and keep order. morgan. >> a lot unfolding in baltimore john terret, thank you for joining us. meanwhile, marilyn mosby's words were powerful, we think it's important you hear what she said. these are allegations against six officers and we have not heard their side but here is the prosecutor's side of what happened on april 12th. >> the findings of our comprehensive, thorough and independent investigation coupled with the medical examiner's determination that mr. gray's death was a homicide, which we received today has led us to believe that we have probable cause to file criminal charges. the statement of probable case is as follows: on april 12th,
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2015 between 8:45 and 9:15 a.m., near the corner of mount street, officer rice while on bike patrol with officers nero and miller, made eye contact with freddy carlos gray, junior. having made eye contact with mr. gray mr. gray subsequently ran from lieutenant rice. lieutenant rice then dispatched over departmental radio that he was involved in a foot pursuit at which time bike patrol officers miller and nero also began pursuing mr. gray. mr. gray surrendered to officers miller and nero. officers miller and nero then hand cuftd mr. grayhandcuffed mr. glai gray, placed in a
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prone position, with his hands behind i his back, he indicated he could not breathe and requested his inhaler to no avail. officers miller and nero then put mr. gray in a seated position and subsequently found a knife clipped to the inside of his pants pocket. the blade of the knife was folded into the handle. the knife was 92nd switch blade and is lawful under maryland law. these officers subsequently removed the knife and placed it on the sidewalk. mr. gray was then placed back down on his stomach at which time mr. gray began to flail his legs and scream as officer miller placed mr. gray in a restraining technique known as a leg length, while officer miller held him down against his will while a wagon arrived to transport mr. gray. officer nero and had officer
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miller failed to establish probable cause for mr. gray's arrest had not been determined. illegally arrested mr. gray. the van operated by caesar goodson, loaded mr. gray into the wagon and at no point was he secured by a seat belt, contemporary to a bpd general order. stopped at baker street, mr. miller and officer being nero removed him from the wagon placed flex cuffs on his wrists and handcuffs on his ankles. placing him on his stomach back in the wagon head first onto the floor of the wagon. once again mr. gray was not secured by a seat belt in the
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wagon contrary to a bpd general order. following transport from baker street mr. gray suffered a severe and critical neck injury as a result of being hand cuftd shackled by his feet and unrestrained inside of the bpd wagon. from baker street officer goodson proceeded, subsequent parked the wagon and proceeded to the back of the wagon in order to observe mr. gray. despite stopping for the purpose of checking on mr. gray's condition, at no point did he seek nor did he render any medical assistance for mr. gray. officer goodson returned to his driver's seat and proceeded to the central booking and intake facility with mr. gray still unsecured by a asset belt contemporary tocontrary to a bpd general
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order. officer goodson called into dispatch and requested additional units at dolphin street and drew hill avenue. officer porter arrived on the scene, near dolphin street and drew hill afternoon. both proceeded to the back of the wagon to check on the status of mr. gray's condition. mr. gray at that time requested help and indicated he could not breathe. officer porter asked mr. gray if he needed a medic at which time mr. gray indicated at least twice that he was in need of a medic. officers then physically assisted mr. gray from the floor to the bench. however despite mr. gray's request for a medic both officers assessed his condition and at no point did they restrain nor render nor request medical assistance. while discussing the transportation of mr. gray for
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medical attention a request for additional units was made for an arrest at the 1600 west north avenue. officer porter left the vicinity of dolphin street and drew hill avenue. despite mr. gray's obvious and recognized need for medical assistance if goodson in a grossly negligent manner, chose to respond to the 1600 location of west hill avenue, without a seat belt or summonsing medical assistance for mr. gray. officer goodson arrived at north avenue to transparent transport the individual, at which time he was again met by officer nero, miller porter and lieutenant rice. whether the wagon arrived officer goodson walked to the back of the wagon ato make
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observation of mr. gray. sergeant alicia white and officer porter offend mr. gray unresponsive on the floor of the wagon, two citizen complaints pertaining to mr. gray's illegal arrests spoke to the back of mr. gray's head. when he did not respond she did nothing further despite the fact that she was advised that he needed a medic. she made no effort to look or assess or determine his condition. despite mr. gray's seriously deteriorating medical condition no medical assistance was rendered or summons for mr. gray at that time, by any officer. after completing the north avenue arrest and loading the additional prisoner, into the opposite side of the wagon containing mr. gray, officer goodson then proceeded to the western district police station where, contrary to the bpd
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general order he again failed to restrain mr. gray in the wagon for at least the fifth time. at the western district police station, the defendant arrested at north avenue was escorted and secured inside of the police station prior to attending to mr. gray. by the time officer zachary novak, sergeant white and an unnamed officer attempted to remove mr. gray, he was not breathing at all. the medic determined mr. gray was now in card adarrest and critically and severely injured. mr. gray was rushed to the university of maryland shock trauma where he underwent surgery. on april 19th, 2015, mr. gray succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. the manner of homicide is believed to be the result of a
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fatal injury that occurred when mr. gray was unrestrained in his seat belt in the blar baltimore police wagon. >> will those charges lead to convictions? we want to hear from experts tonight. troy slaten, joinls us from los angeles this evening and also joining me from san francisco is harry stern he's a former police officer himself and is now a defense attorney. he represents police officers in court proceedings. troy let's start with you this evening. gentlemen thank you so much for being with us. none of these charges that we just heard from mosby actually show intent. do you think troy that any of these officers intended to kill freddy gray? desperate doesn't appear that any of them wanted to cause harm. but the law says they don't have to. now, the police are solely
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responsible for health and welfare of anyone that they arrest. and with regard to these charges, what the prosecutors are saying theyshowed such a depraved indifference to human life that it was logical that extreme harm would come to him. >> but harry i want to understand your side of the story. we heard mosby say that this injury happened inside the van and not actually during the arrest. but what difference does it make in the charges then? >> i don't think that makes a difference. here's what the critical question is going to be, in any proceedings, and frankly i think this is going to be the type of case that is subject to extensive motion work before it goes to a jury. and it might get dismissed and here's why. absent from the prosecutor's recitation of probable cause if anything suggesting that the officers actively did anything.
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and here's what i think the apt analogy in this case. it's as if they were transporting mr. gray and they were hit by another car who ran a red light. and their failure the officers' failure was not seat belting him in. doesn't equate to murder. and i think -- >> i want to interrupt you though on this question of activeness. >> sure. >> let's go back and talk about the actual charges. the van's driver was charged with the most serious second degree murder and manslaughter. depraved heart murder what does that mean? can you touch on that for me troy? >> yes depraved heart murder, normally to charge somebody with murder you have to have an evil men'sreamensrea, evil intent.
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the actions they took showed such a depraved indifference to the safety of human rights that it resulted in a death and that it would logically result in a death. >> there is question about how indifferent it was. all of these charges came without a grand jury. let's take a look at what the head of the police union head had to say. >> we're disappointed to the rush to judgment given the fact that the version has not been concluded. our officers like every other american citizen are entitled to due process. >> now harry listening to that clip you are a cop. what do you think about this? do you agree? >> well, i agree in general. and i think troy and i are probably in the same position that we don't have access to the actual evidence, we're kind of going off of reports of reports. but here are my thoughts: this is a case where the liability
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the criminal liability is very attenuated to the degree that i don't think it rises to the level of probable cause and that's because if there was indifference, the indifference was not seat belting mr. gray. that still doesn't provide causation in terms of the death. and what's fascinating to me in listening to the prosecutor talk about the facts and the probable cause statement is really is absence of any discussion of what some other evidence we've heard which is that he had possibly self-inflicted the damage by banging his head and that's going to be a key issue. >> harry stern and troy slaten we thank you very much. now let's go to quaise infume,
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former president of the naacp. thank you for joining us this evening. as i understand you were part of marilyn mosby' transition term. what do you think of so much rippling through the african american community when the charges were read, what was such a surprise about the charges being brought in the first place? good i know marilyn mosby i know her husband i know her children i know where her heart is and where she has come to get where she is today. notwithstanding the fact that she is third generation of police officers and law enforcement officers in her own family and that he that she understands the position of a victim having watched her cousin die on a doorstep when she was just a teenager, which ultimately moved her to decide that she wanted to go into the law. i think it's very important to say up front that there will be
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a lot of pontificating back and forth as there should be on this. what we do know is that marilyn mosby wanted to be almost completely transparent in the facts she could talk about that led to her finding of probable cause. and what we also know is that the community who may not be attorneys and i'm certainly not one myself, all appreciate the manner in which this was laid out, preecial the fact appreciate the fact that although we thought this was fast she obviously was doing a parallel investigation. when the police turned over their information to her she said we have already had this information, there is a person that is clear thinking -- >> i want to interrupt you for just a minute because you are describing a personal portrait of mr. chair lynn mosby one we appreciate and the public handy heard but what are those who say she is in over her head, she
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acted just one day after the police concluded their initial investigation? >> well you know monday morning quarterbacks have a perfect touchedtouchdown record. i think we need to wait for the facts before we can say she was right or wrong slow or fast. we are not privy to those facts. we don't know all the information that she knows and her team of prosecutors and the police department. so that's why i've urged people to kind of withhold judgment and let this play out at it should in the criminal justice system. understanding that there is a process here. but to pontificate about whether or not -- >> right. but as we understand this process i want to take a moment and look beyond into the city of baltimore. the death of freddy gray has especially shaken the young people there. will these charges bring them any hope? will it restore their faith in the criminal justice system? >> well, the restoration of
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faith will be what the eventually outcome of these cases -- eventual outcome of these case are when they had reason to believe that a criminal justice system, had clearly little in their minds of addressing their needs demonstrated itself with the probable cause findings of the state's attorney, that said clearly this is not an indictment against all police officers who said clearly i feel the pain of all the young people who are here and said clearly, this is a process, this is a start. but she believes and rightly so that it was a right thing to do. so people feel better about that as opposed to what has traditional reply happened in cases like this where there's no findings no probable cause and it goes away. this is not only significant but almost historic in that respect. >> historic all right quaisi, i.nfume. it's been our pleasure to have
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you with us. thank you so much. coming up next, beyond baltimore. the cleveland police officer on trial after firing 49 shots at two unarmed black suspects. plus making railways safer in the u.s. and in canada. what leaders in both countries want to do about oil trains. stay tuned.
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>> charges were field filed on friday
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against three former allies of new jersey governor chris christie. pled guilty to conspiracy charges. he admitted to closing lanes causing a huge traffic jam. wallstein could face two years in prison. christ denied all floation information about that traffic jam. lisa stark has a story. >> involving trains 100 cars long carrying volatile crude oil. >> the truth is that 99.9% of
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these shipments reach their destinations safely. the accidents involving crude and ethanol that have occurred, though have showed us that 99.9% isn't enough. >> reporter: there have been more than 2 dozen derailments since 2013 as crude oil production and rail shipments have skyrocketed. the most bed deadly crash a run away train accident in canada that killed 47. rain cars including d.o.t. 111s, in this footage obtained by al jazeera, the d.o.t. 111 is at the bottom of the screen. you can see how easily the car is breached. they must be phased out or retrofitted within three years. and a newer model cot 1232 must be replaced within five years. taking their place rail cars
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with thicker steel skins thermal blankets for heat protection and shields on either end. safety advocates support the stronger cars but say they are not coming soon enough. >> the department of transportation is essentially acknowledging we are going to continues to allow up to five years unsafe rail cars to continue to deliver oil within the united states. and we think that's unacceptable. >> reporter: but the american petroleum institute says the time line for firming tank cars is too short and will lead to shortages that will affect consumers. the rail industry applauded the new rule with one big exception: the rail industry called for enhanced braking systems that allow each car to brake independently, which the association says will reduce the number of cars that derail in a crash. ann hanberger say the breaks are brakes
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are are costly, don't work well. and won't provide the cars from derailing. >> one. one car. to say it will eliminate the accordion effect is not correct. >> reporter: the industry has not ruled out challenging the braking requirement. overall though even critics agree the new rules are a safety step forward. lisa stark, al jazeera washington. >> coming up next: a live update from baltimore following today's stunning announcement, following charges regarding freddy gray. and lonnie franklin is accused of ten murders and could be charged with dozens more. stay tuned.
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>> good evening you're watching
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al jazeera america and i'm morgan radford, john siegenthaler has the night off. defining day. in baltimore with six police officers charged in the killing of freddy gray. grim sleeper. race, justice and the search for a serial killer. what a new documentary uncovers. plus fight club. hard hit and domestic violence the bigger issue for boxing and floyd mayweather. we begin in baltimore tonight where more protests are underway. they follow the dramatic announcement this morning from the city's chief prosecutor who said there's enough evidence to charge six police officers in connection with the death of freddy gray. those charges include manslaughter and assault. the question really is, will it help stop violent protest like
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we saw earlier in the week? melissa chan joins us from baltimore. melissa. >> reporter: morgan, to a certain extent it is too early to see. it is quite early to see if things will actually kick off. we have been traveling around the city shortly after the announcement that they would consider freddy gray's death a homicide and it was largely peaceful. here is what the residents of baltimore out and about had to say. >> black lives matter. black lives matter. >> reporter: celebration and relief from the local people after the announcement of the prosecutor in the morning. >> we know from other cases happening in 2015 and 2014 officers don't even get indicted so that's an amazing milestone for us. we're still going wrong. >> where this indictment police officers aren't holding people
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accountable. this is our time to make systemic changes. >> the community knows this is the first step in a long process they believe sphreg deserves. they see it just -- that freddy gray deserves. they believe this is one battle won. >> it helps us elevate the conversations around race relations, of people in color who end up being incarcerated. >> there are two rallies this afternoon in baltimore. the day's events not just about freddy gray but a reminder of the city's economic divide. in baltimore the median income of white americans is twice that of african americans. >> violence is per vasive in baltimore but not the kind of violence that people are
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accustomed to waxing, perhaps on the wire or something. the gentrification of black and brown neighborhoods high unemployment investing in downtown when you are forgetting about downtown. >> in the coming days the people here will follow the developments of the freddy gray's killing but for a moment there's a sense that everyone's voices have finally been heard. >> what do we want? >> justice. >> and when do we want it? >> now. >> as you can see even as my report has actually been running, some of the people have rallied and returned to the street. so it's generally been celebratory and they really really know what's happening in baltimore is part of the national conversation morgan. >> melissa thank you so much for being with us, this evening. .of baltimore's political leaders responded. elijah cummings praised the
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decision to bring charges against those six officers. here is some of what he had to say this afternoon. >> this is a great day. this is national. i said it before. these things can happen anywhere. and so, with that, i think a message has been sent by our state's attorney. that she treasures every life. that she values every person so let the wheels of justice begin to roll and it is good that they are rolling as opposed to standing still. >> a community organizer who helped arrange protests in ferguson missouri, and now protesting at the heart of those rallies. what was your reaction when you first heard the charges from the state's attorney? >> we were excited that justice seems to be rolling right now. the police officers might be held accountable is a good
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thing. that the charges are a first step. we know that this in and of itself is not justice, that the six officers being charged with the murder of freddy gray will not in and of itself lead to systemic change but might lead to the first step of exposing a corrupt police department. we are excited about this stuff and that's what you hear behind me convict all six. we know the baltimore city police are corrupt and this is the first step in exposing it. >> andre, at the heart of your message while this is good this isn't really enough. given your experience in ferguson are you skeptical at all that these charges will actually stick? >> i'm hopeful. the state's attorney delivered a strong message today that shows she heard the cries of the protesters say no justice no peace. she understands the risk here with exposing the corruption and responding to -- and not responding to the people's concerns. so i'm hopeful. you know the reality is that the street protest is what made this
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happen. if people were not in the street those six officers would be still on the street today. >> i want to bring up photos of the officers charged. let's bring them up in the control room. this is the six officers who are charged in the case. deray, as you begin to look forward, what does justice look like for you in this case? >> you know, justice is two-prong. it is never experiencing in the trauma in the first place or it's accountability for those who initiate and perpetuate the trauma. freddy is gone, he will never come back. the best thing we can do in terms of this case is make sure those officers are held accountable. as far as never experiencing the trauma that's about structural and systemic change. it is body cameras civilian oversight, having citizens involved in the hiring of the police officers, and clear procedures for use of force and
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use of deadly it's a whole package of things and this is just the beginning . >> you say this is just the beginning. you've mentioned the structural images that need to belie these changes. but one criticism was the quickness with which these charges came. will you believe that the quickness with which these charges were filed will actually keep the peace in baltimore a little longer? >> you know i think the reality is that the police are the most violent force here in the city of baltimore and all around the country. this will highlight that the state's attorney's office is serious about charging and prosecuting crimes conducted by police officers. in a system that is traditional reply crument. itraditionally corrupt. i hope this will follow through from the very beginning. >> thank you for being with us this evening. now to ohio and another case adding to the national debate.
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this one the trial of a cleveland police officer charged with not one but two counties of voluntary manslaughter, firing two bullets into the car of an escaping suspect. >> the attorney representing michael brilo asked that brilo be acquitted but the judge denied that request. brother timothy led police in that high speed chase that ended in a hail of gun fire. ms. russell says she's not buying officer brilo's claims of self defense. >> he had his issues but for the most part my brother was a decent human being and loved people and was trying to get his
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life together. >> on a cold november night over two years ago timothy russell's life was cut short. >> take me back to that time in 2012 when you learned that your brother was dead. >> i didn't believe that it was him. >> reporter: michelle russell had seen the images on tv, an old blue malibu had been riddled with bullets 30-year-old melissa williams was her brother's passenger. >> i didn't understand. what happened? >> it began when police spotted russell and williams, both homeless, driving in an area known for illegal drugs. when an officer tried to pull the 43-year-old over for a traffic violation, russell hit the gas. officers say they heard a noise coming from russell's vehicle that was similar to that of a gun shot. a high speed chase ensued.
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for over 20 minutes dozens of police cruisers trailed russell and williams through cleveland. the chase ended when officers unleashed a hail of gun fire. in all police fired 137 shots. both russell and williams were unarmed. what was your reaction to seeing those photos, to seeing that over 130 shots were fired into your brother's vehicle? >> i just thought it was totally unnecessary. i mean, granted he didn't pull over for whatever reason. again we don't know, because he could have had a valid reason for not pulling over. but he did not deserve to be shot up like that. >> why do you think it is that he didn't pull over? >> i believe that he panicked. he was scared. he maybe was in fear of his own life. >> of the 13 officers who fired shots, 31-year-old michael brilo
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fired the most. he fired through the windshield. the former marine was the only officer charged. >> i have never been so afraid of my life. >> reporter: he faces two counts of voluntary manslaughter. >> i thought my partner and i were being shot and we were going to be killed. >> what would you like to see happen to the officer who is on trial? >> this is a very hard question. because to be honest with you i'm not looking for -- i'm not looking for any ill will towards officer brilo. my issue is i'm looking for truth. i want the truth to come out. and so far away i've what i've seen and heard being addressed in the courtroom to me is just not getting to the truth. >> mr. brilo who was the driver
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of car 217 fired at least 49 times. >> reporter: during the case the defense argued that officer brilo acted in self defense. mri shell took the stand. she said for years her brother battled from addiction to drugs and mental illness. >> had he another issue where he tried to outrun from the police. that stemmed from the drugs he was trying the outrun the police in the past but again he wasn't trying to kill anybody. interif >> if any good could have come out of his death melissa' death, it really brought the light of the stoi state of ohio and
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the department of justice to the cleveland police department. >> this stuff has been going on for decades. it's only because of technology, social media, cell phones, pictures cameras you can take these photos and capture it that it's being exposed. >> russell says she's still searching for answers. >> and that since day 1 has been my mission trying to figure out what the heck is the real story. >> reporter: oh so you don't think you're being told the real story? >> no, i don't believe the police's version of the story of what they claim happened. >> officer brilo's life is in the hands of a judge. baltimore cleveland community leaders are asking for calm however, the city officials says it has been planning and is prepared for anything. and brilo is facing a maximum 25 years behind bars.
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the judge will issue the verdict in this case and that is expected to happen within the next couple of weeks. right now the search is on for an independent plornt to monitor to oversee reforms within the cleveland police department. morgan. >> ing bisi onile-ere, thanks so much for being with us this evening. a new documentary is shedding light on a series of murders that happened in south central los angeles between 1995 and 2007. it's called tails of the grim sleeper. >> he says come on, i'll take you. >> he would want to take pictures of me. >> it was one door that he had locked from the inside. and. >> i was trapped. i was trapped. >> back in the 1980s we had a count of 90 women. >> these murders stretched over a 25-year period. i wondered how this was possible. >> imagine if they would have treated victim number 3 as if
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she was a student over at ucla with blond hair and blue eyes. >> the police don't care because these are black women. we don't mean nothing to them. >> the lack of concern allow for this hunting grown hunting ground. >> i told my own son whatever you do don't call 911. >> there is a community that has survived beyond all odds. >> this is the story of lone lonnie frack colin. >> nick, let's be frank. these cases went unsolved for more than 20 years and in the end franklin was only caught because of an accidental computer dna match. did these cases go unsolved because the l.a.p.d. didn't care because these victims were poor and black? >> yes absolutely. the film is part of the bigger
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political debate going on in this country right now and i think what happened in south central is just an example of a police force that don't care if you are not affluent, white and living in the right part of the city. >> what happened in south central is also a part of the discussion as you mentioned that we're seeing play out all across the country flit. but going back to plapped. l.a.p.d. was it the l.a.p.d.'s fault? it wasn't just l.a.p.d. that fran kiln fooled. he didn't just steal cars, he dealt in stolen cars. they seemed almost willing to back him up. why is that qut? >> i think this is? >> this is like an apartheid city. people don't just come forward as the person said in the trailer, i tell my son "don't call 911". >> what sort of conversation do you want this film to inspire on
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a national level? >> people are a lot more informed because of social media than they ever have been. and people are amazed what they're seeing on their tv screens. it's an eye-openers where people are not treated equally where people are abused and murdered, where they are not regarded as citizens worth having a justice system that serves them. i think you know we've seen it in ferguson, we've seen it now more recently in baltimore. and i think there is a debate, just the start of a debate which hopefully will rox resolve in legislation or a supreme court decision. which will redefine police, that is all that will do it. >> nick broomfield, director, thank you for joining us. many.
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"hard earned". >> so if you're a boxing fan for me you know that tomorrow night is boxing satellite when manny pacquiao faced faces off with floyd mayweather. the fight of the century is starting off with an economic boost. andy gallagher has the story. >> it's the neon place in the desert about anything goes. the fight between floyd mayweather and manny pacquiao have the world interested. it's bringing in thousands of fans who between them will spend millions of dollars. >> i need a cap for maryland. >> at the lucky transportation company, business is booming. the firm has more than 200
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vehicles. not enough to cope with the influx of people. >> i have been booked solid for the weekend for the fight. >> the company's owner says the the biggest events the city has seen. >> this has a huge economic it also has a huge world impact that las vegas is back. and it's going to be economically great for our community. >> reporter: at betting shops across las vegas it's a similar story. it's estimated that $100 million will be wage erd on the outcome and bookies is say there's more than just money at stake. >> i'm betting on one great thing to lap. a great fight. if it's a dull fight or something doesn't go right i think boxing is in trouble. >> for las vegas this is something that it is hoped will restore the city's fortunes. las vegas was one of the hardest hit in the recession, there is
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built for larger than life events and there cosh a this could be a billion dollar weekend. settling up for the fight of the century. >> they're raring to go. mgm there watching the fight live, can't believe it. even 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:00. andy gallagher, al jazeera, las vegas, nevada. >> this fight is without controversy. there's floyd mayweather's history of domestic abuse and can his criminal history be separated from what he does inside the ring? a domestic violence awareness caves and a domestic abuse survivor. i think about chris brown i think about ray rice i think about money maker floyd
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mayweather. what does it that allows the cult of celebrity to overlook the tbaisk basic need for human rights? >> this cult of celebrity extends everywhere. beyond sports, above entertainment, high powered executives are not held accountable. it's a systemic issue within the fact fabric of our society. nobody wants to look at floyd mayweather because think about it. he is boxing at this point. there is way too much riding on him. the nevada boxing commission, his managers all the sick sycophants that hang out around him. >> is that public perception when when we think of floyd mayweather as a boxer this is what he does, he fights, does that cloud our judgment him using those golden gloves outside the ring?
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>> i don't think it's clouding. it's a distraction to some extent but realistically. think about ray rice. he wasn't known as a fighter per se but it took a video that we watched, that took -- that allowed the nfl to actually hold him accountable. so when you look at the fact that this is a man who fietle forfightsfor a living and nobody is holding him accountable, this is to a point very easy for a person to separate his private life from his public, so hypocritical the same people who are call for for goodell's head, in the ray rice debacle they are going to be at the fight and watching pay purview. i'll go on record, saying every dollar spent every person who watches there fight is contribute tolling the support of a batterer or the culture of
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violence against women. first of all mayweather is accountable. the system that allows him to go unpunished is accountable and the viewers themselves. we have to look and say why is it that the value of a woman's life, women life, his children's life and the larger sense of this society is less important than being able to sit around and have some fun on a saturday night. >> giving us a lot to think about founder of truth and reality, thanks for being with us. legendsary sing are and songwriter ben e. king has died. >> just as long as you stand stand by me ♪ >> in the 1950s king enjoyed success as lead singer of the drifters he was writer of various songs like stand by me.
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he obtained musical immortality with "stand by me." that's it for this hour. i'm morgan radford thanks for joining us. joining us.
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