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>> they've just been pepper spraying people at very close range... >> years of tension between the community and police erupt... >> she was on her way home to her kids and she never made it... >> a former cop speaks out... >> if you had taken steps when a man was assaulted, maybe freddie gray didn't have to die. >> is there still a blue wall of silence in american cities? >> did somebody get shot? >> stop asking questions! fault lines baltimore rising only on al jazeera america cop controversy - a texas officer draws his gun on unarmed teens, sparking question about race and policing in america manhunt for murderers. investigators now believe two convicted killers who escaped from a maximum security prison may have had inside help unfinished strategy. >> we don't yet have a complete strategy because it requires
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commitments on the part of the iraqis as well. president obama says iraqis must step up to the plate as the u.s. reflects its plans to take on i.s.i.l. and missed connections. an investigation finds dozens of t.s.a. employees on terror watch lifts good evening everybody, i'm david shuster, this is al jazeera america. we begin tonight with growing outrage in texas over a video that has gone viral, showing a white police officer pulling his gun on black teens at a pool party. they were responding to calls about kids at a pool. the officer has been suspended and some of the neighbourhood parents are calling for his badge. >> reporter: outrage in a north texas community after police clashed with teenagers at a weekend pool party. this could have been handled different by the officers asking them to get off of the property or they'd give them a citation.
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the officer didn't do that. as a corporal, he should know what needs to be done, and how. >> reporter: what the corporal did was caught on cellphone video. police responded to calls of a disturbance at a police pool party. when officers arrived, kids got scared and some ran. the police took off after them. >> don't run after the police get here. >> reporter: most officers are relatively calm, except for one. >> get on the ground. i told you to stay. [ bleep ] on the ground. >> reporter: the officer, identified as corporal eric proceeds to detain several. he wields a flashlight ordering kids to the ground but suddenly he draws his pistol at two boys and goes back to the young girl sitting on the grass. wearing a bikini the
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15-year-old is unarmed. the corporal slams her head into the ground. >> on your face. >> reporter: she was released to the parents. >> i guess he thought we were saying rude stuff to me. he grabbed me twisted my arm. i told him he could get off me, my back was hurting. >> reporter: now others are speaking out against the police, like the father of this young girl who ran to help the girl when the police detained her. >> my daughter came in. she punched her to the side. i don't like grown men touching my girl. >> reporter: a full investigation is underway. for this father suspension is not going to cut it. >> i'm not indict the entire police department. i saw some doing the right thing. this guy was out of control. i'm not going to stop until he is fired. >> and in another racially charged case captured on cell
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phone video a south carolina police officer has been charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed man. michael sleigher has been in gaol for shooting walter scott in the back after he ran away after a traffic stop. the grand jury had a lot of evidence to sort through. >> just because you have video doesn't mean it's the be all, end all, and the case is over. think about the bank and armed robberies, and video that we have. certainly as a prosecutor if we can have a case that depicts the crime and we aren't having to rely just on people's perception the jury will be able to make up their own mind after seeing the video and hearing testimony. >> the prosecutor will not seek the death penalty, the officer facing 30 years to life in prison if found guilty. >> a judge ordered the release of the longest serving prisoner in solitary confinement.
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he could be set free as early as tomorrow. fox has been in angola for 43 years almost all of it in solitary. he was convicted of armed robe and for killing a prison guard. amnesty international says time in solitary had a clear psychological effect on him, who is now 68 years old a weekend suicide of a former rikers island inmate prompted calls for changes at that troubled new york city gaol. the mayor bill de blasio says he'll push for reform two days after cal each browner killed himself. he was gaoled for three years, even though never convicted of a crime. he was released in 2013, but struggled with mental illness authorities have been told to be on the look out for two men that escaped from a maximum
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security prison in new york. john seigenthaler reports investigators are looking into whether the convict had inside help. >> reporter: they climbed through a mann hole and vanished. leaving behind this. inmate 2297 david swep was serving life without parole for fatally shooting a sheriff's deputy 22 times. inmate 7:23 reportedly escaped before. this time he was doing 25 to life on a murder wrap. for torturing and dismembering his boss. the two were in adjacent cells at clinton correctional facilities. a state prison in northern new york 20 miles from the canadian border. friday night they rigged makeshift dummies in their bed and set off on a winding journey through the bows of the prison.
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somehow they got their hands on power tools, busting through a brick wall and cutting through a pipe before reaching freedom. as the massive manhunt unfolded new york governor got a tour of the getaway route. the escape is the first from the maximum security section of the prison since it opened in 1845. in addition to about 1400 guards, it employs hundreds of civilians and outside contractors and has been undergoing construction. the governor said monday the assumption is now that the in mate had inside help. >> i would be shocked if a guard was involved. that's putting it mildly. but we are looking at the civilian employees now and the private contractors, they wouldn't have had the equipment on their own, that's for sure. >> state police confirmed a
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female prison worker is being questioned as an accomplice. data is in. last month was the wettest may on record. the united states received an average of 4.4 inches of rainfall, and rain is still causing problems in parts of the country. over the weekend louisiana's river swelled 37 feet higher than normal. dozens of homes were wrecked by floodwaters and hundreds of people had to be evacuated. our meteorologist is here with more. >> we are not seeing rain on the radar and satellite. because it has rained so much. all the water is filtering down. a lot of the rivers towards the gulf of mexico. we are seeing this go on for the next several weeks. i want to take you to louisiana. because it hasn't rained, we are looking at the flood warnings that are in. you can see this one here. this is following the red river. i want to show you video that
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came out of vooefs point louisiana. there was a mandatory evacuation, and the red river crested right in sh-reeve point. waters are subsiding here, as we go down the river, every community downstream will see the water crest and go down. two areas i'm concerned about, what is happening here in alexandria, and as we go to the mississippi, it will make its way here, and baton rouge will see problems as well. major flooding all along the red river. so we are watching this very carefully. this will be dry. we had storms go through this evening, across the eastern seaboard, and there continues to be a lot of rain in that area. we'll see heavy rain showers in the east dry in the south. still flooding going on. >> thank you very much. speaking at the g7 summit in
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jeremy president obama said the united states does not have a complete strategy to deal with i.s.i.l. and iraq. the pentagon is reviewing its plans, but the iraqis must be committed to the fight. national security correspondent jamie mcintyre has a closer look. >> it's a pleasure to be with prime minister haider al-abadi and his delegation. >> reporter: president obama met with the iraqi prime minister haider al-abadi on the sidelines of the g7 summit in the bavaria alps, and pledged to ramp up training of iraqi troops the lynch pip of an anti-i.s.i.l. strategy. >> we'll continue to provide the supplies that are necessary for iraqi forces to mound an offensive campaign. >> reporter: the u.s. has 3,000 troops in iraq but the president says the problem is there's not enough row iraqi troops to turn into
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battle-hardened fighters and ordered the pentagon to find out how to train iraqis faster and more willing trainees. that part of the programme is a work in progress. >> we don't yet have a complete strategy because it requires commitment on the part of the iraqis about how recruitment and training takes place. >> reporter: for his part prime minister haider al-abadi blames setbacks on the ability of i.s.i.l., and re-enforcements of fighters crossing from the turkish border to syria, making their way to iraq. >> translation: the problem is in the foreign fighters from syria into iraq. it creates more bloodshed, destruction, and the bloodshed and spilling of the innocence. >> reporter: on the ground in iraq there's glimmers of success. in baiji, sources say iraqi troops are making progress.
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. after weeks of combat iraqi forces broke through the lines, and established a supply route to reinforce troops holding a section of the baiji oil refinery. now iraqi forces are taking control of the southern part of the city. the pentagon says iranian maid artillery have been supporting both advances it's not clear who is manning the guns. then there's ramadi. >> translation: one round we lost was in ramadi. i say only temporarily. >> reporter: i.s.i.l. controls ramadi. forces mass to the east. there are skirmishes in the security zone between the two cities, but iraqi forces are gathering to the west. to service as an iraqi force. a classic hammer and anvil manoeuvre. what is really needed is a sunni awakening in anbar. like the one defeating al qaeda
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in iraq in 2006 and 2007. >> we have seen sunni tribes willing and prepared to fight i.s.i.l., and have been successful in rebuffing i.s.i.l. but it has not happened as fast as it needs to. >> reporter: i.s.i.l. was not alone at the top of the agenda as the summit wrapped up. there was one against russian aggression, the president warning vladimir putin, the president of rushsia about encroachment. >> as he continues to wreck the country's economy and continue russia's isolation in pursuit of a long-headed desire to recreate the glories of the soviet empire. >> reporter: the gt addressed the environment pledging to phase out fossil fuels by the
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end of the century days after a 95% fail rate at the t.s.a. check point dozens of their employees are on terror watch lifts are, and bliss are -- lists, and police are trying to release video of a shooting though it is creating more questions than answers.
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authorities in bovt yn release a -- boston release a grainy video showing a man suspected of being an i.s.i.l. suspect. police say it proves they were justified, but the victim's family feels differently. >> reporter: the video is silent but hard to see. authorities say it shows six hostages approaching rahid. they approach hitting the 26-year-old in the front, not the backs.
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>> there were multiple requests for him to put down the record. he was given every chance. >> officers got within 4 feet of raheem. moments after he fell a school bus passed. the video doesn't show that the suspect was carrying a military knife. >> this unravelled so quickly, i believe my officers acted responsibility. >> raheem's family say it's far from clear saying it showed he was breaking no laws when law enforce. tried to retrain him. >> we couldn't see whether he was brandishing a knife or not. it was like a 20th of the graham. we can't be clear as to what transpired. >> authorities have been tracking tracking raheem for months.
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his nephew has been charged with conspiracy. they laughed about a plan saying: one of many sympathizers the fbi says it is tracking in all 50 states. we are monitoring them for action, steps, mobilization. when we see those, we are not taking the chance. and another black eye for the t.s.a. the government agency that screens air travellers and workers at airports nationwide. an investigation found dozens of airport employees were given security clearances each though they were on the watch list. the t.s.a. was vetting workers with a list. last week in an investigation t.s.a. employees failed to detect fake explosives and weapons brought into air parts.
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>> we are joined in the studio. the fear is that i.s.i.l. is somehow going to infiltrate the t.s.a. doesn't it suggest that that would be easy for them? >> the people, first of all are the 73 none of them were t.s.a. employees, they were people that worked for airlines vendors within the airport. some worked in fast food restaurants, and had gone through a background check that was performed by the combination of employers, airport and a terrorism vetting by the t.s.a. >> they are not in the blue shirts, but the t.s.a. is responsible to make sure everyone is not on the list and they were. >> and that - that certainly is a problem. we need to put it in perspective. 73 people that is not obvious 900,000. we are talking about 99.99, 8%
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of the time they get it right. certainly, certainly we are looking for 100%. but the other side of it is if you think your system is 100% effective, you are not looking for holes. >> if it's not 1% effective. that's all it takes to cause mass panic. >> absolutely. and those that work in the airport, and homeland security for years, knows that no system is 100% so we have layers of security, as you can see, when the t.s.a. missed out on people the oig found them. there has been other instances where people should have been caught in one lair of security but were caught in another layer down the road. >> what about t.s.a. at checkpoints allowing bombs and equipment that should have been detected. how does it happen.
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>> no system is effective with human being involved. certainly there's problems. an instance that i know about is an individual a tester with explosives attached to his body. he ran the medal detector and they missed it. should have been caught. there's no excuse tore that. the reality is though that the people who are doing the testing are probably much better at it than any of the terrorists would be. it's enough to make it an excuse. everyone that is trying to flip something through managed to get it through. it's inexcusable. >> how do you improve it? >> one of things is you have to look better at the israeli model. israelis do not look for bombs and weapons, they look for bad people. you have to look for the bad people and you have to look at
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people doing things wrong, and you have to look at who - check everywhere the same. you check some more than others in the united states, and sometimes they call that profiling. and that has a bad connotations. >> bad connotations. >> kenneth, thank you for coming in, good to see you the u.s. army temporarily disabled its website after a hacking incident. it's online now. some content was compromised. military leaders insist there was no breach of army data. the group is claiming responsibility. the anthrax mess seems to get worse by the day. the pentagon admitting live anthrax was shipped to 36 labs 19 states in six foreign countries. many were exposed to deadly
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bacteria. they received precautionary treatment and are said to be fine. middle east respiratory syndrome claimed seven lives in south korea. there's 100 confirmed cases. in an effort to slow down the spread of the virus 2500 have been quarantined, nearly 2,000 schools closed. it's the biggest m.e.r.s. outbreak outside of saudi arabia. just ahead - hundreds of thousands of adopted people are getting a chance to learn where they came from. >> to see her name was breath-taking. how a new law is helping them reconnect with birth parents and how many can benefit. >> what goes up is supposed to come down. but this n.a.s.a. spacecraft did not come down quite as expected.
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the department of education says it will erase most of the student loan debt saying the schools paid on the poor charged inflated fees and encouraged them to take out loans. the debt relief could cost as much as $3.5 billion a state law in ohio is changes the lives of 400,000 adopted people. for more than 30 years, their birth records were sealed. now the law has made them accessible. it could be a model for the rest
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of the nation. >> reporter: so you always knew from an early age that you were adopted. >> always. it's common language in the house and a fact about me that i have known. >> lindsay never knew much about her past. at the age of 18, the colombus ohio native searched for her birth mother. the first call was to an adoption agency. >> i called them sag i was under the -- saying i was under the impression i could call say i wanted my records open it was as simple as that. i was met with "no, that's not how it works." shut out by a law, she placed roadblocks. it's a life-long journey taking an unexpected turn. on march 20th a new law unsealed files of more than 400,000
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adoptees born from 1954 to 1996. west was among those waiting. >> i was like a kid at christmas. >> reporter: two weeks later. >> to see her name was breath-taking. this is the person i was breaking for. i had a link to her that i wanted for so many years. >> west found her biological mothers email address. in may she met her parents, married with three children. >> reporter: seeing your mum, siblings and dad, do you have a picture of them. >> i have a picture. i'm a spitting image of her. >> reporter: we caught up with kristina and her family in toledo. how did you reach the decision to give your daughter up for adoption? >> i really did not have a lot of family support. i was 17 i was a junior. >> reporter: betsy was with the
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adoption agency. she pushed for the law. and said the number of states are considering similar measures. >> a lot of people looked to ohio to see how it is working and i hope we set a positive answer to the other states. >> now they have a deeper understanding of who she is. >> so exciting. you feel complete. obtaining the information does that. every step you take afterwards completes a part of you you didn't know was missing. >> reporter: and a new journey begins. separated by adoption they are working on building a bond that they hope will last a lifetime. n.a.s.a.'s test of a mars landing system did not go very well. the low density supersonic decelerators was carried 120,000 feet in the air, and a booster rocket pushed the vehicle to
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four times the speed of sound. it was to simulate the conditions of a mars thin atmosphere. the parachute inflated but failed during the dissent this funny looking device could change space travel. it is designed to carry a satellite powered by solar sails. it's hoped that it could reduce the cost of the space travel yogi bear gave us one of the sports world's enduring lines "it ain't over until it's over", the baseball hall of fame and optimism has been rewarded. an online petition seeking the congressional deadline - an hour ago it reached the number. the white house has to decide whether to grant the request or as yogi would say when you come to a fork in the road - take it
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