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this is al jazeera america. a look at tonight's stories, ferguson, missouri, one year later, the city marking the death of michael brown, that shooting spark can discussions about race and police. eight members of a texas family, six were children, police say they have a suspect in custody. a new approach in the u.s. led coalition against isil in syria and iraq. they come in the form of air strikes from turkey. >> some people tearing down. >> and remembering the victims, 70 years after the bombings of hiroshima and nagasaki, survivors are sharing their stories. one year ago today, august 9th, 2014, 18-year-old michael brown, an unarmed black
teen, shot to death by a white police officer in ferguson, missouri, the shooting and protest that followed, changing the conversation about race in america. food-ferguson, michael brown was remembered with a parade down canfield drive - where he was shots. 4.5 minutes of silence followed. tonight there'll be a rap concert and a discussion about racial justice. we begin with diane eastabrook, who covered the story from the beginning. >> hello. this has been a long, difficult year for ferguson. today was a sombre day, not only was it a time to remember michael brown, but a time to remember other black men who had been killed by police. >> how the hell do you think we feel? you kill us in the speech. >> reporter: fiery speeches. >> talk of change is rising up. >> reporter: followed by silent reflection. this is how ferguson, missouri
remembered michael brown, hundreds filling the street where the unarmed black teen was killed a year ago by a white police officer. >> we have died, marched in, and nothing happened. it is time for us to not seek justice, but demand justice. >> reporter: lindsay and matt hill travelled from seattle to teach their sons a lesson in race relations. >> we have been talking a lot about police brutality and black lives matter, we wanted to be here. for the second day in a row, michael brown's father led demonstrators to the site where his son was killed through the streets of ferguson. >> in the days leading up to the anniversary, there has been talk about the healing that has gone on. if you talk to people today, you get a sense that things have not changed much - both in ferguson and across the country. >> the whole situation is kind
of scary. >> have you had encounters you felt were dangerous with the police? >> i felt things were not really necessary. i've been stopped several times. mainly just because i was black. >> this year has been hards - no accountability, no justice. police are still killing us. >> erica garner, whose father was killed last year in new york, says race must be an issue in next year's presidential election. >> no one is talking about the issues. candidates joke, they are not taken serious, and, you know, it year later we believe that black lives do not matter, you know to elected officials. >> as the crowds dispersed one activist reflected on brown's legacy and was confident that the movement sparked by his death will continue >> i think this is a
generational shift. i don't think they'll stop. >> reporter: activists are calling for a day of civil disobedience here in ferguson and across the u.s. >> diane eastabrook for us in fe ferguson, missouri. >> let's condition the conversation with the director of the million hoodies movement. new police chief, management, judge - is that much for ferguson. >> i don't think it's enough. we think about the one year anniversary for michael brown, one year anniversary of the ferguson uprising. what got michael brown killed still existsers regardless of -- exists, regardless of new people in office, in the police department. there's people with isolation. folks feel like they are
trapped. i don't think things have changed. we know that ferguson was not an isolated incident. cleveland, there was tamir rice, in baltimore, freddie gray and others. is it that the system does not get it. or is the problem too complex? >> i think it's a little bit of both. i think that the protests have been reactive, not proactive for transformative. when we see what happened in terms of the conversation, it's about nicer police, not talking about lesser police. the conversations are around body cameras. that's fine, but let's not think about how we can hold the police accountable. regardless whether or not there's a body camera. if we look at eric garner's case, we see body cameras don't solve the problem. it doesn't say that the officers will be accountable. if there is not a review board,
the community was not playing a part. what we see is a broken system, and we need to think about how to create new ideas on to this other space, so we can fix it. >> let's start with the baseline, do you believe all police are bad. if you don't. what is the procedure for good cops versus bad cops in your opinion? >> i think that's an irrelevant question. >> why? >> i'm less concerned about having good cops or nicer cops and are more concerned about a system that harms communities of colour. >> in order to address the system. you have to address it as it is, not as it wants to be. what is the system as it is, versus what you want is to be? >> i would rather have it what i want is to be. i don't want to take for things. this is why i'm an organizers, right, and why my members across the country in a million hoodies
are thinking about how we are transforming the system. we don't want to accept how it is, and we can look at how to transform the system that works with us, not against us. o'. >> thank you for being with us, i am sure the dialogue will continue beyond tonight. >> the protest at gerg opening a dial -- ferguson opening a dialogue over freedom of the press. wesley was arrested, working on an arm, sitting in the local mcdonald's, that's when the police moved in. he tells us with (the reaction. >> -- tells us about the reaction. >> it was august 15th, two days after police used tear gas and rubber bullets, on this day it was a peaceful protest. the police made the tactical decision to attempt to clear the buildings prior to nightfall. they illegally took us into detention because we weren't clearing the building fast
enough. it was a story that went viral because it was the first time that reporters exercising the first amendment rights were fan into custody in ferguson. that was something we saw repeated night after night for two weeks following that. >> he didn't let his experience stop him doing his job. back in ferguson tonight, recovering. >> we are joined live in ferguson, a community organiser and activist. thank you for being with us as well. what happens now in ferguson when the camera leaves, and when they are there? >> i remember that a year ago - so the national conversation exists. >> now there's a space where police question the narrative, and people understand the safety of communities is not predicated on the presence of police. here it plays out in the ferguson's commission findings. we'll see how that happens, and in the future i think we'll see
the protest committee talking about solutions intently, and get to a space where we figure how to end police violence. >> will things be peaceful in the upcoming days and weeks? >> the only people since august have been the police, killing eight, paralyzing one. protests are peaceful, the violent people are the police. i want to push back and ask a question that police ask you. we spend a lot of time looking at them. should the move look inwood. they'd argue a lot of people are there for black on black violence. they handle societies, where should the line be drawn? the department of justice says they were criminalizing justice. just because they were plaque, they were victims of the police
department. there were many criminal records, by the police, who weren't criminals. i'm struggling with the narrative. black on black crime is a red herring, most crime has been within sort of race groups. that is it nothing sort of special here, this is a police department proven to have criminalized black. >> i'll ask the same question. new police chief, manager and judge, will it be enough for ferguson. >> you can't swap out people at the top to change a culture. we noted is to be true. the racist police were deeply rooted, and i look forward to seeing it play out, so we can see the actual structural change, not cosmetic changes, which is the only thing we have seen so far. >> will there be a honeymoon period for all the newly appointed officials? >> the reality is that the policing has not ended.
there's no honeymoon period when people haven't experienced justice, and people are still terrorized by police. hopefully the police in power understand the urgency, and work with the d.o.j. to implement the findings of the report and work with the decree as best as possible. >> before i let you go, one thing that emerged was captain johnson from the missouri police, was he a calming factor and is hoo still or is he viewed as the apparatus, the machine. >> the reality is captain johnson was in charge when many were tear gassed, pepper sprayed and smoke bombs deployed. we'll never forget the moments. i think captain johnson attempted to be a stable force, but there was a police kept e-department hurting us, going
out of his way to terrorize us. >> with that as a backdrop, how do you explain the anger at a white police department when the man in charge during those times was an african american. >> remember, this is about a structure of policing bigger than any person. the chief was in charge of the counter police, and chief jackson with the ferguson police department. ron johnson is one of the people making decisions. he was not the only person. what you said was not true. the idea that captain johnson was the sole person in charge. there were many others leading in the space, it's a culture of policing. >> thank you very much for being with us this evening. >> thank you there has been another tragic shooting in texas. last night two adults and six children, all the shot dead inside a houston area home. there is a suspect in custody charged with murder.
police are trying to determine what happened, and why. we have the latest on the investigation. >> reporter: place say the investigation is fluid, many questions are unanswered. the suspect broke into his former home, restrained the adults and children and killed them. >> reporter: 48-year-old david conley is charged with fatally shooting a family of eight, six children, the youngest six years old. >> we do not and cannot comprehend the motivation of an individual taking the lives of so main innocent people. especially the lives of the young ones. >> the motive, say police, may have been a domestic dispute between the suspect and a woman valerie, his former partner. saturday night a phone call was received asking them to make a welfare check. >> a male was in the home with
an aggravated assault on the defender. >> that's when the police saw a body. >> deputies forced their way into the home and were met with gunfire. >> after calling for back up, the suspect surrendered. upon entering the home, victim discovered the victims, jackson, her husband and six children. >> the victims were found in each of the three bedrooms. david conley is charged with three counts of capital murder. >> the felony along with murdering valerie. another count is killing multiple people in the same incident. and then the other is for killing a child. >> police believe the oldest child in the home, a 13-year-old, was the suspect's own child. the da's office says there's so many victims the three counts cover different manners and means of capital murder, including multiple people. a judge denied bond for the
suspect. >> tomorrow on al jazeera america, our special coverage that we call summer of the gun. throughout the day we'll bring you stories of gun violence that conditions to plague america. >> fleeing religious persecution at the hands of i.s.i.l., al jazeera spending a day in the life of an iraqi christian refugee, fighting for survival in a foreign land. plus... ..angry protesters interrupt a political speech. the candidate heckled by people from black lives matter. and a florida woman goes swimming and losses an arm. the only way to get better is to challenge yourself,
she was in shock. her arm bit off here. >> her arm was gone from here on - on down authorities in central florida saying an alligator attacked a woman as she was swimming in the river. kayakers rescued the woman. wildlife authorities captured the gaiter and put it down. doctors were unable to attach the arm because too much time passed. her condition is not known. >> donald trump is hitting back at critics with commentators saying he had gone to far. he said you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, out of her wherever, saying he meant her knows. he dismissed suggestions that she was tough on him because she was having her period.
>> only a deviate would say what i said was what they were referring to. no one can say that. you have to be sick to put that together the comments cost trump an invitation to a conservative gathering in georgia, fellow republicans using them to attack him. chris wallace talked about it with carley fooeor eeno on fox news. >> you ask tough questions, you talked to donald trump about his regard of bankruptcy, i didn't notice donald trump insulting you for 24 hours. there's no excuse for this. i don't think you get things done by insulting everyone trump saying that he cherishes women and would be their best advocate. >> bernie sanders responding to protesters that interrupted this speech in seattle. >> if you do not listen to us, you'll be shot down right now they were protestsers from
black lives matters. bernie sanders allowed them to speak and ended up leaving, he posted a statement saying: bernie sanders talked about the issues during a rally in seattle last night in baghdad, a demonstration in support of an embattled prime minister. hundreds taking to the streets to show approval of his plan to abolish the vice presidential post. there were three of them, and the office of deputy prime minister. today the iraqi cabinet approved haider al-abadi's plan to cut spending and streamline the government. following protest over a lack of electricity and water. >> tin tens of thousands of christians fleeing, many trying to find a home in the west away from i.s.i.l.
>> reporter: it's been a year since iraq's first group of christian refugees escaped to jordan. they were expelled by i.s.i.s., when it took control. a special prayer was held in their honour, north-west of the capital. this couple and their daughter, who fled may never see iraq again. they say that is a price they are willing to pay to keep the faith because they no longer trust the government how can we be expelled from our homes and towns where we grew up like that, without any rights. we served our army and homeland. >> christian leaders and diplomatic missions attended the ceremony, as did an envoy of pope francis. in a letter red by the head of the roman catholic church, appealed to the international community to take action against the persecution of christians. iraq's christians are among the
oldest christian communities in the world. >> we live together, muslims, christians and others, we want to stay. >> that's why we want the christians to stay, we want to save the true identity of the middle east. >> they prayed for peace, most are not sure they'll enjoy it in this part of the world. >> my children have been out of school and college for two years. the future is it over. we feel we are alive to breathe and eat. we have nothing to do but wait. >> the persecution of christians began before i.s.i.l. appeared. that's why most in jordan insist they never want to go back, because iran is a hopeless place for christians, and they want to leave the region always. they are here to ply for asylum. the process for resettlement
takes years. most who are in churches for sanction - they have been settled in a place with walls, but they cannot move on until they are settled into a place called home. >> we are psychologically exhausted. a return to iraq is impossible. the government can't protect us. we want out. >> reporter: those lucky enough to leave are glad that they are safe and their faith is strong the first group of u.s. soldiers arriving in turkey for an anti-i.s.i.l. operations, 300 flying from italy. they are armed with a half dozen f-16 fighter jets and based less than 100 miles from the syrian border. it's part of a plan between turkey and the u.s. to make sure the fighters don't make their way into europe. it allows them to carry out manned bombing raids. >> thousands taking to the streets of istanbul, calling for
peace. protesting attacks between government security supporters and fighters. turkish officials have been accused of targetting kurds. they attacked turkish forces almost every day. the prime minister considers kurds just as much a threat as i.s.i.l. now to pakistan, where a child sex abuse scandal is prompting calls for an investigation. authorities say several hundred children have been used in sex videos, some as young as six years old. as nicole johnson reports, there's questions over whether police failed to prosecute everyone who was responsible. >> pakistani police are saying that the 280 children were sexually abused and assaulted by a gang of 25 men over a number of years. so far seven men have been arrested. there were reports that some 400 videos were made, and thousands of these ended up on the market, sold for as little as $0.40 each. the parents are saying the
videos could have ended up abroad in the u.s., u.k. and europe. reports are starting to come out from the parents and the victims, saying that children had been drugged and the families forced to pay a money and jewellery to the gangs. essentially they were blackmailed by the gangs. families of the victims are calling for a full judicial inquiry, saying they don't trust the police to investigate this, and are calling for military courts to hear cases of the accused. this created controversy in pakistan, and outrage and disgust amongst the public, in a country where the protection of children's rights is very poor, and many people have little faith in the judicial system, which they say is rife with corruption. >> that is nicole johnson reporting from islamabad. when we come back, when the hunters become the hunted. the killing of a prized lion
it's sunday night, time for a look at "the week ahead". tomorrow is world lion day and wednesday world elephant day, both in the news following the death of cecil the lion in zimbabwe. and there's a step up on buying and selling illegal ivory. first, courtney kealy puts us face to face with why the discussion about wildlife conservation is badly needed the african savannah home to breath-taking creatures, beautiful and deadly. while there are preserves and sanctuaries to stave off the
loss of land and nature. there's big game hunting. it draws hundreds of millions in revenue and thousands of americans every year. after walter palmer, a 55-year-old american dentist mistakenly killed zimbabwe's prize lion named cecil, social media exploded, forcing the issue into the spotlight. palmer allegedly paid 50,000 forthe controversial kill. delta airlines announced it would no longer transport trophies like lyons, and others. other airlines announced it bans. there was disappointment released saying:. >> and that hunting is a major source of south africa's
socioeconomic activity, cricketing to job creation, community development and social uplift. . president roosevelt set out to hunt big game, killing more than 512 animals, 17 lions and 11 elephants. his hunt collected 110 scientific specimens, and he published dozens of books on national history and is considered to be a visionary conservationist. these days animal rights activists argue controlled hunting leads to illegal activity. the u.s. used to be the center of illegal ivory trade, and the crush event aims to bring attention to the plight of elephants killed for their tusks. >> 1980 there's 1.2 million elephants. every day 96 elfantastic are killed, one every 15 minutes, 35,000 a year.
and at this rate elephants will be extinct. >> everyone has to be active. >> film-maker will release the documentary in the fall called racing extinction. the goal of his event, a video projection covering 33 floors of the empire state building, was to draw attention to the many species facing mass extension. >> there's millions of animals gone through the same gauntlet of history to be here, and one species is causing them to go extinct. i want them to look in the eyes of beautiful animals and see the exquisite beauty of them, and fall in love with them. trophy hunting is not the largest threat. a lot of animals face loss of habitat because of people, us,
encroaching on their living pace. space. not all hunting is bad. when it comes right it can preserve wild life, especially when host countries set up systems, revenue can be used to support and protect animals. the british government announced a fund to help endangered species, hoping to discourage poaching and hunting a wildlife biologist joins us. thank you for being with us. what does it say that if not for cecil the lion, we may not pay attention to the issue, giving it the attention it deserves. >> it does deserve a lot of attention. we are right now at war. we are battling to save our species, many falling pray to the butcher, in the form of the poacher, and the level of peaching is unprecedented.
poaching is why one out of every 12 african elements has disappeared, been illegally harvested in the last knew years, it's because of poaching that a race of black rhino is extinct and a subspecies of white rhino has a few individuals left. it's a $30 billion industry, and we are at the battle lines, and we are losing the war. >> what does it say that the dentist in this case thought he was hunting legally? what it says is that you may have a hunting licence and purchased the appropriate tags within the region that you are hunting, but if you break the region am laws for whatever reason, you are considered a poacher. >> i want to say something that
i know you have heard before, people hunting people. when cecil the lion was killed there was outrage, i want to take you back. hundreds of thousands in syria died, millions displaced. what does it say about society where it seems we seem to value animals more than humans, you hear that, what is your push back on that? >> well, i think when cecil was basically dispatched in an unethical way, an unforgiving way, i think it was a wake um call. sobering us up to what many are facing today. cecil was drawn out from an ultimate protected area, a sacred part of the world called a national park. all the factors came into play to create a storm of sobriety.
i think it's important that we need to take the energy and be rational and focus the energy in a real-world situation to changes affecting wildlife and the challenges to our own species places a role in all life on the planet. when we see human being in all sorts of situations it's a reflect of a system out of pound. according to the programme on african protected areas, south africa making the most from big game hunting safaris, bringing in about $100 million per year, followed by namibia with 29 million, tanzania 28 million,
botswana 20 million. the agency says the numbers can be misleading and they represent a small drop in the money that the country generates. i guess we have to ask the question this way, are the countries concerned about losing money or wildlife? >> it's really a tough question to answer. the argument on the side of the game hunting in africa is that there's an economic value attached to the aesthetic value of wildlife. if it's not protected. it will not come in to protect other species with the right to hunt that creature. that's the argument. as you mentioned we see about $200 million flowing to africa. there's only 11 out of 54
countries in africa, nine sub-saharan that allow hunting and there's an argument out there that moneys go directly towards conservation. when you start getting into the metrics, it's when things are no longer black and white and look a little grey. we know that about 3% of revenue benefits local communities. if you look at the men model you can see where hunting is considered a partnership in son servation. in dear hunting we have 10 million har visiting 6 million deer. overall the revenue generates 760 million a year, accounting for half the budget of most of the states from managing resources. >> stand by. we are joined by david hays,
joining us from charlottesville, the former secretary general. thank you for being with us. joining the discussion. what are the arguments made. it's that we are seeing nothing more than survival of the fittest. nature thinning the herd, this time hunters being the top of the food change, talk about that. >> the argument is similar to what jeff talked about, when you have animals, that there is a natural selection process that occurs. there's a rhythm and a need for hunting. the issue is more challenging when you have species that are under tremendous stress, like the ilfantastic, rhinos, tyingsers in africa and asia,
that's when it is more complex. >> speak to the people that don't get the issue of big game hunting. if you take the united states, there's a grocery store on every corner, and we buy the food prepared. we don't have to do this. why do big game hunters have to do what they do? well, there's a hunting tradition in the united states that goes way back, and with teddy roosevelt and a number of conservationists being at the forefront of that. >> can i mention the argument when teddy roosevelt was president, they hunted indians. >> look, i'm personally not a hunter, and not one to be out
advocating for hunting, but there is a place for hunting. what concerns me is when we have elephant, rhino populations under stress, there needs to be a scientific showing that hunting can enhance the species, it can be done. the apartment of the interior, my department found last year, for example, that elephant hunting in zimbabwe, the same country involved with cecil the lion, and tanzania was not being done responsibly, and as a result the united states said no hunter could bring tanzania trophies from elephant ivory. >> they said they would not carry animal trophies this their
cargo holds, did you push for them to do that before cecil the lion? >> i did not personally push for them to stop the transportation of trophies, it's a difficult issue, because it's not illegal to transport trophies, there's plenty of legal wildlife parts that are transported, i applaud airports saying we are going to make sure in our holds we are not transporting illegal ivory for tiger bone or wildlife parts of many kinds which is the underlying story, that is fuelling the problem with species, more than hunters per se david hayes, former secretary at the interior department. mr hayes, thank you. wildlife biologist jeff harvey norman in boston, thank you for being with us. >> raging flames, showing no signs of letting down.
happening near lake tahoe. this is how bad it is, 18,000 firefighters have been dispatched to battle the blaze as season conditions are made worse by the drought. kevin, you have been talking about this for weeks, it's not getting better. >> it's not, and we knew it would be bad. it will be worse by the time we get to august. this is sisible image -- vis ig imagery of the fires, looking here you can see the placement. anything west of highway five, forth of highway 36. this is the big area. we expect the area to get larger, it's not contained at all, temperatures to the nor, into the high '70s.
very bright conditions and no rain expected in the forecast. that'll be a problem and we don't expect rain in the next 3-4 days. that'll be a big issue. the other big issue is where the temperatures are. san francisco 98. gall as up to 102. this is a string of warm days woods the region when you factor in the head index. little rock, 104, new orleans 102. this is bourbon street, they are battling 102 in fashion - trying to stay as cool and hydrated as you would on a day like this in new orleans. >> thank you very much 22 people are dead and missing following a powerful typhoon sweeping through south china. tifr on soudelor making
landfall, lashing coastal provinces, leaving collapsed homes, downed trees and flooding. millions lost power, mudslides caused by rains, they have claimed nine lives. 70 years ago today the u.s. dropping the atomic bomb. ceremonies were held, honouring 40,000 that died when the bomb hit in 1945. the fall out was so devastating that it was the last time that the weapon was used. roxana saberi talked to survivors from hiroshima and instagra instagram. -- and nagasaki. 70 years later they are trying to come to terms with what happened. >> it's been a week of commemorations as people reflect on the nuclear attack that changed the world. >> from above. the atomic bomb named little boy looked like this. below in januarian's industrial
city -- japan's trial city, a 13-year-old saw a white flash, and the walls around her crumbled. >> then i have a sensation of floating in the air. friends classmates with me in the same room were burnt to death alive. >> reporter: somehow, she stumbled outside. >> some people were carrying their own eye balls in their hands. nobody was shouting for help. just simply asking for water, water, please. >> reporter: most of her family was out of town, safe. her sister and nephew were killed, crossing a bridge. >> my mother said she identified her daughter only by the special unique hair piece she was wearing. you just couldn't tell who was who, whether it was man or a woman. >> reporter: three days tlart on
august 9, 1945, the u.s. dropped another nuclear bomb on japan. this one on nagasaki. the u.s. energy department estimates more than 100,000 people died significantly in the two blasts. >> i have received this afternoon a message from the japanese government. >> within a week world war ii was over after japan surrendered. survivors continued to suffer. in a film take at a nagasaki hospital, the u.s. called a 16-year-old boy patient number 50. with skin burnt off his back, he had to lie face down for a year and nine months. >> i was really struggling on the border between life and death, often screaming - kill me, kill me. it was a very hard time. >> laying on his chest for so long, it collapsed.
i ask if he's still in pain? >> it doesn't pain me, but i feel pressure on my heart. >> in the seven decades japanese families mourned the loss of others that died from cancer and other illnesses linked to the attacks. >> the more i lirnt the more angry i became, because i could see in justice. >> who were you angry at. >> the united states, it was an inhumane, immoral thing. >> you are in the u.s. now, do you peel resentment towards the united states. >> of course i do. >> does the u.s. owe japan and people like you an apology. >> it does. it does. at least morally. what about the target that using the weapons on joopan helped end
the war and saved hundreds of thousands of lives on both sides? >> that's an american myth. the war had ended by that time. >> historians debate those points to this day. but this woman has spent the years determined that nuclear weapons should never be used again. >> my little nephew, four years old, who became a chunk of meat, burnt meat. well, their image just lives in my brain. that image drives me, compels me. >> every five years, she and others join survivors and supporters in new york, demanding that countries do more faster to eliminate nuclear weapons.
>> translation: i'm 86 years old and gathered my last strength to come on the trip. i believe it will be the last trip to the united states, but i come with hope to change things. >> fewer than 200,000 atomic bomb survivors remain. they are training a new generation of storytellers to pass on their experiences when they no longer can. pope francis says the atomic bombs that were dropped should serve as a warning to humanity, calling for governments to ban all measures of destruction, saying it was boundless destructive power of man.
the giants in the 50s and '60less, and was an original announcer on monday night football. he is survive by his wife, kathy lee gifford of the today show. gifford's death coming as eight members were inducted into the football hall of fame. he was one of the best line backers in the n.s.l. after a suicide in 2012, his family sued the league alleging that he suffered brain injuries on the field. the hall of fame refused to let his daughter read the induction speech but allowed her to be interviewed on the stage. >> i hope this injunction represents the fact that -- induction represents that you are more that junior, that you are a life. i want to see nothing more to see you come on stage, give the speech, give me a hug and tell me you love me. >> the hall of fame saying it was not trying to sensor the
family, but only allowing speeches for inductees that are living a little bit of levity goes a long way. the sheriff in franklin country finding that out. posting a flyer asking drug dealers to help in the war on drugs by turning in their competition. and it seems to be working. franklin county sheriff joining us now. mr melton, thank you for being was. let me see if i had it right you arrived the drug dealers to turn in the competition, and they did. >> absolutely. we had - since this started at the beginning of the weak, we had over 275,000 views, but more than that over 30 credible tips coming in, from one little flyer. >> were you surprised? >> i really was. we meant it as a light-hearted approach but it goes deeper.
the first investigation we have a convicted felon with four hand guns, an ounce of cocaine, part of the crack and powder, and four pounds of marijuana, off this one drug dealer in a neighbourhood in our community, at the end of the day i said if we were successful, we'd get one off the streets. we have 39 waiting for us. >> in was not an original idea - did you steal it much? >> we absolutely - stealing is harsh. we improvised it from mcintyre jessop. they had success, it has really engaged our community and country about drug traffickers. >> i improvised my s.a.t. scores, i want to point out that this adds meaning to the phrase honour among thieves. >> it does. and we know that we have made an
impact already, because we have had death threats called in over the tip line, we have had people call and see if it's for real, and you see them in the background - i told you that was for real, and the detective says you need the information. no, we are good, click. >> and on the light-hearted approach, it's been successful and there's no honour among thieves, i assure you. >> we are talking about a serious problem with heroin and drug overdoses in your country. >> not only ours, across the commonwealth and i think across the country. if you have a loved one hooked on heroin or crystal math or cocaine, solve those families see what the drug deal is doing to the family. they'll help us get rid of them. the partnership with the
communities, especially in franklin county, being kentucky, we have a great partnership with the community, in is just another tool. >> are you concerned that publicity may not be a good thing. the word is getting out about what you did, and the people that you are trying to bust? >> people will tell you no matter what. they always do, and for those - this first case is a prime example of the the information, and i talked to detectives every day. and went out on the arrest with them on this one, and on the first one. they are getting a lot of information, and that makes the partnership valuable. and we still have interest on the facebook page, it's going around other sheriff's officers are using it. we have calls in california, texas, and we have comments and
facebook messages to the county sheriff's facebook page, from germany and australia. it's been well received. >> pat melton joining us live from louisville. thank you for being with us. >> thank you for having me. >> from england, we'll talk about a competition where mowing down your opponents is not just good, it's required. 37 teams taking part in the loun mower equivalent of le monde in suspects. a race from motorists whose speeds can top 40 miles per hour. the modification involves removing the grass cutting blade for safety. the winning distance was 314 miles - not including pit stops for gas and removing the rake for the yard.
>> thank each and every one of you for joining us, i'm del walters in new york. "faultlines" is next. i'll be back for another hour of news. and you can check us 24 hours a day at aljazeera.com. era.com. >> august 25, 2014. michael brown is laid to rest by his family and friends he was 18, and unarmed, when gunned down by a white