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one line, infinite possibilities. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com i'm suzanne malveaux and this hour in the "cnn newsroom," we are focusing on a police shooting in michigan that left a mentally ill man dead. and plus extraordinary measures by u.s. troops to prevent getting shot by afghan police after two more soldiers were killed today. and why millions of baby
boomers have to be tested for hepatitis c. right to it. the first story, the video is disturbing. a man was killed with confrontation with police. and this happened in saginaw, michigan. you will see the amateur video here of the shooting that raises a lot of questions about how the police approach suspects who may be mentally disturbed. this is jason carroll. >> a joint investigation is under way into the shooting. an amateur video shows the final moments and i have to warn you that the video is graphic. >> reporter: this amateur video purchased by cnn and not made public until now captured the confrontation of six saginaw police officers and milton hall, a 49-year-old man wo his family says suffered from serious mental health issues. hall seen in the middle of the screen, police say, had just had a run-in with a convenient store clerk, and he was in a standoff with the police and holding a knife.
a female officer is heard shouting. if you listen carefully hall is then heard continually yelling at police. >> my name is milton hall, call 911. >> reporter: hall is agitated, but he is not intimidated by a police dog. heard on the tape, a witness describes what he sees. they are about to go ham on him. >> reporter: and then as hall takes a few steps everything comes to a head. local media report 46 shots fired and cnn counted the shots of at least 30 shots on the videotape. anthony baber witnessed the ooting. >> all of the sudden, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow. and he drops. you know. pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow.
and he drops. i was about where the blue van was. i was parked in the blue van. >> reporter: and tabbitha perry heard it also. >> i heard them yelling at him. and he was yells at them. >> dow yo believe they should have shot at him? >> no, i believe he was off. >> reporter: and the mother is very upset. >> emotionally, i have at lov l pain. i am stunned that six human beings would stand in front of one human being and fire 46 shots. i just don't understand that. >> reporter: on the day of the shooting july 1st, the saginaw police chief defended his officer's actions. >> this is someone who from our understanding has a long
history, not only with police from our department but with the county, known to be an assaultive person. >> over the last month, the members of the community have voiced outrage over the hall shooting and not satisfied with the police investigation into the officer's response. we showed t ed thed the video t police councilmen. >> i can understand how people were traumatized looking at something like that. we need answers. >> reporter: braddock has been critical of what he calls the slow pace of the shooting investigati investigation. could it be that investigators are trying to make sure they are doing a thorough job and that is why the investigation -- >> i am sure that is something to do with it, but at the same time, it should be a top priority. >> reporter: the michigan state police lead investigator would not discuss the case and instead referring us to the saginaw county prosecutor who said that
they cannot tell when the case will be complete but it is being thoroughly investigated by an independent police agency, the michigan state police along with the michigan attorney general's office. his mother says she knows the answer if it is excessive gun fire. >> well, it was a firing squad dressed up in police uniforms. there is other ways, and they did not have to kill him. >> reporter: some officers are placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, and no way to know when the investigation will last, and the lead prosecutor saying he wants to know how this investigation is done precisely to get to the bottom of exactly what happened out here. jason carroll, saginaw, michigan. later, we will talk to a safety trainer of police, but this is what we are working on for this hour. ♪ [ acoustic guitar: upbeat ]
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crime, and those deaths are up this year. we will look at what the military is doing to stop it. now, grammy winning singer linda ronstadt is fighting against the governor's tough new immigration rules. we will talk toer he about it. and now mars is beaming back more incredible pictures this hour. we will bring them to you. moments ago we showed you amateur shovideo of a shooting a man in confrontation with the police in saginaw, michigan. it raises questions of how the police approach suspects who might be mep tally dntally dist of course, it makes you wonder how many shots should be fired? well, police officer lou polumbo says it is a nightmare for police but people should not rush to judgment. >> there are a couple of separate issues here. one is that if this shooting is justifiable and they may find
out that the shooting is justifiable, and the second issue is the amount of rounds that were fired at him. you know, one of the things that the public has to understand is that an individual wielding a knife at you for 20 feet can be on top of you in a split second and the public does not know this, because they don't do it for a living. >> he is w and joining us as wee chairman of the georgia crisis center. and the family of milton hall say it is unprovoked and excessive and how do you train the police officers here in atlanta and how should they approach somebody they suspect is mentally ill? >> well, what we ask the officers to do first is to observe the behavior and teach them to identify behavior that could be indicative of someone having a mental illness. the first thing you want them to do is to use the verbal deescalation skills, and to deescalate the crisis and
introduce questions to engage the individual and then possibly and hopefully to deescalate the crisis. >> when you look at the video and you see what happened there, and you know it is amateur video, and there are two sides of the story, but when you see this, do you think that the police offers behaved appropriately or how should they have managed themselves in this situatio situation? >> not knowing all of the details of the case, i can't rush to judgment. but to be shot that many times does seem quite a lot. i believe if the officers if they had any c.i.t. training -- >> meaning? >> crisis intervention team training which is the program we use to educate law enforcement officers, but nationally, we have seen if they use the c.i.t., it will substantially reduce the incidents like that, and also the officer injury, and injury to individuals who have mental illness. >> one thing is that people look at the video and say he was holding a knife and they had guns and lots of guns, and he
was definitely outnumbered and you look at that and say, how was he so threatened by the individual who had a knife and not the same weapons they did? >> okay. well, like the officer said, police officers are trained a lot differently than the rest of us are and again not knowing the circumstances of the case, but even in cases involving weapons and knives we would like the officers to at least try the deescalation skills. do they always work? absolutely not. but in most cases when the officers are c.i.t. trained, the skills do work. >> and we saw this play out in mish gchiga michigan, and in new york city, where you had an individual shot and killed who also had a knife. what do the police officers need to do? what do they need to know in order to resolve this kind of thing without it ending up in the person being killed? >> one thing, which is essential for them to know is that individuals in mental health
crisis have a rlot of other stimuli going on. if they are not violent, they may impose or exhibit behaviors indicative of being violent, vis-a-vis the knife. we want them to engage the individual and talk to them. most folks in crisis, that is what they want you to do, talk to them, because they are maybe hearing voices or visual hallucinations and maybe it is important for the officers to repeat what they have said. it's important not the kind of circle the wagons, to, we want the officers to lower the voices, and decrease the amount of stimuli, and sometimes that includes other officers on the scene, and engage the folk, and we want them to be in charge of the situation of course, but we want them to yuse low tones of voice and engage the individual in that manner. >> true. and finally, if there is any way to look would you be able to identify somebody who had a mental illness and anything obvious the look for? >> well, there are some behaviors if someone is agitate and pacing, but let me just
preface that by saying that sometimes when the folks are high on substances or alcohol, they can also exhibit the behaviors that look like mental illness. so they have to be careful, but we don't train them to diagnose. we want them to be able to identify the behaviors, the agitation, the pacing, and perhaps talking to objects orrer people that are not there. it could be uncontrollable crying or number of things paranoia which are a number of things that the officers can identify. we have trained officers in 2,500 communities in the country and in georgia we do it from the top-down approach where we have educated over 100 police departments and over 50 sheriff offices and colleges and universiti universities and many other agencies. >> thank you for the work. >> ki say one thi-- can i say o? >> quickly. >> next week we are celebrating the national c.i.t. conference in las vegas and come out to see the folks that are doing not only in the country, but
internationally with the c.i.t. >> thank you for the invitation. and two service members were shot and killed in western afghan's province, and we don't know the names tor ra s or the the names of the troops that were killed, but it is the latest of what the military calls a green on blue attack when a friendly turns on a coalition troop. we want to talk to barbara starr from the pentagon about it. last year in afghan when i was there, they trained the afghans and it is one of the things that the american troops worry about is that the people they are training right beside them might turn on them, and how do they deal with this problem? >> well, it is becoming tougher by the day. we should regroup here a little bit and remind everyone, it is a very small number of incidents. 24 american troops tragically
killed in the attacks this year so far, and very serious, and very worrisome to the pentagon, but in perspective in terms of the numbers, it is a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of troops on all sides that are serving honorably. how do you deal with in, because it has the broader effect of demoralizing everyone? well, now the top general in afghan has ordered alof the troops, all coalition forces will carry loaded weapons even on base. even at nato headquarters, and this is a very significant move, suzanne, and really ups it now. it says that the troops will do everything they can to defend themselves, and defense secretary leon panetta weighing in with the concerns. i want you to have a quick listen. >> one of the reasons that the ta taliban is targeting in this manner, we believe, is the suck sthaesz t
sucksess that the partners are having in afghan. the taliban has not been able to regain any territory lost so they are resorting to the attacks to create havoc and no question it is of concern. it is dangerous. and we have to do everything that we can do to try to prevent it. >> small numbers or not, it is creating havoc. what can they do about it? well, not a lot of new ideas there. panetta is talking about improving intelligence and security screening of those who join the afghan forces, but general allen is going with getting his troops armed and ready to fight back. suzanne. >> and barbara, we know that the troops, the u.s. troops are going to be leaving in significant numbers, does this escalation if you will, does that indicate anything in terms of getting close to the deadlin deadline? >> at this point, it does not. there is a nato commitment, and international commitment that u.s. troops will stay in significant numbers through the end of 2014 and will stay on
after that to help train and work with afghan forces especially u.s. special forces. right now, no indication of any rush for the exit, and no indication of getting out any sooner, and pretty much committed to that international deadline but general allen is making it clear through the orders that he wants his troops to be able to defend themselves as long as they are there, suzanne. >> all right. barbara starr, thank you. >> sure. more u.s. soldiers killed themselves very tragic last month than any other month since the army is keeping track. that is according to an official army statement that 38 confirmed active duty suicides by reservists or the national guard and that is wone-third of the suicides reported from the army for the entire year so far with 67 soldier deaths still under investigation. the army is the only branch of the armed forces that reports suicides on a monthly basis.
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they eat everything from rabbits to full-sized deer. and scientists say that burmese pythons are putting other species at risk of extinction. it was a week ago that the university of florida released the pictures of the state's largest python measuring 17 feet and 7 inches. carried 87 eggs inside. cnn special correspondent philippe cousteau is joining us now. philippe, wow, you take a look at the pictures and it is daunting when you look at a python that size. where on earth does this thing come from, and what kind of problem does it pose? >> well, these are burmese pythons, and they originate in southeast asia, and they have been established in the everglades since 2000, 2002, and they of course present a tremendous problems in the everglade everglades. they are invasive specie and no
predators and laying waste to other animals that actually belong there. >> how do you deal with this? i mean, do you find a predator, and what do you do to try to get rid of the pythons? >> well, when we were down in the everglades the python there that you are seeing a photograph of is an albino python, so in the wild, they don't last that long. normally pythons have the dark brown color, and they are very, very good at hiding, so they are hard to find. and recently, actually, they have been employing hunting dogs to sniff out the pie thons, but the national park service has taken out 1,000 of them, but they believe it is a fraction of them. they are prolific and hard to find and hunt. >> do they need to simply contain the pythons and put them somewhere or people feel like they should be eliminated? >> well, the best thing to do because there are so many of them and so large is to eliminate them. again, they are an invasive species and recent reports of the ones in the pr e seeding
"journal of science" showing that raccoon and other species are disappearing completely. fox and rabbits, you won't find them anymore in the southern ever gl everglades so they used to be there in abundance, so the pythons are responsible for wiping out whole species in the everglades so the best thing is to get rid of them. and another topic, some environmental groups saying that the great white shark should be put on the endangered species list, because the numbers are dwin dwindling so fast, and do we know why? >> well, the last estimate is 400 great white sharks off of the coast of california, but that is less than we thought there were. we don't know a lot about the life cycle of the great white shark and people think that we have explored the oceans, but we know very little about them, and the fear is that they have
certainly a low birthrates, and that small baby great white sharks are being caught in gill nets used for fishing here off of the coast of california for things like halibut. so there is a lot of concern that overfishing or bi-catch is impacting the great white shark population more than it should be and it should be placed on the endangered species list here in california. >> and i understand that you are going on a great white shark dive off of the coast of california, and tell us about it. >> well, it is a bucket list experience which is diving with the great white sharks and they are not the monstrous killers that they get the bad wrap for. and of course, the anniversary of "jaws" and shark week, but there were 47 shark fatalities around the world, and yet we kill thousands of sharks a year for shark fin soup. so sharks hav a lot more to be
afraid o than we of them. >> thank you, philippe. and now linda ronstadt is using her fame to fight immigration laws in arizona. we will talk to her next. and now coming up, don't forget you can watch cnn live on c cnn.com/tv. t you see, with the help of her raymond james financial advisor, she had planned for every eventuality. ...which meant she continued to have the means to live on... ...even at the ripe old age of 187. life well planned. see what a raymond james advisor can do for you. and sounds vying for your attention. so we invented a warning you can feel. introducing the all-new cadillac xts. available with a patented safety alert seat. when there's danger you might not see,
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shooting at the headquarters of a conservative christian group sets off a round of finger pointing. they are putting some bme on the southern poverty law center which tracks hate groups. a man wounded, a security guard at the security council offices in washington, and the group's president says that the suspect is ultimately responsible, but he says that blame does not stop there. >> he was given a license to shoot an unarm ed man by
organizations like the southern poverty law center that have been reckless in labeling organizations hate groups, because they disagree with them on public policy. >> a southern poverty law center calls the charge outrageous. >> settlement has been reached in a racial discrimination lawsuit that outraged people across the country. this involved a pennsylvania swim club that back in 2009 banned a group of day care children, most of them black, from swimming at their pool. federal officials say that the club revoked the children's memberships after the white members complained about them being there. well, the club has since filed for bankruptcy and dozens of children involved in the case are now going to get proceeds from the sale of the club property. battle over immigration is intensifying today, and a con troe str trover shall sheriff joe arpaio weighed in on the immigration policy, and it is a cop troe strer shall policy that allows children of immigrants to stay
in the u.s. for two years without fear of deportation, and he says that is amnesty, and he is accusing the president of politics. >> why did the president, an executive order just at this time when there is an election coming up? so this is definitely politics. it is all whole situation on illegal immigration, and the white house and congress, one of these days should look at it, and forget the executive orders, but get some laws passed. >> arpaio says he will follow arizona governor's jan brewer's directive to order the state agencies to deny benefits to children of illegal immigrants. many of the immigrant rights groups are blasting brewer's decision, and one of them is linda ronstadt, and you may know her from the hits and you might know them, "you are no good", and "when will i be loved" but she is an immigration rights activist and she is joining us live from san francisco. good to see you as always, and
first of all, tell us why this is important to you. >> well, it was a hot summer in arizona and jan brewer is probably standing out in the sun anded a ed a a adeled her brain. she has managed to do a lot of harm for the state of arizona and harming everyone. it is mean spirited. people don't migrate from where they live because it is a nice place. they migrate because they are desperate and need to feed the families. people come across the line and image fin you were brought across the border when you were 3 years old by your family trying to desperately escape poverty and trying to give you a better life with enough nood to eat, and education and maybe you found out you were not legal and then you find out that you are an undocumented migrant and when you are 17 or 21 or 30 or have a child and a family. i went across the border not too
long ago, and to the place where they deport people, and you know, they sort of throw them back across the border, and they don't have any money or identification, and no family in mexico, and in many cases, they don't even speak spanish, because they grew up here, and they are americans and raised in the united states. and i met a woman -- >> go ahead. >> -- who had just been bedepord and she left a 2-year-old woman behind and she was desperate to get back to her child, as any good mother would be. she was crying in my arms and looking for a coyote to come k back across the border and she risked being smuggled, raped or whatever it would do to get back to her child, like anybody would do. >> it might surprise people that you are impacted in this cause. how does this impact you? >> well, i grew up in the
desert. i grew up mexican american, and i grew up with two languages spoken in our household, and i sang in english and spanish and we went back and forth of the border before they built the ridiculous fence. people were friends and did business back and forth and people were able to travel back and forth and sell things and buy things and get jobs and work and send money back to their families if they wanted to, but what jan brewer is doing is the mean. she is making it so people cannot support themselves. >> in all fairness, let's listen to her explanation to why she feels it is necessary. >> we will issue a employment authorization card for those people who applied, but they will not be entitled to a driver's license nor public benefits in response to the public overwhelming voting that no public benefits would be extended to the illegal aliens in the state of arizona. >> linda, the bottom line is
that, linda, the state cannot afford the pay for the benefits, and that is part of the problem. >> these people have been paying sales taxes and in many cases they have been paying into social security all of their lives if they have had any jobs at all and paying into a system that they can't take money out of it, so they are expanding the amount of money into arizona. arizona canner p fektly afford it. look at the moneyer for a minute. what arizona is spending an awful lot of money is private prisons, and chuck coughlin and paul simpson are two of her top advisers are lobbyists for the correction corporation of america which is the biggest one of the prison giants in the country. >> linda ronstadt, we are going to have to leave it there. we are obviously going to have a lot more discussion about this and we will bring you back and some of the other players, but we have ran out of time. we thank you for the perspective.
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a major health warning for all baby boomers and elizabeth cohen is here to talk about it. what are we talking about here? >> the cdc has said all baby bo boomerers born between 1945 and 1965 for this issue should go once for a test of hepatitis c to see if they have it. the cdc does not do it a lot and tell a huge group of people to do this. >> what is the concern? >> the concern is that the rates of hepatitis c are high among people in this age group and they don't know they have the disease. if you look at the numbers for people born between '45 and '65, 1 in 30 of us, and i say us, because i'm in the group, has had hepatitis c and 50 to 75% of the people in this group don't know they have it, because you can be infected for years before
you actually get sick. >> and what happens if you have hepatitis c? deadly or very serious? >> it is potentially deadly and affects people differently, but in the end, you can need a liver transplant and you can die from it, and it can be a serious disease because it attacks the liver. >> why baby boomers? what about people who are younger or older in the same situation here? >> well, that is tricky. they have identified this group as having a high rate of hepatitis c, and they think that it is because this was, you know, back in the '60s tor '70s and the summer of love and probably more needle sharing than should have okccurred at te time, and there was no programs to help giving people clean needles didn't exist at the time, and another reason is that the '60s, and '70s and '80s and even early '90s they did not check for hepatitis c when they gave people blood transfusions so maybe you got it that way. if you were born in 1944 and 1966, go ahead and get tested, because there is no harm in
being tested and only good things can come from it. >> what does it involve? >> a blood test. not a big deal. >> what would happen if you found out you have hepatitis c? >> then you are referred to a specialist and you will get treatment. treatment differs from the different places and depending upon how badly it is if you have symptoms or not, and there are drugs out there, and what you want to do is to prevent the need for a liver transplant and obviously, you want to prevent dying from the disease. >> all right. getting tested important. >> thanks. >> thank you, elizabeth. have a good weekend. four planes heading back into the night skies of dallas, because they are spraying pesticides to kill mosquitos carrying the west nile virus. texas has been hit hard by an outbreak of the deadly virus, but cases of west nile have cropped up all across the nation. you can see from the map from the cdc, and these cases are marked by green circles and now both mississippi and louisiana
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inher h ited a difficult fiscal situation when he came into office, but the problem is that he made it worse. he is not changing tune, but going in the same direction, so really what we have here is a president who has run out of ideas, and therefore, we have a president whhas decided that his campaign is going to be based on frustration and anger and hope and change has now become attack and blame. >> we want to bring in political director mark preston, and mark, paul ryan settling into the job here, the attack dog job, but we know that joe biden does the same thing here. how do people receive this? are they paying attention to the kind of jabs or looking to hear something else? >> well, you know something, suzanne, we certainly hear that the american public does not like to hear this rhetoric, and we hear it certainly when it comes to the television ads specifically, and they call it dirty campaigning, but it is also effective campaigning. what is interesting about how
paul ryan does it is that he is a wonk, a policy wonk and when he looks at the issues and so when he makes the criticisms or the attack on president obama, he can wrap it up within the whole idea of policy. and suzanne, so it is not the first time he has been critical of president obama. back in 2010, as the house budget chair, he was critical of president obama at a meeting that president obama had addressed to the house republicans and paul ryan challenged him, so he is settling in pretty well and tomorrow, suzanne, we will see him in florida where he is going to take on the issue of medicare head-on, and discuss it and defend it and have hi mother at his side when he does so. >> okay. bringing in the family there, and president obama we have heard his campaign talking about this so-called deal, if you release five years of the tax returns, romney will leave you alone and we don't believe that is a serious offer in any way that this is really kind of a serious spin back and forth. >> yeah, i mean, no question about it. and how nice of them, because it
was jim messena, the campaign manager who sent a note to romney's campaign manager saying if you give us five years we won't have anymore years, but it was not only sent to him, but the likes of you and me and p t posted on the internet, so it was a gamesmanship there. and it is going to stay in the news, because the democrats see it as a winning issue heading into november. >> we hahave debates coming up, and tell us about the prep coming up. >> this is behind the scenes and give you a flavor of how they prepare for it, but now we know that chris van hollen, a maryland democrat will play the role of joe biden against paul ryan and these are the debates that are to take place, and chris van hollen is an interesting choice, because he serves on the same committee and understands how paul ryan thinks, so that is why they try to do that, and chris van hol
llen will be paulyan in the debates and question know that john kerry who knows mitt romney very well will play mitt romney in the debate prep with president obama. >> okay. thank you, mark. it is fascinating if you were a fly on the wall to watch the debate preps happen. >> yes, good stuff. >> have a good weekend. here is free money advice from the cnn help desk. >> hi, there. here h on the cnn help desk, we are talking about social security, and this is liz miller and doug flynn. this is your question, doug flynn. >> i will be turning 66 this october, and i did not take my social security and did i make the right decision? >> what do you think? >> absolutely. there is a huge benefit of waiting from 66 to 70, and you will get an additional 8% credit per year which is huge. no sense to wait past 70, but the difference is tremendous and probably one of the most overlooked retirement strategies to maximize the annuity income for the rest of the life.
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firefighters out west are hoping today is the day they will make some real progress with dozens of wildfires. how is the weather? >> it's still hot. you get if your fire gear an it's going to feel like 200 degrees. that's the way it's going to be for the next cup of months. the good news is it's not windy. we have a red flag warning. that means if a fire goes it
could keep going. it's dry and hot but it's not that 50 miles per hour wind you see in southern california with the santa ana winds. they do get fires popping up today. should be able to do good structure protection and probably not lose anymore houses today. it's not like over the weekend when the 60 houses went up in a couple of hours. >> thank goodness. >> our fierlrefighters are fighg 1.2 acres have been on fire or already burned. we are really stretching those resource. we've been focusing on the past couple of days. some of these fires up near redding, 112 degrees in the fire fighting effort there on monday. just crazy temps out there. >> you've got to praise those folks out there every day. >> we got something else.
i've just got off the phone with nasa. . it was a teleconference with a thousands other people, but we got a new picture. they are putting everything back together. obviously it was all folded up when it was coming down. now they are unfolding the cameras. there's a picture of itself. it is a self-portrait. they're going to be driving to it. >> this is all from mars? >> this is all from mars. it's going to keep getting better. as the people in the control room, you and me, we want instantaneous gratification. where is my high definition photos? where's my martian? it's going to take some time. they want to do it slowly.
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megayacht. this shows a gold ak-47 on display. the blog started in july. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with fredericka whitfield. >> a brutal shooting in south africa. police gunning down striking miners to tell you about. who instigated the violence? we'll take you there live. first here at home. jonesboro, arkansas police have released more video of a handcuffed man. it sounds physically impossible but jonesboro police say this man shot himself in the head with his wrists cuffed behind his back and he was in the backseat of a patrol unit when that happened. earlier this week police made public this reenactment video showing the act can be done. what the video has not done.
take a look. >> if you fall for this. you'll fall for anything. >> it's not silenced the doubters who said carter didn't kill himself. >> i saw the newsreel last night. i don't think that it is possible. >> we have tried it on numerous of us. we have tried it. it cannot be done. >> now police have released dash cam video from the two police united involved in the incident back in july, the 29th of july. they have given out dubs of police interviews with eyewitnesss. george howell has gone through and now give us an idea of the material, witness, evidence that supports the police's claims. >> we're talking about a 43-minute video and it stopped short of showing the actual moment of where you hear this fatal shot. it's a vitd owe whedeo of the t
stop. you see them going up to the truck. everything seems normal. you see three men getting out of the vehicle. carter is put in the back of the squad car. the officers search the truck. they decide to let the two men, they release them. let's take a listen to why. >> go back home where you're going. don't be coming back down here. don't be doing it tonight at 2:00. if you're down here for a reason that's fine. sitting on a side street like this, that ain't going to happen. too many people are watching. believe me. all right. i'm going to keep your names on file. i'm not going to bail you out. you're getting a free pass. he's going to jail because he's got something out in mississippi that has nothing to do with y'all.
>> they don't have the evidence to make that arrest, but they keep carter. they say they find some marijuana on him and keep him in the back of the car. >> there are other eyewitness accounts. >> we see three witnesses. one called in by phone. two people who came into the police station and we hear from one person who says that she saw these officers away pr the car not near carter when the shooting happened. >> take a listen. >> they killed one. >> what did they do with him? >> i think they put him in the backseat of the police car. then about 10, 15 minutes after that, we hear a loud pop. i'm like what is going on. >> you heard a pop? >> it sounded like a gun going off. >> where were the police officers when you heard this? >> they was standing on the outside of the car. >> how far away from the car were there when you heard it? >> they weren't too far from the
car. >> when you hear the witnesses it seems to back what the police are saying but many in the community question it. they want know what really happened. >> it seems hard for a lot of people to try to understand and put themselves in the same situation how that could physically happen. i know this is just the tip of the iceburg of this investigation. >> lahandcuffed. they have a lot of questions. appreciate that. we have a lot more to cover in the next two hours. we go to south africa one day after that brutal shooting of striking miners. >> translator: whether what they did was legal or illegal, they should not have died. >> this shooting has many people there thinking apartheid. what's going on at sears? could it be on its way out?
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today. wives and daughters marched and slanted slogans thas they deman answers from police. . >> reporter: i'm at the scene of a crime that's shocked south africa and the world behind me. more than 30 people killed. you can see experts still combing the scene for evidence that's still left behind here. so many questions as to who fired first. police say they were attacked first by the striking mine who are had been refusing to go to work since last week friday and
this violent wage really spiralled out of control. before thursday ten people had been killed. some in the most gruesome. men hacked to death. earlier i spoke to a reporter who witnessed thursday's drama unfold and this is what he had to say about what he saw. >> we saw a whole group of them, police officers carrying massive guns. they just moved in immediately. >> were they provoked? >> that's the question that i've tried to answer time and again since last night. we cannot say to you that the police were provoked yesterday the police were clear that today we're going to disarm them and remove them from the hill because the gathering is legal. >> reporter: this min tells me it's the police that provoked the miners and not the other way
around. were you here? did you witness it? did the miners shoot the police first? >> translator: there's no worker that attacked the police. in south africa we are supposed to be free but people are fighting for their rights are being killed whether what they did was legal or illegal they should not have died. all they want is a wage increase. >> are there miners or anyone protesting today? >> reporter: the situation here is extremely tense. heavy police presence. so far what we had been seeing is miners coming out in the hundreds and congregating on a hill top carrying weapons, machetes and traditional weapons. very aggressive singing aggressive songs. none of that today. we saw a couple of miners congregating and i suspect it's
because they're expecting the president was coming here. we haven't seen that kind of violence but the situation is still extremely tense. when i speak to miners, they are very, very angry about what happened here on thursday. they are still concerned there may be reprisals. >> he's not arrived there but about an hour and a half ago he had this to say. >> these events are not what we want to see or want to become accustomed to in a democracy. that's bound by the rule of law and where we are creating a better life for all of people. >> yesterday's violence just seeing those images reminding
people a lot about apartheid. un unemployment remains and struggles remain. are those behind this conflict? >> reporter: i think this incident really highlighted so many issues. first of all, violence is very, very pervasive in south africa for many, many years. the majority of people in this country oressed in a very, very violent manner. the way they resist to that oppression sometimes very violent. we've seen in the streets of south africa people protesting wanting better services and doing it violently. people are murdered daily. then this rivalry between the unions. we're hearing reports that some
union members, there was a rival union. this violence is something that south africans are the starting to really look at and ask how do we move from a nation that reacts in a violent way to a nation that shoots to sfeek than rather react with violence like this. serious questions being asked. it's no sketch that south african s need to take in order to reverse the situation that we need to judge this nation against. >> thank you so much. you see the commercials everywhere. pills for a man's prostate problem for erectile dysfunctions butot for male birth control. that might be changing. details next. plap
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contraception. human beings, this may never work and even if it did work, it would take years and years to go through testing. >> once mice went off this compounds, months later they were later to reproduce. >> easily. sounds quite reversible. >> how far down the pipeline are we talking? >> years and years if at all. just because something works well for mice doesn't mean it would work well for people. this is a cancer drug. you wouldn't want to give a cancer drug to real men. you would need to change it or do something. >> something tells me, you mention it's cancer drug and they won't even take it. >> if it got to men it wouldn't be cancer drug. it would have been altered and changed and they would have to single out that one thing that work for sperm production. a lot of people say men wouldn't want to take it and men do get
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under $664, it would become the most valuable company ever. while apple is beaming with good news, sears is in limbo. they lost $132 million in its second quarter. experts say we may be seeing the fall of sears as we know it. this would be a really sad chapter. we all grew up with sears. it was my first employer while i was in high school. >> hi. big memories for me too. i used to look at tools with my dad. sears did manage to narrow its losses but it did that by cutting costs not increasing sales. sales are down. it's also parent company sears
holding. what analysts are worried about is that sears holding is less concerned with improving itself as a retailer than with managing all those assets. ey announced plans to sell off 1100 hometown stores and they are predicting more sales are on the way. lands end could be next. it could be worth a lot of money to the right buyer. >> while the stock is up 83% this year for sears. why? >> investors were pleased with the way things were going. shares were shot up. willi like with any stock, innevestor want to see value and room to grow. the stock can look very attractive. on the other hand buying it now
means believing the company can turn around years of issues. the recession really didn't help. it's got steep competition out there. sales have fallen every years since 2005. investors are to be thinking are consumers continuing to shop there. >> thanks so much. appreciate that. mpblt t the united nations announces a new envoy to travel to syria. copd makes it hard to breathe, but with advair, i'm breathing better. so now i can be in the scene. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function.
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aleppo and left dozens dead according to human rights monitors. ivan watson has that. >> reporter: syrian foreign minister blasted opponents both inside syria and abroad. he challenged them to come up with some single opposition that is interested in talking about peace. he went onto accuse the organization of the islamic conference which suspended syria's membership this week of being a group of hypocrites and claimed the syrian military is trying to protect civilian lives and avoid damaging infrastructure as it continues to bomb the northern city of alepporom the sky and from artillery day after day. >> translator: some may ask why there's a delay in aleppo and i will say it's simple. there's plan to keep the
casualties and the destruction of the the infrastructure to its min numb wh minimum when con fronting these gangs. they have no principles. they kill and destroy and no one holds them accountable. >> reporter: syrian opposition groups claim 140 people were killed around the country on friday. many of them killed artillery and air strike being used to opposition groups in damascus and around the northern city of aleppo and in other chunks of territory around the country as well. meanwhile, syrian journalists, a group of proregime journalists with the television station were released and rescued according to to syrian state media by a military operation on thursday. they were rejoined with their loved ones and family members. the journalists themselves accuse the rebels who had
kidnapped them days ago of torturing them and killing one member of the four man crew, the camera man. in further news, the spiraling conflict is affecting trade groups. an air france flight that was supposed to land on thursday deverted from beirut due to a shiite group that blocked the roads there and threatened to kidnap foreign nationals. the plane tried to land nb damascus, landed there and air france crew asked some of the passengers whether they were available to donate cash to help pay for refueling the flight in damascus because evidently, syria cannot provide credit for foreign airliners. air france was able to pay for that refueling without having to get money, cash money from the
passengers. air france apologized to the passengers saying this was done as a precautionary measure. just a sign of how much the escalating crisis is affecting international trade and ordinary transactions as well as sanctions continue to take up fight in efforts to conduct ordinary transactions with the syrian regime. ivan watson, cnn, istanbul. update on the mission from mars. new information from nasa on the curiosity rover. we have details and pictures coming up. [ male announcer ] imagine facing the day with less chronic osteoarthritis pain. imagine living your life with less chronic low back pain. imagine you, with less pain.
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really cool is curiosity has a thermometer on it. it found the air is one degree above freezing. that's only significant because if we can prove there was liquid water, not just va tpor or ice, that would increase the potential for life at some point on that planet. >> i thought we did learn there was ice. we know it's chilly. >> things don't grow as well in ice as they do in liquid. >> sometimes they preserve things though. >> let's get to some of these new pictures because they are kind of cool. the best images are still to come. they are just unfolding the best cameras to take best images making a run toward mount sharp. that tells you how far that is right there. it has a long way to travel.
>> it like to take its time. >> it takes 14 minutes to send the signal back to the world, to the earth and another 14 minutes for us to say go another inch. it's kind of a delays reaction. there's a self-portrait. a couple of spots there. they're going to go to these scour spots thinking maybe something might be down there. they want to get as deep as they can right below the surface and they'll begin to drill. that drill will go a few inches. i think that right there, i think that's a dinosaur skeleton. >> of course you do. when you say drill, we're not talking about the rover would have the capability of doing that too? >> yes. the curiosity will be able to take its drill and drill below the surface and pick up that rock down below there, bring it up and do it inside itself and do the analysis.
>> there's a lot of power in that slow puppy. >> it's not solar so it's not going to run out of power. >> thanks. let's talk about something else that has a lot of people at the edge of their seat. they're trying to figure out how it is that west nile virus has created quite the problem in a good part of the lower 40a particularly in dallas, texas where they have experienced more than 15 people dying from west nile virus. you recall this is a virus that's transmitted by birds and then to mosquitos bite people. last night health officials allowed aerial spraying of pesticides. that kind of ruffles the feathers of some residents. then you have those that are saying if this is the way to
control west nile, so be it. the mayor was here on wednesday. now he is updating the media. let's listen in tho this press conference. >> we'll be flying and take a second swap at this on monday and tuesday and hopefully be finished with everything at that time. obviously, because of weather, if there are any increment rain showers that may push back and as the judge said we would then finish up on saturday night. we decided to move it up one hour to make sure that we can get this done. that one hour plus the four planes is making that happen. >> we're going to keep you posted on those drops of that pesticide to try and control, if they can, the spread of this west nile vi now we're ten d away from the republican national convention. can you believe it? wher the time gone? cnn has a unique announcement, next.
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paul ryan is back in that important swing state today making two campaign stops. this morning ryan spoke at a republican rally. next hour he'll speak at a high school in springfield. when republicans gather in tampa for their convention later the month, among the hordes of people covering the event will be the cnn "i-report"ers. each competed for the slot. we want you to meet them right now. let's begin with elizabeth lawton of virginia. she's volunteered for every republican campaign since 2000. >> 495, the beltway that separates those in d.c. from the people they represent. i came to d.c. with a single mission, to stand up for those
who live outside of this highway. back then we were told hope and change was the answer to it all. now, nearly four years later obama has squeezed the hope out of all of us. >> now to matt sky of new york who says he's an independent voter who finds this year's gop race fascinating. >> to have michele bachmann and herman cane, the rise and fall of rick perry. romney was able to hold onto this consistent level of support. it wasn't enthusiastic but it was there all along. romney was the guy. it will be interesting to see if the party is able to unite behind him. >> our final "i-report"er who will be helping to cover is alexanderson of minnesota.
>> this will be my first vote in a presidential election. i'm realizing that the future of my nation will depend on my generation. i've seen first hand the importance of communication amongst by generation. internet, twitter, facebook and you tube have effectively connected a generation unlike any time in history. now is the time to send the voice of my generation into the political forefront of this upcoming election. >> tt's alex, matt and elizabe elizabeth. they will be filing "i-report"s for us which begin august 27th in tampa. brooke baldwin will be at the convention. she'll be anchoring this show live from tampa. it kicks off august 27th right here on cnn. do you remember the first time you and your honey locked lips? thanks to the owners of a chicago shopping center, president obama and the first lady are unlikely to ever forget their first kiss.
a granite marker was installed to show where they locked lips back in 1989. the true story of the most famous musician you never heard of. decades after giving up on a rock n roll career, construction worker learned he's an icon half way around the world. a new documentary chronicles his amazing discovery. >> we thought he was like the inner city poet. he was this wandering spirit around the city. >> reporter: he tried his hand at rock history in the '70s. ♪ >> we walked in and heard the songs we was singing and what he
was writing, we had to record him. he's great. we said this is it. >> reporter: it wasn't. rodriguez's albums flopped in the u.s. somehow his first album made it halfway around the world and became a massive hit. >> in south africa he was a rock god. >> to us it was one of the most famous records of all time. >> reporter: the sound track of the anti-apartheid movement ending the revolution. at home in detroit, rodriguez had no idea. he had given up his music career. that was four decades ago. you used to play across the street? >> i played a lot of places in detroit. >> reporter: he lived on little raising his daughters doing demolition work. >> i'm not a stranger to hard work. >> reporter: he made failed bids
for mayor and city council and state rep. >> you call yourself a musical political? >> yeah. i don't see now anyone cannot be. >> reporter: he was rediscovered by a report store owner who found clues. they brought him to south africa and he played to thousands of adoring fans. >> thanks for keeping me alive. >> he's on stage and the crowd is just going wild. they are singing and crying. >> it brings you to tears to see something like that happen to someone. >> it was epic. >> do you not think your story is exceptional beyond belief? >> it's pretty wild. i'm a lucky man to be so fortunate at this late date. >> this is a true cinderella story. >> searching for sugar man.
>> a man who lives his whole life in stroit wodetroit workin construction worker without knowing at the very same time he's more famous than elvis presley in another part of the world. that's the most beautiful story i've ever heard in my life. >> reporter: a beautiful story but also a mystery. where are all the royalties? >> i don't know. i don't know. i do think it's an important question because he didn't know he was famous was that he didn't get royalties. >> reporter: asked if he feels ripped off? >> no not in that sense. hate is too strong an emotion to waste on someone you don't like. >> do you want the fame and the fortune? >> reporter: now 70, rodriguez may finally get his due. >> thank you, rodriguez.
>> you ever pinch yourself and ask is this real? >> is it real? it's certainly a different life. it's not what it was. >> thanks, poppy. in columbia nearly one in five teenage girls are pregnant or already mothers. this week's cnn hero is attacking the problem carving out brighter futures for these young moms and their children. >> teen pregnancy is a very big issue. when you go to the slums, it's unbelievable what you see. many of my girls live here. this is so wrong. you see these girls. they're babies holding babies. about ten years ago i was
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we are changing the lives of these girls. if you give them the right tools, they're capable of moving forward. >> if you have a hero in your neighborhood, you can nominate that person by going to cnn.com/heroes. angry residents of one michigan community want answers from police over the shooting death of a plan. the innocent was caught on amateur video. we'll show it to you. should israel take on iran by itself in war? it's a question going around the nation with prominent voices on each side. we'll have a live report. ♪ ♪ pop goes the world
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israeli officials are warning against strikes. israeli public is paying heed. they have been obtaining gas masks as precaution against strikes from iran. they are debating whether to go it alone against iran or whether to seek support from washington. they have this pledge from president obama made last march to the prime minister. >> as i've said to the prime
minister in every single one of our meetings. the united states will always have israel's back when it comes to israel's security. >> the president's promise is suddenly back in the headlines. diana. >> reporter: well, it is because the president of israel has come out with some comments which very controversially here reflects the comments earlier in the week from washington, from the defense secretary, from the joint chief of staff that any action by israel would serve only to be delay iran's nuclear program. he said he felt that israel should not act alone. he felt that the u.s. should take the lead on any kind of strike against iran and any action by israel would serve only to delay iran's nuclear
program. he also said a strike is in the u.s. interest just as much as in ours to prevent iran from requiring a nuclear weapon. we will not be alone on this, but we must allow the u.s. to take the lead. the prime minister's office issued a response saying this wasn't the president's place to come out with these comments. he's been wrong on issues of national security before. it would appear as though the comments we flekt really israeli public opinion. polls feel that a strike on israel should only happen with the u.s. and the latest war rhetoric is really there just to gear the u.s. into taking more decisive action.
>> do they feel they can take out the installations going at it alone? >> reporter: they've talked about this immunity phrase. what he means is there only a limited period of time in which a strike by israel on iran's nuclear facilities will make any difference. sooner rather than later they will be buried so deep under ground that israel will not have the strike capacity to get to them. it's very difficult to know whether that assessment is fair whether israel does have the capacity. whether that program the enrichment facilities are already too deep under ground and whether it wouldn't require the kind of bombing capacity that only the u.s. has and whether any strike action could be sustained enough to rid iran of its enrichment program. these are all very open questions and it really is the defense minister alone who speaks of this immunity zone.
>> we saw pictures of israelis obtaining gas masks. does the israeli public seem to be on edge? >> reporter: gas masks is a sorpt of difficult barometer of how the israelis feel. it's been a sort of issue or directive they should have against masks since the 2003 gulf war. only about 50% of the public have gone to get gas masks. there's been gas mask distribution for the last couple of years. if war was imminent, you can expect to see gas masks being issued as standard as a directive across the country. that isn't happening. at the moment we've been getting tests, text messages. what would happen if there was a missile strike. th