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house. both jennifer pahlca and dan selec are using their power unprecedented in different ways. i'm dr. sanjay gupta. thanks for watching. hope to see you back here next week. hello, everyone. i'm fredricka whitfield. a look at our top stories we're following for you in the newsroom. crowds rally in the streets today demanding civil rights charges against george zimmerman. we'll take you there. a tragic accident at a six flags amusement park in texas. a woman riding a roller coaster plummets to her death. we'll tell you what happened and how the park is now responding. and in houston, texas a garage becomes a prison for several elderly people who say they've been held captive. the disturbing allegations, next. but first, those rallies going on right now all over the country. thousands of people in more than
100 cities all demanding the same thing: a civil rights case against george zimmerman. we have reporters in cities from coast to coast. let's get started in trayvon martin's home state of florida. nick valencia is there. so nick, a lot of people turned out earlier today in miami for the rally, and among them, trayvon martin's father. and you spoke with him. >> reporter: good afternoon, freddie. hundreds and hundreds of people showed up here today. the rally took place between about 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. afterwards, the crowd marched. they thought very briefly about getting on i-95, which is a major freeway that runs through miami, but that plan changed. they instead went to the police station and ended upcoming back here. but while they were rallying outside, tracy martin was the he headliner. it was a very emotional time for him, very emotional moment as he spoke about his son, saying he would fight until the day he died to make sure the legacy of trayvon martin was not forgotten. he also said he would fight for the sons of those in the crowd.
i spoke to him exclusively and he told me he was very overwhelmed by the support he was given. >> it's overwhelming. it just goes to show the love and support that our family and friends have for us here in miami as well as across the country. it sends a message to the nation that we're not going to sit back and let obstacles get in our way and not say a word about it. the people really want the world to know that our children's lives matter just as much as their children's lives. i think we can change the state of things and make a difference here. we really admire the people for stepping up and doing that, because, you know, it just sends a message to the world that this could have been anybody's child. and there are no exceptions to whose child it could have been, and we just have to try to -- we
have to do something to change the senseless violence. losing a child is something you can never recover from. time heals all wounds, but this is something i don't feel i can ever recover from. >> reporter: the crowd has now come and gone, but while they were here, the message was very clear. they wanted justice for trayvon martin, they wanted the stand your ground law amended or completely retracted, and they also wanted the department of justice to intervene in this george zimmerman verdict. they want civil rights charges filed against the former neighborhood watchman. fred? >> thanks so much, nick valencia. appreciate that. let's head north now to new york where trayvon martin's mother spoke at a rally taking place there. alena cho joining us now. alena, this demonstration has broken up. is it over? >> reporter: fredricka, the headliner of this rally was supposed to be sybrina fulton,
the mother of trayvon martin. certainly she was here, she did speak, but it was hard to ignore two of the biggest stars on the planet. jay-zee and beyonce were here also to lend their support. they didn't offer any remarks, but their presence was felt. the reverend al sharpton wasted no time. he instagrammed a photo of himself with beyonce and jay-zee and sybrina fulton this afternoon. this started at about noon and ended an hour later. it was just one of a hundred rallies across the country calling for justice for trayvon. remember, the timing is key here. these rallies come exactly one week after an all-woman florida jury acquitted george zimmerman of killing trayvon martin. and since then everyone, from trayvon martin's family to george zimmerman's family to the president himself, has spoken out. today sybrina fulton, the mother
of trayvon martin, said last saturday when the verdict was handed down, we cried. today, this saturday, we march. >> he was a child, started as a child, ended as a child, who behaved as a child. he had a drink and candy. so not only do i vow to you to do what i can for trayvon martin, i promise you i'm going to work hard for your children as well. >> reporter: sybrina fulton also urged her fellow marchers to act in a peaceful manner. the president himself said there will be protests but let there not be violence. fredricka, as you well know, the president said violence would ho only dishonor what happened to trayvon martin and his family. fredricka? >> thanks so much in new york. let's go to the west coast now. dan simon is in los angeles.
how many folks turned out there, dan? >> reporter: well, you definitely have several hundred people here, still a few dozen folks behind me. i would certainly also echo what nick and alena said in terms of the messages coming out. we heard the same kinds of things here in los angeles. as one speaker put it, trayvon fell, but we rose up. i want you to listen now to how one activist expressed his outrage in the way this case has evolved. take a look. >> there are those who are trying to say that the killing of trayvon martin, a young black man with a hoodie, is not about racism. there are those that are trying to say that the profiling and the targeting by george zimmerman is not about racism. there are those who are trying to say that the verdict of freeing a killer of trayvon martin is not about race, that the jury followed the law. to those who say it's not about race, we say that we're living
in a system of racism! >> reporter: this lasted for about an hour and a half. organizers and activists had come here to the federal courthouse here in los angeles. as i said, it ended maybe a short time ago, about an hour ago. and i would say that in terms of the messages coming out, again, they really want to press the civil rights charges against george zimmerman, and hopefully, in their point of view, that will come forward soon. fredricka? >> dan simon, thanks so much in los angeles. appreciate that. so rallies indeed held all over the nation and other cities, including washington, d.c., chicago, atlanta and orlando. many of the people brought hoodies in honor of trayvon martin. the organizations were run by reverend al sharpton's action network. a fun ride turns tragic at a six flags over texas. a woman died after witnesses say
she tumbled off a roller coaster as it went around a turn. six flags confirms that she died while riding the texas giant last night, but they have not revealed any more detail than that. a spokeswoman said today it would be a disservice to the family to speculate about what happened. one man in line described what he saw. >> the man was sitting next to a woman, and they were both saying, let me out, let me out, my mom fell off, my mom fell off, i need to go find her. and the park workers were kind of taken back by it and didn't know if he was being serious or not. once they realized he was being serious, then they rushed to the victim. in rome, five people have been convicted in the wreck of the concordia cruise liner.
the ship ran aground last year. it is unlikely either of the suspects will serve any prison time. a powerful storm swept through las vegas last night. it pulled up trees and damaged rooftops. it was so strong that the roof of this bar on the strip almost collapsed. this was shown by a local deejay and shows water spraying right into the roof. now to the backlash following the release of that controversial rolling stone cover featuring the boston bombing suspect. a boston police sergeant released these images of dzhokhar tsarnaev to complement the one on the rolling stone magazine. it is undecided whether he will remain on the police force.
>> the police officer felt conflicted about releasing the photos, but he felt very strongly that the rolling stone cover was an insult to survivors. so this was his way of helping. this picture shows a very different picture of dzhokhar tsarnaev captured by police. a bloody face, his hands up, the m muzzle of a gun at his forehead. police sergeant shawn murphy says he was so angry with rolling stone's cover, he released these new photographs to boston magazine. the tactical man said, what rolling stone did was wrong. this guy is evil. thls the real boston bomber. not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of rolling ston. bo they said they thought murphy's
cover sent the wrong message. >> i think he was worried about the impression on the victims, and i think he was also worried that certain people would be lured to replicate that by the kind of glamorous-looking photo on the rolling stone cover. >> reporter: tsarnaev's first public appearance since the arrest was in court last week. he pled not guilty to four federal charges, including killings. while images of these already have an impact, some say the focus is all wrong. >> i think they should focus all the attention on the brave people and the people who lost their lives, not the monster who caused it all. >> reporter: apparently murphy did not want rolling stone to have the last say, so he decided to release the police photos himself. a police spokesman said in a statement, the release of the photos was not authorized by the massachusetts state police. murphy was suspended for a day and faces a hearing next week to determine his status. fredricka? >> is it clear whether murphy was -- well, we'll get to jason
in a moment. long-time white house supporter helen thomas died today after a long illness, according to sources, as she was 92 years old. she reported on every president since jfk was in office, and she was the first female president of the white house correspondent's association. president obama called her a true pioneer. thomas retired in 2010 after making controversial comments about jewish people and israel. a horrific story unfolding in a houston neighborhood after several men were found there locked up and starving. now charges are being filed. we have a live report, next. president obama has some ideas and he gets personal about race in america. new technology allows police to track license plates while they drive. thousands of them will tell you why some critics say you should be concerned. [poof!]
a rallying cry for more action in the trayvon case. today in more than 100 cities, thousands of americans demanded civil rights charges against george zimmerman. martin's mother spoke at a rally in new york alongside reverend al sharpton and martin's father was at a demonstration in miami today. the president brought the discussion beyond the verdict by
sharing his own experiences as a black man in america. he says racial profiling has to be addressed. >> when trayvon martin was first shot, i said that this could have been my son. another way of saying that is trayvon martin could have been me 35 years ago. there are very few african-american men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. that includes me. there are frankly very few american men who haven't had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. that happens to me, at least before i was a senator. >> the president also challenged america to help black boys. he called on leaders from clergy
to professional sports to get involved. >> now, this isn't to say that the african-american community is naive about the fact that african-american young men are disproportionally involved in the criminal justice system, that they're disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence. it's not to make excuses for that fact. and so the fact that sometimes that's unacknowledged adds to the frustration. >> the president is saying, you know, we need, in large part, he says we need to spend some time on how do we bolster, how do we reinforce our african-american boys, the challenge he's offering america. dr. john conyers represents detroit and corinne belcher, a political analyst. nice to see you both.
>> thank you. >> the president talked about programs that have been done, that should be done to help african-american boys, and he says the system is pervasive and maybe why so many boys get caught up in the victim as perpetrators. you are introducing your end racial profiling bill. how, in your view, do you think this will help address the situation? >> well, i think we need a federal statement on this, and i'm so glad that you have brought this up and emphasized it. it's critical because it's a common factor of young african-american men growing up. and so this will help review and downplay this tactic, and we're also starting to ask for stand
your ground laws which are to be revisited and hopefully repealed. >> are you feeling encouraged about those ideas, especially now that the president has commented openly, candidly, about everything from stand your ground to encouraging the justice department to look into this case further to ending racial profiling? >> the president's been so important in making this understood, how common it is, and that bringing in his own personal experiences. to me, it's great to have him, without being emotional but trying to win the understanding of many people to whom this may not be a common experience, to
understand that now is the time that we should be able to do something about it. >> and so, cornell, beyond the legislative and the executive branches of government, how can some of these concerns, in your view, be addressed on a national stage? >> i think it's important to understand these laws aren't going to be changed unless we bring political power to bear, especially at the state level, and have them changed. if you look at those people out there rallying and marching today, they look a lot like the obama coalition. i'm happy to see they're diverse. and for the first time in a long time in this country, forever in this country, we're only a bit above the country where we're about to become a majority current, and that power means we c can elect someone like president barack obama who doesn't look like anyone in our history
before he was elected on that powerful, diverse, changing electorate. they're about to grasp power, and i think this is sort of an important time to understand what your power means. trayvon's mother talked about it's time for us to march. hopefully in a couple months we'll be talking about time to organize. in a couple months after that, it's time for us to vote. truth of the matter is we don't change stand your ground laws at the state level unless we have put pressure on state elected officials. it's quite frankly as simple as taking, and i wrote about this, it's as simple as taking a page out of the tea party's book. they march but they also organize, and they brought pressure to bear. and for better or worse, as congressman conyers will probably tell you, they have a big voice on what's going on politically in this country right now. >> congressman, before i let both of you gentlemen go, i have to ask you about your city of
detroit. the emergency manager and the governor filing for bankruptcy, that is now being challenged in court. you apparently really do want some congressional hearings to take place to explore the use of chapter 9 and whether this is, indeed, the answer for your city of detroit. what would you rather see? >> well, i'd rather see the governor of the state work a little bit more closely with us. he's already appointed an emergency manager who surprised some of the municipal leaders by taking us directly into bankruptcy. they thought they were negotiating a way out of this, and we're very concerned about the way pensions would be involved in a bankruptcy proceeding. normally, there are certain
exemptions and we want to make sure all of those are observed and that the law is followed very carefully. >> congressman john conyers, cornell belcher, thanks so much to both of you gentlemen for joining us today. >> my pleasure. st. mary's hospital over the pond in london. it's where the royal baby is expected to be born, but in a minute we'll hear why that hospital has historical significance with the royal family and how that involves princess diana, the late princess diana, as well. a typical week for a child in central city is that you'll see at least one dead body. there was a shooting here, i was just noticing they still haven't cleaned up the blood. five-year-olds who have been in two shootings. 16-year-olds with colostomy bags. i didn't want it to be normal anymore. i just decided i had to do something. my name is lisa fitzpatrick, and my mission is to teach conflict
resolution skills to the children of new orleans so they can avoid violence and stay alive. i love new orleans for its sense of community, but there is an undercurrent of hopelessness. >> who can tell me what their sign says? everything we do here is to build positive social relationships. our motto is reconciliation, never retaliation. >> i was on the verge of getting ready to seriously hurt somebody, but miss lisa stopped us. she definitely taught me to be in control of myself. >> one of the things that makes us unique is our peer mentoring empowering our young men and women to be the messenger. >> stop the violence! >> the successes are not necessarily going to harvard or getting out of the neighborhood. trash bags, love it!
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okay, we've been on a royal baby watch all day long. katherine, the duchess of cambridge, is by most reports now past due to give birth while the media and some fans have been camped outside the hospital for a while now. william and kate have been spending time, apparently, at her parents' home outside london. cnn's royal historian, kate williams, joining me live now from just outside buckingham
palace in london. that's where the big notice will be, right, where the world will learn the name, sex, all that good stuff? >> that's right, we may not see the name, but when the baby is born, will will be by kate's side. he's got a especially encrypted phone, he'll phone the queen, she'll be the first to know. but a member of his household will write down the baby's sex, the weight, and that information will come to buckingham palace and put on the easel outside buckingham palace as so many have been advertised. >> that's interesting, so really, that's the place to hang out if you're a fan and you want to see some action. you need to hang out by buckingham palace right at that beautiful fountain. instead, a lot of people are at the hospital. are they just hoping to see, you know, kate be driven up to the front door? certainly it will be a long
time, if she gives birth to that hospital, that she would emerge with baby in arms like princess diana and charles did way back when. >> good question, fredricka. actually, you are right. what they are waiting for is the moment when kate and william come out with a new princess or prince of cambridge. they won't see her go in. she'll go in a side door. the only indication we'll have she's in the hospital apart from a palace announcement is the fact they will put armed policemen on the front doors. they'll put armed policemen there because they have a member of the royal family there, so all those people, huge amounts of royal watchers, have been camped out for days. they've come from all over the country, from miles away, not just from london, and they are there just waiting to see kate and william come out with that little baby cambridge. >> aw. is she really late or is it just conventional wisdom was she was
supposed to birth last weekend, and thus, she is late? does anybody really know? >> that's an interesting question, because the palace has never given out an actual due date. they've never said, it is this date. so we're all guessing. and what was said was kate said quite a few months ago, it's mid-july, so i think people thought it was about the 12th. but we think she's definitely past her due date because camilla, wife of charles, the future step-grandmother of the baby, she said she was expecting to see a child at the end of the week. and that was yesterday. that date has passed, so i think we are expecting something next week, although kate middleton's mother has said that the child will probably be a leo, and leos are born after the 23rd. so sometime next week, i think, is when all systems go here and at the hospital as well. >> that's fun. there's quite the guessing game amongst family members, so hey, we're all on board.
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neighborhoods, and we'll bring you more details as we get them. back to houston now where a terrible secret was found behind the garage doors of one house. several men claimed they were held captive, lured in and then locked up. they told police they had to hand over their disability and veterans' checks. now one man is facing serious charges. joining us live now from houston. ed, give us the latest on how they even learned, how investigators learned of this. >> well, when investigators descended on this neighborhood on the north side of houston yesterday morning, they came here because they had gotten a call about making a welfare check at this house. just behind that purple wall that you see there, investigators say they found a room where four men were being held against their will. inside, the four men described the conditions as not livable, obviously very dangerous in a very bizarre situation they discovered in here.
they say the men had not been treated very well, had been found in a malnourished condition. in fact, three of the four men had to be taken to a local hospital to be checked up on and evaluated. authorities say that these four men said they had been kept here against their will for some time, and they're trying, at this point, trying to figure out what the timeline is here, just how long they had been kept here. one man has been charged, a man bit name of walter jones with two criminal felony counts. afterwards, after the men were taken away, police described the scene that they found just beyond that purple wall. >> there were locks. they were apparently given scraps to eat. very little food was provided to them. they didn't have access to a restroom. so it was less than ideal living situations for them. >> reporter: fredricka, those three men, we're told, are in stable condition, have been checked out. they continue to be interviewed. there are four women inside the house who are being taken care of by a caregiver.
police consider those four women to be witnesses in this case, so still quite a bit for investigators here to unravel to see how all of this came about. but as we mentioned, one man was taken into custody yesterday afternoon and now faces two criminal felony counts. fredricka? >> wow. ed lavandera, thanks so much. police are using license plates in an effort to catch criminals, but is the trade-off a loss of privacy? i'll tell you why some people are concerned that's already happening. [ bell dings ] [ crowd cheering ] [ crowd cheering ] [ male announcer ] for sensitive skin, there's fusion proglide. our micro thin blades are thinner than a surgeon's scalpel to glide effortlessly for our gentlest, most comfortable shave. switch to fusion proglide. #1 dermatologist recommended on sensitive skin.
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as dan simon explains, some think it goes too far. >> reporter: with cameras mounted on a police cruiser. >> we're looking at a license plate directly across the street. >> reporter: cops from san leandro, california can capture and record license plates as they drive down any street, an efficient method to catch car thieves or pull over vehicles that show up on a criminal database. >> with technology and smart, good policing, it allows us to keep our public safe. >> reporter: but when a local activist petitioned the police department and got ahold of the records on his car, he says he was stunned by what he saw. >> i do think big brothers have gone too far, because i have not been charged with, i'm not suspected of committing any crime. >> mike katz-lacabe found images of his car where police got
imag images. >> it very clearly shows my daughter and myself getting out of the car. >> reporter: any time a police drives their car, it's recording. they said it can later be used to solve crimes, anything from following leads on amber alerts to payi to collecting unpaid tickets. there are three cameras on the roof, one on left, and one on the side. they capture plates instantaneously. those plates are then cross-checked against suspect vehicles. if the car comes across as being stolen, the officer will be instantly alerted. but in this new era of digital lack of privacy, some say there should be limits on what can be gathered on citizens doing nothing more than driving their cars. dan simon, cnn, san leandro, california. it's been 40 years since man's first mission on the moon. we'll hear what it was like to take those historic steps.
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without being able to do that, we couldn't land again and again and again, and we couldn't open the hatch and go outside. so that was clearly the most important. nw, when i got down to the bottom of the ladder, after a moment or two, i used the words magnificent desolation, referring to the magnificence of the human species to go through the technological advances of transportation, and here we are walking on the moon that people have been gazing up to see for hundreds of years, thousands of years. >> buzz aldrin was the second man to walk on the moon, and during our interview he said they should commit to waulking n mars when it comes to future space exploration. he even wrote a book about it. major league cancer survivor jon lester had many things to
write about, including a no h t no-hitter. but that challenge was nothing compared to what he went through years ago. >> jon lester was a pitcher for the boston red sox when a trip to fenway park in in 2006 chang his life. the accident seemed to change his life when his back pain got worse. >> you think you just need to get some anti-inflammatories to getting some rest and then it turns into, you got cancer. >> reporter: he had a large cell lymphoma, a rare, fast spreading but treatable form of cancer that affects the lymph nodes. he underwent six rounds of chemotherapy, and by the end of the year, a ct scan showed the
cancer was gone. since then, he met with frank martona, eager to get him back in the game. >> he sat me down and said, we're going to take this as slowly as we possibly can. that's the last thing i want to hear. >> reporter: in 2007, a year after his cancer diagnosis, lester started and won game 4 of the world series, clinching the championship for the red sox. at first lester was reluctant to talk about his cancer. >> at the time i just wanted to move on. i wanted to get back to doing what i loved to do and play baseball and not be the cancer patient any more. >> reporter: but that changed in 2010. >> we just had our first son. i can only imagine what it would be like for him to go through something like this. >> reporter: so lester helped launch nvrqt, or never quit, in collaboration with the cancer research corporation. >> i beat cancer. now it's time to fight for the kids. >> nvrqt races money for cancer
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flash of light in the front right emergency exit, and this huge booming noise that was echoing off the walls and, you know, it looked and smelled and seemed like firewors. and i thought someone was playing a prank or, you know, i couldn't really see the figure behind the gun. but, you know, suddenly i kind of felt this immense pressure against my body, against my neck in particular and i knew in that instance, you know, i had been shot. >> reporter: over the past year a lot has changed. the theater where 12 people died and 70 others were injured has reopened. the accused shooter james holmes, is claiming insanity, his case is slowly moving through the colorado justice system. the national debate over guns which grew after aurora and then exploded after newtown continues. steve barton joined other victims of gun violence friday to remember the aurora victims and call for stiffer gun laws. tom sullivan lost his son alex during the aurora shootings, he'd like to see restrictions on high capacity magazines.
>> the guy moved into the movie theater with 100-round drum and one second my son was watching a movie and the next second he was dead. >> she died shielding her students from the gunman. >> reporter: she came to aurora to honor the victims who died in the theater shooting. >> from a movie theater to an elementary school to a church it's all different but we all share the same grief and we all share the, you know, wanting to change, the, you know, our gun laws. >> reporter: a handful of gun rights advocates were also there peacefully protesting the event, police kept the two sides apart. >> why come to their event on this day? >> well, it's an event for all coloradans to remember that tragedy. it's also a tragedy that a firearm was not allowed to be used in the theater that may have prevented that tragedy. >> grace mcdonald. age 7. >> reporter: for more than ten hours volunteers took turns
reading thousands of names of gun violence victims, ending with a moment of silence at 12:28 a.m., the moment the shooting started inside the theater changing hundreds of lives forever. there are a couple other events planned over the next few days to commemorate the one-year anniversary, one couple who was together inside the theater during the shooting has actually deci decided to get married this weekend. ted rowlands, cnn aurora, colorado. and former congresswoman gabrielle giffords sent out this tweet today saying aurora one year later we share your grief, your community is forever changed but stronger than ever. thousands of people across the country coming together to call for change in the aftermath of the george zimmerman verdict. we'll take you to the rallies live right here in the "newsroo "newsroom". (girl) what does that say? (guy) dive shop. (girl) diving lessons.
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it is stifling hot. you name it. any kind of adjective you could think of, sweaty, steamy, all of that in many parts of the u.s. we saw record-setting highs in vermont, maine, and massachusetts yesterday. but there is some relief in sight. the weather channel saying that a cold front is moving into the northeast and mid-atlantic states, in fact, our own meteorologists are saying the same, and temperatures should be up to 15 degrees cooler in chicago by tomorrow. that's going to do it for me. much more of the "newsroom" straight ahead with my colleague don lemon. i know it's sizzling hot in new york, but, you know, you're used to the heat, louisiana guy that you are. >> i was just going to say when is the relief, i just came in from outside. i saw no relief, fredricka, no relief yet. >> the relief will come when you
take off your wool jacket and roll up the sleeves and just enjoy, just enjoy a little summer temperatures. >> i'll do that soon. thank you. always a pleasure, my friend. hello, everyone, i'm don lemon, thank you so much for joining us. i'm in new york today and you're in the "cnn newsroom." in more than 100 cities this day is set aside for crowds of people to gather demand justice and remember one name, trayvon martin. >> trayvon! >> trayvon! >> trayvon! >> some of the rallies are small in muted. others are larger and louder. this is atlanta today. people who still can't believe the verdict from the george zimmerman trial shouted and prayed together. sanford, florida, now where trayvon martin was killed and where george zimmerman was acquitted, people carried pictures of the teenager there. and in nearby orlando and
daytona beach, they did it as well. and look at this crowd, this is downtown chicago, shouting no justice, no peace. rally leaders are joining the call for federal charges against george zimmerman. i'm in new york, so is cnn's alina cho, west coast dan simon in los angeles. miami, nick valencia and in the nas nation's capital, alina jones. i'm talking to the correspondents in so many cities but the tone is similar and the demands are the same, so let's take you live now to miami first and cnn's nick valencia. you talked to trayvon martin's father just a short time ago. what did he have to say? >> reporter: it was very emotional, don, and the scene behind me was much different than it is right now. it was a very lively, robust crowd, hundreds and u.n. hads of people here today, and as you mentioned, they want the department of justice to take a closer look at the george zimmerman verdict. they also want the appeal of stand your ground law. but let's get back to tracy martin. tracy martin took the microphone. he teared up talking about his son trayvon.
he said it's not going to end, his legacy will not end so long as he's alive. he also said he will fight for the sons of everyone in the crowd. i spoke to him one-on-one and he talked about how he felt just looking at all the supporters he had here today -- >> it's overwhelming. it just goes to show the love and the support that our families and friends have for us here in miami as well as across the country, and it sends a message to the nation that we're not going to sit back and let our children be killed and don't say anything about it. >> reporter: at the end of the demonstration, don, some of those that were present here decided to march up and down the streets. their plan initially was to try to close down i-95, interstate 95, which is a major thoroughfare that runs through miami, those plans changed. they did end up going to the police headquarters only to come back out here outside the courthouse and when they did, that message was very clear, justice for trayvon martin.
don? >> nick, thank you very much. and alina cho is here in new york. tell us what people rallying in new york and the bronx are demanding here today. >> reporter: don, i can tell you at this rally here at 1 police plaza in new york city, the keynote speaker was sybrina fulton trayvon martin's mother, but make no mistake it was hard to ignore two of the biggest stars on the planet who were also on hand to lend their support. we're talking about beyonce and jay-z. the two superstars did not make any remarks, but they didn't have to. the reverend al sharpton even had proof they were here, he instagramed a photo of him and the two superstars and sybrina fulton. hundreds of people were here on hand today chanting no justice, no peace. of course, this is 1 of more than 100 such protests across the country. today sybrina fulton called trayvon a child. she said he was just carrying a drink and candy and vowed today, don, that she would work for trayvon but said i will work for
your children as well. don? >> all right, alina, thank you very much. we want to head now to washington, d.c., athena jones is there. athena, what did you see today? >> reporter: hi, don, that chant no justice, no peace was also the refrain here outside the federal courthouse in d.c., hundreds of people showed up for the justice for trayvon rally here, braving very high temperatures, some of them even wearing hoodies, some brought ice tea and skittles in solidarity with trayvon martin, all of them, of course, wanting the department of justice to bring federal civil rights charges against george zimmerman. now, whether that's going to happen is still an open question. but i can tell you that one of the other big themes we heard a lot about today is that the racial profiling. one speaker took issue with the recent comment in "the washington post" that argued that people have a right to be afraid of young black men, black men like trayvon martin because black men are perpetrating a majority -- or a higher proportion of the crimes. let's listen to what that radio
host joe madison had to say about that -- >> if that's the case, we ought to be afraid of every white man because the hard data says that they are serial killers. now, we ought to be afraid of every white man because they blow up buildings and kill people in movie theaters, and high schools. >> so, pretty strong words there we heard from that radio host. they got a big response from this crowd. we also heard from clergy and from activists like dick gregory the longtime civil rights activist. it was a very spirited but peaceful as well rally here, don. >> all right, thank you very much, athena jones. want to go now to the west coast and dan simon. dan, we saw violence in l.a. after the verdict last weekend,
most of the rallies were peaceful, but how are protesters treating this call for justice today? >> reporter: hey, don, well, really from coast to coast all these protests today have been peaceful, and no exception here in los angeles. i guess the thing that stood out in my mind, don, is you really had people of all races and of all ages here in front of the courthouse, the federal courthouse, here in los angeles. and organizers are glad or they were glad, that this was a daytime event. they felt like that would really reduce the chances of seeing violence and that's definitely what we're seeing here today. the crowd has mostly left. apparently some folks are now headed to city hall here in los angeles. but i guess i would also echo what all of my other cnn colleagues had to say in terms of the messages and the sentiments coming out of here, people really demanding the same thing, and that's -- they obviously want to see the justice department press this civil rights case against george
zimmerman and, of course, time will tell if that, in fact, happens, don? >> dan simon, and all my colleagues across the country at these rallies, thank you very much for your reporting today. in the meantime there's some other news to tell you about a horrible accident in texas, look at this a woman riding a roller coaster over six flags in texas fell to her death yesterday. witnesses say she tumbled out of her seat when the coaster dropped during a steep turn. her son was on the ride and saw his mom fall. >> the man was sitting next to a woman and they were both saying, let me out, let me out, my mom fell off, my mom fell off, i need to go find her. and the park workers were kind of taken aback by it and didn't know he was being serious or not, once they realized he was being serious, they rushed to go assist her. >> well, the woman who fell has not been identified. six flags officials say the coaster is closed while they investigate the accident. well, luckily not everything that happens in vegas stays in
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their breath and grab their purse. well, guess what, i park in a parking garage and every time i'm walking to my car and we're in the staircase and there's a woman by herself, she probably is nervous and i make sure i stay far behind her. that's not racial profiling. that might be a woman concerned because she's by herself. i would say to any woman that's gotten into an elevator and walked the staircase from the parking garage that they are just as frightened by any man out of ourselves out of concern for their safety, that does not have to solely be in a racial context. >> all right. ben ferguson joins me now from dallas. there he is. so, ben, thanks for coming on the show. >> good afternoon. >> i know we're not going to agree on this, right? and we've known each other for a long time. >> we might somewhere, you never know. >> yeah. do you really think that white women are equally afraid of white men and african-american men, do you believe that? >> i think that women in a certain situation, like in an
elevator by themselves with any man or a stairwell by themselves with any man or if they're at a streetlight late at night by themselves and no one else in the car are going to lock their door, they're going to cluchl their purse and they're going to do it because they're in a situation where they're vulnerable to any person and it can't only be race, because i have seen women when i go to my parking garage every day, they are nervous when they're by themselves regardless of the age of the man that's around them because they're in a vulnerable situation. that's not only during issues of race. >> ben, i don't disagree with you for some of that, but if you think -- you think it's equal then i don't mean to call names, but i think you're sadly naive or you're just being -- >> well, but this -- >> you're just doing it on purpose just to -- >> -- going on experiences, don. don, let me ask you this when i was -- >> when you said she was probably -- hang on, let me finish. you said she is probably nervous, that's what you said in your comments. probably. >> sure. >> there's a difference between
someone being visibly nervous or getting off an elevator or you see them clutching their purses or you see them locking their doors and -- >> let me -- >> go ahead. >> are you saying, don, that every woman in america that's white is automatically 100% of the time terrified of an african-american man in any one of these situations but they would not be terrified if it was a white or hispanic man -- >> no, that's what not we're talking about. >> that's incredibly broad brushed. >> that's what we're talking about. that's what you're saying. >> don, you asked the question and what you're implying is, is that every white woman in america is automatically -- >> that's not what i'm implying. that's what you're hearing. >> what are you saying? okay, what are you saying? >> listen to me. i'm telling you about my experience. the president is telling you about his experience and you're saying that we're not having that experience and how -- who are you to tell us we're not having that experience when you're not living it, you're not in our bodies? it's insulting for you to say,
oh, that's not happening. how can you say that, you don't live as a black man, you don't know that. >> first of all, i don't think -- this is her you and i fundamentally disagree on this whole entire subject. you say that african-american men are feeling profiled by white women when they get into an elevator. and what i'm saying -- >> i'm not saying they're feeling profiled about getting into an elevator. that is just we're sharing experiences with you. that's not the only way people are profiled. >> okay, well -- but, don, this is -- what i'm saying to you is there are a lot of other circumstances outside of that, where women are just as fearful in that elevator or in that staircase, gripping their purse or locking their doors. >> i don't disagree with you, but chances are -- but chances are, ben, that it's not going to happen with a white guy. i've been plenty of white guys on elevators and women and women -- white guys get on elevators with women and nothing
happens. i -- i -- >> so, do you think that most white women are afraid of any black man in america? >> i asked the white women on my staff before this, and they said generally they think that most white women are more afraid of african-american men -- >> i'm asking you. >> no, that's not what i said. i'm telling you my experience as an african-american man. so, i told you i asked the women on my staff and they said generally they think that more -- that most white women are fearful of black men and they're taught to be that way especially white women in suburban areas and that's the experience from white women on my staff. >> right. >> go ask a few and see what they say to you. >> well, don, first of all, i've grown up my entire life in a community where i was, in fact, a minority. i've also grown up where my father was in law enforcement. i've also been the victim -- >> we have to wrap. my producers are telling me we don't have time, go ahead. >> what i'll say is this i have been profiled and the police told me i was profiled but i don't assume that every
african-american man even though two of them shot at me at point-blank range are out to kill me and i think it'sov overgeneralization to put it in terms of race where paranoia -- >> it's not paranoia. ben, simply just from a place of -- what do i want to say, your -- it's not entitlement, but you're at a place in society -- >> i came from poverty so i don't think i'm entitled. >> but you still have a certain entitlement as a white person that many people of color don't have. you don't see that? >> when i look at where i grew up and i grew up in a community surrounded by poverty -- >> scratch that. >> i don't have any extra advantage. >> scratch that, i'll say a place of privilege. not necessarily a place of entitlement and you're filtering it through a place of privilege that you don't understand, your privilege does not allow you to see certain biases and certain circumstances in this society.
and i -- my -- what i said on the air yesterday -- >> don, don, i have to say -- >> the let me finish. let me finish. what i said on the air yesterday was that i hoped you would sleep on it and think about it before having a knee jerk reaction to the what the president was saying, the most powerful african-american in the world telling you that there is an issue and you're telling him that his circumstances and what he sees and what he lives is not valid. and that is insulting to do that. yes, that's what you're saying. >> well, i didn't have a knee jerk reaction because i've been talking about race the majority of my life coming from a very racially diverse community in memphis, tennessee, so this wasn't knee jerk. my point was this, when you say -- >> you immediately -- you immediately responded to the president -- >> let me finish, let me finish. i listened to you. >> you immediately responded to the president without even thinking, you didn't even give it five minutes, you didn't even give it overnight. you immediately responded through your filter and you
didn't wait and say, let me think about this. >> don, don -- first of all, it was more than an hour since the president spoke when i made my comments and my point was this and i make it again today -- when you come out as the president of the united states of america and you paint a picture that every white woman in america is over -- >> that's not what the president said. you're putting words in the president's mouth. the president did not say that. he didn't say that. you can go back to the president's transcript, he did not say that. >> he said they clutched their purse. >> he said he had experiences where people did that, he did not say every white woman did that. that is taking a leap. >> he implied it. >> he didn't imply it. if he wanted to say it, he would have said all white women. he said he has had an experience where some people do it, not all people. but anyway, my producers are going to kill me. i got to run. thank you for coming on. we'll be right back. >> thank you, sir, good to see you. >> you as well. most people are seeing that geeks changed the world so much in the past 10 or 20 years, that
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to houston now where behind the doors of one house was a horrible secret. four men claim they were held captive, lured in and locked up in a garage, and now the homeowner's grandson is facing felony charges. ed lavandera joins me now from houston. bizarre story, ed, what do we know about what's happening in that house? >> reporter: well, you know, i think the investigators and many
people in this neighborhood are still trying to piece together. there was a welfare check call to this home here that you see in this -- on the north side of the city of houston, and when authorities arrived here and just behind that purple wall that is a converted garage that authorities say four men were locked up inside and from what they've told authorities in the last 24 hours they say they were being held inside there against their will. and further they also have told authorities that their government paychecks, disability checks or social security checks or veterans checks had been taken by the grandson who has now been charged in connection with this crime. now, authorities are trying to figure just how long all of this was going on. it's not been very clear as to the timeline and just how long these men were inside, but neighbors told us yesterday that when they saw the four men emerge from the house, they looked in very bad shape, malnutrition, three of them had
to be taken to a local hospital to be checked out. listen to what some of the neighbors told us yesterday -- >> i was in my yard when i seen them coming out in the ambulance, and they didn't look good at all. they looked malnutrition, real poor, oh, lord. >> it just touched my heart. i fear for them. i don't know. it just really got me hurting. >> reporter: now, the grandson of the homeowner has been arrested. that man -- a man by the name of walter jones, don, and he has been charged with two felony criminal counts, one injury to the elderly by act and one injury to the elderly by omission and those are felony criminal charges but at least the good news now the three men that were taken to hospital yesterday we're told by police here in houston that they are now in stable condition and -- in stable condition and doing much better, don? >> ed lavandera, ed, thank you very much for that story. what's happening with the royal baby watch? that's next. plus this --
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all right. royal watchers, royal baby, appears to be running late. just look at the bored media, they're cammed outside st. mary's hospital in london, oh, and it's a heat wave there, too, that's where prince william and duchess katherine are awaiting their first child. a royal source told cnn the baby was due july 13th, a week ago, one week ago! there's the baby bump right there, but the royal couple has been mum about any specific due date. so, stand by. could happen at any time. we'll have it for you here on cnn. 30 minutes from now we'll be
talking more about the george zimmerman verdict, about the trayvon martin case, about stand your ground, and i'll talk to leonard pitts who is a very famous columnist, a very knowledgeable columnist who wrote an article saying "wake up black america." what's that all about? we'll see you right after sanjay gupta. welcome to "sgmd." we have a rare look inside a village where every single resident has severe dementia. i will tell you it's the most humane things i've ever seen. also treating cancer with marijuana. i'll show you why some doctors don't think it's such a crazy idea. but, first, a new battle over the rules and the laws surrounding abortion. in texas they filibustered, talking for 11 hours straight. >> and that the physician should give a report. >> in north carolina they rallied. >> according to an institute, about one in three a