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about your own personal emotions as a man who's witnessed some things in his day and also has a couple of grandkids. i'd love to hear those comments -- >> i have live grandsons. i will come back because i'm concerned about them and all of our children. >> thank you for being with me. i'm brooke baldwin. "the lead" with jake tapper starts now. another series of protests are already under way, the third night in a row from coast to coast. i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." the national lead, he died at the hands of the nypd. now as more people crowd the streets protesting the death of eric garner, we'll ask his daughter to tell us about her dad. and it's their job to try to help people who need their help. but when paramedics arrived on the scene in staten island, they left eric garner there motionless, lying on the pavement. so whatever happened to those
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emts who missed a chance to save eric garner's life? a huge reversal in a shocking magazine story. a university of virginia first-year student says she was drugged and gang-raped. but now "rolling stone" magazine is apologizing. what led to this remarkable turnaround? good afternoon, everyone. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. we begin with our national lead. what seems to be a possible tipping point in race relations in this country, might be too soon to call it a movement. but the second night of protests over eric garner's death were bigg bigger, larger crowds, more cities saw demonstrations, more streets and highways were shut down, more and more americans were railing against a justice system that they seem to thing is tipped against minorities. even the last republican president, george w. bush, expressed confusion in an interview with candy crowley over how a grand jury did not indict the police officer who
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put eric garner in a chokehold. >> the verdict was hard to understand. but i haven't seen all the details. but it's sad that race continues to play such an emotional, divisive part of life. >> you're looking right now at live pictures out of chicago where protesters are already starting to come together for this third night of demonstrations. if you were working late in manhattan last night and looked down the street, chances are you saw swarmed of protesters. taking away the neon because of the billboards, the sit-ins, die-ins, chanting mock coffins, conjured images of the past, selma, birmingham, montgomery. the nypd says it arrested 219 people, most on violations such as disorderly conduct. nyc officials have promised a sweeping array of forms to try
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to fix any problems, changes that include police retraining and body cams on officers fanned throughout the city. some are being tested today. but new york is hardly the only metropolis being met with protests. jason carroll's been following demonstrations around the country. i see a gathering behind you now. but what are authorities and protesters expecting tonight? is this going to get even bigger? >> reporter: we'll have to wait and see. demonstrators are using social media. they are much more organized, they are planning to be in downtown. they're planning to be right here in times square, jake, as the city gets ready for another night of protests. anger over the grand jury decision to not prosecute officer daniel pantaleo, unleashing fury from coast to coast, as protesters marched thursday night. stand-offs but no serious violence in dallas, boston, chicago and new york, protesters
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screaming for justice, demanding change in how law enforcement deals with people of color. >> it's happening in every city, every town. it's happening here in pittsburgh. >> reporter: in new york, the brooklyn bridge shut down by protesters and they brought times square to a standstill. hours of peaceful protests there escalatin escalating, eventually reaching a tipping point, the nypd cracking down. 219 arrested overnight, including several after a massive scuffle. >> it was all pretty violent and they were laying people down on the ground against the cars. >> they were very much overly aggressive. what a surprise. when had nypd not been overly aggressive to us? or and a die-in was staged in brooklyn lying in the middle of atlantic avenue, an eerie silence descended as protesters with cardboard coffins stopped chanting.
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in washington, d.c., protesters flooding the streets at one point blocking the busy 14th street bridge. in boston, the annual downtown christmas tree lighting turned into a protest. while in chicago, they swarmed lakeshore drive, more demonstrations planned for tonight. and, again, jake, most of the demonstrations last night were peaceful but that does not mean these protesters are not angry. it does not mean that they are not frustrated, they say. they will keep marching, jake? >> jason carroll, thank you so much. we have seen over and over that cell phone video where eric garner is put in a chokehold by officer pantaleo. but the piece of tape that's been getting less attention shows emergency workers from richmond university hospital arriving on the scene. it is minutes before they check his pulse and the emts appear to do little else to try and save garner.
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>> we need help, all right. we're getting the stretcher. >> those four ems workers were initially suspended without pay. we've learned they are all back on the job, two of them restricted to quote, nondirect patient care within the hospital. the speaker of the new york city council joins me live. madam speaker, thank you for joining me. i want to talk about police in a second. but when you look at the second tape and the actions or inactions of the emergency medical workers, what are your thoughts? >> it is disturbing, clearly, the images of eric garner dying and being killed before our eyes. this is, again -- we are getting the information. we have to understand what this review process was about. it's all about accountability. the same way we expect accountability of our police department. we have to expect accountability
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of our ems workers, who basically do have the lives of individuals in their hands. and what is the training that is happening here? the fact that absolutely nothing was being done for eric garner as you see in that image, all the time that is before us is disturbing. they are supposed to be administering some level of care. even unions that represent the ems workers were saying the same thing, there should have been some level of service being administered to him at that time. so this is disturbing. we're going to definitely monitor it and look into it further, understand what this review process was about that has allowed these individuals to be back on the streets. >> that's right and earning salaries from your taxpayers. you said flat-out the grand jury got it wrong, you said the decision left you, quote, frustrated and exasperated. but i want to ask you, the medical examiner ruled this a homicide, not only because of the chokehold administered by officer pantaleo, but also because of the pressure on his chest by the other officers who were given immunity. as a new yorker, do you feel
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comfortable with all of these officers still on the job? >> we have to, again -- this is part of the issue. it's not just about pantaleo, although i know that in terms of this grand jury, all these other officers were granted immunity. so that's of concern as well. but the issue of the fact that nobody did anything. you see this for the minutes you're watching and all this pressure is being put on an individual that was absolutely doing very much nothing and nothing was being done, nobody was trying to pull officers off, nobody was trying to to have a level head. it seemed to escalate and escalate. and in a situation like this where there was such a minor issue, there should have been de-escalation going on. what is the level of training? i know there was a rollout and there has been a rollout of a training that officers will receive. we want to know more details about that. the training has to happen
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expeditiously, immediately. we want to see that implemented. there's a lot of work we have to do. and the manifestations we see out on the street, people expressing that anger in a peaceful way by going to the streets i think is important. and i welcome that very much as someone who understands that it is through this organizing and through the pressure that we're going to achieve change. >> i'm not sure what retraining there needs to be. the nypd patrol guide said and has said since 1993, don't use chokeholds. >> yes, on the issue of chokeholds, i agree with you completely. and actually as a legislative body, we are looking at options. there are colleagues that have put forth legislation that would deal specifically with these issues. and those are things that we are going to look at. but we have oversight power. we have been extremely involved over the years in having oversight of the nypd and demanding change. and the police community relations, communities of color feel they're not being respected. and that clearly is part of the
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work that we have to do. as a latina, representing a community that's been impacted by aggressive policing, we'll continue to put pressure in collaboration. we know the majority of cops are good cops. but we definitely need to make an example of those that are not good because a message needs to be sent that that will not be tolerated. >> melissa, thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you. eric garner's family continues to grieve his death. will an internal investigation by the new york city police department bring that family any closure? will they ever forgive officer pantaleo? i'll ask eric garner's daughter, she'll join me next. the bed reacts to your body. it hugs you.
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welcome back to "the lead." continuing with our national lead right now, more protests already under way in downtown chicago and cleveland and detroit, setting the stage for another night of demonstrations coast to coast, part of the growing outrage over the death of eric garner and the new york
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city grand jury's decision to not indict the police officer who put him in a fatal chokehold. live in new york, i want to go to eric garner's daughter, erica snipes garner, and benjamin laughton, eric garner's cousin. thank you both for being here. first of all, i'm so sorry for you loss. this is such a horrific tragedy. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you for having us. >> erica, beyond the incident and beyond the grand jury decision, eric garner was your dad. what do you want people to know about him? >> i just want them to know that his family loves him dearly and he was a family man. he wasn't a violent man. we loved him. i love him. he was everything. he was a great grandfather, a great uncle, a great cousin, a great everything -- he was everything -- you know?
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so i just want them to know that he wouldn't have wanted to die in vain. he wouldn't have wanted for people to go out and be angry and break stuff. he would want to promote peace and just get the word out -- >> he would definitely want them to continue in a nonviolent approach to this protest. he would want justice to be served, but he would not want it to be done in a violent manner. he wasn't a violent guy. he was a gentle bear. everybody called him b.e. because he was a big guy. they never equated violence with my cousin. he was a humble guy, always looking to help people. for him to go and die this way and then for this grand jury not to indict this officer -- actually, i think all of the
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officers should have been indicted that was handling the situation. and i also -- >> erica, the justice department and the nypd are looking into what happened. what do you want? you want him fired? you want the officers brought up on civil rights charges? what would be justice to you? >> justice to me is basically doing what's right. i want to be happy with him just losing his job or being suspended or still getting paid -- i wouldn't want that. i would want him to face time in jail. all the officers and even the ems workers, because those are the people that we depend on for our health for safety, for anything. and i have asthma. and i'm scared if i go -- if i call the ambulance and they just know who i am and just because
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they're mad or they're white race or whatever, they wouldn't want to help me. it's very scary to have asthma and can't breathe. you can talk, you can try to talk when you're aspirating and losing your breath, but it's just like -- to lose your breath, somebody take your breath away from you is so horrible, terrible. and you're crying out for help, using your last, last, last breath. you're fighting for it. you're fighting for it. and nobody's helping -- nobody's around to help you breathe or -- >> and at that point, that's all you're trying to do. you're not struggling on any other count. you're trying to breathe. >> you're trying to breathe. and me having asthma, i know when you're having an asthma attack, you're supposed to sit up. you're not supposed to be laying down because that makes it even
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worse. so come on -- >> i want to get to the ems workers in a second. but just to make sure i understand, you want those officers and ems workers to lose their jobs and go to jail, all of them? >> you just said that -- >> i'm just -- >> i didn't hear you. >> i'm just trying to clarify. you think that the officers involved should all lose their jobs and all go to jail and -- is that right? is that what you're saying? >> i didn't say all of them. but most of them -- like the ones that contributed to his death, the ones that was on his back, yes, they should go to jail. they should testify and be able to tell me why -- give us something, something. >> be accountable for some reason.
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>> this court proceeding or the secret grand jury -- i'm not a lawyer, i'm not any of that. but i think -- i deserve to know what this grand jury heard. >> yeah. >> what kind of evidence? >> what else do you need? >> when the initial report came out for my father, it said he wasn't in distress. it was a false report. so if the grand jury seen it, what happened? why? so why would you put that on a paper. so basically you had your story before getting in trouble. and you didn't even get in trouble because you knew you wasn't getting in trouble. it's just like these police officers and police -- it's getting out of hand. they need to stop. >> it's like they feel that they can just do whatever they want and they know that the government is going to circle the wagons for them and that they'll just go out, do their
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job, and when they get an opportunity to kill somebody and mostly black, they're going to get away with it. they don't have no fear that they have to be accountable for their actions on the street. and this is what needs to change. they need to change the fact that officers are not being held accountable for wrongdoings. so they're doing their job and it's a lot of stress and i respect that. they have a dangerous job. but they have to have some accountability if they overstep their boundaries. there are clear-cut boundaries of being a police officer. you can't just go out and harass people. you can't just go out and blatantly hurt people. they killed my husband, they murdered him -- >> and then walked away like nothing happened. and then even in the video, in the first video, the man waved his hand like, hi, i'm on video. then you want to tell me that you're sorry, you want to tell my family that you were destroyed? no, you weren't. in that video, you looked very
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happy. >> you showed that you had -- >> you had a smile on your face. and people who just went through something so traumatic and didn't mean to do anything, why are you smiling? >> and i've got a video of officer in the police car throwing his two fingers up when he heard the verdict. that's clear-cut saying, i'm glad this guy didn't have to pay. because that means i can do the same thing he did and i will not have to pay. this is the message you're sending to all police officers across the country, not just new york city. >> yeah. >> that's wrong. we fear the police now. we should be -- >> yeah. >> -- wanting to call the police when we need help. but we're afraid to call the police when we need help -- >> let me interrupt for one second. i want to continue this conversation. i have to take a quick break. we'll come back with both of you, the daughter and cousin of eric garner. stay with us. we'll be right back. turn the trips you have to take,
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and benjamin lawton, eric garner's cousin. i want to talk about that video you were referring to, erica, the second video that shows the ems workers not really doing much of anything while your father lay on the ground. we called to find out what happened to those emts. we were told all of them have returned to work, two are -- >> huh? are you kidding me? >> i knew that. i've been following the blogs and looking online. and, yes, i knew they went back -- that's why i was asking, what happened to them? why did you get your job back? >> yeah. >> and two of them are restricted to, quote, nondirect patient care assignments within the hospital. but all four have returned to work. >> they're still getting paid. doesn't matter what type of profession that you're doing right now, you could be at a computer desk right now. but you're still wrong, you still have a job and you're
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still getting paid and you killed somebody. >> have you heard at all from the police department or from emergency medical workers about what happened in july? have any of them reached out to you or your family at all? >> really? >> no. >> no one has? >> i can't really speak on my mother and grandmother -- but as far as me, no. >> you said this is not about black and white, erica. i wanted to ask because your father's cousin pointed out that in his view, a lot of the victims of this police violence -- unnecessary police violence in his view are black. but i want to make sure i clarify the comment. you said this yesterday on cnn, i think, that this isn't about black and white. you don't think there's a racial dimension to this? is that what you're saying? >> i think -- if we're going on racial things have been going on for decades, years. to say, oh, this was a racially
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motivated or whatever -- it's been going on for years. they was raised on this, these white people or these white officers or whatever. so saying directly that race this and race that, no. it's about the police and the brutality, about the stuff that they're doing to people -- >> civilians. >> people aren't killing black people. black people ain't getting away with it, just getting away with it. >> and it's about the police against anybody who's not a cop. >> nothing to do with race. but when i say that, it's not a black or white issue, it's about right and wrong. >> yeah. >> it's a right and wrong issue. black people been fighting for civil rights for decades, for decades. and every time they kill a cop -- anytime they kill a civilian, we're supposed to say, oh, it was racially motivated? yeah, in a sense, but it's just
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got to do with the way they was trained, the atmosphere in the police department. i read a quote today that something said about the cops go through training, go through the manuals or whatever, be trained. and about six days of being on the job, the veteran cops are like, forget what you learned, follow me, i'll teach you the ropes. >> and they're teaching them that they can get away with -- >> this is what you can do to get away with it. this is how you -- >> it's not a black and white thing. it's about you being a cop and we're not. and that you know that if it's a black person, it's going to be less scrutinized. >> because it's more racist people in this world. it's not just cops that's racist. it's not just -- it's people that grew up in new york their whole life around black people their whole life and still are racist. and i don't understand it. 2014? >> yeah. >> you go to school with mixed
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color people. >> yeah. >> why are you being so racist and hate? there's so much hate. so much hate for the black people and their skin. black is beautiful. black is beautiful. >> we have to say good-bye right now because we've run out of time. we've extended this interview because we wanted to keep talking to you. but first of all our deepest condolences and blessings, thoughts and prayers to your family. >> thank you. >> hope to have you on again and i hope that the protesters listen to you and i hope that everything stays peaceful -- >> yeah, that's what we want to stress. we want to stress the fact that -- >> i'm going to be out there later on tonight. >> erica and benjamin, thank you so much for being here. >> thanks for having us. the other big news this hour, an explosive story of an alleged campus gang rape that was so horrific, so detailed the university of virginia president immediately suspended all fraternities for the rest of the year. but now "rolling stone" magazine
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was misplaced. they have not contacted the young men involved in the gang rape because jackie asked them not to contact them. michael moynahan is one of many who questioned the reporting in the "rolling stone" article. but i also have with me, cnn investigations reporter sara ganim who just got back from uva. sara, what are you learning? >> reporter: a little while ago " "rolling stone" no longer stands by its report what was alleged a gang rape at the university of virginia. the reporting in that story has come into question in the last couple of days as it became clear that "rolling stone" never reached out to the seven men that were accused of raping this girl or participating in this gang rape, of a girl named jackie. now, "rolling stone" in their statement that they released today specifically addressed that decision. and i want to read to you what
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they said about that decision. they said this -- we were trying to be sensitive to the unfair shame and humiliation many women feel after a sexual assault and now regret the decision not to contact the alleged assaulters to get their account. we are taking this seriously and apologize to anyone who was affected by this story. jake, you know those most affected here were the fraternity. i spoke to the lawyer a little while ago. he said the frat house involved has undergone damage in the last few weeks. they've had to hire security and put cameras in to the tune of $20,000. >> michael, i want to ask you, we were just told by "rolling stone" that the reporter in question is not going to be fired from the magazine. what, first, made you skeptical of the story? >> well, there's a dozen red flags when i first read the story. i got to the story a little late. a few people had read the story
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and raised red flags. the first thing i realized is it's a single source story. there are other people that talk in the story but jackie's account is the only one. there are a number of things you see in the story. an example, recently she claims to have been hit in the face with a bottle, gave her a black eye, it was in public, there's no one to corroborate that, no medical evidence, no police reports. and it doesn't mean that something this horrific can happen. it can. but there was a mounting sense that i got when reading it that with just one source, you really, as journalists, we have to check this stuff out. as we heard, it affects the fraternity, it affects policy that is being made. and a lot of people's lives will be affected by this, by these claims. >> right, but if i can play devil's advocate for a second, the lawyer's statement, the lawyer who represents the fraternity, his statement is very specific, he denies sexual assault as part of the
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initiation, he denies that there was ever a sexual assault in the last few years in the fraternity. he says the person in question -- the individual that belonged to this club or worked at this club was not a member of the fraternity, but he doesn't say, no members of the fraternity raped anybody in the previous two years. am i reading too much into how specific he is in his denials? >> you might be. i think that what he's doing is responding specifically to this allegation. and the allegation that is -- people have said to me a number of times, something could have happened -- this is absolutely true, something could have. and it could have been inflated quite a bit. but what we're responding to is a very, very specific allegation in "rolling stone." i have to say, what their lawyer is saying, that there was no party the night she said there was a party, the person that it seems to be that she's naming -- we don't know who the person is really. it's not even clear if the "rolling stone" journalist knew, that person was a member of a
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different fraternity. in this story, everyone is being evasive. the magazine has been evasive. they seem to be essentially blaming the victim herself for sort of creating something bigger than it was. but they should also be blaming themselves, their editors and blaming the journalist for not doing due diligence. >> sara, this is more than a journalistic mess because the problem of campus rape is a serious one. you have talked to a number of rape survivors when you were visiting uva. what's their reaction? >> reporter: jake, there's two separate stories here because the allegations -- actually, the rebuttal from the lawyer were very specific. things like, there's no staircase, that there were no nicknames, that pledges weren't there that time of year. those are specific to jackie's story and that's fine. but there's another thing here. that's that the university of virginia has never expelled a student for sexual assault, even when that student admitted to it. and that's a whole separate issue. whether or not jackie's story is
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true, that's something that needs to be addressed. and i think that that's something that could easily get lost here. i hope that it doesn't delegitimize every other survivor's story on that campus. >> we hope not. thank you both. gas prices continuing to fall. one part of the country is paying less than $2. we'll tell you where next. before he was an oscar-nominated hollywood actor, he was a boston teenager with a criminal record. now mark wahlberg is asking for a pardon from the governor. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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e financial noise financial noise financial noise financial noise welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. the money lead now. a hiring surge that crushed expectations. today we learned 2014 is now the
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strongest year for job growth in the u.s. since 1999. the country added 321,000 jobs last month, according to the bureau of labor statistics, well beyond what economists predicted. the unemployment rate is still at 5.8%. compared to 7% this time last year. if the jobs news is good, well, the price of gas should make you overjoyed. you could soon pay less than $2 a gallon. right now, the national average is $2.71 a gallon, down a quarter in the last month. let's bring in cristina alesci. some drivers already cashing in on this deal. >> reporter: that's right. we found three gas stations in oklahoma that have gas below $2 a gallon. and just today we found one in texas that also has gas at $1.99. you talk about a statewide average, missouri has the lowest price per state. but there are still states that
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have pretty high gas prices, like new york, connecticut and california. these prices, of course, are dictated in part by the proximity to refiners as well as state taxes -- aaa is saying that oil would have to drop another $25 to $30 a barrel for the national average to dip below $2. so we still have a ways to go there, jake. >> what's driving down these prices? >> well, at the end of the day, it's still global demand that's pretty weak. we have a recovery here in the united states. but if you look across the world at other countries, there's still a lot of struggle there economically. that's depressing demand. and we have a supply glut on our hands. producers keep pumping oil out of the ground and refineries keep turning oil into gasoline. if you look at refinery capacity
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here, we're pretty high. week after week, capacity still keeps going up. >> cristina alesci, thank you so much. coming up next, he's a famous actor now but as a teenager he spent some time in jail for assaulting two men, leaving one of them blinded in one eye. now mark wahlberg wants to be pardoned? why does he care so much about something that happened so long ago? don't settle for 4g lte coverage that's smaller or less reliable when only one network is america's largest
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>> okay. >> mark wahlberg was a criminal in real life. in 1988 when he was 16 years old, he assaulted two men while high on drugs and alcohol. abc news reports he beat one of them so badly the victim was left blinded in one eye. according to his sentencing memoranda, wahlberg made racial slurs during and after the attack against the vietnamese american man. after pleading guilty, wahlberg served 45 days for the crime. now he's 43, a successful actor, media mogul and says he's a different man. he's asking for an official pardon for his past crimes, submitting a formal application that reads, i'm deeply sorry for the actions i took as well as for any lasting imagine i may have caused the victim since that time. i have dedicated myself to becoming a better person and citizen to be a role model to my children and others. there is some important context.
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wahlberg's criminal record can stand in the way of his getting the proper licensing as he and his brother try to grow their restaurant business. the company announcing yesterday that it plans to open 27 new restaurants. joining me now, editor-in-chief of, sharon waxman. how much of this is because he doesn't want this on his record and how much of this is because he wants to grow this restaurant chain? >> well, i haven't talked to mark to ask him what the calculation there is. but it's going to be a combination of both things. mark wahlberg is really not the person who he was at 16 years old. and that has been a stain on his history for a long time. and so the idea that he would come forward and remind everybody that he does have this criminal past and want to use that as a tool to help convince
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other people about how they can change their lives, i think, is an admirable thing, i really have to say, and pretty rare, because there's lots of people with former thug lives in their backgrounds who are working in entertainment as you well know. if it happens to be something he got motivated to do because he wants to expand his business, i don't think that should diminish what he's doing. diminish our regard for what he's doing. >> what do people make of him in hollywood? do you think this criminal path from his youth has ever at all been an issue for him professionally? >> i don't. funny enough, i don't. he's been a movie star for a long time. but mark wahlberg has had quite an amazing career. he's somebody who's built himself into a real entrepreneur. he's a major producer of shows like "boardwalk empire." he's still an actor, movie producer, he has a reality show
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and now he has this restaurant chain he's building with his brother. so he has quite remarkable journey as a businessperson and not only as a movie star, especially considering we got to know him for modeling boxers. >> that might have meant more to you than it did to me. but i take your point. >> probably did. >> he says he hopes by being pardoned, other troubled young people will feel like they can turn their lives around and be accepted back into society. and i certainly understand that message there about people growing to become philanthropists, growing to become businesspeople, getting beyond that. but is it also possible that it's a message about getting past ugliness that you've done when you become rich and famous and powerful enough to do so? >> look, he has a rate stain on his past. i don't know if it's so much
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about his criminal record. but every time somebody writes about mark wahlberg, this piece of information comes back. i have to admit, even myself, i know mark, i've met him many times, i've worked with him on editorial pieces we've done about him and his movies and his business. and it is something that sticks in the back of your mind. this attack when he was 16 years old on this guy, he lost his eye. it's something that you can't help but be aware of it. i think what he's saying is formally announcing, i'm not that person and i reject that person that i was. and the thing is also, he also plays military heroes, he plays very heroic characters in his movies. so there's something that's a little bit at odds with that background. and i think that that kind of squares him with the person that he wants to be perceived as, as somebody who's actually made a formal break with that past. >> sharon, thank you so much. we're just days away from cnn's heroes, an all-star tribute on sunday at 8:00 p.m.
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cnn is honoring the top ten cnn heroes of 2014. the top hero is chosen by cnn's audience in an online vote. it's a star-studded event hosted by cnn's anderson cooper. here's a preview. >> you have the power to do anything. to make a difference, inspire and change the world. >> i want to actually still do something for afghanistan. i want to help the people and the dogs. >> we're giving them the best present in order to make a better future. >> i'm here to honor real heroes. >> it's going to be a great evening. >> welcome to cnn heroes, an all-star tribute. >> it is my honor to hug the weightlifter with the biggest heart ever. >> never worry about what you can't do, never, ever quit. >> it's incredibly humbling to be recognized as a cnn hero. >> this has been an amazing
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time. >> you're killing me, cnn, got me sobbing all up in my chardonnay. >> see the stars come out to honor the top ten cnn heroes of 2014. cnn heroes, an all-star tribute, sunday on cnn. >> that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper. i turn you over now to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." have a great weekend. happening now, breaking news, nationwide protests, new demonstrations erupting across the united states. the outrage over new york's deadly police chokehold case. the outrage is growing. will the protests remain peaceful? retraining police. new details of the plan to try to teach new york's 22,000 police officers how to avoid situations like the one that led to eric garner's death. will it work? devastating cyber attack, one of the world's most powerful entertainment companies crippled by hackers. was north korea behind it? new information coming in. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room.