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thanks for staying with me. i'm ana cabrera in for brooke. thank row for being here.
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we are standing by for a press conference with the los angeles police department regarding the latest in their investigation looking into the shooting death of a homeless man by several l.a. police officers. as soon as this press conference gets started, we're expected to hear from the police chief, we'll take you back there live. first n less than 24 hours israeli prime minister netanyahu will make a rare and controversial speech to congress to try to derail u.s. support of a nuclear deal with iran. this is happening as "reuters" is just reporting today that iran is being, quote, slow to cooperate with nuclear inspest ers inspectors. today netanyahu began making his case before a pro-israel group, one of the most powerful lobbies on capitol hill. he was greeted with lots of cheers. he's up for re-election in just a couple of weeks and he received a victor's reception as he walked on to the aipac stage. [ applause ]
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right away netanyahu acknowledged the elephant in the room. his strained relations with the white house and the fact he won't be seeing president obama during this visit. >> my speech is not intended to show any disrespect to president obama or the esteemed office that he holds. i have great respect for both. iran envelopes the entire world with its tentacles of terror. this is what iran is doing now without nuclear weapons. imagine what iran would do with nuclear weapons. and the same iran vows to annihilate israel. if it develops nuclear weapons, it would have the means to aheave that goal. we must not let that happen. >> the prime minister says his speech today wasn't hardly a preview of what he's going to say. yesterday more of a warmup really.
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we now know 30 democrats in congress are expected to boycott netanyahu's address tomorrow. and they are far from the only ones speaking out against this speech. some israelis in fact are among netanyahu's toughest critics. a group of 180 former commanders in israel's security apparatus are calling for the prime minister to cancel his speech to the u.s. congress. we'll talk more about that in just a moment. right now, let's break away and check in with this press conference. this is l.a. police chief charlie beck speaking about the man who was killed by police officers yesterday. >> very intense situation and a brutal brutal fight. it highlights the homeless and mental illness issues that trouble us in our skid row area. at approximately 12:00 noon on sunday officers from lapd central area station were dispatched to the 500 block of south sampedro.
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they were dispatched to a citizen report of a robbery call. upon arrival the, officers and a supervisor made contact with the victim who directed them to a suspect's location. when police approached the suspect, he repeatedly refused to comply with officers' commands and then began to fight with them. during the altercation, officers used tasers in an attempt to subdue the man. however, the tasers appeared to have little effect and he continued to violently resist. while on the ground, and struggling with the officers the man forcibly grabbed one of the officer's holstered pistols resulting in an officer-involved shooting. officers immediately summoned los angeles fire department paramedics to the scene who determined the man was deceased. paramedics transported him to the l.a. county coroner's office.
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two of the officers involved in the incident sustained injuries. they were treated and released from area hospital. one is on crutches at this moment and is recuperating at home. as with all officer-involved shootings, lapd specialize forced investigation division responded to preserve and collect evidence and to interview witnesses to the shooting. as you know portions of this incident were captured on video from various sources including two body-worn cameras on officers at the scene. these will be reviewed and analyzed as part of the ongoing investigation. force investigation's investigation will be comprehensive and will be conducted in coordination with lapd's office of inspector general and will be presented to the board of police commissioners to determine whether use of deadly force in this incident was consistent with department policies and
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procedures. also the l.a. county district attorney's justice systems integrity division responded to the scene and will conduct a comprehensive review of all facts which result in the shooting. the officers involved in this incident are assigned to our safer cities initiative in central area and are specially trained on dealing with homeless people and mental illness issues. several of the officers have participated and completed our most extensive mental illness training over a 36-hour course. all of the officers had had training to some extent in dealing with the mentally ill. photos of the officer's pistol are on my right. as you can see, the slide is partially engaged and a round has been partially ejected and
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fouled the firing chamber. this is indicative of a struggle over the weapon. as you can also see, the magazine is dislodged from its resting place. this is also indicative of force used on the weapon. there's also a screen grab from a privately taken video. if you examine that it appears that the suspect's hand is reaching for the officer's waistband in the area where his pistol would be located. there's also a photo of a standard glock pistol without its slide engaged, and you can use that for comparison purposes so you can see the effect of the struggle on the officer's weapon. as i started, this is an extreme tragedy. we feel great compassion in the lapd for people who live in conditions of homelessness and often mental illness with no
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treatment. we prepare our officers to deal as best they can with them but the reality is this is much more than a problem that the police alone, can solve. i've reviewed the other videos. it appears to me the officers acted compassionately up until the time when force was required. these are very difficult situations. my heart goes out to the family of the man who was killed, and also to the los angeles police officers who had to be part of this tragedy. as always anybody that saw, recorded or in other ways may have information regarding this incident we ask to contact the lapd. this investigation is ongoing. you will have many questions, which i cannot answer because it is premature. but we will find out truth of this matter. with that i'll take a couple
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questions. >> based on what you know now, i know it's still in the investigative process and we'll learn more in the days and weeks ahead, based on what you know now, does it appear to you that the officers acted justifiably when they fired shots at this man? >> part of my role as chief of police is to adjudicate these investigations and it would be inappropriate for me to go that far and to make a statement about the propriety of this incident until i have seen all the evidence. and i ask the public to do the same thing. these are exhaustive investigations. they're conducted not only by the police department but by the inspector general who works directly for the police commission and not from me. also reviewed by the district attorney who as investigators roll to the scene at the time of the shooting. also reviewed through our internal process before it goes
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to police commission. these are some of the most exhaustive investigations we do and i ask that just as i do, that folks not rush to judgment either on the actions of the officers or the actions of the deceased. >> can you tell me i know you -- >> yes, eric? slow down. >> i know that you've talked about -- it appears that the gentleman reaching for the officer's gun, can you also talk a little bit about the audio on the video? can you confirm whether it was officers that said "drop the gun"? >> i have reviewed the video and the audio, and preliminarily, it -- you can hear the young officer who is primarily engaged in the confrontation, saying that "he has my gun, he has my gun." he says it several times. >> he has my gun? >> well and i've heard other
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audios that sound a little dissimilar but the one that i heard the most clear is the officer saying "he has my gun." he says it several times, with conviction. >> two of those officers were wearing body cameras. >> we've been listening in now to l.a. police chief charlie beck addressing a situation that has caught fire not only in the l.a. area but really around the country involving a homeless man who was shot and killed by several l.a. police officers yesterday during a confrontation on l.a.'s skid row. i want to bring in our stephanie elam who's on the ground there in the neighborhood where this happened. i know stephanie, you've been listening to that press conference. we heard police chief charlie beck essentially say the investigation is ongoing, but the preliminary investigation suggests that the officers responded appropriately and that there's evidence that the homeless man was trying to grab one of their guns. what else did you hear? >> reporter: right. that is a huge part of this. a crucial part of this video ana, is whether or not this man
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was reaching for the weapon. when you do watch the video from the beginning, you can see that the man who ends up dead is combative. you can see him swinging at police officers. that part you can see. you don't need the police to tell you that, but when you take a look at this tragedy here and how tense and how quickly it bubbled over that's where people are wondering what exactly happened. it's hard to ascertain exactly if this man was reaching for the gun or not. that's what the lapd are saying. that is the word that they're saying. and that what is what led to him being shot. three officers discharged their weapons. what is also really noteworthy here is that here on skid row, there is an issue with mental illness. there are a lot of people here who are battling mental illness and end up with nowhere else to go and end up at skid row. this is something we heard chief beck address as well in this press conference that he's holding right now about this homeless issue and that it's highlighting this problem and there needs to be some sort of
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solution to that and there hasn't really been any result in fixing this problem. not just here in l.a., but throughout the country ana. >> and charlie, the chief, charlie beck also said that these officers who work in that neighborhood are specially trained to deal with mental illness and the homeless population which, of course, you would think goes into how they're responding to this incident. stephanie elam we know you're on scene. we'll check back in with you as the situation there develops. thank you so much. up next we'll take you live to israel where benjamin netanyahu is facing a divide in his own country over his visit to washington right now. plus hear what netanyahu plans to tell congress about iran and president obama. and the battle for saddam hussein's hometown in what could be iraq's biggest test against isis forces. right now, waging an assault to take back this key city. [ male announcer ] at northrop grumman, we know in the cyber world, threats are always evolving. at first we were protecting networks. then, we
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hello, again, i'm ana cabrera. at the top of the hour you heard from prime minister benjamin netanyahu in his warmup speech of sorts before his controversial address to congress tomorrow. 30 democrats are now expected to boycott that address and they aren't the only ones speaking out against his speech. some israelis are among netanyahu's toughest critics. in fact there's a group of about 80 or 180 i should say former commanders in israel's security apparatus who are calling for the prime minister to cancel his speech to the u.s. congress saying that leaders speak privately and that this visit would be sticking israel's thumb in the eye of the u.s. president. our kate bolduan is live in jerusalem now and as for netanyahu's speech today, what else are people there saying
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kate? >> reporter: we spent some time, ana, trying to kind of take that temperature of what israelis are saying about this. the most recent polls here show that when itle comes to speech the israeli people are largely split down the middle. 38% to 38% for and against the prime minister giving the speech. there's a large number 24% of israeli public not taking a position on whether or not he should speak. so you hear a diversity of opinion, but i also hear some strong criticism of the prime minister's intentions here. i spoke with a former israeli diplomat a longtime foreign policy advisers to the israeli government alon pinkis. he called prime minister's move visit, a mistake and then some. listen to this. >> despite his denial today, despite his holier than thou attitude he is injecting israel into the american political
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arena. he loves doing that. he did that in the past in 1996 1997 and 199 8 when bill clinton was president and did it in 2012 during the presidential campaign when mr. obama was seeking re-election and mr. romney challenged him. he's doing it now two short nows before our election. >> reporter: you heard from net netanyahu earlier today despite what alon pinkas says. he did not agree about injecting israel into the american political system. his critics along with pinkas say that's exactly what it's done. i asked if he believed him. he said absolutely not. one thing he mentioned about the election which noteworthy, they're two weeks away from an election in israel. among netanyahu's critics, they believe this is a campaign move for him to boost his chances to win re-election in a very tight race that he is facing. that is something to be seen
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that's clearly not something that the israeli, that the netanyahu sininner circle way say is a part of this. >> does his opponent agree with netanyahu on this issue? >> reporter: one more time, ana i just lost you. go ahead. >> does netanyahu's opponent he's facing off against in his election does he agree with netanyahu on this issue, iranian nuclear deal and negotiations? >> reporter: that's actually been a really interesting development even since we've been on the ground. his main opponent his name is isaac. early on, let's say a couple weeks ago hertsog had come out being very critical of the prime minister for his way of going about making this speech, but does say when it comes to the issue of iran, and this existential threat to the survival of israel they are all really one in the same on how serious the threat is. hetsog says he will have a different tactic in how to raise his concerns with the obama
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administration but make no mistake, they all believe in how serious the threat of iran is. as we got on the ground here we've noticed a really noteworthy shift in tone not only were we hearing that from the obama administration and everyone attempting for lack of a better term play nice here and tamp down any tensions that exist, we were also hearing that on the ground here in israel. hetsog his partner in this, zippyzip py tsipi livni, others saying they have much to say. while it's seen as a state visit for their prime minister to go abroad, they're not going to be critical of him and speak out until he returns. you have noticed pretty much across the board folks trying to bring the temperature down if you will. >> gotcha. kate bolduan in jerusalem. thank you. let's hear from someone who knows benjamin netanyahu personally. danny danni was israel's deputy defense minister until netanyahu
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fired him i guess last year over his criticism of how israel was dealing with the conflict in gaza. danny, thanks so much for joining me. do you think netanyahu should speak tomorrow to congress? >> absolutely, ana. i think prime minister netanyahu is representing the people of israel. we are worried. we are worryied about the agreement. march 24th is the date. we have a good reason to be worried. the p 5 plus 1 want to stop iran from becoming nuclear at the moment. we're saying it's not enough. we should stop iran from becoming nuclear forever. not to allow them in 5 years, 10 years or 15 years. the issue of the u.n.ranium. why should they enrich uranium when they have no ambitions? i think the prime minister will say very clearly, we love the american people we work with
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the administration but on the security issues we cannot take those risks. >> does israel believe any kind of diplomacy could work on this issue of iran's nuclear program? >> yes. we believe in diplomacy, but look what happened. the sanctions regime was effective. iran today is in a position that they want to sign an agreement, but we should push them and make sure that they sign a good agreement and not allow them to keep all their capabilities that they want not allow them to develop a nuclear bomb in 10 or 15 years. not allowing them to continue to develop missiles. why they need missiles if they don't have any military ambitions? so i think, yes, we should continue with diplomacy, but not to give in in the meantime. this is the meantime. we expect our friends to stand strong on these issues. >> the nuclear negotiations is one thing, but now we're also learning iran may be assisting iraq in its fight against isis.
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in fact just today, we got images from iran media showing one of their generals visiting iraq and it could be in the case of isis israel and iran are on the same side. what do you make of that? >> that could be but when i look at the region here in the middle east i see that the iranians supporting terrorism all over. they're endorsing terrorism in lebanon, in syria. so maybe today they're fighting isis isis but in the long run they'll use their technology, capabilityies against israel against the u.s. that's what they've been doing for the last 25 years and will continue to do it. >> it seems people on both sides agree that this visit by the prime minister netanyahu to the u.s. without consulting with the white house whatsoever comes across looking very partisan like it's a political ploy in some fashion. what do you think needs to happen for the relationship between israel and the u.s. to be repaired?
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>> both of our relationships are very strong and we will overcome this obstacle. we need to look at the issue, not at the relationship. we have seen in the past in 1981 when prime minister decided to attack the nuclear reactor in iraq. israel was condemned by the u.n. by the u.s. it took a few years to acknowledge the right decision. i think also in a few weeks or months when we look at the speech of prime minister netanyahu netanyahu, we will be able to say it was a right speech at the right time because we cannot come after march 24th and say that we don't like this agreement. >> all right. danny danon, thank you very much for your time. we appreciate it. also across the world, a prominent critic of vladimir putin is assassinated just yards from the kremlin. and now amid their mourning the opposition is furious and assigning blame for this brazen murder. plus a fight for saddam
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hussein's hometown. a battle between isis and iraqi forces. how significant is this? that's ahead. when you ache and haven't slept... you're not you. tylenol® pm relieves pain and helps you fall fast asleep and stay asleep. we give you a better night. you're a better you all day. tylenol®.
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this could be the biggest test yet for the iraqi army retaking the city of tikrit from the grip of isis. the iraqi army, alongside both sunni and shiite militiamen are now attacking isis strongholds near the city part of a wide-scale offensive. this is why this is so significant. tikrit fell under isis control in june after the capture of mosul. meanwhile, new propaganda photos released by isis show the terror group fighting back against iraqi security forces in and around tikrit. let me bring in retired u.s. army brigadier general anthony,
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the author of "foreign and domestic." general, you're joining us now. 30,000 fighters are taking part in this offenseiveoffensive. why do you think tikrit is so important? >> ana, it's great to be here. tikrit is important for a lot of reasons. you mentioned it's saddam hussein's hometown. there's some level of significance there. last june there were about 800 to 1,400 iraqi army soldiers mass cured edcured there by isis. that's significant. that may be part of the motivation behind a lot of the factions that are participating in this fight. there's sunni there's shia and many of those masacured were sunni and shia. that's part of it. most significantly from a military standpoint is that to get to mosul, you have to have tikrit so that's a logistics-based jumping off point if you will to be able to
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get up to mosul to have that attack. you can't go to mosul and leave your rear flank exposed with the enemy hold in toikrittikrit. that's the big reason you have to have tikrit before you get to mosul. this offensive has started. hopefully it's a combined arms campaign with aviation jets artillery, intelligence communications and have good command and control synchronizing this fight so we can destroy this enemy, move them out of tikrit and get set for the drive to mosul. >> cnn's fareed zakaria sat down with jordan's king abdullah and asked about how the world needs to handle isis. listen to this and we'll chat on the backside. >> how should the west handle this? should the response to isis be essentially an arab response a muslim response or should the west be in the lead? >> this has to be unified. i mean i've said this to leaders both in the islamic and
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arab world and to the world in general. this is a third-world war by other means. this brings muslims, christians other religions together in this generational fight that all of us have to be this together. so it's not a western fight. this is a fight inside islam where everybody comes together against these outlaws so to speak. >> some strong words there. do you agree, general? are we on the brink of a world war iii? >> ana, you know i've been saying this for weeks, if not months now, that we need a coalition. it's got to involve the arab nations. it's got to involve the west. this is a war against the west by isis. i believe that isis would like to make it global and it will become global if we do not stop it where it is right now. they're already recruiting from the united states and other countries in the west. you see the recruits coming in
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from great britain and france and the united states so yeah i think we are on the brink of something really bad happening on a global scale unless we get this under control and i think this advance on tikrit is the first step to try to do that and what i have been saying is that we've got to leverage all of our elements of power, our political power, our diplomatic power, to build the coalition. our economic power to shut down countries that are buying black market oil from isis such as turkey. then our military power, of course in the form of communications and signals and electronics and intelligence and being able to facilitate very accurate fighting and targeting so that the coalition can advance, and it's got to be the arab nations that are leading this much like you saw secretary baker do with the desert storm building that coalition of all those nations lined up because they knew that saddam hussein violating kuwait's sovereign
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rights was an attack against the rest of them. this have very much the same type of thing in a much more decentralized way. >> all right, general tata thank you for sharing your experience and expertise and helping us to understand what's happening in iraq in the middle east right now. thank you. up next a murder mystery. a russian opposition leader gunned down in moscow and the key witness, his 23-year-old girlfriend. and now she's speaking out. we'll hear from her. plus kremlin critics are demanding justice, but aren't sure they'll get it. if a denture were to be put under a microscope we can see all the bacteria that still exists. polident's unique micro clean formula works in just 3 minutes, killing 99.99% of odor causing bacteria. for a cleaner, fresher brighter denture every day.
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it's the murder that has shaken moscow and one that's raising a lot of uncomfortability questions. boris nemtsov, a high profile critic of vladimir putin was gun the down outside f kremlin friday night while walking inging his girlfriend. putin's critics are furious questioning his possible involvement. he's condemned the shooting. boris nemtsov's girlfriend is the only witness to the crime and spoke to a russian tv
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network about what she saw. >> translator: where did boris' killer appear from? >> translator: i don't know. i didn't see because this was happening behind my back. >> translator: by description, did this person react to your request immediately or started calling? >> translator: when i turned, i only saw a light-colored car but i didn't see the make or number of the car that was leaving. >> buck sexton is joining me now, a former cia counterterrorism analyst. buck boris' girlfriend says she didn't really get a good look at the gunman. she spent pretty much the weekend meeting with russian police and investigators. she's afraid and wants to leave the country now. is she being treated for like a witness or a suspect is. >> i think she's part of the theater that the russian authorities are putting on at this point. it's been clear from the get-go that they have a very specific narrative that they want to essentially put out there for everyone to see. and what her recollection of this is actually support what we know from the beginning was that this was a very precise and
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highly professional assassination that could have occurred so quickly, assassin in this case could have gotten into the vehicle before she knew what happened. goes to show you the level of planning and trade craft involved here. her treatment at this point is very much dependent on what the russian narrative, state media narrative of this is going to be. >> the message tair trythey're trying to put out there. we've seen pictures of a car that may have been involved. we heard the president, president putin say that he is going to get the bad guy he's condemned the killing, he's ordered all these investigations and there were multiple cameras apparently on this bridge where the killing happened. are you surprised there isn't a suspect or somebody in custody at this point? >> no not at all. the russian government's in charge of this and obviously that means they have full control over the information that we're going to be able to see. and really the state media has been giving us a sense, a series of conspiracies and coincidences at the same time. the conspiracy in this case being that some outside entity wants to defame putin essentially, wants to make the
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russian government look bad and so they did this because to the outside world, the obvious narrative is that somehow this is the fault of somebody at least operating from putin's side of the political spectrum, not necessarily from direct orders from putin but somebody who's a supporter an believes in putin's new russia. this is widely believed from inside of russia from everything we can see. there's the coincidences. for example, some of the cameras may have been turned off for maintenance a the moment this assassination happened. that same night, those same cameras may have been off. now there's reporting they weren't, in fact off, but the russian federal security service may have this information. are we going to get to see it? they're in control of all the cards, all the pieces here and the only thing absolutely certain of at this point is that no one who supports putin's government no one tied to the government had anything to do with this. everything else is still in play except for that theory which i think tells us a lot. >> you're not buying it? >> i'm not buying that based on the facts we see so far. look at who benefits from this and other coincidences by the way, when nemtsov was supposed
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to go to the rally and talk more about ukraine, it seems to me to defy any rational belief that for example, isis was a theory they actually put out there over the weekend, i think that one has died down that some outside entity some foreign intelligence service would do this as a false-flag operation, it's an insane conspiracy theory but unfortunately has some credibility to the constituency that putin cares about the most which is russians. >> i want to play you sound from nemtsov, himself, when he talked to anthony bourdain last year. he foreshadows the danger he, himself, would be facing and talks about a rise in corruption in russia. list b. >> we're supposed to be dining at another restaurant this evening and when they heard that you would be joining me we were uninvited. should i be concerned about having dinner with you? >> this is a country of corruption and if you have business, you are in a very unsafe situation. everybody can press you and destroy your business. that's it.
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this is a system. >> critics of government, critic critics of putin, bad things seem to happen to them. >> yes. unfortunately, existing power represent what i say russia of 19th century. not of 21st. >> so nemtsov obviously knew he was in a risky business. how do you think his death, his murder is going to affect opponents of putin's regime? >> clearly it's going to have a major chilling effect. the fact that we're probably not going to find out who was actually responsible for this based on previous political assassinations in the country. i think it's very clear memtsov was more than an opposition figure, in a sense represented a different direction russia could have gone in. he was at one point considered to be a successor of boris yeltsin, then it went to putin. it's going to send a clear message irrespective of who pulled the trigger or gave the order to all opposition in russia if you stand in putin's way, you're likely to be crushed, likely to be killed and this is a very dangerous and dark times for that country. >> buck sexton, we have to leave
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well just watching this next video might give you an adrenaline rush because an australian man launching his fifth sky diving jump, 12,000 feet above australia near perth, mid free fall and has an unexpected health emergency. you've got to see what happens next. this is not christopher jones' first sky dive. he is halfway through his accelerated free fall training meaning he can jump alone and not in tandem but only at the same time as a highly qualified instructor. that instructor sheldon mcfarland. with a camera strapped to his helmet the two take the plunge. at first it all seems normal at around 9,000 feet mcfarland instructs jones to make a left-hand turn. suddenly he turns over on to his back and begins to spin something is wrong. jones who reportedly has epilepsy is having a seizure. he told local media he had been
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seizure free for years. he spends the next 30 seconds in free fall. completely unconscious. when sky diving a parachute is typically deployed at around 5,000 feet. running out of time mcfarland rockets through the high winds to his student and pulls the rip cord. at 3,000 feet jones regains consciousness, just in time to make a safe landing. although this dramatic rescue took place in november jones just shared it with the world via youtube on sunday and in just 24 hours, the video has received more than four million views. jones describing it as possibly the scariest moment of my life. >> how amazing is that. joining me to talk more about this is craig stapleton, a skydiving instructor who knows well the dangers of the sport. i know you made headlines in 2013. you survived a skydiving accident of your own where you hit the ground. that's at 30 miles per hour
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after both your parachutes failed. what was your reaction when you saw this new video? >> i love it. i love seeing skydiving can have some real success stories that make the news and can make people interested in the sport. >> it's unbelievable when you watch what's happening that the instructor thought so quickly, knew exactly what to do yet i imagine this doesn't happen all that often, right? >> no actually it's like lifeguarding. it's something you train for all the time and you very rarely get to do. most student instruction jumps go off pretty unexciting. so it's the thing you train for and hope you never have to do. >> in addition to your own accident i know you have had a student lose consciousness on a dive and i believe you brought a parachute with you. how are instructors trained to deal with a scenario like this? >> actually when the instructors are going through training classes learning to be instructors, some of the instructor examiners will actually pretend to be
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unconscious or almost be combative, uncooperative, so the instructor learns to see signs of students having trouble and to plan ahead for those things. >> if you have your parachute there with you, explain and show to us if you can how accessible it is for an instructor thinking in the last minute to be able to get to that other individual and essentially do the jump for them pulling the rip cord. >> right. the rip cord's mounted on the bottom of the parachute so if the student's on their back they can reach around across them. some of the student rigs have extra handles for the instructors to get to that are on the chest. so they just have to be able to get to the student and find the handle and they actually do practice that maneuver while learning to be instructors. >> okay. i think the question on so many of our minds is there are these reports out of australia that the diver was diagnosed with epilepsy apparently he had had a seizure four years prior and
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the doctor signed a waiver but is that common? does it matter if people have health conditions? what are the requirements? >> you need to be somewhat healthy to skydive. it's a very high stress sport. it's somewhat physically demanding and extremely mentally demanding. you have to be able to handle stress and obviously, this person hadn't had enough stress to induce a seizure until he was in the air. >> craig stapleton, thanks for your time. >> thank you. coming up at the top of the hour all eyes in washington on israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu except one pair of eyes. president obama. he didn't watch the speech today. in fact he says he won't watch the one tomorrow, either. are things a little tense in the west wing? that's next. no matter who you are, if you have type 2 diabetes, you know it can be a struggle to keep your a1c down. so imagine ... what if there was a new class of medicine that works differently to lower blood sugar?
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love. it's what makes a subaru a subaru. time now for cnn heroes and a young inventor with a very big idea. >> my grandfather has parkinson's disease that causes him to shake. he spilled all the time so i decided to make the kangaroo cup. i came up with the idea when i was around 8 or 9 years old. i wanted to put legs on the cup, because i figured that it wouldn't be as likely to spill. the original cup was made out of porcelain. we decided to make a plastic
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version so it can be used by anybody, like little kids people with mobility issues. i have a design chain and they really do help me so much. >> color-wise blue? >> um-hum. >> lily has sold about 11,000 cups total. many of her classmates and teachers don't even know what she's doing. >> that would be like the next big thing. >> i really do keep thinking keep it to a minimum. now the word is getting around school like wait lily she did what? she invented this cup? oh my gosh. >> that is so cool. >> hi, how you doing? >> good. >> the cup has changed my grandfather's life because that's the only cup he uses now. like once the kangaroo cup came the other cups that he used, they were just out of the picture. one day i wanted to give money from the kangaroo cup to parkinson's research and hopefully they will find a cure.
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>> here's to you. >> cheers to you. we will end on a positive. thanks for joining me. "the lead" starts right now. netanyahu says no disrespect intended. i'm brianna keilar. this is "the lead." the world lead. it's being described as the biggest setback to u.s./israeli relations in decades as israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu readies to tell congress why president obama's potential deal with iran could destroy israel. the national lead. the lapd fires five shots into a man's back killing him. the cops already tased him, he was already on the ground he didn't have a gun. now the department's top cop says his men did what they had to do to protect their lives. he called russia a country of corruption and vladimir putin, a pathological liar before being gunned down in the shadow of the kr