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america, "newsroom" with brooke baldwin starts right now. we will take it on this monday. great to be with you all. i'm brooke baldwin. let's begin with breaking news. any moment now, live from cleveland. you'll see as we're waiting to hear from this prosecutor here in the case of ta mere rice. you know the story. this was novembers ago. he was waving a fwun in a park and ultimately police officers went to call it in and shot him. so what we're waiting for, by the way there's a lot to this story, we're waiting to hear the prosecutor potentially revealing the grand jury's decision as to whether or not the officers in this case will be indicted. i have sitting with me here
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jeanne jeanjoey jackson here with me. we're waiting to hear whether or not there could be an indictment in this case. it's important to walk through what e we know so far. this was a 12-year-old in a park with a a fake gun. obviously, the person who called it in did not know the individual's age or the fact that the gun was fake. they were fearful and called police. . but police roll up and in seconds shoot him. >> the dispatcher actually heard the person calling it in. i think it's a fake gun, but he's got a gun. and he's aiming it at feepeople. the dispatcher, from the facts that we know at this point, did not. tell either officer that arrived at the scene that the person calling in the 911 call said i think it's a fake gun. so their knowledge base didn't include that it may be a fake gun. >> or that it was a child. >> they didn't get that translation. however, just going back, remember it's a grand jury. a grand jury is not deciding guilt or innocence. they determine two things.
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whether there's reasonable cause to believe that a crime was committed and whether these officers committed it. there's a lot to be said for this issue and the process itself. remember, grand jury 15 members, 12 have to make that decision. and there's a lot that's gone on in terms of the length of time that it has even take on to get to this point. there was a delay in the proceedings. the proceeding began in mid-october in terms of the information that was given to the grand jury. remember that a grand jury the prosecutor is the judge, jury and executioner. that's how you get the information. the prosecutor filters it in and there's been a lot in the community in terms of the trust or lack thereof of this it prosecutor placing this the case before the grand jury. >> it's so ironic. a federal investigation began in 2012 of cleveland and then this happened in the midst. in march of this year, it was determined by the justice
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department that cleveland exerted excessive force with his officers and didn't have the investigation that was due to determine if the officers were at fault. then this happened. >> let's listen in. >> good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. four years ago i retired to run for county prosecutor to make our criminal justice system more transparent and accountable. i believe that greater openness would reduce the errors that cost lives. one promise i made. was to fundamentally change how cases are handled when a police officer kills a civilian. to end the traditional system where the prosecutor private ly reviewed police reports then decided if an officer should be charged. that secrecy, which appeared arbitrary without a public investigative report, undermined
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community confidence. it was clear we needed a more rigorous, independent investigation of police use of deadly force cases. although not required by ohio law, i now have all evidence reviewed not just by the prosecutor in these cases or this office, but by the citizens of the grand jury city as an investigative panel. to hear all the evidence and make the final call. our office also shares with the public completed independent investigative reports so that there will be no mystery about what occurred or rumors in a citizen's death. this this gives our community an opportunity to correct errors in policy, training, tactics, hiring, equipment far more quickly instead of waiting sometimes years until the opportunity for reform are lost. the lessons are forgotten. here we want the lessons learned and applied. that is why what we have done and will do in all 20 use of
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force cases that have come to this office in the past three years. today a grand jury completed its thorough investigation of the fatal shooting of the 12-year-old tamir rice on december 22nd, 2014 at the recreation center. based on the evidence they heard and the law as it applies to police use of deadly force, the grand jury declined to bring criminal charges against two the police officers. that was also my recommendation and that of our office after reviewing the investigation and the law. a short time ago, we informed tamir's mother of the grand jury's decision. it was a tough conversation. we again expressed the c condolences of our office, the sheriffs detectives and everyone else who has worked on this case and our sincere wish that these
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events on that traumatic day had unfolded differently. she was broken up and z it's very hard. we explained this was a difficult decision also but that to charge police even a situation which was undeniably tragic as the death of her son, the state must be able to show that the officers acted outside the constitutional boundaries set forth by the supreme court of these united states. sumplly put, given this perfect storm of human error, mistakes and communications by all involved that day, the evidence did not indicate criminal conduct by police. only close examination of critical evidence, a very recent enhancement of the surveillance video by an expert laboratory often relied upon by the fbi is now indisputable that tamir was
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drawing his gun from his waist. at the point where they suddenly came together, both tamir and rookie officer were frightened. as we put ourselves in their shoes, it is likely that tamir, whose size made him look much older and had been warned his pellet gun might get him into trouble that day, either intended to hand it over or show them it wasn't a real gun. but there was no way for the officers to know that because they saw the events rapidly unfolding in front of them from a very different perspective. just minutes before the event, responded to a code one report of a guy pointing a gun of people outside the reck center. . that guy they had been told was dressed as tamir was.
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as they raced towards the recreation center, the police were prepared to face an active shooter in a neighborhood with a history of violence. there are, in fact, memorials to two slain cleveland police officers in that very park a short distance away and both had been shot to death nearby in the line of duty. police are trained that it only takes a third of a second or less to draw and fire a weapon them. therefore, they must react quickly to any threat. officer lowman had just seen tamir put an object in his waist. a a moment later as the car slid toward him, he drew the replica gun from his waist and the officer fired. you'll be able to see the actual 1911 model pistol and an
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identical replica gun that are used that day. they are difficult to tell apart, even by people familiar with guns. a moment later as the car slid toward him, tamir drew the gun from his waist and the officer fired. believing he was about to be shot was a reasonable belief given the high stress circumstances and his police training. he had reason to fear for his life. it would be unresponsible and unreasonable if the law required a police officer to wait and see if the gun was real. the outcome will not cheer anyone. every time i think about this case, i cannot help but feel that the victim could have been my own son or grandson. everyone here who has worked and investigated this case feels the same way. it brings all to sadness everyone who investigated this
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it case who has children that goes to parks. no parent follows their 12-year-old around all day to make sure they don't get into mischief. that is why this case taps such profound emotions in all of us. the rice family has suffered a grievous loss. nothing will replace tamir in their lives. the police officers must live with the awful knowledge that their mistakes led to the death of a 12-year-old boy. so will the police radio personnel, whose errors were substantial, contributing factors to the outcome. they passed along detailed information about the guy outside the rek center including his colors of clothing, but not the all important facts that the 911 caller said the gunman was probably a juvenile and the gun may not be real.
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had the officers been aware of these qualifiers, the training officer might have approached with less urgency. lives may not have been put at stake. the fact that the code one high priority. call about a possible active shooter next to a recreation center was based on inaccurate information is a very significant legal fact, but will do little to ease the emotional burdens that @ faesm and all involved must now carry. our entire community has suffered through gut wrenching self-examinations. when an innocent civilian, let alone a child, is killed by a police officer, it touches the nerves that lie close to the surface of all of us in society. that is especially true since the events in. place of such as ferguson and chicago have exposed a gulf of distrust and resentment from police and the communities they
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serve. when they are kept in the dark about the facts in these incidents, that distrust can grow. all those emotions are compounded when a 12-year-old boy is killed on video. but. the original grainy video that had been shown on tv is only a small part of the story. that is why this case demanded a professional investigation to determine if this was a tragic crime or tragic accident. the supreme court instructs us to judge an officer's conduct by what he or she knew at the moment. not by what was learned later. we are instructed to ask what a reasonable police officer with the knowledge he had would do in this particular situation. the supreme court prohibits second guessing police tactics of 20/20 hindsight. the law gives the benefit of the doubt to the officer who is must make. split-second decisions when a
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reasonably believe their lives or those of innocent bystanders are in danger. based on these rules, it became clear through this investigation that the actions of officers were not criminal and the reasons for this assistant county prosecutor have outlined a a written report that will be available online when you leave here. in a few moments, i'm going to ask the assistant prosecutor to provide the detailed factual legal analysis of this case, the improved evidence that we have discussed already, but now let's deal with it. the death of tamir rice was a tragedy. it was horrible and regrettable, but it was not by the law that binds us, a crime. through this process, we too
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want justice for tamir. but justice would not be achieved by bringing charges that violate our profession. because these could not be sustained under the law. this decision does not mean. the legal system is finished with this case. we have parallel systems of justice. a civil justice system may yet provide the rice family with some of the accountability they dezerserve. but the grand jury live with this case for more than fwo months, heard all the witnesses and was there to evaluate each witness's credibility. in cases where the police use deadly force against citizens, we now have other citizens review the evidence and make the final call. as a local judge recently said, if you don't trust a grand jury, you don't trust your neighbors. i trust the people of the county to make. the final call and that's why we changed this procedure. in this case and every other
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case of police use of deadly force in this county. now there have been lessons learned already in this case. that the is plus side of this tragic event. and it should never happen again. steps have been taken to see it does not. first. the city has bought body cams for all its officers. that should help greatly. we'll know exactly what happened in these situations. dash cams are on the way for cleveland police department and the suburban departments. using the $1 million this office provided from seized and r forfeited moneys from criminals. our goal is to have every car, every police car in the county with dash cams and officers all wearing body cams. it will improve public confidence and improve
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performance and protects both the officer and the individual. we'll know exactly what happened in the future. and. public confidence rises and complaints fall dramatically. the second important event that's taken place since this occurred is the consent agreement between the city of cleveland and the department of justice. that will dra mmatically change the way the city hires, trains and manages its police. i applaud the mayor and council for their leadership on this issue and the police chief williams who is determined to constantly improve the department that he has. they have a great chief and a great mayor. and finally i want to call on the legislature and the manufacturers of toy guns not to make guns that look so much like the real thing. if the color and e design of it tamir's pellet gun had screamed toy, the call that set this tragedy in motion may never have
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happened. the grand jury is fully investigated this case and made its final decision. now it is time for the community and all of us to start to heal. we have taken steps to learn. we're going to continue to learn and continue to improve the quality of the justice system we have here in this county. but before anyone reaches their own conclusions, and everyone is welcome to their own, we ask please to review the facts and evidence this it investigation has uncovered. we have issued the report of the sheriffs department and i thank the sheriff and detective morgan and all the other detectives who worked on this case here and all the hard work they put in. look at the report, look at the facts. look at the law. that's why we put the reports out as they come in. we're not making decisions based on rumors or hearsay or the like. these are actual facts, and we can learn from these facts.
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i call for the leaders of our community to now respect the process and the decision of the grand jury and to unrge others o express their opinions in a peaceful and lawful manner. i appreciate the sincere emotion and concern of all citizens who have expressed their feelings on this case, and we thank them. we thank them for caring. i will now turn this over to the assistant prosecutor with the head of the public corruption unit of our prosecutors office. he's a former chief of the appellate unit. he argue d successfully at the united states supreme court this spring in an opinion issued 9-0 that's a landmark case. i thank him, i thank all the other prosecutors here who
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worked on this case. we have had many. just earlier this month we had two police officers within three-day period shot in the chest by assail yaantssailants. this is a violent society with all these guns. this is a tough job. and i thank the individuals who actually do the work. thank you very much for your attention. >> so the prosecutor there in the county. the news is the fact that the grand jury there in the cleveland area have revealed upon investigating since october of this year that they will not bring criminal charges against the two police officers involved in the death of tamir rice from november of 2014.
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just a couple notes. the prosecutor did say he had a conversation with tamir rice's mother. it was a tough conversation. she was broken up and it was very hard. she was hoping that there would be probable cause to indict the officers. hefrs warned that day his pellet gun. might get him into trouble. the caller did indicate potentially a juvenile, potentially a pellet gun being used. that was not relayed. so let me bring you back in, jean and joey. there's a lot to go through. the fact we know now that criminal charges will not be brought. what do they have to go through to arrive at that decision? >> what happens is the grand jury is a panel. then it's up to the district attorney to present whatever information is relevant or
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appropriate for that grand jury to determine. again, the district attorney controls the grand jury. the flow of information, what they hear, what they may not hear. and what charges they could or should not consider. that calls into question and the community is going to be concerned about the independence of the process. i think you're hearing not only in this community, but throughout the country that there potentially needs some separate and apart. when you have a local prosecutor who works with officers, who relies upon officers for investigations and arrests to make the community safe, it's difficult for that particular district attorney now to prosecute those officers. so if there is some independent process, thii think it breathes more trust into the process itself. now the grand jury has convened and concluded that there won't be any charges. now we turn to the civil process, which really determines whether there was negligence. but before getting to that, i think there are going to be two
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overriding questions here in addition to the process. . number one, remember that the argument always has been that the officer thdriving created t condition. to what extent if you create the dangerous condition by rolling up upon a scene and a situation are you now entitled to, as was said by the attorneys, shoot your way out of it. that's one. situation. the second issue is should lowman have been on the force to begin with. he was discharged for incompetence from the law enforcement place of independence, ohio, before he got to this area. >> slst so much more i want to get to. there were statements given. also more from what we heard. the family, how the community could respond to the fact. as we have heard from the prosecutor that those two officers involved in the shooting death of 12-year-old tamir rice will not be criminally charged. more on the breaking news in just a moment.
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purchased, this pistol should have had that orange safety tip to hopefully alert officers that this, in fact, was a toy. but the pistol that tamir had had that day had had no such tip. >> so they are showing what this pellet gun would have looked like. the orange tip would have let officers know it wasn't the real thing. we have gotten the breaking news out of cuyahoga county, the
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cleveland area of ohio that these two police officers involved in the shooting death of 12-year-old tamir rice, they will not be criminally charged based upon the findings of this grand jury. back with me i have joey jackson and jean casarez, who has been all over this. we also have sunny hostin on the phone with us. i think what's key is when we heard from the prosecutor saying the most critical piece of evidence, the recent enhancement of the video, indisputable that tamir rice was drawing a gun from his waist as the police officer slid towards him. that was the evidence. >> so it looks like this case may have turned on very fine details right there. because what was the grand jury presented. you talk about a complete case. here's one piece of evidence. it locks like recently enhanced video. e we don't know who enhanced it. the fbi normally does things
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like that. i hope we get. to see it. that determines the state of mind of the officer. if the gun was coming out and being pointed then you have to look at the state of mind that he reasonably believed it it was a a real gun and life could be in danger. >> this is also important to point out. the officers did not testify in front of the grand jury, but they gave statements which infuriated the family. but just to hear from the officers, he saw the suspect, quote, pick up an object and stick it into his waistband upon arriving at the scene. he was yelling show me your hands as loudly as he could. the suspect lifted his shirt and reached in his waistband. i was focused on the suspect even when he was reaching into his waistband. i didn't fire. with his hand pulling the gun out, i knew it was a gun and it was coming out. i saw the weapon in his hands
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coming out of his waistband and the threat to my partner and myself was real and active. i shot towards the gun in his hand. with that, sunny hostin, you're on the line. >> hi, brooke. i think having heard this case for quite some time and i have also interviewed tamir rice's mother, people are going to have a problem with the process here. this is a case, quite frankly, that screamed out for a special prosecutor and that wasn't the case here. and i think when the prosecutor said during this press conference that his recommendation was also not to charge the officers because we know that the grand jury is really direct ed. so if you have the prosecutor that goes into the process after a two-year investigation.
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i would question what kind of material was presented to the grand jury. even though this video may have been enhanced, it is very clear the timing of this incident. we're talking about from exiting the car to shooting or from arriving on the scene mere seconds. >> i spoke right when you did. it was seconds. >> it was just seconds. it was a about 3 seconds. so the suggestion that the officers were yelling raise your hand, show me your hand, that just doesn't necessarily ring accurate to me as a former prosecutor. and so while certainly this was a tragedy of errors, i think it was a tragedy of training.
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the suggestion that his actions were reasonable and not criminal, i think many will take issue with that. this investigation was cloaked in secrecy. i think there is a real problem with the process here. >> you hit on precisely the point. the e incompetition of the officers previously and also whether or not this should have been sort of a special prosecution. sunny hostin, thank you. jean and joey, stay with me. we have more on this breaking story ahead. also breaking today. iraqi forces raising its flag over one of the terror group's strongholds as the country declares isis will be defeated next year. hear how. . plus is bill clinton and his past fair game?
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donald trump says so. accuses hillary clinton of playing the gender card after she calls him sexist. they want voters to take a loyalty pledge. we'll speak live with a delegate from virginia who says he will not be bullied by donald trump.
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we are just past the bottom of the hour. i'm brooke baldwin. we are get. ing word today of a massive victory here in the war on isis. specifically iraqi forces say
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troops have beliberated ramadi from the terrorists. this is new video showing troops essentially dancing in the streets while a drone captured the moment soldiers raised their flag over the government compound. you remember the story the city fell back to isis in may with the apparent help of a sand storm that prevented american war planes from bombing the incursion and certainly embarrass. ing set back for the iraqi army. joining me is cnn contributor who just wrote a prefe nphenome article saying isis is under stress. so thank you so much for coming on. and beginning here with ramadi, this is the first time that we have truly heard of sort o of this manifestation of success. how did the iraqis pull it off. >> it took a long time. it took about five or six months and in need of a lot of support on the ground in the way of
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engineering support 37 one of the big. est problems in dealing with isis is they ring their possessions with just an incredible array of ieds, booby traps, getting closer to isis's positions. so u.s. support in that respect and more than 600 airstrikes definitely helps. put this in perspective that took six months and there was scarily several hundre isis fighters in ramadi. although it's an important victory, it's more symbolic if you like. >> perspective is important here. let's talk about also around the same time the isis leader abu bakr al baghdadi released this message to his supporters. in reading bits of it, it seemed like a rallying cry to his followers. what struck you about it? >> what struck me is that he acknowledged that there will be hard times ahead and the whole world is now against isis, not
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just the united states in the west, but france, russia, saudi arabia and the recent coalition formed by saudi arabia. he specifically mentioned that coalition, which is only announced on december 15th. we know it's quite a recent message from al baghdadi. i want to tell you one thing he said. the wounds are numerous and the hardships are great. that is no surprise. he's almost preparing isis fighters for tough times ahead. you recalled 2006 when isis or its body was driven to the verge of extinction. we prevail ed. we'll come back again. you rely to say whatever happens to us, others will that will emerge victorious. he's preparing for tough times ahead. not just in iraq, but in syria as well where they are on the defensive in northern syria against kurdish forces. >> he also, as you point out, mocks isis enemies for not bringing in ground troops saying
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they do not dare to come because their hearts are full of fear. despite all of this, why do you think he's preparing his followers for this? what's the strategy here, do you think? >> i think he understands that they are stretched across this huge area. and with the loss of ramadi, with the loss of much of northern iraq that they did hold around sinjar, which the kurds took in november, they are beginning to lose their lines of communication between different parts of the empire if you will. on top of that, there's been this huge campaign against what provides isis with half its revenue which is its oil and oil fields and transport systems and thirdly, they are losing access to more and more of the turkish border which has been a source of getting medical treatment for
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fighters and for selling things into turkey. so they are resilient organizations. they are not going to go away. but right now the balance sheet for isis looks a lot less favorable than. it did six months ago. >> it's turning. tim, your piece was fantastic. front and center right now on cnn.com. i urge everyone. to take a look. thank you so much for the time today. coming up next, donald trump versus everyone. why he's going up against bill and hillary clinton over sexism and what the only other woman running for president, one of trump's rivals, is saying. more on the breaking news. no criminal charges for the officers who shot and killed 12-year-old tamir rice in cleveland. stay here, i'm brooke baldwin and this is cnn.
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slamming hillary clinton for, in his words, playing the women's card. . this is what he says. kwet e quote, if hillary clinton thinks she is can unleash her husband with his terrible record of women abuse while playing the women's card on me, she's wrong. listen also to donald trump defending his attack on bill clinton on fox news. >> i think he is fair game because his presidency was really r considered to be very troubled, to put it mildly, because of all of the things she's talking to me about. she's mentioning sexism. i turned her exact words against her from that standpoint. >> with that, let me bring in our chief political correspondent dana bash. it's nice to see you. here's what i want to get to. the only other woman running in this race agreed with what donald trump said. >> right, we're talking about
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carly fiorina. she is not doing so great in the polls as we close out 2015. so what a better way to get into the conversation saying hey, remember, if you want a woman, i'm it. i'm not hillary and i'm not a democrat. let's listen to what she said and talk about it on the other side. >> sure. >> hillary clinton, first of all, calls everybody a sexist and that's not fair game. she called bernie sanders sexist because he criticized here. of course, she's going to talk about the republican war on women, which doesn't exist. in fact, hillary clinton's policies are bad for women. but yes, bill clinton is fair game, but my point is attacking bill clinton won't defeat hillary clinton. the only way to defeat hillary clinton is to attack hillary clinton's track record. maybe. donald trump has difficulty doing that because his positions on key issues like healthcare are so close to hillary clinton's. >> i just found this so
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interesting because she is clearly, as i said, trying to say, hey, i'm a woman who many republicans should agree with on the issues, but also saying, wait a minute, i don't think we should be going down the bill clinton road. let's foexz on hillary clinton. she has a record. she has experience. she's experience that should be focused on, not that of her husband because she happens to be married to him. donald trump is saying, no, he just did an interview saying we can intertwine the two when it comes to policy and politics because hillary clinton was so involved in both of those things during bill clinton's administration. >> but hang on because as we talk about hillary clinton, and yes, she points out as we watch multiple debates that she's a woman and would be the first female president, but we do have this from carly fiorina as well from a previous debate. watch. >> i'll just add that margaret
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thatcher once said if you want something talked about, ask a man. if you want something done, ask a woman. >> i'm just saying, let's be fair on both sides. are you with me, dana bash? >> there's no question. carly fiorina more and more as the campaign has unfolded has been more let's say she's been leaning into her gender more. and i actually noticed it in the last debate too. the first cnn debate she talked about her gender more as a response to what donald trump said about her face. she definitely was try ing ing appeal to republican women, especially in the last debate. so i think that is a very fair point that they are all politicians. it is a high ly intense politicl season. so you play the cards that you
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have. >> you have to take a lot of selfies. talking about jeb bush. >> i thought this was so funny. our terrific producer who has the campaign trail sent us a - note about what he said i florida. the art of being a candidate in the selfie age. let's listen to it. >> the selfie is now the 11th amendment of the bill of rights. it's inspired by framers and founders apparently. it is a kwiermt that you take one. i do it with great joy in my heart. it wasn't that long ago that people wanted suggests on things. now forget that. i just want my damn selfie and i'm not leaving until i get it.
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we spend a lot of time doing that and hoping the person has a long enough arm or i will take over. young people do it better than older people. it's cooler to do it dieing a normally rather than straight up. and better to do it higher than lower because you look skinnier. >> that's so true. >> i just have to say that even watching this on tv having been out with jeb bush on the campaign trail, i guarantee you it doesn't translate as funny and as kind of insightful into his personality on tv as it did in person. he just has a thing about not being able to breakthrough the camera lens. even for those of us not there watching it, you can see the personalty and the campaigning and joy he intended to do at the beginning kind of pushing through there as he's closing
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out the year. >> there is a a selfie stick. i don't have one, but that's what the cool kids are using. >> i knew you would give me a hint as to what would give you a christmas gift. >> just don't. dana bash, good to see you. coming up next, republican front runner donald trump is slamming the virginia republican party for requiring voters to prove their loyalty to the republican party before casting a ballot. hear how one delegate in the state of virginia is responding to that. plus much more on the braenging news that there will be no criminal charges against the two officers in cleveland involved in the shooting death of 12-year-old tamir rice. how the family is responding to today's news, next.
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we w just a couple days left in this year, donald trump is picking a new fight. not a fight with one single candidate, rather a fight with one specific state party of virginia republicans. that's because of a new rule just approved this month by the state board of lxs. those hoping to vote for a republican in virginia's march 1st primary on super tuesday will have to sign a form that says, and i quote here, my signature be. locates that i'm a republican.
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trump dedicated four tweets blasting the requirement. here are a few. it begins republican party of virginia is working hard to disallow independent and new voters, bad. hopefully the republican national committee can straighten out the total mess that is taking place in virginia's republican party, fast. joining me now is virginia state delegate who is a republican. great to have you on. >> thank you, brooke, good to be on. >> so you not only support this pledge. not only that, looking at twitter today, you tweeted this. our party, our rules, your dollars and your bullying do not work in the commonwealth. moron. can you explain your point, sir? >> certainly. it's not a new rule. it's the party of virginia back in september.
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every campaign was notified at the time by the state party of deliberation of instituting something to the extent of the statement of affiliation. it's been done on both sides of the aisle in the past. to come in and this party's primary. if you know virginia, you knew that was coming. it's my understanding that the trump campaign never responded. they ignored the party when they were notified and they didn't care. now all of a sudden mr. trump decides to go and when you go on a rant after christmas and call every member of the republican party of virginia stupid, i thought it was fair play to call right back with a moron. >> on that, though, because look ing at some of how trump supporters responded to you and we all know twitter can be an ugly place.
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people were calling you a terrorist. stupid moron terrorist, aren't voters turned off by name calling? >> unfortunately they are. this is not the proper decorum. i maintain r for years the proper decorum in politics. but it's mr. trump who is doing this. there is no discussion right now happening on issues. this is a gentleman who thinks he can come in and just say platitudes like he does on reality tv and decide that that will work in the republican nomination. we are a party of conservatives and ideas and a true big open tent, which we're not going to allow. i have been in the party for 25 years. when i was two years ago working hard to make sure that we elect a solid conservative for a governor, donald trump was given money to mccullough.
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that is bill and hillary clinton's best buddy. >> you would not be the first person to point out his affiliati affiliation. he was a democrat for a number of years and given thousands and thousands of dollars to democrats. that's not news to me. this is happening in your state, this isn't news to you either. this happened in september. the news is sort of the trump reaction and then your reaction. for people who don't realize for these different primaries in certain states if you're a republican you can only vote in the republican primary. . in virginia it's different. you can be any of the above and you can vote. now the fact that your party wants only republicans, doesn't that have the potential to exclude first time voters, independents, folks would vote for him. >> we welcome independents that will come in and want to be republicans. to choose the republican nominee for president. so republicans can choose the
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republican nominee. independents believe they can be part of what we send for. we welcome them. we don't want democrats to come in and do that. >> i caught a phrase you said earlier. solid conservatives. here's my question to you. would you vote for donald trump if he is ultimately the republican nominee? >> i will always vote for the republican nominee, but i can tell you unequivocally donald trump will not be the nominee of this party. >> play along with me, hypothetically you'd vote for trump if that will happen. >> i will always vote for the republican nominee. >> if this is a statement of affiliation here, it's not totally enforceable, what is the
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point in the end? >> well, there's multiple thi s things. one, this is a country where individuals are taken but their word and their individual statements. we're not going out to sue anybody here. we're asking somebody to say i'm a republican and that's why i want to vote in this republican process. this is common sense. this is nothing crazy here and nothing that has not been done before. fact is mr. trump doesn't like it because he wants democrats to come vote for him. fact is mr. trump gave money to the current democrat governor of this commonwealth. what's the payback? is he expecting to round up all the democrats to vote for trump in march? that's why we want them to sign. we'd love to have them all. >> thank you for your time. i appreciate it. >> thank you.
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we continue on hour two. you're watching cnn. great to be with you on this monday. breaking news, moments ago a prosecutor in cuyahoga county in ohio announce d there will be n. criminal charges against the two police officers who shot and killed 12-year-old tamir rice. >> a short time ago we informed tamir's mother of the decision. it was a tough conversation. we expraned this was a a difficult decision. but that to charge police even a situation as undeniably tragic as the death of her son the state must be able to show that the officers acted outside the constitutional boundaries set forth by the supreme court of these united states. >> the shooting happened november 22nd, 2014. the surveillance video shows
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that one of these police officers that was tim lowman shot tamir rice two seconds after getting out of his patrol car in that park there in that year. evidence to the grand jury show that the officers did not know that rice was 12 years of age and didn't know the gun he was holding was a fake. the prosecutor faulted the dispatcher for not relaying those two crucial details to those officers responding. they told investigator he is thought he saw rice pulling a gun from his waistband when he fired. so a lot to go through. i have jean casarez with me, joey jackson and a civil rights attorney. also columnist charles blow is with me by phone. so joey jackson, let me turn to you first. just legally speaking, we know this grand jury -- this happened in november of 2014.
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the grand jury just started getting together in october of this year. they just came to this had conclusion december 22nd. what did they have to work through to arrive with a nonindictment. >> you empanel a grand jury and you have to get 12 to make the following conclusions. is there reasonable cause to believe that a a crime was committed and that did any one of these officers commit that. apparently, they decided against that. the troubling thing, however, for the community is that the grand jury processes are secretive. there are good reasons for that in terms of witness intimidation. but i think the problem is it calls into question how the whole issue was handled. should this local prosecutor have been presenting it. because anyone who does this understands that in the grand. jury, the prosecutor criminals everything. the flow of information, what the grand jury hears.
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that's not to suggest that they do not have power. if you're flowing information to that grand jury, they lrgely do what you ask them to do and that's why there's concern over how this was handled. jean casarez was referencing what happened earlier, which was a community came together to get an arrest warrant against these actual officers based upon probable cause. that's a big issue too. >> a judge issued an advisory opinion because there was no legal significance to it at that point saying that the officers should be charged with murder, misconduct in office and went on and on. we're learning more facts right now in regard to this enhanced video that the grand jury apparently saw. they are going almost frame by frame u. a lot of children r were at that recreational center outside at the time the officers pulled up. that forms their state of mind.
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. it talks about the dispatch call said that the officer was going -- that tamir rice was going to be at the swing set, but when they pulled up he was at a table under the gazebo. then it shows he stands up and puts an object into the waistband. he appears to go in the opposite direction, but changes direction toward the officers and the cruiser is still moving at that point. it then e shows the right hand of tamir rice in front of the body right arm moves to the waist and you see his jacket moving up. they say the officer fired two times, one shot hit tamir rice 9 feet away. also says we hear the 911 call from the officers saying it's a black male, probably 20, black rovrls in his hand. and this is what they say is a key to it. the gun was found on the ground.
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so that was because the gun. was out. it wasn't in the waistband. >> i want to come back and talk about this dispatch who didn't relay two key pieces of information pr the call that game in. charles blow, let me go to you. your response? >> well, we covered a couple things. what evidence was presented to the grand jury including what people testified to. so that's what we don't know. what we do know is incredibly troubling. it's always a problem to get sbo somebody else's state of mind. but you do know what they wrote down. we do know that in the police report that the officer said that they told tamir rice three times to drop his gun, but they said they did that in 1.5
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seconds. like it and then the idea that he is killed without even having time to comply is hard to comprehe comprehend. in particular, for the parents of this child to comprehend. you want to go back to i'm not trying to litigate any part of this in the public, but i do want to ask what do we say to these parents who are lose iing these children? are we really saying to those parents that too bad, it's a tragic mistake, but it was reasonable for us to kill this child. because that is really hard for a parent to take. and i am a parent.
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you have boys of my own. i have a hard time processing this idea of constant loss and constant justification of taking those lives. what do we tell those parents? and until somebody gives me a a rational kind of explanation that will make sense to a parent who has to bury a baby, none of this seems to make sense to me. and even the logistics, i'm looking at where that car had to have come from which was across the park, which was filled with children and i'm thinking how reckless was that. because in front of the pylons in the video, there's a driveway where if you thought this was a
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threat to you or others, you could have used it and stayed far enough away and given them time to put the gun down or know they were not going to do it and fire if you felt that you need to do that. but to come barrelling in, none of it makes sense. there are kids out there. i can't wrap my head around any part thofs. >> the point about the driveway, the question that tamir rice's mother had brought up. i think you hit on it with the whole what do we tell these parents. reverend colvin is a reverend in the cleveland area. i'm sure this is a question that perhaps you struggle with in terms of parents in your community given the fact this
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12-year-old's life was lost and now given the fact these officers aren't charged. how do you respond to that? what do you say? >> well, first, let me extend my prayers go out to the family. i have had the opportunity to get to know them and they have carried the cause with great dignity and grace. surge obviously, for our city, our city now joins so many other cities like chicago and ferguson and baltimore who in many respects feel that there's still justice waiting to be received and waiting to be had. it is very unfortunate that we are at a point where even in light of the video that we have seen, in light of the facts that
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have come forth and mr. blow has laid out in very clear manner that we are still at a place where there are more questions than there are answers. when you go back and look at all that was presented by the prosecutors office, there's still such that remains to be sce seen of why this young man was not given ample opportunity to comply with the officer's command and within one second was shot. there's so many other questions about why did he not receive emergency medical attention when it had been an officer down, there's no doubt that another officer would have applied it within seconds of the victim being shot. unfortunate unfortunately, we are at a place where there are more questions than answers. as we have seen in the city of cleveland, the department of justice has come in. what happened is not only did
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the officers fail tamir, but a system failed tamir rice. >> we are so not finished talking about this. pastor, i appreciate that. i wish your community peace. thank you so much for your voice. charles blow, thank you. and jean and joey, thank you as well. we knead to get to more breaking news in chicago. the mayor there is making an announcement after police there shoot and kill an unarmed grandmother and college student. what he's doing now as his city remains on edge.
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more breaking news into. us here at cnn.
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we learned the mayor there is officially cutting his family vacation short to deal with this ongoing police crisis back home in chicago. just over this weekend, police there shot and killed two people including a 55-year-old grandmother who officers say was shot accidentally. let's go first to rosa flores, live in chicago with more on this. how long was he in cuba? what went into the decision process? what do you know? >> reporter: sometimes it's about optics and a lot of people here in chicago had been asking where is the mayor. after these two people were shot, police saying the 55-year-old was shot accidentally. just moments ago we received an e-mail from the officer's office. he's cutting the family trip short and can continue the ongoing work of restoring accountability in the police department. he'll arrive back in chicago on tuesday afternoon. we should add, brooke, that from cuba the mayor did release a
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statement saying he was asking the independent police review authority and the chicago police department to get together and to review training. specifically, crisis intervention training and that's for calls involving mental health crises. now in this particular case, the 19-year-old was shot and killed. the family is saying that he was not having a mental health crisis. his father is saying, yes, that's what e he's telling one of our affiliates. at the end of the day, his mother is saying a that regardless if he was having a mental health cry ses or not that police should not have responded with deadly force. >> rosa, standby. i also have a civil rights attorney joining me as well. so first to you. your reaction that the mayor is leaving cuba return iing to dea
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with this. he's already been under fire. he let go of his police superintendent over not releasing the police video. made the right decision to come home, yes? >> absolutely. no doubt, chicago is in crisis. this mayor, his term is in crisis. his leadership is in crisis. i can't even imagine what the community is feeling after watching that video and watching that young man be shot down by police officers. now to learn that an officer responds to what appears to be a simple domestic violence call and not one but two people are murdered, it's a little ubelievable that chicago hasn't learned any lessons from the many shootings we have watched play out in the the national news and this mayor needs to return to chicago and start taking some immediate action and not just talking about what reform is going to look like, but starting to show what reform
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in a big city like chicago looks like given the history of treatment of african-americans by that police department. >> i know we have talked to so many many people in chicago ask they talk about two different chicagos and how one chicago just does not get the sort of justice and attention it so deserves in heez recent cases. phillip holloway, to you. in the shootings over the weekend involving this grandmother. what's next, how are you seeing this? the details of the shooting through your legal lens? >> good afternoon, brooke. sorry we keep having to talk about these things. i'm glad to hear that the mayor is returning to chicago. i think that's the right thing to do. we don't simply know enough facts at this point in time to make any determinations as to whether or not the shooting was lawful or not. but what we do know at a minimum is there was some degree of negligence because police officers were trained that they don't even put their finger on the trigger until they know what their target is and what is
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behind that target. i think that might be from all i can tell so far how the grandmother was shot and killed. it may or may not have been a justified use of force. time will tell. i have my thoughts, but i will keep them to myself until i see and hear more evidence. because right now that's just speculation. i definitely think some focus by the police department needs to go towards the scenario based training, judgmental shooting and training of that nature in addition to the crisis management training that the mayor was talking about. >> again, the breaking news we're learning that chicago mayor rahm emanuel to cut his vacation short after this shooting over the weekend. thank you both so much. . coming up next, more breaking news. the iraqi army claims its liberated a terror stronghold from isis. there's a long road ahead in the fight against the terror group. i'll be joined live by retired
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lieutenant colonel to break down the strategy here, coming up.
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sgrmpblts here's a headline for you. isis will be defeated in 2016. at least that is what the iraqi prime minister is now vowing. a bold declaration on the back of today's major victory. the be. sieged city of ramadi is free from the grip of isis after days of fire fights, soldiers rushed into the compound and raised the iraqi flag. a win for the army there after their embarrassing loss in the
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city in may, ramadi just one of the string of cities recently wrestled away from isis. joining me is robert mcginnis. and here with some new polls as well is jim acosta, live in honolulu, hawaii, traveling while the president is on holiday. so welcome to both of you. jim, let me begin with you. americans with the polls, changing their views on the war on isis and the war on terror. what do the numbers tell you? >> reporter: that's right, first of all, we should point out that the president according to a a white house official has been updated on this progress in ramadi talking to senior administration officials here on the ground in hawaii who are cautiously optimistic about what's taking place in iraq right now with the war on isis. but getting back to the new poll, which was conducted in the recent success in ramadi it
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shows that americans are nervous about the possibility of another terrorist attack after what happened in paris and san bernardino. and the public according to this poll is simply losing confidence in the administration's ability to stop a terrorist attack and defeat isis. our latest cnn poll finds 18% of americans believe that the u.s. is winning the war on isis while 40% believe the terrorists have the upper hand. 51% of americans are confident they can twhart a terrorist attack. but the public appears to be urn certain about what to do with all of this. americans are split right down the middle on whether to send ground troops into iraq and syria to battle isis. so brooke, clearly the public is very nervous, very worried about what's happening in this war on isis and the capability of the u.s. government to thwart a terrorist attack here on the u.s. homeland.
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but at the same time, there may be a bit of reason for the white house to continue on with this strategy, not just because of the developments in ramadi, but because the public remains divide on this idea of sending ground forces. the american people are just not there when it comes to that idea. >> but i really want your reaction to as we just read this response from the iraqi pm saying u.s.ist will be defeated in iraq in 2016. your response to that and do you think that's almost like a dare to the terrorists? >> it's no doubt, brooke, a dare to the terroristst. we have to see if it's realistic. ramadi they have been working on for months. in the last week, they closed the noose around the center part and chased the islamists out of there. but it is a success. we have to caveat it by saying
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they have to see whether or not these people ree emerge, the engineering work that has to be done, bringing the populous back, will the shia army of the iraqi security forces be able to get along. those are critical issues. now having said that, if, in fact, they now begin to transition 260 miles to the north, the real crown jewel of retaking and solidify indication of the iraqi claim made by the prime minister, then no doubt they'll have a new day. and isis will have fallen and isis will be in serious trouble. we'll have to wait and see. >> i'm glad you brought up mosul. i was talking with a correspondent. you mention raqqah. i just want to share with viewers, the u.s. central command congratulated the military on the achievement. the question is how is this
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evidence of more success to come when you look at the score card. these as isis losses. but mosul and raqqah, huge isis strongholds are still there. as you hit on this before, what's next? how do they grab those? >> we're probably going find a similar strategy. that is take out the bridges, cut off supply lines, bomb with precision and not have civilian casualties. use special ops to go. after their leadership. and then very slowly over months, i suspect, close in on the very interior and squeeze out any remaining isis. they are 20 miles north of there with a number of allies. we'll have to wait and see if we
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use the same strategy there. if it worked in ramadi, there's a good chance it will work elsewhere as long as they can generate the combat power. we're there to help train and equip them. there is reason to be optimistic but keep in mind what was said the other day. he said this war is not over. we take casualtiecasualties, hoe reality is we are going to continue to fight all over the region and elsewhere in the world. that goes more to the poll and the sense that this war is continuing. it's morphed elsewhere across the world so people are concerned. >> 24-minute address from al baghdadi that you referenced manage. ing expectations there. they will continue to fight. thank you so much. i appreciate your time. happy holidays. thank you. >> same to you. come iing up next, an emotil
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reunion in. canada. look at these pictures. this is new video taken moments ago as surviving relatives arrived there in canada. it is a sliver of good news as thousands of refugees try to escape the unspeakable horrors of war. do not miss this.
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really want to share these pictures with you in vancouver right now. bitter sweet reunion is underway there in canada. these are pictures of syrian refugees who just touched down there. these are relatives specifically of that drown syrian toddler whose body washed up on a beach in turkey. you know the picture.
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images of this little one brought international attention to the perils faced by refugees fleeing syria. the tiny 2-year-old has a name. alan kurdi. at least another 100 refugee children have reportedly drown since. it's in this picture of thainy alan that shamed the world. the child's aunt says her nephew has become a symbol. >> i have very strong feeling that boy is god isn't him to the world in this planet because there has to be a solution to stop it. i want the whole world to step in, put hand together, come up with a solution. share a plan. they have to finish this, end
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the war, do something, help those refugees. it's too late to save alan, but not too late to save the other million of them that are desperate. they need help. >> precious faces. right now alan's aunt is being reunited with several relatives who fled in search of a safe place to live. we're following all the developments for us from canada. we'll. put the. pi pictures back up, but the faces, these relatives arriving today in vancouver, tell us more about the back story. >> yeah, they are great pictures. finally some measure of relief for the family. there was no way she believes this would have been possible a few months ago. she tried to get her family there. that brother and his wife, five kids, tried to get them there
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earlier in the year. also alan, his older brother, his mother and father, the government. said they didn't have the right documents. . that's the point in time when this family got desperate. she always regretted giving them the money to get on that boat that eventually led to their deaths. she says that in that story, that desperation has to be felt around the world. what she really is hopeful about is not just bringing her own family to canada, but the fact that in the last few weeks, there's been some sliver of hope that there would be some type of peace. peace will be brought to syria and a lot of the suffering can stop. she is says i don't want people to forget that picture. i i want that picture to mean something. it pains her entire family, but she does believe it changed public opinion around the world and obviously especially here in canada. >> that picture speaks for itself. thank you so much. there's so much more to this story of this family in search for a safe place to call home.
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so that story is being told in this phenomenal piece in "the new york times" today. ann bernard wrote the story. she joins me now from beirut there in lebanon. so ann, thank you so much for your time. talk about just these extensive interviews, the research, three generations of alan's family. let me begin with alan's final hours. you in reading your piece, you were able to get this firsthand account from his father, who was on the boat with him. you write about how the boat nipped over sand the family sai to keep above water. what did the other survivors tell you what happened next? >> well, it was complete chaos. everyone was thrown into the water. there was another couple on board who lost two children. there was a woman who had a son with her who had been wounded in the war.
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so everyone was trying to stay afloat. people buy life jackets which are fraudulently made and sold. if you're going to be in the water for awhile, they will get saturated and sink. so it was complete chaos. there was reports early on after the tragedy suggesting that abdullah had been a smuggler. but what we later found out is, in fact, it's standard procedure for smugglers to have an ordinary refugee drive the boat sometimes in exchange for a discount. abdullah says he just grabbed it after the smuggler bailed out and everyone was trying to control the boat. it was just a desperate situation. >> so that's a sense of the chaos and the decisisperation. tell me what you learned about how alan grew up. these heartbreaking words from
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his father. they sat in the house all day. the only thing they were waiting for was me. tell me the story of how he and his brother would jump into their father's bed. >> well, alan and his brother had ended up with refugees after they were driven out of ko baany. and earlier his family had fled from damascus because their neighborhood was under great pressure from the government and from other factions in the war. so basically those kids had nothing to do, nowhere to go. the main thing they had to look forward to was some play time with their dad. they used to come into his bedroom in the morning and snuggle up to him. one very physical memory of parenting that he remembered and which brought tear s s to his e when we met him is very far away in iraq's kurdistan later he remembered putting lotion on them every day for a skin
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condition they had and how he would just carefully put that all over their bodies, even though he was worried it cost $2 a tube, it was him taking care of them in a physical way. it was one thing he could do for them. >> it's those little things of what will forever stick with a parent. thank you so much for your time. a pretty unbelievable story. coming up next, 11 people killed and hundreds of buildings damaged in violent storms that slammed texas. we are on the ground where the long process of clean up has only just begun.
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back to our breaking news out of cuyahoga county, ohio. we have been talking about the news that the grand jury finish thard investigation into the death of 12-year-old tamir rice
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who was shot and killed by police in 2014. we talked a lot about how they came to this conclusion, they are not bringing criminal charges. there will be no indictment of these officers e despite cries for the opposite result from the family. i now have a statement i want to read part of it for you to get the perspective from the family. this is from the attorney. quote, today more than a year after cleveland police shot and killed 12-year-old tamir rice, a grand jury voted to not indict the shooter. the family is saddened by this outcome but not surprised. it has been clear that prosecutor timothy was abuse in and manipulating the grand jury process to orchestrate a vote against indictment. even though video shows the police shooting tamir in less than one second, the prosecutor hired expert witnesses to try to exonerate the officers and tell the grand jury their conduct was reasonable and justified.
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it's unheard of and highly improper for a prosecutor to hire experts to try to exonerate the targets of a grand jury investigation. these are the sort of experts we would expect the officers criminal defense attorney to hire, not the prosecutor. a couple graphs down. they are grate fful to the community for the support and. end with e renewing the request if for the department of justice to step in to conduct a real investigation into the tragic shooting of a 12-year-old child. this again from the family attorney of tamir rice's family there in cleveland. let's move along to weather. twisters, flooding, blizzards, large parts of the country bracing for rounds of extreme weather after outbreaks killed dozens of people including four soldiers. let me show you one picture. garland, texas, look at this. this is a suburb of dallas. five tornadoes were reported in this one area. one was an ef-4 with 180 mile per hour winds.
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>> that sound, i just can't get that sound out of my head. to hear buildings crack, ripping stuff up, all we could do was run to the closet and pray. >> i have no heat, no electricity. as long as they are safe, i'm happy with that. regardless of where i'm at. >> and this is amarillo, texas. the storm dumped more than 2 feet of snow. a a blizzard warning expired this afternoon. areas of kentucky and missouri are under flood warnings. in missouri one area got a foot of rain just over this weekend. i want to take you to garland, texas, one of the areas hardest hit here. nick valencia is there. i covered a lot of these. it's like one thing to see it on tv, it's totally different to be there in person and witness this firsthand. >> we were there together in moore, oklahoma, two years ago. it's reminding me a lot of
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exactly what we went through there. the damage that we saw there. the scope and scale, the mag f magnitude of this force of tornado that ripped through garland, texas. you can see it behind me. it's all around. the intensity, the 180 mile per hour winds that ripped through this area. many people were home at the time that this tornado came through here on a saturday night. people just enjoying the family time. some say they have very little warning that the force and the strength and sound of this storm was so strong that it overpowered those tornado sirens that would have given a warning of at least 15-minute. warning to the residents here. i was talking to the mayor and e he said it's a miracle that no one lost their life in this apartment complex. there were several injuries. people suffered serious injuries. i'm going to step out of the way so you can see what i'm talking about. it stretches as far as the eye can see. that forceful tornado coming through the area. thousands of people still without power. dozens of families still displaced. the american red cross is here
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and has set up a a shelter for the families a affected. over the course of the last couple hours, we have been speaking to residents and hearing stories of survival and leading to this report we heard from the johnson family. they huddled together in a closet putting a mattress by the door and had little warning before they knew that they were in the eye of that tornado. that is perhaps the most uplifting part about this is hearing the stories and hearing people say they are going to take a step forward. i talked to a man who said that he feels as though he's been given a second chance at life. he was convinced that this was the way he was going to die. this was it for him when that storm came through here on saturday. now that he has a second chance, he's going to try to do better. people look at situations, you see them on tv and think about them for a fleeting moment. then you move on. that's exactly the kind of situation he had had had found himself in on saturday. he says what he wants to do going forward is help people who
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have suffered from similar storms. a lot of people are getting help from the government. the mayor is doing as much as he can and the locals here really banding together from what we have seen from our vantage for those watching and seeing on your tv screen and computer, you can help. go to impact your world page. we've compiled this list of vetted organizations that are on the ground helping these folks in harm's way. it is all at cnn.com/impact. minutes from now the mayor of cleveland will be holding a news conference on the breaking news that those officers involved in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old tamir rice will not be charged. again, that is coming up at the top of the hour. stay with us. quick break. we'll be right back. i am about to embark on a long and dangerous journey. i'm in search for the elusive...affordable 2 bedroom apartment.
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cnn's jean casarez takes a look at some of the most unforgettable crime and justice stories of the year 2015. >> a biker shootout caught on video surveillance. >> oh, my god, this is crazy. >> reporter: nine people killed, 18 wounded may 17th at the twin peaks restaurant in waco, texas. 177 bikers were arrested, police recovered 480 weapons. in this video finally released, an officer fired his weapon after police say the suspect was carrying a knife and acti ining erratically. an african-american teen laquan mcdonald was shot 15 times. the police chief fired after dashboard video of a suspect killed was kept under wraps for
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over a year. >> public trust in the leadership of the department has been shaken. >> reporter: the officer, jason van dyke, has been charged with first-degree murder, while many in the community continue to rally calling for the mayor to resign. the scene heartbreaking and too familiar. >> this is cnn breaking news. >> we are just getting word here of a school shooting -- >> reporter: a shooting on a school campus, this time at umpqua community college in roseberg, oregon. gunman christopher harper-mercer shoots and kills nine people. he dies after a gun battle with police at the college. >> somehow this has become routine. the reporting is routine. my response here at this podium ends up being routine. the conversation in the aftermath of it, we've become numb to this. >> reporter: as bill cosby
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maintained his silence, more women came forward saying the television star had sexually assaulted them in the past. >> he made me kneel down, and i'm not going to repeat what happened next. all i know is that it was the most horrifying thing that could happen to any young woman. >> reporter: and cosby turned the tables on some of his accusers in december filing suit against them for defamation of his character. mr. cosby states plainly that he neither drugged nor sexually assaulted the defendants. >> it is my very, very sad duty to report alisyn and adam died this morning shortly after 6:45 when the shots rang out. >> reporter: wdbj television journalist alisyn parker and adam ward shot to death by a disgruntled former colleague during a live broadcast for their morning news. heinous acts recorded by the killer himself.
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>> it's just horrifying and shocking. these were young people, alisyn parker was what? 24 years old. adam ward was 27 years old. it's just unbelievably sad. >> it's been gut wrenching for me to try and get through anything without breaking down in tears. >> reporter: the killer, bryce williams, shot himself as police closed in. the scene read like a movie, an escape tunnel chiselled away by inmates leading to a manhole on the street. >> we have new developments for you about the manhunt for two convicts that has crippled part of upstate new york. >> reporter: david sweat and richard matt escape from the facility in new york. >> richard matt not only didn't surrender, he picked up that shotgun and aimed it at the agent who then shot three times. matt was killed, david sweat is back behind bars. they were on the run for more than three weeks. prison worker joi eer joyce mito helped with their escape but got cold feet is now serving up to
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seven years behind bars. >> i did wrong. i deserve to be punished. but, you know, people need to know that i was only trying to save my family. >> reporter: in 2015, a jury sentenced bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev to death. >> the convicted boston bomber, dzhokhar tsarnaev will meet his end by lethal injection for his crimes, actions that killed four people. >> in the wake of horror and tragedy, we are not intimidated by acts of terror or radical ideals. >> reporter: nine people died inside the historic emanuel african methodist episcopal church in south carolina when dylann roof opened fire at a bible study. roof was arrested the following day. according to police he confessed and told investigators he wanted to start a race war. roof faced families of the victims who spoke directly to the killer from court. >> you have killed some of the
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most -- people that i know. >> i've been through a lot of these hearings. this was the most emotional, the most powerful i have ever listened to. >> reporter: the state is seeking the death penalty. an arrest caught on tape. freddie gray died in police custody leading to riots in baltimore that devastated the city. >> and as soon as the firefighters walked away or turned their backs, somebody walked up with a knife and cut holes, two holes, into that fire hose. >> i want you to be really careful over there because it looks, miguel, like police are moving closer and closer. >> police again are moving in. >> reporter: gray placed in a police van and some time during the journey ended in an injury that he died from a week letter. accused medics of not buckling gray in the van. in the first of six trials a hung jury. law enforcement calls this the
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worst terrorist attack since 9/11. >> tonight, new answers in the act of terror here that took 14 lives. that is how it is now being investigated, an act of terror. >> reporter: 14 people shot dead by a coworker and his wife. >> this is now a federal terrorism investigation led by the fbi. >> reporter: syed farook and tashfeen malik pledge their support to the terror group. this incident law enforcement's worst fear, lone wolf terrorists. >> "the lead" starts now. this is cnn breaking news. >> and welcome to "the lead." i'm jim sciutto in today for jake tapper. we begin today with breaking news in cleveland. we're watching for a news conference to begin any moment addressing a grand jury's decision not tamir rice case. we learned a short time ago that two police officers who shot and killed the 12-year-old will not