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a look at our top stories. the fbi is working with police in columbus, ohio to determine the motive of a man that went on a rampage with a machete in a restaurant. police are investigating it as a possible lone wolf terror attack. four people were injured, including one man in critical condition. police shot and killed the 30-year-old after a car chase. the gunman who shot an
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indianapolis police officer is now in custody, it happened early this morning on the south side of the city. the officer was shot in the forearm while responding to reports of a suspicious man walking back and forth between houses. the officer has been treated and is doing fine. investigators are trying to figure out the gunman's motive. hawaii launching preemptive strike against zika virus. they're mobilizing resources, expecting mosquitos carrying the virus to reach the island. the governor signed an emergency proclamation friday. world health organization announced two vaccines are under development but wouldn't be available for a year and a half. happening now in the newsroom. >> jeb, oh. he's asleep, he's asleep at the wheel, folks. >> trump says he's running a positive campaign but the gloves keep coming off.
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what to expect at tonight's republican debate. plus hillary clinton continues to cling to obama's presidency. will this tactic help or hurt her in south carolina. >> i think millions of americans are better off because of his presidency. what we know about the flint water crisis just got worse. our exclusive interview. >> i think it is a cover up. i think it stinks. >> you're live in the cnn newsroom. hello again, thanks for joining me, i am fredricka whitfield. one week until one of the most influential, contentious presidential primaries, south carolina. this is a critical day for six remaining candidates who will face off in a debate tonight in greenville. as we saw in new hampshire, a debate could change everything. while all the candidates are preparing a good offense and defense, some are still working the ground game.
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jeb bush spoke to voters in fountain inn, south carolina today. john kasich will hold a rally today. let's go to ryan nobles and mj lee, both in greenville, the site of tonight's debate. ryan, you first. south carolina has been the scene of recent attack ads, among other republicans. is it expected this kind of sets the tone for what could happen at the debate? >> reporter: yeah, it could get testy in greenville. the primary is only a week away. could see the battle play out on a number of fronts. ted cruz, donald trump battle. let's not forget about candidates in the middle of the pack. marco rubio, jeb bush, and john kasich all fighting over the same pile of voters. we have seen marco rubio start to mention other candidates by name, kind of going after them on the campaign trail. then john kasich who largely hasn't been attacked that much in the campaign, but after a
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strong finish in new hampshire he's someone the other candidates could go after on the debate stage tonight. of course, everybody has their eyes on donald trump and ted cruz because they are running first and second. they have been kind on the debate stage up to this point. we will see if that changes tonight, fred. >> mj, you're looking for five things in particular, what are they? >> reporter: well, i can tell you first of all we are expecting lots of sparks to fly on the debate stage tonight. here's what's at stake. donald trump and ted cruz are heading to the debate stage with one victory under their belt. ted cruz won the iowa caucuses, donald trump won new hampshire, and they both desperately want to win, have another victory in south carolina, the first southern state primary. that's why we have seen things get so nasty between the two candidates recently. ted cruz releasing a series of
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ads accusing donald trump of not being conservative, even calling him a sleeze. donald trump clearly bothered by tweeting yesterday that if cruz doesn't clean up his act, he may have to sue him for not being a natural born citizen. that dynamic will be fascinating to watch. as ryan mentioned, the battle for the establishment lane is also going to be fierce, both rubio and jeb bush both believe they have reason to feel good heading into south carolina, so sort of two warring factions we will see play out tonight on the debate stage. >> all right. we will all be watching with our buckets of popcorn. thanks so much. mj lee, ryan nobles, appreciate it. cnn will have a special post debate show. make sure you watch it here at 11:00 p.m. eastern time. the democrats are campaigning in nevada today where that state's democratic caucus is a week away. bernie sanders will launch his
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campaigning there in reno and hillary clinton is hosting a rally in henderson. let's talk more about this with cnn senior washington correspondent joe johns in henderson with the clinton camp. in 2008, she picked up popular vote in nevada over obama, he got most of the delegates. according to politico, by mid january sanders hired twice the number of staffers on the ground there. can clinton afford -- i guess you can't afford to be overly confident about nevada. what's she doing differently? >> reporter: nevada is a critical test for hillary clinton, fred. and the simple fact of this is that after losing in new hampshire, after that very close win in iowa, she needs to pick up a little momentum. it is a big test for her, even
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in advance of the south carolina primary that comes a week after next saturday, the test for bernie sanders of course is nevada is a very diverse state, so you have a lot of latinos, african americans, and generally speaking when he was in iowa, when he was in new hampshire, that was a much more narrow demographic group of people, constituents and voters. coming here, he can show that he is a candidate who has a much broader appeal. we will have to see how he does in this state. >> all right. thanks so much, joe johns, we will check back with you in henderson, nevada. a new cold war? that's how russia's prime minister describes strained relations between moscow and the west. how this could be a sign of russia's mounting aggression. in new york state, we believe tomorrow starts today. all across the state the economy is growing, with creative new business incentives,
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breaking news this hour, strong words from the russian prime minister saying the strained relationship between russia and the west could be described as a new cold war. >> the policy with regard to russia as "unfriendly and opaque." one could say we slept back to a new cold war. one of the most terrible threats to europe or the united states, sometimes i wonder whether it is 2016 we live in or 1962. >> let's talk more about this with global affairs analyst kimberly dozer. does this stem from economic sanctions imposed by the west or response to the kind of military activity that's happening in syria? >> reporter: i would say it comes from both. you just had the obama administration announce it intends to quadruple defense
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spending on nato and european countries, specifically because they want to check an aggressive russia. top officials said the past couple years russia is an existential threat to the united states, meaning it could end the way american life is run as we know it. so on different levels from practical to rhetorical, the u.s. and russia facing off. so it is not surprising to see it in remarks at the summit. >> the white house long said russia is too aggressive in syria and the president even saying he does not want another cold war. how does this help set the tone, whether from european union or set the stage for this back and forth discussion with russia about whether they are or are not in a cold war. >> reporter: how it is going to play out initially is with syria, what we are seeing on the
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ground right now. we are seeing the u.s. ask for russia to get its syrian client to stop fighting, especially around the city of aleppo, let peace talks with syrian rebels go forward. russia says you can't expect such talks to start with hostilities, that first trust has to be built up. the syrian rebels that are not party to the agreement are saying how can you expect us to sit down with syrian leader assad when russia is helping create facts on the ground. assad said he intends to take back all of syrian territory. looks like at this rate, the way his forcers advancing, he might be able to do that. >> thank you so much. the terror organizational sha bob is claiming a bomb on a somali airliner. you might remember this, the
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bomber falling to his death after the explosion blew a hole in the plane. al shabab says it didn't go as planned. they snuck an laptop with military grade tnt, but didn't cause a catastrophic explosion because it was set off before the plane reached cruising altitude. only two people were injured. the pilot was able to land safely. al shabab is vowing to continue to target teams in somalia. pope francis will meet in mexico. thousands greeted him, he kissed babies, blessing the sick. you see him walking down the procession there. the pope's address will address major issues in mexico. warring cartels, corruption, and poverty. across america, people
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campaign trail. george w. bush is joining jeb in south carolina monday. the former president has been helping his brother behind the scenes, doing television and radio ads. this will be his first time publicly campaigning since he left the white house. athena jones has more. >> reporter: george w. bush is back. >> experience and judgment count in the oval office. jeb bush is a leader who will keep our country safe. he respects the military. he honors their families. >> reporter: and jeb bush couldn't be happier about it. >> he's the last republican that was president. he is the most popular republican alive. i am a proud brother of george w. bush. >> reporter: his campaign logo doesn't include the famous last
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name and began the run saying he would be, quote, his own man, has been embracing his more each day. >> i am proud to be a bush. >> his mother joining him on the stump in new hampshire. the brothers will be campaigning together for the first time monday. until now, w has been helping out behind the scenes. >> this is the first time he stepped out in the political realm since he was president, i think there will be a lot of interest what he has to say. >> it was the younger bush thought to have a head for politics, but his brother beat him there. >> i george walker bush -- >> 8 years in which jeb bush said he never disagreed with his brother on policy. >> not one time did you call up and say don't do that? >> i'm not going to start now, 'til death do us part. >> the assist from w won't come without criticism. >> your brother and your brother's administration gave us barack obama, because it was such a disaster the last three
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months that abraham lincoln couldn't have been elected. >> you know what, as relates to my brother, there's one thing i know for sure, he kept us safe. >> reporter: donald trump repeatedly bashed the decision to go to war in iraq. the gop front runner says he will be ready with more choice words for the bushes in the coming days. >> now he's bringing in his brother. i won't say anything. i'm going to save that after his brother makes a statement because there's plenty to say about what happened. >> reporter: athena jones, cnn, washington. >> so how much will jeb's big brother be able to help? i am joined by cnn presidential historian douglas brinkly and larry sab dough. good to see you both. >> thanks, fred. >> so when south carolina voters see george w, will they now more than ever have a hard time distinguishing him from his brother jeb, larry? >> i don't think he is going to
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have that much impact in the primary, in part because jeb's in fourth place at 11%. trump's average is somewhere around 36%, followed by cruz at 20, and marco rubio is several points ahead of jeb bush. maybe w bush can help jeb jump over marco rubio. i don't see him getting him enough fire power to get to the front of the line. >> doug, for so long jeb bush kept saying at the very beginning, i am not my brother, tried very much to distinguish himself from the brother, the slogan jeb! no bush there at all. what does it mean that he would want to engage his brother. his brother did well in south carolina as did their dad, but what's the bigger picture as to why he should be engaged in helping campaign for his
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brother, whether it would be effective. >> tells you that jeb bush's campaign is in trouble and it is all hands on deck now. you've got nothing left to lose but try different things, as larry correctly said, he is down in the polls. hard to think he will get much bump from having his brother come. nevertheless, must feel good to know you have your family behind you. say jeb bush has to get out of the race after south carolina, i am sure george w. bush doesn't want to live the rest of his life saying i sat on the sidelines and didn't help my brother. it makes sense that george w. bush is coming in, but it is like a hail mary desperation move. >> if jeb does all right or continues past south carolina, do you think george w will be out there again for him as we get close to super tuesday? >> probably. let me reiterate what doug just
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suggested, because i think it is critical. why is george w. bush just now coming out for jeb! because jeb didn't want to emphasize the bush, didn't want to emphasize the bush because frankly from the very beginning just about everybody said three bushes are one too many. it is historically unprecedented as doug knows to have three people from the same nuclear family. this is a hail mary pass. >> is it also a difficult situation for the family? we saw barbara bush came out campaigning in new hampshire. maybe that, too, is considered a hail mary pass. at the same time, did jeb bush have to grapple with explaining all the time why he wouldn't engage his family when it would seem like a no brainer that he
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would, given the political dynasty, but at the same time we all understand he had the argument with the iraq war he wanted to distance himself from his brother's legacy. >> jeb bush has been in a conundrum. on the one hand, wanted to be his own man, carries the last name bush. in hindsight should have embraced his brother's man tell off the bat, but that came fraught with problems like the unpopular iraq war, giving us the great recession, with the mishandling of hurricane katrina. in the end, what's hurt jeb bush is he never explained his fine record as governor of florida. instead now he is going to be talking about his brother instead of his own record. >> douglas brinkley, larry, thank you very much. coming up, we hear from jeb bush about bringing his brother into the campaign. catch that tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. here on cnn. coming up, while bernie
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the african-american vote can make or break a presidential campaign in south carolina. in 2008 black voters made up more than 50% of the voters in the south carolina democratic primary. while clinton is expected to carry the vote in the palmetto state, bernie sanders is working to close the gap. but he's also running into some feedback. last night at a forum in minnesota hosted by a panel of african-american moderators, he had a vocal crowd. one woman challenging sanders to
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say the word black. >> especially with the african-american community. i said black 50 times. >> let's talk more about this with the panel. donna brazile, and jason johnson, political editor for the root.com. good to see you both. >> donna, want to begin with you. what do you suppose is at the root of that tension we saw? >> you know, african-american voters, black voters like most americans would like to see candidates address their issues, their concerns, and be cognizant of some of what i call cultural shifts that's taking place,
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dynamics of inner-city politics, urban policy. so they're looking for the nuances between the candidates. and they want to hear what i call the specifics of their policies, their solutions, not just that they march with dr. king, may have gone to jail during that period, but what have you done for us lately. this is a vibrant, energetic conversation we will see not just in south carolina, after the south carolina primary, two days later super tuesday you have georgia, alabama, arkansas, tennessee, and virginia, and later on my home state of louisiana where you have a lot of black delegates at stake. i think the candidates need to tune their message to not just inspire and uplift but to really come up with solution. >> how do you see it spilling into caucuses? >> i think it will spill over because there's a lot of
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skepticism. >> of what? >> of both candidates. like bernie discovered black voters 18 months ago, now coming up with policies. >> his history, a member of core at university of chicago, civil rights movement. arrested once, helped integrate an apartment complex there. you say because people don't have fluid knowledge of that, they're just being introduced to that idea, that part of this man. therein lies the skepticism. >> it is not just that. most things are 50 and 60 years ago and i don't care, a lot of voters don't care. what have you done for me lately, where have you shown policies that matter, where have you hired people, brought people in on your staff. everyone knows what the clintons have and have not done for the african-american community. this is actually great. i think the first time in history we have seen democratic candidates compete for the african-american vote with policies and symbolism, rather than just performance. >> it is not necessarily it doesn't set the ground work it is a shoe in for hillary clinton
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either, there are a lot of people in the black community still upset with crime bills during the clinton administration, donna, and while hillary and bill clinton apologized for that, there are still people who say i am not sure if i want to give hillary clinton a chance because -- especially mandatory minimums, that was so egregious and big, some find it unforgivable. >> you know, fred, the truth is, i was a capitol hill staffer during that time, large majority of the black caucus because members of the black caucus like members of the entire congress, they were under pressure from the black community from black ministers and others that wanted response to the crime epidemic. did it go too far? bill clinton apologized. he said last year at the naacp, yes, it went too far. hillary clinton has been a united states senator and secretary of state. i hope we will argue about her history in that realm not only as first lady but her history.
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let me say this. when you talk about lately, i start my history sometime back in the 1960s, but i like to talk local politics and what's going on now. we have a crisis in flint. that's not just flint, that's taking place all over america, we have the ferguson effect. what are you doing about that. joblessness, chronic joblessness, homelessness, we need all of these addressed and not just focus on one particular issue and look at the systemic problems facing the african-american and poor communities across the country. >> last night atlanta mayor kasim reed had this to say about why he thought it was disingenuous that perhaps bernie sanders did not mention obama's record, he said he was dismissing obama's record. this is what he had to say on our air. >> one of the things has been very troubling to me and people
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in the city of atlanta and folks i talk to in columbia, south carolina, is how dismissive senator sanders' message is of the work that president barack obama has done. he talks about college affordability, never referenced how much president obama and democrats put on the line to remove $50 billion from the cost of college. he talks about universal health care, but doesn't give enough credit to barack obama supported by secretary clinton providing health care at the highest levels we have in the history of our country, to more than 90% of the people, adding 18 million newly insured. when you hear his rhetoric, chris, you wonder what in the world has president obama and the democrats been doing, sacrificing so much for? >> jason, first, how does bernie sanders respond to that? >> you know, the big issue that sanders has is that he has no response. he's been a senator since 2007.
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he has been in congress almost 30 years, has almost no relationship with congressional black caucus and many black leaders through the country, so they're not going to support him, they haven't seen him put in the work. >> donna? >> i can tell you this, black voters not only respect the work that president obama has done and all of his achievements but they're going to support someone who will not just protect that legacy but expand upon it, and that's something that i believe both candidates should understand. >> you see that as a big bonus that hillary clinton especially as a he makes reference to obama's work and she wants the opportunity to build on it. >> you know, 2008 was a historic campai campaign, a hard fought race. at the end of the day she lost and she threw not just her support behind barack obama but she campaigned, she raised money for him, and served in his administration. if that doesn't tell you a lot about hillary clinton, i don't know what will. >> let's hold that thought.
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donna brazile, jason johnson, we will talk more about hillary clinton and that narrow victory in iowa, followed by a huge loss in new hampshire. she's expected to win or should she expect to win in south carolina? especially by courting the young african-american voters. could that help? we will be right back. ♪ every day women around the world spend millions of hours just collecting the water they need for their families. each limited edition stella artois chalice helps provide five years of clean water for someone in the developing world.
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welcome back. i am fredricka whitfield. let's continue our discussion with our panel on the democratic
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fight for the african-american vote, in particular the minority youth vote now. we are back with our panel of donna brazile and jason johnson. we mentioned earlier, both hillary clinton and bernie sanders are going hard after the black vote in south carolina. bernie sanders in fact releasing an ad, featuring the daughter of eric garner, you may remember garner died in 2014 after a new york police officer put him in a chokehold. listen to the ad. >> when a police officer breaks the law, that officer must be held accountable. >> he is not scared to go up against the criminal justice system, he's not scared. >> i want to see an america where when young black men walk down the street they will not be harassed by police officers, they will not be killed, they will not be shot. >> and that's why i'm for bernie. >> let's talk about this ad and
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the bigger picture here, jason, i want to begin with you because you wrote an article on theroot.com from both candidates with a primary that seems more about their political lives than the lives of black folks. your reaction to the ad and what do you mean because in any political season, isn't every candidate trying to target certain audiences, women, black, lbgt community, what's profound here in your view? >> first off, every family has a right to endorse who they want to endorse, but there's something vulgar and disingenuous about going to families who have suffered horrible losses in the criminal justice system and through police and asking those people to come and endorse you. this is a larger problem, and let's be fair, whether garner family or trayvon martin family or michael brown, they're not the only people to suffer this violence. it is a way for the hillary
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campaign and sanders campaign to skirt past real issues and say we are supporting these families in tragedy, but that's not real policy. >> donna, is this a risk a candidate takes? it can go very well or could simply flop. and as jason said, some people might take offense to it. >> remember back in 1960, hesitate to go back to another campaign, but president then candidate john f. kennedy reached out to coretta scott king when martin luther king was in jail, so yes, symbolic politics has always been part of the narrative of reaching out to black voters. i am not surprised, that's old school as they say. what's more relevant, black voters, whether it is gang violence or police violence, they want to hear substantive what are you going to do to change and improve our lives, like white voters, they want to hear the substance, not just the
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sound bites and symbolism. >> we are going to be talking about this for a long time. not just the week ahead of south carolina democratic contest but through the political season for sure. we will be right back. [electronic sound effects] brace yourself... the first ever gsf is here. with a 467 horse power v8 engine... torque vectoring differential... and brembo brakes. it's the next expression of f performance, from lexus.
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republican presidential candidate john kasich on the campaign trail now, hours before he faces off in the gop debate in greenville, south carolina. he is rallying support there. kasich managed to keep a low profile, squeaky clean campaign so far, that helped him in new hampshire, will it work in the south. let's talk about it with phil mattingly, live from maldon. he likes to have facetime, shake hands with people. he likes to be very personal. is this the tone that people are embracing there in south carolina? >> reporter: fredricka, a viper pit is how someone described it. it will be a different type of tone for the candidates as they come down here. if you listen behind me, john kasich continuing on a very positive message, one he worked
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hard in new hampshire, one he is going to continue down here. he has some help, has a super political action committee with millions of dollars that are outside, trying to help blunt some of the negative criticism he faced. one thing you recognize here is that john kasich doesn't think he is going to win south carolina but thinks his message could help him get a couple of delegates, something he can use to propel him into midwestern states in a couple of weeks, states where he needs to capitalize if he is going to continue the campaign going forward. >> immigration, what are you hearing from voters in terms of what they want to hear from a candidate? >> reporter: it is an extremely sharp issue here, it is one you'll hear about tonight at the debate. already seen a number of negative ads on television, trying to attack candidates for not being strong enough on protecting borders, willing to let immigrants into the country. this is an area candidates feel like marco rubio, the florida senator coming out of iowa, moved into a front position
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could be exposed. ted cruz also taking hits on this as well. one thing you're going to recognize and see tonight, this is an issue people will be sharp and hard line. >> phil, thank you so much. the u.s. department of justice suing the city of ferguson alleging constitutional violations. but the mayor says the federal government refused to negotiate ways to help them reform, so does the lawsuit reopen the investigation? we will talk about all of this with our legal guys next. (male vo) across america, people like basketball hall of famer dominique wilkins are taking charge of their type 2 diabetes with non-insulin victoza®. for a while, i took a pill to lower my blood sugar. but it didn't get me to my goal. so i asked my doctor about victoza®. he said victoza® works differently than pills. and comes in a pen. victoza® is proven to lower blood sugar and a1c. it's taken once a day, any time. victoza® is not for weight loss, but it may help you lose some weight.
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the u.s. justice department is suing ferguson, missouri after city council rejected agreement to reform the police department. a lengthy federal investigation turned up alleged pattern and practice of unconstitutional police misconduct. in an interviewer with npr, ferguson's mayor said there never was an agreement. >> let me be clear about this. there was no agreement. the only agreement is we would take it before the people and council for consideration. now, the department of justice asked us to sign an agreement before we took it public and we refused. >> let's talk about the fight
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ferguson faces against the federal government with avery freedman, civil rights attorney and law professor, richard herman, new york defense attorney and law professor. >> hi, fred. >> good to see you. >> avery, you first. this lawsuit, how do you see this playing out? the justice department says it made it very clear this is the kind of police department reform that would be necessary, and now city council says we see otherwise, saying the residents of ferguson have suffered the deprivation of their constitutional rights, the rights guaranteed to all americans for decades. they have waited decades for justice. >> i don't know what they're talking about. truth is that this is a 1994 law which congress enacted which authorize them to bring pattern and practice cases. they don't bring a lawsuit, until they have investigation,
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they never lost one of these cases, the idea that the people in ferguson, the officials are saying our rights are -- seems silly. best thing they can do is work on policing, on sentencing, because you need to create a police force that complies with the constitution, and fredricka, ferguson does not. >> so richard, was there room in this mandate from the justice department for city council to say we see it differently? >> well, fred, here's basically what happened. after the justifiable shooting of michael brown, the feds took an investigation against the city of ferguson and as a result of that investigation led by attorney general loretta lynch from new york, they try to negotiate something to change the pattern and practice which they perceive to exist in
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ferguson of constitutional and civil rights violations against 65% of the population, which is black in ferguson, disproportionately prosecuting blacks. so what happened was months and months of negotiation with the city of ferguson, the government proposed and wanted to implement changes. the city of ferguson says if we do those changes, you will further bankrupt us. it will be cost prohibitive. we cannot proceed with everything you want to put in place. so in the end the government proposed a proposal, ferguson rejected it, the government brought litigation. fred, since rodney king they've done 67 doj investigations for conduct like this. 66 resulted in consent decrees. ferguson cannot win this case, fred. it will cost them 4 to $8 million to litigate.
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>> wow. >> the cost of defense is no different from the cost of complying. that's what's so silly about this. and the federal government provides funding sources to local government to modernize for police recruiting and testing, make them a mockup police department. and they threw it away. they're going to have to have to deal with it. >> i wonder, richard, if this is ferguson's way of saying there's a year left in this president, and loretta lynch, she may not be working as attorney general much longer than a year, so they figure by delaying this perhaps it might go away and they don't have to comply? is that what comes with this psychology? >> fred, what a great point. absolutely. they'll try to wait it out a little bit, see if a new administration has a different feel for this. but ultimately, fred, the case
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will be settled. >> we have to leave it there. thanks so much, richard herman, avery freedman, great to see you. we will have much more after this.
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hello again, everyone, thanks for joining me. i am fredricka whitfield. one week until one of the most contested primaries. today is a critical day for the six remaining candidates that face off tonight in greenville. as we saw in new hampshire and iowa, a debate can be a major game changer. republican presidential hopefuls are fired up and we are expected to hear about three major topics, split views on immigration, winning the evangelical vote, and in a state saturated with military men and women, they'll be sparring for their vote, with military spending and veteran's affairs likely at the front and

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