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that's it for us tonight. our coverage continues with zain asher at the cnn center in atlanta a changing tone from donald trump, the u.s. republican presidential candidate talks about regret and intrigue and confusion in rio where brazilian police and u.s. swimmers have very different stories about a late-night encounter. and it's the video seen all around the world, we talk to the man who shot these very heartbreaking images. hello and welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. i'm zain asher and this is "cnn newsroom." all right. we often talk about donald trump's bravado and how he shoots from the hip, but a few hours ago, we actually got to see a side o donald trump that
we rarely ever see. the republican presidential candidate, here he is holding a rally thursday in north carolina, an important swing state, by the way, and this was his first speech since he had that cabinet -- campaign, rather, staff reshuffling, and he read from a very sort of tightly scripted speech, prompted and everything, and he outlined some key points of his platform. but i want you to listen to what really got people's attention, got people talking. this unexpected admission. >> sometimes, in the heat of debate, and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. i have done that. and believe it or not, i regret
it. >> all right, joining me now is someone who has written about donald trump at length. tim stanley joins us live from london, he's a historian and columnist for the telegraph. tim, i me'm not sure if you got see donald trump's speech, it was very early in the morning where you are in london. he read from a teleprompter, and this is like the third time this week, and the whole point is he's trying to sound more presidential. but my question to you is, could this approach backfire, especially given that his voters, his base just want authenticity? >> those voters who are looking for someone who speaks from the gut, yeah, they're going to be a little bit disappointed, although i don't think they're fools. i think they understand trump has to reach out beyond his base and get other people on his side, so sticking with a teleprompter, i don't think that's going to be a major problem for him. what is going to be a problem is that even when donald trump uses a teleprompter, he still sounds like he's making it up as he goes along and that was the extraordinary thing about that apology. everyone's talking this morning
about the language of it. you really need to hear it. it doesn't sound like an apology. it is delivered without any humility, any modesty whatsoever, is the fact that he drops in the line, believer it or not, i've done some things wrong, a lot of people know he's done things wrong and he still can't strike the right tone. >> so what was the point of this speech? you mentioned the apology, he's trying to appeal to independents, people who ordinarily would have questions about whether or not they would vote for him. what was he trying to do and is what he wants to do before the election, is it achievable? >> he was trying to do something complicated, the classic politician's nonapology. what he was saying is, i didn't mean to cause offense, but if i caused offense, then i'm sorry for that. for a lot of people, that translates as washington speak, as i say, a politician's apology. a lot of people will be asking themselves, i don't think he's done anything wrong, so what's he apologizing for, and a lot of people will say, all you've done is highlighted what i feel
you've done wrong but not actually corrected it. for those people who feel that what trump has done wrong is go after a judge because he's a mexican-american or say that all illegal immigrants are either criminals or rapists, those people are looking for a very specific apology and looking for proof that trump will not be like that in the white house. simply giving a blanket statement, that's not good enough for those swing voters. >> so, timothy, i want you to put on your historian hat for me for just a second. have we ever seen a candidate who is this far behind in the polls, specifically in swing states, because in america, that's what matters most, have we ever seen a candidate who's this far behind in the polls with this little left to go into the election who has actually gone on to win? has that ever happened? >> the only comparison i can think of is 1948 and harry truman who was well behind the republican, thomas dewey, but then again in 1948, polling was
very, very limited. and it was very difficult to judge what people were actually planning to do. there are last-minute surprises, but they tend only to build upon momentum that was already growing so jimmy carter and ronald reagan were quite close in 1980 going up to the last week and then ronald reagan's famous performance in the debate supposedly put him over the top but the reality is these last minute surprises, these october surprises really only affirm trends that are already already there and the trend in this election, all the way through, in fact including during the primaries, has been for trump to be behind any generic republican would beat clinton. the only republican during the primaries that consistently struggled to beat clinton was donald trump. so, we're seeing a long-term trend here, and it's very difficult to turn those around in just two months. >> gosh, i have to say, i'm very impressed with your knowledge of 20th century american politics. >> it's my job. >> it's your job, exactly.
so, donald trump brought in steve bannon. he was supposed to be -- people talk about him as being this ultraconservative, they use the moniker, street fighter. if that is the case in his sort of mandate is let donald trump be authentic, let him be donald trump, then why is trump now pivoting towards a more presidential start? does that make sense? >> i think it does. we talk about a pivot and when most people think of a pivot, they think of moving towards the center. i think the trump pivot we're going to see is the teleprompter, is being slightly cooler. that may be the influence of bannon. it's more likely to be the influence of the new lady who's just come in to take charge of the campaign who is a more old-fashioned political operator. but bannon -- >> kayleigh conway. >> that's right. but steve bannon is not a fool. he may be very very conservative but he's a very clever man. he's from a goldman sachs background, from a wall street background and i suspect that kind of media background,
someone who understands what projects well is actually the right kind of person to handle trump's image. the issue is the content. as i've said before, the swing voters are looking for a pivot on the content and the substance and the issues. one key thing right now is that trump, according to some polls, is losing every kind of college educated voter. now, that's bad for the republicans, because romney actually won those people by 14 points in the last election. trump is losing well educated aspirational people. those people are going to be won back in the by a halfhearted apology. they're going to be won back by change in content. >> yeah, it's not just one day, it's not just sort of one speech. they look at the whole spectrum of what's happened throughout the year. tim stanley, we have to leave it there. appreciate you being with us, early in the morning your time. >> very early. thanks. >> it's even earlier here, by the way, it's 3:00 a.m. moving on. thank you so much, tim. appreciate that a ukrainian member of
parliament says he has damning evidence against trump's campaign chairman. ukrainian officials say that paul manafort has been named in a wider investigation into potentially illegal payments made by ukraine's former pro-russian ruling party. now, manafort worked as a political consultant for ukraine's former president who was ousted, you'll remember, in 2014. manafort has been denying any wrong doing. he's calling the allegations unfounded, silly, and nonsensical. in the meantime, donald trump is attacking the u.s. president again over a payment of $400 million the united states sent to iran. on thursday, the u.s. state department said that the cash transfer was delayed and actually used as leverage to ensure that tehran released american prisoners, very different story to what they were telling us a few months ago, but u.s. officials say the payment, though, did not amount to ransom. take a listen. >> we now know from the state department, just announced, that president obama lied about the
$400 million in cash that was flown to iran. he denied it was for the hostages, but it was. >> and later on this hour, cnn's michelle takes an in depth look at the u.s. state department's admission about why, why specifically, that plane was filled with cash. now, you may be somewhat confused about the stories coming out of rio with ryan lochte, et cetera, and that's because u.s. swimmer ryan lochte and brazilian police have very different stories about what happened early sunday morning in rio. now, lochte says that he was robbed, he says that a robbery took place. they were held at gunpoint. police are calling that statement a lie, and now usa swimming, that's the governing body here in the united states, they are considering consequences for the swimmers. two of those other swimmers involved are heading back to the u.s. after authorities questioned them. they told police that lochte
actually made up the story. he fabricated the story about being robbed. the u.s. olympic committee has issued a statement and i'm going to read some of it to you. on behalf of the united states olympic committee, we apologize to our hosts in rio and the people of brazil for this distracting ordeal in the midst of what should rightly be a celebration of excellence. now, brazil's civil police chief says that authorities have not decided whether to indict the swimmers and calls them vandals, not victims. here's our martin savage with more. >> reporter: brazilian authorities now say ryan lochte, stunning story about being robbed at gunpoint, all a lie. surveillance video just released tells a very different story about what happened to the american gold medallist and his three teammates. police say the four were drunk when they vandalized this rio gas station around 6:00 a.m. on sunday. according to authorities, a security guard pulled a gun on
the four swimmers, forcing them to get out of the cab and on the ground. the athletes eventually paid for the damage and left. in an interview the next day, lochte told a very different story, claiming it was an armed robbery. >> they pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground, they got down on the ground. i refused. i was like, we didn't do anything wrong. the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead, took our money, took my wallet. >> reporter: brazilian authorities say that didn't happen. >> translator: there was no robberies the way it was reported or claimed by the athletes. >> reporter: today's press conference adding just another layer of confusion that's followed days of elaborate and often conflicting stories. lochte and his teammates spent the hours before the gas station incident partying at a club in
rio. but the group's story of being robbed starts to unravel tuesday when video from the olympic village shows them going through security gates. they appear to be joking around and with their watches and cell phones. something many believed thieves would have taken. wednesday, as questions mount, a judge orders the seizure of lochte and fiegen's passports to keep them from leaving brazil, but lochte's already back in the u.s., talking to nbc's matt lauer, changing the most dramatic part of his story. >> when he talked to me tonight, he said the guy pointed the gun in my direction and i pointedly said to him, you said before it was placed on your forehead and cocked. he said, that's not exactly what happened. >> reporter: that same night, authorities board a plane bound for the u.s. and pull off congresser. now a story of american olympians being robbed at gunpoint in a foreign country appears to be a night on the town and too much celebration.
>> joining me now is cnn legal analyst danny savalos in new york. danny, are you convinced that these swimmers fabricated their story in. >> well, you know, there's a line -- there's a lot of people saying, they lied, darn it. but you know, there's really a lot of space between truth and a lie, and often, the real truth lies somewhere in between of two diametrically opposed stories and that may be the case here. but look, it's never a good idea to give anything less than the truth to authorities like the police, but the practical reality is, police will tell you themselves that they spend all day, their entire shift, being lied to by citizens. sometimes it's involuntary, sometimes it's intentional. but in this case, you know, we have to look at what we know so far, which seems to be changing by the minute. the swimmers said they were robbed. brazilian authorities held a press conference today where they said, it's impossible. they were not robbed. but it's possible, the
authorities said, that somebody may have demanded money and pointed a gun at them. now, that sounds a lot like robbery. so that's a little inconsistent right there. and i think that just because the authorities in brazil had a press conference, we back here in the states should not simply accept that as gospel. >> but, you know, if you look at ryan lochte's account, he said, you know, i was in a taxi and these guys got out, dressed as police officers, they came up to us, took our money, they had guns, that's sort of very different from, actually, the truth is that, you know, we got drunk and we vandalized a gas station and then we were demanded to pay for it. >> is it, though? look at the video you're showing right now and consider it. >> i'm looking. >> every fact that you just gave me, he got into a cab, somebody approached, ordered him out of the car, we saw other video of them being forced to sit down, and we don't know for a fact that he may or may not -- that person may or may not have brandished a gun. the authorities even acknowledged that possibility, and you know, you brought up
another good point. people were saying, they vandalized that bathroom. i haven't seen that video. there may be some competent testimony that there was vandalism to the bathroom, but i haven't seen any video of lochte smashing a soap dispenser or kicking in a bathroom door or even possibly urinating on some bushes outside the back of a gas station. and if there is some inconsistency in that story, if he left that out, it's entirely possible he didn't think it was germane to a later event, which was somebody ordering him out of a car and demanding money from him. now, should he have thought they were related? maybe. but there's a lot of gray area here. >> so, for brazilian authorities, i mean, what was if point of all this? if they're not going to press charges, what was the point of all this? was it just to preserve some sort of public image for them? >> what if this ends up being that the whole reason brazilian authorities made a big case about this is really just embarrassment. and that would be incredibly
ironic, because they're essentially saying, look, here in brazil, we will accept being known as a country or specifically in rio, a city with a major street crime problem, we have real crime problems here in brazil, but one thing we won't stand for is fake crime. fake crime or imaginary crime, we're going to prosecute that. but the real crime that's going on every day, that, we're pretty much okay with. it's a really strange message, and really, i think, from a public relations standpoint, brazil has called unnecessary attention to a problem that people had just stopped talking about during what has been otherwise a very enjoyable olympics. >> good point. right. and the brazilian authorities have already said, listen, all we want is an apology at this point. danny, have to leave it there. all right, now for some olympic legal trouble that's actually unrelated to ryan lochte. the head of the european olympic committee is actually set to complete a deposition at a
police station in the coming hours. pat hickey, here he is, he was arrested at his hotel in roe because of allegations of international ticket scalping, basically reselling illegally tickets to the olympics for more than they were worth. the 71-year-old told police he wasn't feeling well and he was taken to a hospital. he is now out of hospital and the case is ready to move forward. this information coming to us from the olympic council of ireland, which hickey is also the head of. but despite troubles in rio, the olympic games are set to continue, have been continuing with some breathtaking feats. jamaica's usain bolt, of course, cruised to the first place in the men's 200 meter sprint with a time of 19.78 seconds, not a world record but still pretty good nonetheless. it is his second gold in rio after his win last weekend in the men's 100 meter and in the men's decathlon, u.s. star ashton eaten defended his title from the 2012 games, taking gold
yet again. for more on the olympic highlights, take a look at the events of friday, i want to go to christina mcfarland who's joining us in rio. i watched the race with usain bolt, really inspiring seeing him shoot straight to the finish line although i could have predicted that result myself. it's interesting because even though he won, it wasn't his best time ever. it wasn't a world record. he sort of seemed, you know, a little bit disappointed. >> reporter: yeah, he absolutely was, zain, and he mentioned that in the press conference afterwards, he said he was disappointed but there was nothing more he could do to prove that he was the best in the world and let's not forget that he did finish almost a clear meter ahead of the rest of the field although i think it was a slightly depleted field he was racing against. this is clearly not the usain bolt of yester year, of 2008, but he came out, and it was so interesting to watch inside the
stadium, just the magnetism and the effect usain bolt has on a 65,000 stadium. before the gun went off, there was this incredible hush that came over the entire stadium. i've never seen in a sporting event, everyone in that stadium rooting for just one guy. it's not something you see in sport. and he did say afterwards that this will be the last time, of course, that he'll be racing in the 200 meters, but let's not forget that he will be back to compete in the 100 meters next year at the world championships, and of course, we will be seeing him in 24 hours time or within 24 hours time going for his triple triple, he's still got the 4 x 1000 meters to go, and if he can complete that, it will be the icing on a very big birthday cake for him because he turns 30 on the day of the closing ceremony. so looking forward to seeing him again in action. >> the triple-triple could be within his dpras p after all. switching gears, impact to talk about men's volleyball. brazil played italy, ended up
winning. i can only imagine what the cheers must have been like on the beach there. >> yes, i could hear them all the way down the beach and informs a particularly loaded game, because i don't know if you saw yesterday, but the brazil women's number one and number two seatings missed out on the gold medal and the bronze medal to the germans and the americans. it was shame face for brazil yesterday so there was a lot riding on this match. you can see how packed it was. and i can tell you, it was pouring with rain here and people were still in the sands and of course brazil took it. bruno schmidt and this marks brazil's fifth medal of the games. this is the best medal tally they've had in any olympics but i suppose a home olympics, that's what we can expect. >> certainly home team advantage. appreciate that. all right, now to the look at the olympic medal count. the u.s., of course, is in the lead, as we know, with 35 gold medals and 100 medals overall.
after them is great britain and china, they are pretty much neck and neck vying for the number two spot. china has 58 medals to great britain's 56, but great britain has 22 gold to china's 20. russia and germany round out the top five with 44 and 32 medals representatively, germany has 13 golds to russia's 12. all right, coming up ahead on "cnn newsroom," five-year-old omran, unable to even cry, still unsure if his family survived. >> this image, this video has outraged the world. we'll have more on the child who became the face of the horror in aleppo, and later on this hour, go inside the restaurant where el chapo guzman's son was abducted in puerto vallarta, mexico. that's next.
happening right now in aleppo or in syria has now been released to his family and in fact, one of our correspondents actually ended up speaking with the cameraman who captured this very heartbreaking video of omran. >> reporter: a little boy carried out of rubble into a waiting ambulance, a moment, amidst the mayhem. a moment like so many others here in aleppo. 5-year-old omran daqneesh, unable to even cry, still unsure if his family survived. the activist who took this video of omran described to us over skype how it took nearly an hour to pull omran out from beneath the chaos. all the while, watching for the return of the plane that carried out the strike.
>> translator: when we go to a place that has been bombed, raging planes circle around and bomb it again to kill rescue workers that are helping civilians. they kill these people who are trying to rescue people. >> reporter: this is, of course, daily reality for you in aleppo. >> translator: we live these moments every day in aleppo. right now, regime planes are shelling nearby as i speak. the whole world is silent to these crimes in aleppo against women and children. there are thousands of children like omran who are being bombed daily. killed daily. everyone just accepts their families are being bombed, their homes are being destroyed. >> reporter: these images have now reverberated around the world, but will anything really change? u.n. special envoy staffen is hoping it will. he's asking for a 48-hour humanitarian cease fire. >> and i again insist on behalf
of the secretary general of the u.n. -- >> this, though, is not the first time an image of a suffering child gave the world pause. a toddler's lifeless body carried out of the treacherous mediterranean sea. 40 years ago, kim puk's naked agony became emblematic of the ravaging of vietnam. the world paused, shed tears, but ultimately moved on. another little boy joins omran in the ambulance as one by one the injured and dead are retrieved. they will not be the last children to be pulled out of wreckage of their homes tonight or on any of the many nights to come here in aleppo. cnn london. >> she actually asked a very important question there. will anything change? obviously, a lot of people were made speechless by those images. one person in particular, though, was political cartoonist
khalid, he was moved by the stories of omran and he actually made this drawing, this picture, and it captures the heartbreaking stories of both of those little boys, and it reflects the costs of this war on all syrian children who deserve so much better from life. we heard from alber earlier from his home and we asked him why at the drew the cartoon. take a listen. >> well, i saw the video this morning of omran, and you know, it was so human. we always -- i think people now are detached because of all these images and all these really violent videos that come out of syria and come out of all these war zones, so nothing really affects people anymore. so, seeing a kid just being a kid, just sitting there and, you know, wondering what happened to him and all of us are wondering what happened to him and how he survived, just really struck me as well because i have -- i have
kids the same age and everybody knows, you know, kids that same age and knows how they react and the way he reacted was so natural. and you know, it really touched me in that way. so -- it instantly brought to mind, again, you know, the images of kurdi, you know, the image that also went viral. so for me, it's just -- the situation is repeating itself over and over again, and all we have are these images or videos that come out of -- that come out of syria. and there's nothing -- there's nothing we can do more. you know? so i just wanted to draw attention that this is not the first time this happens and it's definitely not the last time, and these are just the images that we see. we -- there is thousands, tens of thousands of kids and people who are going through this every day. >> if you've moved by all these
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welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm zain asher. usa swimming says it will review is ordeal involving four of its olympians in rio over the weekend and decide whether or not they will face consequences. brazilian police say that ryan lochte lied about the men being held up to cover up their act of vandalism. first major diplomatic to visit is focusing on a suspended dam project. china has invested billions of dollars already. she is vowing to find a solution and deepen diplomatic ties. the clinton foundation says it won't take foreign or corporate donations if hillary clinton is elected president. spokesperson says former u.s. president bill clinton will not make any paid speeches between now and election day, and afterwards, if she wins, the foundation does charitable work
worldwide, but critics say it got too close to the state department during hillary clinton's time as secretary. donald trump said that he regrets saying wrong things, especially when he has caused personal pain. u.s. republican presidential candidate has refused, before, to back down from some of his controversial comments. it was trump's first speech after he reshuffled his campaign staff. polls show him falling behind hillary clinton nationwide. the u.s. state department is now confirming that a plane filled with $400 million in cash was, quote, leverage to get american prisoners released by iran. it is the first time the u.s. has actually linked the two events, causing an uproar, as you can imagine, with critics like donald trump. here's michelle kazinski with more. >> reporter: now that more details have come out in the press about the timing of this payment, the state department is releasing more details of its own, saying that, yes, they delayed paying this money to
iran until iran released the u.s. prisoners back in january because the u.s. was worried that they wouldn't release the prisoners. now, keep in mind, this has been really confusing from the beginning. i mean, even just this money, this $400 million, it was iran's money, it was owed back to iran by the u.s., it would have been paid eventually, it was from decades ago. and then initially, you know, we asked the white house, would those prisoners have been released, then, if that money wasn't on that plane on that day? did this function, essentially, as a ransom payment, which is what iran has been calling it? the white house wouldn't answer that question. the state department, though, said, yes, the prisoners would have been released even if the money wasn't there at that time. and now we hear the state department saying, well, we needed to wait until the prisoners were released, because we had that concern. then we paid them the money, and now they're using the word, leverage. listen. >> it's already publicly known that we returned to iran its $400 million in that same time
period as part of the hague settlement agreement. with concerns that iran may renege on the prisoner release, given unnecessary delays regarding persons in iran who could not be located as well as, to be quite honest, mutual mistrust between iran and the united states, we, of course, sought to retain maximum leverage until after american citizens were released. >> reporter: okay, so, now, let's look at the question, what really here has changed? from republicans' perspective, they say this proves that this was a ransom payment, and initially, the administration said there wasn't really a connection in the timing. now they're saying there was some connection in the timing. from the white house's perspective, nothing has changed. they say this was not a ransom payment, they said these were separate items that all came together at the same time because of the iran nuclear deal and how could this be a ransom payment if the prisoners were released first and then iran's money was paid. but you know, the timing of this
is very convenient for republicans, they're jumping all over this, using some strong language, and we're sure to hear much more of this. michelle kosinski, cnn, massachusetts. >> all right. we're going to take you to louisiana now because donald trump and his running mate, mike pence, they're going to be traveling to baton rouge to tour the flood damage there. they're going to be going in the coming hours. now, about 40,000 homes in louisiana have been damaged because of all of the water and actually, a majority of the owners do not -- do not have insurance. very sad twist to this. cnn's paolo sandoval has more. >> reporter: from the air, the scale of the devastation is overwhelming. cnn spending the day with the national guard to survey the scope and severity of louisiana's historic flood. tens of thousands have abandoned their homes and from this vantage point, it looks like very little will be salvaged when the water finally subsides. general joseph ligell oversees
the national guard, including the estimated 3800 guardsmen on the ground. >> it's what makes the guard different. fighting wars in one thing and when you're not fighting wars, you're here helping the homeland and that's something special. >> some of the national guard members are also flood victims themselves. >> in many parts of the region, 75% of the homes were destroyed and those were the homes of the men and women in the national guard, really of all the people who are doing the response. so, they're affected by it but they also have the burden of having to respond. >> reporter: touring an evacuation center, many flood victims are worried about how long it will take for the region to recover. is there something you don't have that you need? you got medical, you got food, you got clooet clothing, shelter. >> we do, but we are not turning anything around because we don't know how long. >> how long it's going to go on. >> that's right. >> reporter: at the same time, there is growing criticism of president obama for vacationing in martha's vineyard as the people in louisiana deal with the aftermath. the baton rouge advocate writing
in an editorial, if the president can interrupt his vacation for a swanty fund-raiser for fellow democrat hillary clinton as he did on monday, then surely he can make time to show up for a catastrophe that's displaced thousands. >> this is the disaster -- the magnitude of this disaster requires federal leadership. it requires federal intervention. this is a poor state, and a lot of people have lost everything they own, and you know, we're going to need help just as we did in katrina. >> reporter: fema director was on the ground here on tuesday. today, the homeland security secretary. >> federal government is here. we have been here. we will be here as long as it takes to help this community recover. >> reporter: back at the sky, whole communities remain submerged. >> devastating. let's talk more about this. cnn meteorologist is joining me in the studio. let's take the politics out of this. when you look at that video, are people actually getting the help that they really need?
>> it appears as if there is this coordinated effort. however, the area's so broad that it is very difficult to access every one all at once right when they need it. it's a very difficult situation. we haven't seen a storm like this since super storm sandy in 2012. let's go ahead and show you what little people can salvage, they're trying to. everything is wet and soaked. i've been through a flood situation myself, and it is so upsetting. it is upsetting, personally. it's upsetting environmentally. also monetarily. it affects everyone. but take a look at louisiana. we're expecting some areas right in that devastated area, seeing and expecting roughly one to two, possibly three inches of rainfall over the next five days. we've got a ridge of high pressure building across the west, a weather system that's sweeping towards the east and much cooler temperatures frtd midwest, while across western
states, take a look at the fire situation here. now, just about 50 miles, approximately, to the east and northeast, that's that blue cut fires, blue cut because that's the trail that runs through the cajon pass. they have about 1600 firefighters that are battling this blaze and you know what? firefighters are not going to be helped by the weather. it appears the humidity is still going to be low. gusty winds, we're expecting the temperatures back up to the 90s. for the meantime, there's just no break. 36,000 acres already burned. >> very different stories in california and louisiana. those wild fires just move so quickly. thank you so much. i appreciate you being with us. a massive search is underway for the abducted son of a notorious mexican drug lord. up next, we'll head to the scene of the kidnapping to learn a little bit more about what exactly happened in that restaurant.
mexico's human rights commission is criticizing a decision by police to execute nearly two dozen suspected gang members on a ranch last year. the group says the officers used excessive force in the arbitrary execution of 22 civilians. the commission found the police lied about their role during that specific incident and actually moved weapons in order to manipulate the scene. mexican officials are defending the officers, saying they acted in self-defense and did follow the law. experts say that three major cartels are battling for control of mexico's drug trade. the sinaloa cartel highlighted here in red dominates much of mexico's northwest, including a larger portion of the u.s. border. tamaulipas has long been a major
rival to sinaloa and more recently a third group in blue has emerged in mexico's southwest. officials suspect a rivalry between cartels may be responsible for a very high-profile kidnapping. this is huge news in mexico. authorities have a major case on their hands and a massive search is underway for the son of the former sinaloa boss, joaquín archivaldo guzmán loera. the son and five other people were abducting on monday from a restaurant in puerto vallarta. cnn visited the scene of the kidnapping to learn more. >> reporter: when did you learn that something had happened here? >> about 8:00 in the morning or the next day or monday. >> reporter: for the last nine years, nacho caldena has been working hard to make this restaurant the business he always dreamed of. >> la leche's is a concept.
>> his restaurant in puerto vallarta, mexico, is called la leche. it's hard not to notice that the restaurant is called the milk and you see the white color everywhere. i was checking out these cans, all the way to the ceiling, they're all white. and then, you take a look at the furniture, the chairs are white, the tables are white, even the floor is white marble. >> reporter: it has slowly become one of the trendiest restaurants in puerto vallarta, attracting boa attracting both domestic and international tourists, but this week, it was in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. a group of armed men stormed the straent in the wee hours of monday morning and abducted six people inside. among those abducted was one of the sons of this man, imprisoned sinaloa cartel leader, joaquín archivaldo guzmán loera. speaking publicly about the incident for the firth time, caldena says, nobody knew who
they were. >> this was a reservation made by the concierge of an international name on hotels. so, who were they? i don't know. >> reporter: so you had no clue? >> no, i don't know. i mean, i say hello to everyone that comes to the restaurant. but i never know who they are. >> reporter: caldena says his employees told him the armed men stormed la leche and yelled at the workers to get inside a room and not come out. the chef, who wasn't at the restaurant at the time, says he doesn't care who was kidnapped and doesn't want to know who abducted them. >> reporter: are you angry about the fact that you have worked to build a place for so many years and a single incident like that can disrupt everything? >> no. i'm not angry. i was sad a little bit, but i -- the only way i feel at this moment is with the strength to keep going. >> reporter: all he cares about now that he has reopened the restaurant is getting back to business. rafael romo, cnn, puerto
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