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people at least may have seen for themselves exactly what went on. thank you jeffrey and areva. >> thanks don. >> here we go. it is indeed right now midnight, eastern time, in the city of charlotte obviously there is a curfew taking effect right now and still people on the street. this is "cnn tonight" i'm don lemon. mayor of charlottes had ordered a curfew in hope of keeping the city calm in the wake of three nights of protests in the fatal police shooting of keith lamont scott. we're watching now to see what happens, seeing it unfold as you are. shots from the helicopter there, no sound but still see people on the streets. saw moments ago members of the
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national guard at the ready. there they are there, getting ready to do whatever it is they're going to do at this particular hour. police officers of charlotte also on the streets as well. with them the protesters. and with them our correspondents and camera people as well and cnn personnel out on the streets. watching to see what happens with the curfew, mayor and city officials have been adamant that people must be off the streets at midnight. until 6:00 a.m. and this would stay in place as long as state of emergency. governor calling for state of emergency last night and speaking on cnn as well as the mayor. mayor and family and other officials viewing the video tape of the shooting and coming out with their particular explanations earlier today and this evening. watching the live pictures of people congregating on the
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streets. get to boris sanchez, it's after midnight, curfew in full effect. what is happening? >> reporter: the same that we've seen just about all night. people continue to walk the streets of downtown charlotte, they gathered back at omnihotel for a few moments, stopped there. chanting and police officers in the area and decided to start moving once again, coming back to where we were with you about 24 hours ago where we saw fires being set. difference tonight as we get closer to the corner is that there are national guard vehicles, humvees parked along this street not there last night. also seen heavily armed national guard. right there across the street in the parking lot, all over the area. so far stayed away from the protesters but they are watching. and we've seen as you saw in the past hour protesters go up to them and shake hands and thank
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you for try toog keep the peace and maintain the calm in the city. right now the crowd is turning to the right back on east trade street, to the left of us is the police station, give you idea of where we are right now. gone in three or four loops in the city of charlotte. as we turn right here we saw again heavily armed national guard over to this area and also saw a large contingent of police officers by a bus station and further down the street. not sure if perhaps set up a barricade over there, looked lying getting ready to mobilize. just down the street less than 20 minutes ago were two large charlotte fire vehicles packed with officials. since moved out of there. looked to be starting moving where the protesters congregated
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by the police station. as we continue moving down the street interested to see how these folks interact with the national guard and if there is a barricade at end of the street. started raining on us at one point and didn't slow them at all. walking straight through the rain making loops through the city. five minutes past midnight, lot of the crowd has dissipated but this is a growing crowd. people in other areas start getting closer together. chants have slowed down at this point. isn't a unified voice. but as we walk closer from the looks of it now, it's hard to tell but i don't see this crowd stopping. don't see say barricade in front of them. at around this time last night was a huge line of police in riot gear that had moved forward further and further down the block, forcing these folks out of here and crowd to disperse with tear gas and flash bangs
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and nonlethal munitions, rubber bullets. i can't -- i can't really tell if they're stopping or not right now but this crowd i can tell you is massive. this is what i wanted to find out here, how the crowds are interacting with the national guard. some people just standing in front of them videoing them, others shaking hands as i said before. thanking them. it's something we've seen all night. but things can change very quickly, very rapidly. one of the things i've also notszed out here, some people walk up to servicemen and shake hands and anothers wearing masks yelling don't hug them, don't love them they're not with us. situation unfolding. trying to get a clearer picture of how police are going to handle this, are they going to enforce the midnight curfew put
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on by the mayor of charlotte? at this point doesn't look like police are mobilizing any effort to do that. continue moving down the street. >> boris stand by. alert viewers that curfew is not for members of the working press. they're exempt from that. that's why we're out there. wondering, working on getting clarification, if the protests remain peaceful if the police and national guard, rather than upset the apple cart would allow them to continue to protest peacefully. cnn's brian todd is out amongst the crowd at street level. brian, it's midnight. after midnight. you're on. what is happening where you are? anyone trying to enforce the curfew? are people abiding by it? >> reporter: don, people are not abiding by it right now. group of police officers came by and shook hands with national
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guardsmen here but bicycle riding policemen here, we're going to move with them, following protesters back up into the uptown area. police chief has said would be assertive in moving in on these situations and breaking people up and arresting them when there are heated moments and situations where they need to intervene. this is seem glg one of them. crowd intense. lost none of their energy as we've been walking with them tonight. hundreds of them over my shoulder as we move further toward them, seem to have possibly stopped up on the hill on the incline up here, trade treat going past the bus station. but again this crowd on and off has been angry, passionate and they have actually de-escalated situations on their own with no help from law enforcement.
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witnessed a confrontation came up to a man carrying a long rifle. not a policeman or national guardsmen but some contractor in military garb and upset the crowd. asking why carrying a gun. didn't engage. he walked away and we noticed he put away the gun. crowd didn't escalate it beyond that point been at some instances policing themselves. that's the point i'm trying to make here. right now past the point of curfew, another test for them, to see how they react when the police come in and of course how the police do it. chief has said will be more assertive than the past couple of nights. now the crucial moment is at hand -- move past this vehicle here -- see how the police move
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in. it's a challenge because the crowd not stood still for long. walking blocks and blocks, really miles, all night long, stopped in front of the jail house three times and in front of the police station at least twice, laid down as if shot. confronted police officers, not physically but verbally yelled at them. but policed themselves. kept moving with some measure of discipline but this is going to be a test in coming moments. coming upon an area that seems to be active. do stop and block intersections and give speeches and chant and other things like that. see again if doing it up here but do seem to be moving. one of the leaders i talked to a short time ago, he was really one of the ones instrumental in getting them to keep moving.
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came up when active at police station and lying down, standing up and chanting. he said let's move away from here, the police will move in on us here. they have a sense of the mis being around and possibly moving on them right about now after curfew. here is line of national guardsmen the crowd has just moved past. potentially tense moments ahead. >> brian, it's interesting again, we're working on getting clarification because the national guard is just standing there, can see some of the protesters and people in the streets shaking their hands. there are charlotte police officers out there as well not moving any of the protesters. the thinking would be to any person being logical about this, decision has been made not to
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move in on protesters as long as they remain peaceful at this point. appears to be happening. oernl-wise trying to get people off the streets as soon as possible. i don't know if you see brass or members of law enforcement you can speak to for clarification but go on brian. >> reporter: i will try to get clarification. there's officer up here that's been engaging with the crowd various times. >> why don't you talk to him. we'll go to ed. >> joining us from charlotte as well. ed where are you and what are you seeing? >> reporter: at intersection where this march really started. intersection where they had been congregating and essentially shut it down for some time several hours ago. look off into the distance here, line of marchers come by steadily for the last few
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minutes but one block off that way, you can see where police officers have cordoned off the traffic, not letting them through this particular intersection. if we turn back this way, similar thing here. seen officers moving throughout the downtown streets like this, following the crowd and keeping traffic control. group of national guard soldiers over there and police officers blocking off what little traffic is left here in the downtown streets but we're now past the curfew time and there are no calls telling people about the curfew, urging them to go home at this point so we'll have to see exactly what the game plan will be for the officers on the streets. exactly how they're going to enforce the curfew and what that will entail. they're going to keep moving around as we talked to a few several hours ago.
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officers seemed content as people were moving. now we're past the curfew, haven't seen officers engaging with this line of protesters that have come through the area where they have repeatedly come through throughout the evening. >> and just to be clear ed, the national guard will try as much as they cannot to become engaged with this and just protect the homes and businesses and people there, not become engaged with getting people off the street, that is the job of the charlotte police but nearly 15 minutes into the midnight hour, hundreds of protesters out on the street in charlotte and correspondents there as well. we'll get back to you ed. thank you. bring in former member of the house of representatives. former chicago police officer, law enforcement analyst and member of the police officers association and retired maryland
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police major. who is best? neil or cedric can talk to this, about the bigger picture here. wondering if there's been a decision made not to engage the protesters as long as they remain peaceful. cedric, then neil. >> certainly that's what i believe is going to take place here and is taking place don. they're not going to provoke anything, they're peaceful. and here shortly probably going to break up anyway and begin to go home. that's probably the best way to do it. they have a curfew set but it's really no need to engage unnecessarily if they're peaceful at this point. but maybe it's a good thing they put it in place. a lot of people did leave. but what they have to do tomorrow night is make sure they get the message out that at midnight the curfew comes into effect. if not notifiednol 9:45, people
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just don't know but police are playing it slefrly tonight. >> similar to baltimore, as long as crowd continues to move, police monitoring the numbers and if continue to thin out and crowd moves like cedric said, police are not going to engage. that's my guess. as long as there's no violence or aggression, see the crowd continue to thin, police allow it to happen and before you know it, at a situation where it's no longer a factor. >> jeff what are your impressions on how police are handling this so far. >> i agree with neil and cedric. you don't use a curfew to provoke things but diffuse things. but let me comment a little bit on our experience in ferguson, first night they used curfews in ferguson was one of the most peaceful nights in the 18 days
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that followed michael brown's death and next night was one of the worst. remember that protesters when they are bent on violence adjust to police tactics pretty quickly. >> okay. go on. say again. >> you still on me don? >> yeah. what did you say? i'm sorry. >> protesters can adjust quickly to lawen format tactics. and even though a peaceful night the first night of the curfew, here in charlotte just as the first night of the curfew in ferguson, the second night it got ugly and law enforcement has to continually modify and monitor their tactics. >> dmitri, what are you noticing in terms of policing, national guard mobilized, huge presence out there and more officers on the streets and again not engaging with protesters and
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some protesters shaking hands of the national guardsmen and thanking them. >> those protesters are doing what the police should be doing. police should be while there's peaceful protest going on, shaking hands with the peaceful protesters out doing what they're supposed to be at this hour. i understand that there a cure few in place but employment of resources should be proactive. this is a opportunity to engage the community, allow them to have a voice, even if it's one conversation, allow them to be heard, dialogue to start happening and start to be proactive around getting ahead of what may happen tomorrow, getting policy and word out,&abling community members to take matters in own hands. like said early, protester
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showed up with weapon, protesters handled it appropriately and effectively but police have been to be proactive in the same way. >> stand by. is brian todd there? okay. as i understand that brian todd is speaking with police, getting information now as we're speaking to try to report to us exactly what's going on here. we should have that in moments from brian todd but again these are people still out on the streets almost 20 minutes into the midnight hour. told they would have to be off the streets or be arrested. mandatory curfew signed and put into place by the mayor of charlotte and also a state of emergency from the governor placed on charlotte, north carolina, last evening. watch the pictures and wait for brian todd, one of the camera angles i can see from here,
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brian speaking to police now. as soon as he gets that information we will get him on the air live. so just stand by for that. back now to my panel. bakary are you there? >> yes. >> tell me what's going on. you were out on the streets this evening. this appears about i all accounts much more peaceful than last night. only incident i can report that i know about at this moment is that two charlotte mek linburg police officers treated by ems after being sprayed about chemical agent after unrest happening. minor incident compared to last night. >> tonights with a peaceful protest, a lesson in civil disobedience, tonight a bunch of young people, clergy, black, white, hispanic, asian, everyone
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coming together to voice their anger and frustration but there's a lot of distrust don. i heard it earlier in the segment with jeffrey toobin. a lot of distrust of police and government. and it seems as if it's only one side here. seems as if the police, just speaking of the chief. not being transparent or making it easier. people just want justice, know what's going on. three years since john than farrell was killed and had a hung jury. >> get to brian todd. what do you have for us? >> reporter: here with captain mike cam pagna of the charlotte police, supervising officers here and engaging with the crowd. captain first ask the question
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everybody is asking now, why after midnight have the police not moved in and forcibly removed the marchers? not necessary. it's a peaceful group tonight. lot of people inside the group helping to make that happen. helping to just pull people away from aggression. gentleman here working with us hard from the inside, doing a large share of the work, that's helping it stay peaceful. curfew is there we can use as tool if necessary if things go sideways. hopefully not the case. >> anticipate moving in anytime between now and 6:00 p.m.? >> hopefully not necessary. >> what are things people have done to mitigate tension? >> talking people down and getting between officers and more aggressive people. helping them make good decisions. >> have you worked with some of
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these people before asked them to do it. >> we didn't ask them. they saw the need. said this is important to us. came out and made it happen. >> what is biggest concern moving forward. >> thing getting out of hand and don't want it to happen got to find my protest. >> we're live. >> that will wrap. other reporters came upon us. police telling us don't necessarily plan to move people off the street unless they get violent and another interesting development how much they're helped tonight by people inside the crowds. seen it ourselves. community activists and others coming between demonstrators and lines of police to mitigate the tension. >> brian todd, thank you, great reporting out there on the streets. getting confirmation as we suspected here. back to the panel, if it
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remained peaceful could continue to protest and stay on the streets, you heard the police captain there saying they're using this as a tool, as a tool jeff, to get the people in order to remain peaceful and not start looting and rioting as they did last night. effective? >> very. we saw it used in effective manner here in st. louis and ferguson and i'm sure neil say the same about baltimore. when people in the crowd with peaceful intentions step up and call out bad behavior it completely changes dynamic of the crowd, at the mometamps dow mentality, you can see instant change in the crowd when you have respected members of the community who have been out
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there marching with folks call out bad behavior. >> you were mentioning that before i rudely int rupted you to get to brian. but you mentioned people out there to mitigate the violence and serve as buffers between the police officers and protesters. and that appears to have worked. >> yes. what you saw where you saw a group of pastors, some from billy graham's church and captain speaking just a moment ago to brian todd talking to a gentleman, having a conversation. young man make sure you're talking to some of your white colleagues not in uniform. this is the conversation we have to have. unfortunately i'm tired of saying black lives matter, having to protest. shouldn't have to protest or say black lives matter but this moment requires that. so many young people out here tonight doing what john lewis said, getting in good trouble.
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protesting and letting voices be heard. but anticipate that will continue until they decide to be transparent and let people know what happened to this young man. >> city of charlotte on mandatory curfew, protesters out on the street and police have no plans to enforce the curfew if everything stays peaceful. we'll be right back. the heirloom tomato. intensely-flavored. colorfully-diverse. beautifully-misshapen. cultivated for generations, it's the unexpected hero of any dish. when you cook with incredible ingredients... you make incredible meals.
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karlton, also a set of armed officers. colleague wearing a fitness tracker on arm and crowd has walked more than five miles around downtown charlotte and behind us more armed men and women. heard from police, they were not going to interinterfere with the protesters if they remain peace. that's the key word. peaceful. different scene yesterday. protesters not moving but stationary, confronting a line of s.w.a.t. officers and police to move down the block. not happening tonight. not sure if by design or moving to get people attracted and get attention. but things seem to be peaceful
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and police aircraft are monitoring from above and closely watching the crowd. >> i watched you last night standing in front of the omni. there was tear gas and all of that. we watched ed assaulted and pushed down on television and you've been covering the bulk of this, what made the difference tonight as someone been in the thick of it. >> reporter: it's hard to pinpoint what it was. to give you idea, demonstrators started at police station yesterday and moved to park. there was a tighter crowd. today appeared that crowd moved in several different directions. wasn't one stationary place and other thing i think triggered the moment where things got out of hand, a line of s.w.a.t. officers just down the street moved into the omni hotel,
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protesters followed them and things got out of control. banging on the hotel. s.w.a.t. team came out to confront because going to tear down the windows. tonight sfrl faith leaders and local leaders lined up outside the omni and vigils for young man killed yesterday. prayer vigils and people holding hands and crowd started growing. and as we moved down the street to another office building two lines of police in riot gear and they were cornered at one point. a very tense moment because not really any direction for them to go. protesters inching closer, a lot of people trying to get in the way to keep the peace at that momentum. the officers 10 started to walk around the block, protesters
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started moving in a different direction and s.w.a.t. officers could go for cover at different hotel down the street. if i could just say one thing that may have made the difference tonight, wasn't only fact that this started with group of faith leaders and prayer and conversation between people but also there wasn't this direct confrontation between a huge group of s.w.a.t. officers and protesters. s.w.a.t. officers mostly stayed out of the way even though tense moments with the protesters. also tonight i didn't see protesters throwing glass at police or getting uncomfortably close and making direct threats at them. for the most part tonight, have been threats made frankly but not as intense or close in the faces of the officers. obviously in light of the attacks we saw in baton rouge that i covered myself a few months ago and attacks in dallas
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against police officers it's got to be a trying time for someone trying to keep the peace in the community. at the same time community members are frustrated. heard people today during the discussion of faith leaders, faith and conversation not always enough. seen incidents like this happen over and over again and frustration is that in their eyes nothing has changed. justice system not tending to their needs for being fair when it comes to people in uniform from their perspective. >> great reporting boris. we'll get back to you. confirmed from brian todd, no plans to enforce the curfew that happened at midnight, 35 minutes ago in charlotte, if the protest remained peaceful. according to captain mike campagnia, saw that live on cnn.
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back now with our breaking news, police in charlotte say they have no plans to enforce a curfew in the city tonight if things remain peaceful. comes in the wake of protests over the fatal police shooting of keith lamont scott, all of this sure to be a major issue in the first presidential debate that happens on monday. andy dean, a trump supporter,
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former congressional black caucus, talk host at abc, supporting trump and democratic strategist supporting hillary clinton. thank you so much for staying up. here is donald trump earlier tonight at rally refefring to unrest over race and policing. >> those peddling the narrative of cops as racist force in our society, and this is a narrative supported with a nod by my opponent. see what she's saying, it's not good. share directly in the responsibility for the unrest that is afflicting our country and hurting those who have really the very least. people that are having a hard time. low income, african-americans and latinos. >> angela what is your reaction. >> a couple of things don. i think it's interesting to see that donald trump is once again speaking out of both sides of
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his mouth. just yesterday he was at a rally talking about the police officer at a black church, saying that it looked like she did something wrong, may have choked. now today, how convenient in front of a group of white people saying something very different. similar to running mate mike pence who also criticized hillary clinton for talking about institutional racism which most human beings in this country know and can at least acknowledge exists in every institution including the police force regardless of whether or not donald trump got the endorsement from the fraternal order of police. this is important. there's data supporting this. talking about the problems in charlotte with the police force and why it's happening now. not the beginning of the problem but the tipping point. >> andy, ask you about that, donald trump speaking in front of a black crowd condemned the
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female officer who shot unarmed terence crutcher saying it's troubling, looked like a good man who did everything he was supposed to and officer may have been scared and choked. engaging in finger pointing of his own. >> well, don, i think they're two different cases and we're conflating two of the issues together. in tulsa, oklahoma, the officer already charged with manslaughter and looked like she did something very bad. jury will decide but she will be held to account as she should. in charlotte we have a different situation, african-american officer and african-american who was shot and locked like was a gun at scene. i heard other reports there wasn't. i've seen photos of the gun. but clarification with the issue
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of the gun in north carolina, i have concealed carry permit. and heard people ask if this individual had the ability to carry a gun legally. >> he's a convicted felon, is that what you're saying? >> north carolina, you don't need a permit for open carry state but was convicted of aggravated assault with deadly weapon so legally couldn't possess a weapon. bah frz donald trump it's different situation. >> do you think it's conflating it? >> i think for donald trump is goes deeper. he doesn't either understand the problem or doesn't care to really find a solution. what i mean by that is when he was talking tonight, he talks about the protesters who are violent and those are the ones that deserve all of -- you know, all the condemnation essentially
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because making life difficult for other low income african-americans, there is a slight point to that. nobody is going to condone the type of violence we see when these protests happen but the problem is donald trump never talks about underlying factor as to why the protests happen in the first place. goes back to his complete lack of wanting to acknowledge and frankly brush under the rug the way that pence did, the institutional racism that does exist in some of our law enforcement offices and police departments. angela is right. there is data that supports this, not made up. something happening year in and year out. which is why there is this anger among minority communities and frustration that you see in the protests. fact he can't even acknowledge that is going to keep him from really finding a solution. >> john is that the issue?
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>> my advice to the candidates is largely just stay out of it. they're individual incidents with individual facts that surround them. let the process play itself out. i also want to note, having a healthy distrust of government is baked into the cake. part of the american skpoorns. people lont left distrust the military and police departments and people on the right, the irs and epa. different things. not new to the process. what trump sudden do is come out and urge for government transparency. i believe the video should be made public, whatever facts the police department and city has, should come out as soon as they get them in, that's the only way to stop a lot of what you're seeing in the streets. what we saw yesterday was not part of the american character but mob violence. today is much better and encourage that sort of thing.
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our breaking news, police in charlotte say they have no plans to enforce the curfew if things remain peaceful. keeping an eye on that. that coming just days ahead of the first presidential debate on monday. with me my panel.
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angela john said what we witnessed was mob mentality last night. you gave a sigh, why? >> for several reasons. it's unfortunate that the actions of a few become, everyone gets blamed for that. there were several people protesting peacefully yesterday and just as disturbed by the violence and fact that now today the man in critical condition last night is now dead. immensely frustrated to people like me that know they have a right to protest. >> i don't know if he said this -- >> i heard the protests are mob violence. that type of generalization doesn't leave a lot of room. >> were you referring to all the protesters? >> no but i saw poor ed knocked down. elderly homeless man kicked to the ground and man in parking
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garage beaten and begging for his life. and cameraman, protesters or criminals, whatever you want to call them, trying to throw him zblsh that's unacceptable. >> what is also unacceptable is black men and women are consistently being killed by people supposed to be there to protect and serve. not justifying any of the actions that you talk about but your party and candidate regularly protect you are in the middle of this, you mentioned several things. some we checked in to and there's no confirmation that that even happened in r charlotte. >> i saw the video. >> it could very well have happened. there is one thing in a parking lot but there is no confirmation and we can't put it on
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television when we don't have confirmation. >> what i said was definitive. >> look, this is why i'm saying there needs to be transparency. all of the details that we know or the police department knows or whoever is investigating at this point should be out. either the guy had a gun or didn't. either they told him to drop the gun or they didn't. either in the police officers felt in danger or didn't. to that extent angela is right they have been slow to release the information. i think you would change the dynamic of what's going on in charlotte if people felt information was coming out in an acceptable pace. on that point we're in agreement. >> i don't think you should paint all officers. you jumped on me saying i was painting all protesters. >> no one has done that or will do that. that would be terrible. if people think that at home, no way. officers should be commended for
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what they do but the bad ones should be called and held accountable. donald trump backing off his statements about stop and frisk. originally he said it should be brought back. then he clarified saying he just meant chicago. does it matter because stop and frisk has been shown, there's evidence after evidence, not only it is constitutional, struck down by a federal judge in new york but no evidence it works. >> a couple of things. in chicago, 2800 people got shot in chicago this year. >> does it matter if it doesn't work. it is not effective. >> okay. well, there's a large debate about that. stop and frisk -- >> you can't debate numbers or facts. let me read the numbers and then you can do it. >> 4.4 million people stopped. 87% black, 12% charged with
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crimes. less than -- i think from 2002 to 2012, less than .2% ended up with gun charges or with convictions. 3% stops resulted in convictions. more than 5 million stops, guns were recovered .02% of the time. not effective and it targeted and was racially discriminatory and violated the constitutional rights of black and hispanics. so why argue for something that doesn't work? >> well, let's talk numbers quickly. over the past two years and these are facts according to the new york police department and the fbi. stop and frisk has declined under bill de blasio. rapes are up 10% over the past years and murders up 7% over the past few years. it's rare you see an increase in crime over the past 30 years in new york. we are seeing it the past two years because of the decline. >> crime has gone down in new
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york city. what does rape have to do with stop and frisk? >> rape and murder. i'm talking violent offenders. fi could, stop and frisk was deemed unconstitutional the way that new york police department was doing it in 2013. it is legal in all 50 states due to a supreme court decision but it has to be done the right way and a way that isn't prejudice and it can be done the right way in chicago with the right monitors. even the judge in 2013 -- wait a second -- even the judge that struck it down saying it was unconstitutional saying she couldn't stop stop and frisk but it had to be monitored better. it is an effective policing ploy. >> that has to be the last word. >> it was ruled unconstitutional here in new york. thank you. we will continue on. before we leave, a final thought i want to get you to you this evening. you have heard donald trump say this about african-americans.
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>> our african-american communities are in the worst shape they have ever been in before, ever, ever, ever. you look at the inner cities you get no education, no jobs, you get shot walking down the street. there worse -- honestly, places like afghanistan are safer than some of our inner cities. >> these are the facts. here's the truth. things are getting better for african-american communities. our black first president has not solved all of our problems, just like our white presidents haven't solved all of the problems in white america. we're not there yet. the country is in process. this is an era of protest and patriotism, as well. this is a history of black america, a history of america, really. you see it in this poem published on a special section of the "new york times" today marking the opening of the national museum of african-american history and culture in washington, d.c. here's how it reads.
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"i too seen america. i'm a darker brother. they sit me to seat ooet in the kitchen when company comes but tomorrow i will be at the table when company comes. nobody will dare to say to me eat in the the kitchen then. and besides they will see how beautiful i am and be ashamed. i am america. that's it for us. thank you for watching. our coverage continues in just a moment with john vause in los angeles. good night. you should be getting double miles on every purchase! switch...to the capital one venture card. with venture, you earn unlimited double miles on every purchase, everywhere, every day. not just ...(dismissively) airline purchases. seriously... double miles... everywhere. what's in your wallet?
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afoot and light-hearted i take to the open road. healthy, free, the world before me, the long brown path before me leading wherever i choose. the east and the west are mine. the north and the south are mine. all seems beautiful to me.
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this is cnn breaking news. hello. i'm john vause in los angeles. we'd like to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world by following this breaking news out of charlotte, north carolina. protesters are again on the streets defying a midnight to 6:00 a.m. curfew. demonstrations have been mostly peaceful in sharp contrast to wednesday's violence. two officers are being treated after protesters sprayed them with a chemical agent. the demonstraon

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