tv CNN Newsroom CNN March 25, 2012 4:00am-5:00am EDT
indiana showdown. the polls are closed in that state. did rick santorum close the deal? >> everybody knows full well my passion about defeating barack obama. enough is enough! >> the killing of trayvon martin. >> no more! >> outrage intensifies across the country. the latest, a call for vigilante justice. >> we want justice! science and justice. a new law offering new hope for crime victims. >> this is truly amazing. science doesn't lie. >> all that and more, right here, right now on cnn. hello, everyone, i'm don lemon. thank you for joining us. i would like to welcome our viewers from around the world tonight. we're starting with breaking
political news. the republican race for the white house. cnn projects rick santorum has won the louisiana presidential primary, giving the former pennsylvania senator another victory in the south. our tom forman is in washington. joe johns is in new orleans. crystal wright is in d.c. and monitoring rick santorum in green bay, wisconsin, to see if he speaks live in a moment. let's get straight to tom forman, who has been tracking the data all evening for us. tom, what can you have tell us about rick santorum's win? you have been monitoring all the metrics here. we've seen you standing at the magic walls. so we want to get to tom forman, as well as tell you again, we are monitoring again green bay, wisconsin. rick santorum is standing by. tom, what do you know? >> reporter: well, we know that one of the things that made a difference tonight was the religious vote. if we look at the turnout here, you look at the voters who came out, those who are born again or evangelical christian, 60% and went heavily for rick santorum,
56% to 21%. but look at the ones who weren't born again or evangelical, 41% to 36% for santorum. so romney edged him out. but not by a big margin. in the next category, look at this, mitt romney wins here among those who say that doesn't matter much, 38% to 31%. but look at the numbers. that's a small group, 14% compared to 42%. 31% who say it matters a great deal or somewhat, and rick santorum handily wins that. the simple truth is, this was natural territory for rick santorum. you always hear people talk about the bible belt. this is a map of evangelicals in the united states. the dark brown are most of them. when they talk about the bible belt, that's what they are talking about, that area right there. if we take it in closer on louisiana, you can see why this
is rick santorum territory. this section down here is where you'll get the bigger part of the catholic part of the state, if you visit new orleans or something like that, you may have the impression that catholics dominate the state. they are the largest christian group in the state. if you add up all the protestants, they come close to being at the same level. the simple truth is, by having this going, rick santorum was able to get a very important state here and you know why it's important? because this bridges him to may. in april, he will be going to a series of state where is the religious influence will not be as good. new york, rhode island, delaware, connecticut, places like that where religion doesn't play in voter's minds the same as it does in louisiana. but if you can get through may into april, then he gets places like arkansas and kentucky, he gets other states where he may be able to play texas with his religious support a lot and
might bring him some support as it did in louisiana. >> he moves beyond the bible belt now. if we can go to green bay, wisconsin, we're monitoring rick santorum who will speak there very shortly. he's doing some introductions now. we'll listen in, in just a moment. but first to joe johns who has been covering the louisiana primary all week. joe, as we see rick santorum getting ready, what can you tell us about voter turnout down there? >> reporter: well, voter turnout
was thought to be not very strong and that's probably because people didn't have the time to establish a connection with the candidates. but don, i want to read you part of a statement that the santorum campaign has just put out. they call this a vindication of rick santorum. this is from hogan giddily, the national communications director. he says there's no other way to interrupt the results but as a vindication of rick santorum's conservative message of strengthening the nation based on founding principles. the entire santorum campaign, the conservative movement, it says, is excited by tonight's results that stand in the face of the media's and the establishment's declaration that they have to fall in line with a moderate from massachusetts. they thank the voters of louisiana and are looking forward to bringing their message on. so they're crowing about this, of course, this vote in louisiana. it is, if nothing else, bragging rights. and rick santorum can point at it and call it a momentum builder. again, the question is how many delegates you get, because delegates is the bottom line.
and the most any candidate could get is 20 delegates. >> another southern state victory for him, but in the big picture how big a win is this? >> reporter: yeah. that's the thing. you talk about momentum and something that helps you build going forward. the next big test are places like pennsylvania, his home state. tonight, he's actually out in wisconsin. that is a huge test for rick santorum out there. and interestingly enough, he was leading in the polls up until about the last week and then there was one poll, some say it's an outlier, came out suggesting that he was down by double digits to mitt romney. so perhaps something was happening out there. i also have to point out in wisconsin, newt gingrich has some high hopes for wisconsin, too. because his wife, calista gingrich, is from wisconsin. so that's going to be a very interesting race, especially to
see if rick santorum can build on the momentum we assume he's gotten coming out of louisiana. >> joe, introductions are over. joe johns on the ground in louisiana. let's listen in to rick santorum. >> i want to thank you. [ applause ] i have spent the day up here in wisconsin. i'm extremely excited to be up here, the next battleground on this race. we've had a great day. we were just down the road at lambeau field, walking the field of champions, and throwing a little football around there. we were down in cheboygan bowling with the folks in wisconsin. i don't want to brag, but i did roll three strikes in a row. [ applause ] this has been a pretty strong day on the campaign. here in wisconsin, we've been
having a great time with the people here and we're going to enjoy it. we're here to fight and we're here to say that if you're looking for someone who can match up and defeat barack obama in this election, someone who can take it to the president, make him the issue in this campaign. stand up for the principles that made this country great. the people of louisiana sent a loud and clear message, this race is long and far from over and the people of wisconsin, i just say with you, let's get it done. thank you. [ applause ] >> rick santorum, green bay, wisconsin. louisiana he said, he's a winner. three strikes in a row he bowlinged today up in cheboygan. being a man of the people there, a strong day according to him. let's get some more insight. crystal wright joins me from washington. she's a d.c. delegate for newt gingrich. so crystal, what do you think of rick santorum's win?
is it a big deal, is it another strike, as he said? did he hit a strike tonight? >> you know, all i can do is laugh at rick santorum's win in louisiana and joe johns pointed out that it's only 20 delegates at stake. the delegates are awarded proportionately. so while mr. santorum would like to believe that this is a game changer for him, he was expected to win in louisiana, and he continues to win among evangelical christians, but that is not going to be enough for him to take this ball and run with it and make a strike and become the nominee. the math is not there, and the voters are not there for him across all groups. >> what our mark preston said is that it's mathematically possible but not probable for rick santorum. let's talk about romney now. he's still having trouble winning votes among southerners
and religious conservatives. could this be a big problem if he wins the nomination? he'll need those votes badly in november in the general. >> well, what we see is in illinois recently that romney is winning among catholic voters. so romney is actually more and more sealing the deal, winning across more groups than rick santorum. women, men, working class vote he got in illinois. he's really proven that, i believe, republicans, conservatives, tea party folks, he won those groups in illinois, and the latest gallup poll shows that 40% of conservatives are now rallying behind romney and
only 20% are going for rick santorum. that's because rick santorum is fixated on wedge social issues. i think we heard from ann romney before when she did the interview with piers morgan that when she's on the road, women come up to her and say ann, it's the economy, stupid. that's what i'm worried about. this is real. i think rick santorum is living in an illusion. >> that plays well down south in the bible belt, as our tom forman pointed out. but i said you're a delegate for newt gingrich, right? >> i am. >> do you see him staying in the race much longer? and listen, be honest, because you're saying -- you have said to me it is mathematically, according to you, not there for rick santorum. so i would imagine that it's mathematically even more not there for newt gingrich. how much longer can he stay in this race, honestly, delegate for newt gingrich? >> don, i'm always honest. just because i'm a newt delegate does not mean that i'm not a realist. newt has only won 2 of the 28 contests now, almost 30.
so he has proven that he's a one-trick pony in the south. he won south carolina and georgia and that does not a gop make. i'm frustrated. i think newt is the best candidate. he's talking about the right things, getting the economy back on track. but organization and fund-raising does matter and he's fallen woefully short. >> we have to run. but as a newt delegate, do you think he should get out right now that he's hurting the real nominee's chance? >> i think newt, more and more pressure will be put on newt to step aside. >> don't avoid my question. what do you think? >> i think more pressure will be put on newt. i can't speak for when the speaker feels it's the right time to step out. >> do you think he should, you personally? >> i think at a certain point, and it's going to be in the near term, rather than the long-term, that newt gingrich is going to have to step aside, because he's only won two contests. the delegates aren't there for him and he's going to go down
looking like a spoiler. >> thank you very much, crystal wright. we appreciate you joining us. former vice president dick cheney says he'll be forever grateful for the heart donation keeping him alive. he received a heart transplant today. he has a long history of cardiovascular issues and has survived five heart attacks. mark, what do we know right now about his condition? >> reporter: today he had that heart transplant and in fact, is recovering right now in the suburban washington, d.c. hospital after undergoing it. he is in intensive care, which should be no surprise and he's had a history of heart problems, dating back to when he was 37 years old. 1978 he had his first heart attack. he had four more after that. so right now, he's recovering in a suburban washington, d.c. hospital. >> was the public even aware that he was waiting for a transplant? >> you know, there had been a lot of speculation about whether
the former vice president would be on the transplant list. a lot of talk about that. we have learned from his office tonight that he has been on the list, on the cardiac list for more than 20 months. so he's been on the list and they felt that he was up for it and he had that surgery. >> an anonymous donor, correct? >> anonymous donor and the family says they don't know who the donor is, but they are very grateful as one would expect, that in fact he has received this heart for this transplant. >> mark preston, thank you very much. more to cover on cnn. a story that's on so many minds, the killing of trayvon martin, and the intensifying anger it's sparked across the nation. now there's outrage over a bounty being offered. >> we want justice! we want justice! >> we're going to go live to florida to hear from members of that community and speak with
african-american mothers concerned about their son. back after a very quick break. . you can part a crowd, without saying a word. you have yet to master the quiet sneeze. you stash tissues like a squirrel stashes nuts. well, muddlers, muddle no more. try zyrtec®. it gives you powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec® is different than claritin® because zyrtec® starts working at hour 1 on the first day you take it. claritin® doesn't start working until hour 3. zyrtec®. love the air. quaker oats. in every way, a super grain. ♪ super for the fiber that helps fill us up.
super for the energy it gives to get us going. super for the oats that are so good for our hearts. ♪ super for how it makes us... super. quaker oats. energy. fiber. heart health. super people eat super grains. it's real milk full of calcium and vitamin d. and tastes simply delicious. for those of us with lactose intolerance... lactaid® milk.
the original 100% lactose-free milk. at meineke i have options... like oil changes starting at $19.95. my money. my choice. my meineke. now to the story that's captured america. he was 17. his whole life ahead of him. but a gunshot ended everything in a blink. now the family of trayvon martin is planning a civil lawsuit in the case. their attorney says they will sue the homeowner's association in the neighborhood where george zimmerman says he shot martin in self-defense. zimmerman's part of the neighborhood watch there in sanford, florida. martin's attorney says bringing federal hate crime charges could
be tough but he's more optimistic about state charges. police haven't even arrested zimmerman. fury is building over the killing of trayvon martin. but at what point does the outrage tip over into vigilante justice? >> we want justice! we want justice! >> members of the radical new black panther party are offering a $10,000 bounty for the capture of martin's shooter, george zimmerman. zimmerman is not on the run. a national spokesman for the panthers denies this is a call to violence. >> george zimmerman should have followed the police instructions and stayed in his car and he shouldn't have took trayvon's life. >> do you feel that you're inciting violence by doing this and that may be a possibility from your actions? >> no, we're not. we're doing what american citizens have been doing for many years, we're doing a citizen's arrest. >> the new black panthers bring
a volatile presence to an already explosive situation. take a look at this wanted poster on the group's website. nationwide, the new panthers claim to have thousands of members but offer no exact numbers. they're a black separatist group that believes black america should have their own nation. some believe they are a hate group. the original black panthers who were active in the '60s and '70s reject them and their ideas. >> no justice, no peace! >> arrest zimmerman now. >> anger over the trayvon martin killing in cities across the nation. protesters are demanding the arrest of george zimmerman. this demonstration in los angeles is one of many from coast to coast. the reverend al sharpton also led a rally in new york city. zimmerman told police he acted in self-defense. but trayvon martin wasn't armed.
when zimmerman saw him walking around, he started following him. moments later, martin was dead. there's been a lot of talk about florida's stand your ground law in this case. it allows someone to use deadly force any time they have a reasonable fear that an assailant could harm them or someone else. the man who signed that law, former governor jeb bush, doesn't think it applies in this case. zimmerman's lawyer agrees. he says it's a matter of self-defense. the community is in the national spotlight, not a comfortable place for them to be. we wanted to give people there a chance to share their thoughts about the trayvon martin case in their own words. our george howell is standing by with people who live and work in sanford. george, what are they saying? >> reporter: the fact that george zimmerman was not arrested on that night sparked a nerve across the country. specifically here in sanford, with the african-american
community, many say there's a long history of distrust -- or mistrust rather with the police department. just a few hours ago, we had a few people here, people who came together, many who were at the rallies here. you were all at the rally yourself. i want to start with laura booker. you were in the news here in orlando, specifically because of something that happened to you when you got on an empty bus here, because of bullying with your daughter. what happened? >> i got on an empty school bus to speak with the driver about my daughter being bullied and i was arrested fortress passing on school grounds. >> but you say you beat the case? >> yes. but 4 to 5 officers took me to the ground and took me to jail. what i don't understand is how you can arrest a mother protecting her mother from being bullied but you can't arrest george zimmerman for murdering a
child. >> caleb, you're brave enough to be here. mark, i wanted to ask you, as well. what are your thoughts and the police department here, do you feel that there is mistrust here? >> i mean, i think there can be some mistrust there. but it goes beyond that in reference of mistrust and the situation. i think that it's definitely dealing with how they handled the case itself, knowing some of the facts that we know now. maybe there's more facts to it. but from the facts we have gained so far think there should have been an arrest. and if you look at the cry from the citizens of sanford, that's what it's for, it's for an arrest in this case. again, we are coming together as families, just to, you know, honor the death of trayvon, as well as the support of their family. i know as a dad myself, and
living in a gated community, this is the last thing i would like to see happen for our family. you know, i just give my support to trayvon's family. >> reporter: thank you for chatting with us. really from the panel that we had, don, just a few hours ago, that seemed to be the resounding message, that there needs to be an improved trust between the police department and the community, don. >> george zimmerman, sanford, florida -- excuse me, george howell in sanford, florida. forgive me for that. next up, what are african-american mothers telling their sons so that they can avoid a similar fate? you'll hear from a couple of those moms right after this break. purifying facial cleanser from neutrogena® naturals. removes 99% of dirt and toxins without dyes, parabens or harsh sulfates. so skin feels pure and healthy. [ female announcer ] from neutrogena® naturals.
you know who you are. you can part a crowd, without saying a word. you have yet to master the quiet sneeze. you stash tissues like a squirrel stashes nuts. well, muddlers, muddle no more. try zyrtec®. it gives you powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec® is different than claritin® because zyrtec® starts working at hour 1 on the first day you take it. claritin® doesn't start working until hour 3. zyrtec®. love the air.
being a mom already a pretty tough job, but imagine the difficult conversations black mothers are having with their sons in the wake of the death of trayvon martin. joining me here in the studio are natalie brown and her son, nicholas. and mom, dewetta west. thank you all for joining us, as well. we appreciate you coming back. miss brown, what did you say to your son when you heard about trayvon's death? >> well, we talked about it. i told him this is something that shouldn't have happened. he said, why is someone attacking him? i said we don't know the full story but soon we will? >> mrs. west, your son gave you a letter that he wrote. can you share a small portion? >> sure, i would love to. the letter reads, what is justice, what is peace? can you tell me?
how does a man walk free from a murder when there's evidence to prove that it was more than self-defense. man, i don't know how i should think but i know one thing, if that was my brother, cousin, nephew or son, mr. zimmerman wouldn't have made it to that prison or courthouse. but of course, that would have caused more problems. so if earthly justice won't prevail, then it's in god's hands. truthfully it is. then he says, i'm done. >> getting it off his chest. >> yeah. >> do you relate to this, to the killing of trayvon martin? >> what do you mean, relate? >> do you understand, he's a young man, you're a young man, and everyone is saying around the country it could happen to anyone, but especially young men of color.
>> yes, sir. >> are you doing anything differently? i understand now you won't wear a headed sweatshirt. >> no, sir. >> why not? >> because i feel though the same thing could happen to me because i'm wearing a hoody walking down the street, jogging with my friends, because i'm colored. i could be attacked or murdered. >> you were telling me earlier about your son and he was young and someone referred to him as black and he was upset. tell me about that and why did it upset anymore >> i've never sat down and said, well, we're african-american and they will call us black. he went around calling himself tan, and anybody with another color was peach. it was in february, so it was black history month, his teacher said you're black, and i'm
hispanic. he said no, black is the color of this crayon and he came home crying. >> what did you say to him, though? >> there was more. we sat down and i said we're considered african-american. in those times we were considered colored and you'll hear people say other names. >> i think it's interesting and more difficult, it's a mixed family, are your children biracial? >> no, throughout our family we have white, indian. we didn't do the he's black, he's white. we're all family. >> what is your concern most about in particular this story and having a son and young black males in this country? >> well, my concern is it just feels like our young black men are being set up for target practice. they have no respect of person -- i know many of the
mothers who i have had conversations with, and myself with my son who cited an incident that we just heard about recently. he was walking out of walmart towards his car and there was a car parked next to him with a caucasian family. and he was walking to his car. when they saw him coming to his car, they jumped back in the car and locked the door and he just said he -- it's like, really? and just got in his car. it's those types of things that are really -- i'm fearful for him. even though he's a big dude and pretty much looks like he can defend himself, we started very early in life to let him know that you are a great person, you've done great things. but someone, somebody will choose someone else over you. >> thank you all.
good luck. appreciate you joining us. >> thank you. the conversation continues. you'll hear more from these moms about the advice they have given their sons. and it's just past the hour right now on cnn. we're going to look at some of the other big stories. a new win down south for rick santorum. cnn projects he's the winner of the today's louisiana presidential primary. he told a crowd in wisconsin tonight that the gop race is far from over. rick santorum will pick up at least eight of the delegates. but he remains far behind mitt romney in the race for the nomination. tea partiers rallied in washington, urging the repeal of health care law, widely known as obama care. next week, the supreme court will hear oral arguments whether the law is constitutional. it will likely come in the midst of the presidential campaign. a horrible tragedy in west
virginia. eight people, including six children under the age of 8, died in a house fire in charleston. investigators say the home only had one working smoke detector. the fire chief calls it the most tragic event in his 26 years with the department. new york governor andrew cuomo signs a new bill into law that pioneers a new expansive, some say intrusive method to catch criminals. you don't want to miss that report, it is next. children's tylenol, the #1 brand of pain and fever relief recommended by pediatricians and used by moms decade after decade. i like yoplait. it is yoplait. but you said it was greek. mmhmm. so is it greek or is it yoplait? exactly. okay... [ female announcer ] yoplait. it is so greek.
then don't get nickle and dimed by high cost investments and annoying account fees. at e-trade, our free easy-to-use online tools and experienced retirement specialists can help you build a personalized plan. and with our no annual fee iras and a wide range of low cost investments, you can execute the plan you want at a low cost. so meet with us, or go to etrade.com for a great retirement plan with low cost investments. ♪ the sleep number bed. the magic of this bed is that you're sleeping on something that conforms to your individual shape. wow! that feels really good. it's hugging my body. in less than a minute i can get more support. if you change your mind once you get home you can adjust it. so whatever you feel like, the sleep number bed's going to provide it for you. at our semi-annual sleep sale, save $400 to $700 on our most popular bed sets. sale ends march 31st. only at the sleep number store, where queen mattresses start at just $699.
but what's even more surprising is that brushing alone isn't enough to keep it clean. fortunately, you've got listerine. unlike brushing which misses 75% of your mouth, listerine cleans virtually your entire mouth. so what are you waiting for? it's time to take your mouth to a whole new level of health. listerine... power to your mouth. also try listerine zero, for the clean feel of listerine with a less intense taste.
new york is now an -- anyone convicted of a crime including most misdemeanors. had the law been in effect earlier, one woman says the man who attacked and tried to rape her would have been jailed sooner. here's cnn's susan candiotti. >> reporter: jessica reyes is wise beyond her years in ways she wishes she wasn't. eight years ago, she was attacked in her apartment building, just 15 years old at the time, she recalls every detail vividly. >> the first thing he did is punched me in my face, and threw me against the wall. >> reporter: did you say, please don't kill me? >> yeah, and there was blood everywhere, coming from my face. i was still asking him, please don't kill me. >> reporter: the attempted rape left jessica with a scar on her
lip and psyche. he wasn't caught. >> he could be living in another country. for all i know he could be behind me. >> reporter: that fear just never left you? >> no. >> reporter: then out of the blue, a break. >> six years later, the individual who committed the 2004 case was charged, indicted and convicted for an attempted burglary of a gentleman in manhattan. >> reporter: his dna was put in a database. it matched dna left at jessica's crime scene. tucker was convicted and sentenced to 20 years. but new york's new law could have caught tucker six years earlier. now dna of anyone convicted of a crime, including most misdemeanors, even as minor as jumping a subway turnstile, goes into a state database. jessica's attacker had a string of misdemeanors. >> the disturbing point is in
the intervening six years, he had been in and out of the courthouse, having been arrested and convicted of misdemeanor offenses which were not eligible for dna collection. >> reporter: under the new law, they are. civil libertarians say the expanded data bank lacks enough oversight, leading to mistakes and abuse. the innocence project, which uses dna to exonerate wrongly accused, says the law doesn't go far enough. >> if you want to prevent wrongful convictions, improve evidence and testimony and things like that. >> reporter: jessica wishes the new law had been passed sooner. >> this is amazing. science doesn't lie and it finally brought me peace. >> reporter: peace she hopes can
come to other crime victims. susan candiotti, cnn, new york. prosecutors and other supporters of the new dna law expect a $30 test to solve thousands of crimes and prevent thousands more. do you know someone who deserves the title "hero? "cnn is looking for extraordinary people. if you know someone, stay tuned to find out how you can nominate them to be a cnn hero. our campaign to honor everyday people begins with you. nominate them at cnnheroes.com . you have yet to master the quiet sneeze. you stash tissues like a squirrel stashes nuts. well, muddlers, muddle no more. try zyrtec®. it gives you powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec® is different than claritin® because zyrtec® starts working at hour 1 on the first day you take it. claritin® doesn't start working until hour 3. zyrtec®. love the air. claritin® doesn't start working until hour 3. whwheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! whwheeee! ! whwheeee!! whwheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
ahah h heaeadsds u up. whwheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! evevererytythihingng y youou l , nonow w momobibilele.. dodownwnloloadad t thehe n nep totodaday.y. it's real milk full of calcium and vitamin d. and tastes simply delicious. for those of us with lactose intolerance... lactaid® milk. the original 100% lactose-free milk.
our campaign to honor everyday people begins with you. nominate them at cnnheroes.com and give them a chance to help others. here's our own anderson cooper to show you how. >> tonight, we gather to honor the best that humanity has to offer. >> if you join us, we'll be unstoppable. >> cnn heros is looking for everyday people who are changing the world. how do we find them? with your help. you can nominate someone right now at cnnheroes.com. maybe your hero is defending the planet by protecting the environment. >> there are people who care, and i'm one of them. >> or helping people overcome obstacles. >> there will be no man left behind as long as we are this nation. >> for finding a unique approach to solving a problem. whatever their cause, nominating a cnn hero is ed. go to cnnheroes.com and click nominate. we ask for basic information about the nominee and tell us what makes your hero extraordinary. how are they changing lives for
the better? >> you're doing a great job. >> it's important to write from your heart. a couple of tips, please don't nominate yourself. it's against the rules. it's not necessary to nominate someone over and over. we read each nomination, really, we do. and those honored are truly dedicating their lives to serve others. then click submit. it's that simple and that worthwhile. nominate someone deserving today. >> thank you so much. this is an incredible honor and the greatest night of my life. >> up next on cnn, with the wife of an american soldier accused of killing 16 afghan civilians. [ female announcer ] purifying facial cleanser from neutrogena® naturals. removes 99% of dirt and toxins without dyes, parabens or harsh sulfates.
♪ you make me happy [ female announcer ] choose the same brand your mom trusted for you. children's tylenol, the #1 brand of pain and fever relief recommended by pediatricians and used by moms decade after decade. here this the united states, the wife of the american soldier accused of killed 17 people in afghanistan has established a legal defense fund.
he's being held for now in a prison at ft. leavenworth. the african union is stepping up its hunt for joseph kony. 5,000 troops will join the search. he's wanted for war crimes by the international criminal court. the lra has terrorized uganda for more than two decades. an important development in the fighting across syria today to report to you. a top military defector says the rebel groups are uniting under the free syrian army. that would end a concern that rebel groups are disjointed and can't fight effectively. opposition forces say at least 54 people were killed today by government troops. more than half were in the city of homs where government forces continued their fierce shelling.
president obama has arrived in south korea for a two-day summit on nuclear security. 54 leaders from around the world are expected to attend the talks. they'll focus on how to safeguard nuclear term. tomorrow for the first time, the president is scheduled to visit the demilitarized zone separating north and south korea. pope benedict xvi is in mexico. saturday was day two of his six-day swing through mexico and cuba. tomorrow, he'll celebrate mass in bicentennial park. he said the catholic church should work against the evil of drugs, which is destructive of man kind. concerned black mothers, a group that caught our attention in the light of the trayvon martin killing. next, we'll hear what they're telling their sons about how to survive in america. but here is a preview of sunday. fred? >> join me sunday afternoon in
the cnn newsroom as one american family fights back against post traumatic stress disorder. they lost their son with a promising future. he went to war and came home a different man. what they're doing to protect more families from that heartbreak. that's tomorrow afternoon right here. >> we'll be watching. thank you. we're back right after this.
the trayvon martin conversation continues, straight from the moms who live it day in and day out. but how have they shared their concerns with their sons? i spoke with natalie brown and her son nicholas, as well as mom dewetta west. what went through your head when you heart about the trayvon martin killing? >> well, i thought about my son, because after seeing the pictures on the internet of trayvon martin, i thought he was a 14-year-old child, not knowing that he was 17. my first reaction is to speak to my son and tell him things like this does happen in life and we don't know how to prevent it. but sometimes they look at the way we dress, what we do and how we walk. we don't want that to happen. we want all that to stop. >> nicholas, do you understand the conversation when your mom
-- how did you handle it? and do you live it? if you happen to be in that situation, i would imagine it would be tough to follow every single thing that she said in your head. >> yeah. i mean, i listen and, you know, i just follow my mom's wishes so i don't end up with this happening to me. you know -- >> what did you think when you heard about this? >> well, at first, i thought like how could this happen to somebody, an innocent boy just walking? he didn't do nothing wrong. and being that his skin color is brown, he had to get, you know, shot, killed for no reason. >> we started these conversations, my husband and i, with our son at an early age. not to the point of being blatant -- we skirted around it by speaking words of wisdom, like you are somebody. you're going to be best. you're going to be great without calling the race card.
we wanted our son to grow up in a place where he would know that he's somebody. and he's special. but as he grew older, we had to go into that place, like you know what? you're different. just check it out, son. avoid confrontations. when you start driving, don't reach quickly into your glove compartment if you get stopped for a speeding ticket. >> yes, ma'am, yes, sir. every chance you get. my parents had the talk with me, because my family did fairly well, and it was, where did you get that fancy car, boy? where are you driving that car? sometimes i would have to leave the car and walk home until they figured out what happened. coming up, former vice president dick cheney undergoes heart surgery. we'll have the latest after the break. as greek. mmhmm. so is it greek or is it yoplait?
eight of the 20 delegates that were up for grabs in louisiana but remains far behind mitt romney in the overall race for the nomination. former vice president dick cheney is recovering from a heart transplant on saturday. an assistant said the former vice president waited more than 20 months for a transplant. chainy has survived five heart attacks and is now in the intensive care unit of a hospital in falls church, virginia. the crew of the international space station jumped into their escape capsules when a hunk of space junk got too close for comfort. there was a slight chance it could have hit the space station. it didn't, it passed by and all-clear was issued there. protesters are rallying across the united states, demanding justice for the death of trayvon martin. here are some of the voices of those demonstrations.
>> justice for trayvon! justice for trayvon! >> the hoody is a symbol of this protest. but this is not about a hoody crime, this is about a hate crime. >> to be young and black and male is to be a criminal basically nowadays. and that's what george zimmerman saw when he saw a young man walking down the street. >> no justice, no peace! >> and the stand your ground law is to protect people. >> it appears to me that this law does not apply to this particular circumstance. stand your ground means stand your ground, it doesn't mean chase after somebody who has turned their back. >> arrest zimmerman now! arrest zimmerman now! >> they're talking about this is a stand your ground law. >> i want all kids to walk
around in this world and feel free and feel like they're safe and not going to be persecuted by anybody. >> justice! >> it's not a race issue, it's a human rights issue. everybody here, and if you look in the crowd, everybody here is with different races, sizes and colors and it's beautiful to see people come together to support a cause such as this. >> you hear the stuff so much that you just chok it up to statistics like oh, great, another young man got killed. somebody is running free. but once it became a phenomena, i kind of sat back and realized how revotionary it is. >> stay peaceful, continue to protest if you want, but stay peaceful. i'm don lemon. see you back here tomorrow night, 6:00, 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. eastern. good night.