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latest out of baltimore maryland. the death of freddie gray has grabbed national attention. the protests in the streets of baltimore are expected to continue this evening. gray was arrested on april 12th after a foot chase with the police. baltimore police said he was arrested without force or incident. gray died on april 19th. his family said 80% of his spinal cord was severed. it's not clear when or how he got injured. kurt gregory has the latest. >> this department announced tuesday it's conducting its own investigation into how freddie gray suffered a fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody. on monday, police released a timeline of the arrest. gray was taken into custody around 8:40 a.m. seen here in cell phone video provided by the family's attorney. sometime between this moment and paramedics being called less than an hour later gray's spine was nearly severed. the 25-year-old succumb to those
injuries sunday. >> what we don't know and what we need to get to is how that injury occurred. >> reporter: in the days that have followed, hundreds have taken to the streets. peaceful, but persistent in their search for answers. >> we're very concerned that this is a pattern here in baltimore city. >> reporter: over the past four years, more than 100 people have won court judgments or settled with baltimore over police brutality and civil rights violations. even more gathered tuesday. marching from the spot grey was arrested to a police station. >> i have a son and i would never want this to happen to my son. >> tension is growing in baltimore. the latest city to come under the glare of the national spotlight. and harsh questions concerning their police. >> "the baltimore sun" reports that there are four separate investigations currently under way into the death of freddie gray. there is a criminal review that will be sent to the state's
attorney's office by may 1st. there's an internal investigation to determine if officers should be fired or disciplined. baltimore police commissioner anthony bats has set up an independent panel to review the situation, and the justice department has opened a civil rights investigation. baltimore police have released the names of the six officers involved in gray's arrest. they have all been suspended with pay. "the baltimore sun" also reports that the justice department is already conducting a collaborative review of the baltimore police department. the city has reportedly paid $5.7 million in court judgments and settlements in more than 102 lawsuits alleging police misconduct since 2011. so the big question tonight is this. why is this kind of behavior in police misconduct still continuing after these settlements? get your cell phones out. i want to know what you think. tonight's question, you can vote on this. do you trust the ongoing
investigations by law enforcement? go to pulse.msnbc.com/ed to cast your vote. we'll bring you the results later on in the show. for more let me bring in darrell parks, attorney and partner at parks & crump. also with us tonight, dr. james peterson, msnbc contributor and director of africana studies at lehigh university. mr. parks, you first. what's the chance of these investigations having different outcomes? >> well, more than likely, ed those investigations will actually be a line on each other and gather some of the same information at the same time we've seen this in other investigations. however, the problem that we're going to see early on in this case deals with the issue of transparency. i was listening to a press conference by the police union, and already they are playing the game of not giving the public full information. i think the one thing that this case calls for and all the other cases that involve the police calls for early transparency.
the game of saying wait, wait, wait, is something that the american public is not willing to tolerate at least not at this point as it relates to the police. >> mr. parks do we know who was inside the medical van with the deceased? do we know who was with freddie gray? was there a police officer in the van when he was transported? >> normally you wouldn't find a cop in there. i'd be surprised. but however, ed, i think given what we've seen on this tape thus far, i'm highly suspicious that freddie gray may have possibly suffered what we call a takedown injury when the cops took him down. when you observe the condition of his body as the cops are walking him from the sidewalk, you notice a lot of obvious things. you notice his legs are very limp. you notice the position of his neck. those things are obvious things, that there possibly was some type of injury to the cervical
area of mr. gray. so those are serious concerns that i think may have already happened before he got into the paddy wagon. the residual effect of a possible cervical injury. >> from a legal perspective, how damaging is this videotape? >> it's a powerful videotape and it gives us a clear glimpse of what was taking place with the officers. they helicoptered to really turn a deaf ear to him. we've seen this time and tile again, though, that officers tend not to believe them. not to give them proper aid during that time. and to go on with what they would normally do in terms of affecting the arrest. i think the injury had happened already while he was on the sidewalk. once he was inside the van, he's in the paddy wagon. there may be a recording of it.
we'll just have to see if it was recorded at that time. >> so back to my original question. do you think there will be any discrepancies? what's your gut feeling here that there will be some discrepancies, or do you think all of these reports are going to come back with the same analysis, same conclusion same facts? >> they'll have the same facts. i think one thing we have to be careful about is similar to other cases including the michael brown case in missouri. you can have the same set of facts, but different investigators maybe using a different set of rules and laws in terms of how they judge the facts. so the difference will be the rules and laws that they're using that judge the facts in each case. >> okay. dr. peterson, despite the judgments and settlements that have taken place in the city of baltimore, the videotape suggests that nothing is really changed. your reaction? >> well, that's the reason why we have to look at these things in aggregate, because when
they're settling these cases -- when we treat them in the media as individual cases, we're starting to get more aggregated data, which helps us to understand the systemic nature of the problem. but attorney parks is absolutely right. what he means by transparency is someone from law enforcement in baltimore, whether anyone from the mayor to the commissioner or someone needs to say why they arrested him in the first place. what was the probable cause? running while black is not a reason to be arrested. so please release that information and we'll help to restore a little bit of the trust between the community and law enforcement. if there are autopsy documents and a report that provides information about exactly what happened to him and how sort of -- what were the sort of categorical reasons for his murder or his death, they need to release that information. transparency is key. all those settlements suggest to the people of the community that not only has the erosion of trust gone to epidemic proportions, but also they can't be trusted going forward even if
they're caught. so that's where you get frustration. >> it is almost crucial that this doesn't spiral out of control. there's been a lot of emotion because of this -- >> ed, it's already out of control. law enforcement is already out of control. we want to talk about the people of baltimore to be peaceful. everyone knows that. but this is already out of control. how many times are we going to cover these stories on your network? >> well we're going to cover them when they happen, that's for sure. are you suggesting that these protests should be a little bit more ramped up than what we've seen? i just want to get some clarification here. >> not at all. i'm suggesting that if we're going to call for peace we need to direct that at law enforcement. law enforcement is already out of control. they're the ones who are murdering unarmed civilians in
the streets. >> from a prosecutor standpoint, mr. parks how would you prove that the injury took place and was inflicted by police officers? i mean proving that even with the videotape is still going to be pretty hard if they all have the same testimony, isn't it? >> not necessarily. i've had similar cases to this. where a person has suffered an injury on takedown. you will detect whether or not there is bruising to some part of his neck or head, that may have had a shifting effect that would have caused this type of injury. so right now, we don't have any of the medical records. you don't know about any bruising to the head, to the neck euro to the upper part of the torso. so once you learn that information, you'll learn more about the mechanism of the injury. once you got the mechanism of the injury there are folks who
could tell you how this injury more than likely happened from a medical standpoint. we see these all the time in takedown situations. >> something is not right here. we have a dead person on our hands in freddie gray. yet the police are saying that he was arrested without incident. so was a billy club involved? were all of these officers carrying a night stick? i mean, these are the basics that will have to lead us down the path of the investigation and i would assume that the investigation, dr. peterson, would be asking those questions. what equipment was used in apprehending this 25-year-old guy off his bicycle? >> they certainly are. >> doctor. peterson, you first. >> there's no evidence that
suggests that they actually beat him. attorney parks is right here. maybe something happened in the takedown. my point is that be more transparent and forthcoming. why do we have so much delay in getting us access to that information? if there is more video, or if they do know what happens why do they make the community feel as if they're trying to get their story together instead of being transparent. set the record straight. >> i'm not making it as a guess. i'm suggesting i think that needs to be part of the investigation. and certainly that should be something that should be released to the public. darrell parks you have a thought on that? >> without question. the problem you've seen with these cases around the country is when authorities failed to be forthright in their information. normally that's what makes the public begin to fester. i'll give you a good example. when we saw the cop that was killed in los angeles, i was so
impressed with how the city of los angeles quickly gave out plenty of information regarding what happened. in this case, their unwillingness to give out information is going to be a big problem in the city of baltimore. >> gentlemen thanks for the conversation tonight. answer to tonight's question at pulse.nbc.com/ed. we'll have the results right after the break. follow us on twitter and watch my facebook feature "give me a minute." coming up republicans at war over war. we'll look at rand paul and lindsey graham's national security scuffle. and later paul ryan promotes the tpp. congressional democrats join me to discuss the latest on fast track fight and more. stay with us. we're right back. better taste. whatever. >>hey. keep your chin up. for years, heinz ketchup has been with the wrong mustard. well, not anymore. introducing heinz new better tasting yellow mustard. mmm!
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welcome back to "the ed show." so who's the biggest hawk in the party? a war of words over national security is heating up in the republican party. presidential hopeful rand paul is trying to defend his credentials by firing back at hawkish republicans. here's what he had to say about senators john mccain and lindsey graham. >> i'm really the one standing up to president obama and these people are essentially the lap dogs for president obama and i think they're sensitive about that. >> here's how senator lindsey graham responded. >> rand's a libbertarian. he has a view of the world i don't share. he said we shouldn't have any troops in iraq. he agreed with obama. when there was a chance to do something constructive about
syria with the no-fly zone he said we don't need one. generally speaking he's been more wrong than right. he has an isolationist view of the world that i don't share. >> it sure seems to me that the republican field is trying to distance rand paul from their party. i'm joined tonight by michael steele, msnbc political analyst and former rnc chair. also with us tonight, the president of the plow shares fund. gentlemen, great to have you with us. michael, what's going on here? this is very unusual that republican candidates would break out in a war of words over how to defend the country or interact with the world when it comes to military might. is rand paul facing skepticism for his non-interventionist views? what's happening here? >> i think you've got your finger on it a little bit there. you've got someone who's injected something into the conversation that's contrary to the status quo belief that this
is how we engage in foreign affairs militarily. rand paul is in my estimation and a lot of estimations of the people around the country is taking a common sense approach. where he has agreed with the president, he has stated that publicly. where he has disagreed with the president in handling certain matters, he's done the same thing. i think that rankles a lot of folks who want to be in sort of an anti-obama, pro-sort of interventionist position. and the country is quite frankly tired of that. they're looking for level headedness. they're not looking for knee jerk responses and reactions. i think rand is bringing that to the conversation and it's upset a few people. >> i think what all of the candidates on the republican party -- it would be nice to hear what they would do with the uss roosevelt right now. >> yeah. >> i mean is president obama doing the right thing in their mind by sending an aircraft carrier and a fleet of ships to yemen to possibly take a shot at the iranians when we're involved
in nuclear talks with them. i mean, that is the story. it's not a question of whether you're an interventionist or not, broadly speaking. we're in the now business right now. this has a sense of deep six and nuclear talks with the iranians and the president is staring them down. what do you make of this? >> you're absolutely right, ed. this is the greatest threat we would face. it's not that they can't come to an agreement in geneva over stopping iran from getting a nuclear weapon. i think we can do that but not if a war breaks out. it's a very serious issue. and you would like to hear the members of congress debating this on the floor of the senate, or even over the airways. you'd like to hear them taking up the actual authorization for the use of force that's before them on the question of fighting isis and not engaging in theoretical debates about whether they'd be starting new
wars with iran or not. >> wouldn't that be a good question for all the candidates? >> i think it would be a fair question for everyone who's thinking about entering the oval office in a year and a half. it's an important part of the discussion. instead, we're trying to do the primary isolationist tango which is not advancing the conversation in terms of how you and i and other americans are looking at this. the president has carved out a position now with respect to yemen that stands in contrast to the negotiations he has in iran. what does that mean, how do you respond to that? it ultimately -- what kind of deal will you get with iran now that the ships are moving in that direction. these are important questions. this back and forth to me is
just a distraction that subverts the ultimate questions that need to be answered. >> doesn't it sound like rand paul is making the statement that you don't have to carry a big stick to be effective in foreign relations. i mean, he's actually calling out the republican party, that you guys are too hawkish. we really don't have to go down this road. what about that? >> i think there's legitimacy to that. that goes back to the point i was stating earlier. i think most republicans sort of look at the sort of posturing of the party over the last seven or eight years through that lens, quite honestly. and i think rand is calling that out. at least he's trying to put it on the table. let's have an honest debate about how big our stick should be. and when exactly we should use it. i refer to it as common sense foreign policy. you know you got the stick in your pocket but just because it's there, doesn't mean you always have to use it. >> joe how is this going to be received by the iranians? i mean clearly they're shipping arms into yemen. they're in the middle of this
civil war. their economy needs it obviously. how is this going to break out? how damaging could this be to the overall deal? expand a little bit more on what you're talking about. >> well, they clearly want a deal. if you talk about the iranian people they're overwhelmingly in favor of a deal. so they're in a dilemma now. they want to support who they've aided, but they're by no means directing them. they didn't start this conflict in yemen. they're just aiding one of their allies. but i don't think they want to see any of that jeopardize the bigger picture here, the bigger breakthrough. so i'm expecting the iranian government to try to show some restraint. what you're worried about is hardliners in iran including members of the revolutionary guard, who may be in control of some of these ships who may miscalculate or intentionally take a provocative move to kill this chance at reconciliation, this chance of peace that we now have with iran, just as you've seen extremists blow up israeli
palestinians. that's the greatest danger here. >> michael, why is it that the republican candidates -- and i'm picking on them because there's only one democratic candidate right now. >> we'd like to know what she thinks, too. >> sometimes that's hard to find that out, too. why is it that the republican foreign policy comments or position statements are always after the fact? what should we be doing right now instead of reacting to what obama is doing? i think that rand paul is trying to take the discussion in that direction. the only thing we ever get from lindsey graham and john mccain is a bunch of criticism that the country is never doing anything right. >> i think that's a good point, but here's the danger with that. you don't want to step over your skis with respect to what the president is or is not doing.
in other words he is the final arbiter of what the policy will be. but he's saying in addition to our reaction to what we don't like about what the president's foreign policy stands for, let's now look at it through this lens. let's put these issues on the table. let's look at it this way. and see what our options are. and i think that that at the end of the day is going to be the stronger position. what i'm looking forward to is that first debate in august when this question of foreign policy comes out and how he handles it in the face of all that opposition. >> and finally, joe, give us some percentages. 50/50 on the deal with the iranians and the nuclear package? is it better or worse than what it was a week or two weeks ago? >> i was just giving the talk at harvard. i said there was 80% to 90% chance of a deal. all the arrows are moving in the right direction. i think there's some differences, some difficulties. these can be overcome by the
negotiators. it's these external factors that are the greatest risk. somebody miscalculating. some conflict starting that nobody really wants. >> all right. always enjoy visiting with you gentlemen. michael steele, joe, great to have you on "the ed show." thanks so much. coming up rand paul is the president's unlikely ally on the transpacific partnership. and the president's earth day trip to the everglades puts the spotlight on climate issues in florida. we'll look at why the sunshine state is most at risk. stick around. we're right back on "the ed show."
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and we are back. on this earth day president obama is going to the front lines of climate change. earlier today, the president took his first trip to the everglades. the everglades are 1.5 million acres of a mix of marshland, fresh water, and salt water. the delicate balance of the everglades could be threatened
by the rising sea levels. president obama addressed how climate change is not a partisan issue. >> yes this winter was cold in parts of our country, including washington. some people in washington hopefully used a snowball to illustrate that fact. but around the world in the aggregate, it was the warmest winter ever recorded. this is not a problem for another generation. not anymore. this is a problem now. it has serious implications for the way we live right now. stronger storms. deeper droughts. longer wildfire seasons. the world's top scientists are warning that a changing climate already affects the air that our children are breathing. because in places like this, folks don't have time, we don't have time, you do not have time to deny the effects of climate
change. >> ground zero for the impact of climate change. our team traveled around the state of florida to hear from the people who want action to protect their homes and their environment. tune in all next week here on "the ed show" for our original series "rising tide: the climate crisis." it's amazing, we talked to the scientists, we talked to the climate deniers, we talked to the business leaders, and what is the future for florida as the water continues the come up? there's a huge water problem in south florida. we'll bring it to you all next week here on "the ed show." "rising tide: all about climate change." stay with us, we're right back. i'm hampton pearson with your cnbc market wrap. stocks end higher on another big earnings day. the dow climbs 88. the s&p adds 10. the nasdaq rises by 21 points. e-bay shares are soaring after hours. the company posted an earnings
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welcome back to "the ed show." if you think the conversation about trade in this country is boring or not important maybe it's because those who think we should do fast track and go with this huge trade agreement is that they're not giving any direct answers. there's very little explanation as to what the heck is going to happen. a day after president obama made his case for the transpacific
partnership, republicans are speaking out on trade. earlier today, congressman paul ryan said that the tpp would create american jobs. >> we need to open up exports for our markets, for our businesses, for our workers so that we can have more jobs. joe, 95% of the world's consumers, they don't live in america, they live in other countries. if we want to have more higher paying jobs, we need to be able to make and grow things in america and send them overseas. these trade agreements have the potential of giving us access to a billion new customers, and that's really critical if we're going to have higher paying jobs. >> now, those are great bullet points, but it's generic talk. let's get some more generic talk. congressman ryan attempted to explain how these jobs would be created in america. >> if you're standing still on trade, you're basically falling behind because all these other countries are getting better agreements for their countries and their markets, and therefore they're winning and we're losing. 48 trade agreements in asia since 2000 alone. we've been a party to two of
them. our share of trade in asia our ability to export things to asia, has gone down 42%. it's really important that we get on top of this because it means higher wages, more jobs and being able to keep our manufacturing here in america so we can send things overseas. >> congressman would you like to take a pay cut? probably not. the american people don't want to take a pay cut. there is no data anywhere that would support what paul ryan is saying about this proposed trade agreement. it's the same old argument. supporters of the tpp still need to make a solid case on not only protecting american jobs but creating them. who, how, where, when? meanwhile, opponents of the tpp know that it is crunch time. earlier today bernie sanders tried to block the senate finance committee from considering fast track which would open the door for the president to do this trade agreement. sanders rejected a request from mitch mcconnell to let the
committee meet forcing the delay. mcconnell said the committee will be inconvenienced by sanders' actions. the committee still plans to meet after a recess. more action on this. today the afl cio took some action by doing this. they released this commercial against fast track earlier today. >> there is a fast track trade bill being pushed through congress. if it doesn't stop, we will be railroaded. fast track. it's just another bad trade deal. a deal that will give corporations sweeping power. kill jobs, weaken the economy. even allow toxic food to enter u.s. markets unchecked. we know the price of these bad trade deals. don't let congress railroad america's working families. this fast track deal must be stopped. >> the afl cio said today this is a seven-figure ad buy. it's been a long time since they've done something like that.
for more, let me bring in senator sharon brown of ohio. thank you for being with us tonight. can you explain to us where these jobs are going to be created? is ohio going to see an employment increase if fast track is given to the president and he goes with the tpp? >> i don't know anybody that really thinks that except paul ryan and some newspaper publishers at "the washington post." and "the plain dealer" and dispatch in my state. we've seen this movie over and over again. during and a halfty. then it was president clinton and republicans in congress. exactly the opposite. then it was pntr. then it was the central american free trade agreement. that time president bush and republican leaders in congress. this time we see it again. every time our trade deficit goes up, every time we pass a trade agreement, our deficit goes up and up and up. jobs go offshore. when you're selling fewer things than you're buying, it means
you're not making those products, or you ought to be making those products where we used to make those products and you lose jobs. it's pure and simple. and i know what happens to communities where i grew up in mansfield, ohio, where i live now in cleveland. i know what these trade agreements do. they cost us jobs they hurt our neighborhoods. they flatten wages. and that's one reason people haven't had a raise in the broad middle class in the last decade. >> senator your name came up tuesday in president obama's interview with chris matthews on "hardball." here it is. >> why are they saying this stuff? sharon brown sherman brown. they're saying it's never been done before. >> i know. >> you're not republicans are you? >> but the one thing i just want to say about this, though chris, is that i am happy to debate this. i'm sure jerry and others are, based on the actual facts. >> what are the actual facts?
it seems that we haven't gotten any facts from the president. this administration, or froman, or anybody connected with this. and there's one more thing i do want to point out that is a fact. there is not a buy american clause in this trade deal. and most of this agreement does not deal with trade. only about 20% of what's written is i'm told what's part of the trade. so what's your reaction to the lack of facts, but yet the president is saying trust me on this, i'm for the middle class. what's your reaction to all of this? >> i think the president is for the middle class. the president eight years ago said he'd renegotiate the north american free trade agreement because he recognized that it didn't work. this is not much different from the north american free trade agreement. a few different bells and whistles. but we know what it does. we know that it will cost us jobs. and the first president bush said -- his economic team said
that for every billion dollars in trade deficit, you lose 13,000 jobs. that's what we've seen. we've seen our trade deficit since. >> but you don't know what facts the president's talking about? >> you know what else i know, not only do they not give us facts, they don't really let this trade agreement see the light of day. there's more secrecy around the transpacific partnership than there is among some cia documents. i ask people to come to the website, help us organize against this. we really need viewers to weigh in on this. >> all right, appreciate your time tonight. >> thanks as always. >> let me turn now to congresswoman marcy kaptur of ohio. president obama says that elizabeth warren and congressman brown, you're just wrong on this. what's your response to just being wrong on this? >> well you know, we had the privilege of serving in office
since nafta passed. and i have been dealing with japan for three decades. their market has remained closed, and what i've seen happen to the people of my entire state and region is the outsourcing of their jobs. hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs in ohio alone. five million nationwide. just in manufacturing. these trade agreements have literally, since the 1970s, cost this country a loss of over 47 million jobs. >> so where is fast track right now? >> the ways and means committee is going to hold a hearing tomorrow. the bill is teed up in both chambers. it's important for the american people who have lost their jobs because of trade, with their companies outsourced, their wages cut, and all these imports cutting in to say wait a minute, we need time-out for america for a change. >> okay so paul ryan this
morning, when he was on "morning joe," he's wrong when he says that this will create jobs. is he right or is he wrong? >> well, he's absolutely wrong. it might create a couple jobs in transportation, taking machines out of this country and putting them in mexico or taking our jobs and putting them in vietnam. you know, many of our workers have had to train the workers of other countries to operate the machines that they used to work on. unless you've lived through it you can't really see what's happening. there are some communities that are government places, they don't depend on people actually making things. and therefore, they're immune for what is happening across our country. we haven't had a balance trade account for three decades in this country. that means more imports coming in here than exports coming out, and that translates to lost jobs every single year. >> congresswoman, always good to
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blue e-cigs. ♪ >> this is the 21st century smoke. >> traditional cigarette managers agreed on a ban to television advertising almost 45 years ago. e cigarette manufacturers are now getting the same pressure. joining me tonight senator barbara boxer of california, who sent a letter to executives of the five companies asking them to keep their ecigarette adds off of television. senator, great to have you with us tonight. >> thank you. >> why is this such a priority? what is the focus here? >> well, the focus for me is stopping another health disaster from exploding in this nation. you know so many of us saw what happened with the tobacco companies denying that nicotine was addictive. we know it's addictive. we know it causes heart disease. we know it impedes brain development in children.
so now what do we have? a new way to deliver nicotine, and the cigarette companies just are going on the air. they're advertising on shows that teens watch. 2.5 million teens are now smoking e cigarettes. and i just feel weave got to get out ahead of this before we have a real problem on our hands. we're starting to have a problem right now. >> what kind of response do you expect from the industry? >> i sure hope it's better than the one they gave congress when they lied to congress and said nicotine wasn't addictive. look, ed, we know that this is a nicotine delivery product. and we already know the problems of nicotine. what people don't focus on is there are also chemicals in there, benzene, cadmium, formaldehyde. some of these cause cancer. that's being delivered to our youngsters. and they always say well we're not advertising to kids. and then they have flavors like
bubble gum and gummy bear and cotton candy. we weren't born yesterday. so i'm very concerned about this. i was hoping to appeal to the sense of right and wrong, to cigarette companies. by the way three of the largest cigarette companies own these e cigarette companies. >> you would think that the cigarette industry might have learned its lesson with the tobacco lawsuit and the settlement into the billions of dollars. and now they're coming out with a product that would parallel exactly what the cigarette industry did to this country. and if it's proven that these -- that they're not healthy, don't they run the risk of a repeat? >> of course they do. but, you know, they're taking in those dollars. just follow the money. i want you to know that several of the senators have joined with me. and we have written to the fda, the food and drug administration.
and we said to them, you put out a rule a year ago. it would ban sale to minors which by the way we've done in california. you would require that ingredients be disclosed on the package. and it's taken them all this time, and they still haven't in fact issued this rule. so i have some news. i did call the acting commissioner today. and he told me this was the highest priority. so i'm prayerful that we will have this rule come out and maybe finally we can get some action. >> all right. i hope so too. >> i hope so. >> the city of san francisco may become the first city in the nation to outlaw chewing tobacco from playing fields. what is your take on that? >> well my take is major league baseball backs this because they know that these players are heroes to these children. and this chewing tobacco, it is not a benign habit. it causes oral cancer. it's devastatingly painful. so they're trying to say, you
know, by this ban, let's not have these role models for our children, start them on yet another dangerous habit. you know my state is -- i just have to brag for a moment. they're just ahead of it. and i'm so proud of them. but i've got to do my work here. because i don't want any kids getting hooked on these e cigarettes and on nicotine and formaldehyde and all these other things that are in those e cigarettes. >> all right. senator barbara boxer, ahead of the game, no doubt about it. >> i hope so. >> great to have you with us tonight. that's "the ed show." "politicsnation" with reverend al sharpton starts right now. good evening, rev. >> good evening, ed. thanks to you for tuning. in we start tonight with breaking news. protesters are gathering over freddie gray's death in baltimore. outside westin district police station where gray was taken following his arrest. the 25-year-old died a week
after he sustained a severe spinal cord injury, allegedly while in police custody. the justice department is looking into the case while local officials continue their own investigation. late today police said five of the six suspended officers have given statements to police investigators. no word given on why the sixth officer has not provided a statement. baltimore police commissioner anthony batts says he understands the community's frustration. >> they're sharing their thoughts. they're sharing their concerns. and i hear them. and i understand. and if i was a parent and that was my child that i lost i would be concerned. i would want to know and react. but our job is also to have balance and not to rush to a conclusion. and that's what the direction is right now is the get the evidence and make sure it's right. because we're only going to have one chance at this.