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how to maintain israel's quantitative military edge so israel can, as you have often said, defend itself, by itself, against any threat. so for all these reasons i want to thank you again for your hospitality but even more so for sustaining and strengthening the 2re78d dtremendous friendship ad alliance between the united states and israel. thank you very much -- mr. president. thank you. thank you. >> just moments ago, at the white house, that wraps up this hour on msnbc. thank you for the privilege of your time. tamron hall's up next. i'll see you tomorrow. good morning, everyone. i'm tamron hall. we begin with breaking news from the main campus of university of missouri. right now faculty members at that university are about to stage a walk-out in support of student activists calling for ot university president to step down. also this hour the university's
governing board is loelding an emergency meeting to address the protests and anger that has been simmering for months now over a series of racially charged incidents at the university. african-american students including the student body president say they've faced repeated shouts of the "n" word on campus. protesters at the university have been going on for weeks now and one student has been holding a hunger strike demanding that the university president resign. but the story did not attract national attention until this weekend. that is when 32 members of the school's powerhouse football team announced that they will not show up for practice, they will not play until the university president steps down. the move is now supported by the team's head coach, gary pinkel who tweeted this photo of players and the coaching staff with the caption, "we are united." nbc's sarah dallof is at the main campus in columbus, missouri. we were told this walk-out would
happen within this hour. what's the very latest there? >> reporter: the walk-out is set to coincide with the beginning of the governing board's emergency meeting which is happening right now as we speak. looking over what has happened in the last week, specifically the last weekend, it is this boycott by the football team that may very well prove to be the tipping point in this fight for change on the campus. that is really what drew the attention of the nation. if the team doesn't play in its next scheduled game, that's saturday against byu, the school stands to lose at least a million dollars. while this is getting a lot of publicity, there's still a lot of action going on on campus and around town, shrewding sit-ins, some walk-outs and in the case of one student, a hunger strike. this has drawn the attention of support of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as well as notable alumni like michael sam who just tweeted out his support of the movement. as for the university president,
he has released several statements, the latest on sunday which reads, in part, "it is clear to all of us that change is needed and we appreciate the thoughtfulness and passion which have gone into the sharing of concerns." however, he has not indicated if it he plans to step down, tamron. at this point we are waiting to see what this governing board decides in this next hour. back to you. >> sarah, thank you. so a letter signed by dozens of black faculty members participating in the two days of walkouts reads, "we are gravely concerned with our students' ability to succeed and thrive at this institution. we appreciate the students' bravery and dedication and anticipate that the administration, including the board, will take immediate steps to address their concerns. joining me now, the chairman of the department of black studies at the university of missouri. she says her firsthand accounts of racial abuse from students. also with us, our reporter from
nbc sports. stephanie, start with you. this has always escalated as a result from social media, twitter, and the actions of many of the football players there. i've been to columbia and people -- in fact, i've been on that campus -- have often referred to that as the most liberal part of the state. and now you're hearing about this series of racial incidents. how do you describe what's been going on there? >> i would say that it is just a an indication, manifestation of what has been going on for a very long time. a number of people are asking for specific examples of how the students feel or specific examples of racial discrimination and we have only to read the comments that have been posted on blogs and on twitter that will show us the
temperature of racial tension on this campus. so i have seen it, i have heard it from our students. we have had a lot of faculty of color come and go in droves from this campus. so this is just sort of, as you say, it is a tipping point. >> the racial make-up of the university, the student body, 77% white, 7% african-american, total enrollment, 35,000 students there. a sizable university. the president of the university, tim woelfe, says my administration has been meeting around the clock and doing a tremendous amount of reflection on how to address these complex matters. the description of "complex matters" there, how does that strike you? >> well, i hope that those complex matters are being peeled away in a way that is reflective of the real issues that are on
ground. one of the things that we as the faculty and staff especially the black faculty and staff and our affiliates, the thing that we are concerned about is that we want to make sure that the administration and the board of curators understand the dangers and the significance of what the students are going through. so there's no sense right now that there is a deep understanding of that, and than is the change that the students are looking for. >> i guess what i'm asking you -- some of the indianapolci some of the minority students say people yell "the n" word. someone used human waste to smear a swastika on a residence hall there. when you hear the university president refer to these as complex matters, how does that fall under "complex"?
many people would see this as something that he and the rest of the officials there would see quite clearly would need to be addressed. >> right. i mean that's the issue. these are very clear incidents. but i think that these incidents are also a reflection of much deeper fractures in our system. they are -- the fact that these students were called the "n" word brought it to the public. but i have scored of students who have said that they feel uncomfortable, that they got called the "n" word as well. up until last week i had a student in my office in tears because she had been called that word. >> rob, let me bring you in on
this. we just got this tweet from former missouri player michael sam. he tweeted out in the last hour, "if mizzou is truly a family we all must stand by concerned students. 1950. that's what the students who have been protesting have called themselves here. what you have though is this incredible showing at a time when people criticize the student athlete as only really caring about the athletics in many many cases. they're taking on this social climate at the university, black, white, and now the support of the coach. if they don't play saturday, the university could lose a million dollars. what do you make of this strong showing, rob, from these students? >> well, you said it exactly right in your introduction. this is not a story that really got national media attention until it became a football story. you talked about a team in the s.e.c. -- if there's one thing people in missouri can agree on is that they love the missouri tigers football team. they may disagree about what's going on on campus, the ways to deal with them, but they agree
they love missouri football and the threat of a sizable number of players walking out and causing them to potentially forfeit a game against byu, a game held at arrowhead stadium -- that's why there's so much money at stake. that's something that's going to be taken very seriously by people in that state. i was very interested to see coach pinkel came out in support of his players in what's on yously a very divisive issue. >> here you go from this photo, you don't just have black players there. you have the coach who is white. and then you have other players in this photo who are not african-american saying that they are concerned as well with the climate at this university. >> i am sure that there is division in that locker room, tamron, as to whether they should walk off and not play a football game because of what's going on. football players are there to play football. these are kids who are on scholarships. they only get 12 games or so a
year to play. the idea of walking off and not playing a big game is one that i'm sure a lot of kids, black and white, disagree with the idea of doing that. so the idea that -- >> have you heard from them specifically those dissenting voices regarding this tactic? >> i have not heard anything public but i have heard that there are discussions and there is difference of agreement in the locker room. as you would expect in a situation like this as to whether they should actually take the step of walking off the field. whether that happens or not i don't know but certainly the threat of it is causing us to be having the conversation like this, tamron. and also in other places quarterback sports radio and espn and other places are talking about there. >> this is something from "the st. louis dispatch." "we are witnessing the power of today's college athlete. agree or disagree with him, you would be foolish to ignore them. they are becoming increasingly aware of their power, especially when it comes to issues of race."
at this point the university president has not indicated he's interested are at all in resirn i resigning. do you believe the university president will have no choice but to step down? is there a compromise that can be had here? stephanie? >> there is no compromise. what is needed is to listen to our student activists and what they're telling us is that change needs to happen. what they're telling us is that they have had years and years of task forces and committees all with people who are well intentioned, but that has not changed the climate. so the change that the students are calling for is the change that they want to see. we need really well thought-out strategies so that the students
at the end of the day it's not about black students feeling tolerated. it's about black students feeling that this is also their home. that's the end point in all of this. >> stephanie, rob, thank you both very much. we'll continue to follow the breaking news. a walk-out is supposed to start any minute now. we will bring you the latest images and what's certainly turned to a situation from a simmer to a boil with these athletes now getting involved. turning now though to politics as candidates gear up for tomorrow night's republican presidential debate, ben carson now trying to fend off more scrutiny over reported are discrepancies in his life story. dr. carson spent much of the weekend on defense following politico's accusation that he fabricated his claim of being offered a full scholarship to west point, appearing on the "today" show this morning, republican party chairman reince priebus echoed carson's complaint that the vetting of his personal story is somehow unfair. >> i would imagine some
questions are appropriate but i do believe that this is a totally crazy obsession over incredible detail from 30 and 40 years ago. >> ben carson has woven stories like the west point story into the fabric of his interesting it and inspiring life story. doesn't it make it fair game for questions? >> sure. people ask the question and he answered it. >> nbc's peter alexander joins me now from milwaukee, the site of tomorrow night's debate. peter, it's interesting the strategy that dr. carson is using, which was the tone taken in the last republican debate which is -- blame the media. >> reporter: that's exactly the case. it's certainly been working with conservative activists. they've been raising money hand over fist, frankly, over the last several weeks. but this is significant because as you've noted, ben carson's life story is so compelling and inspiring, it's what he's
parlayed a into this successful presidential campaign. but carson himself insists that he isn't being vetted by the news media but targeted instead. ben carson's political future may depend on how well he weathers questions about his past. >> it's not particularly getting under my skin. >> reporter: carson raising a stunning $3.5 million in one week as scrutiny grows over his claims of a scholarship offer to west point, a violent youth and selfless acts protecting white classmates during a 1968 race riot. carson consistently dismissing his critics. >> you're asking me about something that occurred 50 years ago and you expect me to have the details on that? forget about it. it's not going to happen. >> reporter: one british newspaper revealing an inside look at carson's maryland home -- >> we have to interrupt this piece from peter alexander. the president of missouri university, tim wolfe, has just announced he's resigning.
let's listen in. >> can you hear me, david? >> they're working out apparently some audio technical difficulties here. but breaking news right now from the main campus of university of missouri, as we understand, the president of that university, tim wolfe, expected to announce his resignation right now. there have been many weeks of student protests. in fact one student is on a hunger strike, several days of protests through the hunger strike to bring attention to what many students describe as a hostile climate, hostile climate
directed at african-americans and other students of color. let's listen in to see if they've worked out this technicality. >> is there a way that we can increase the volume on this that might help? >> again, we are waiting for them to work out the audio situation here. but the university's governing board was set to hold an emergency meeting to address weeks of protests and anger that has been simmering at the campus in columbia, missouri for months now after a number of students have noted a series of racially charged incidents at the school. the school's football team, many of the players on the team, said they would not show up for practice and they would not show
up for a major game this weekend if the university president tim wolfe did not resign. the coach of the team supporting the students. gary pinkel sending out a tweet saying we are united. former mizzou student alumni michael sam also sending out a tweet earlier saying that he stood with the players of the very team that he played for before. senator claire mccaskill says it is clear a message be sent to ot students -- >> i'm resigning as president of the university of missouri system. my motivation in making this decision comes from love. i love m.u. columbia, where i grew up, and state of missouri.
i have thought and prayed about this decision. it's the right thing to do. the response to this announcement i'm sure ranges from joy for some, to anger to others and that's why we're here today. so let me speak to why this is so important at this time. to our students, from concerned students 1950 to our grad students, football players and other students, the frustration and anger that i see is clear, real, and i don't doubt it for a second. to the faculty and staff who have expressed their anger, their frustrations, it, too, is real. to my friends, my supporters,
that have been so gracious and have sent so many e-mails and texts and calls of support, i understand that you might be frustrated as well. so the question really is why did we get to this very difficult situation? it is my belief we stopped listening to each other. we didn't respond or react. we got frustrated with each other and we forced individuals like jonathan butler to take immediate action for unusual steps to affect change. this is not -- i repeat, not way change should come about.
change comes from listening, learning, caring, and conversation. we have to respect each other enough to stop yelling at each other and start listening, and quit intimidating each other through either our role or whatever means that we decide to use. unfortunately, this has is not happened and that is why i stand before you today and i take full responsibility for this frustration and i take full responsibility for inaction that has occurred. i'd ask everybody from students to faculty, staff to my friends, everybody, use my resignation to heal and start talking again to make the changes necessary and
let's focus on changing what we can change today and in the future, not what we can't change which is what happened in the past. i truly love everybody here and the great institution, and my decision to resign comes out of love, not hate. i'd like to read some scripture that's given me strength. i hope it provides you with some strength as well as we think about what's next. i have to also give credit to my daughter for reminding me of the scripture. psalm 46:1. god is our refuge and strength and ever present help in
trouble. we into ed to use my resignation -- please, please -- use this resignation to heal, not to hate, and let's move forward together for a brighter tomorrow. god bless all of you, and i thank you for this wonderful opportunity to have led the university of missouri system. thank you. >> after meeting with other officials at the university and also indicating he was not going to resign, the university of missouri president tim wolfe as you just heard there saying it is time to heal and face some of the issues that have been simmering on that campus and he is resigning from his position. president wolfe had originally released a statement that his administration has been meeting around the clock and has been doing a tremendous amount of reflection on how to address what he referred to as a complex matter. my colleague sarah dallof is
standing by. she's on the campus of the university in columbia. obviously, sarah, i think many people thought this morning that the university president would try to find a compromise, he would meet with the board of trustees and other university officials and perhaps take a closer look at matters that many students feel he ignored. but this morning, after what he referred to as reflection and consideration, he has decided under great pressure to now resign. >> reporter: yeah, that's correct, tamron. this is coming as a surprise to a lot of people. in his previous statements he had not indicated he was even considering stepping down. he had not commented on that at all. instead, saying that he understood the kerps. he appreciated people coming forward. but not putting forth any plan to resign or to step down. and now the news this morning after this meeting that he will in fact be doing this. now this comes amidst mounting pressure. we're talking lawmakers from
both sides of the aisle here in the state and in d.c. encouraging him, pressuring him to step down. you have students staging sit-ins and walk-outs. and then the news that the football team, at least 30 players, would not be playing in the next coming game or participate in any practices, a move that could have potentially cost the university more than $1 million. so the pressure was definitely mountsing on tim wolfe. now the announcement this morning that he will in fact be stepping down. it is important to mention, too, that this student leaders and activists say that this. isn't going to fix the problem. this is just a first step in true change when it comes to race relations on the campus of mi mizz mizzou. there's been a number of racist incidents in the past months, students as lately as last week complaining that racial slurs were being hurled at them. the swastika drawn on a dorm
wall. so a lot of healing and a lot of issues still need to be addressed on the campus. >> clearly. >> for many this is is a step in the right direction. >> i'm curious proximity wise, we saw students gathered waiting for this meeting with the board of curators to end there. were you able to see any reaction as this news spread from your vantage point? >> reporter: i was not able to see any reaction but i was speaking with an associate professor interviewing her right when the news came across and got her reaction. she had a huge smile on her face. this is the start for change for a lot of people. we're positioned right outside the stadium. there will be a press conference with the head football coach later today that was already scheduled. the coach tweeted out a picture of his players with the arms linked and the caption we are united, we stand behind our players. so it will be very interesting to hear what comes of that reaction wise. >> obviously, thank you, sarah. a lot of attention certainly came this weekend with the
football team or many of the players taking a stand. this group, members of concerned students 1950, they've been conducting a sit-in. the group is named for the first year of the university when it admitted african-american students. so a major decision from this university president to resign. we'll see what happens later today as we expect more reaction not only from the students who are part of the protests that have been going on for weeks now but also the football team who we assume now will continue to practice and play. but this issue is far from complete and far from over. developing now, president obama and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu speaking out just moments ago. the white house -- at the white house. it is their first face to face meeting since the iran nuclear deal was reached. we are there live. also developing, two police officers accused of killing a 6-year-old boy in louisiana are about to go in front of a judge as one officials called the body cam video of the shooting the most disturbing thing he's ever
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media bias but i think the answer is not to give ben carson a free ride. it's to vet more properly candidates like barack obama and liberals in the future. i think that we, the people, need the media doing this job. it's a responsibility of the media to look into our candidates and when we are electing the next leader of the free world. i would say conservatives and republicans should be encouraging this. for all i know, it's all confusion, semantics, just misremembering facts. but if it were to turn out that dr. carson embellished or fabricated parts of his narrative, republicans should want to find that out now, not after he is the nominee going up against hillary clinton. >> it is interesting when you bring up president obama, for example, in the implication off outright saying that he wasn't vetted when we know that down to the last minute and even today there are many who still question where he was born, scrutinize where he went to church.
hillary clinton has been under investigation in some way her entire adult life, it seems. you yourself retweeted the article, ben carson is political malpractice. article says the movement from inspirational speaker to president of the united states is a difficult one. there are plenty of reasons beyond the admission office of west point as to why carson should never have ever attempted. it goes on to say instead of building a real campaign apparatus with millions and small donor distributions he's building a churn and burn direct mail operation. you actually retweeted that article. this is not a hit job from the left. it sounds like maybe some other gop candidates. and maybe some conservatives and some establishment pundits don't want to see ben carson. maybe that fire, that hit job is coming from his own side. >> oh, yeah. i think it is likely that this was an opposition research dump that some republican gave to cnn initially or politico especially. and so i think that's entirely
plausible. i do think that this is the big leagues and that the scrutiny that ben carson is facing is entirely appropriate and legitimate. but i also do believe that there is liberal media bias. i think the vast majority of our colleagues in the mainstream media have a liberal world view. even if they attempt to -- >> okay. so when the fox news debate happened, was that a liberal bias on fox news that somehow their commentators get infiltrated? because the complaints after the fox news debate are exactly the complaints after the cnbc debates, are the same complaints from dr. carson's team as it relates to his book. so is fox news now liberal? >> well, i think your point's well-taken. i think fox neuews asked some really tough questions of republican candidates. megyn kelly -- >> let's not forget -- i think megyn kelly is a great journalist and asked some tough questions. >> let's not forget, it is the
"wall street journal" who's also challenging dr. carson, on the editorial page for his lack of mastery of policies, and the biographical consistently of misstatements in his life. the right wing always blames the victim card blame being the media when they are held accountable for facts. ben carson is emblematic of the entire republican field. donald trump who made great fame for himself after attacking president obama's citizenship when he was forced to confront the truth says he doesn't want to answer questions about that anymore. when he puts out a statement saying that president obama's examining doing an executive order to take our guns away, that was complete lie. no one held him accountable. mike huckabee saying that we can just ignore the supreme court decision regarding marriage equality because there's precedent for it which is a complete falsehood. we're living in a republican fact-free world which the right wing media only enhances and holds no one accountable. >> i guess the issue is, is it a better strategy for dr. carson perhaps to sit down and answer
each of these questions? i say this because according to our first read team, we found a combined 165 "new york times" and "washington post" articles that were all or partially about barack obama and jeremiah wright between the time obama first launched his presidential bid and his 2008 victory. during that same time period we found an additional 41 "new york times" and washington poefrt pieces on obama and bill ayers. and from the start of her campaign until now we've discovered a combination of 44 "new york times"/"washington post" articles about hillary clinton and her e-mail server. would dr. carson be better served not blame being the media and answering some of these questions since they are so tied in to his story line and why he believes he's qualified to be president? >> well, he can't answer the questions -- >> well, matt can answer. >> look, i think in the short term i think ben carson is making hay out of this. i think in the short term it is
probably politically segatious to wine about the liberal media bias. i think that's the last refuge of a losing campaign. think what dr. carson might have done is rather than have an adversarial or hostile relationship with the media for example would be when someone says, hey, you've claimed that you attempted to stab somebody, we can't corroborate that, we can't find anyone that remembers it happening. if dr. carson -- you don't have to expose that person or publicize them, you can put them together with a journalist on background and corroborate that. i think he would have been better off in the long run -- >> matt, the reality is, ben carson playing the right wing victim card is raising a fortune of money off of this strategy and that's ultimately what his goal is here. >> he's pointed out that proves that at least his supporters are engaged and aware, at least in their minds, that he's under assault. but i want to quickly bring up something else, matt.
senator rubio's finances, more details have come in. i think the dollar figure is far less than many people assumed that it would be. $7,200 from 2005 to 2006 that he has since repaid there. the personal charges all broken down. all of it now repaid. going ba being to his campaign, did they handle this properly or did they allow this to turn into a boil when it could have been dealt with? it seems much earlier than this. >> i think the rubio campaign handled this masterfully. i think that they probably were waiting for this to come out. and frankly, the fact that it is overshadowed by the bren carson stuff makes it look like even more of nothing. >> they also set up jeb bush and donald trump actually because they showed that these charges were nothing more than personal hit jobs. maybe more will come out but right now senator rubio's handled this very well. >> because of our breaking news we have to end this segment just before we were about to talk
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this one -- never underestimate the power of students. our voices will be heard. he also tweeted jonathan butler can eat now. tim wolfe has resigned as president of the um system. jonathan butler was a student on a hunger strike for eight days now. he says it is over. back with me now, chairman of the department of black studies at the university of missouri. let me get your reaction to this news that broke essentially wile we were on air with you at the top of the hour. >> yes. it's good to hear the news. you said it was over. actually, it's just begun. so even though tim wolfe has just resigned, it is our responsibility now to take this momentum and devise real strategies for real change. >> talk to me specifically about the strategy. because here you have many students and faculty accusing president wolfe of being
ineffective, not taking their concerns seriously. there was a confrontation at the homecoming for the university that exploded and went viral. give me one example at this point you believe of a way you believe the climate at this university can improve. >> one example of the climate. there are many, many examples and i'm hesitant to use one example because i don't think we should continue to just pick out examples. this is just indicative of a very much larger and more systemic issue. and it is not just here at the university of missouri. it is a national problem and it is also an international problem if we're following what's going on in south africa with the students there. so there are multiple examples. i would rather not -- >> i understand. and i get what you are saying. what i'm looking for are here, and as i stated earlier, i've
been to the campus before. many people have described columbia as the most liberal part of that state. it's often compared to maybe some of the liberal arts colleges that you see in the northeast being sold as a place of diversity and inclusion. so now with the demand being the resignation of the president of the university, that's now happened. what do you see as the logical next step here? >> the logical next step is to make sure that we put in place various strategies. one, for example, that we have been working on a number of faculty have been working on proposals for some sort of training or some kind of course that all our students would take and this training we hope and we have said it many times, we hope
that this course, this education is not sething that just barely teaches students to tolerate their black counterparts. it should be a comprehensive training and study that allows our students to really think about what it means to live and to be part of an environment where racism raises its ugly head. and so, yes, this is a great university. as we have seen, it is a university where things can happen and students can create change, but one of the things about the mission of this university is that we want to do research and teaching in a way that enhances our humanity. that is part of our mission. and so we want to make sure that
we're testing the climate of racism on campus and i think there are wonderful places that have done that very well, such as the arca center for social justice at kalamazoo college in western michigan where they had the same issues some years ago and they tested the climate and they had actually instruments to do that. so what we need to do no you is -- i'm sure that the administration is working on all of this. but what we would want to see is real steps towards testing the climate, figuring out how to reach those students who did not get the memo that racism is a terrible thing, as well as our community members. and then install real solutions. and so this is just one step in
i think what will be a long line of different steps and a long journey. but i think that the university of missouri is showing itself to be a leader in making things happen by listening to their students. >> this was a fast moving story when you consider the amount of attention it got over the weekend after simmering for several weeks and now the resignation of the university president. we greatly appreciate you joining us with your reaction. i want to get our audience caught up on other stories developing now. two american defense contractors have been killed and two other americans wounded in an attack at a military training center in jordan. a south african and a jordanian were also killed when a former jordanian police officers went on a shooting spree. officials say the gunman was then killed by authorities. the faculty -- facility is on the outskirts of jordan's capital of amman. president obama commented on the attack in the past hour.
>> someone dressed in military uniform carried out an attack at a training facility in which it appears that there may have been two or three u.s. citizens killed. and number of other individuals injured. obviously a full investigation is taking place. we take this very seriously and will be working closely with the jordanians to determine exactly what happened. >> those comments from the president as he prepares to continue his meeting with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. the two leaders are holding their first face to face talks since the prime minister are infewerated the white house earlier this year but waging an intense battle against the iran nuclear deal. their meeting also comes amid the wave of israeli-palestinian violence that's raged now for the past two months. nbc's ron allen joins us live now from the white house.
obviously a laundry list of things to discuss, but so much attention is always paid to this relationship between these two leaders. >> reporter: it is a very unique relationship. the president has met with the prime minister more than any other world leader. very intense and interesting time. they're behind closed doors now, have been for about an hour or so. a wide ranging discussion, mostly about security, about violence, about terrorism, about syria, about isis, about iran and that nuclear deal which israel vehemently opposes. so we'll see what comes out of this. here's some of what the president and prime minister had to say. >> this is going to be an opportunity for the prime minister and myself to engage in a wide ranging discussion on some of the most pressing security issues that both our countries face. >> thank you for this opportunity to strengthen our friendship which is strong, strengthen our alliance which is strong. i think it's rooted in shared
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we are back with developing news from louisiana, where bond is about to be set for the two officers accused of killing a young boy during a police chase. officers derek stafford and norris greenhouse jr. have been charged with second degree murder and attempted second degree murder in the shooting death of 6-year-old jeremy martis. the child's funeral is set for this afternoon.
nbc's charles hadlock is in louisiana with the very latest. obviously people around the country are asking how this could have happened and what are the details that could have led to this child's death? >> reporter: yeah. everyone is still trying to figure that out, tamron. right now, a bail hearing is under way at the jail for the two police officers who are now charged with attempted second degree murder and second degree murder. this all stems from a shooting last tuesday night. the men were on patrol and apparently got into a chase with a man. in the front seat with the man was his son, 6-year-old jeremy martis. they were led to the end of a road, the police cars surrounded this vehicle and the police officers opened fire on the vehicle, shooting 18 shots, five of those shots hit the young boy, killing him instantly. his funeral is later today in
hattiesburg, mississippi. police are still trying to figure out exactly why the city marshals were chasing this man. the coroner here said he was told by the marshals that they had a warrant for the man's arrest. however, the state police which immediately began investigating the case said there was no warrant for this arrest, that there was no reason to chase the man as far as they can tell. they are still trying to figure out exactly why these officers were chasing the man and how it ended in such a tragic death of a young boy. >> we just got word in that the bond has now been set at $1 million each for these officers. back to the circumstances of what led up to this, as we understand, i believe you reported, this 911 call that was made and really, the role these officers played in the investigation of that call, they were essentially moonlighting in
this different role. >> reporter: exactly. yeah. there seems to be a rift here between the city mayor and the police department and the city judge and the city marshals office. the city marshal working with the city judge apparently have their own police force working here inside the city limits, stopping people, collecting fines. there's a rift about that. the city has asked the state attorney general's office for an opinion about whether the city marshal is allowed to do that. they have yet to hear a decision from the attorney general's office concerning that matter. >> again, right now, bond was set for these two officers, $1 million each and this investigation continues as this child will be laid to rest this afternoon. thank you very much, charles. a lot of breaking news we followed this hour. thank you so much for joining us. i'm tamron hall. our coverage continues with "andrea mitchell reports." ♪ the way i see it,
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right now on "andrea mitchell reports" forced out. university of missouri's president resigns under pressure. >> -- my resignation to heal and start talking again. i truly love everybody here in the great institution and my decision to resign comes out of love, not hate. >> the university president's ouster comes after the football team said if he didn't quit, they wouldn't play. standing with students who have been demonstrating for weeks. >> we're tired of statements. we're tired of the p.r. team's writing on behalf of our leaders and this state, at this system and on our campus. we want real change. face-to-face. for the first time in more than a year and after harsh disagreements over that iran deal, president obama sits down today with israel's prime minister. >> it's no secret that the prime minister and i have had a strong disagreement on this narrow issue but we don't have