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coming up on our to america not guilty that is the verdict for the minnesota police officer who shot and killed a lead up to steel during a traffic stop just last year. and a new bill in new york would force the n.y.p.d. to reveal its surveillance technology to the public. and protesters have told recent made at the scene of the deadly fire in london as citizens demand answers from their prime minister. it's friday june sixteenth five pm in washington d.c.
i'm going to you're watching r t america. now elsewhere in the news the notorious leader of the islamic state might actually be finally dead russian defense ministry says al baghdadi has reportedly been killed in a russian led airstrike in iraq a information yet to be verified by the u.s. r.t.s. emily sue has that report the russian defense ministry is now investigating whether an airstrike conducted at the end of may on the northern syrian city of raka has killed not only three hundred fifty eisel fighters thirty of the groups commanders but also the terrorist organizations leader abu dhabi not course rock of the capital city of islamic state self-proclaimed caliph it well has been surrounded by u.s. led coalition forces for quite some time now and according to the russian military well they've received intelligence indicating of a big get together between leaders and commanders to discuss a possible escape routes or skate plans to flee the city when necessary so after
confirming the location of this big get together and informing the u.s. forces operating there were russia has conducted these airstrikes in hopes to wipe out the top leadership off islamic state. nation. now bear in mind whether or not he has been killed this has not yet been confirmed by the u.s. government nor the syrian government have come out to comment on this and it will take some time for the authorities to investigate this but if it is confirmed. will certainly serve as a huge blow to the terrorist group as he's considered by many as the most important man of the organization in fact it was him back in two thousand and fourteen who declared all of the ice the controlled territories as part of its so-called caliph it and to give you an idea of how much he is wanted while the u.s. has put a twenty five million dollars bounty on his head for anyone who can provide any sort of information that can lead to his capture or step of course where wait and
see to see whether or not al but that he has been killed but if it is true well certainly this will mean the islamic state is this much closer to losing a stronghold of iraq. now the minnesota police officer who shot and killed the landowner just last year during a traffic stop has been found not guilty of manslaughter the jury delivered the verdict just about an hour ago officer gerardo young as was also acquitted on two lesser counts of discharging his weapon artie's natasha speech joins us live from the r.t. news room with more on this breaking story natasha mitchell of the jury deliberates decision today after getting the case on monday you may recall on july sixth of two thousand and sixteen the incident drew heightened attention as stills girlfriend diamond reynolds sitting just inches from him in the passenger seat stream the immediate aftermath of the shooting on facebook live her four year old daughter was in the back seat of the car the entire time girlfriend can be heard on the video explaining castiel was simply trying to pull out his driver's license as officer
you had requested. later. he's licensed thief carry thought you'd like to carry he was trying to get out his id is wildly out of his pocket and he let the officer know. he was. he had a firearm he was reaching for his wildly and the officer just shot him. now during the hearing officer sobbed on the stand as he testified and told the jury that he feared for his life when he opened fire while he said he believed castiel matched the description of a recent robbery suspect and appeared to be under the influence of marijuana which was later found in the car prosecutors however accuse the defense of blaming the victim and argued that officer you know has overreacted and that this deal was never a threat from the beginning family claimed he was profiled because of his race the twelve member jury included two african-americans and the rest of the jurors were
white reporting from the newsroom in just weeks. thank you for that and we'll be talking more about the still verdict at about five thirty with our teams actually banks in our race in america segment so stay tuned here are to america you know want to miss that. and the pentagon has yet to confirm a tragic incident in afghanistan just this monday multiple reports point to american troops opening fire on civilians and killing three including two children r t was able to obtain exclusive on the ground interviews with family members of those victims to shed some light on what perhaps took place artie's where i got up has the story. they're too young yet to fully understand what has happened or grasp the depth of their loss all they know is that their world has been shattered and wrenched upside down this is my younger brother farah dilla he was
killed by us troops this is my brother shot of fats also killed and this is my father's age group he was killed as well they haven't yet learned to read or write but life has taught them early to hate. i want the government to avenge my father and kill his killers when my father and my brothers were killed everyone was sad at home my mother cries every day. it all began when a u.s. military patrol hit a roadside bomb by all appearances they panicked when the explosion happened i was near my uncle and cousins american soldiers opened fire and a bullet flew by my face i ran and hid and came out only a few hours later my uncle and cousins were dead so i went to the village to tell everyone this version is backed in the police report we were shown it says zero
ghoul and his sons were at the shop two hundred meters from the scene they were taken for terrorists and torn apart by gunfire it was terrible what the americans did to them i couldn't even recognize their bodies. they killed them in a horrific way zero ghoul left behind twelve children six boys and six girls he was their life. my uncle's a girl was a poor woman he made bricks was always busy working he often didn't have anything to eat during the night said who would got his business from now on their lives will be about survival clothing and feeding a dozen youngsters will be hard but for now it's anger that fuels them we want to bring them to cause why should american troops be allowed to kill our people in this cruel way. we don't need compensation we just want them to face
justice the u.s. stresses it takes every civilian life seriously and promises to investigate every casualty alessa these investigations often end with only apologies and for this family that's not enough they want americans out the americans not helping us they're killing us we don't need them in afghanistan we don't need them here this is happened so many times their goal was just a poor guy working to feed his family i don't want them here because they kill civilians we're tired of american soldiers there are explosions and they're killing that has a reputation the coalition has built over more than a decade sixteen years of war and bloodshed atrocities and excuses and there's no end in sight it's no secret
that life in afghanistan is harsh but for zero goals surviving children the next few years ago and to be tough indeed that though isn't where the trouble ends ten years down the line when they've grown up and you think they're going to support the afghan government and the people who murdered their father or the taliban and their promise of vengeance more i guess do you have. in a move signaling an escalation of a sixteen year war a trump administration official announced the u.s. will deploy an additional four thousand troops to afghanistan this comes on the heels of the president's decision to hand the thora to defense secretary jim matheson setting troop levels in the country meanwhile the decision sparked criticism from some including former principal deputy assistant secretary of defense who wrote war fought without oversight is war without end congress must
reopen the debate on the a u m f and this will mark the largest deployment of troops under the trump presidency thus far. the u.s. government has acknowledged just twenty percent of its air strikes carried out over the past fifteen years across three countries pakistan somalia and yemen that's according to a new study released just this week by columbia law school and the sanaa center for strategic studies. tells us about the impact the report says these strikes have had on the families of those killed. since the september eleventh attacks on american soil back in two thousand and one the u.s. government has increasingly turned to covert targeted drone strikes and its counterterrorism operations so far from the traditional battlefield three countries have been targeted with little recognition by the country pulling the trigger that's pakistan somalia and yemen it's these three countries colombia's law school and sanaa center for strategic studies examined in
a new report released this week titled out of the shadows the report found the u.s. is grossly under reporting the number of strikes and civilian deaths in these three countries just one hundred fifty three of the more than seven hundred reported strikes since two thousand and two or about twenty percent and claims of less than one hundred twenty civilian casualties since two thousand and nine while independent organizations report a minimum of four hundred columbia legal fellow rahma hussein helped research more than a decade of u.s. practice and said that for more than half the measures we evaluated u.s. transparency was either none for slight the government's almost complete failure to name civilian casualties killed was particularly concerning the report claims the families of those killed experience prolonged suffering because of uncertainty and injustice when the u.s. does not officially acknowledged their loss or explain the strikes left wondering why the u.s. killed mother in pakistan yes len saeed been a shock son in yemen in fact the study finds the u.s.
only names western civilians killed in these strikes but the vast majority are of course from the country that's been hit it proposes three specific actions the government can take knowledge and explain every civilian or unlawful death and naming those killed releasing all government investigations into specific strikes and explaining why the government believes the strikes are legal it also comes with a personal plea to now president trump and his administration to build on the reforms the obama administration implemented in its final year not repeat its mistakes by operating in. secret in washington cmon dollars r e o r t. with war is raging in the middle east the region is a gold mine for weapons export in countries and our neighbors to the north are cashing in according to james defense weekly canada is now the second largest arms dealing nation after of course the united states when it comes to arms in the middle east are to have alex the high leverage is internal and has a little bit more for us so alex my canadian friend it looks like i you guys have
climbed the ladder in the past couple of years when it comes to the position as as an arms dealer what does this latest report tell us what on earth is to be the second country in line to be selling weapons to one of the most destructive regions of the world had two point seven billion dollars worth of arms went from canada and back in two thousand and fifteen and that's when canada leapfrog over britain france germany and russia to become the number two arms dealer when it comes to the middle east and we got a bit of a chart for you which is kind of breaks down the numbers globally in that year and in following two thousand and sixteen you can see that the numbers actually have gone up to the amount of sales which which is pretty incredible they were talking about billions of dollars here in the u.s. canada france u.k. they're obviously you all been the main weapons are exporters to the middle east as i mentioned two point seven billion to be from canada back then and they're just growing just growing and growing and growing where we're looking at the industry that it's about sixty five billion dollars of weapons traded annually that's back
in two thousand and fifteen canada at that point was number six globally so we're talking about canada a country of the population one tenth the size of the united states is selling that much arms and when you look at the numbers and you look at russia as there are two but combine the western nations and you see who's fueling the fighting in the middle east and it's absolutely incredible the amount of cash that's being made there and you know if you're scratching your head wondering when can these wars ever stop well as long as we're exporting weapons to these countries there's no end in sight. it seems to be something that is ok with the weapons industry because that's the way to make money and while there's obviously plenty of military spending going on in the middle east and obviously a lot of countries according to your list are profiting from it but one nation in particular is adding to canada's coffers in particular what can you tell us about that one of the wonderful nation friend to us all it's saudi arabia of course
arabia has buying about fourteen billion dollars worth of arms from kenya that this it was a deal that was signed back during the concert government for light armored vehicles and it was blessed by justin trudeau in the liberal government following the demise of the conservatives in this country so you know it's just basically pushing forward with this deal and when you look at saudi arabia put it alongside the united arab emirates those two countries alone buy more weapons than all of western europe so you're wondering what is the issue in that part of the world that's the issue in that part of the world and we know that we've heard stories there's been plenty of reports that canadian weapons are being used by saudi arabians in yemen and against their own people on their own soil so just to trudeau according to our prime minister he said well you know it's up to us to honor our agreements even though only one fifth of canadians support any type of arms deals with saudi arabia's have the canadians but don't support the oppose the arms deal with saudi arabia but justin trudeau says it's more important that we keep relations strong with countries like saudi arabia that people trust us we're going to sew them
weapons even though those weapons are being used against civilians in both yemen and at times in saudi arabia itself so you know that i guess that is really the priority but really let's think about it the priority is the bottom line and that happens to be the dollar oh what a coincidence alex saudi is everybody's number one customer thank you so much for that report my friend alex my living in toronto thank you. that this might the us being the number one arms dealer to saudi arabia the us said it is increasingly opposed to those arms sales christine backer all yemen researcher at the human rights watch explained why this opposition is so significant as she discussed the impacts of u.s. saudi led air strikes on one many civilians take a listen so this this week the u.s. senate considered the possibility of selling or approving more weapons deals to saudi arabia and one of the things they were discussing was the impact of saudi led
coalition air strikes in yemen a country that has been ravaged by war for over two years and what that war has included has been scores of unlawful attacks by the saudi led coalition which is militarily supported by u.s. attacks that have included the use of u.s. weapons on strikes at markets that if it funerals and ultimately have killed thousands of yemeni civilians in this war the who the solid forces upsetting the coalition are fighting and also committed countless violations of international humanitarian law including using banned anti-personnel land mines now what this all amounts to is a pretty devastating situation for yemeni civilians because you have a war ongoing where neither side seems particularly committed to upholding the laws of war on top of that you also have a country ravaged by cholera and with more than seven million people on the brink of famine and to add to all of this you have this humanitarian catastrophe you have a war that's been ongoing for more than two years and you have both parties to that
war impeding and interfering with the flow of humanitarian aid so again you have an unprecedented cholera epidemic you have one of the largest the largest humanitarian crisis in the world according to the u.n. and you have parties to that conflict interfering impeding in the key and more difficult to people to get the aid they so desperately need so. what was incredible this week is that in the u.s. forty seven senators stood up and said enough is enough we don't want to sell the saudis more weapons when this is what we're seeing when we're seeing them committing war crimes and not holding anyone to a contact now the arms ultimately more senators said that the arms sales could go forward but this is a strong signal that what's been going on in yemen is unacceptable and that there are governments and government officials who are willing to stand up and say when enough is enough and when action needs to be taking creating for example by suspend suspending the sale of weapons to saudi arabia that they have previously used in
may in fact use in the future in unlawful attacks in yemen. and the u.n. is in the process of creating its first new major office in decades and embroil a agency overseeing all counterterrorism efforts and two russian diplomats are in the running to lead it as reported by the commerce newspaper survey kiss liat the outgoing russian ambassador here in the in washington may soon be appointed to leave the new counterterrorism office the new position as part of a larger restructuring aimed at streamlining counterterrorism efforts across the entire organization another name mentioned in the alternative is candidate andre krzycki he's a cyber security expert and senior advisor to russian president vladimir putin on cyber and information security and an angry crowd has attempted to storm a town hall in london demanding justice for the victims of the grendel tower fire
at least thirty people were killed in the blaze so far which broke out early on wednesday morning and the figure is expected to rise to gain if again we are correspondent ali was at that protest. crowd has attempted to storm a town hall in london demanding justice for the victims of the grand felt tower fire at least thirty people so far have been killed in the blaze which broke out early wednesday morning and the figures are still expected to rise significantly now our correspondent ali was at the protests he is joining us live now out of london from the scene of this terrible fire. in kensington town hall that's the headquarters for the local bar of the local authority who many of the residents of many of the local community hold fundamentally responsible for what happened his just over forty eight almost seventy two hours ago and really if we just look up there you can see that building
you know horrific condition that building which the protesters say you still full of the dead bodies of the families and they're very angry also at the police because they say that they are suppressing the real numbers of people who have been killed in order to stop people getting angry but that actually it's causing more and more people to get angry so the marches went through west london and they ended up here outside this place and we money to speak to some of those very upset people . such as these is a. thing. that we. get to see that night with their people wife is even more and. now i know everything and everything.
and it's not just the residents all the people who have survived this charge of the who are angry also we. many volunteers are trying to help and they say that rather than receiving help from doing. they got they didn't get help the people obstructing them on that they will. try to stand in the way when they try to get the support of the people very angry at the prime minister to resign may and saying that this is how hurrican katrina moments of course a moment very familiar for you all to you was in the usa so real contrast here with the feeding of the people on the ground towards troops that may of course rival john because when you came people volunteers and hugged them so a real sense that this is really beginning to turn into the tents an angry situation for these victims. the latest poll by harvard's harris school suggests
that as many as sixty five percent of americans believe mainstream media is pushing fake news this comes just on the back of last year's gallup poll which stated that the trust of the media here in the u.s. was at an all time low is america's fourth estate in crisis artie's alexy are cesky has that report in one thousand nine hundred seventy three gallup asked americans for the first time whether they had trust in their newspapers and thirty nine percent said they did by nine hundred seventy nine six years later that trust reached the all time high of fifty one percent probably spurned by sublime investigative reporting of watergate and the vietnam war by two thousand and one the year of nine eleven the trust was still somewhere in the high thirty's thirty six percent but just four years later it went down to twenty eight percent and you know one can assume it has something to do with false reporting you know the term fake news did not exist back then on the w m d's w m d's in iraq and then twenty
sixteen this number went to the old time low of twenty percent right amid the election campaign in the united states the situation is not much better with t.v. news from all time. forty three percent trust in one thousand nine hundred three not one gallup included broadcasting median to their polls it took a similar plunge to the mid two thousand i guess maybe because you know false reporting on iraq and then landing at the bottom with just twenty one percent last year and now latest poll held by last month by a harvard harris school suggested that a staggering sixty five percent of americans believe the mainstream media was distributing fake news i mean their political allegiances can to a certain extent tell you why this number was so high because eighty percent of conservative voters said that sixty percent of independent and even fifty three percent of democratic voters believe the fake news thing so the eroding trust in media which is meant to be one of the most important institutions is not new and it is a problem but how do you fix one by acknowledging it exists some mainstream networks
and papers make it look like they do restructurings stuff three schaffel's crisis meetings and even occasional we're not fake news and we will report objectively shouts and promises but then all of those collapse when they give air time or pages to conspiracist like this former lobbyist for a number of eastern european politicians one of whom formal dole was prime minister voluptuous went to prison for nine years and twenty sixteen for a billion dollar fraud this woman not only publicly stated the native american protest against the keystone x.l. pipeline was some kind of nefarious russian serbian plot to those serbians but also that the russian media apparently did a bad thing by reporting on issues others would not and she is by far not the only one but don't be sad mainstream media called exit least in the eyes of americans you are not the least trusted the us congress took a nose dive from forty two percent in one thousand nine hundred ninety three to just nine percent in twenty sixteen let's see russia r.t.
reporting from washington d.c. . mainstream media coverage is obviously all at an all time low also under scrutiny now ask. this political extremism likely drove sixty six year old james hodgkinson to open fire at a group of republican lawmakers in alexandria virginia so for more on the public's perception of me and stream media we're being joined now by friend of the show lionel of lionel media. so i feel like we're going to continue this conversation like we had from the other night i get that there might be a fine line between freedom of speech and and people that are soliciting violence or soliciting people called action do you feel that the press or media coverage did any of that before the baseball field shooter decided to head to alexandria in other words is the media to blame. my academic answer is no my legal answer is no
my my thorough very adult dangerous no my realistic answer is of course let me explain you know and i know that the law and practical considerations will place blame on certain people for inciting certain circumstances we have statutes that prevent people from inciting riots yelling fire in a crowded theater and when there is no fire of course and we also have this new idea of libel false information and the like what people are seeing today that i cannot remember in my entire life having been a consumer of news our mainstream media sources rather than just telling you what something is telling you what they happen but telling you qualitatively what it means yet when you have somebody on t.v. on the say c.n.n. or one of those corporate news sockpuppet media bastions tell you that today
president did this at no time ever has are they public scrutiny been this high at no time ever has public discontent at no time ever has there been a powder keg when you are told by the mainstream media that that that violence is potentially around the corner is that there's that there's division yeah and that there's screaming how can you not possibly ever say that while you may not be directly for this that you were feeding a reality feeling howling to gambling so it's not like in a sense the media is likes you are now serving up pizza and also telling you how to chew it or chewing it for you but before i get off the pizza thing take a look at the people shooting totally unfounded conspiracy theories that drove someone act on that at what point though do you stop blaming the people in the media lionel and and check your health where's the personal accountability today i
feel like people have lost that to. let us look bisbee very careful pizza gate was never mentioned by mainstream media in the least accent until afterwards this is the problem for that i mean if you think there's no way to limit this but let me tell you something this world i know. and within the confines of this is an insane asylum this is on bridled this is the wild west you've got people who can i mean you talk about self-motivated excels inciting but the bottom line is that glee this n n some a should nobody can ever be excused for exacting violence you could never say the devil made me do what i was told to do it i was pushed no no no no no this this excuse business doesn't work however for you not to realize that they that climate that we live in for you not to realize how we
being told what news means for us is what news is that is a very serious problem that the better consider now my friend always great to have you on to pick your fabulous brain thank you so much lionel of lionel media in new york thank you i'm jan. coming up later on r t i a new bill in new york what forced the n.y.p.d. to reveal its surveillance technology to the public stage and why that story. earlier today president obama no i'm not. going to play something. there for you so . here's something else tina. to soissons as user so you really saw the story as it's gone it's real.
our culture is awash in logs dominated by streams of never ending electronic hallucinations that bird fiction until they are indistinguishable have become the most elusive society on politics it's a species of endless and needless political theater politicians more than just celebrity are two ruling parties are in reality one party corporate. those who attempt to puncture this. breathless universe up to me to sign the push to an exploitation field of whom are pushed so far to the margins of society including by a public broadcasting system that has sold it sold for corporate money that we might as well be mice squeaking against an apple but squeak we must say.
i'm john martin and i'll give you what the mainstream media can't go to big picture go deeper investigate and debate all so you can get the big picture. for one. more student. in tulsa oklahoma a white police officer acquitted in the shooting death of an unarmed black man will be allowed to return to work earlier this week a majority female jury found officer betty shelby not guilty in the death of terence crusher immediately following that verdict was read protests erupted
outside of that courtroom and they took to the streets to voice their disappointment in the ruling party's actually banks has more on that story this lawsuit comes just five months after the justice department released its findings into the chicago police department and january of this year the d.o.j. announced it quote found reasonable cause to believe that the chicago police department and gauges in a pattern or practice of using force including deadly force in violation of the fourth amendment of the constitution adding these practices stem from deficiencies in training and accountability under the obama administration the d.o.j. and the city of chicago signed an agreement to work together in order to create a federal court and forcible consent decree of addressing the issues found during the investigation months ago mayor rahm emanuel was completely on board pledging to seek federal oversight of the chicago police department however it appears emanuel is now backing off and many are accusing him of trying to kind of backroom deal
with u.s. attorney general jeff sessions that's prompting chicago's black lives matter organization and other community groups to file a lawsuit asking for the government to follow through with the agreement made under the obama administration and the excuse me in the. lawyers for the organization wrote the thin blue line that reign supreme the city of chicago has proven time and time again that it is incapable of ending its own regime of terror brutality and discriminatory policing these unlawful practices against a cargo residents by chicago law enforcement have been carried out for decades trying to me now to continue this conversation as kofi adam allah the organizer of the black lives matter and chicago thank you so much for joining us today kofi now it took the d.o.j. thirteen months to investigate the chicago police department once those scathing findings were released in january of this year mayor rahm emanuel and former
attorney general loretta lanch announced an agreement to address the issues raised in the report however once jeff sessions became attorney general he refused to honor that previous agreement and it appears rahm emanuel isn't pushing to enforce their agreement meet with lynch so goofy do you think this class action lawsuit will actually make a difference that is the goal the other piece with this right not only do we want a federally appointed judge that would have oversight versus the appointed person did wrong would want. we have claimants on this case right so there are plaintiffs that have had recent abuses to either police terrorism tasering and other types of times by the chicago police department they're looking for rim of these right they're looking for recourse in this particular situation so this is not only about holding the chicago police department accountable making sure the community is at the table making sure there is transparency and that rahm emanuel doesn't cut back
door deals with jeff sessions but this is also about getting justice for those people recently harm even though the police department is purporting to they've made some reforms that we know we know for sure aren't being instituted so they just recently had to use of force policy that they put on the books however police are not following suit with that is not being in force in these trainings that they are seen happening aren't being applied on the streets where people are still being attacked and co feel like you're saying it's time to take a stand it's time for some changes to be made as we saw from the d.o.j. investigation now chicago police officers actually practice wrong for killing and they've done a bunch of other things where especially african-americans became victims of police brutality now attorney general jeff sessions and when trump was elected he became the attorney general he mentioned how he didn't not d.o.j.
investigations and figured it wasn't important to intervene and that the local cities had to intervene and you know and there be have communicate with their local police department and make these reforms on their own that it wasn't a job of the federal government but the job of the local governments now why do you think it would in your opinion why do you think attorney general sessions wants to roll back on the previous agreement that was made under the obama administration. well we want to take into account just sessions' personal history or racism and the things that he's done in his different positions of government what we will look at however is that trump came into power purporting that he was going to take a long long hard stand with law enforcement and push back against civil rights and push back against people fighting for their civil rights their constitutional rights and their human rights so with that being said it's understandable why in two thousand and seventeen we've almost had nearly five hundred police killings
across the country. jeff sessions will take a position where he's going to do everything in his power to make sure there's no accountability from the federal level because we've seen in cases like cincinnati in baltimore where the intervention actually is starting to hope to transform those particular departments. we've seen plenty of evidence that departments will absolutely not change on their own if they did if they don't have any federal oversight so it is very imperative and key there be the judge in place to oversee these particular proceedings the doesn't have any obligations and they aren't beholden to rahm emanuel and they're definitely not beholding to jeff sessions right now kofi hour rahm emanuel has announced that an independent monitor will oversee reforms instead of the d.o.j. by doing this what mathunjwa is the manual sending to citizens of chicago who have been victims of police brutality and who will become victims of pretty least
brutality in the near future. well i think it's the message that he's been sending when the. case happen we have to remember that rahm did his best to suppress this for over a year that this news wouldn't get out a lot of people say that he had to look juan mcdonnell case so that he can get reelected in two thousand and fourteen we know that he threw. mccarthy the former police superintendent under the bus he threw scott endo under the bus who was the head of so after all this public pressure people taking a sure eats of the unrest people community organizing people were demanding community control of the police people were putting together what was costs civilian police accountability council which would have made sure the community had oversight control but rahm emanuel absolutely rejected his city council rejected and they replaced the former iteration of their pro with something called coppa and
we know copa is still beholden to rahm just like this independent monitor will be beholden to wrong so there's still no real community at the table especially those most impacted in harmed by police violence they don't have a voice at this table so that's an issue in the in the other issue is the rahm puts over forty percent of the budget into the police department and then he hired over a thousand more officers and then he's going to be getting federal money to even bolster militarize the police even more so rock communities are decimated like north lawndale like englewood rosalynn on the south and west sides where we're dealing with into communal violence we're dealing with poverty and no investment no community re of revitalization of development he's putting more money into police will we feel as though is a paramilitary occupying force mensah continuously oppress our communities and that's what we're putting pushing back and fighting back against brought up some really good points but it course this does not look good on rahm emanuel's part tell once again this agreement was made under the obama. administration that the
federal government what intervened to reform the chicago police department but once attorney general jeff sessions stepped into office all that change and now rahm is rolling back and like you said earlier when it came to the ikhwan mcdonnell case it did seem like he was suppressing that video it took about what a year for that video to be released to the public for people to see that and we covered that extensively here on our team america i want to switch gears a bit just a few moments ago the verdict was read in the steel case now the officer in that quit that case was just acquitted of any wrongdoing koofi is this shocking at all. unfortunately is not however we don't want this to be normalized here in chicago we know what this feels like with ricky a boy who was shot in the back of our head by officer dante servan who was also not found guilty in his case and walked away scot free we seem counsel is cases across
the country where officers are literally getting away with murder or if they are held accountable like in the case with oscar grant they get a minimal tom and a slap on the wrist and then they go from a policing position to working for a security company or they get the opportunity to go to another state and work as an officer so this injustice is something that is is terrorizing in our communities this injustice is something that in rages but we understand as black people and blount brown people in this country that this shows the power is about controlling us about suppressing us and oppressing us it is not about equality it is not about fairness and that's why we continuously do everything we can to build power in to fight back against these injustices the it seems like we're continuously experiences this is very traumatic our people are constantly retry every time we have to watch a video of somebody being killed and every tom we hear about an officer not being
held accountable for a coffee and that seems to be a recurring thing that we're talking about all the time but what i find to be very shocking about this case here is that now the city of st anthony and minnesota is saying that they're going to decide miss the officer even after this verdict was read that he's not guilty of manslaughter but they're saying they're going to assume it's him from his position as an officer don't you think this is contradicting. to say belief. you know i mean it is but publicly they know they have to do something they're so scared of a rebellion and insurrection which they would call a riot right but it's the people's right to want to. push back against the very systems like capitalism that you know contributes to their oppression right but we know like i just stated this officer will have the opportunity just like darren wilson who killed michael brown will have the opportunity to go to another state go
to another city and still be gainfully employed so this problem persist when justice doesn't happen in the courts because he is going to be great when we can come to that day where we don't have to keep conversing about these topics i would like to thank you first i want to go back to your hearing on the hearing date from your cases scheduled for june twenty first we're going to be following that case and hopefully we'll have you on again to discuss it as it moves along thank you so much that was kofi adam a lot organizer of the black lives matter organization and chicago that's it for race in america you can follow me on twitter at actually banks underscore our t.v. back to manila i think actually and over now it's new york where a proposed bill would force the n.y.p.d. to reveal surveillance technology to the public police officials say this could hinder ongoing investigations and possibly jeopardize public safety archies trinity chavez has more on the story. the new york city police department is pushing back
on a new bill that calls for greater transparency and oversight of n.y.p.d. surveillance. it's called the post stacked high ranking police and city officials along with community advocate groups gathered this week to discuss the proposed bill at a city council meeting we absolutely are not looking to restrict any ability by the n.y.p.d. to fight crime nor protect this city however every new yorker's should have should not have to choose between safety and privacy it would require the n.y.p.d. to publicly disclose the high tech surveillance tools the department is using and will use in the future something city officials say is critical to maintaining both safety and the values of a strong local democracy unfortunately surveillance technologies are too often not only used in secret but they are acquired in secret even local elected officials like us are kept in the dark about what technology is the n.y.p.d. is buying and how they're being used
a disclosure process for surveillance technology would foster more public trust in our law enforcement system some of the department surveillance tools include license plate readers x. ray vans that allow authorities to see through walls by using radiation and cell phone sites simulators which collect and store the data of every day new yorkers and from two thousand and eight to two thousand and fifteen the n.y.p.d. used this device one thousand and sixteen times while the department has disclosed information on some of the equipment there still no formal oversight of these potentially invasive technologies at the local level which has sparked concerns with city council but n.y.p.d. officials say that certain data needs to remain confidential for the protection of the community if that data was compromised in any way you could affect the safety and individuals of the officers working on that investigation members of the public and indeed the people themselves under investigation who may or may not have engaged in criminal activity but department officials have some serious concerns about. disclosing the type of surveillance technology the n.y.p.d.
uses and says that it counters the city's best interest in public safety it would create a one stop shopping guide to understanding these tools and how to work them for criminal elements and terrorists across the nation or the world depending on who decided to access this site and study it and in a city where police are not only responsible for the guarding of street crime and y.p. officers also have to fend off terrorism. since the terrorist attack on september eleventh two thousand and one according to the n.y.p.d. there have been twenty one terror plots against new york city and to maintain the safety of the public the n.y.p.d. officials say that the department needs to this to keep the technologies to do so however a senior staff attorney at the new york civil liberties union says new yorkers have very real concerns about the n.y.p.d. as adoption of intrusive surveillance technology the n.y.p.d. should at minimum obtain warrants before using sting rays to protect the privacy of innocent people the bill remains in committee while city officials continue to go
over it with that y.p. representatives but both sides are working together to find a middle ground almost sticking to the original intent of the bill reporting in new york today the charges are to. quote an oroville style crisis happen at other dams in california that's the question state and federal regulators are trying to answer inspections have been ordered to begin immediately at dozens of high risk dams this comes months after a massive hole was discovered in an emergency spillway forcing nearly two hundred thousand residents to flee bridgie to santos has the story for us out of los angeles so how many dams are actually considered high risk in california. manila fishel say that seventy out of at least one hundred twelve hundred fifty dams maintained by the state are posing a risk to downstream communities now operators have already begun receiving notices warning them of structural geologic and performance issues that could make flooding
unsafe now two locations have been identified already including whale rock and lopez dams both of them near san luis obispo however regulators have declined to identify the remaining dams citing the fact that they're still sending out the notices for dam regulators who do receive notification they will have to be responsible for conducting engineering and on site inspections to make sure that spillways and the underlying rock are safe. if they find that they need to conduct any repairs those repairs will have to be completed by november first when the rainy season is expected to begin now a lot of our dams here in california are fifty to one hundred years old and because we got so much rainfall last year a lot of the reservoirs and rivers are incredibly full so these inspections are welcome and i did speak earlier with a national nonprofit dedicated to improving dam safety they told me more frequent
detailed inspections for safety reasons are always a good idea high hazard dams that could cause loss of life if they fail should be inspected annually they say we applaud the state for taking this step to ensure that dams remain safe in california and manila couldn't agree more and what about the dam that sparked all of this interest what's the status of the repairs on the oroville dam. the california department of water resources says that they are still trying to completely repair that entire spillway by replacing it they have already can ducted a bunch of controlled explosions to break up that cement and they're now trying to lay down a new foundation and removing debris everything seems to be on track as of now meaning that they will be finished with these by that november first deadline meanwhile investigators are still trying to determine the exact cause behind about failure back in february manila all right still a long ways to go over due to santos in our los angeles studio thank you. and tune
into on contact this saturday chris hedges is being joined by christian parentally author of tropic of chaos climate change and the new geography of violence there to discuss geopolitical consequences of climate change and the role of government in preventing further climate wars take a look you make a very good point in the book that many on the left are kind of anti government and this is given the droves global corporations are very foolish position to take. because government is the only institution and the solutions that you bring up from you know. making sure government vehicles are all green energy imposing punitive tax on the fossil fuel industry that it is just on profitable to extract this material from the ground that all comes from government exactly yeah i mean the real history of capitalism is that government nurtures it into being supports it
all the way along and the idea that markets could exist without governments is a fantasy and i think that the left is wrong in thinking that government is only the hand maiden of industry that certainly like to reproduce society government has had to at every turn many times you know limit the power of capital in business to do exactly what it wants and so we need more of that and different forms of it and so the obvious thing is you know withdraw all subsidies for fossil fuels in this country stop allowing public lands to be used for the extraction of fossil fuels about twenty five percent of all fossil fuels come from public land so that's just step one be like go find your own fossil fuels and no you can't get subsidies for that then the government should consume clean energy retrofit its buildings by electric vehicles and we're moving in the other direction.
and watching the hawks is coming up next right here on our team america tara winter and joining us for a quick for me what you got for us are on tonight's watching the hawks we talk defense contractors arms deals russian sanctions health care clinton wonder woman comic books and everything knows with georgetown professor of media studies chris chambers and then marcos talbot the wallows shows us just how corporations steal from independent artists and finally we welcome that lee mcgill and john up a little preview this week's edition of we're back this night going to be a fun show arms deal to have a feeling you're going to be talking about saudi arabia maybe maybe not a tyranny all right thanks. all right that's going to do it for now for more on the stories we just covered go to you tube dot com forward slash our team america check out our website r.t. dot com forward slash america and follow me on twitter at manilla chance remember the question mark have a great week. exactly
did i say. that not saying. that you go after the local race since it's just lawyer law profit over the term. tax it's not for me it's like medicine it's like a cancer to all the stress that the news puts wonder redacted tonight is a show where you can go to cry from laughing about the stuff that's going on in the world as opposed to just regular crying we're going to find out what the corporate mainstream media is not telling you about how we're going to filter it through some satirical comedic lenses to make it more digestible that's what we do every week hard hitting radical comedy news like redacted tonight is where it's at. i'm john harshman i'll give you what the mainstream media can't sell to big picture
a few high school students at wall township high school in new jersey just recently got into politics thanks to the courageous the election we just had in all the even crazier media coverage around it so the kids were excited to show off their newfound political interest in their yearbook and that's when the trouble began because you see the high school students are fans of any president so one wore a t. shirt with trump's name on it and the slogan make america great again another student were a vest with trump and a modest slogan on it and yet another used a quote from trump as her yearbook quote all of them were very excited to support their president and have their support and new political awakening memorialized in their yearbook but the school apparently didn't support the kids rights of political free speech because they actually did it all out the a raise the trump name and modest slogan from the one kid's t. shirt making it look like a photoshop job right out of saudi arabia you know how they censor pictures by blacking out portions of people's skin or women's hair that's exactly how the
school censor does kids maga t. shirt they turned into this all black and weird photoshop job they also removed the model slogan from the other kids that and they scrubbed the trump quote from the other students class photo the irony of the last example is that the girl who used the truck quote for her class quote is actually the freshman class president as in a high school student so interested in politics that she herself ran for class office and became president so the school a raised a quote by the president of the united states underneath a picture of the class president how's that for some fans. ship irony when the kids got their yearbooks they were angry and the school's superintendent immediately issued a statement saying there is nothing in our student dress code that would prevent a student from expressing his or her political views and support for a candidate for political office be appropriate clothing she said rather i applaud
the students for becoming involved in politics and for participation in our democratic society in other words she knew the school screwed up so she looked into it and now a teacher on the yearbook staff has been suspended as the person who championed the censorship yet this is how far no one people are in terms of how close minded and blinded me and because it sounds like the teachers need to go back to school themselves. i'm tom hartman and i'll give you what the mainstream media can't help big picture we'll go deeper investigate and debate all so you can get the big picture.
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cell you tasted all right hog watchers another week has come to a close here in the d.c. swamp lands and like the humidity the idiocracy has been rather suffocating starting with the antics of one president donald j. trump who celebrated his seventy first birthday this week with what appears to be a truly senior moment after applauding saudi arabia and others in the region for taking a hard line and isolating the country of qatar trump proclaimed from the rose garden about a week ago that quote the nation of qatar.