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>> we are a nation built on the rule of law. we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury's to make rioters defy the u.s. president's call for calm after a grand jury decided not to put a white policeman on trial for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager. 18-year-old michael brown was shot dead in ferguson in august, his death provoking nationwide out rage. this is al jazeera, live from our hours na doha. also coming up in the next 30 minutes - the world's big powers
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will not bring to us our knees. iran's supreme leader reacts to the talks. >> and robots used to chart the extent of global warming. it's been a night of the worst rioting in months in a midwestern town, the focus of racial tensions in the u.s. police say they have had to use tear gas, been shot at and arrested 29 people. they have confronted crowds of angry protesters on the streets of ferguson missouri. violence broke outs after a decision not to charge a white policeman who shot dead an unarmed black teenager. this report from daniel lak. >> violent protests erupt in
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ferguson. crowds set fire to buildings and cars. police say there's heavy gun fire. officers respond by firing tear gas and smoke cannisters. senior police officers told a late-night news conference the violence was at a shocking level. >> a lot of gun fire. i'm disappointed in this evening. i really don't have hesitation in telling you that i didn't see a lot of peaceful protests out there, and i'm disappointed. i'm not saying there weren't folks out there, i'm not saying it wasn't the case. i'm saying it spun out of control, and frankly what i'm seeing, and i have been up there all evening in the middle of it, along with captain johnson, what i have seen is worse than the worse night we had in august. >> the unrest follows a grand jury decision not to prosecute a white police officer for killing michael brown, an unarmed black
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teenager. >> they determined no charge exists to file charges and returned a no true billion each five indictments. physical and scientific evidence examined combined with the witness statements supported and substantiated by the physical evidence tells the accurate and tragic story of what happened. >> michael brown's parents reacted to the decision and called for calm. in their statement they said: there were protests in other u.s. cities against the grand jury's decision, including new york, and the capital d.c. president obama called on those that want to protest to be peaceful and had a message for the local police in ferguson. >> our police officers put their lives on the line for us every
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single day. they have a tough job to do to hold accountable those that break the law. as they do their jobs in the coming days, they need to work with the community, not against the community, to distinguish the handful of people who may use the grand jury's decision as an excuse for violence. >> not surprisingly darren wilson, the police officer who shot michael brown, welcomed the grand jury's move, his statement saying he followed his training and the law. many in ferguson don't agree. and they have been making the feelings known on the streets of this racially divided city. so a violent start to an evening that ended in relative coup, but the question moving forward is will the protests expected as the week wears op, against the decision of the grand jury, will they be as peaceful as organizers exist, or will the scenes of violence we saw monday
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night dominate the message that the community is trying to send to the rest of the united states. >> so as you can see, protests at that verdict have spread across the country. in new york, chicago, greens bro - nas in north carolina, activists held actions in solidarity with the ferguson protesters. marchers shut down the i 580 freeway in both directioning, carrying banners reading "arrest darren wilson." new yorkers took to the streets. civil right activist reverend al sharpton condemned the grand jury decision. tom ackerman has more from washington. >> reporter: the unrest in the streets of ferguson after the grand jury announcement that
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there would be no indictment of officer darren wilson has been accompanied by other demonstrations, although so far non-violent in other cities - seattle, new york, oakland california, where demonstrators shut down an internet highway. at the same time president obama counselled the demonstrators that they should be able to express anger at the results, but at the same time respect the police for the job that they are doing by and large and most communities in protecting them. at the same time the attorney-general the united states indicated that even though the officer had been found not to be guilty of any offense by the local authorities, a federal investigation will proceed continual both with his behaviour, or examining his behaviour, but also looking broadly at the conduct of the
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ferguson police department, which has been accused of discriminatory policies against blacks in various measures, and however it is the question here whether charges will be brought in this case either for the - against the officer or the police department, and by historical examination that that is rarely been the case in the united states because police officers by and large do get the benefit of the doubt. >> another police shooting led to demonstrations dash this time in the u.s. state of ohio. a 12-year-old black boy with a toy gun was shot and killed in cleveland. kristen saloomey has this report. [ chants ] . >> we are not accepting excuses. >> citizens at cleveland ohio gathered at the park under a gazebo where a 12-year-old was shot and killed by police, and say it's not the first time
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police overreacted. >> it's a travesty, it's a wake up call showing cleveland is no difference to ferguson. the difference in ferguson is they are more proactive. >> translation: they are calling for a better trained and more diverse police department. mostly they want justice for tamir. it's nearly dark now. it was mid afternoon on saturday when police were called. they were 3 meters from the boy when they told him to put his lands in the hair. instead they reached for the waste band. >> it was a toy replica that shoots pellets. the orange tip, meant to distinguish it from a real gun had been removed. the person that called police said he was not sure if the gun was real. it's not clear if the officers were given that messagement the two officers involved were put on leave pending an having.
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>> guns are not toys. we need to teach our kids that. our community needs to understand that. guns are not toys. the facsimile weapon, and in incident is indistinguishable from a real firearm. but we need to drive them our kids especially that guns are not toys. parents need to be aware of na. >> friends suspect he had the toy gun to deal with bullies. they can't understand why it has come to this. >> why would they do that? they did it. they did it for nothing. >> i want to thank everybody for supporting my little brother, and i don't know why they did that. he was only 12, he wanted to play basketball. >> tamir's sister has questions too, but it is expected to take months before the family has official answers. >> give her a hand. still to come - preliminary
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election results in tunisia's historic vote - we'll get the latest from there, and the head of the catholic church goes before the european parliament. details coming up.
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hello again, the top stories on al jazeera. a dozen buildings have been set on fire in the u.s. city of ferguson, after a grand jury's decision not to indict a white
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policeman for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager. president obama asked the community to accept the decision. >> demonstrations broke out from cal california to new york and reached the steps of the white house. >> pope francis is delivering a speech in the european parliament in strasbourg. crossing to simon mcgregor-wood. you were listening in to the pope's speech. >> i was, indeed. i have an advanced copy of it a few minutes before he was warmly window into this chamber by over 750 members of the european parliament. martin schultz, the president, gave him a warm welcome in front of the building an hour or two ago. a self-confessed atheist. he's been on the record saying that he hoped that the pope, head of the catholic church
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would be able to provide europe with a sense of hope, perhaps a nuisance of direction, redefining of europe's mission statement, admitting, as many do here within the e.u., that the noougs is in somewhat of a crisis. it was a broad-raping speech by the pope -- broad-ranging speech by the pope and he did not pull punches on a range of issues. the biggest was the insistence that the human being has to be put back at the center of european policy, and the sense that economic interests are overtaking human once. >> translation: communities and individuals are today subjected to barbaric acts of violence. they are driven away from their homes and native lands. they are told they are slaves, killed, beheaded, crucified or burnt alive amid the shameful and complicit silence of many.
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>> reporter: and, of course, then, as you just heard, a strong reference to the plight of the christian community in the middle east with his references to the pressure that that community is under. he spoke in broad terms of putting the family back at the center of european policy, how he felt people were becoming cogs in the machine, the wide-spread loneliness experienced by people and finished much has he continued by saying the times come to work together in building a europe, involved in not the economy, but the sacredness of the human person, around inalienable values. at the end of his speech he received a standing ovation from people across the political spectrum. >> thank you, simon mcgregor-wood reporting from strasbourg. egypt's leader abdul fatah al-sisi made leaders. the situation in the middle east was on the talks, and talks with
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the prime minister renzi. he met pope francis at the vatican in egypt a building collapsed in cairo. 13 people have been killed. the building collapsed in the mokaria strict in the early hours of the morning. several are reported injured, others missing under the rubble. >> al jazeera continues to demand the release of our three journalists held in prison in egypt for 332 days. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed were gaoled on false charges of helping the outlawed muslim brotherhood. they are appealing against their convictions. iran's supreme leader said western powers have not and will not bring iran to its knees in nuclear talks. ayatollah khamenei's comment were the first since the powers agreed to continue discussions for sex months.
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-- seven months. khamenei says iran will stand alone if they fail. >> translation: we approve the efforts being made. it's an important task and experience and most probably a valuable course of action. we can do this. if we achieve results, so much the better. if not, the country must stand on its fee to solve its problems in hong kong, more than 1,000 officers cleared the site. robert has more from hong kong. >> a tense standoff in the mongkok district as police and court-appointed bailiffs complete the operation to remove the barricade from this argyle street, one of the central occupied areas in this part of
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the distribute. police moved in early this morning. they read out the court injunction. the authority said the barricade would be removed. anyone in the way of the police, in removing the barricade would be arrested and be in contempt of court. some led voluntarily. many would relocate from here, going to other occupation sites on ongoing kong island. there are several hundred police officers trying to ensure this goes off peacefully. they are backed up by several thousands police officers in stand by in streets around here, determined that this clearance will go ahead today. >> the results of tunisia's presidential election are being announced now. crossing over to our correspondent in tunis. what is being said? >> well, the press conference already started, and it is
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ongoing. and it's in the building behind me. let me give you the latest figures i have. those are final results. candidates can appeal. they are not quite final. here you go. the front runner - he has 39.46% so around 40% of the vote. the second runner is the current president moncf marzouki. he got 33.43%. now, the total ballots counted so far just below - actually, over 3 million and 300,000 votes. we have been saying for the last two days it will be a second round in december. now it is officially confirmed there is a second round. what is not confirmed is the final result once the commission will have to wait if any.
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you candidates appeal the results. >> do we expect that to happen. no, there's some vielations they are described as minor, they are looking into violations, complaint and will make a statement. the mood will not be a serious outcome. we are going have a second round in december, the exact time in december will have to depend on when the election commission will declare the final result. however, this country, according to the constitution, and the election law, the second round should take place before the end of december. >> it's being seen as for the
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country and the region. security was a major issue. >> it was. the country's interior minister said that they foiled what he described as terrorist plans to foil and prevent the polls from taking place. they deployed some 20,000 troops from the army, as well as the interior ministry forces to secure the polling stations across the country. we are talking about more than 10,000 polling stations. >> okay, omar al saleh, reporting from the preliminary results in the tupizian president -- tunisian presidential elections. the united states is looking for a new secretary of defense. chuck hagel is being replaced before disagreements over the fight against i.s.i.l.
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patty culhane has the story. >> reporter: it was all hugs and kind words as u.s. president obama announced his defense secretary chuck hagel was leaving. >> and that is the kind of class and integrity that chuck hagel represented. >> behind the scenes it was a lot less friendly. chuck hagel was, in essence, fired. the issue the fight against i.s.i.l. >> he wants to projected a stronger face of the administration with regard to overseas threats. i don't think he felt that secretary hagel was the man to do that. >> reporter: the recent elections sent the message that americans are not happy with foreign policy and don't thing a strategy to combat i.s.i.l. will work. analysts don't expect his policy to chang. change he wanted to minimise involvement and hopes that good options will appear with a new secretary of defense. my own view is that is not going
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to happen unless the white house is willing to see america do more. >> reporter: when secretary hagel took the job, the main goal underwind the war in afghanistan and shrink the budget. that has changed. the main focus has to be defeating i.s.i.l., and someone else will be better prepared to do that. on the way out hagel defended his leadership. >> i believe we set not only this department, the department of defense and the nation on a stronger course towards security, stability and prosperity. if i did not believe that, i wouldn't have done the job much >> reporter: a job he'll do until his replacement is confirmed. >> a portuguese court ruled a former prime minister will be remaining under arrest for tax fraud. socrates was prime minister when the financial crisis hit portugal.
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he resigned in 2011, after parliament rejected an austerity budget columbia's f.a.r.c. rebel group warns the government and the rebels said they won't be frees other hostages. that's because of massive deployments. that's where the general was abducted. in mexico, 43 missing students found mass graves. frepsic tests will be carried out. >> the student went missing in september. the families had been leading mass protest, demanding action from the government to find them. adam raney reports from mexico city. i beg your pardon, we don't have
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that report. we'll move on and bring you other news. the world's largest seawall is being funded in john eesha to present jakarta from disappearing under rising sea levels. the massive project to reclaim land could wipe out coastal and fishing communities the indonesian capital jakarta is slowly sinking at a rate of 7 centimetre every year. by 2030, according to experts, half of the city will be below sea level. the water from below ground is seen as the main reason for the city's predicament. >> i don't know of any other place in the world where this happens. especially not in a densely populated area. we can speak about the emergency situation. we have tried to make the politicians and government
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institutions aware of this - yes, emergency condition that is threatening jakarta, and its population. >> the government has teamed up with dutch experts specialising in land reclamation. the proposal is for a giant dyke that can protect the city for the next 15 years. eventually a permanent structure, a giant seawall stretching for 32km, along with 17 islands will be built. it's an ambitious project priced at $43 million. >> millions of people in jakarta are facing a danger that many are unaware of. a huge part of the city will be flooded if nothing is done quickly. a critical moment for a government that wants to build the largest seawall to protect the city.
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floods and flooding are an annual occurrence. that's from rainwater, not salt water. a seawall will not prevent rain flood, but it's hoped fresh waters will run off easily, with a new wall and pumping system in place. environmental groups have their doubts. fishing communities say they are suffering as a result. they are catching further fish and travel further out to sea at crater expense to themselves. >> we reject the reclamation and seawall. we rejected it. who does it benefit. people on the coast and fishing communities will suffer. >> the government wants to relocate fishing communities to enable them to increase catches. so far there's no plans to restrict or ban the extraction of groundwater
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a robotic submarine is to dive into the antarctic sea to map how thick the ice is. nick clark reports. >> reporter: powering through in the name of science. a british antarctic survey ice breaker heads south. its mission to measure the thickness of the sea ice in antarctica. crucial information for scientists in the context of climate change. the so-called seabed robot is deployed, weighing in at 200 kilos, 2 meters long, it's designed by the woods hull oceano graphic institute in the u.s. as it submerges into the icy water, the on-board software fires up. most instruments look down at the sea floor. this is upward facing. propellers and directors are
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controlled from the ship, enabling to to perform mapping. >> when we look at it fro the surface we see jumbled blocks. it's hard to see what it looks like underneath. it's hard to drill through. we have a robotic submarine king under the ice. it will look from the bottom and get us a 2d map. >> reporter: it is crunched with satellite data to create 3d photography, providing information about the structure. >> here in the sea the area of the ice is shrinking compared to other areas. we are trying to understand the process, why this area of the ice is reducing. so far a small area has been mapped, about the size of it 100 football pitches.
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scientists says it's an important step in making routine measurements to understand large scale changes happening in antarctica. you can read more about that on the website aljazeera.com. and there you'll find all the day's other top stories. aljazeera.com. a violent night in ferguson missouri, protesters rage, setting cars and buildings on fire. this after the grand jury decides against indicting police officer dilson for the death of michael brown. anger erupting in city, marchers filling the streets from new york to oat land. what they want to happen. >> president obama looking for a leader at the pentagon, the fall out after chuck hagel's
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resignation as defense secretary. >> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm dell waters. >> the streets turned violent overnight after a grand jury cleared officer darren wilson in the shooting death of michael brown. >> president obama's calls for calm falling on deaf years. police report looting and gunshots, and used smoke bombs and tear gas to break up the crowds. >> the announcement sparked protests. >> we have team coverage for you. mike viqueira has the reaction from washington. john terrett more on the grand jury's decision in ferguson, but we'll start with robert ray, who is at the command center in jennings - you were at the thick of things. scribe what you heard and saw. br. >> good morning. this is the command center. over my shoulder that's ferguson, where you see the
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flashing lights. that's the street that is literally on fire. what we experienced was a violent scene and angry young men taking to the streets lighting businesses on fire. businesses are burning. multiple rounds of gun fire went off. as we were on the streets yesterday, last night, and it was a very dangerous situation. unfortunately, it is an active crime zone. no one an allowed in, but police, so they can figure out how to distinguish the fires that are going in this dark cold morning in the metro area. >> what is the police preps there? how many cops are you seeing on the streets? >> it's massive. the roadblocks surrounding the street behind me where the fires are going.
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it's incredible. it took us five or six different roadblocks to get into the demand center. much different to last night. a few roadblocks existed last night. this morning they amped it up, based upon what occurred overnight, the surprising event. >> when the announcement came down, did anyone expect things to get out of hand so fast? >> no. not a chance. i can tell you our team never expected to see the amount of fires lit, looting or destruction. never in our wildest imagination would we expect a situation like that, nor did the police. overnight they came out and gave a press conference, 2am eastern time, where they said the stuff that would happen, one officer
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said he could use 10,000 police officers. no one expected it. clearly we expect some incidents to go on, and not this violence or the fires raging. >> since we saw the worst, or could things flare-up again this morning? >> well that is the question of the morning. i don't know, to give my honest assessment of the situation, i really don't know. clearly these are angry young men, not happy with the grand jury's decision, or the state of the current lives, or the police department. and the way they feel they've been treated. it could amp up and erupt again. we should be on guard and expect anything to occur this morning and into today. >> robert ray live from jennings, missouri, in the thick of things all night long
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the protests began moments after prosecutor c mc-cullock made the announcement. john terrett is coughing that part of the story, and is live at ferguson police department. good morning to you. the prosecutor was thorough in his preparation as to why darren wilson was not indicted. >> he was, good morning to you. good morning dell as well. the posterior bob mcculloch going on for 20 minutes and answering questions afterwards. here on the ground, outside the ferguson police headquarters someone set up a large set of speakers on a trolley. the crowd listened carefully to his words. the clip played - they did not notice that clip, and it took a
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while, but eventually people started saying "no indictment", and the chant went out. a group of protesters after that went up to the police barrier and kicked it in, and forced police to come out of the fire station next door, and from that point things went downhill. >> more than 4800 pages of evidence released. can you tell us a bit about some of those highlights. >> yes, 5,000 pages almost released by bob mcculloch, the st louis county prosecutor. of all of it, the most interesting from the police officer darren wilson, because according to the testimony given by darren wilson, and made public, he asked michael brown and a friend to get out of the rode. they refused, gave him backchat and was profeign, and he said what's wrong with the sidewalk and michael brown came over to the car, according to darren wilson, as darren wilson tried
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to get out of it, michael brown pushed him back in, punching him twice through the open window of the car. darren wilson feared the third punch could be fatal. at that point he struck michael brown. michael brown turned around and looked at darren wilson for all the world like demonic. and we think event that we know unfolded after that. that is the most striking. there's a lot to go through, and i think in the coming days or weeks as we read in detail we'll learn more. i don't think all of it has been released. certain more than we thought yesterday would be released has been. >> turning to the violent unrest, the reaction to this decision that we saw overnight. we know that governor nixon called on the national guard, and saw plenty of police it seemed, but not so much of the national guard. is there a reason for that?
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>> the national guard did turn up in the end actually. we did not see them during the height of the confrontation, which is pretty bad here, not as bad as where robert ray was on west florissant avenue. they came to protect the police station behind me, 100 of them, in full riot gear. we saw the national guard, and, of course, the evening outside the police station saw two police cars overturned and burnt. a little bit of looting, and the police clamped down on that by marching on the protesters, forcing them down here outside the gaits of the police station and firing a lot of tear gas. they say they weren't firing tear gas, just smoke. that is not true. there was plenty of tear gas in the air, and we felt the effect here. >> john terrett, live from ferguson. >> officer darren wilson wrote a letter to his supporters thanking them for standing by him during what he calls a
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stressful time. he says: the family of michael brown reacting to the grand jury decision saying they were disappointed, calling on protesters to keep things peaceful. brown's mother lesley mcspadden took part in the protests last night. we'll here more from brown's parents, they'll talk to reporters around noon eastern time. >> senior washington correspondent mike viqueira joins us live. what is president obama saying about the grand jury's decision. >> well, the president appeared in the briefing room shortly after the grand jury decision was announced in the st louis area, and he issued a call for
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calm and peaceful protests, if there was to be protests, and said he was echoing the statement made before the grand jury decision was announced by the parents of michael brown. as the president appeared in the briefing room, there was a split creep as he appealed for calm. we could see pictures of unrest starting to unfold even then on the streets of ferguson, including police cars that were attacked. the president spoke of the underlying social issues that brought us to this point. here is more of what the president had to say. >> there are still problems and communities of colour are not just making these problems up. separating that from this particular decision there are issues which the law too often feels as if it is being applied in a discriminatory fashion. >> and the president also called media to show restraint. there's obviously a large media
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contingent in force to chronicle the unrest and everything else in reaction to the grand jury decision, the president implying that the media plays a role in stoking a lot of what we see on the streets. >> we know federal investigators have been in ferguson for months, what do we here from attorney general eric holder. >> that's right. and president obama noted that even though he didn't show up in ferguson, a lot of people called for him to do so, attorney general eric holder did as the events unfolded in august, and the actions in the shooting of michael brown. there's a civil right investigation by the justice department. and an investigation into the ferguson police department at large, to see whether there's a pattern and practice of racial profiling and other civil rights issues involved in law enforce. . eric holder releasing a lengthy statement reading:
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attorney general eric holder went on to characterise the investigation as in the mature statement. in other words, nearing the final stages of what the federal government is doing, the department of judds vetting the shooting, and -- investigating -- department of justice investigating the shooting and participation human rights violations mike viqueira live in washington. >> that decision sparking protests around the country, demonstrators shutting down three bridges after marching across manhattan. there were a number of rests, including in times square, william bratton was splattered with fake blood. protesters marched marched and shut down several streets through downtown chicago. demonstrations will continue again this morning. >> in the st louis area, a police officer was shot in the
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arm not too far from the unrest in ferguson. it happened near washington university. county officials say it was not related to the protest. the fer was hospitalized and a search for the suspect under way. >> let's bring in leo maguire, the former sheriff of burr gone county new jersey, thank you for being with us for perspective. now that we have seen the grand jury test moany, what they -- testimony, what they saw and heard, did they make the right call? are you convinced darren wilson was in fear of his life when he shot michael brown. >> i don't think there was doubt. one of the things the prosecutor did right was present all the evidence they have. grand jury's meat in -- meet in secret. there's an interpret distrust. in this case the prosecutor was transparent. authorities vetted
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simultaneously, along with st louis, and now you have a verdict that would be the same jury if we went to trial. >> a grand jury can indict a ham sandwich you have heard. were they examining the trial issues or probable cause. >> they look at the evidence and determine only if there's probable cause, and in this case what the charges may be in this particular case. all the extraneous factors that we are hearing about with the civil rights violations or some of the racial profiling allegations mean nothing when it comes to the point in time when it occurred on the street with darren wilson and michael brown. >> let's talk about the violence, the rehabilitation to this decision -- rehabilitation to this decision. we heard from john terrett, our report are on the ground. he saw some of the national guard. but we heard from some others not much police presence as in
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august. do you feel the police did enough keeping the situation under control in terms of leading up to this matter and then after. >> as we see from hindsight. it looks like they did. the national guard deployed later in an appropriate fashion. they wanted people to expend their energy, which was expected. they were prepared for that. the fact that there was some damage, and i'm not saying any damage is okay - two police cars and numerous businesses and widespread looting. how does that correlate to peaceful protests, and people being heard for the grievances that they have. breaking into someone's business, their own livelihood. that is nothing to do with their right to peaceful protests. >> and no loss of lie. leo - he'll be back with us throughout the morning. >> stay with us, in five minutes we'll speak to a protestor in ferguson, and at the top of the hour we go back to our team of
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reporters on the ground. >> president obama looking for a new defense secretary. chuck hagel's resignation coming two years into his job. he's stepping down under the criticism he didn't fully embrace the administration's policies, he'll stay on until a new person is appointed. what are we talking about here? >> there were issues that seemed to put chuck hagel out of step with the obama administration. in part the syria policy, and chuck hagel questioning the administration's plans to deal with syrian president bashar al-assad, and tension over the speed of which detainees at guantanamo from transferred to other countries, because of the president's policemen to close the prison camp in cubament talking to insiders at the pentagon, i got the sense a lot came down to a clash between secretary chuck hagel, and
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president obama's national security advisors susan rice, and when it came down - push came to shove, the president was willing to side with his national security advisor, whom he sees every day, and not so much with secretary hagel, whom he never bonded about. >> based on what you are saying, secretary hagel was forced, is what it sounds like what you are saying? >> i don't think there's a question that he was pushed out. when the president wants a cabinet member to resign, he doesn't have to arriving for a resignation. it's generally clear. the pentagon and the white house said that this came after several weeks of discussion about the role, and became obvious to him that the president was seeking his resignation. in that circumstance that's what you do. you offer to resign.
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>> thank you very much. stay with us, we'll have a lot more on that story, and the unrest overnight in ferguson missouri. we'll hear from a resident who said this is a battle she kont walk away from. >> the city hit with more snow. not out of the woods just
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our top story - anger in ferguson, missouri. businesses there are burning. protests turned violence after the grand jury decided not to indict officer darren wilson in connection with the shooting death of michael brown. at least a dozen businesses and
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a number of cars were burned. as many as 150 shots were fired during the course of night. >> ariel brown grew up in the area and has been taking part in peaceful protests since august. good morning, what is your reaction to what happened on the streets last night? >> honestly, i think emotions started boiling over after the announcement was made. i think you combine that with a few people that saw an opportunity, and maybe a few joined it, and it got crazy, out of hand. >> the grand jury has spoken, michael brown is dead, buildings burnt - do you keep protesting? >> we will keep protesting. we don't agree with the announcement. it's one thing where a lot of people are angry, hurt, and it's a deal that we have been out here working, peacefully, for
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over 100 plus days, and announcements come out and what you are basically saying is not even peace cabinets the right results. there's a lot that came out last night. there was a large crowd last night. a lot of those people were not protesters that have been out here for the past 100 days. there's extra company. what we don't want to happen is those out here working taking the blame and the fall. >> captain ron johnson of missouri highway patrol saying the violent response is on the people. he was concerned about people from out of state, other towns coming in and causing the violence. he's putting onus on the people of ferguson, is he right. >> you know. i could say that, but we know who the individuals were. i can speak for those that we know. there's a core of us. we know none of us had anything
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to do with that. >> we know you live in wichita, a 7-hour drive to ferguson. you did it multiple times, this is a fight you cannot walk away from. why is that? >> i'm not a mother. michael brown could be my son. i grew up in north st louis. i couldn't sit home and watch this take place. a lot of people brush it off as not their issue. i don't need to wait for this to take a stand. there has been a million michael browns, but this is the straw that broke the camel's back, we thought enough was enough, and it's time to fight. >> you are a mother with a 12-year-old son. what conversations do you have with him about this? >> you know, i had to have a lot of what us black mothers call the conversation, where we teach them there's certain things to do and don't say when confronted by cops, because we don't want
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to make matters worse and you'll be judged by some that look at us a certain way, or have preconceived ideas based on other individuals. it's a tough conversation to have with him. i mean, he as access to the internet. you can't keep things from kids. he's curious, frustrated and scared. he's wondering, you know, could this be me, could it happen to me. it's a hard time to be alone. it's one of those times where you are adjusting getting ready for life. >> ariel brown from ferguson, thank you for joining us. whether also a story buffalo catching a break. the melting snow has not caused as much damage as they feared. flooding is isolated, they are still under flood and wind warnings, and will have app effect on holiday travel. >> let's bring in nich nicole
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mitchell. >> it's cold are after the front. it's causing new problems. as it lingers through the south, we see low pressure areas developing into a nor-easter. this is by midday wednesday a big travel day for a lot of people. look at the big corridors that will be exacted by the rain along the coastline, snow, and on the backside of all this, getting to the coastlinement we have winter storm warnings. some of the totals, 6 inches to a good along the coastline. it will be a mess tomorrow. >> it will be a busy news day. >> officials in ferguson call for peace after violent protests overnight. >> buildings and cars burnt. police using tear gas to get the crowds under control.
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we'll talk to a blogger about what happens next.
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>> it's a chilling and draconian sentence... it simply cannot stand. >> this trial was a sham... >> they are truth seekers... >> all they really wanna do is find out what's happening, so they can tell people... >> governments around the world all united to condemn this... >> as you can see, it's still a very much volatile situation... for peace after violent prote s you are looking live at ferguson, missouri, where fire crews have been busy all night putting out fires set by protesters angry over the grand jury decision. jonathan clark is a blogger, and
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joins us from st louis county. thank you for being with us. if you saw ariel brown. she was moved to tears. what was your reaction to the emotion that we saw when the grand jury decided not to ipp despite officer darren wilson. >> i'll -- indict officer darren wilson. >> it's one of profound disappointment in event i witnessed. i was in ferguson. deep disappointment. and it's one feeling that much of this probably could have been avoided early on, just not feeling that the process has been completed. a lot of people wanted to see this in open court. >> if i could just interrupt you
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for a second. nothing that happened last night changed what happened. michael brown is dead. the grand jury responsibling. if someone is responsible for what could happen next, what do you think the proper course of action should be for people like yourself? >> i wrote about this, actually, a few months ago, shortly after the initial unrest. i said that the first thing that we needed was some level of transparency, i think we had a little bit of that. the first thing we need to realise is that there has been a call for healing. and we need to understand that healing is something that takes a while to take place. if we think of this like any other wound. the first thing you have to do is stop the bleeding. we are still bleeding here, we are gushing as a matter of fact. you have to stop the bleed aring, and you have to -- bleeding, and you have to realise that healing is a long process - if it comes at all. we can look forward to that.
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i don't see a direct path to it. >> i'll have to cut it out. stop you there, we are up against a hard clock. jonathan clark joining us live. >> ahead in the next hour - more on the top story, the unrest in ferguson, missouri. fracking waste water only on al jazeera america
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>> i'm joie chen, i'm the host of america tonight, we're revolutionary because we're going back to doing best of storytelling. we have an ouportunity to really reach out and really talk to voices that we haven't heard before... i think al jazeera america is a watershed moment for american journalism >> a night of rage as ferguson goes up in flames, fires, looting and gunshots on the streets of a divided city. >> our community takes responsibility for what happens tonight, as far as tearing our community apart. >> a grand jury decision leading to

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