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the president of the islamic community center in phoenix. thanks so much for joining us. >> thanks. >> that's it for me this hour. i'll be back 5:00 p.m. eastern in "the situation room." for our international" "amanpour" is coming up next. for our viewers in north america, "newsroom" with brooke baldwin starts right now. all right, wolf blitzer. thank you so much. great to be with all of you on this monday. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. got to get to these huge governments out of texas today where this isis sympathizer and his accomplice have been killed after opening fire outside this exhibit. this exhibit was featuring cartoon drawings of the prophet muhammad. the event, sponsored by the american freedom defense initiative which some critics describe as a hate group, offered as much as $10,000 for the best cartoon of prophet muhammad knowing full well that muslims consider any depiction of the prophet blasphemous and knowing such offenses in the past have been met with deadly violence. this time the gunmen were the
only ones to die. >> in about ten minutes to 7:00 a dark-colored vehicle pulled up to the west entrance parking lot. there was a police officer, a police car there blocking that entrance. when that car pulled up and stopped, those officers began to exit their vehicle, and two men exited the dark-colored sedan. both of them had assault rifles came around the back of the car, and started shooting at the police car. the police officer in that car began returning fire and struck both men, taking them down. >> let me share this with you as well. this is a photo of one of the shooters, elton simpson of phoenix. it is believed it was sichmpson who sent a tweet prior to the attack claiming responsibility.
he used #texasattack. joining me now, paul cruickshank. listen, you have plots. we've talked about lone wolves. this man was actually in communication with isis members, social media links to isis. to me that seems pretty significant. >> well very significant indeed brooke. in that tweet you just put up on screen he's actually it would appear, declaring allegiance to al baghdadi the head of isis in the minutes before launching this attack saying both he and his fellow attacker were pledging allegiance to the leader of the faithful. and also reaching out on twitter to this british isis fighter in syria before the attack calling on his followers to follow this
british isis fighter, essentially appointing him as his spokesman after the attack so isis can have some ownership over it for propaganda purposes. this does appear to be an isis-inspired attack the second isis-inspired attack we've seen in the united states. back last october, you'll recall that there was that hatchet attack on nypd officers in queens, new york. but there's growing concern about this. more than 30 americans have now been charged for material support for isis. we've seen sort of a number of plots now thwarted in the united states people talking about launching attacks. >> but here's my question following up when you mention the hatchet attack. i know isis was sort of encouraging specific types of plots. do we know yet whether or not isis headquarters for lack of a better phrase said to this guy, go commit this attack or was he simply inspired by the ideology that is isis? >> well that's something the fbi, brooke are going to be looking at very closely.
i think all the indications at this point is this is basically a lone wolf attack by a couple of guys who had become radicalized who then reached out to isis for some help on the propaganda side. but this guy simpson, has a long track record in jihad. >> he was on probation. >> absolutely. and between 2006 and 2010 the fbi launched this sting operation against him. he's recorded telling an informer he wants to go fight in somalia. he's then convicted of lying to an fbi officer and sent to prison. it's when he gets out of prison a number of years later that he then eventually launches this attack attack. so a lot of questions about this given he was on the fbi radar screen. how on earth was he able to get ahold of an assault rifle, given that fact. >> all right. paul cruickshank, thank you so much. i want to bring in the field coordinator for turning point
usa. stephanie, you were there over the weekend. correct me but i understand you weren't there in a position covering the muhammad exhibit when this shooting happened. just clarify for me why it was you wanted to go. >> i was not there actually covering it. i had just heard about it that morning and thought it would be an interesting event to go to. i really value free speech and seeing lots of different ideas, whether they're more abrasive or less abrasive. i thought it would just be interesting to see what it is they had to put on and what kind of pieces were submitted to the contest itself. >> so let's just talk about -- let me begin with the security. just to access this event, to walk inside what did you have to go through? >> there was massive security presence. you weren't even able to get your car into the lot without having your name on a list of people that had prooeftsly purchased tickets and signed up to attend this event. you were sent through metal detectors. if you had a belt or nails in
your boots, you were wanded and then allowed into the event. >> from law enforcement talking this morning at this news conference i understand this organization that put it on spared no expense. $30,000 on security. so i'm then wondering, what was the mood? were people fearful that an attack was possible? was that palpable or not at all? >> i'm sorry? >> what was the mood? since they spent thousands of dollars on security was there a fear of a possible attack? >> the mood actually was very calm. i think we all understood what could possibly happen. i was familiar with pamela gellar's work before this. i expected protesters. i think that was the feeling throughout the room. there wasn't any kind of unease. people were calm and seemed comfortable and content with what was going on and where they were. >> all right. so were you taking part in any of the drawing itself? or you simply wanted to go
because free speech you just wanted to take it in? >> i just wanted to take it in. i didn't submit any drawings. i didn't make any drawings. we only heard about it that morning. so we decided to make a sunday afternoon out of kind of seeing what it was that they wanted to bring to irving or to garland. >> so why -- do you live in this community? do you live outside of dallas? i understand most of the people who went were actually from out of town. i'm wondering how the community -- i understand from folks who live in the area that this was something that was not wanted there. >> i live outside of garland. i'm closer to dallas. i don't know what the community feeling on it was. i know that after the area went on lockdown, there were quite a few people who were not happy with what was going on. but overall, i hadn't really heard anything about this event until yesterday morning. >> do you think, final question -- do you think the message of this event, was it in the end worth it?
>> i think any time that you want to advocate for free speech and you get kind of what pamela gellar was enticing them to do then it's worth it. we should never fear what we're saying and what you're drawing. there should always be a peaceful way to counter what you don't agree with. it could have been a great opportunity here for massive protests against this against blasphemy against the prophet. that opportunity was not taken. i think that shines a light on our lack really of understanding the different ends of free speech that are possible. >> stephanie conway, i appreciate your perspective. thank you. obviously a number of people would disagree with stephanie. she also mentioned a name you perhaps have never heard of. pamela gellar she's no stranger to controversy. coming up you're going to meet someone who wrote an entire chapter about her in his book. and you'll hear from pamela gellar herself. also coming up we'll take you live to the shooter's apartment where the feds are
searching for evidence and whether there are any other threats here. moments from now, president obama is expected to address the unrest in baltimore during a speech on my brother's keeper. we'll take it live. stay with me. i'm brooke baldwin. you're watching cnn. this allergy season, will you be a sound sleeper, or a mouth breather. a mouth breather! well, put on a breathe right strip and shut your mouth. allergy medicines open your nose over time,
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positions. her proponents praise her for sounding the alarms of dangers of extreme islam. geller told cnn while she was not expecting the attack on sunday, she admits she wasn't too surprised. but she still stands by her stance that the discussion about anti-jihadism must happen. >> there's a problem in islam. and the problem is we can't talk about the problem. we are seeing the wholesale slaughter of christians in iraq and in syria. in nigeria, in the congo, central african republic. the jihad is raging. all we can talk about is backlashaphobia. it's nonsense. when you say it's anti-muslim, excuse me i'm anti-jihad. anyone that says i'm anti-muslim is implying that all muslims support jihad. that sounds islamaphobic to me. the first amendment, not the
eighth not the tenth, but the first protects all speech not just ideas that we like. even core political speech ideas that we don't like. who would decide what's good and what's forbidden? the islamic state, the government? inoffensive speech needs no protection. but in a pluristic society, you have offensive speech. you have an exchange of ideas. you don't shut down a discussion because i'm
offended. >> joining me now, luther college professor of religion todd green. he's also the author of "the fear of islam" which examines america and europe's views of islam. so welcome, todd. i know you spent an entire chapter in your book on this woman. the term savagery is how she often describes the actions. who is she, and how did she become such a lightning rod? >> first of all, brooke thanks for having me.
pamela geller has been around for a while, but in terms of her career as an anti-islam activist probably for about a decade she's been pretty seriously devoted to this blogging particularly on her website about muslims and islam and demonizing muslims. but it's really in 2010 and the part 51 controversy in lower manhattan that she really shot to fame when she became one of the main leaders of the islamaphobia industry. it's because of these quote/unquote ground zero mosque protests we know about today. >> pamela geller was saying, i'm not anti-muslim, i'm anti-jihad. sounds like she has some specific beliefs, whether you agree with her or not. what does she believe when it comes to muslims and islam? >> pamela geller believes that islam is inherently violent,
inherently prone to terrorism and should be condemned wholesale. this is not someone who minces words. this is not someone who has a nuanced perspective on islam or its 1.6 billion practitioners. that's one of the reasons why the southern poverty law center and the anti-defamation league have both condemned her organization the american freedom defense initiative as a hate group. >> bigger picture, todd you wrote this whole book on islamaphobia here in america. what did you find? what did you think would most surprise us? >> well that this is a very long history in terms of the anxieties and the fears and really the hostilities towards islam and muslims in the west. this goes all the way back to the middle ages. it's alive and well today in the 21st century. so its longevity personcertainly would be a surprise to a lot of people that these aren't
particularly new. some of the threads connecting these anxieties over the centuries are pretty similar, particularly the concerns westerners have. it was a concern five centuries ago. it's a concern in the 21st century as well. >> five centuries ago. it's been around a long long time. todd green, the author of "the fear of islam." thank you so much, sir, for your time today. coming up next big event in the bronx. we're watching and waiting for the president of the united states set to give remarks at a college campus. a relaunch of his effort known as my brother's keeper. he'll likely focus some of his comments on what we've seen in baltimore. will he mention any of the charges against those six police officers there? we'll take that live. plus, i was in that neighborhood. i was walking the streets where you know freddie gray lived, was arrested. i talked to people who grew up there. we'll share parts of those
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moments from now, an event that perhaps hints at what president obama will do once he leaves the presidency. live pictures here. my brother's keeper event at lehman college in the bronx. the president focusing on a struggle he's facing in the here and now, the lack of opportunity for young minority men and boys. the president is set to announce he's spinning off his initiative my brother's keeper which develops mentorships and other programs. it's an initiative that's turning into a nonprofit. while the president is making his announcement there in the bronx, there is no doubt of baltimore's relevance here. >> thank you for everything you did. >> just one week after the demonstrations the riots there over the death of a young man in police custody, the curfew is gone. the national guard on its way
out of baltimore. and six police officers have been charged in freddie gray's death. the protest for change in disadvantaged communities certainly still persists. so first we go to the bronx to white house correspondent michelle kosinski there, following the president and his big event there. first set it up. exactly what do you think the president's message will be? >> hey, brooke. yeah, i think it's pretty much assured we'll hear something on what's been going on in baltimore. even if he's not going to get into specifics again. because we have heard him speak now twice on that subject. at least one of those times pretty forcefully, using direct language that surprised some people. we asked that question, too, as to whether the timing of this announcement that my brother's keeper was going to turn into this private, nonprofit that's going to last beyond his presidency. this is timed because of what happened in baltimore. the white house said no this has been planned for some time. but it fits right along with
those themes and some of the questions that the white house has been getting over the last couple of weeks of what can white house do what can we do on a national level to try to help people within these communities. goes along with some of what the president has been saying about trying to offer more opportunity and more investment in these communities. so we know he's going to talk about the need for that. and i think everybody's watching to see what exactly more he's going to say on baltimore and how this might tie into that brooke. >> we'll be watching for it. we'll take it live. michelle kosinski thank you so much. we'll also be talking to alonso morning, who's a buddy of the president and also shares those same values of helping underprivileged kids in the country. we'll talk to him about that in a bit. focusing now, though on baltimore, which is going to enter its second night without a curfew here. there's a phenomenal essay on cnn.com. it details how the west baltimore of today, aside of all these uprisings and demonstrations and some of the rallies rallies, may have been even more disadvantaged than say, a generation ago.
it's a piece entitled "lord of the flies comes to baltimore." its writer, cnn's john blake, joins me from his hometown. i thought the piece was wonderful. if i may, can we just begin how you open the piece. you talk about your neighbor back in the day, this man by the name of -- who you call mr. shields. who was he? >> mr. shields was a very common sight in my neighborhood. he was a working-class black man who worked at a steel plant. he was kind of like a neighborhood figure that we all looked up to. for example, if i walked to my corner store, i would see a mr. shields. i would say hi to him. up the street, i would see a mr. street. then i would see another mr. person. there are all these men that surrounded us that we looked up to. >> i'm going to loop back to that point in a minute. but you write, quote, it's surreal to see your old neighborhood go up in flames as commentators try to explain the rage with various complex racial and legal theories, but when i
return to my home this week the rage made sense to me. how did it make sense to you? >> well because there are no men, there wasn't that kind of support system i had when i was there. when i was there, the city was full of rec centers, full of baseball league. there were summer jobs. all those were gone. so i feel like there's all this rage and anger, and there's no men to guide it. there's no infrastructure in place for jobs or for rec centers, for young men to vent out this energy. >> the little league fields all of that. all of these opinions were voiced to me last week. so connect this to the lord of the flies, the 1954 novel where you have this crash landing of this plane, all the adults die, ultimately it's kids building this society without supervision. as you write they descend into
tribalism and savagery. connect that to what's happening today with young men and the lack of role models in these communities. >> yeah i think at a certain point young men start to tune out women. i think, for example, when a guy gets around 15 16 or 17 he's more prone to listen to a man. if a man isn't there a young man's internal moral compass won't really develop. it's so easy for him to veer off into really savage directions. i look back at some of the things i did that were so stupid that were so savage. but i had people around me that gradually pulled me away from that. almost all of them were men. >> so is it because there is this sort of lack of, you know solid working class, blue-collar jobs right now? i know you pointed out the lack of rec centers and little league fields. but i also measure that with one sense of personal
responsibility growing up no matter what neighborhood you're in and knowing the difference between right and wrong. john blake, did i lose you? you're live on tv. i hate when this happens. it's a wonderful essay. it's on cnn.com. check it out. meantime stand by for president obama's remarks. we'll take it live. more on our breaking news also. how we are now hearing the identities of the two men who opened fire in texas outside that event that featured this contest to draw a cartoon of the prophet muhammad. breaking details on their connections to isis and the fbi search going on in their homes right now. kellogg's® frosted mini-wheats®... 8 layers of wheat... and one that's sweet. for the adult and kid in all of us. (supergrass' "alright") plays throughout ♪ kellogg's frosted mini wheats® feed your inner kidult. wish your skin could bounce back like it used to? new neutrogena hydro boost water gel.
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house initiative that he launched in february my brother's keeper, i just want to take you back to baltimore with me. i was there all last week. i was speaking to some pretty incredible young people who can speak directly to why programs such as the president's are so key. living in freddie gray's neighborhood you have kids who support themselves by selling drugs. it's a community filled with absent parents and few community resources or recreational centers. and little motivation to get an education or seek a brighter future. but that changed. here's a piece of what i saw. >> how long did you sell drugs? >> it wasn't a long time, but after seeing something going for so long it's only a matter of time until you partake in it no matter what it is. it's like sports. if you grow up in a community where everybody's playing sports you're likely to play some kind of sports. >> it's what you know. it's your community. what were you selling? >> heroin cocaine. i mean light stuff. >> you consider that light?
>> i mean -- >> you consider that light. that's the reality here in baltimore here on these streets. what needs to happen now? how does this get -- whole situation improve? because not all cops are bad. >> hold these officers accountable for their actions. if i were to hurt you right here right now, i would go to jail. i wouldn't go on vacation with pay, none of that. i wouldn't go back to work. i would be sitting in a cell until they decide what they're going to do to me what they want to do to me whatever. but these cops are just -- it's like they got a bit of freedom right now. it's weird. that's the numbing feeling, like they can get away with it. people just feel -- that's why people are scared of cops. it's like you don't know what's going to happen. am i going to be the next freddie gray's freddie gray's
freddie gray if i come in contact with a cop? >> did you grow up believing you had limited options? >> no. >> what changed? >> my grandma always worked hard and is still working hard doing the things you need to do. but throughout her working, the presence of a parent was missing. so we kind of raised ourself. >> presence of a parent, meaning your dad who's been incarcerate incarcerated. >> yeah. my mom, who isn't incarcerated but just wasn't active. we have a good relationship now. but i'm grown now. >> what options were limited to you, are limited to so many people in this community? >> education, recreation. we have no recreational centers in this community.
our primary care was adult with substance abuse problems. but having a director that's so passionate when i came in and implicated we need something for the youth, he was all for it. we understand like i said there's no recreation centers around here. >> just sitting here and looking around you have all these different row houses right. i see a grocery over there. i've seen liquor stores. i've seen churches. that's it. >> that's it. >> thank you both so much for your time with me last week in baltimore. again, as soon as we see the president take to that podium in the bronx, we'll bring it to you live. meantime there's so much more coming out of this story out of texas. this accused isis sympathizer and his accomplice shot and killed outside this event featuring a drawing contest, cartoons of the prophet muhammad. also next the sudden rise of
baltimore's chief prosecutor. her decision to charge those six police officers in the death of freddie gray elevated her to the spotlight. now we're learning more about how she came to arrive at that decision. cnn's exclusive interview with marilyn mosby and her prominent husband in that city, next.
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as we wait for president obama, some huge developments today out of texas, where this isis sympathizer and his accomplice have been killed after opening fire outside an exhibit featuring cartoon drawings of the prophet muhammad. this event sponsored by the american freedom defense initiative, which a number of critics describe as a hate group, offered up as much as $10,000 for the best cartoon of the prophet muhammad. now we have a photo of one of the shooters here. he's elton simpson of phoenix, arizona. it is believed simpson actually sent a tweet prior to that
attack claiming responsibility. joining me now is rosa flores, who's been working this all day. first question, i understand the governor of texas has now weighed in. what did he say? >> yes the governor of texas, greg abbott saying he was briefed by the mayor and the texas department of public safety. he's offering all the resources of the lone star state to make sure that they get to the bottom of this. he's also praising those police officers who were on scene and as you know brooke that one officer used his duty pistol in order to stop those assailants. he's acknowledging that offering all of the resources of texas in order for them to get to the bottom of it. >> what more do we know about the suspect? i mentioned that he, you know sent out a tweet ahead of time. but he clearly was at least motivated by isis' radical ideology. >> and we know that he was an isis sympathizer. he was actually linked to an
isis member online. i'm not sure if we have those tweets available, but i want to read one of them. >> back and forth. >> yeah there's a lot of back and forth. he specifically wrote this. i want to mention this. so this one in particular is the one that the suspect first sent. it says the bro with me and myself have given bay -- we've translated that. it pretty much means -- >> giving ourself over to the jihad. >> exactly. may allah accept us as mujahideen. we have the isis member who retweeted that tweet and also september this out. quote, the brothers in texas may have had no experience in shooting but they was quick to defend the honor of the prophet muhammad. that was his words. so we're not learning -- we're also learning more from the
community center the islamic community center in phoenix, from the president of that organization there, saying that the suspect actually went by ibrahim, by that name. he'd gone to that mosque for many months. he never talked about violence. he says quote, that he was a nice guy. so again, we're just kind of piecing things together gathering information both online and from people on the ground as to who was this man. and maybe, you know, try to find out why he did this. >> yeah still so early. rosa thank you so much. for that we have more from texas. also just a heads up as we can show you live pictures of what's happening not too far from where i am in the bronx at lehman college. what we'll play for you on the other side of the break as we watch and wait for him to speak live he sat down and held a round table, a conversation ahead of his my brother's keeper initiative. this is his initiative nationwide to help young men of color in this country. stay tuned for that. the president, next.
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last february. it's an initiative that really reaches out to young boy, young men of color and using the power of the presidency to get foundations and businesses working together to help these young boys and young men across the country. so president obama has stopped by this college here in the bronx, in new york. so as they're running a smidge late but we're going to take that as soon as it happens. but just within the last few minutes, he sat down with a number of young men and had a round table. here it was. >> if you have any doubt about the incredible promise and potential of america, then you need to get to know these young men. because they are examples of intelligence hard work empathy and compassion some street
smarts and all these young men are going to do incredible things with their lives. many of them are already doing incredible things with their lives. part of what we want to do was to make sure we heard directly from young people who oftentimes are growing up in really tough situations single-parent households low-income communities, crime-infested areas. we've heard stories of some of these young men being stopped and put on the ground by police for no reason. domestic abuse inside the household. you know situations where the schools don't seem to be invested in their success. yet, despite all that these young men are succeeding in some remarkable ways. part of what i heard from them was that they're succeeding because somewhere along the line they've received a mentor somebody who's just paying attention to them and giving them some sense of direction.
part of what we've heard is that they've had the opportunity in some way to participate in community service and to get involved and have been able to show themselves that they matter and they count and they can make amazing things happen in their own communities. what all of them suggested is that if we're going to be successful in addressing some of the challenges that young men of color face around the country, is that their voices have to be part of how we design programs and how we address these issues. because they've got a lot to say. and what they say is powerful. >> so leading this initiative is of course the president. you see all these faces on your screen. you recognize these men helping with this foundation. you have john legend former nfl star jerome bettis, secretary of
state colin powell and senator cory booker. also alonso morning talks to me about his friendship with the president and why he shares his common value of helping underprivileged children in this country. >> we share the same interests, you know and it all resonates from when we were younger and understanding the opportunities we were given as children. there's a lot of children -- we understand there's a lot of kids out here especially young men of color, who have the ability but just don't have the resources. all of this is centered around basically trying to provide the same resources that we were given to these individuals, these young individuals that come from some very economically challenged areas. >> i want to get into some of those challenges. i witnessed them with my own eyes in some parts of west baltimore last week. as it pertains to these young
men of color, i know the president launched my brother's keeper last february. i know, you know you and your foundation you're out and about. you're helping young people as well. what is -- when you're talking to young men who have not a lot of hope and not a lot at their fingertips what is your message? >> well it's simple. that they're capable of doing anything that they set their mind to by surrounding themselves with the right people. through our foundation, you know that's exactly what we do. you think about young people and you think about the journey they have to take and all the obstacles they're confronted with. the difference between the ones that do well and the ones that don't do well is them having that strong voice of influence in their lives and that just makes the difference in whether or not they go left or right. so we bring these kids into this world. they don't ask to come into this world. everybody talks about the issues
that our young people are having and the problems but we don't have a youth problem. we have an adult problem. i think that adult problem is basically our adults not really prioritizing all the things necessary to help map out the right blueprint for our young people to take steps forward in life. >> you know i think you're hitting on an issue -- i talked to someone else in the show who wrote an essay on cnn.com saying where are all these black men in the communities because of incarceration over minor drug offenses. the lack of role models. you have the reverends from these churches and some community leaders, but there really is this dearth. you hadadd that with limited job opportunities and no rec centers. what do you have left? >> i think the president put it perfectly in his second state of the union speech that i had an opportunity to attend.
he said that the antidote for poverty is a world-class education. what we need to do is we need to dry to continue to provide those educational opportunities, which in turn is going to create options for these young men. many of them feel like they don't have options, but you arm them with the right information necessary for them to develop the right mentality and throughout their developmental process, exposure is key. we have to expose our young people to things outside of their community. as the old saying goes what they say is what they'll be. we got to show them other opportunities and what they can aspire to be. i think that's the dilemma we face. we just can't leave it to our public school system to do it. we can't. >> can i just ask you on a personal level, alonzo, how did yoe you feel growing up as a young man, a teenager how did you feel about police?
>> how did i feel about police? >> yes, sir. >> i looked at them as individuals that were given the job to serve and protect the community. i think that in the wake of some of the recent events around the country, the whole perception of police have changed and they are being looked at more as -- and not all of them are this but they're looked at more as adversaries. unfortunately, i really feel like we're at a state and time in our lives where we need to try to come together and address these issues. we're not on this island by ourself. we're all here together. we need to -- the individuals of authority need to address a lot of these issues that we're dealing with. i think that the long and short
of it is that we have to prepare our young people to handle positions of authority a little bit better in a lot of different ways. >> i bet, alonzo you have law enforcement friends. and i'm wondering on the flip side, you know what are they sharing with you in the wake of all of these stories we're seeing? not just in baltimore but nationwide. >> well i do have some friends of mine. it's a tough job. it's a tough job when you're in a position where you have to protect and serve, and many of them are intimidated. they are. they're scared of what they're confronted with on a daily basis. many of them kind of react without thinking. but as professionals, as professionals, we expect them to react and make the right decisions. many of them don't make the right decisions all the time. so because of that there's a stereotype that's created just
by a couple of bad apples. there's a stereotype that's created, you know, where all of us are kind of looking at these policemen and women and people that are supposed to protect and serve us, they're looked at as villains villains. >> joining me from the bronx around this whole my brother's keeper event, the alonzo mourning. it's been a pleasure. thank you so much. my best to you. >> thank you so much. thanks for having me. and that was alonzo mourning. here he is the president of the united states. just to set this up he's in the bronx in new york specifically speaking about this initiative my brother's keeper, helping young minority men and boys around this country, help bring them up help them find opportunities. he very well may address what's happened most recently in baltimore involving the death of freddie gray. let's listen. >> america is a place where you can make something of your lives. and i want to thank lehman for
hosting us here today. our community college system, our public education institutions they're all pathways for success. we're very proud of what they do. everything that we've done since i've been president the past 6 1/2 years, from rescuing the economy to giving more americans access to affordable health care to reforming our schools for all of our kids it's been pursuit -- it's been in pursuit of that one goal creating opportunity for everybody. we can't guarantee everybody's success. but we do strive to guarantee an equal shot for everybody who's willing to work for it. but what we've also understood for too long is that some communities have consistently had the odds stacked against them.