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but in many ways these are also troubled times. history doesn't always move in a straight line. and without vigilantance we can go backwards as well as forward. so part of the reason that i'm so happy the museum is opening this weekend is because it allows all of us as americans to put our current circumstances in a historical context. my hope is that as people are seeing what's happening in tulsa or charlotte on television and perhaps are less familiar with,
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not only the history of the african-american experience but also how recent some of these challenges have been upon visiting the museum may step back and say i understand. i sim thiez. i empathize. i can see why folks might be angry and i want to be part of the solution as opposed to resisting change. my hope is that black folks watching the same images on television and then seeing the history represented at this museum can say to themselves, the struggles we're going to today are connected to the past and yet all that progress we've
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made tells me i cannot and will not sink into despair because if we join hands and do things right we maintain our dignity and continue to appeal to the better angles of this nation. progress will be made. [ applause ] i was telling michelle, many of you know i get ten letters a day from constituents. and it's a great way for me to keep a pulse on how folks other than the pund aants on cable tv are thinking. i know it's a representative group because sometimes people
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say mr. president we just love you and we especially love michelle. you're doing such a great job, and thank you. and then others write and say mr. president you're an idiot and you've ruined this country. so i know i'm getting a real sampling of american public opinion. last night as i was reading through my letters, i'd say about half of them said mr. president why you always against police. and why aren't you doing enough to deal with these rigoters and the violence and then the other half, some black folks saying, mr. president why aren't you doing something about the
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police. and when are we actually going to get justice. and i understand the nature of that argument because this is dialogue we've been having for 400 years. the fact of the matter is that one of the challenges we have in generating a constructive discussion about how to solve these problems is because what people on see on television and what they hear on the radio is bereft of context and ignores history. and so people are just responding as if none of what's represented in this museum ever happened. and that's true for all of us.
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not just some of us. and so when i imagine children, white, black, latino, asian, native-american, wondering through that museum and sitting at that lunch counter and imagining what it would be like to stand on that auction block. and then also looking at shaq's shoes. [ laughter ] and chuck berry's red cadillac. my hope is that this -- this complicated, difficult,
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sometimes heroinig but i believ ultimately triumphant story will help us talk to each other. and more important listen to each other. and even more important, see each other. and recognize the common humanity that makes america what it is. [ applause ] so -- [ applause ] so that's a lot of weight to put on one institution. but michelle and i haven't taken, michelle's mom and our
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daughters to see it. we feel confident it will not just meet expectations, but far exceed them. and would not have happened without all of you. so you should be very, very proud. congratulations. god bless you. god bless america. >> the president of the united states at a white house reception honoring the opening this weekend of national museum of african-american history and culture and delivering very, very pointed, words giving the news of the day. happening now deadly moment between charlotte moments and keith scott, video cellphone footage of his wife pleading with the police officers. what's this footage reveal?
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there's concern the disturbing new video and changing narrative of the shooting could spark a new wave of protest in charlotte. the national guard is being ordered to stay through the weekend. after a night of peace will the city see another night of violence? cruz control. a stunning reversal of former presidential candidate ted cruz after a bitter primary battle, ted cruz is now endorsing the republican nominee. so what changed his mind? and powerful and sophisticated. exclusive cnn video shows the lethal force of the homemade bombs planted in new york city. they had potential for bigger blast than the boston marathon bo maniy bombs. does this video slhed new light on the suspect.
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i'm wolf blitzer and you're in the situation room. we're following breaking news. graphic, dramatic video of a shooting in charlotte, north carolina. the video recorded on cellphone by scott's wife who could be heard pleading with her husband and police officers. a source close to cnn tell us the gun police recovered from the scene was loaded. the source says they recovered finger prints and dna from the woman that matched up with scott. north carolina governor says national guard will stay in charlotte over the weekend in case protests turn violent. over the weekend demonstrations were peaceful following the mayhem. asking to release officer camera video with the confrontation of scott. hillary clinton is calling on
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police to make the video public, quote, without delay. former presidential candidate ted cruz has reversed course on donald trump, just endorsing him invoking clinton's name and insighting donald trump's appointed judges. cruz and trump had one of the most bitter rivalries. we will have that and more on cnn. let's get straight to charlotte with breaking news here. brian todd is there for us. there's video that is been released it's difficult to watch. >> it certainly is. and it has residents of this shell-shocked city again looking ahead in anticipation to tonight as night fall approaches in a couple hours as wolf just said a big factor in that dynamic will be the release short time ago of this dramatic new video that was
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recorded by the wife of keith lamont scott. >> he has no weapon. >> the graphic cellphone video which until today had not been shown to the police or public shows part of the confrontation between keith scott and the police. >> don't shoot him. don't shoot him. he didn't do anything. >> drop the gun. drop the gun. >> he doesn't have a gun. >> scott's wife begins recording police before her husband is shot they can be heard imploring police not to fire. tells police he has tbi and may be confused. the officers repeatedly tell her husband to exit his white vehicle ordering him to drop the gun. >> keith don't do it. >> scott's wife begs him to get out. >> keith get out of the car. >> scott can be seen getting out
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of the car then officers open fire. >> did you shoot him? >> the video only offers a limited view of what happened and no explanation why. >> he didn't do nothing to them. >> officers wearing bullet proof vest were shielding themselves behind cars. but attorneys from scott's family say individual yes did not show scott threatening the officers. >> he steps out of his vehicle, doesn't appear to be acting aggressive whatsoever, doesn't make quick moves, moving slowly, doesn't appear to be arguing or yelling at law enforcement. his hands are down by his side. >> several frames of the ridio do appear to show scott exiting the video but not clear if he moves towards police. also unclear from the video whether there's anything in his hand. this photo appears to show a gun lie on the ground. but scott's family and witnesses dispute that saying scott was not armed.
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for police chief says he believes scott was holding a gun bapsed on evidence and statemented but dash cam video which he's refused to release is not clear enough to show it. >> i don't have any official definite evidence that i can show and see him actually holding and pointing a gun at an officer. the issue what i'm seeing is i'm not able to see the correct ancient to see a weapon in his hand the first place. >> family lawyer who's have viewed the tapes also see no evidence of a weapon or of scott raising a gun to police. >> and with he have this breaking news just in the gun recovered from the scene of keith lamont scott's shooting was loaded. according to source close to the investigation. that same source telling us that investigators recovered finger prints, blood, and dna from the weapon matched up with scott we
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have to caution this forensic evidence doesn't prove that scott was armed at the moment he was shot. >> in charlotte. thank you. i want to play more of that video for the viewers right now. recorded by scott's wife who can be heard pleading with her husband and police. once again this video is disturbing and graphic. don't shoot him. don't shoot him. he has no weapon. he has no weapon. don't shoot him. [ bleep ]. >> drop the gun. >> drop the gun. >> don't shoot him. don't shoot him. he didn't do anything. >> drop the gun! drop the gun! >> he doesn't have a gun. he has a tbi. he's not going to do anything to you guys. [ shooting ]. did you shoot him? [ bleep ]. >> keith, don't let them break the windows. come on out the car. >> drop the gun. >> keith, don't do it. >> drop the gun.
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>> keith, get out the car. keith, keith, don't you do it. don't you do it. keith! keith! keith! don't you do it. [ shooting ]. did you shoot him? did you shoot him? did you shoot him? he better not be [ bleep ] dead. he better not be [ bleep ] dead. i know that [ bleep ] much. i know that much he better not be dead. i'm not coming near you. i'm going to record you. i'm not coming near you. i'm going to record you. he better be alive. he better be alive. how about that. yes we're over here at 9453 lexington court these are the police officers that shot my husband. >> wow. let's get more on the breaking news. the president of the nwacp cornell joining us thanks for joining us. >> thank you wolf. >> so what's your reaction to seeing this new video that scott's wife shot.
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you hear her voice. hear her yelling at the police. yelling at her husband, keith. you also hear police saying drop the gun, drop the gun repeatedly. >> it's heart breaking. it's heart breaking that we live in a age where a wife sees police officers confronting her husband. she's worried about her husband and she has to take out a cellphone and record the experience in order to have her voice and his life appreciated and respected. much remains to be known but this much we do know, in a void of information it is filled with doubt. it is filled with anxiety and filled with the possibility and prospect of violence. the police chief needs to release the video. we cannot play this waiting game any longer, no less than the president, the attorney general, the department of justice guidance, any number of public officials have called upon this
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police chief who is well respected to release the video. for it's important for the public to have as much information as possible as quickly as possible. we have the cellphone video. it is disturbing. it is graphic. it is horrific. but it does not speak to the credibility of the police force and their responsiveness to the public. that video being held by the police needs to be released forthwith. nothing less than that will do in this set of circumstances. so as we enter this evening and we're all anxious about what will happen we need that police department and particularly this police chief to talk to the public, engage the public and provide as much information to the public as is possible, particularly this video. we don't need to wait any longer. >> stle dash cam and body cam video but so far have refused to release.
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cornell, the gun police say they recovered from the scene of keith lamont scott in charlotte was loaded they say, a source close to the investigation tells cnn. same source says they recovered finger prints, blood and dna from the weapon that matched up with scott. so reaction to that news. could that change the direction of this investigation? >> well, if we can leak all of this forensic evidence, if we can leak the fact there may have been a gun, it may have been covered with blood or finger prints why can't we release these videos in the custody of the police. rather than pining over what may or may not be true let's consider the videos in the possession of the police. one thing we know is that bad news early could certainly be better news. the news on these videos may be bad but will certainly be better if it is entrusted to the public and the public is engaged in
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this process. so we can't pine on rumors coming out of the police department we can in fact speak 20 the videos in their possession. that's what we're in fact asking the police department and police chief to do. >> stand by, connell. there's more to discuss. i need to take a quick break of we'll continue our conversation as we get nor mfgs coming in from charlotte after this. ♪ [engine revving] want to know what makes us, us? by the time other people start doing what we've been doing, we've already moved on. the lexus gs 350 f sport, with better overall handling performance than the bmw 535i m sport. ♪ safety doesn't come in a box.
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confrontation in charlotte, north carolina, with keith lamont scott. right now police resisting pressure to release dash cam video with the encounter. we're back with president and ceo of acp cornell brooks. you heard earlier in the day the north carolina governor saying one reason they haven't released the video because in his words there's still interviews they need to conduct and releasing the video he suggests could under mine those interviews, does he have a point? >> certainly it is not uncommon in law enforcement to interview witnesses and then thereafter release the video. one thing fortunate to note, civilians shouldn't be called upon to be the steven spielberg or spike lee with their own
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experience with police violence we have body camera and dash cameras for this very reason. those videos can be very helpful in terms of alleviating the anxiety among the public and the concerns among the public as to whether or not the investigation or prosecution will in fact be fair. so the governor is lifting up a point but not the whole point. the law does allow access to these videos. the governor knows that and we can release these videos forthwith. >> as you know protests last night largely remained peaceful but with the new video that came out today do you expect they will stay peaceful tonight. >> we can certainly hope that the protests will stay peaceful based on what we saw last night can expect that. but let's not under estimate the
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anger that people feel. particularly when they know an unarmed black man is seven time morz likely to lose his life to the hands of the police than his white counter park. people seeing this viral violence at the hands of the police day in and day out. let's not test the patience of the people. let's respond to the peace of last night with transparency today. the chief of police can do that. he needs to did it and he needs to do it quickly. >> cornell you've been the president of naacp since may of 2014. we seen charlotte and tulsa this week rx these ieps lasolated incidented are is there a bigger problem in the country. >> it would be tempting to see these police violence are isolated but it is a systemic problem deeply rooted in policing and police culture.
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we can't ignore that institutional racism is a driver here. when white skin is a drove of credibility. black skin a cloak of suspicion and our common humanity called into we can't deny that. we have a deep problem. we need nor urgency from the police departments across the country. we have to do that. >> cornell, thanks very much for joining us. >> thank you. >> breaking news continues with more on the charlotte police shootings and the disturbing new video. what gaps does it feel in? plus the cnn exclusive. we have dramatic showing the potential force of the bombing
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. this hour of breaking news we continue to watch the streets of charlotte, north carolina as well as the first public release of video of shooting of keith lamont scott. the video released by scott's wife raises many questions. let's talk with tom former fbi assistant director. what gaps does this video fill in for us. >> first of all we don't see what starts the encounter so we
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don't have a reference there. s as the wife is shouting don't do it, we don't know exactly what's happening with him and with the encounter with the police. then the police shout at him five or six times to drop the gun and the question there is why would the people be yelling drop the gun if there's no gun. so they have to at least thought there was a gun for them to be screaming that so many times. so that's a huge question. then when she mentions that he has a brain trauma and he took his medication, if you're an officer and hear a family member say he took his medication than it raises questions about his mental capacity. what medication are we talking about. what happens if he doesn't take his medication. what happens if it didn't quick in. to me it raises as many
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questions as it answers. >> scott's family has raised questions about the gun police say they recovered on the scene. it's hard to see. on this video it looks like there's a gun clearly so how do you explain that apparent discrepancy. >> we can't explain it but we can explain we hear her saying he doesn't are a gun and we hear the police saying drop the gun. imagine if officers show up to the scene and ask her what is the condition and she tells them that and then let their guard down. i'm comfortable with the police chief says they recovered a gun they recovered a gun. that's not in question at this point. >> in the video we hear scott's wife shout he has tbi, traumatic brain injury and he had just taken his medication so why didn't any police officer on the scene simply go over and talk to her. >> certainly it was a fast-moving incident and if in fact the police were having a gun pointed at them you could
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understand why they didn't back away. however if in fact they heard her say he had a traumatic brain injury what i find puzzling about his video is why didn't they back away and try to end this confrontation by talking rather than shooting. again it's very easy to sit and criticize but the fact is we have a man killed when there is at least the possibility if they had backed away, stayed behind their cars, taken care of their own safety but tried to talk the situation into a conclusion maybe we wouldn't have this death for all of us. >> we just received a statement from the attorneys representing the scott family. i'm going to read it to you and our viewers and we'll discuss. this is a statement from the attorneys of the scott family. today's decision to release cellphone videos of the moments before keith lamont scott was shot and killed was made by the scott family in the name of
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truth and transparency. the family is still hopeful that the charlotte police department and city of charlotte release all available video of the incident so people can draw their own conclusions about keith's death and encourage everyone to reserve judgment until all facts are known. this is one step towards finding the truth for the family. we thank those in the community for supporting the scott family during this difficult time and again ask for peace in charlotte as we continue to learn more about the tragic events that unfold ltd september 20th. your reaction. >> it's same as what the family's been saying. it's been a very tough time. they said earlier they put this video out and this is a more concise statement saying they are not accusing anyone of anything just want the public to have the information and they are pressing again as they have been all along for the releasing of the video. they have seen the video and
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it's their estimation that they don't believe their family member was aggressive enough to warrant the type of treatment we're seeing here. here you have it. if you look at this video what's in question is what they're seeing is they believe that there are things that are on the ground that, you don't see and then all of a sudden they appear on the ground. and they don't know what they are. could be black gloves. could be other things. that's what's in question. you can't see clear enough. they have said they believe this is a gun. it could indeed be a glove. could be black gloves. could be debris on the street. don't know exactly what it is. even though the video is ambiguous i think every little bit according to the police that have gotten on the air, i think every little bit helps in this situation. even with the information from the police about the gun and the finger prints today. i think every little bit will help to keep the situation calm there. >> the informing we're getting
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is that finger prints blood dna from the weapon matched up with that of scott. what's that say? >> it shows it's probably his gun and he had the gun in his possession at the time of the incident even though the family and wife is denying that. i can't imagine the giant conspiracy that people are talking about that police officers would make up the story that he didn't have a gun yet shouted five times to drop it and now seeing a gun was recovered would they make it all up seems far-fetched to me. >> this is all the more reason why the police should be more forthcoming. i have confidence in the ragsalities of most people rationalities of most people if in fact there's evidence, dna of mr. scott on the gun, that's something that would be extremely significant. put that information out. if the video is incriminating
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towards mr. scott put that video out. the police in tulsa had a very parallel situation involving the death of an african-american. they took a very different approach. even though it risked compromising the investigation they opted in favor of transparency and i think the difference in the reaction in tulsa, in charlotte, suggest that the people in tulsa had the right approach. >> the police officer has now been charged with first degree manslaughter and they still released that video. appears the police in charlotte believe they are in the right if that's true why not release the video. >> because they want to take witness statements what they actually saw at the scene not what they saw on television. if there's civil litigation later and the attorneys are questioning, well, how did you know that, did you see it, did you know that, when you talked to the police did you see the
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video before you talked to the police or are you tacking about what you actually saw. >> problem is this video is also out there as well. >> tom is exactly right, that's the concern prosecutors and police have but there are some things more important than worrying about possible cross examination of witnesses down the line. this is a city on fire. >> right. >> releasing this video is a lot more important than possibly foreclosing one line of cross examination in a trial that may or may not ever take place. >> guys, everybody, stay with us. we're not going to go away from this story. we're going to continue to follow the breaking news, the police shootings, the protests in charlotte. there's also surprising news in the presidential race after refusing to endorse the rep rap an convention, you will see on monday night the debates, ted cruz is supporting donald trump after all. so why is cruz doing this now?
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>> well, wolf, senator cruz said he is comfortable donald trump would appoint korvconservative justices. as far trump he's honored by the endorsement, calls cruz tough and brilyant a far cry from lying ted which he called him for months all this happening before the first big debate on monday. >> tonight ted cruz throwing his support behind donald trump after snubing the republican nominee for months. >> i'm not in the habit to support a man would attacks my wife and my father. >> cruz is now falling in line. a decision politically beneficial to both men as trump
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tries to unify republicans. this coming as trump and clinton meet monday for their first debate. tonight race relations and policing in the wake of the shootings in tulsa and charlotte are also weighing heavy. >> are african-american communities. >> our african-american communities are absolutely in the worst shape they've ever been in before, ever, ever, ever. . >> trump's word historically inaccurate now ridiculed by president obama. >> i think most eight years old will tell you that whole slavey thing wasn't very good for black people. >> the clinton coming after trump with this ad. >> i will look in that ugly face of hers. she's a slob. >> do you treat women with respect. >> i can't say that either.
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>> the gamesmenship well under way. clinton giving her front row seat to mark cuban. campaign spokesmen taking to twitter saying if you ever seen mark cuban court side at a mavs game you will know he'll be fired up. >> where is hillary today they say she's practicing for the debate. some people think she's sleeping. >> trump releasing another potential supreme court nominees today including senator mike lee of utah. cruz said this move made him more comfortable supporting trump. aids to clinton tell cnn she's prepared for two trumps, disciplined and free -wheeling.
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looking for moments like those like cruz got under his skin. >> relax. >> i'm reef laxed. >> donald trump says and this is a quote, i know more about isis than the generals do. no, donald, you don't. >> for his part trump intends to keep alive questions about clinton's e-mail server. >> don't forget the 33,000 e-mails she's already deleted. it's criminality everybody knows it. >> both candidates preparing for that debate. hillary clinton announced she's traveling to charlotte on sunday following her call for police to release the video of the fatal shooting, this all suddenly part of this campaign as well in
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battleground, north carolina. >> thanks very much. let's get some insight from our political experts. gloria did you expect this cruz endorsement. >> why would someone expect skrooiz ted cruz to endorse a man who has call the him a liar. had is more about a senator from texas than a sudden conversion about donald trump. he's talking about the court as jeff pointed out but was getting some grief back home. and i think there's a sense that there's a reality possibility that donald trump could win this election and if he could win i think cruz would rather be with him than against him. >> dana were with you surprised? >> you know, i was in that ted cruz went so far out there at the convention to make this big speech and not endorse at the convention.
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and he really angered a lot of people who were in the room who were cruz delegates. i was standing with the texas delegation at the time, people who worked very hard for ted cruz since he started running for political office saying they might not even support him. someone who ran one of his campaigns in virginia saying they didn't know if they could support him again because he wasn't standing with the party. what's happened since then and the thing to keep in mind, this is all about ted cruz and not donald trump, donald trump is successful in bringing republican voters behind him. he's consolidating the republican base in a way clearly ted cruz didn't anticipate. so that was a fumble at the convention and he's trying to make up for it and the way that the former cruz people in the trump campaign clearly worked to choreographied this putting out a statement today saying who
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other supreme court nominees would include ted cruz's good friend mike lee giving ted cruz ability to save face, simply fascinating. >> this is why people hate politicians. one minute calling donald trump a pathologic alla aal liar and names and suddenly going to endorse him because he wants a future in the republican party and wants to run for president again. that's why people don't trust anything politicians say. >> we'll have a lot more coming up on this story. also coming up frightening new video. stay with us for an exclusive look at the power of a bomb like the one planted in new york city. i'm hillary clinton and i approve this message.
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i know more about isis then the generals do. john mccain, a war hero. he's not a war hero, he's a war hero because he was captured. i like people that weren't captured ok. donald trump compared his sacrifices to the sacrifices of two parents who lost their son in war. how would you answer that father? what sacrifice have you made for your country? i think i've made a lot of sacrifices, built great structures. i've had tremendous success, i think... those are sacrifices?
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investigation of the new york and new jersey bombings, including new video which investigators say apparently shows the suspect planting one of the bombs. cnn has new and exclusive video showing the potential force of a bomb like the one in chelsea in new york city. let's bring in our justice correspondent pamela brown. so what have you learned? >> reporter: new details about the bombs. we have this exclusive demonstration showing the sheer force of a bomb similar to one used in the attack, with materials easily bought in the u.s. tonight, investigators are scrutinizing the suspects overseas travels, trying to determine if he received bomb-making training. tonight, experts say this controlled explosion, designed as a demonstration exclusively for cnn, shows the potential force of the bomb ahmed rahami allegedly planted in new york on saturday. a bomb prosecutors say injured 31 people. and launched this 100 pound
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dumpster more than 120 feet and shattered windows up to three stories high. using a pressure cooker, explosives expert sidney alford created a bomb, including the powerful explosive hmtd and other components were used. while cnn is not showing the explosive mix or detailing how the bomb was made, it shows what alford says might have happened had the bomb's potent mix been effective. this plywood shows how far the bomb's force was able to throw shrapnel. >> i can see some of the pieces were traveling very fast and went right through two pieces of wood. anything that goes through both pieces has great lethal potential. >> reporter: investigators want
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to know if rahami, the alleged bomber, received explosives training during his travels to pakistan, afghanistan, turkey, dubai and russia over the last several years. >> he was able to build a powerful device with high explosives, and that could be pointing to some terrorism training overseas. >> reporter: investigators are poring over this video obtained by nbc news. investigators believe it shows rahami planting the second pressure cooker bomb, which did not explode, on west 27th street and walking away. moments later, two unidentified man are seen pulling the explosive device out and walking away with the luggage. despite this nation wide bulletin, the fbi has still not talked to them. after the men leave with the bag, you can see people walking by the pressure cooker. one person even kicking it. alford says it's miraculous it never exploded.
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>> this is sensitive to friction, to shock, all sorts of things. >> reporter: and rahami's father says that his son seemed different after returning from a year-long trip to pakistan in 2014, saying his mind was not the same. the fbi says it did interview rahami's father in 2014, but he down played his concerns about his son, rahami. wolf? >> pamela, thank you. pamela brown reporting. breaking news coming up next. the family of the man shot and killed by charlotte police releases disturbing video of the deadly encounter. does it shed new light on what happened? >> don't you do it!
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