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5:00. we'll see you again right here at 6:00. welcome to "world news tonight." growing outrage. the storm of protests over the unarmed black man gunned down by sacramento police. shot several times in the back. what we're learning tonight. easter blast. the cold weather and snowy slam, casting a chill on family celebrations around the country this weekend. sam champion with the forecast. trump versus amazon. the president intensifying his fight with the online shopping giant, whose boss jeff bezos also owns "the washington post." is this about helping the economy or just about settling scores? tesla disaster. the deadly crash involving a tesla vehicle and a driver using the autopilot feature. what the company is saying tonight. and ready for impact. space junk about to enter our atmosphere.
the new details now coming in about when and where to watch out. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this saturday. i'm tom llamas. and we begin tonight with the growing calls for justice in downtown sacramento. following the police shooting of an unarmed black man. protests ramping up for more than a week as california's capital faces new turmoil over the shooting of stephon clark. an independent autopsy ordered by the family found the 22-year-old was shot eight times, mostly in the back. the family claiming the results contradict what the police have said about clark advances on them in a threatening manner that night. a caution for our viewers the images you're about to see are disturbing. abc's zachary kiesch is in sacramento and starts us off. >> reporter: in the presence of stephon clark's kids and family -- >> because it's not just our pain, it's their pain. >> reporter: protesters with a
message to police -- stop killing unarmed black men like this father of two. last night hundreds gathered, at one point, some facing off with police. >> a moment of silence for someone who lost their life for someone who's supposed to protect them. >> reporter: the protests coming just hours after an independent autopsy commissioned by the clark family claimed the unarmed 22-year-old was hit by eight bullets, including six to the back. >> and the findings of his autopsy contradict many of the narratives that the sacramento police put forward. >> reporter: on the night of the shooting sacramento police trailed clark, believing he was behind reports of vandalism in the area. they say they fired at him after he "turned and advanced towards two officers while holding an object which was extended in front of him." >> show me your hands! gun, gun, gun! >> reporter: police later finding only a cell phone. retired nba journeyman and longtime sacramento king matt barnes hosting today's rally, was with his own two sons when news of clark's death was
announced. and says it was a teachable moment. >> not all cops are bad, not all black people are guilty. >> reporter: the autopsy not far from the minds of those in attendance. >> this is tearing the community apart and i wanna see it get better. >> zachary joins us now outside of the golden one center where protesters have blocked fans from entering two nba games in recent days. zachary, there's a game tonight and a heavy police presence? >> tom, there's a presence here tonight. there was a pro-police protest that was scheduled tonight that has been cancelled. now, police aren't commenting about the findings of that independent autopsy and it could be months before the county releases theirs. tom. >> zachary, thank you. and to another police shooting death that has prompted massive protests. newly released police bodycam video shows the police -- confrontation between police and alton sterling.
officer blane salamoni has just been fired. a second officer suspended for three days. no criminal charges will be filed. next to the deadly crash, the car on autopilot using advanced technology. a big feature of the tesla vehicle in question is that it allows drivers to let go of the wheel. abc's marci gonzalez on what the company says went wrong. >> reporter: tonight, tesla confirming this car was in autopilot mode, when it crashed in northern california. killing the driver. walter huang was behind the wheel of the nearly $80,000 car, heading into work at apple just before 9:30 a.m. march 23rd. tesla saying the model x sent huang several warnings "to put his hands on the wheel," earlier in the drive, but "his hands were not detected on the wheel for six seconds prior to the collision." the car slamming into this barrier. huang's brother telling abc station kgo the 38-year-old engineer had complained, "7 to 10 times the car would swivel toward that same exact barrier during autopilot.
walter took it into dealership addressing the issue, but they couldn't duplicate it there. >> that information has been received by the chp, they've been acting on it for some time now. >> reporter: tesla saying its drivers make more than "200 successful autopilot trips per day on this exact stretch of road." going on to blame that highway barrier that's meant to reduce impact. tesla says this is what it is supposed to look like, but this is what it looked like the day before huang's deadly crash, because of a previous accident. loved ones saying it should have saved the father of two's life. >> he just did like everything awesome that you should do as a dad he did. >> and the ntsb is investigating this crash. saying getting answers could take up to six months. tom. >> marci, thank you. moving on now to the two-part winter blast about to rattle easter plans for millions. those windy, snowy gusts making for low visibility in minnesota. part of system that dumped icy drifts on flowers there in fargo, north dakota.
but making it a lot easier for kids to find those easter eggs. sam champion joins us now with the forecast. sam, what's going on? >> it's a two-part blast. one is going to last almost two weeks. here's the first step, open the gates to cold air. this februarylike air. look at the windchills on sunday morning. kansas city, st. louis n the 20s. now by monday morning that cold air is all the way to the east coast. it sets up a fast-moving system all the way across the country. going about 50 miles per hour. look at this -- this snow leaves the rockies, moves right across southern illinois, moves up into pennsylvania. now, there's only four hours of a window of getting snow anywhere this storm goes. pittsburgh, your window is probably sunday night. the monday morning snowfall is philly, new york, on into hartford, 1 to 3 inches. the march sun is strong. the snow doesn't stay down very long. but the cold air will stay in place for two weeks. >> all right, sam, thanks so much.
now to the growing clash between president trump and amazon. the president escalating that fight today. here's abc's kenneth moton. >> reporter: tonight, the most powerful man in the country taking on one of the most powerful companies, tech titan amazon. president trump tweeting, the u.s. post office will lose $1.50 on average for each package it delivers for amazon. that amounts to billions of dollars. >> jeff? >> all right, i'll be short. >> reporter: trump also taking aim at amazon's billionaire founder jeff bezos who owns "the washington post," the paper's coverage has at times angered the president. trump also labeled the post of "a lobbyist" for the online retail giant "and should so register." trump adding, "this post office scam must stop. amazon must pay real costs, and taxes, now!" >> the owner of "the washington post," do you know what he owns? amazon! you know how little tax amazon pays? he uses "the washington post" to protect amazon from taxes. >> reporter: amazon paid $957 million in u.s. taxes last year, its revenue nearly $178 billion.
as for trump's claim that the post office loses billions for amazon deliveries, it is true that the online retail qualifies for a special bulk rate because it ships millions of packages. but the influx of business helps the struggling post office. >> in the meantime, your department stores are all going out of business because it is unfair competition. >> reporter: since the campaign trump has accused amazon of hurting small businesses. a record-breaking 6,700 stores closed in the u.s. last year alone. more than 66,000 retail jobs were lost. but amazon has added more than 245,000 jobs worldwide. amazon's founder hasn't responded directly to the president's recent attacks. this week, the company lost more than $30 billion in stock value. after reports surfaced that the president was considering taking on amazon. it bounced back, but all eyes will be on the markets monday after the president's tweets. tom. >> kenneth moton for us. kenneth, thank you. now to the growing calls for the top official at the epa to
step down. abc news first broke the news of a housing arrangement raising a lot of questions, this as scott pruitt was already under fire from congress regarding other ethics questions. abc's tara palmeri reporting from florida tonight. >> reporter: tonight, growing calls for epa chief scott pruitt to resign. this, following abc's reports that he scored a sweetheart real estate deal at a condo owned by the wife of a top lobbyist with energy clints. >> you don't want to get tangled up with the industries you're supposed to be regulating and that's what appears to be going on here. >> reporter: now more than a dozen other democrats, calling for pruitt to lose his job. abc news contributor chris ruddy met with president trump this weekend and said pruitt's not necessarily the next to go. >> the president i think looks holistically at their whole job performance and i think he'll apply that same formula to scott pruitt. he's also not somebody who's going to throw somebody overboard just because there's one issue. >> reporter: but pruitt's been
under scrutiny for months over lavish travel spending and installing a $40,000 secure phone booth in his office. the latest revelation, that he paid just $50 per night for one room in this condo, mere blocks from the u.s. capitol, during his first six months in washington. abc found that renting a similar apartment could cost as much as $5,000 a month. pruitt paid one third that rate. sources tell us he used the entire unit, and his daughter, a white house intern at the time, stayed in the other bedroom, free of charge. less than 24 hours after the new reports, the epa completed its own investigation, confirming an earlier finding that the deal "was consistent with federal ethics regulations." >> the president i'm sure, is looking at it and takes these things seriously. >> tara palmeri is in west palm beach. there there's also another call for security detail on pers name trips?
>> tom, democratic senator whitehouse is demanding answers on why pruitt needed personal security detail on trips to disneyland and the rose bowl. tom. >> tara, thank you. tensions between russia and many western countries over that poisoning attack deepening tonight. dozens of expelled russian diplomats and their families making their way to dulles airport. all following that poisoning of an ex-spy and his daughter on british soil. many western countries expelling russians. all this as the american flag was taken down at the u.s. consulate in st. petersburg. next to the escalating violence in the middle east. the united nations calling now for an independent inquiry into the deadly clashes in gaza. that left at least 15 palestinians dead and hundreds injured. abc's james longman has the latest. >> reporter: the haze of teargas once again descending. after clashes between israeli soldiers and palestinians, gathering in the tens of thousands on the gaza border. this, the start of a six-week march, protesting for their right to return to land now in israel.
it's resulted in the deadliest day since 2014's gaza war, at least 15 palestinians dead and over 1,000 injured friday. israel says the protests are being used as a cover for terrorist activities organized by hamas, and warn it could take further action inside the gaza strip. >> what we've seen is a violent riot in its clearest form. >> reporter: but an emergency session at the united nations security council called for an investigation, and warned against disproportionate force. this is all ahead of israel's 70th anniversary next month. a time of celebration for israelis, but sadness and anger for many arabs. and with the trump administration's decision to recognize jerusalem as israel's capital, the prospects for peace are dim. tom. >> james, thank you. to pakistan now, nobel peace prize winner malala. 20-year-old malala and her family back in their hometown for the first time since she was shot back in 2012. attacked by the taliban for
advocating for girls' education. an emotional visit to her childhood home. the family heading back to britain on monday. next to the skies back here at home and the concerns about china's space station dropping through the heavens, headed this way. scientists not sure exactly where it will land or when. a huge strip of the u.s. is in the potential bull's-eye. erielle reshef with the details. >> reporter: that doomed chinese space station, tiangong-1, tonight spiraling even closer towards earth. this michigan emergency operations center now on high alert. experts zeroing in on the space craft's trajectory, likely to re-enter our planet's atmosphere around this time tomorrow night. >> most of it will probably burn up in re-entry. maybe some pieces will make it down. >> reporter: suspense growing about where some of those fiery fragments may land. scientists say if debris falls in the u.s., it could crash along this path from northern california to new york. the intrigue of the ill-fated space station enough to prompt
this warning from the michigan state police. "anyone who suspects they have encountered debris from the space station should report it by calling 911 and stay at least 150 feet away." but the odds of you getting hit by space junk, out of this world. >> i don't think that anyone has to worry about getting hurt. most of our planet is made up of water. and if the land that's on our planet we only live on a small portion of it. >> reporter: still, scientists predict 10% to 40% of the 19,000-pound space station could survive re-entry. tom, experts say that means up to 7,000 pounds of space junk could hit the earth on easter sunday. tom. >> erielle, thank you. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" -- violent standoff on a texas street. an officer faces a life and death decision during a traffic stop. a scam trying to get people to pay for jury duty.
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ton on abc 7 news at 6:00 a go former golden state warrior leads a protest against a police sheath in sacramento hours before the warriors and king take the floor. >> it's beyond me as to how it could have happened. >> tesla driver share concerns over autopilot after a deadly crash. a story broken by abc 7 news. and a cooldown is coming with rain, not that far behind. abc 7 news at 6:00 starts now. >> announcer: live, you live, this is abc 7 news. i got two 9-year-old boys that look just like this. and i fear for them. >> a former warrior calling for change after an unarmed black man is killed by police in skromt. tonight the warriors will be in town playing the kings as police plan for protests. dpeeng i'm eric thomas. dion lim has the evening off. the warriors take the court in in about an hour and the