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and 15 years to where i can actually feel better about the fact, like, "okay, this guy is now in jail. it's so much more worth going forward than staying quiet." what if there were a vaccine that works on lots of different viruses from covid to the common cold the trials start tomorrow. i'm shepard smith. this is the news on cnbc the minneapolis police chief who fired the defendant testifies to the level of force used on george floyd >> that does not appear in any way, shape or form that that is light to moderate pressure. >> day six in the trial of derek chauvin. it could collapse at any moment racing to prevent a potentially catastrophic spill in florida. hundreds of millions of gallons of toxic water in the paths of hundreds of homes.
human smugglers promising on facebook they can get migrants safely into the united states. tonight the department of homeland security claiming the smugglers' lies are partly to blame for the surge at the border >> plus a packed stadium >> we just try to be safe. >> the texas rangers home opener today hosting the largest pandemic era sporting event yet. every seat available and why the texas governor refused to throw out the ceremonial first pitch >> announcer: live from cnbc, the facts, the truth, the news with shepard smith good evening he fired officer derek chauvin after george floyd's death, and today the minneapolis police chief took the stand in the ex-cop's murder trial. chief me dara arredondo
testified that chauvin absolutely violated policy when he pinned george floyd's neck under his knee for more than nine minutes, even after floyd stopped moving >> once there was no longer any resistance and clearly when mr. floyd was no longer responsive and even motionless, to continue to apply that level of force to a person proned out, handcuffed behind their back, that in no way, shape or form is anything that is by policy, it is not part of our training and it is certainly not part of our ethics or our values. >> the police chief said he did not observe george floyd actively resisting in the cell phone video of his arrest and that he couldn't even tell if floyd was still alive at a certain point. nbc's gabe gutierrez is live outside the court house on our top story tonight. gabe >> reporter: hey there, shep it is extremely rare for a police chief to testify against their own officer, but as you
just heard chief arradondo did not mince words. he said chauvin violated policy. he said once george floyd was handcuffed and stopped resisting, chauvin should have backed off >> you're familiar with the term positional asphyxia? >> i am. >> is that one of the dangers of leaving somebody in a prone handcuffed position for too long >> yes if they're proned, handcuffed and there's pressure around their airways or on their back, the risk of potential for them -- us killing them goes up substantially. >> reporter: the chief also revealed that he had first been called around the incident around 9:00 p.m. that night before floyd had been pronounced dead he initially said he only saw the incident from a security camera from across the street and that nothing really jumped out at him later around midnight the community member told him about the bystander cell phone video that went viral. chauvin's defense team is
arguing that an angry crowd of bystanders, sherngs dip, distrih officers and that floyd died from his drug use and because of his underlying health conditions but the e.r. doctor who pronounced floyd dead testified today that he thought floyd died from lack of oxygen. >> in theory then, for the cause of mr. floyd's cardiac arrest, oxygen deficiency? >> that was one of the more likely possibilities i thought at the time based on the information i had, it was more likely than the other possibilities. >> and, doctor, is there another name for death by oxygen deficiency >> asphyxia. >> reporter: now, it is a crucial point that both sides will continue to argue throughout the week, especially when the county medical examiner testifies. shep >> gabe, thanks. david henderson now, civil rights attorney, former prosecutor, cnbc contributor david, chief arradondo is a chief witness for the
prosecution. what did you make of his testimony today? >> the fact that he is a key witness is an understatement, shep i say that because i've only seen a police chief chef twice before, once in a case where an officer was killed and once when an officer was crippled in the line of duty i think that he's another nail in the coffin of the chauvin defense. >> nail in the coffin? >> absolutely. i know i've said that before, but this is number two maybe we should switch to baseball analogies and call it strike two the window for the defense to mount an effective presentation for this jury is quickly closing if it hasn't already shut with the chief's testimony. >> did the defense do any damage to his credibility during their cross examination in your estimation >> none at all in fact i think that their cross examination only bolstered the chief. there were two important points they should have made when the chief was on the stand they should have demonstrated that problems with policing are systemic, not individual and to the extent that derek
chauvin has been painted as a lone wolf, they should have made the point that lone wolves don't roam in packs. >> behind the scenes now, derek chauvin's witness chair was removed from the court today because nobody is using it can a small detail like that have impact on the trial or is that just stuff that we watch? >> no, that does have impact on the trial. people don't think about it but we talk about this case every evening. the jury is not going to get to talk about what they have seen for two weeks. in the meantime, they're forming opinions like does a loved one show up to support them? also, that's another failure of the defense team you should have someone sitting there representing him that's showing that they care if you don't immediately have someone, you had a year to help him develop a relationship for a person to come to court with him. that really should have been done here. >> you've said repeatedly that the defendant here needs to testify in his own behalf if they want to win this case what can the defendant do relative to what the police chief said today is there a way that chauvin could have an impact on what
happened >> chauvin can still have an impact in what happened, but when i talk about chauvin needing to take the stand, that's in the context of an orchestrated trial strategy. you don't just throw him up there. you've got to lay the groundwork for him to be thrown up there, and the time to do that was today. this should have been like jack nicholson taking the stand in "a few good men" and since it wasn't, you have to find some other opportunity that may present itself to make sense for him to take the stand afterwards. >> david, thanks so much. there's a state of emergency now in florida, where a reservoir filled with toxic wastewater is on the brink of collapse crews are racing to pump as much of that water as possible out of this pond in manatee county, about 40 miles south of tampa. it currently holds about 300 million gallons of wastewater that contains phosphate.
a by-product of the fertilizing process. if the reservoir breaks, it could unleash a 20-foot tsunami into nearby neighborhoods, threaten a natural gas plant that provides power to millions and spill right into tampa bay, threatening marine life and much more so far authorities have evacuated more than 300 homes in the area they have also moved inmates in a nearby prison out of the potential flood zone nbc's sam brock live in palmetto, florida, on the race to blood sugar the leaks sam. >> reporter: a reservoir rupture is a possibility right now there's only one equation that is going to work for city, state, and counties officials. that is pumping as much water water as they possibly can from a leaky reservoir about a mile to my north into the gulf of mexico, and that's it. there's nothing else they can do at this point to allow them to avoid catastrophe. we did get an update from the county administrator today who said they were at 35 million gallons of water right now they expect that figure to get up to 100 million.
that is significant, and let me tell you why the leaky reservoir, according to the county, started at 480 million gallons. if they can get 100 million plus going out every single day going forward, it is possible that we could be looking at a situation where they have gotten the water levels low enough that people here no longer will have to worry about what would happen if as you said, a tsunami wave came barrelling into their community. but that can only happen if they reach those flows. i asked the county administrator what it would take for people to be able to breathe a sigh of relief he said they have to keep up with that accelerated rate or it might last the rest of the week and that is the concern. they are using more than two dozen pumps, ten truck vacuums and myriad drones to detect what's going on in realtime. speaking of drones, shep, and this was a major development as well we were briefed on the fact that there could be based on drone information a second breach that was later determined to be inaccurate, a false alarm, from the army corps of engineers. you can only imagine that created a lot of confusion for a period of time
one other thing i would like to add, there is a division of homes, 140 homes in the evacuation zone a half a mile down the street from where i am standing right now i was in there on the fringes and of the 140 homes maybe every other home had a car in front or someone inside all of these folks are hearing the warnings, but they're not necessarily leaving. there's a history here specifically of problems with these stacks as you said, looking after phosphate by-products. we know in 2011 that led to 170 million gallons of toxic water water going into a local harbor hopefully we won't see a repeat of past history. a grand jury in new york today indicted the man charged with beating an asian woman on her way to church. brandon elliott expected to be arraigned on april 21st. his alleged victim's daughter says her mother suffered a broken pelvis in the attack. dozens of people rallied outside the criminal court in manhattan during today's hearing
they say that they're afraid something like that could happen to them or somebody they love. clean energy, a major part of president biden's infrastructure plan. the postal workers union lobbying hard to make every vehicle in the fleet electric. next, the union's bid to convince skeptics in congress to open up the pursestrings. there's a surge of people coming to the border, but very few are actually able to stay in the united states. now groups are trying to handle the growing problem and sounding the alarm about the places to which some of them are being sent back. and godzilla verse kong, when titans battle the humans usually lose not so over the weekend, what the box office numbers may tell us about people's desire to get back into theaters >> announcer: the facts, the truth, the news with shepard smith back in 60 seconds it didt
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. the post office cannot catch a break. first, it had the worst holiday performance in years and years then projections it would fall into a financial hole to the tune of more than $100 billion, and now, now its own workers are up in arms demanding better delivery trucks. there are about 230,000 of them on the roads, and the newest ones are more than two decades old. president biden has his own
demands. he's calling for the fleet to go all electric it's part of his big infrastructure plan, tackling clean energy, but it comes with a huge price tag, and not everybody's on board cnbc's ylan mui reports. >> reporter: garrett langley knows what it takes to keep your mail moving. he spent a decade as a postal service mechanic fixing it all from the windshield wipers right down to the chassis. >> they're not very fuel efficient. we did a lot of repair work on the fuel systems we did a lot of repair work really on every portion of the vehicle. we got to the point where we had to replace entire frames >> reporter: now postal workers are pleading for help. the union sent a letter to congress today asking for a $25 billion upgrade with mundelemo mundmo money devoted to turning postal vehicles into the of the future. >> it's time for the post office to catch up and not only catch
up but be at the front. >> reporter: but the postal service has already picked a different route. it unveiled plans earlier this year to overhaul the fleet and only 10% is dedicated electric for now. the contract will cost u.s.p.s. $6 billion even as it warnings delivery is getting slower and prices are going up due to budget constraints and the company that won the contract, orb kosh is facing blow back too because it's known for making defense vehicles not electric ones. >> we'll start supplying battery electric vehicles from day one i expect the ratio will probably go up over time, but we're ready to supply as many battery electric vehicles as are needed right from the beginning. >> reporter: congress is skeptical. >> my concern is making sure the contract is a good deal for our climate goals, for our vehicle fleet transformation goals, and for taxpayers and for the postal service. this contract fails at every one
of those levels. >> reporter: shep, democrats say they are happy to give the postal service the money it needs as long as it commits to fully going green. >> we've seen the images of children living and sleeping shoulder to shoulder in severely crowded border control facilities there's another place they're sending migrant families that has some advocates raising a alarm, juan ezrez. my fwrants are flown hundreds of miles to el paso, coming up, new video today of border patrol agents leading families with small children over that pedestrian bridge and into mexico we blurred the video to conceal the kids' faces. nbc's cal perry is in el paso near that bridge >> reporter: shep, the overwhelming majority of migrants coming into the u.s. are now being turned around immediately and expelled back to mexico as that video shows this is all because of title 42,
an obscure law from 1944 that the trump administration put in place 13 months ago. it's meant to prevent covid from coming into the country. the biden administration is still carrying out these expulsions with the exception of migrant, unaccompanied children who are ending up in camps across the southern united states we spoke to dylan corbett, the head of the border substitute about the impossible choice that families have to make. take a listen. >> and unfortunately, what that does is incentivize children crossing on their own. either the family makes the painful decision to send their child and try repeatedly to cross the border over and over again in hopes of reuniting with that child or children on their own make that decision without even telling their parents in some circumstances we've seen painful heartbreaking stories like that. >> reporter: families now trying to make it to the u.s. sending their children alone knowing it gives them the best chance of not being turned around. there are currently more than 18,000 unaccompanied minors in u.s. government facilities and, shep, that number is only growing. >> cal, thank you. desperate migrants looking
to cross illegally into the united states are now turning to facebook where human smugglers are posting ads for their services thousands of dollars for when they call a safe journey into the united states. one example, translated from spanish, travel from mexico to the united states. it costs $8,000. 100% safe. cross through matomoros, that's a town along the mexican border with text. you walk one hour, afternoon in automobile until you arrive with your family. of course posts like that are often misleading at best nbc's ajulia ans lee. you've read dozens of these posts. are they contributing to the surge? >> that's what the biden administration says and dhs documents show, that they're very worried that there are social media posts that are giving out wrong information about their policies and also encouraging more people to make this journey and often it is very dangerous
that image that they portray of the 100% safe journey, that hardly ever happens, shep. they're worried about people taking the dangerous journey, and they're worried it's contributing to these large numbers we are seeing now, at what the secretary of homeland security thinks will be a 20-year high they've seen social media in the past, but it's growing more and it is certainly a part of this current surge. >> julia, facebook took these posts down, as i understand it, as you flagged them. has the biden administration addressed the social media aspect of this surge of migrants >> that's right. facebook takes down anything that is flagged, but of course it's a game of whac-a-mole because these are just everywhere on facebook and across social media. the biden administration has actually tried to use facebook to their advantage by posting ads on there telling immigrants not to come that the border is not open and really highlighting the same policies that cal perry is seeing, that they will be exp expelled unfortunately it's a matter of volume, and as we know
misinformation can spread much easier than the truth when it comes to social media. >> thanks so much. harvey weinstein, the accusations against him sparked the #metoo movement and led to a nearly 25-year prison sentence for the movie mogul. tonight whiy his lawyers say hi conviction should be overturned and he should get a new trial. and a texas-sized home opener, 40,000 seats up for grabs here in the middle of covid. we're live inside the rangers stadium tonight with the rules every fan was supposed to follow
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baseball and its fans finally back and in most cases crowds are still limited not in texas today the rangers became the first team to reopen at full capacity more than 40,000 seats, masks required inside. in los angeles the dodgers play, plan to welcome back 13,000 at their home opener next week, roughly a quarter capacity crowd. but in boston, the red sox are allowing only 4,500 fans, 12% capacity similar covid stats, complete l -- completely different rules local reporting now from nbc 5 in dallas and their reporter pat doney live inside the rangers stadium in arlington pat, did they sell it out? >> reporter: not quite a sellout here today, shep, but over 38,000 fans in globe life f