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in response to georgia's restrictive new voting law. live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, georgia, thanks to all of you watching. this is "cnn newsroom." i'm kim brunhuber. ♪ flags at the u.s. capitol and the white house are flying at half-staff at this hour, after another capitol police officer was killed in the line of duty. the violent confrontation begin mid-day friday when a suspect rammed a car into the police he b barricades and stabbed an officer before he was shot. officer williams is the second officer to die on duty.
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he was on the force for 18 years and a father of two. on the latest on what we know, here is cnn's brian todd. >> reporter: a suspect in a car rammed two capitol police officers at the security barrier at the capitol complex, then got out of the vehicle wielding a knife, police say. >> he did not respond to verbal commands. the suspect did start lunging toward u.s. capitol police officers, at which time, u.s. capitol police officers fired upon the suspect. >> reporter: at least one of the officers was stabbed, an official tells cnn. one officer died from his injuries, william evans, an 18-year veteran of the for. >> force. >> the suspect identified by sources as noah green, age 25, is dead as well. he was not familiar to capitol police, authorities said.
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no initial indication of ties to terrorism but the motivae is unknown. >> clearly, this was someone actively trying to get at whoever, whatever. we just don't know. >> reporter: a unit from the national guard was immediately deployed to assist. members of congress are mostly out of town during the break. authorities say they are not aware of a particular lawmaker be targeted but an emergency lockdown order was issued for the complex. the incident comes amid a reported increase of threats and removing more of the fencing around the capitol in place since the january 6th riot targeting lawmakers and reducing the national guard deployment. >> it's discouraging to see the razor wire and the image of the sense to the world. if that is no longer exists i hope we can return to normal. >> reporter: today's incident could reverse that debate. >> the barriers were removed that we were moving back to some
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sense of normalcy but this just shows the level of a risk that there still is. >> reporter: in friday's case, praise for the response by the police. >> unfortunately, we lost officer evans today, but by and large, that system worked. the capitol police responded, they stopped it, the system worked. >> reporter: investigators are still piecing together information about a specific motive but cnn has learned that in the weeks before the attack, the suspect noah green had posted messages on social media indicating that he had lost his job and that he believed the federal government was targeting him with, among other things, mind control. brian todd, cnn, washington. alexander is the former president of the national organization of black law enforcement executives and he joins me now from pensacola, florida. thank you so much for being here. first, i want to start off with your reaction to this tragic
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incident. >> certainly our hearts and prayers go out to the officer who was brave and those who were injured and we certainly do wish for their quick recovery. it is a very sad day. it is unfortunate. it is something in no type of way prepared for, krconsidered e recent january 6th event there at the capitol. but we have to support our law enforcement in and around the capitol police tonight and today and tomorrow. we recognize they have a challenging job in this time that we are in, but we certainly do appreciate their bravery and we applaud them, but it was a v he v sad day, a very tragic day here in the country in terms of what happened. >> yeah. how do you mean it's something that they weren't prepared for? >> well, we are never prepared, not that they weren't prepared,
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we, as americans, oftentimes, are not prepared. because we don't recognize the dangers that police officers, such as the capitol police have to be prepared for every day. and they did a great job in protecting us and, unfortunately, a police officer lost his life and we are all satened by that. they train hard, they work hard, and they certainly do understand the dangers that come with protecting our democracy in the capitol and certainly posting the most recent event on january 6th but we are americans and we, observe times, are not prepared for these tragedies that just seems to keep occurring in the way that they are. you know, we are living in a very challenging time here. we have a pandemic we are trying to overcome and we have an economy we are trying to build back up. we have the george floyd case that is being nationally broadcast here in this country and around the world, actually. so we are going through a lot.
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then, today, we had this tragic event and we are just thankful for our capitol police officers. >> yeah. absolutely. we heard the retired general who led a review of the security at the u.s. capitol after the january 6th riot say the system worked here. do you agree? >> yes, it did, it did, it worked. it's the dangers that are associated with the job sometimes that it's hard for us to overcome. but whatever preparations were put in place, had been in place, and new preparations that have been put in place, the men and women that were out there today did their job but just, unfortunately, tragically, we lost a police officer today. >> do you think in order to prevent that happening, should there be more enhanced security? it sounds as though, for instance, the guards were on the other side of the barrier. should the protocols change so they are better protected against these types of attacks?
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>> i'm quite sure what would happen after today's event, the leadership and those that are responsible for security in and around the u.s. capitol, certainly will do a review of what happened, they will look at video, they were assessed of things that went well and they will also look at the things that could have been done better. we have to, you know, to improve after each one of these events, but what make today most tragic, though, however, is the fact that we lost a life. but they are going to do everything that they can, go back, look at video, look at what we can do better to enforce the security in and around the u.s. capitol, but understanding that there is always going to be a risk associated with this. >> thank you so much for your expertise on this issue, this tragic day. thank you so much, cedric
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alexander. we appreciate it. >> thank you for having me. u.s. president and vice president are among those offering condolences to the fallen officer's family. president biden said in a statement, we sent our heartfelt condolences to officer evans' family and every grieving their life and we know what a difficult time this is for the capitol, everyone who works there, and those who protect it. officer william evans' death came less than three months after the trauma at the capitol riot. on friday, law enforcement officers across washington turned out to honor their fallen brother. cnn's pete munten has our report. >> reporter: a sad, powerful proceeding here for officer bobby evans. police here as far as the eye could see, not only from u.s.
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capitol police but the u.s. park police and metropolitan police department and the secret service, was really hard to spot a dry eye here, especially as the hospital staff came occupy on the street from inside to pay homage to officer evans. i saw one female police officer at the top of 23rd street here standing in solemn salute as the vehicle pulled away and robert conte hugging other police officers here. as that procession left what became clear this is part crime scene. the ambulance bay here was covered in crime scene tape. beyond it, you could see a u.s. capitol police cruiser that was being inspected by d.c. homicide detectives that were also taking photographs of that police cruiser and still not totally clear how that was involved but that will come out in this investigation as it unfolds. what is clear is that yet another officer from the u.s. capitol police has been killed in the line of duty in a few
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short months of 2021. pete muntean, cnn, washington. damming testimony from a top officer on the minneapolis police department. why he says derek chauvin's use of force was totally unnecessary. major league baseball is taking a stand under georgia's new voting laws. their move and their reaction to it is next. stay with us. and get the same fast relief in a delightful chew with pepto bismol chews.
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it was potentially damaging testimony in the murder trial of derek chauvin. the head of the minneapolis homicide division flat out rejected the police officer's use of force against george floyd last year when chauvin knelt on floyd's neck more than nine minutes. the testimony capped raw days of testimony accounts as sara sidner reports. >> reporter: to wrap up the first week of testimony in the murder trial of derek chauvin and the killing of george floyd on may 5th, 2020, we heard more powerful testimony. this time from a lieutenant who heads the homicide department and he says the force that we used that day on george floyd was totally unnecessary.
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the man who says he has been a minneapolis police officer for longer than anyone in the department makes no bones about it. kneeling on someone's neck is deadly use of force. >> have you ever been trained to kneel on the neck of someone who is handcuffed behind their back in a prone position? >> no, i haven't. >> would that be considered force? >> that would be to the tier of deadly force. >> why? >> because of the fact that if your knee is on a person's neck, that can can kill them. >> reporter: that is exactly what prosecutors say former officer derek chauvin did to george floyd on may 25th, 2020. >> i can't breathe! >> reporter: lieutenant richard zimmerman who leads the homicide department said he was called to the scene to make sure it was preserved and he was questioned about police procedure which he could recite without hesitation. >> as an officer, according to
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the training, you handcuff somebody behind the back, what is your responsibility with regard to that person from moment on? >> that person is yours, his well-being, is your responsibility. >> reporter: floyd was handcuffed. he had a knee on his neck. and he was pinned down on his stomach in what is known as the prone position. >> what has your training been specific to the prone position? >> once you secure or handcuff a person, you need to get them out of the prone position as soon as possible because it rickestrict their breathing. >> what is your view of that use of force during that time period? >> totally unnecessary. putting your knee on a neck for that amount of time is just uncalled for. i saw no reason why the officers
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felt they were in danger, if that is what they felt, and that is what they would have to feel to be able to use that kind of force. >> reporter: chauvin's attorney general experienced his field experience and arriving at crime scenes only after an incident occurs. >> you're not out patrolling the streets making arrests, things of that nature? >> no. >> your experience with the use of force of late has been primarily through training? >> yes. >> reporter: on redirect, the prosecution got up and asked him again. he asked lieutenant zimmerman whether or not the force was proper and necessary and zimmerman answered, no, it was not. sara sidner, cnn, minneapolis. >> early, i spoke with legal analyst in los angeles, a civil rights attorney and i asked her how important friday's testimony was for the prosecution's case.
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>> the defense told us in his opening statement that we would hear that derek chauvin did what i was trained to do. zimmerman, put a hole in that theory saying this is not the training of the minneapolis police department. he told us how the crowd was unruly and distracting the officers being able to care for george floyd or to be able to control him and what we also heard from zimmerman was that the crowd had nothing to do with it, that the crowd should not have impacted the amount of force that was used on george floyd and that, in fact, this crowd was not attacking the officers in any way that put them in danger. so very devastating testimony on behalf of zimmerman as it relates to the defense's key arguments in this case. >> then if the justifiable use of force defense doesn't fly, they may rely more heavily on medical testimony. it's interesting to me that both sides will be using the same medical examiner's report to
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argue two different causes of death. >> oh, absolutely. in this case, it's going to come down to the reasonableness of actions of chauvin and the cause sayings. did the actions of kneeling on floyd's neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds was that a substantial cause of his death? in minnesota it doesn't have to be the sole cause but as long as the progression can determine it was a substantial cause they should get a conviction on one of the three charges that have been filed. we know medical testimony is going to key in this case and we are going to see going next week, probably a battle of expert witnesses. >> so, you know, i just can't remember another trial in which we got such a horrific immersive experience seeing this tragedy unfold up close from so many different angles. you know, if trials rely at least as much on emotion as
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cold, hard facts, how influential could that snb. >> oh, i think you're absolutely correct. this is case where, from the very moment that george interactions with that store clerk, with people inside cup foods. oftentimes we are relying on the testimony of eyewitnesses and we are relying on documents to tell us what happened with regards to a particular incident. in this case, as you just stated, we have videotape from multiple individuals that give us a clear picture and i can't help but believe that the videotapes, the ones we have seen of george floyd of him acting pretty normal, engaging in conversation, going about his business, and then watching what happens to him under the knee of chauvin that that videotape is resonating with jurors. >> our thanks to civil rights attorney for her analysis there. baseball's all-star game
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won't be played here in atlanta this summer as planned. the league made the announcement friday as a response to the state's restrictive new voting law. mlb commissioner rob manfred said the following. lebron james is a part owner of the boston red sox tweeting proud to call myself a part of the mlb family today. the l.a. dodgers manager, one of only two black managers in the league, is for the move. >> i support it. i'm not completely versed on everything, but i do understand and my takeaway from the bill was essentially to suppress voting for colored people, people of color, and with that, that is something i fundamentally intrinsically disagree with.
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>> atlanta governor brian kemp is saying it is liberal lies. the atlanta braves say they are, quote, deeply disappointing adding this was neither our decision nor our recommendation. we hoped our city could use this event as a platform to enhance the discussion. there is no word yet as to where the all-star game will actually be held now. professional golfers association says it's also concerned about protecting the right to vote but it's keeping its big tour championship right here in atlanta in september and the legendary masters tournament is set to tee off on schedule next week in augusta, georgia. bob costas special to don lemon about this earlier. >> so many aspects to it. one that strikes me, until relatively recently, baseball was not as apt as a sport to weigh in on social issues as
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perhaps the nba, the wnba, the nfl. but that all changed. i mean, last year was, obviously, a time of reckoning and it continues. there is a players aplliance in baseball made up primarily of african-american players but also widely supported by white players around major league baseball. so there are still some people are going to say stick to sports, stick to sports. as we have discussed before, don, there is a long history of athletes using their platform to register a point of view and to be, in many cases, effective and, in some cases, even profound. the question is going to be going forward on a case-by-case basis, is this always the right sort of approach? there may be some people who are in agreement overall, have some differences with some aspect, or differences with the approach. stacey abrams has said she has mixed feelings about it.
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you can understand how the atlanta braves feel about it. there are people who feel this is taking some economic opportunity away from those who would benefit from having a big event like an all-star game and some of those people are relatively lower on the economic ladder, so i understand those objections, but the larger point that is being made here, yeah, you can claim, as governor kemp did, that there are certain provisions within this bill that will enhance access to voting. but in the overall on balance, it actually restricts voting and it's clear it will most negative impact people of color and at the lower income scale. this is what baseball decided to do. ps this is also different when you talk about the pga tour. the masters is only in one place at one time. baseball can move its all-star game and it will somewhere else. the players will still play in the all-star game. update on the investigation
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of republican congressman matt gaetz. federal investigators are looking into his relationships with young women. the threads they are following are complex, but sources say one issue is whether federal campaign money was used to pay for travel and expenses for the women. cnn's paula reid has the latest. >> reporter: the federal investigation into florida congressman matt gaetz for possible prostitution and sex trafficking crimes, including an alleged relationship with a minor, now centering around his friendship with building this man, joel greenberg. >> it really is arn honor to be here. >> reporter: investigators believe that greenberg a former tax collector recruited women online for sex and that he introduced the women who received cash payments to gaetz who had sex with them too according to "the new york times." "the times" said it reviewed apple pay and cash app receipts that show gaetz and greenberg made payments to one of the
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women and one payment from greenberg to a different woman. in a statement, gaetz office said, matt gaetz has never paid for sex. m he refuses all of the investigations completely. >> providing for flights and hotel rooms for people you are dating of who are legal age is not a crime. >> reporter: a source telling cnn, investigators are examining whether any federal campaign money was involved in paying for travel and expenses for the women. gaetz and greenberg have been friends for years posting photos together and gaetz even telling a local radio station that greenberg would make a good member of congress in 2017. >> if joel were to run for seminole county, i think he becomes the next congressman from the 7th district. >> reporter: the duo according to a florida lawmaker left a voice mail on her smartphone.
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>> reporter: additionally, information that may connect gaetz to a fake i.d. center of greenberg's case was brought up to investigators last year. sources familiar telling cnn greenberg entered a plea of not guilty. attorneys for greenberg and gaetz had no comment. in addition to the federal investigation, multiple sources told cnn gaetz showed lawmakers photos and videos of nude women he claimed to have slept with. one source saying gaetz shared the images on his phone while on the floor of the house. gaetz finds himself with few public allies. his communications director resigned earlier today and even though gaetz has been one of the most vocal trump supporters, so far, the former president has remained silent amid his escalating set of scandals that
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welcome back to all of you watching us here in the united states, canada, and around the world. i'm kim brunhuber and you're watching "cnn newsroom." deadly attack on the capitol
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is raising security concerns. authorities say a man charged into officers and charging at them with a knife. one officer was killed. robert evans is the second capitol officer to lie within the duty in three months. flags at the capitol and the white house are flying at half-staff. they say the suspect left behind posts ranting about the cia and fbi. in one post, the wrote the government was targeting him with, quote, mind control. the u.s. centers for disease control and prevention say people with safely gather for easter and indoors if they have been vaccinated. nick watt reports. >> fully vaccinated people can resume travel at low risk to themselves. >> reporter: because new data suggests the risk they will
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carry the virus and infect others is low, maybe a risk worth taking says the cdc. still got to mask. this easter weekend the cdc says the fully vaccinated can together unmasked inside. reality check. so far only just over 17% of americans are fully vaccinated. >> we need to hold out just a bit longer and give vaccines a chance to really get the upper hand in this. >> reporter: the vaccines work against the variant strains we know about, but more resistant mutants might emerge. nearly 80,000 new covid cases reported yesterday and that is a potential problem. >> when that infection is high, there are more chances for the virus to mutate and lead to these dangerous variants. >> the rise of a varpt iant thas
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insensitive to the vaccines we are using now. haven't seen that yet but the only way to stop that is by stopping the spread. >> reporter: right now we are not in kansas. the governor reissued a mask mandates and hours late, republican lawmakers nixed it. >> it's still in our communities. there is a variant out there. i think this is sending the wrong message. >> reporter: the variants we know about might not be vaccine resistant but they are more contagious. >> there is a strong suspicion that the uk variant is now dominating in many parts of the country including right here in the city of new york and new york metro area. >> reporter: april of tlast yea the death toll would be? >> maybe 60, maybe 65,000. >> reporter: by july first it is projected the toll will be 609,000 lives lost in america to this virus. nick watt, cnn, los angeles.
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two european countries are in coronavirus lockdowns this easter weekend. french president emmanuel macron says his country is starting a limited lockdown and set to last at least a month. italy has a new nationwide lockdown. officials are trying to keep the virus from spreading over easter. the lockdowns come amid new concerns over the astrazeneca vaccine. they are limiting shots under 60. a watch dog has identified 30 cases of rare blood clots after astrazeneca vaccination but the maker says the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks. we are two reporters that are joining us. a scaled-down easter at the vatican and throughout italy? >> reporter: that is right, kim. lockdown is affecting the vatican's easter celebrations. you could see that last night
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with the pope's good friday commemoration in st. peters square that was virtually empty. you'll see the same thing on sunday for easter mass. the vatican is moving that inside instead of holding it out in the square normally, with thousands of people and flowers in the square to avoid having crowds come down. of course, there is also the fact that there is an economic repercussion for the vatican as well because of at least lockdowns and projecting a 506 million euro deficit this year. the vatican museums is a major source of income for them has been closed for the better part of last year and this year. one of the things the pope is doing to offset that, he has reduced the cardinals and priests salaries working in the vatican their salaries. the vatican is also dealing with the financial repercussions of these lockdowns. one thing they are doing well is their vaccine rollout program. they have the pfizer vaccine and managed to vaccinate all of
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their residents and employs and not difficult because it's a small country. nonetheless with the extra doses, the pope has decided to give those to the needy and homeless that live around the vatican. they are vaccinating 1,200 of them this week. he paid a surprise visit to some of them in the morning and the vatican says that they have managed to vaccinate 800 of them. the pope pa paid a lot of attention to encouraging countries to keep in mind the needy and those who might slip between the cracks of the health care system to make sure they are vaccinated as well. >> the pope distributing the pfizer vaccine there, but italy importing astrazeneca. we talked about the reports of blood clots there. are there any more concerns in italy about that? >> reporter: there were a lot of concerns in the beginning of march. they suspended, along with other
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european countries, the use of the astrazeneca until the european's agency could study it again. they did and gave it the green light to italy reinstated the use of the astrazeneca vaccine. the italian prime minister draggy, himself, received that vaccine. one of the problems with astrazeneca, as with the other pharmaceutical companies, four european countries has been the shortage of supplies that caused them, in part, to delay their whole vaccination rollout so that is what they are trying catch up with. italy has an ambitious plan to vaccinate 500,000 people a day and they are about 2506,000 a day right now. mid april they will be using the johnson & johnson as well which only requires one dose so that might help them to speed up their program. >> thanks so much. now to sell ma and dig deeper
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into the astrazeneca vaccine. >> reporter: we should start by saying that experts, doctors, scientists, are still investigating whether or not there is a link in what is that link between the oxford university and astrazeneca vaccine and these rare blood clots that are occurring. you have 30 blood clots, 30 cases that happened here, according to the uk regulatory body and 7 of those 30 died and what health officials told local media here in the uk. still, experts will tell you that the risks are not high -- the benefits still outweigh the risks in this case. these 30 cases were 30 out of 18 million people who were vaccinated up to march 24th. so they see that this is a very rare occurrence. so that vaccine continues to be rolled out here across the uk and will continue to be
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investigated by health officials asked whether or not, again, there is that link between these rare cases of blood clots and the oxford university and astrazeneca vaccine. unlike what we are seeing in italy and france with tightening restrictions the accident opposite is happening here. this week, rules were relaxed and allowed people outside to socialize up to two house holds up to six people in time for the easter weekend. the police are warning people, the prime minister warning people, yes, the rules are relaxed but make sure to follow those relaxed rules. prime minister boris johnson tweeting do not gather indoors. only gather outdoors and follow the rule of six again. local police forces are reminding people, the metropolitan police say they will be highly visible and issue any lines if they need to if people are breaking these rules. >> we will be watching that.
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myanmar's violent military crackdown is intensifying. one advocacy groups says 550 people ventricle killed since the military coup and now they are ramping up accordance in the area. ivan watson has the latest from hong kong. what is the latest? >> it's almost tragically surreal the way they are they are covering this. 500 people killed in two months but the state global newspaper in its friday edition on the front page showed the military
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dictator met online whose coup overthrew an elected government on february 1st tours the sales of gems and pearls. they say seven people were killed on thursday and friday in different cities and towns. we had more reports of air strikes carried out in the ethnic area near the border with thailand. hours after the military announced a cease-fire that is apparently did not abide by. the efforts to crush this uprising against the coup are continuing. one of the strange announcements that came on military television last night were arrest warrants against more than 20 myanmar celebrities and singers and influencers accusing them of article 505a of the penal code
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which is trying to cause officers or soldiers or sailors or airmen to mutiny or kit their work. now, this is the response from one of those identified people, an actor, and she wrote an arrest warranty with me with the penalty code 505a was announced for doing my job as a civilian and using my platform to speak out the truth. i will not be able to report much on here any more. please always pay attention to news in myanmar until we win. there are curfews imposed around the country starting at 8:00 at night. one of our contacts filmed the strange scene of the security forces walking through his neighborhood through otherwise empty streets at night. a long time myanmar watcher that i spoke with said it is incredible how quickly this place is falling off the cliff, that myanmar has gone from being almost a fairy tale story to a
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failed state. so very ominous predictions from people inside the country echoed by a growing number of governments that are calling on their citizens to avoid traveling to myanmar and those inside, to please leave as soon as possible. >> thanks for that look at the latest going on on there. ivan watson is in hong kong. prosecutors in taiwan are seeking an arrest warrant for construction site manager whose truck is believed to have cause a train crash that killed at least 50 people. according to the authority the brakes on the truck were not properly set. the truck then rolleddown hill on the tracks causing the trash. michael holmes has details. >> reporter: a busy passenger train carrying nearly 500 people derailed in a tunnel in taiwan in when what officials say is the island's worst railway accident in decade. investigators say the train was
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traveling southbound on the eastern coast of taiwan to the southeastern city and appears to have hit a construction vehicle that was not properly secured and slid down a slope onto the tracks. witnesses say the impact threw the people inside the carriages on top of each other, killing scores, including the driver of the train, and injuring many more. a survivor says she and others escaped the wreckage by climbing through a window to get out and she describes the chaos at the moment of the crash. >> translator: all of a sudden, i discovered my seat to the ground. i hit my head and it was bleeding. >> reporter: the worst of the damage was inside the tunnel where some of the carriages crumpled into masses of metal and rescues trying to reach anyone alive inside.
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families gathered at a nearby morgue to help identify the dead. officials say they do expect the death toll to rise. the train was packed with people, many of them standing, as they traveled for the annual commemoration of tomb sweeping day where families tend to the graves of their loved one and many active servicemen on board of this train will not get the chance to fulfill. michael holmes, cnn. we will be right back.
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flags at the u.s. capitol and the white house have half-staff to mourn the death of veteran capitol police officer william evans. evans was killed friday in a violent confrontation at a security checkpoint. his death only adds to the deep trauma that the department has suffered this year. >> reporter: for the third time this year, united states capitol police is laying to rest one of its own. a procession on friday afternoon for officer william evans, a member of the first responders unit who just, last month, had marked 18 years on the force. >> and it is with a very, very heavy heart that i announce one
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of our officers has umbed to his injuries. >> reporter: the acting chief of the capitol police pitman reminding american what her officers have endured this year, starting in the first days of 2021 with the insurrection. >> i just ask that the public continue to keep u.s. capitol police and their families in your prayers. this has been an extremely difficult time for u.s. capitol police after the events of january 6th, and now the events that have occurred here today. >> reporter: after a dramatic ramping up of security following january 6th, things had just begun to ease with the perimeter moving back, fences coming down, and a hope among members of congress and law enforcement for some return to normalcy. that hope was shattered friday with the second major act of
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violence on capitol hill in under three months. u.s. capitol police, along with washington, d.c. police, were the first line of defense against the insurrectionists on january 6th. they were screamed at, beaten, and sprayed with chemicals by the rioters. officer brian sicknick was hit what is believed to have been bear spray. he died from his injuries days later. two officers later took their own lives. the wives of capitol police officer howie lebangood said his was in the line of duty and the days after took an incredible toll. officer harry dunn described the spain to cnn's don lemon calling it hell. >> you have good days and bad days and it takes you back to that, what you say, hell day. it's tough to live through and tough to talk about it. >> reporter: dunn said the trump supporters there radio racial
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slurs against officers and he called about how he felt afterwards. >> we had an officer killed. we had officers who took their lives because of the stress they endured from that day. that is what happened. i don't know how you can word it any different than what exactly happened. >> reporter: in the examination of what happened on january 6th, it was called the worst of the worst in the two decades of service of capitol police captain mendoza. >> as an american, as an army veteran, it's sad to see us attacked by our fellow citizens. i'm sad to see the unnecessary loss of life. i'm sad to see the impact this has had on capitol police officers, and i'm sad to see the impact this has had on our agency and our country. >> reporter: alex marquardt, cnn, washington. >> that wraps this hour of "cnn newsroom." for our viewers here in the u.s.
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