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police officers? >> because they protect kids. >> reporter: they protect kids. and that is smart. and you want to be a police officer? and now when jeremiah returns to the manatee sheriff's office, his new friends couldn't be happier to see him. >> thank you for coming, buddy. >> reporter: hugs and high fives for a little boy when he needs them most. randi kaye, cnn, bradenton, florida. hello, again, everyone, and thank you for joining me. i'm fredricka whitfield. all right. we begin this hour with the deadly assault at the capitol that left one police officer dead and another injured friday. the investigators are working to find out more about the suspect who rammed into the police barricade outside of the capitol building and hitting those two officer. they say the suspect got out of the car and brandishing a knife and shot and killed by police
right on the scene. boris sanchez and pete munteen are here with the latest and another tragic day at the capitol just months after another officer was killed there. what are you learning about officer william evans who died yesterday? >> yes, fred. officer evans was known as billy and 18-year member of the force and well known to lawmakers and staff and members of the press as well. he was revered as all-around good guy and father as well. some of those closest to officer evans shared the grief with cnn and this is some of what they said. >> it is, you know, incredibly sad and just surreal, you know, to know that billy died, you know, serving our country, and doing something that he loved so much. above all, he just loved life and he loved being a dad, and he loved to be a part of the u.s. capitol police. >> it is surreal to know that i just literally talked to him and
shared a laugh a couple of days ago and now he is gone. it is shock ever since and it is fighting back tears all afternoon and trying to make sense of it all and knowing that there is none to be had. >> and of course, fred, as you have noted, it is difficult year for capitol police, and officer evans becoming the second capitol police officer killed in the line of odduty this year following officer brian sicknick following the january 6th arrest, and there were a number of officers that day who were injure and still recovering and officers who later died of suicide as a result of the assault that day. the capitol police department has put out a statement thanking the world essentially for the outpouring of support. this is what they wrote on twitter, quote, the u.s. capitol police department is grateful for support that we have received around the world. we wish that we could respond to each one of you, and please know
that your sympathy is appreciated beyond words. and fred, we should note that there is a second capitol police officer hurt in the attack yesterday and we don't have details on the identity or the condition, but we are working to get those, fred. >> thank you, boris. pete, what more do we know about the suspect in the case, because the police are reviewing the social media posts, but what else? >> that is right, fredricka. the investigators are starting to dig into the past of 25-year-old noah green and trying to find out the rialmotive here and the most telling is the social media posts. we have found an instagram account that appeared to belong to green and he posted that on the days leading up to the attack he felt the victim of mind control and he felt that the government, he said, quote, number one enemy of the black people. that is the caption on the video featuring the head of the nation of islam. we know that also he was a graduate of christopher newport university in newport news,
virginia, not that far from here, and known as a good and talented athlete, and played football there and a quiet and loner-type, fredricka. a lot to be learned here according to the head of the homeland security here, and a lot to know about the suspect noah green, but investigators are not taking many chances here with the security. you can see black fencing here, and that is put up not long after the january 6th attack, the but this morning, more concrete barriers and barriers came up to protect the fortress here. and it is a high tourist season here, and the peak of the cherry blossom season in washington, and now intermingling with 2,300 members of the national guard, fredricka. >> significant. all right. thank you so much pete monteen and boris sanchez. and joining me now is u.s. retired capitol police officer
john yule. and so good to see you, and yet, this is another sad day, and another sad day for the u.s. capitol police, and just months after the capitol insurrection killing officer brian sicknick, and what are your thoughts now on this day? >> well, it is a sad day that we have lost another officer from the u.s. capitol police force. i can remember back in 1998, july, when two officers were shot and killed by a suspect that entered the capitol building. the officers maintained good control of the visitors while the action was going on and like i said, i usually would go down to talk to officer chestnut before i left the capitol, and after finishing my day's duty,
and that day, there was a lot of commotion going on and i was trying to find out what was happening and when i saw the people running down steps to the capitol and i got up to the crypt area, i noticed the two officers is had the hats off and the guns drawn and through the inquiry and the radio dispatch, they said that there was a shooter in the capitol building and they had shot one officer at the door, and they were looking for the other one. but afterwards, we didn't know for sure whether the other officer had succumbed to the situation but then we found out later on that both officers were deceased. that really took a hard feeling towards the officers and it was very sad, sad day. >> and i mean it is that you
remember it in detail like yesterday and you are describing what happened in 1998, so talk to me about the kind of the vulnerability perhaps that you felt, you know, immediately after that, and for how long did you feel that? >> well, it was quite a sensation, you know, to deal with. as soon as that took place, there were situations where the police department upgraded certain situations as far as the doors were concerned, and they had extra help either with the extra officer or a what they called to a person who worked with the officers, but they weren't police officers and they were there to especially to check the x-ray machine and watch people come through the door, and this is going to take
the load off of the officer from having to do two things at once. >> so this year alone, two attacks on the u.s. capitol involving capitol police, and is that your worry now that these attacks are becoming far too, you know, frequent, and might be, and this is the beginning of these attacks becoming more freq frequent? >> well, it is a possibility more frequent, but in looking at the security around the capitol, you know, we must maintain it as best as possible. and through the fencing, which was a big problem with, you know, everybody. sometimes you have to maintain tight security like that for a while until you are able to resolve that problem, and use new measures in order to, you know, take care of that
situation. now, the fencing per se that was around the capitol was taken down about a week before this happened, and supposedly if this were still up or the fence was still up, the driver would have had to go through the fence first before he hit the blockade and therefore the officers might have had a chance to see the situation and act accordingly. >> maybe bought them more time. and so the motive of yesterday's suspect is still unclear, and how important is it in your view to learn what the motive is behind this attack ?
and so to say that he had a bad day? how do you detect these people? he doesn't have a record, and so he doesn't have a record to be a threat, so how do you know that he is a threat. >> and so for the capitol hill, as you continue on with the capitol hill commitment to protect and serve? >> well, we have to be more vigilant and be aware of the surroundings and you to really look at every person. it is one of those things where you never know what is going to transpire, so if something doesn't look right, they always say if you see something, say something. if you have to call into the supervisor and say that i have a situation here that needs to be taken care of, you know, you get
backup, but at that point, you know that something is wrong and you acted. that is what we have to do. to have more officers, you know, becoming alert now than ever before, because the way that the world is turning, you know, you never know from one day to the next who or what is going to happen. so you so to be pretty much on alert. >> retired capitol police officer john euill, thank you so much and thank you for all that you have done and continue to do. >> yes, ma'am, thank you. coming up next, sports and politics colliding in georgia after mlb pulled the all-star game from the state because of its new voting law. the governor is now slamming the league and saying that he is not going to back down if there are future boycotts or protests. and later, we heard emotional testimony from the trial of
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the decision by major league baseball to pull the all-star game out of georgia in response to new voter law, and that the state has been actually drawing both support and criticism. georgia's republican governor is blasting the move, the game is -- is blasting the game for the mlb to take the all-star game out of georgia. meanwhile, some democrats are worrying that this decision by the mlb is going to be the first of many boycotts that the state could face unless the law is changed. >> i can't say that i like it, but i certainly understand it. and it is really probably the first of many boycotts of our state to come. and the consequences of this bill are significant. just as the legislatures and the
governor have made the decision, and the legislatures and the governor made the decision to go forward with this bill, and people are making decisions not to come to our state. >> for more on today's developments, bring in natasha chen, and the governor held a news conference to defend this law. does it appear that he has any plans to push for any changes or compromise? >> absolutely not, fred. he seemed defiant and doubled down on the position, and he was flanked by a lot of state legislatures who agreed with him. he said that major league baseball and as well as some of the corporations making the blanket criticism statements, and he said that they were bending to the left, and bending to cancel culture, and that they were afraid of stacey abrams and joe biden. and he also stated that, you know, this is terrible for the small businesses who were hoping to benefit from this game being played here in georgia. you know, i asked him whether if mlb had come to him with specific problems with the bill
which is what he said they should have done, and i asked if they had done that? was there any part of the bill that he would have been willing to talk about openly or adjust and he said a hypothetical question with no answer because they did not do that, and i asked about the time line to get this bill passed into law and whether it had to do with any personal belief of fraud in the recent elections in georgia and he did not answer that directly and he said people had different feelings, and he said there were issues with the election that needed to be addressed and he said this -- >> there were mechanical issues that needed to be fixed and reasons to figure out a better way, and more accessible way and more secure way for us to hold elections. and there is nothing wrong with that. we shouldn't apologize for wanting to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat. now if we were making it less
easy to vote and harder to cheat, then maybe there is an argument for boycotts and protests and moving the all-star games, because that is not what happened. >> let's read this statement from cobb tourism and travel and they said that tourism is one of the hardest hit industries in the covid pandemic, and in the initial phases that cobb saw double digit numbers and the contracted hotel nights that will not actualize as a mlb all-star event will have a double-digit lost impact and the amount will be more than $100 million fred. a lot of concern for the businesses in the area, fred, who were hoping for a real boost after the pandemic, and they won't be getting it, as a result
of relocating this game. >> thank you. and now for the fact check and the georgia voting law, and start off with what president biden has said about it. >> president biden of course has been critical of the bill. some of the criticism has been factual and some of it has not been. this is what he said on espn wednesday. >> are you going to close the polling place at 5:00 when working people get off? this is about keeping the working folks and ordinary folks they grew up from being able to vote. >> so this bill does not touch election day voting hours in georgia which are still 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and it does not force georgia to close the polls in early voting. but it is saying a mandatory minimum of 9:00 to 5:00, and counties can go from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and it allows the counties to shut at 5:00 if they
want, but the thing is that they have already allowed counties to shut at 5:00 under the previous bill, and they said that counties have to go normal business hours, and that says that business is 9:00 to 5:00 and not 10:00 to 4:00. and there are other items that t one of them. >> and this item of not giving people food and water in the line, and what is this? >> the governor is being misleading by leaving important portions out, and it says that you cannot give people food and water within 100 feet, but it is also to prohibit them of food and water of 25 feet of any voter within 150 feet of the building and he is saying that this is giving people of special interest groups from bothering people in line, and it is not,
but it is saying that any person cannot hand out gifts including food and drink and one exception, because election staff can set up unattended food and water, but he is leaving out the prohibition entirely. >> and what about the drop boxes? >> he is really spinning that provision to the point of misleading. this new law is going to require big urban counties and say atlanta's fulton county to significantly cut the number of drop boxes. fulton county had 38 in the 2020 general election, and they will be forced to 8. they areare saying, kemp is say that is not a cut, because of the temporary pandemic law of 38, but under a special effect of 38 to 8, and under a short term law is still a cut.
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accounts. cnn's josh campbell has more from minneapolis. >> reporter: the family of george floyd kneeling in protest monday, just hours before the testimony would begin in the trial of derek chauvin, the former police officer accused of murdering their loved one. the prosecutors opened with a video that sparked a world wide movement showing him kneeling on floyd's neck which they believe killed him. >> you can see with your own eyes it is murder. homicide. >> reporter: and the defense attorney said that he died of a underlying heart condition. >> and the ingestion of fentanyl and other things flowing through his body. >> reporter: and the testimony of charles mcmillan heard on the body camera pleading to give into police. >> helpless.
i don't have a mama either. i just heard him. >> reporter: and for the first time in the trial, chauvin himself on the body camera footage as he defends the treatment of floyd. arguably the strongest testimony came from the members of the minneapolis police department. sergeant david fplueger was called. >> do you have an opinion as to when the restraint should have ended in this en counter? >> yes. >> when is that? >> when mr. floyd was no longer offering up any resistance to the officers, they could have ended the restraint. >> that is after he was handcuffed and on the ground and no longer resitsing? >> correct. >> reporter: the jury heard from
5-year veteran saying it was totally unnecessary for him to kneel on his neck after he was handcuffed calling it deadly use of force. >> once you handcuff somebody, does that affect the amount of force that you should consider using? >> absolutely. >> how so? >> once a person is cuffed, the threat level goes down. >> reporter: chauvin's attorney attempted to undermine zimmerman's credibility saying that he sis a patrolman and n not -- he is a homicide officer and not patrol officer. >> yes. >> reporter: and then the teenager who took the $20
counter fit bill was asked about the encounter. >> how do you feel? >> guilt. >> why? >> because if i would not have taken the bill, this could have been avoided. >> reporter: the trial is going to resume monday and we don't know who the witnesses will be, but we believe that the chief of police may testify, but the theme thus far, fred, is some of the most damning testimony has come from chauvin's fellow officers in the minneapolis police department who rejected the notion that he was somehow acting within policy that he pinned george floyd's neck to the pavement for over nine minutes. >> it is a stunning and sad week. thank you, josh campbell. we will be right back. build up, hen greae it's not as hygienic as you think. use finish dishwasher cleaner its dual-action formula tackles grease and limescale. finish. clean dishwasher. clean dishes.
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sharing fphotos on the house floor, the allegations against matt gaetz get stranger by the day. he has denied all allegations against him with a blanket denial. and i want to go through this audio with you, and first we have a radio interview from 2017 where gaetz talks about joel greenberg for a potential run for congress. take a listen. >> bill greenberg has gone into the seminole county tax office and taken it by storm and a disruptor and so if he runs with the ability to fund raise with his ability to, you know, put his own skin in the game for the campaign and if he were to run from seminole county, i think that he is the next congressman
from the seventh district. >> what does this tell you about their relationship? >> that they know each other and they have a close relationship. i think that we have seen more evidence of that. look, fred, this is so upsetting and disturbing particularly as a florida voter. i really do think that we need better representation than this, and you know, in is a -- it is like, this onion that we are looking at where every moment it is one more layer of the onion that gets unpeeled. so far, there is no indictments, and there is a presumption of innocence unless and until we see more. and he is found guilty, but what we have seen is that whether what he has done is criminal or whether he gets indicted or not, and he is a super freak. he is a super freak who does not deserve to hold the office of congressman representing the state of florida. particularly when you are supposed to belong to the party
that is about christian and family values. i mean, you know, and it is absolutely disgusting and unseemly and unstatesmanlike and it is grotesque and the kind of thing that will get him expelled from any prep school or any university. it is the kind of the behavior that would not be accepted in prabt cli any ot-- in practical any other job place except congress. >> we have this bizarre voice mail that we would examine and he left this voice mail together, jennifer, for another florida lawmaker, and listen. >> my dear, anna, this is your favorite tax collector, and with your favorite u.s. congressman, mr. gaetz. >> hi, anna. >> and we were talking about
your lovely qualities. >> we think that you are the future of the democratic party in florida. >> and that is the icky factor there. what do you think? >> well, joel greenberg was charged with a number of items including stalking a political rival and so what we have seen in the last few days is that matt gaetz is being investigated with more than just initial travel of a 17-year-old, but involved potentially or investigated for some of the activities that joel greenberg was involved in and has been indicted for. so, you know, if the person that we are calling is the political rival is the subject of the stalking charges for joel greenberg, it is possible that is one of the things that matt gaetz is interested in and whether he participated in that enough to warrant the charges. >> this is where it is serious
and upsetting, because sources are telling cnn that gaetz has a reputation about bragging about the sex life and showing off photos of nude women who he claims to have slept with to other lawmakers and gaetz has not responded to comments about this, and anna ana, reports of showing images of these nude women on the house floor and no indication it is connected to the probe, but what are the potential consequences or anyone is to assess here of the fitness of this three-term congressman gaetz. >> well, as far as the potential congressmen, he is representing one of the safest districts in the country and if he is the republican nominee, i don't know what would have to happen for him to lose that seat, but if
kevin mccarthy wants to have a straight face and if he wants to behave like a minority leader and a true lileader and a moral standing on this, he should investigate this and ask the caucus members if this is true if he was showing nude women and sexual exploits on the house floor and if that is happening to be true, and despite that it is may not be criminal and just kinky and freaky, and just true, then it happened on the house floor, then he should take steps to strip him of the assignment, and if he ever wants to lecture on christian values. >> and also, the fbi and the department of justice investigations and how do you assess it? >> well, it is all one big department of justice and
handled as i have read out of the public integrity section and that is the control section calling the shots with the help of the florida fbi, but a lot of things looking at, and athat is ri -- ana is right that it is not criminal, and there are things in the paper that is criminal. and so it is evidenting if there is enough, and also, the prosecutorial discretion and other thing like campaign finance crimes are not always handled criminally, and that is part of the mix as well, but we have to wait and see what doj does. >> jennifer rodgers, thank you so much, and ana navarro and i will reflect on a tough week of trial, the trial of derek chauvin and have implications far beyond the verdict, and we will talk about this next. this looks different. it is. show me. just hit record! see that? you're filming in 8k. that's cinema quality. so...
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all right. let's reflect as hard as it is going to be on an especially hurtful week. this is the first week of testimony in the trial of a former minneapolis police officer who according to video evidence and eyewitness testimony killed george floyd. but this was also a hard look in the mirror for america and both the tapestry and culmination of experiences for much of black america. mma expert donald williams shared with us how he stayed within his body but verbally challenged the officers to stop what they were doing. he would not take the bait of defense attorney eric nelson who preferred to use the word angry in reference to him and the growing crowd.
williams describing his demeanor this way. >> i through professional stayed in my body and you can't paint me out to be angry. >> charles mcmillan told us and the court how five days prior to george floyd's death that he said to officer derek chauvin, now you get home safely to your family so we can get safely home to ours. and he said that officer chauvin was taking with the pindown like a concerned citizen, "i can't win." >> i can't win. he know it, too, mr. officer. don't do me like that, man. >> and in a moment foreshadowing and reality come crashing together. the seasoned and the young forever impacted. prior to mcmillan breaking down on the stand. who could forget the voice of
now 18-year-old d.f. who testified that she has nightmares and like store clerk christopher martin is ridden with guilt. if only she could have done something more. if only he had not done anything about the counterfeit $20. insurmountment guilt dropped on and for people forever impact and forever gone senselessly after cruelty and barberism, and a thief described as affable man that we have all been wrapped up with george floyd. in one week, so much anguish on display and felt. a sad reflection on the horrific moment from one year ago. a heartbreaking reflection of where we continue to be in
america. so joining me right now to discuss is cornell william brooks, civil rights attorney, and former president and ceo of the naacp, and ana navarro a cnn political cornell, you first. how did this week of testimony hit you? >> this week of testimony was kpeerdly difficult. why? because african-americans have been told over and over again, if you just comply you won't be killed by the police. what we saw in the testimony and heard in the testimony of witness after witness after witness is that george floyd was pinned to the ground with his hands cuffed behind him, with the officer's knee on his neck. he involuntarily complied. he posed no risk. so though he involuntarily complied, he yet died. the witnesses in the crowd, the
bystanders in the crowd, they morally begged derek chauvin not to kill george floyd, they morally begged but they did not physically intervene. they, too, complied, and yet george floyd died, was murdered and they are yet racially traumatized as are all of us. please note this. this trial took place between the jewish observance of passover and the christian observance of easter. so when derek chauvin used his knee to pin george floyd's neck on to the pavement in minneapolis, derek chauvin also used his knee to pin george floyd's neck on the pages of the jewish torah, on the pages of the christian bible, both of which declare thou shalt not kill. so this week for millions of americans has been extraordinarily traumatizing and
triggering because we've had to see the video yet again and again, listen to these witnesses tell us what we already know, that which common sense and compassion yet declares that we are eyewitnesses to a murder. to a murder, a flesh and blood taking of life. so, yes, this has been extraordinarily difficult week. >> really. ana, i understand you like me crying all week watching this. it was hard to watch. it was important to watch. but it is indelible for all of us. >> first, fred, thank you for letting me speak on this because i think too often this trial gets portrayed as a black issue, as a black trial, as something that is affecting the back community. of course it is.
george floyd was black and there's been way too many george floyds. there's been way too many emmet t tills in history. but it is not only a black issue. it is not only a black problem. this is a humanitarian problem. this is a lack of humanity that should break the hearts of every american, and i wish every american was paying attention and was watching this trial as hard as it is. it shouldn't be that, you know, our whiteness allows us to look the other way or to not follow it in detail because, you know, it helps you understand why it is then that saying words like black lives matter matters. you know, it helps you understand so much of the history and so much of the emotional baggage, and this is something that all of us in america need to work on solving the racial tensions, the racial issues, the lack of humanity.
look, if that video, if that video were of somebody standing on the neck, kneeling on the neck of a tied-up animal, all of america would be shocked and would be horrified. it is up to all of america to be shocked and horrified and disgusted by what we have seen. we cannot look the other way. so i'm telling you this. if you are not black, you need to watch what is happening. every african-american knows that this already has happened and that this has gone on for hundreds of years in this country. it is the rest of us that cannot afford to look away, that must know that this is happening and why people feel the way they feel. >> yeah. anna navarro, cornell brooks, thank you so much. isn't it our collective dream, you know, that this nightmare that we all saw again, you know,
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uhh yes. and your lucky jersey? oh, yeah. lauren, a cooler? it's hot. it's march. and jay, what's with all your screens? just checking in with my team... of colleagues. so you're all streaming on every device in the house, what?!! that was a foul. it's march... ...and you're definitely not watching basketball. no, no. i'm definitely not watching basketball. right... ( horn blaring ) all right. thanks so much for joining me today. i'm fredricka whitfield. before we end the hour i want to welcome the newest member of the
cnn weekend show team, jim acosta, anchoring "cnn newsroom" right after me now on saturdays and sundays. jim, good to see you. congratulations. what you got coming up? >> thank you. yeah, it is great to be here with you. we have known each other for so long so it is wonderful to do the hand-off with you. we will have dr. anthony fauci coming up later on in the show. he will be talking about what is being done to get life back to normal in this country. i think it is a key question. it is what everybody wants to know, right? when can we take off these masks and go back to enjoying our lives? we will talk about that. i have a lot of other guests coming up in this newsroom for today and looking forward to it. thanks for having us. >> fantastic. i know the gang is all there and ready to christen you for the weekend, and i'm wishing you the best. >> thanks, fred. >> good to see you. >> good to see you. >> take care. ♪ ♪ and you are live in the "cnn newsroom." i'm jim acosta in washington. that is where we begin i