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this place, for me, is living proof that it can be a vehicle for social change. after all, most revolutions begin around a table. hello. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm michael holmes. coming up here on "cnn newsroom," as the united states administers millions of vaccines a day there is cautious optimism, but others warn we could be at the start of another surge. in israel, the corruption trial for prime minister netanyahu resumes this hour. we'll have a report. and a taiwanese court revokes the bail for the truck driver involved in friday's deadly train crash.
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♪ we'll begin with the progress in the battle against the coronavirus. the u.s. steadily making headway with covid-19 vaccinations. according to the cdc, more than 3 million shots are being administered per day. about one-third of the u.s. population has received at least one dose of the vaccine and a little more than 18% are fully vaccinated. but health experts remain cautious, pleading with americans to keep wearing masks and social distancing. and scenes like this don't instill much confidence, do they? the transportation security administration saying friday marked the 23rd straight day when more than a million people flew by air. the progress of the vaccination campaign so far might have encouraged more
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americans to travel this weekend, as this easter brought with it more promise than last year's. cnn's natasha chenow with more that. >> reporter: on the second easter into the pandemic, more signs of hope and a resurrection of life compared to a year ago. >> we share the sentiments of pope francis who has said that getting vaccinated is a moral obligation. one that can save your life and the lives of others. >> reporter: the u.s. is now averaging more than 3 million covid-19 vaccines administered every day, even with the recent discarding of 15 million potential doses of the johnson & johnson vaccine. a source familiar with the manufacturing process says it's not a major setback and that it can be made up in a few weeks. the federal government has now directed johnson & johnson to take over the manufacturing of its vaccine at the baltimore facility where the contamination occurred. but even with the strong u.s.
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vaccine rollout, some places, like mississippi, are seeing what appears to be widespread vaccine hesitancy. >> we need to make sure that we educate our people and let them know that this vaccine is safe, that it is -- while it is under an emergency use authorization, it has gone through clinical trials with tens of thousands of individuals who have done that. it has been peer reviewed. >> reporter: mississippi also just relaxed indoor capacity guidelines. meanwhile, on saturday, michigan reported its highest daily case counts since december 7th. and experts warn that things could soon get worse. >> at this time, we really are in a category 5 hurricane status with regard to the rest of the world. at this point, we will see in the next two weeks the highest number of cases reported globally since the end of the pandemic. we're just at the beginning of this surge. we haven't begun to see it yet. >> reporter: the cdc hasn't said weather the b .1.1.7. variant i the dominant strain in the u.s.
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even though its own scientists predicted it would be by now p. these variants are concerning, but this is exactly what the virus is built to do. and the vaccine is eliciting such good immune responses that while there's a damper in efficacy probably, it won't completely obliterate the response, especially on a pandemic scale. >> reporter: 18% of the u.s. population is fully vaccinated. including george, who traveled from buffalo, new york, to be with family in marietmarietta, georgia, for his first in-person socially distanced church service since the pandemic. >> we're headed in the right direction. >> reporter: tim and joey are vaccinated, too. >> it's wonderful to be here but also wonderful to see people we haven't seen in almost a year. and you hope to keep connected to them. >> reporter: celebrating the spirit of renewal while acknowledging the challenges that are still here. >> and the coming back we don't
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want to lessen the concern for the safety of our people. so we continue to keep our safety protocols. i still am concerned with the safety of the youngest ones to the most elderly. >> reporter: natasha chen, cnn, marietta, georgia. >> a growing number of americans aren't waiting for any official green light to travel for leisure again. evan mcmorris-santoro reports on the surge in air travel from new york's laguardia airport. >> reporter: saturday was the 24th day of more than 1 million passengers traveling through tsa screening points at american airports. another sign that americans are ready to return to normal despite the ongoing pandemic. i spent the day at laguardia airport talking to passengers. let's listen to one of them explaining how she feels about travel right now. the cdc says if you had the vaccine, it's safe to travel but they're asking people not to travel that much if you don't have to.
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does that still factor into the decisions you make? >> can i say not so much? no. not so much. i mean, we'll be vaccined. we're scheduled. so i guess we'll alleviate some worries for us. >> reporter: the rise in travel appears to be continuing, despite experts warning that a third coronavirus surge could be just around the corner. experts say the best way to prevent something like that or mitigate it if it comes is to keep wearing masks and maintaining social distance. and get the vaccine as soon as you can. evan mcmorris-santoro, cnn, laguardia airport. later today we could get details on how the uk plans to restart travel beyond its borders. prime minister boris johnson set to lay out a road map to further ease covid restrictions. we also expect to find out more on his plan for what are called vaccine passports. the government plans to test the program at live events in the coming weeks. for more on all of this, let's
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turn to cnn's salma abdelaziz joining me from london. on these vaccine passports, before it's even really been tried out, there's an awful lot of pushback on the idea. >> good morning, michael. yes, if you ask government officials, it's not a vaccine passport. it's called a vaccine status certificate. that's the terminology they're using. in effect, it's the same thing. this is the big announcement we're expecting from boris johnson today laying out how and when and if we can resume foreign travel. that's a big deal. people here have been banned from any foreign holidays essentially because of the covid restrictions. and also, when can social events, venues, nightclubs, concerts, soccer matches, when can all of that resume? the prime minister will be laying all of that out today and that all comes down to for foreign travel, a traffic light system. countries will be listed as either red, green or amber. if it's a green country, you can go without quarantine. amber, you to quarantine home
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and if it's a red country you'll have to agree to a hotel quarantine held by the government. now that's, of course, for foreign travel. the other part of this announcement will be about that covid status certification. the authorities want to have this document. it will either be on an app or a document, a sheet of paper essentially. it will have three basic facts. have you takenior vaccine, yes or no? have you had a recent negative covid test and do you have natural immunities, you've tested positive in recent months and may have antibodies. they want to see how that works. they have a few pilot schemes. the first is a comedy night april 16th. that will be a pilot program to see how this works. there will be people tested before and after the event. more events happening this month. and if it all goes well, we're expecting that the prime minister william say this is the way forward, michael. >> yeah, and meanwhile, in the uk, there are plans to roll back some restrictions.
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>> there are, absolutely. i mean, you have, of course, this plan that everybody is anticipating today with prime minister boris johnson laying this out. you have dozens of members of parliament, 72 members of parliament over the weekend who signed an open letter saying these plans are divisive. that they are discriminatory, and that they will be opposing them in parliament. prime minister boris johnson could face some tough opposition there. and, yes, restrictions are being eased across the country but only little by little, michael. the only change that's happened so far is we're now allowed to meet our friends outside, as you can tell by this very windy weather. it's not exactly the type of day to want to meet your friends outside. no indoor gatherings. that's where we are now. slowly but surely you'll see retail shops open up. other restrictions ease up. a lot of concern about what's happening in europe as well. the exact opposite is happening there. we're seeing lockdowns take place. michael? >> absolutely.
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dodgy london weather? surely not. salma abdelaziz, thanks. let's discuss further with european affairs commentator dominik thomas joining me now from los angeles. good to see you, dominik. in the u.s. partisanship is making the vaccine passport a political issue rather than a health and pandemic control one. and we've seen florida's republican governor painting it as a privacy and rights issue. but boris johnson launching this passport in the uk. israel's looking to a smartphone app. japan, china, denmark considering it, too. is it an idea with legs politically? what's your take? >> yeah, michael, it's so interesting how politics, health care, all of these sort of issues and responses to the pandemic have been so incredibly polarizing from talks about whether or not to wear masks, how to social distance, lockdown measures and even vaccination skeptics. what we're seeing now with this
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broader discussion of passports is simply another facet of this particular question. now it's interesting because the primary concern here or the way in which it's playing out is the way in which a passport will impact the activities within a country. and this is a conversation that has not really been had yet in the united states in terms of reopening, you know, schools, colleges. what will these requirements be? it's a bit of a testing ground as to what's happening in the uk here. what we're looking nat the uk, of course, are access to services, businesses and so on. of course, there's concern over privacy issues, data protection and so on. but i think the bigger question pertains to the whole discussion around covid. it's the extent to which this pandemic has produced a whole range of kind of social inequity. who gets to have this passport? who gets to have access to particular services and so on, and to what extent might it exclude people in the community rather than include them.
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and, of course, we end up with this precarious balance between a government seeking to open up businesses and people with broader concerns in the country. >> yeah, and i guess in europe, do you see a united front on the notion of such passports or green certificates or whatever they'll be called? in europe, so many different nations. if there's a fractured approach, what might the complications be politically, medically for that matter? there are requirements to prove you're vaccinated already for other non-covid illnesses if you want to travel or so on. >> yes, there's obviously a long history about the w.h.o., the famous krelo books that you need for certain african countries. we know that. the interesting thing is in the eu 27, most of the discussion has focused on international travel. and also, therefore, data protection and so on. the impact of circulating, moving, traveling to undervaccinated countries. but the tourist industry and the
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travel industry is such a huge component of the eu and economy. not just the eu. the eu 27 are essentially buying into this passport and idea as are many other european countries. so we see the question playing out in different ways here because of the focus on international travel and circulation rather than immediately on access to services within their own communities. >> i suppose private enterprise could demand such a thing if they felt it was necessary. that's their business. the uk approach is the sort of tester system with sports events and so on. with vaccine hesitancy a big issue in europe, could the idea of a passport to do some fun things actually spur some people to get a jab? >> you know, that's an interesting question. but i think once again, the same questions get up is, who has access to the vaccine? who is excluded from it rather than included in this particular
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process? along the way, any kind of measure that will incentivize people to get the vaccine will be -- would be positive. we know that ultimately the passport to freedom is through vaccination. this is what they need to do. but kind of the inconsistent messaging and response of so many eu governments has eroded trust in these particular questions and we're seeing growing frustration in the eu around these sorts of issues. >> i guess covid fatigue and despair, even anger, is evident in a lot of nations. you have demonstrations and protests on the rise as the northern hemisphere summer comes. can you see those protests increasing? >> michael, we're already seeing protests. it's interesting. on the one hand people protesting against measures. so against lockdowns. against mask wearing. but you're also seeing growing and dissatisfaction, particularly as we exit the cold winter months, with the handling of this -- of the covid
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pandemic. but you're seeing other areas as well, which is lack of compliance, of course. not wearing the masks, larger gather,s as the weather improves and ignoring or not abiding by guidelines being given by various governments. but i think there's another way in which this protest is going to sort of play out as we make our way through the summer. and i take the case of germany where we're heading into general elections, federal elections, and in september. and the lack of handling or mishandling of this is already playing its way out in the polls as people are so dissatisfied with the way in which this has gone now into the second summer of essentially covid restrictions and lockdown measures. >> really good point. dominik, good to see you. thanks. >> thanks, michael. now, india struggling to contain the coronavirus now recording the most new cases in a single day since the start of the pandemic. just hours ago, india's health ministry reporting more than 103,000 new infections.
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cnn is following all of the developments from new delhi. a country of a billion people. it's going to be hard to keep things in check, but these numbers are staggering. >> staggering indeed. a grim day for india, michael, but these numbers could increase in the coming days because we've seen a consistent spike in the daily cases ever since the beginning of the month of april. the richest state in india has reported over 57,000 new infections sunday which means more than half the case load that's been reported this morning. as far as the numbers are concerned. a few factors there, according to medical experts. it's a densely populated state. a lot of people live in slums in these areas. these are crowded quarters they live in. also maharasha, mumbai is the financial capital of india which means there's a lot of industrial work that goes on there. a lot of people from abroad also visit for work and for pleasure
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as well. but at this point in time, the chief municipal state has imposed a partial lockdown which means there's going to be a night curfew through the weeks and over weekends until the end of april. there will be a curfew for those two days. and also, there will be a lot of other restrictions in place in order to bring those numbers down. and as prime minister narendra modi held a high level meeting, he is sending a team of people to understand why these numbers are really going up in the state. also along with that, the worry is the festivals that have been on. we've seen easter sunday just go by. a lot of people in church. a lot of people celebrating the day as well. and after that -- rather before that, we've seen the festival of color being celebrated across india. a lot of people congregated for that hindu festival as well and now you have a very worrying station in the northern state where one of the biggest
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religious festivals in the world is under way until the end of the month. you have millions of people, rather tens of thousands of people who are going to be gathering there. they've already started gathering. there are strict laws that have been put in place as far as covid-19 checks are concerned, but when you have so many people at a venue, you are really going to see a lot of cases perhaps spring up over the next few days. so that is a cause for concern as well. the indian government itself has said last week during a press conference that the situation is gett ting bad to worse. other reasons for the spike in cases, a lot of festivals taking place. this is wedding season in india as well. that's another cause for concern. and covid fatigue as you've been mentioning since the beginning of this show, which is another cause for concern. people aren't adhering to the norms and laws put down by the indian government at this point in time, michael. >> yeah, when you have the worst numbers on record so far and all
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of those gatherings going on. my goodness. can't imagine what the next few weeks are going to be like. thanks so much. quick break here. when we come back, fighting political uncertainty on two fronts. israel's prime minister facing a corruption trial on the same day the president could consider other candidates for his job. we'll be live in jerusalem with details. show me. just hit record! see that? you're filming in 8k. that's cinema quality. so... you can pull photos straight from video. impressive. but will it last a whole trip? you'll have battery all day. and then more. this is different. told you. ♪ ♪ i cannot wait to live freely...
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now the corruption trial of the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu resuming today with statements from the prosecution and the first witness. he's facing charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, which he denies. cnn's haddis gold is live in jerusalem. he's got this trial going on and a political stalemate at the same time. how does that all dovetail? >> michael, it's definitely a split screen day here in jerusalem. we actually just saw the prime minister walk into the courtroom just now. but it's interesting. while he's sitting in court, he'll listen to the deputy state prosecutor lay out the charges against him for bribery, fraud and breach of trust, less than two miles away at the
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president's residence, some of his likud party colleagues will be trying to convince the israeli president that netanyahu should be the one to form the next government, despite nobody seeming to have a path forward to getting a majority coalition in the knesset, in the israeli parliament. definitely interesting how these two will work out in parallel next to each other. the two events today are intricately linked. because the success of his likud party colleagues at the president's residence if they can convince the president that netanyahu should be the one to form the next government and netanyahu can and is able to form the next government, that could help spell success for netanyahu in court. analysts across the political spectrum say that netanyahu could take certain steps, for example, maybe appointing a new attorney general. that could affect how his court case goes on. to quickly run through how the case will work today in the courtroom, netanyahu has to sit through the deputy state prosecutor's opening speech but then he gets to leave. the first witness is the first witness in the most serious case against netanyahu. this is known as case 4,000, a
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case of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. state prosecutors allege netanyahu advanced regulatory reforms worth a lot of money, worth hundreds of millions of dollars for a businessman in exchange for the businessman changing the coverage on a news website that he owned in favor of netanyahu. but as we said, at the same time, as this courtroom drama will be going on, the netanyahu's colleagues will be trying to convince the israeli president to allow netanyahu to form a government, really a dramatic day here in jerusalem, michael. >> indeed. following it for us, hadas gold in jerusalem. thanks. we're going to take a quick break. when we come back, jordan says it has uncovered a plan to destabilize national security. and it claims a member of the royal family was involved. we'll be having that when we come back. to meet the world's needs while creating a cleaner future for all. at chevron, we're lowering the carbon emissions
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♪ welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. appreciate your company. i'm michael holmes. you're watching cnn newsroom. jordan's government has accused former crown prince hamza bin hussein of trial to destabilize the country. the deputy prime minister says they foiled a plan which allegedly involved the prince's associates and foreign parties. cnn's ja mana karradchech with more. >> reporter: these dramatic events unfolding in jordan that started on saturday evening with the announcement that a number of high-profile individuals had been arrested and reports that
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the former crown prince, the half-brother of king abdullah was involved in whatever the security operation this was that he reports suggested he was under house arrest. that was followed by two videos, one in arabic, one in english, obtained by news organizations, provide by the former crown prince. a statement in which he described his situation saying that the country's military chief had asked him to stay at home, that he was -- he had lost his security. that a number of friends had been detained. that his communications were cut off and warning that we might not be hearing from him for a while. and what followed was really something unprecedented in jordan. something that in my years of living and covering that country we have never seen before. a member of the royal family,
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lashing out at the country's leadership. accusing the rulers of corruption, mismanagement and blaming them for the state that the country is in right now. now on sunday, we heard from the government, the deputy prime minister and foreign minister addressing a news conference and accusing the former crown prince and several people around him and also a former senior official close to king abdullah saying that this group was in communication with foreign entities, that they were planning to destabilize the kingdom and saying that the country's security services, the military, the intelligence services had been monitoring this, these communications, for quite some time right now. he also accused prince hamzah of trying to incite certain
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activities inside jordan to undermine national security as they said. now they say that they -- jordanian security services had to move right now because whatever was being planned, that these communications at this point, they were talking about timings of carrying out whatever these activities may have been. and the deputy prime minister says that they nipped it in the bud. take a listen to what he had to say. >> translator: the army chief met with prince hamzah to send this message and asked him to stop all these movements and activities that target jordan's security and stability. >> the deputy prime minister saying that more than a dozen people have been detained in connection with whatever this plan was as part of this security operation. we heard from the former crown prince responding to these accusations, even before they were made public by the
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government. take a listen to what prince hamzah said in that video statement on saturday about links to any foreign entities. >> i am making this recording to make it clear that i'm not part of any conspiracy or nefarious organization or foreign-backed group as always the claim here for anyone who speaks out. >> even after we heard from the government today, there remains more questions than answers about what is going on in jordan. this key u.s. ally, a country that is known for its stability in a turbulent region. jomana karadsheh, cnn, istanbul. ethiopia's foreign ministry says eritrean troops have begun withdrawing from the tigray region. it's a sfons the harrowing reports of human rights abuses and massacres over the last five
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months. ethiopia's military has been fighting the tigray people's libration front, a group in northern ethiopia, and prime minister just recently admitted what the world knew that eritrean forces are there, too. thousands of civilians are believed to have been killed in the conflict. a cnn rftigation compiled eyewitness testimony claiming soldiers were carrying out massacres, extrajudicial killings and deploying rape and sexual violence as a weapon. a court in taiwan has revoked bail for a man whose truck may have been part of causing a fatal crash. now he's being detained over fears he may interfere with the investigation. we'll have that story and a live report when we come back.
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a taiwanese court has revoked bail for the truck driver involved in a deadly
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train crash friday that killed at least 50 people. authorities believe lee yi-hsiang's truck sid down a bank and hit a passing eight-car train carrying almost 500 people causing it to come off the rails and hit the walls of the tunnel as it was passing through. cnn's will ripley following the story from hong kong and joins me now live. bring us up to date on why the bail was revoked. >> the concern, michael is that this driver who made a very tearful apology for his actions, which led to the death allegedly of 50 people on this crowded train that was driving through this really beautiful mountainous area when it passed by this construction site and somehow this large piece of construction equipment slid down a slope and as you mentioned, was the main factor in this derailment that was absolutely horrifying for this train that had nearly 500 people on board. people who were standing together with their families on these cars that were crumpled
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into pieces. some people trapped for a number of hours. because there were concerns the driver might try to leave the area, his bail was revoked. there's a major investigation happening right now about the basically lax safety steps that were in place at this construction site. why were there not proper barricades put up? how was it this piece of equipment was able to slide down so easily? why didn't they lay down something on the surface that would have made it less slippery? these are all questions being asked, hard questions being asked in taiwan as this was perhaps the deadliest train crash in many decades. you have to go back to 1948 to find anything even close to the number of people who were killed. and this follows another accident back in 2018 where dozens of people also were injured and killed. and so there are a lot of hard questions being asked right now. and people in taiwan are demanding answers. when you think about the death
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toll of this, michael, 50 people killed. that is five times the actual death toll for all of the covid-19 pandemic in taiwan. so this is a major event they're looking into. >> yeah, that puts it in some context indeed. will ripley there in hong kong. now at least 41 people are dead in indonesia after flash flooding ripped through four villages on the island of flores on sunday. there were floods and mudslides crashed through homes wiping out bridges and roads on various parts of the island. researchers -- rescuers can't even reach some of the worst-hit areas because of heavy rain and waves. indonesia's disaster management agency says all 27 people are still missing. thanks for spending part of your day with me. i'm michael holmes. if you're an international viewer, "world sport" is coming your way next. if you're still with me here in the u.s., i'll be right back
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cybersecurity experts say the personal information of about half a billion facebook users have been posted to a website used by hackers. cnn's donie o'sullivan explains how this sensitive data got out into the open. >> reporter: so hackers in this case back in 2019 were able to exploit a flaw in facebook's systems where they were able to match phone numbers of hundreds of millions of facebook users with their facebook accounts. now what that has resulted in is someone has posted on a hacking
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forum the details, we're told, of 500 million, half a billion facebook accounts, phone numbers, email addresses where people live, people's names. all of this information really a treasure trove for cybercriminals who may want to engage in identity theft. we see 32 million accounts in the u.s. 11 million in the uk. 28 million in saudi arabia and hundreds of millions more around the world. facebook says it has fixed that flaw, that they said they actually fixed the flaw back in 2019. obviously, this data is still out there. we asked the company if they are going to tell users, if they'll tell people who have been affected by this that their information is out there. they said no comment at the moment. one thing i should also mention as we were speaking to a cybersecurity expert who now has access to this data and he was able to quickly pull up the details of two of our cnn colleagues. so a lot of people impacted by
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this. >> that was donie o'sullivan reporting there. georgia republicans say their relationship with beloved home state beverage company coca-cola has fizzled. several state lawmakers are requesting to remove coke products from their offices. that's according to a letter obtained by the "atlanta journal-constitution." this comes after coke publicly criticized georgia's new election law passed by the republican-controlled legislature. critics, of course, say the law unfairly restricts voting access, particularly to minorities. coke, as well as the atlanta-based delta airlines and more than a hundred other companies have publicly come out against the law. and major league baseball has pulled this year's all-star game from the state of course. the corporate fight against georgia's new election law got started when dozens of current and former black corporate executives joined forces to challenge the law and lawmakers. tony west is the chief legal
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officer at uber and one of those 72 black executives who signed a letter pledging to protect voter rights. he spoke to cnn about the responsibility corporate america has on the issue. >> well, look, i think, you know, american businesses have always made their voices heard in our democracy on all kinds of critical issues, right, whether it's tax policy or h1-b visas. and that's very appropriate because if our nation is going to thrive, it's important for us to be competitive in the world. but we also need to make sure that our voice is heard whenever the health of that democracy is threatened. so it's very important and very appropriate for american corporations to lend their voice to this particular issue. and it's important to remember, the right to vote, this is not a partisan issue. this is not a democrat or republican issue. this is an american issue. there is nothing american than standing for fair, free and
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equal access to the ballot box. >> later on sunday, testimony resumes in the murder trial of derek chauvin, the former minneapolis police officer accused of killing george floyd. cnn correspondent sara sidner gets us up to date on emotional testimony presented so far. a warning, her report contains disturbing video. >> on may 25th, 2020, mr. derek chauvin betrayed this badge. when he used excessive and unreasonable force upon the body of mr. george floyd. >> derek chauvin did exactly what he had been trained to do over the course of his 19-year career. the use of force is not attractive, but it is a necessary component of policing. >> reporter: the defense and prosecution's dueling argument in a case the world is watching. >> what do you want? >> i can't breathe!
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>> reporter: the first week of testimony in the former officer's murder trial began with jurors seeing the entire bystander video. that was followed by a long line of eyewitnesses. >> my instincts were telling me that something was wrong. >> a 9-1-1 dispatcher called a police supervisor as she watched officers' treatment of george floyd on a street surveillance camera. >> i did call the police on the police. >> and why did you do that? >> because i believe i witnessed a murder. >> donald william what's watching from the sidewalk, the professionally trained mma fighter was overcome with emotion as he heard his own call to 9-1-1. >> murder, he's going to kill him. >> 61-year-old eyewitness charles mcmillian was there, too. >> you can't win. >> i'm not trying to win. >> he says he begged floyd to comply. >> i can't breathe. >> stop moving.
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>> mama, mama! >> mcmillian dissolved into sobs when he saw the video from that day. >> i feel helpless. i don't have a mama either. but i understand him. >> an off-duty firefighter, an emt walking by testifies she begged officers to let her check employed floyd's pulse or check it themselves. >> there is a man being killed, and i would have -- had i had access to a call similar to that, i would have been able to provide medical attention to the best of my abilities, and this human was denied that. >> some witnesses' faces were shielded from the public, only the jury saw them because they
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were all minors when they witnessed floyd's death. the teen who took the video that went viral and her 9-year-old cousin who testified anonymously. >> it's been nights i stayed up apologizing, and apologizing to george floyd for not doing more. >> i saw the officer put a knee on the neck of george floyd. i was sad and kind of mad. >> a former cashier who accused floyd of paying for cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill testified, too. >> i took it anyways, and i was planning to just put it on my tab until i second-guessed myself. and, as you can see in the video, i kept examining it, and then i eventually told my manager. >> soon after, police were called. >> george was motionless, limp, and chauvin seemed very -- he
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was in a resting state. >> he saw you standing there with your hands on your head, correct? >> correct. >> what was going through your mind during that time period? >> disbelief and guilt. >> none of the bystanders knew george floyd at the time, only one person who testified this week did. they met at his job years ago when he noticed she was crying. >> he had this great deep southern voice, raspy. and he's, sis, you okay, sis? and i wasn't okay. >> they dated for nearly three years. she testified that they shared many things, including an addiction to painkillers. >> floyd and i both suffered with an opioid addiction. we got addicted and tried really hard to break that addiction many times.
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>> chauvin's attorney pounced, pointing out floyd's drug use. his argument, floyd didn't die from chauvin's actions but his own drug use and pre-existing medical issues. >> it was your belief that mr. floyd started using again about two weeks prior to his death, correct? >> i noticed the change in his behavior, yes. >> the jury also heard from a slough of emts and police, both current and former. when emt derek smith arrived on the scene, chauvin was still on floyd, even though floyd was unresponsive. >> i thought he was dead. >> but smith said that he and his partner, along with an officer, worked to treat floyd. two officers criticized their fellow officer's treatment of floyd. >> do you have an opinion as to when the restraint of mr. floyd should have ended in this encounter? >> yes. >> what is it? >> when mr. floyd was no longer offering up any resistance to
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the officers, they could have hindered their restraint. >> what is your, you know, your view of that use of force during that time period? >> totally unnecessary. >> lieutenant richard zimmerman testified he is the most senior member of the minneapolis police force, he's been there 35 years, now the head of homicide. chauvin's attorney intimated that the lieutenant may not be in the best position to judge patrol officers' decisions. >> you're not out patrolling the streets, making arrests, things of that nature? >> no. >> all right. and it's fair to say, then, that your experience with the use of force of late has been primarily through training? >> yes. >> he shows up on scenes after an incident occurs. still, with all his years of experience, he did not mince words when asked if the officers used excessive force that day. >> pulling him down to the ground facedown and putting your knee on a neck for that amount
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of time is just uncalled for. i saw no reason why the officers felt they were in danger, if that's what they felt. and that's what they would have to have felt to be able to use that kind of force. >> that is of course the beginning of the prosecution's case. we have yet to hear from the defense, but in this country, of course, when you are charged with a crime, you are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. sara sidner, cnn, minneapolis. >> and thank you for watching "cnn newsroom." i'm michael holmes. do stay with us. paula newton will pick it up after the break.
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