tv The Lead With Jake Tapper CNN April 12, 2021 1:00pm-2:00pm PDT
elie honig. gentlemen, we'll see you back here tomorrow presumably when the defense begins their side of the case. i'm brooke baldwin. thanks for being with me. the last two hours. let's send things to washington. "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. >> welcome to "the lead." i'm jack tapper. we begin today with the national lead. this afternoon felonus floyd gave emotional testimony about his big brother george floyd in the prosecution of former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin. this all comes as the nation is grappling with multiple new deadly interactions with police just in the last day or so, the first about ten miles or so from where this trial is being held in a suburb of minneapolis, brooklyn center, where another black man was killed by police. this afternoon police in that town released the body cam video showing 20-year-old donte wright during a traffic stop yesterday seeming to resist arrest and trying to escape in his car
during which he was shot and ultimately killed. the chief of police said today that he believes the police officer accidentally discharged her gun meaning instead to fire her taser. last night hundreds of people protested wright's death in minneapolis, some threw projectiles at police and one who was injured. the minnesota national guard has been deployed. additionally this afternoon president biden is calling for calm saying there's no justification for violence. and also in georgia overnight three police officers were shot when a driver and a passenger began shooting them during a car chase. the officers survived thankfully, but one of the suspects in the car is dead. our correspondents are covering all these stories. let start in minnesota where the 20-year-old was shot and killed. today the chief in police in brooklyn center released this body cam footage and said he
believes this was an accidental discharge, that the officer meant to fire her taser. before we play this video we have to warn you it's disturbing to watch . >> i'll tase you. i'll tase you. taser, taser, taser. >> oh, shit. i just shot him. >> we hear the officer say taser, taser, taser and fires her gun and not the taser and then says i shot him. what does the police chief have to say about the video and why did he release it? >> reporter: well, i'll start with the why. the chief said he release it had because he wanted to be transparent. this is unprecedented, especially here in the state of minnesota for a department to
release body cam video so quickly, but he felt he owed it to the public. he felt he owed it to the community, especially members of the community that you see outside of the police department right now. these are some of the same people who showed up here last night protesting the officer's actions and in full transparency he is calling this an accident. he said she thought she was reaching for her taser because in that video you heard her say taser, taser, taser which is what officers are supposed to do before they deploy their tears, but clearly she mistaked her taser for her gun shooting daunte at least one time. meanwhile, when that video was played in the news conference today, there were audible gasps. a man to my right who was a friend of another minnesota resident who died at the hands of police began crying. he wept, and there were a lot of
questions from reporters like myself as well as members from the community who were inside because the chief told us the initial stop was because daunte wright was driving a vehicle with expired tags. >> expired tags and now he's dead. thanks. now to georgia where three motorists were shot during a car chase. cnn's ryan young. ryan, how did this happen? how are the officers doing? >> jake, that's the big question this evening. you can still see an active crime scene behind me and to talk about this, this is a stop on the highway. the car was traveling more than 100 miles per hour according to georgia state patrol troopers who tried to stop that car. they tried to do a pit maneuver and that's when the trooper takes the front of his car and knocks it into the back of the car to send it out of control. after that happened and the driver was able to gain control of the car, apparently the passenger leaned out of the window and started shooting a rifle at the officers as they
were behind him. you look at the scene here, what we're told is the suspects bailed out somewhere near here. shots were fired and one suspect was killed. another was captured after sort of a negotiation. whatty we are told is three officers went to the hospital and one has been released and two remain in the hospital. just in the last ten minutes or so we have had names released. the decease is released as pierre alexander shelton, 28 of birmingham, alabama. also the person who was arrested was aaron shelton, 22 years old birmingham, alabama. he's been charged with five counts of aggravated assault. this remains an active crime scene. obviously when you have a police-involved shooting, the gbi, the georgia bureau of investigation has been combing through the fields for a few hours trying to figure out all the information and evidence that they can gather. if you think about this, this was supposed to be a traffic stop turning into a person with a rifle leaning out the window
and firing at officer. hopefully we'll get the condition of the officers in the near future. >> thank you so much. in virginia two police officers accused in a lawsuit of using excessive force during a december traffic stop. the officers pulled over an active duty army officer, second lieutenant who is black and latino. they pointed guns at him, pepper sprayed him and pushed him to the ground after pulling him over for what they thought was a missing license plate. the lawsuit says that the officer, the army officer was driving a new car with temporary plates actually taped to the inside of the back window so he wasn't missing his plates, according to the lawsuit. now the army -- the army officer slowed down. he put his blinkers on but he did not pull over for another another minute and 40 seconds. he was trying to find a well-lit area. here's part of this interaction and, again, we have to warn you. this video is disturbing, and it may be difficult to watch.
>> i'm serving this country and this is how i'm treated? >> guess what, i'm a veteran, too. get out of the car! >> what's going on? >> get out of the car now? >> what's going on? >> what's going on. >> [ inaudible ] >> i'm sorry, what? >> get out of the car now. >> what's going on? >> what's going on? >> get out of car now! >> sir, just get out of the car. work with us and we'll talk to you. get out of the car. >> you received an order, obey it. i'm -- i'm honestly afraid to get out. >> yeah, get out. >> what's going senator what did i do? >> i have not committed any crimes. >> you've been started for a traffic violation. you're not cooperating at this point. you're under arrest. >> for traffic. >> you're being detained. >> for a traffic violation i do not have to get out of the vehicle you? haven't even told me why i'm being stopped. >> get your hands -- >> get out of the car. >> get your hands off me.
get your hands off me, please. get your hands off me. i didn't do anything. don't do that. >> get out of the car. >> don't do that. >> sir, get out of the car now. >> i'm trying to talk to you. >> i'm trying to talk to you. relax. can you please relax. can you please relax. >> get out of car right now. >> this is not how treat -- i'm actively serving this country and this is how you're going to treat me. >> i didn't do anything. >> whoa, hold on. hold on. watch it. >> get out of car. get out of the car now! >> that's [ bleep ] bleep up. >> sir, get out of the car. >> i'm trying to breathe. >> police reports say the lieutenant was pepper sprayed because he failed to comply with the officer's orders and struck one. officers when he tried town lock the dawe.
the lawsuit says those statements are false. the video footage couldn't digits the police officers. meanwhile, cnn has learned that one of the officers joe gutierrez was fired after an internal investments cnn has been unable to reach the officers or their representatives. let's discuss all of this, and frankly it's tough to watch a lot of this. van, let's start with your reaction to this video out of virginia. >> well, i mean, overall, it's too much violence, too much violence against innocent people. you know, when you think about veterans and you think about our military, we're supposed to respect them. we're supposed to honor them, but we've had a tradition going back to world war ii where black men came home wearing their uniforms and medals and were lynched at railroad stations because they were being too uppity. all of this stuff just brings up
so much pain, so much historical trauma. people will say, well, why didn't he get out of the car? >> i'm tell you rate now. if you get out of a car screaming at you and pointing guns at you and all the stuff going on. you want ashurnsz when you haven't done anything wrong and i think you're seeing the tale of two americas. i'm sure if he had gotten out he wouldn't have gotten into any trouble. you have a lot of people like me i understand 100% why he was afraid, even as an active serving military person in uniform, was literally afraid to get out of that car without more hey insurance hand what happened to him, you know, is despicable. >> you're a former police officer. what's your take on the virginia incident in the three overs shot in georgia underlines what -- what police might face at any given moment during their job. how do you -- how do you balance that, the risk of violence at a road stop in georgia and then
what we see here in this video from virginia. >> yeah. i mean, the job has inherent risk, but when you talk about the two initial differences between these two traffic stops. one in georgia we had a vehicle in excess of 100 miles per hour, extremely dangerous, and then failing to stop, obviously trying to flee the police officers. now the one in virginia, so many things went wrong from the very beginning, especially when we advise many motorists, especially if they are a little apprehensive of stopping on a dark road in the middle of the night to put on their flashers, to stay within the speed limit and to drive to a well-lit area before pulling over, and this is what we tell them to do. why didn't these police officers respond to that? so from the beginning it went wrong. now you're talking about a simple traffic violation of a tag violation. a felony stop?
i was talking with some of my fellow officers, both current and retired earlier today, and we're like, okay. with these -- what these officers did and how they responded with a felony stop. we're talking about character and we're talking about culture and courage. when i talk about courage, i'm saying the lack of courage and we talked about many times that we had similar traffic stops and you just walk up to the car and you ask for a license and registration. don't get me wrong, you're cautious and with two officers on the scene one could have gone up to the driver's side and one could have gone to the passenger side like we normally do, and this could have been a very easy simple traffic stop. the one who was trying to de-escalate was the lieutenant, and that shouldn't be the case. >> yeah. van, one. things that's so unsettling about all of this is -- and they thought that he didn't have a license plate. he did. he had temporary tags taped to
his window. he just bought the car. there was the traffic stop for -- in minnesota last night. george floyd, he passed a $20 -- a counterfit $20 bill. eric garner, he was selling loose cigarettes. i mean, these are petty. >> petty. >> and they end with violence even the guy trying to escape, and you shouldn't resist arrest. you shouldn't try to flee the scene of the crime, but does that real give officers a license to kill because somebody is trying to escape? i mean, there needs to be some sense of balance here. >> well, listen, part of it is that why are we using people with guns and badges and tasers and batons and pepper spray and all this stuff on stuff that doesn't matter? you know, you now have some cities that finally said listen don't pull people over for
nonsense. i mean, listen, if somebody is driving, you know, with expired tags which is one of these incidents. phone it in, send them a ticket in the mail. why are we having highly armed people interacting with people over petty nonsense, and as i've said a thousand times, other communities, you know, you've got young people in the suburbs, ivy league campuses, country clubs, yacht clubs, acting like complete hooligans doing whatever they want to. the cops are never called or when they are called they talk to them completely differently. we're not stupe. we see this. we see, you know, people using drugs in country clubs, yacht clubs. people have these frat boys doing crazy stuff, and the cops go up to them and talk to them like they are human beings and sometimes walk them home and talk to their parents. we see this. we're not stupid. we know what's going on, and yet when it's one of us it's always force and always escalation and always violence. >> thank you so much for your insights today.
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>> he was a big momma's boyd. >> reporter: george floyd's brother philonise floyd took the stand to tell the jurors who his brother was before the death sparked worldwide protests. >> he just was like a person that everybody loved around the community. he just knew how to make people feel better. >> reporter: floyd's family's testimony is one of the last the jurors will hear in the prosecution's case. >> the state will call dr. jonathan rich. >> the prosecution started the day calling another medical expert dr. jonathan rich, an expert in cardiology to determine floyd died because of the officer's actions. >> do you have an opinion if george floyd would have lived if not for derek chauvin's restraint of him for 9 minutes and 29 seconds on the ground? >> yes, i believe he would have lived. >> reporter: again, chauvin's attorney tried to get the doctor to admit there were other possibilities for floyd's death such as drugs or heart disease and one more thing, floyd's own
actions. >> if mr. floyd had simply gotten in the back seat of the squad car, do you think that he would have survived? >> had he not been restrained in the way in which he was, i think he would have survived that day. >> reporter: the prosecution is expected to rest soon and then it will be the defense's turn to try to unravel the prosecution's case with their own witnesses. now, we should tell there you has been an anointment by chief arredondo here in minneapolis that the city will go into phase three of operation safety net which basically means the city is going to lock down, and that's because of the other shooting that you heard from our reporter adrianne brodus of daunte wright. that was going to happen tonight. they will put it the into phase three with the most visible law enforcement in the streets as the jury was supposed to be
deliberating in the particular derek chauvin case, but now they have fast forwarded and start that had now because of what happened in an adjoining city. i should also mention we heard from another use of force expert who testified yet again for the prosecution that indeed it was not necessary to use the kind of force that was used on george floyd by derek chauvin and the other officers. >> sar, sidner in minneapolis for us. thank you so much. cnn legal analyst jennifer rogers joins us now. today we heard from george floyd's younger brother. his testimony came before the use of force expert seth stouton. some people, legal observers, seemed to suggest that that seemed kind of backwards because the prosecution should have wanted to end on this emotional personal note of the younger brother missing his older brother. is that a risk, a significant risk do you think? >> i don't think so, jake, because it was such powerful emotional it. it's the sort of thing that
juries will perk up and listen to no matter where it comes and i do think the expert testimony which came last which effectively said that all of the threats of the defense counsel has been so intent on trying to say were present from george floyd and the crowd did not make chauvin's actions reasonable. that was a missing piece and i think maybe the jurors were waiting for that and now they have it. maybe that's why the jury decided to have it to wrap that testimony up for the jurors. >> there's been more than 35 wednesday for the prosecution. give us some context. is that a lot. is that a lot of testimony for the jury to have to digest? >> it's not really here. i mean, this is a murder trial so you expect a lot of witnesses. we're only starting week three. this hasn't been particularly lengthy, and i don't think it's particularly overcomplicated for jurors because it's not a factually complicated case. we're all talking about 30 minutes of time involving one man and a handful of police officers really, so it's not a
complicated case. they will, have of course the opportunity to ask for evidence and testimony to be read back for them if they need it when they are deliberating, but i don't think 35 witnesses are a lot for this kind of case, and i think they have gotten the gist so far. >> the defense will begin to present their case likely this week. all the defense has to do is provide reasonable doubt and convict -- convince one juror. we expect that they are going to go after floyd's character, his drug use. what do you make of their strategy so far? >> well, you know, so far it's been what it always is. the defense lawyer has tried to pick away at the prosecution's witnesses by kind of tossing out a bunch of different theories and, you know, not understanding, of course, what's going to resonate with any given juror. now it's going to be their turn. it's their opportunity to put on their affirmative case and so i expect to see maybe some character witnesses for chauvin. i expect to see some contradictory expert testimony,
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of all u.s. adults are expected to have had at least one vaccine dose. that's good news. here's the bad news. covid cases are spiking across the country. they are up 10% from last week. and michigan remains a real hot spot with the uk variant of the virus rapidly spreading there. hospitalizations there are up four-fold from two weeks ago and health experts are warning that the surge in michigan could be a sign of what's to come nationwide. cnn's chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta looks at how vaccine distribution is stacking up against the looming threat of another surge. >> this is what the vaccine rollout looked like at end of last year, less than 3 million doses at ministered total. >> when i make up my mind i want to get that done. >> reporter: those are my parents, and my mom is not lying. this is how they maced to get a covid-19 vaccine, waiting in line overnight for hours just to get a number and then hope for a
shot. cut to today and the united states has finally hit its stride. vaccinating on average more than 3 million people every day. that's 35 people a second. >> when you first heard that the goal was to basically roll out hundreds of millions of doses of the vaccine, what went through your head? >> i guess i said a quick prayer. >> reporter: claire hannon is the executive director. association of immunization managers which works to help improve immunization coverage in the united states. >> on every level this is unprecedented. the dry ice, the ultra cold storage, the mixing and the three different vaccine regiments with different days apart. so much is going on. >> reporter: vaccine manufacture verse worked to address the concerns from figure out right needles to extract every dose to working towards less cold storage temperatures and, of course, helping the biggest piece of the puzzle finally fall into place. >> what we need is more vaccine.
>> reporter: with millions of dose now steadily coming off the line it's up to states to make sure that's shots are getting into arms but there's not a one-size-fits-all solution here. for example, look at new york versus north dakota. according to a cnn analysis they will be the first states to vaccinate all willing adults, but for very different reasons. in new york they have one of the fastest rollouts in the country, vaccinating almost 1% of the state's population per day. north dakota is advantages foughting slower but has a higher rate of vaccine hesitancy. that's why hannon says there is no silver bullet. she does say that sites like these though have made one. biggest impacts. >> the response to set up mass vaccination sites, to increase through-put, to have the large-scale sites where we can real manage inventory. that a tremendous shift. >> reporter: and soon the biden administration seeks to open up eligibility across the entire
country later this month, something hannon thinks we need to be red for. >> we always have to try to stay one step ahead of any kind of lull in demand and so, you know, we've got really good momentum going and it's time. it's time for people who are 16 and up. it's their turn. >> now one thing hana did say as well, jake, was that it made stones prioritize those people who are most vushlgs elderly at the beginning of the vaccine rollout because they were the people most likely to get sick, but i want to show you what's happening in places like michigan now. look at the graphic, one week is ending december 23rd of last year and the one on the right is ending march of this year. that green area, jake, that sort of represents people between the ages of 40 and 69. you can see that they make up an increasingly large percentage of those being hospitalized as people being older that.
continues to slihrink. what does that mean? people younger may be someone younger should take a look at this graphic because it tells an important story of where we need to go, jake. get the vaccines to the people who need it the most. jake? >> sanjay gupta, thanks so much. one republican senator credit sidesed president biden's tweets. yes, you heard me correctly. a republican senator criticizing president biden's tweet. stay with us. ies of this. with a companion that powers a digital world, traded with a touch. the gold standard, so to speak ;) not everybody wants the same thing. that's why i go with liberty mutual — they customize my car insurance so i only pay for what i need. 'cause i do things a bit differently. wet teddy bears! wet teddy bears here! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ losing a tooth didn't stop you but your partial can act like a bacteria magnet, putting natural teeth at risk.
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$2 trillion infrastructure plan. he hosted a group of democratic and republican lawmakers at the white house this afternoon. while his administration continues to redefine language. washington's meeting of bipartisanship -- meaning of bipartisanship referring to support in the polls among republicans, not republicans on capitol hill. senior biden adviser told "the washington post" the definition, quote, doesn't say the republicans have to be in congress, unquote. i want to bring in cnn's kaitlan collins. kaitlan, any signs of willingness to negotiate between the two sides, particularly from the republicans in the room today? >> well, we didn't hear from the republicans. they did not come out to the microphones afterwards like typically you've seen some of the lawmakers do, but president biden himself said while he was in the room that he is open to negotiating not just how to pay for this package which has been a point of contention since he report it had but also the extent of what's in there, and what comes out at the end of the
day when we see the text of what this will look like that remains to be seen but he did have four republicans there just as the four democrats were also there. they are involved in the drafting of what this is going to look like, jake, and he said that some parts of it are not negotiable to him, water, beblond and things of that nature, and he did say he believes this will all work out perfectly in the end, perfectly and the definition that have is going to depend on who is looking at this. you heard republicans like liz cheney say that this bill, this proposal from president biden on infrastructure, would have to be quote, fundamentally redone in order to get republicans on board so that remains to be seen what it's actually going to look like. >> kaitlan, there are plenty of valid things to criticize president biden over, of course, but today we saw something rather odd from republican senator john cornyn. he tweeted a link to a story that noted that president biden's messaging has been rather disciplined. he sticks to scripted events, he sends out very conventional
tweets and doesn't do as many interviews with mainstream media outlets as trump used to do. cornyn said this, quote. invites the question is he really in charge? i don't know that it invites that question. that's quite a leap. how is the white house responding? >> i think that's a popular stereotype that you see the president's detractors play up. the white house responded in particular to one part that cornyn had tweeted from the politico story this. wasn't his own commentary but he was quoting where it said that president biden's tweets are unimaginably conventional. i believe that's the phrase they used, and they asked jen psaki about this earlier today during the press briefing and she said, yes, she can confirm he not spend his days tweeting conspiracy theories which is what we often saw on president trump's twitter feed. >> and maybe he should go on judge janine and lie about covid and maybe that would reassure
we're back with our world lead, and in an apparent act of sabotage the iranian government is protesting a blackout at one of its key nuclear sites where the country enriches uranium that could be used to make a nuclear bomb and iran is blamingle describing the blackout as an actch terrorism and vowing revenge against israel. joining us to discuss is retired admiral general william mccraven, author of the new book "the hero code, lessons learned from lives well lived." admiral, i'll get to the book in a second but i do have to ask you. iran is vowing revenge.
what do you expect that might look like? >> well, first, good to be with you. you know, certainly all indications are certainly pointing towards israel, and i would offer that that's a little disturbing in light of the fact that we're trying to renegotiate the jcpoa. it's just not helpful, and frankly i'm not exactly sure what it accomplishes. it's a little bit of a shot across the bow but natanz will be down for maybe a week or so but now when iranians start to look at retribution, there's always a lot of talk and a lot of times not a lot of follow-through so certainly, you know, you never know what might happen toysly leadership, and i think they have to be on guard, but, again, a little -- a little troubling to see this action occurring right now. >> but admiral, do you think israel would carry out such an act of sabotage without informing the u.s. government either before or after? >> well, this is the problem. this does not look good. it implies that we were either
complicit or ignorant and neither one of those things is a good look fours. as we're trying to renegotiate the jcpoa this seems to undermine our efforts, so, you know, the truth may never come out, but on the surface of it, it doesn't look good for either side frankly. >> the timing, as you note, is crucial because the u.s. delegation is overseas right now involved in these talks to possibly revive the iran nuclear deal. you think this complicates the talks definitely? mean, there's no proof that israel did it. all suspect it, perhaps, but there's no proof of it. >> i think your word is correct. it complicates the talks. >> fact of the matter is iranians want to come back to the table. we certainly want them to come back to the table. this just complicates matters unless all of a sudden they have a smoking gun which they don't have. >> let's talk about your new book "the hero code." you tell the stories of some of the most outstanding heroes
you've met ranging from service members to astronauts and celebrities who spend their time in relief efforts. what was your biggest takeaway after writing this book. >> you know, the fact of the matter is we all need heroes. every society needs hero, and heroes, frankly they inspire the younger generation to be better than the current generation, and that's kind of what moves societies forward. the fact of the matter you is don't have to be a hero that is on the marquee. what you see are heroes every single day that have these noble qualities. i mean, that is the definition of a hero. people that we admire for these noble qualities, courage and humility and perseverance, a sense of sacrifice, so i was fortunate in my 40 years poet in the military and at university of texas to meet some remarkable heroes, and i hope these -- this younger generation, the mainly yalz -- the mainly yalz and gen-z, i hope they will enjoy this book.
>> you say it's not limited to the strong, the courageous and famous. you say it's something we all can do. explain what you mean by that. >> well, i think we all learn these noble traits from our parents, guardians, coaches, teachers. you can learn to be courageous. you can learn to be humble. you can learn to have a sense of duty, and so we can all acquire some of these noble traits if we'll take the time to learn and hopefully to learn from some of these great examples that are in the books but also in the great examples of the young men and women and the older generation that are out there today doing these noble deeds. >> admiral william mccraven, thanks for joining us. congrats on the new book. it's called "the hero code, less sons learned from lives well lived." thanks again, sir. >> thanks, jake. health care workers in canada are now waiting up to four months for their second dose of the covid vaccine. what is fueling the vaccine shortage in our neighbor to the
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cnn's paula newton now finds out what's causing canada's vaccine drought. >> that's hard to stomach, real hard to stomach. >> reporter: doctors, from us trade, exhausted as a growing third wave of covid cases spreads across canada even more serious than the first two and vaccines are arriving far too late to stem the surge. one horrifying look inside canadian icus filled to capacity and beyond and canada's vaccine shortage is now their problem. >> i went through a period where they were -- where we were rapidly trying to immunize our health care workers first and second doses to all of a sudden we're not getting the supply that we thought we would. we have nothing and it went down to i remember weeks where there was no vaccine. vaccines change the game of this pandemic. >> reporter: and canada is still on the losing end for a country that had categorically claimed to have secured more doses per capita than any other in the
world, doses have not arrived in time and doctors say the early vaccine drought will cost lives. prime minister justin trudeau says canada no longer has any domestic production capacity for vaccines, and unlike the u.s. and the uk was not able to ramp up domestic manufacturing so canadians are at the mercy of imports, not even from their american neighbor but from europe. >> we continue our discussions with the american administration on getting more doses into canada. >> reporter: the biden administration sent is.5 million astrazeneca vaccines in recent weeks but so far no plans to accepted more and europe has received 8 million dose, all of it not enough for a country of 38 million people forces most canadians, including front line workers, to get only one doze with the second shot postponed as long as four months. that's project the head of the
world renowned university of ottawa heart institute to plead with the ontario government to quickly get a second dose to medical staff. >> it's not a small problem. it's not a small problem. people were exhausted. we see staff not coming to work because they may have covid and they are not hospitalized, but they have symptoms and they stay home even with the potential one dose. >> and the weeks ahead will be more gut-wrenching still. many provinces are now locking down and triaging and transferring patients, activating surge capacity in its health care system that is now under threat of covid-19 like never before. and jack, look, this is a problem. you have to rewind decades to really get to the heart of this problem, but that doesn't let the trudeau government off the hook. they have been in power for more than five years. they heard dire predictions this. country for decades had a competitive advantage in make vaccines. the research was right here. canadians will now pay for that
complacency. trudeau promises that domestic manufacturing will ramp up next year. jake, you and i both know it's just too late at this point in time this. third wave is punishing. i'm speaking to doctor especially in the hot spot of toronto. jake, they are letting people into the sick children's hospital, adults, in order to be able to treat them for covid. a lot of things to talk about here, including the fact that even though the dire predictions were there no government acted for decades on the vaccine rollout. >> a real failure from the trudeau government and our canadian cousins deserve better. thanks for that report. we want to take time to remember just is of the a 562,000 people we in the united states have lost to the pandemic. enrique valdovinos as what "the cape cod times" called the best mexican restaurant. and it was his dream to open the restaurant and make customers feel at home. he succeeded. his daughter said he was the jokester of the family even
though he never took a day off. when covid restrictions hit his town of hyannis, the restaurant struggled but he chipped in to help the community. his dad died of coronavirus just weeks before enrique lost his fight in late january. he was only 45 years old. our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. may his memory be a blessing. our coverage on cnn continues right now. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer in the "the situation room." states of emergency have been declared in the twin cities of minneapolis and st. paul. and overnight curfews have been order as a new fatal police shooting is inflaming tensions amid the trial of former police officer derek chauvin in the death of george floyd. take a look at this. these are live pictures of minneapolis suburb of brooklyn center where police are now saying the shooting of a 20-year-ol