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curfew. at one point, demonstrators stopped and knelt for 9 minutes and 29 seconds to honor george floyd. >> emotions very raw, understandably, in and across minneapolis from these deadly police shootings that keep on happening. especially their members of the wright and floyd families came together to meet each other for the first time to console each other through all of this. this as the defense in the derek chauvin murder trial will call more witnesses today. yesterday their first witness took the stand and that witness claimed that chauvin's actions were justified while suggesting that floyd was resisting because he wasn't, quote, resting comfortably on the pavement. so many questions about that testimony that we'll get to today. let's begin this hour with adrian broaddus. she joins us live in minneapolis with the top store in brooklyn center. good morning, adrienne. >> good morning. last night we saw another night of unrest. the third night of protests
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following the shooting and killing of daunte wright. out here in front of the brooklyn center police department, debris is everywhere, including bags of medical supplies. this case is moving swift. that's something some of the protesters are pleased with. we could learn later today if the officer who fired that shot that killed the 20-year-old father will be charged. yesterday she submitted her resignation letter to the city of brooklyn center, but the mayor told me he's not accepting her resignation and protesters said a resignation is not enough. that's part of the reason they took the street well beyond the curfew yesterday. at least 60 people were arrested. and prior to the demonstration we saw here last night, we heard from wright's family, including his aunt who was still trying to get her mind around everything
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that's happened. listen in. >> my nephew was 20! did you all not see my little great-nephew? did you all not see that beautiful baby? he is fatherless. not a mistake. that's a murder. that's murder! say his name. >> daunte wright. >> say his name. >> daunte wright. >> so the big question this morning is, will that 26-year veteran kim porter be charged? protesters who were taking the street overnight want her charged, and they also want to see changes with the police department. yesterday i learned none of the officers who work in brooklyn center live in this city. poppy? >> wow. that is really significant. also significant that we'll get into next is the lack of
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diversity on that police force. thank you for your reporting on the ground. anthony barksdale is the former acting baltimore police commissioner. also political commentator and criminal defense attorney bakari sellers. bakari, if i could begin with you on charges. any moment now we could get charges handed down from the prosecutors there in washington county. what's interesting is after the killing of george floyd, the decision was made that in cases akin to this, with officers, they move those to the neighboring county. so they're not prosecuted -- this isn't being prosecuted in hennepin county. >> yeah. >> what do you expect to come down in terms of charges? >> well, first, let's tell viewers why they made that decision. there is oftentimes an incestuous relationship between prosecutors and law enforcement, meaning that it's very difficult for these same prosecutors to then prosecute the law enforcement in their own county or district or jurisdiction because they need those law enforcement officers day in and
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day out to make their cases. and so moving it is actually a step in the right direction. a lot of states are pushing for independent prosecutors and some state agency to prosecute these crimes. that's first. second, the decision is going to be made, i would presume, between a murder in the third degree, which requires the mensrea, the state of mind. my criminal law professor would be proud of me for stating that on national tv. and it would be murder in the third or involuntary manslaughter, that heat of passion. so it's a depraved mind versus in the heat of passion. and i think that, you know, from her behavior, her crying, her saying, oh, my god, i can't believe that i shot him in those tears she shed, it's going to be difficult to have a charge for third-degree murder. but in that heat of passion where you schmidt an act that causes the death of another, that's the involuntary manslaughter. i presume that's the charge you'll see.
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>> commissioner barksdale, i'd like to play sound from the defense's first witness they called, a use of force expert in their words. it's a little bit extended but i think the whole context is important and then get your reaction on the other side. here he is. >> what part of this is not compliant? >> so i see his arm position in the picture that's posted. >> right. >> that a compliant person would have both their hands in the small of their back and be resting comfortably, versus like he's still moving around. >> did you say resting comfortably? >> or laying comfortably. >> resting comfortably on the pavement? >> yes. >> at this point in time, when he's attempting to breathe by shoving his shoulder into the pavement. >> i was describing what the signs of a perfectly compliant person would be. >> so attempting to breathe while restrained is being slightly noncompliant? >> no. >> given what you just heard and i'm sure you watched and read a lot more of that. i can see it on your face.
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would you even call that expert testimony? what do you take from it? >> he sounds like a complete idiot. i don't know what they paid him to get him on the stand. >> $11,400. >> you know what? it wasn't worth it. actually, that is so disturbing that -- no it just doesn't work for me, poppy. i am -- i am disgusted by that testimony. someone that is under arrest with someone's knee on their neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds trying to breathe, trying to communicate and say, i can't breathe, that can't be justified no matter what experts the defense tries to put on. i'm just sorry. i can't believe that. >> i'm the daughter of a trial lawyer, and i kept thinking yesterday watching this, that's the first witness.
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i mean, it's not only important as an attorney what witnesses you call. it's the order you call them in. and does this mean this was their best witness? >> i don't know. maybe they were trying to set the bar really low? you know, i would -- that's about all i can have. i agree this witness was not good. just thinking about some of the pretzels he put himself in, making an excuse for, or trying to justify the behavior of derek chauvin in this case. but again, poppy, look. we know that there are people, there are individuals, chief ramsey said termer, that there are individuals in this country who will attempt to justify any action done by law enforcement. the criminal defense is just hoping that there's one in that jury box. i'm not sure that this expert even got you that one. but there's always that prayer. >> commissioner barksdale, having led many officers in
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baltimore, i want to ask about adrienne broaddus' important reporting. 47 officers that make up the police department in brooklyn center, which is back to the killing of daunte wright now, don't live in the community. and we learned yesterday from the mayor that only four of those 47 are black in a community that is 30% black. the issue of representation comes up over and over again. it came up in minneapolis after the killing of george floyd. why does this continue, and how does it play into the severe issues that continue between communities and their police? >> well, i believe that it continues because politicians tend to say, okay, well, i'm going to put this chief in, and this chief is going to run the police department, and i can go through my day and handle all of my business. one of the big things when i was hired in baltimore city, i grew up in baltimore city. i knew the community.
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and now you have a jurisdiction just like baltimore that will go to outside chiefs that don't -- aren't familiar with the communities but they come in and you're not bringing in the citizens who know the communities, know the people. know the streets. where to turn left. where to turn right. and it's happening again and again. and now the small agency, baltimore is the eighth largest police department in the united states when i was there, you have small agencies based on social media, body cams, community engagement now exposing this type of poor decision-making when it comes to the staffing of a police department. and you said four minorities in that -- >> four black. 4 out of 47 black and i believe 7 minorities. >> look at that ratio. >> it's about 8%. >> that's sickening. okay. so they need to diversify
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immediately. and there's a black mayor there. get in there. diversify. hire from within the community. and if you cannot find qualified applicants, okay. if you're from outside, we're hiring, but i expect you to protect and serve my city. >> commissioner barksdale, thank you. bakari sellers, thank you very much. dr. anthony fauci just moments ago here on "new day" with a message for anyone who may this morning feel hesitant to get a covid vaccine because the j&j vaccine is paused for now. you'll hear from him, next.
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that's why it's a pause. it isn't a cancellation. it's a pause. >> dr. anthony fauci just moments ago on "new day." and just hours from now, a cdc advisory panel will hold an emergency meeting about the johnson & johnson vaccine pause due to a rare and severe type of blood clot in very, very few people. six cases that we know of 7 million people who have received doses of the vaccine. joining us now, dr. sanjay gupta. that cdc panel will meet today. we could know a lot more within the next several hours. >> yeah, i think so. we can see, i think there's a couple of important things. is there something that ties these patients together? we know a little bit more about these six patients. we know that they all have these types of blood clots. we also know two of the patients also had in addition to the brain blood clots also had blood clots in blood vessels leading to the spleen and to the liver.
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that's important. four of the patients had hemorrhages within the brain as well and as you know, one patient died. what was it about these patients. is there something to learn there specifically? and i think perhaps most importantly, maybe we'll hear today, what are they going to do about this? does this mean they'll say, hey, look, the vaccine should not be used for certain age group, people with certain underlying conditions. we'll see. it's a tough call. and maybe we won't get all those details today, but that's the sort of stuff they'll be looking at. >> in many states if not all, it was the j&j vaccine that was used for many of the most vulnerable populations. i don't mean the older. i mean homeless, particularly, people who are hard to ensure that they will be able to come back for a second shot. and the fact that it was one shot and it didn't need to be kept at those deep, deep freezing temperatures. what happens to them now? >> yeah, that's the biggest concern. overall, if you look at the numbers, i think we'll have
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plenty of vaccine because of the mrna vaccines. by the way, pfizer and moderna are a different type of vaccine. the mrna vaccines. hundreds of millions of doses given. they haven't had these safety signal concerns. the concerns with johnson & johnson here in the united states and astrazeneca over in europe, they're both an adenovirus vaccine. transient populations, people not likely to come back for their second shot, are going to be -- they're going to be probably most adversely affected by this. we'll see how that plays into their recommendations as well. again, you can get the two-shot options. it's harder to reach some of those populations. >> look, johnson & johnson, while not being produced at the same level as the other vaccines, the country will miss those millions of vaccines if there's a significant delay here. we played the sound from dr. fauci saying that he thinks this, i guess he hopes, this will make people less hesitant to take the vaccine because they'll see how seriously
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government scientists are taking the issue here. i'm not sure that hope is justified based on what we have seen in other places in the world that have done pauses. take europe and astrazeneca. explain. >> yeah, you know, we've been following this for some time, and i just tell you as a medical reporter, you're always trying to sort of understand the impact of these sorts of things on people's confidence levels overall. and i think it would be naive to believe there won't be an impact. in france, for example, after all the news that came out about the astrazeneca vaccine trial and the concerns about clots over there. only about 20% of people, roughly, according to some of our surveys in france, actually are -- have confidence in the astrazeneca vaccine. so that's despite the fact they came out and they said, here's what we found. here's what we're recommending. we're thinking people, at least in the uk, people under the age of 30, they should not be recommended this vaccine. it was an important message. and the message was, look, if you pause something like this,
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and even if you come back and say, okay, no longer people under the age of 30. it's not like people who are 40 or 50 are going to say, i'm totally good with this. as we saw from the data coming out of france. i'll balance that, again, as a medical reporter, by saying, hey, if we had all woken up yesterday and you guys were breaking with the news that someone has died in relation to a vaccine and that was all we heard, that could have really shaken people's confidence a great deal as well. so the fact that you actually look at this and you say, hey, we're announcing it, here's what we've found. this is what we're doing about it. maybe that's -- they both are going to cause vaccine hesitancy but maybe one more than the other. >> do you have a message to any men watching who may think, oh, this is only -- it's six women between the ages of 18 and 48 so i don't need to keep an eye out for these symptoms? >> you know, i would say we need to get the full data here right now. i think that at least according to this most recent data it is
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all women. there was concern last year. you may remember in the fall of a 25-year-old man who at the time was described as having an unexplained illness. we subsequently learned had a blood clot in one of the blood vessels of the brain. at the time they paused the j&j trial for that and said it wasn't related. but i'm sure that's going to come up again here today as well. i don't want to unfairly or unnecessarily suggest that's going to be the case. so we'll see what they show. maybe there's something specifically about young women that make them more vulnerable to this. maybe not. we'll see. but right now, i think we just have to wait for the data. >> dr. sanjay gupta, thank you, as always, for being with us. president biden will soon announce his plans to pull all u.s. troops out of afghanistan by september 11th. a live report from kabul and reaction from the senate majority leader next. we made usaa insurance for members like martin. an air force veteran made of doing what's right,
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in just hours, president biden will announce that he will withdraw all u.s. troops from
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afghanistan by september 11th, this year, ending the nation's longest war. cnn's nick paton walsh live in kabul. nick, what will afghanistan look like after, without u.s. troops there? >> yeah, it's important to remember that the end of the war for america is not the end of the war. and certainly it's key exactly what details we hear from commander in chief president joe biden shortly. now he said, most importantly, this withdrawal, by september the 11th, so it cannot be said, that the u.s. has been in afghanistan for 20 years. that that will happen regardless of the conditions. it will not be conditions based, which is extraordinary, frankly, because it says we're gone regardless of what happens in the months ahead. of course, there's a caveat that he can change his mind but even with that statement from joe biden, who, it has to be said, for over a decade has not been an advocate of long-term u.s. involvement in afghanistan even
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when he was vice president under barack obama. even with that said, the taliban have not exactly been welcoming of this statement. in the last minutes we heard from their spokesperson a number of tweets which give the americans 60 days to get out of afghanistan. they say they want them out under the terms of the earlier doha agreement signed by former -- then-president donald trump. his secretary of state mike pompeo. or they will hold those who do not comply with it liable. we have heard them make big talk in the past and still, regardless of demands for the full withdrawal of foreign troops they've made still negotiate. we may see that possibly in the weeks ahead because the biden administration's call to summit for peace in istanbul, they want a transitional government together to start the taliban working with the current afghan government and then move forward from there. the afghan government, they are not happy with that. they want elections first, even though they agree they won't stand in them. so it's a very messy few months ahead. the point is the taliban already
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on the battlefield. the warmer summer months known as the fighting season, they're very close to us now as well. the u.s. are frankly holding them back from major advances with their air power. otherwise they may move forward and some u.s. assessment suggests it could be a matter of months without u.s. support the afghan government are able to hold on. it's an instance month made and the stakes for ordinary afghans extraordinary. rural afghanistan, a lot of it, under taliban control. the bubble of kabul pumped full of billions of american dollars. now millions strong in population and quite now possibly bracing for how that may change in the event of a taliban surge at some point in the months ahead. >> things will change. it's a major moment. nick paton walsh, thank you for being there. joining me now is check schumer. senator, thank you so much for being with us. you were critical last year of president trump's decision to reduce the trump levels in
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afghanistan because you said it was an incoherent policy. how do you feel now about president biden's decision? >> i think president biden has come up with a careful and thought out plan. look, john, the president doesn't want endless wars. i don't want endless wars. and neither do the american people. and it's refreshing to have a thought-out plan with a set timetable instead of the president waking up one morning getting out of bed and just saying what just pops into his head and having the generals walk it back. this is a careful, thought-out plan. there are questions that remain. i am happy to let you know that the administration has agreed to a classified briefing for all senators, which we'll have shortly so questions can be answered. but i think the president's plan is a very good one. you want to make sure the september 11th date is stuck, is a date that sticks. that it's not kicking the can down the road. >> can i ask you --
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>> i've spoken to administration people and they believe just that as well. >> can i ask you about that date. as a new yorker yourself, september 11th, are you comfortable with giving that date as a withdrawal? that will be the 20th anniversary of the september 11th attacks. >> well, i think, again, endless wars have not -- it's 20 years. endless -- the terrorist attack was terrible. we're much, much better at fighting terrorism today than we were. and obama took out bin laden. and so i have a great deal of respect for what we have done to fight terrorism. praise god there hasn't been the kind of incident that we saw that horrible, horrible day which we all still live with in new york and in america on 9/11. and so getting the troops out of this endless war is a good thing. >> you're not worried about the symbolism that may be taken by terrorists around the world saying, hey, the 20th anniversary, look, the u.s. is sothe run? >> terrorists take all kinds of
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things into symbolism. the key issue is having the ability to stop them, to penetrate them. we've done a very good job of that thus far p. >> a lot going on in the u.s. senate that you're central to as the senate majority leader, including a vote on an anti-asian hate crime bill that we understand there is some bipartisan support for. >> yes. >> but that might depend on what is voted on today. what can you tellous what will be voted on today and how much support there is. >> the bill is a very good bill. it's modest, but it's important. it sets up a person in the justice department who will make sure that anti-asian violence is gone after and prosecuted whenever that's appropriate. it also sends a signal in two ways. to the asian-american community that this country is paying attention to this. the rash of asian-american violence is just awful. i went to five or six rallies throughout new york state. an asian-american senior
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gentleman is afraid to go on the streets because he might be ridiculed, spat upon, cursed at. we've had violence. a young lady told me she wouldn't take the subway in new york because everyone is just staring at her with fierce, harsh stares. so sending the signal to america that this is wrong. so different than the previous president who at times encouraged bigotry and never -- or almost never did enough to push it down. it's a very important symbol. and i say one other thing related to what you said, john. i was very gratified that leader mcconnell said he wanted to move forward. this was not intended when we put it on the floor as gotcha. it's led by mazie hirono and tammy duckworth. it was meant to be bipartisan. and we welcome some bipartisan amendments. i know senator moran, a republican of kansas, is working
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with dick blumenthal to strengthen it. we welcome that kind of approach. >> one policy item in terms of the administration. president biden had promised to lift the refugee tab that had been in place. raise the number of refugees that could come to the united states. he needs to sign the determ determination. he has not done so. that number has not been raised and democratic senators, including tim kaine, have been critical. they said they'll return to a more normal posture with respect to refugees. >> they haven't yet done it and yet is the key. >> what's the wait? >> i think we should admit more refugees. they have to take a careful look at -- again, the last administration so screwed up immigration in every different way that looking at this in a thoughtful, careful way and then coming up with a policy which i believe -- i can't imagine they won't move the refugee cap considerably higher. it's something i'm for. it's the right way to go. and so, you know, we know that
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it's been totally turned on its head. generally the pro-immigration policies of america, the statue of liberty and everything else, my middle name is ellis. and we have to reverse it, but it's got to be done in a thoughtful, careful way. >> how long are you willing to wait? but how long -- >> competence and common sense are beginning to matter. >> what? >> how long are you willing to wait on this. >> i'll give them a chance. let's see. i have faith that they will be far more pro-immigration on refugees than the previous administration. >> on the issue of timing, let's talk about the infrastructure bill. and you have a tremendous amount to say on how this timing will play out. there was a meeting yesterday and chris coombs, senator from delaware, came out of the meeting saying, i have a sense we'll not wait forever before we try to pass this bill with what could be only democratic votes. what does that mean? how long are you willing to wait for republicans to talk to republicans to see if they will
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vote for this bill before you start the procedure to pass this with democratic votes? >> certainly our preference is to work in a bipartisan way. there are parts of the bill that may be bipartisan. that can be bipartisan on water resources, which is a significant, not the largest, but a significant part of the bill. senator carper, our chairman of our epw committee and environmental and public works committee and senator capetow, the ranking republican, reported out a bill that would be -- that is part of the biden plan. not the largest, but still a part. unanimously. i'm going to provide it we get through the anti-asian hate bill this week, i'd like to put that on the floor next week and begin on a bipartisan note. there are a few other areas that may be bipartisan. our competition bill. strengthening america's competitive position in the world and making sure the chinese government doesn't take advantage of us is possibly bipartisan. debbie stabenow has done some good things with agriculture
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working with republicans on her committee. we're going to focus at the beginning on some of the bipartisan parts of the bill. make no mistake about it. if our republican colleagues -- we welcome them on amendments throughout the bill -- but if they don't see the big, bold need for change in infrastructure and climate that the nation sees and wants and we see and want, we will have to move forward without them. but our first preference, let's see if they can work in a bipartisan way. >> my question is when. >> we're going to work on the bipartisan parts of the bill first and then we'll move forward, but we're not going to repeat the mistake of 2009 and '10, john, where for a year and a half they negotiated and then nothing came of it. we're not doing that. >> when was the last time -- >> the two big things -- two of the biggest things we have to get done in the next several months are build back better and s-1. gon >> when was the last time you talked to senator joe manchin about reconciliation, about --
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>> oh, about 10:00 last night on the phone. >> and he said to you? >> this was on one part of the bill that he had some input into, which was the compe competitiveness part. i said to work with todd young, a republican, in a bipartisan way on it, and they are talking to each other. >> did he say he would support reconciliation if push comes to show? >> joe biden -- sorry, joe manchin. a lot of joes around here. but joe manchin, you know what his views are. i treat him with respect, but we have to move forward in a big, bold way, and we will. >> senator chuck schumer, thank you for being with us. senate maurgei itymajority lead. we appreciate your time. president biden sending what the white house calls a personal signal to china. a live report from beijing, next.
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david culver joins us live in beijing. this follows the extraordinary reporting we saw from you earlier this week about just exactly what china is doing over -- literally over taiwan. >> poppy, you well know, taiwan, the most sensitive issue when it comes to china. this is what they consider to be their red line that they don't want the u.s. or any other country to cross. so that's why they are quite upset with how this is playing out right now with this unofficial delegation that's currently visiting taiwan from the u.s. representing the biden administration. as you point out, it's also considered to be a personal signal to the people's republic of china to beijing and officials here. chinese officials have said today in the past few hours that they have issued a formal complaint to the u.s., but this goes beyond words. in the past several days, we have seen rising tensions with regards to military exercises being carried out on part of the chinese. namely sending in a record
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number of aircraft. talking about fighters and bombers over taiwan. some 25. and they also have been performing some military and naval exercises off to taiwan the east coast. that's strategic, according to military experts, because that shows that they can essentially cut off the island from any sort of help. namely, from the u.s. now, obviously, this is playing out at a time when tensions between the two countries are at all-time highs on really multiple fronts, poppy. but right now this unofficial delegation is meeting with taiwanese leadership and it's not clear what exactly will play out, but it is, of course, pointing the signal to china and beijing that the u.s. is looking to really safeguard what they consider to be the stability and peace for this region. >> you reported on u.s. military officials warning leaders there in taiwan that a chinese attack on taiwan could be within years. and you do have rising tension and you do have escalated
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rhetoric as you've reported on. but i just wonder what your take is on the opportunity here ford. have their have been decades in this conflict where that has happened and where it has been relatively successful for a period of time. >> it's a good point. this is not all antagonistic and there are careful wording that's playing out here. and part of that is the unofficial delegation aspect of this. it's not showing an official biden administration official cabinet member going there because that would anger the chinese even more but there is opportunity for cooperation and collaboration. what we're seeing actually at the same time play out, just in a couple hours from now, we're expecting john kerry, who is serving as a special envoy representing the biden administration to land here on the mainland in the people's public of china to meet with officials to talk about climate. so that's one aspect in addition to pandemic relief that will be perhaps places where the two
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countries can work together, poppy. >> david, thank you very much. from beijing for us this morning with that reporting. watchdog reported on the botched response to the january 6th insurrection cites intelligence failures, equipment breakdowns and orders for the capitol police to use less aggressive measures. cnn's whitney wild live in washington with the details here. what does that mean, whitney? >> basically this report focused on two areas that were major breakdowns on january 6th, leading up to january 6th as well. the first focus is on their civil disturbance unit. this is a critical unit. this was the unit responsible for a riot. the civil unrest. these were the people who were basically tasked with protesting the capitol. what this oig report details is failures in preparing leading up to this day. so, for example, they were not keeping their very critical equipment in temperature-controlled settings. that meant on january 6th, when
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the unit went to try to get their shields, in some cases, they couldn't get them because they were locked. in other cases they shattered on impact. and what this all is an example of is failing to -- is failing to plan is planning to fail. that's something people talk about a lot in law enforcement and that was the breakdown here. another example on the day of the insurrection, the crowd control measures were available. these less than lethal crowd control measures were available. however, uscp leadership told cdu not to use them. as far as the intelligence breakdowns. lists of problems there as well. for example, there is more explicit intelligence, we are learning about now, that basically explicitly said congress was going to be the target of this riot, of this rally on january 6th. additionally, and this is probably the most chilling, the department of homeland security had told uscp on december 21st that there was chatter among -- on a pro-trump website that
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discussed tunnels beneath the capitol. so that is just one more example of an intelligence breakdown. we're going to have a lot more detail when the oig testifies on thursday, poppy. >> critical testimony clearly. thank you, whitney. developing this morning, the u.s. coast guard searching for 12 missing people. this is after a commercial boat capsized. look at that. that is off the coast of louisiana during, obviously, a storm. officials say six others were rescued with the help of multiple good samaritan velss. the national weather service says the area experienced a weather phenomenon tuesday known as wake low, resulting in 70 to 80-mile-an-hour winds. it would have made the seas incredibly rough. major break this morning in a missing persons case in california. paul flores and his father are charged in connection with the 1996 disappearance of college student kristen smart. flores was the last person to see smart and has long been a prime suspect. he's now accused of murder. his father is charged as an
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accessory. kristin smart's body has never been found. new forensic evidence is linked to the victim. late hall of fame baseball legend hank aaron will soon have an atlanta school named after him. the school board approved renaming a school. it will be called the hank aaron new beginnings high school. aaron broke racial barriers and smashed babe ruth's home run career record. he died in january at the age of 86. >> that should have been all you, berman, but great to see. hundreds of companies taking a stand against new laws that make it harder for people to vote. we'll talk about them, next. the world around you may seem like an immovable, implacable place. it is not. it can be bright. quiet. and safe. it's a change that will be felt from this street.
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statement supporting voters rights, publishing it in "the new york times" and "washington post." i'll let christine romans show it to you. >> it's so big, so many names, personal names and business names, law firms. you can't even really see it. it's hard to show you how sprawling this list is. it's the largest show of support, poppy, for voting rights from corporate america we've seen so far. these leaders saying, quote, for american democracy to work for any of us, we must ensure the right to vote for all of us. hundreds of companies, law firms, nonprofits, business leaders standing together for democracy and against discriminatory voting laws. these are companies like amazon, blackrock, general motors, netflix, starbucks, google, goldman sachs, johnson & johnson, target, best buy, american airlines, ford, ibm, facebook. led by the former ceo of american express and ceo of merck. they organized dozens of leaders
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to oppose these state laws. billionaires michael bloomberg, larry fink, james murdoch, lin-manuel mir anda, sho shonda rimes, the new ceo of citi. it says protecting voter rights should not be a partisan issue. missing from the new statement, delta and coca-cola. remember, they strongly opposed georgia's voting law after it was passed but they decided not to add their names to this group. home depot also not on the list, but, john, just to show you how a picture is worth a thousand words here. in this case, many thousands of words. this is a sprawling list of companies and individuals who are standing together on this one issue. >> put on the reading glasses to read all of those. there's so many there. thank you very much. all right. we have a special "good stuff" this morning. or sad stuff about a good guy or sad for us and happy for him.
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this is the last day at new day for executive producer "j "javi morgado. javi is in charge. he's the voice in our ears telling us that our 8:00 a.m. guest didn't show up, the power in the control room is out. stunning pictures in from a tornado. a news conference we need to take live in 30 seconds. make sure to ask about this new development. also wrap because you're two minutes heavy. all of this actually happened, most of it this morning. most of it every morning. and javi has been doing it every morning for a long, long time. with cnn nearly ten years. as executive producer here since 2014. and the thing about javi is, no matter how many things he's juggling before the show, how many fires he puts out during the show, he always walks out of the control room with a smile after the show. no joke. it's astounding. and despite the busy no-sleep schedule, he's always reaching out to the next generation of
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news producers and reporters. he has generations of news offspring. so javi, all of us at "new day" just want to say thank you. thank you for sacrificing those years of sleep to help keep this show going. we will miss you. rest up. you deserve it. we know you're going to crush it at the 11:00 a.m. show. thank you. you are one of a kind. >> he really is. that was beautiful. >> he didn't tell me to wrap. it's the one time. >> probably got tears coming down his face right now. jav, we love you. sitting in this chair, keeping it warm for you guys. you've been a dream to work with. but i get to see you in the daylight hours, javi, and i can't wait for that. >> he's like a vampire. it's not going to work. javi, thank you. cnn's coverage continues, next. we made usaa insurance for members like martin. an air force veteran made of doing what's right,
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a very good wednesday morning. i'm jim sciutto. today we expect to learn if the former police officer who shot and killed daunte wright, a 20-year-old black man, will face criminal charges. a decision could come any minute now, and it will have significant impact on wright's grieving family and on a community many of whom are now demanding justice. protests ended violently again last night. police arresting some 60 demons demonstrators. hours after the officer involved, kim potter and her chief, who claimed potter accidentally shot wright, have resigned. the mayor, however, did not accept those resignations. the significance of that decision just ahead. plus, just a few miles away, the defense representing derek


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