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are now. >> i'm just happy to get back and i'll be able to see my friends again. >> walking alone through a still deserted rutgers campus, calcotto has no regrets over their decision. >> the fun component is literally pulled out of it. >> in your view, the way to get back to fun is through the vaccine? >> it is. hello again, everyone, thank you for joining me, i'm fredricka whitfield. the family of a north carolina man shot and killed by sheriff's deputies last week may have the opportunity to view police body cam video of the shooting tomorrow. this coming as sheriff tommy wooten says he wants the police video of the shooting of andrew brown jr. released to the public. the sheriff says he will file a court motion as soon as monday requesting a judge release it. few details have been made
public in the fatal shooting of brown. he was killed by sheriff's deputies when they attempted to serve him with an arrest warrant on wednesday. he was unarmed. let's bring in natasha chen. natasha, what more can you tell us about this plan for the family to potentially view this body cam video? >> right, fred, i just spoke with harry daniels, one of the attorneys representing family members of andrew brown jr., the plan is to met with the county attorney here tomorrow, around 11:30, and they hope to be able to view this body camera footage. that has been the desire for not only the family, really the public has been calling for this to be released because of the few details that anyone has right now. all we do have is 911 audio where an emergency responder is heard saying that a 42-year-old was found shot in the back. and of course that really concerns family members and the community if that is the case. a witness also told cnn that she was on scene and saw deputies
shooting at brown's car as she saw him trying to drive away. so a lot of questions that could be answered by viewing this video. yesterday when the family gathered with a diverse set of members of the clergy we heard from reverend william barber talking about this possibility, that brown may have been shot in the back. >> there must be accountability. and we must know all of what happened. and the tapes must be seen. >> yes. >> america, here is the issue. a warrant is not a license to kill. even if a suspect supposedly drives away. >> and after that press conference they actually introduced a special guest in that audience, the mother of eric garner was there yesterday. she had traveled into town to
support andrew brown jr.'s family, a couple of his children were also there and spoke emotionally about this past week and one of the them saying that his newborn will never get to meet his grandfather. so a lot of distressing times for this community, and they are still waiting to really see accountability. for now, seven deputies who were involved remain on administrative leave. two other deputies resigned and a third deputy has retired at this point, fred. >> natasha chen, you're right, distressing times, indeed, thank you so much for that. all right, now to another police shooting under investigation. this one involving a virginia deputy who shot an unarmed black man just an hour after he actually gave him a ride home. 32-year-old isaiah brown was shot multiple times while on the phone with a 911 dispatcher as the deputy returned to brown's home on a domestic incident call. the sheriff's department released video and the 911 call.
let's bring in polo sandoval. tell us more about what's being learned. >> reporter: isaiah brown is in serious condition after his family says he was shot ten time by a virginia county sheriff's deputy on wednesday. they alleged the shooting was the result of a miscommunication that all the 32-year-old man had in his hand was the phone which he was using to speak to a 911 dispatcher when he was shot. we're going to walk you through this, play you a portion of the call in addition to deputy worn body camera video so you can see and hear some of the moments before and after those shots were fired by the deputy. according to the county sheriff's office he was responding to brown's call of a domestic disturbance, you can hear brown having an argument with his brother, at one point in the conversation brown threatens to kill his brother and brown is also heard asking his brother for a gun. but his brother refuses and seconds later, this is important, brown tells the dispatcher that he does not have a gun and that he is unarmed as
he then walks out onto the street. as you hear sirens approaching the dispatcher repeatedly instructs brown to hold his hands up and that's where the audio is about to play. what you're about to hear is actually what brown's phone picks up as that deputy arrives on scene. >> are you holding your hands up? put your hands up. >> show me your hands now, show me your hands. drop the gun. drop the gun now. stop, stop, stop. show me your hands. drop the gun. drop the gun. >> and when you hear that, when the officer repeatedly commands brown to drop the alleged gun here and speaks to that belief
that he thought that he was potentially armed, however the virginia state police does confirm from cnn that brown was, in fact, unarmed at the time of the shooting. the brown family attorney suspects the deputy simply mistook the cordless phone in his hand for a gun. we now want you to see what the deputy's body camera shows and wa warning, this may be disturbing. >> drop the gun. >> he's got a gun to his head. >> drop the gun now. stop walking toward me. stop, stop. >> so, again, authorities say that brown does remain in serious condition with non-life threatening injuries, the question is what comes next? brown's attorneys are calling on authorities to actually release the audio between the dispatcher and the deputy. the deputy's identitys ha not yet been released as virginia -- bureau handles the case, that's the question, was this deputy told to expect somebody who was
armed or was it as the brown family describes it that he thought it was a gun when it was a phone. >> you reported on those nonlife threatening injuries, let's hope he fully recovers. thank you so much, polo sandoval. meanwhile, in congress, optimism is growing that reforms to policing may actually get done. congress has been grappling with the issue in recent months, and calls for action, growing louder, in the wake of derek chauvin's murder convictions for the killing of george floyd. last week republican senator tim scott proposed a compromise on the controversial issue of police qualified immunity, a doctrine that protects officers from civil litigation by plaintiffs alleging wrongdoing. and democrats have put forward their own set of new reforms in recent weeks. cnn's suzanne malveaux is on capitol hill with more on this. where do these negotiations stand right now? >> reporter: something very unusual is happening here on capitol hill, you're hearing
talk about compromise as well as police reform. there's a renewed sense of urgency here from both republicans and democrats who are vowing to make this happen. now, as you know, it was in march the house passed, it was largely on party lines here, the george floyd justice and policing act, now it would require on the senate side a lot more cooperation with republicans, namely ten republicans to go along to actually defeat a filibuster, that's 60 vote threshold. one of the reasons they're so optimistic is the people involved, representative karen bass, the former head of the congressional black caucus, working with republican senator tim scott, the lone black republican senator, he is also working with senator cory booker, all three of them putting their heads together here, the compromise, as you had mentioned is on that qualified immunity, a very controversial proposal here, those who defend it say, look, it is necessary to protect those officers making those quick split second
decisions in dangerous situations. those critics saying it enabled them, essentially shields them from accountability. now, fred, this is just a sampling of today of the lawmakers, how they feel about this. this is very much on the table but still very controversial. >> right now we need to end qualified immunity, period. you know, that's my stance. we compromise on so much, you know, we compromise, we die. we compromise we die. we compromise, we die. >> i don't know if i'm willing to blow up the deal. i don't consider that blowing it up. we do have to look at ways. if lindsey graham and tim scott can show us some other way to hold officers accountable, this has been going on for just decades and officers right now are not really held accountable. >> my idea, along with senator scott is you can't sue the police officer, you sue the department. if there's an allegation, of civil rights abuse or constitutional right abuse.
we can solve that problem. we can solve the issues if there's will to get there and i think there's will to get there on the part of both parties now. >> so fred, scott is saying, actually sue the police departments, not those individuals, that is a compromise he's putting forward in this legislation, other key elements, include national choke hold ban, a national no knock warrants ban, racial and religious profiling ban, creating a national database of political misconduct, police misconduct grants for police training and anti-lynching legislation. fred, they're going to try to get a framework for this by may 25th, the one-year anniversary of the killing of george floyd. fred? >> suzanne malveaux, thank you so much for all of that. president biden will likely address police reforms and much more as he holds his first address to the joint session of congress later on this week and it comes as biden prepares to mark his 100th day in office. the president is expected to promote the next phase of his massive u.s. infrastructure plan as well as other achievements and priorities he has
highlighted over the past three months. >> we must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue. shots in arms and money in pockets. that's important. it's not a plan that tinkers around the edges. it's a once in a generation investment in america. i've concluded that it's time to end america's longest war. it's time for american troops to come home. we have to step up. scientists tell us that this is the decisive decade. >> and a new poll out this morning shows how americans think biden is handling his job, his approval rating now at 52%. cnn's joe johns is in wilmington, delaware where president biden is spending the weekend. joe, how do these numbers compare to the president's predecessors? >> well, fred, let's take a look at it, he's on the low end of modern american presidents at the end of the first 100 days. well ahead by the way of donald
trump who's his predecessor but well behind barack obama and also george w. bush. so the question is, why is that one reason clearly the american electorate continues to be polarized since donald trump left office. and that certainly is a factor most of the democrats voting for joe biden saying he's doing a great job, most of the republicans saying they don't support joe biden. so the one good news here for joe biden is that he gets some of his highest marks on his handling of the coronavirus. fred? >> and then joe, the president is also preparing for his first address to congress. what more are you learning about what might be in his talk? his speech? >> well, there's a lot of thought that he's going to talk about covid and what he sees as his successes, and getting the vaccine out. so expect him to talk about what he wants to do with the economy going forward and there's the
american family plan which the president is expected to put out, a lot of people don't have a whole buchlk of information about that but what we do know is they are expecting to put in an increase in taxes, including the capital gains tax as well as marginal tax rates. so republicans oppose, of course, tax increases and that could be controversial. it's going to be a real mix, very different speech from what we've seen for the united states presidents and their first term before the united states congress. in part because of covid. a lot of social distancing. you won't see the shoulder to shoulder kind of standing room only situation from past years, back to you. >> yeah, different times, different speech, rather, for very different times. joe johns, thank you so much. in wilmington, delaware. and this just in, new information on a possible meeting between president biden and vladimir putin. we're live in moscow with details. plus more of dana bash's exclusive interview with vice
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russian immedimedia is repo joe biden could meet with vladimir putin in june. let's get to fred politeleitgen moscow. is there hope this could ease tensions and where would this summit take place? >> reporter: it's very difficult to say, most probably take place or pretty much take place in europe, fredricka, two sides -- the russian sides say they are still working this out. it was interesting we saw this this evening on russian tv and it's a senior kremlin aid who said that the meeting could happen in june and if there are already talking about particular dates as well. now he didn't say what exactly those dates could be. we reached out to the biden
administration and so far they have not given us any update. what's going to happen in june, actually, is that president biden is going to be in europe anyway. he's going to be in the uk to attend the g-7 summit there, and then he's also going to be in brussels for a nato summit so around that times the possible. there are some speculating it could possibly be on the sidelines of the g-7 but it's completely unclear at this point in time the russians also saying so far there are no working meetings to actually hash out what the two leaders are going to talk about, where they could make some progress but of course it does come at a time of very heightened tensions between moscow and washington. that were eased just a little bit at the end of last week when the russians withdrew some troops from the border with ukraine and allowing alexei navalny to see independent doctors as well, something the biden administration had been calling for, nevertheless, of course, president biden hitting the russians with some really tough sanctions for the election meddling in 2020, also of course the solar winds hack as well and
the russians hitting back and banning some senior administration officials. so certainly president biden saying it is key to have a summit with vladimir putin, he believes, and he hopes that it could be something that could ease tensions now looking at possibly that being in june, waiting to see which country it could be in, and what exactly the dates are going to be but certainly things do seem to be shaping up there, fredricka. >> that's pretty remarkable, indeed, fred pleitgen, appreciate it in moscow. the first 100 days of the biden administration have been marked with political victories and heartbreaking tragedies, the white house surpassing its goals of vaccinated 200 million americans against coronavirus. but there are still massive problems facing the nation. immigration concerns are growing at the u.s.-mexico border. the recent rash of mass shootings have gripped the country. cnn's ban in a bash sat down with vice president kamala harris in a wide ranging one on one interview and he talked about the need to address the nation's gun problem.
>> there have been at least 50 mass shootings in america in a little over a month. your administration has made clear that infrastructure is the next big legislative priority. why not guns? anthony fauci told me over the weekend that gun violence is a public health emergency. >> well, i would disagree. we actually, as an administration, have taken action. the president issued executive orders, for example on ghost guns, and there is only so much, however, that a president can do through executive action. this president, joe biden, has a long standing history of speaking very clearly and unambiguously about the need for smart gun safety laws, back from the time that he was in the senate through today. but i guess that emphasizes the point that both he when he was in the senate, when i was in the senate, same thing, we were pushing for legislation.
congress has to act. >> exactly. >> we have to codify, that's a fancy word for make permanent, make the law that we agree, we should have background checks. that's just reasonable gun safety laws, we should have an assault weapons ban, assault weapons have been designed to kill a lot of people quickly. they are weapons of war. and congress has to act, dana. i mean, you know, i was recently in connecticut. senators murphy and blumenthal and the governor there, so many people, the families of sandy hook, you know, i honestly thought, i honestly thought that when those babies, 20 6 and 7-year-old children were slaughtered, i really thought congress would act. i thought that would be the thing and it didn't happen. >> and now to those big concerns at the u.s.-mexico border, the vice president has been tasked
by president biden to take on the issues surrounding the migrant increase. the u.s. has seen over the last few months, here's what the vice president has had to say about that. >> we're making progress, but it's not going to evidence itself overnight. it will not but it will be worth it and i will tell you, part of my approach to this is we've got to institutionalize the work and internationalize it. i'm working with ambassador thomas greenfield and we're going to be increasing the requests we're making of our allies in the united nations, because again, this is about the western hemisphere. we are a neighbor in the western hemisphere. and it is also about understanding that we have the capacity to actually get in there, if we are consistent. part of the problem is that under the previous administration they pulled out essentially a lot of what had been the continuum of work. and it essentially came to a
stand still. >> you're rebuilding it. >> we have to rebuild it. and i've made it very clear to our team that this has to be a function of a priority that is an american priority, and not just a function of whoever happens to be sitting in this chair because, for example, looking at, again, the root causes. extreme weather conditions has had a huge impact on one of their biggest industries, which is agriculture, including drought. right? a residual point is not only about the economic devastation and what we need to assist with economic development and relief but it's also, they've got extreme hunger there and food insecurity. what we need to do to address that. because again, if parents and if children cannot literally eat, if they cannot have the basic essential things that everyone needs to live, of course they're going to flee and that's what we're seeing. >> that exclusive interview with the vice president kamala harris. coming up a desperate
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the biden administration now sending relief to india as the nation battles a record case surge. the white house planning to send therapeutics, test kits, ventilators and personal protective equipment, india reported more than 349,000 new cases today, breaking the global record for the most new infections in a single day for the fourth day in a row.
the prime minister says the country's second wave has shaken the nation. hospitals are running out of beds and facing an extreme oxygen shortage, leaving families devastated. >> he knows he was going to die and he was saying i'm going -- i won't be able to breathe. i need something. i need more medicines. but nothing is provided to him. and he died in front of me on my hands. >> joining me right now to discuss is dr. ashish jha, the dean of the brown university -- sorry, i've got a cough drop in my mouth. hopefully i can talk and make sense and also suck on this thing at the same time. dr. jha you've just written a piece in the "washington post" headlined india's kroefrs surge could collapse its health system. the u.s. can help, are you encouraged to hear the biden administration is sending therapeutics, ventilators and
other items, is that enough? >> yeah, fred, thanks for having me on and the situation in india is heartbreaking. that story alone is just one of thousands happening every single day across that country. it's in big trouble. it is in big trouble. their government has not done a good job of anticipating and managing this pandemic, certainly not this wave. and the u.s. has a lot of capacity here. so in my op-ed i wrote out a list of things that i thought the u.s. government can do. and same thing today closely matches that. i'm very encouraged. there's a lot of details to be sorted out but i thought it was a really big step in the right direction. >> the u.s. has an estimated 35 million to 40 million doses of the astrazeneca vaccine which has not yet been authorized here in the states. dr. anthony fauci says the u.s. may consider sending excess covid-19 vaccine doses to india. listen to this. >> we really do need to do more. i mean, i don't think you can walk away from that and we are.
right now, even as we speak, george, there's discussions about really ramping up what we can do on the ground, oxygen supplies, drugs, tests, ppe. as well as taking a look in the intermediate and long run about how we can get vaccines to these individuals. >> so how much of a difference do you think that will make? >> i think it can make a big difference. again, vaccines are only one part of the strategy. we do have these doses sitting around that we're not going to use in the united states so i think that's a no brainer but we actually are also just developing a lot of excess supply right now. we're still producing a lot of vaccines, vaccinations are slowing. i think it's going to be really important to get those vaccines out, out to country that is are really struggling. >> and india, in fact, has administered, you know, more than 140 million coronavirus vaccine doses over the last three months, but because there's, you know, more than a billion people in india that means that country ranks lower
than many others per capita of vaccinations according to cnn data. so what challenges do you see for india's population? oh, i think we lost audio. our connection. we can see him but he can't hear us any longer. we'll try to recor connect, if , thank you very much. for more on coronavirus, jim acosta will interview dr. anthony fauci at 4:00 today. jim will also speak with congresswoman ilhan omar in the 5:00 hour. up next, tragedy in baghdad, at least 82 people killed in a hospital fire, how residents tried to save lives and why rescue crews weren't notified for 30 minutes. the bowls are back. applebee's irresist-a-bowls all just $8.99.
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initial reports say it likely started after an oxygen tank exploded. arwa damon has more on the tragic situation. >> reporter: the person filming cries out in horror. there is the sound of another blast from within the inferno. a woman screams. it's baghdad's infectious diseases hospital, filled with covid-19 patients and their family members. hussein was inside caring for his family member, urging her to eat something. i couldn't save her, he sobs. we tried to evacuate my mom but once we reached the door we were blown away by one of the blasts, he remembers, the pain still so raw, so incomprehensible. he's at the baghdad morgue waiting for her charred remains
along with the others whose loved ones either suffocated to death or were burnt. some beyond recognition. his father's anger seeps through his sorrow. when tragedy's happen government officials always give bogus reasons. they always try to justify their devilish ways, he says. as seen in this cctv video, the explosion, believed to be an oxygen tank that blew, came from inside one of the rooms. people start to run. someone, it looks like a patient, an elderly man, is pulled out. the flames appear to be getting larger. a man arrives with a hand held fire extinguisher, but with no fireproofing, it was not enough. that blast led to a series of others. the fire alarm was faulty. it was half an hour before the civil defense says it got a call. by the time they responded, so many were dead. so many were wounded. residents in the area had taken it upon themselves to try to
help. breaking through windows to save those inside. back in february we filmed at this hospital in the intensive care unit. we spoke to doctors and family members about people ease reluctance to come to hospitals, about the lack of faith in iraq's health care systems, who have yet to recover from sanctions dating back to the sadaam hussein era and then non-stop war and rampant corruption. this, this is what all that has led to. he stares at his hands, cut up from breaking glass to let in some air, his aunt and grandmother perished inside, he could not save them. no one could imagine this could happensh he says, but tragically, iraq has a way of delivering the unimaginable, and with it an imaginable pain. >> and fred, so many of those who perished, they were the elderly, they were the ones who were in the icu who were unable
to get up and run. and as you heard in that report, whose loved ones whose relatives tried so hard to save them but were unable to do so. and yes, the iraqi government has said it will investigate and that it will hold those who are responsible for this accountable. yes, they have suspended the minister of health. they'll be looking into him. they'll be looking into other authorities. when it comes to the family members who are suffering right now, none of that matters. and for so many iraqis, this really just epitomizes everything that is wrong with their country right now. this is the result of repeated government failures, of mismanagement, of corruption, of the misallocation, of funding. and there has been rising anger against the government for quite some time right now, people angry about the fact that they still don't have regular electricity, angry about the fact that unemployment numbers are significantly high, the economy is in a downward spiral.
and now on top of all of this this is what they have to contend with, the key issue here, one that the government has always been reluctant to address, is really trying to go over the core reasons why this sort of thing can even happen and until that is actually fixed sadly iraqis are going to have to endure the unimaginable over and over and over again. >> arwa damon, you spell it out, hardship on top of hardship there. thank you so much. indonesia is officially pronouncing the 53 crew members on board a sunken submarine, dead. the navy, launched a frantic rescue operation to find the vessel after losing contact on wednesday. today they did find contact, but only with the wreckage. it had broken into three pieces and sunk to the ocean floor. investigators still aren't sure what caused the submarine to sink, but the government is planning to give honors and rank
to the entire crew. this programming note, join w.kamau bell in his new season of a show of "united shades of america," he travels the country this year masked up and socially distanced to talk with people about covid-19, black lives matter and so much more. that's next sunday, 10:00 p.m. we'll be right back.
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americans have faced one of our darkest years in recent memory, pandemic, shootings, pain and suffering. my next guest is part of a family with a long legacy of public service, fellowship and outreach. and he has authored a book that at the very least may help some of us unite in our pursuit to heal. tim schriver is the author of a new book, and it's in the title, "unite," the call to unite, voices of hope and awakening. he has been the chairman of the special olympics since 1996. >> so good so you, tim. >> thank you, fredricka, good to see you. >> this is like a bible size guide on inspiration and hope and kindness. how did this come to be? and what was your objective? >> well, at the very beginning,
you know, the pandemic you'll remember fredricka there was a sense of despair, calamity, we didn't have any idea where we were headed. we're reminded in the book of a painful lesson in the midst of chaos can come awakening. we felt our team, my colleague who works with us at unite, felt that this was a moment that we needed, we had to awaken the voices of those who are ready to take the chaos, the pain, and find the hero within themselves, find the path forward that could get us through this together. we knew, i think we still know. >> yeah. >> that the only way out of this, as brian mclaren writes in the book, fredricka, the only way out is together. so we thought, a year ago, that the way out was to elevate the voices of those who could find the positive in the midst of all of
-- in the midst of all this pain. >> so true. lee daniels, ariana huffington, deepak chopra, and your sister, maria shriver are quoted in your book. how did you pick the people? once you picked them, did they all say yes. >> we thought at the beginning we would just have a few people. almost universally people did say yes. we looked for people -- this was not hard to do. we looked for people who were willing to say, as reverend jackie lewis writes had the book, everyone has gift. she writes, everyone is a house of god. not some of us, not a few of us, the ones we agree with -- everyone. we wanted those people who could articulate how that power to bring people together wasn't the same as agreeing with everyone. but we wanted those voices that said if we listen deeply to each other and if we see everyone as
being a house of god, then we have got a chance. i started to ask -- you know, of course it helped that my sister joined us. and then it helped that common said yes. it helped that some of the big name figures, bishop jakes and others said yes. but in the end, the book has over 100 voices. the book is edited by me and todd. but the vase voices are grocery store clerks, and regular people, excons. there is a man who wrote who wrote about his time in prison and how he came out as a compassionate and deeply hungering man for love and unity. this is a book for the hopeful, for the brave, for those people who are hungry and willing to take a chance on each other because maybe they know deep
down -- maybe we all know deep down that that's what we need to get through this. >> i love that you have such a compilation of famous and not so fa famous. you have writings from icu nurses, first responders, teachers. among them you mentioned td jakes who said don't call this covid-19, but it should be called correction-19. we have become too tribal, he says. and from deepak chopra a new story is emerging for humanity, a story offious and joy and happiness and health. but right now we are going through a grieving process, we are asking, why me. we are becoming angry and resentful. we are starting to feel helpless and resigned. your goal? your goal for this book? >> first of all, i want to thank you fredricka for reading that. i want to thank you for giving yourself some time with the book. the book deserve as slow read.
leon firth writes about it on amazon. it is one page at a time. it is a slow read because we need to take time as a community, as a country. we need to allow this pain -- reverent jen bailey said to me when we were talking about this, grief is love with no place to go. we are grieving. rick warren writes empty book that we are in a tsunami of grief. all of us. we need to take some time and slow our pace down a little bit, recognize that this is a moment of great need, but also unveiling. but see in each other -- there are so many ways in which if we just -- the book is almost like a -- it says practice self compassion, listen, be brave, try you this things, and repeat. practice, listen, brave, and repeat. >> i like that laundry cycle. >> like what you did on your show. if he can get a little less
outrage and anger, and hatred, and a little more love and compassion and understanding -- it doesn't make the problems going away but maybe then -- maybe then we can hear each other enough the find solutions that will lead to meaningful change in the future. >> beautifully done. tim shriver, thanks so much, thanks for putting your heart into this book. you are right. this is really this awakening, it is a moment of absorption and absorbing your book "the call to unite, voices of hope and awakening". thank you so much. all the best to you. >> knowing you a full decade. here we are, i'm grateful. >> we are all holding hands together because it is just what you said, we have to do this together. we are grieving together. and we have to heal together. i thank you for reaching out and letting me know about your book. i'm feeling -- i am feeling better already. tim shriver thank you so much. >> and you are a leader in this. i am grateful for that, too. thank you. >> you are so great. brooke.
all right. i feel like a broken record. i mean this past week, this month, this year, has been a lot. and i know you have heard me reflect on this before, the persistent pandemic, ongoing angst over vaccines, the verdict in the most consequential trial of a former police officer who killed george floyd. and now more questions than answers in another litany of police-involved shootings of black men and black and brown children. it is almost too much to bear. you can as i have done look away from the photographs, from the video for a moment to pull yourselves together. but we can't take our eyes off the ills that help breed these horrible outcomes, the ills of ra racism, hate, evil, leading to generations-old sorts of scales that devalue lives because of the color of someone's skin. you might feel overwhelmed, like
i do. i'm a mother of two black sons, and a daughter. i'm a wife. i'm a sister. and an aunt of black men. and i write on cnn.com today -- perhaps you will have a chance to receipt it -- that i worry, i cry, like so many other mothers feeling this insurmountable burden. among the worries keeping me up at night is the idea that my teenage son will walk or drive through the neighborhood he has known since birth and someone who doesn't recognize him or value his athletic 5'10" frame wearing grown out natural curls will bring him harm. or will a system or someone of ignorance stands in the way of his pursuit by belittling his belonging, questioning his qualifications, all under the us businesses of unjustified suspicion based solely on his
skin lore? i want it all to stop, too. and i don't know how we're going get there. in addition to continuing to find inspiration from loved ones, like my mom, our ancestors and perhaps it's just like tim shriver just said, that the way out is together. and so i know, together we must find a way out, because, as dr. king said, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. thank you so much for being with me today, this weekend. thanks for giving me a moment to just get all of that off my chest. jim acosta is up next. you are live in the "cnn newsroom." i'm jim acosta in washington. in just a moment i will speak live with dr. anthony fauci as we get some troubling new numbers today in the battle