tv New Day With John Berman and Brianna Keilar CNN July 6, 2021 5:00am-6:00am PDT
good morning to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. it is tuesday, july 6th, and new concerns this morning about possibly the effectiveness of the pfizer vaccine against the fast-spreading delta variant. we have new analysis released by the israeli government. >> and this data shows a decline in protection against infections as well as severe disease. israel's ministry of health is now recommending fully vaccinated people who came into contact with an infected person should be tested. let's bring in senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen. i mean, to be clear, elizabeth, this actually makes the case to get the vaccination even as it's showing perhaps some dip in the response here. tell us what this data says. >> absolutely, brianna. when i read this, my first response was thank goodness i'm vaccinated. now, before i get into this data, brianna, i want to put out a caveat.
the israeli ministry of health just put the numbers out. they didn't explain the science, didn't explain how they got to this. many scientists say that is quite irresponsible. these are the numbers, this is what we have. keep that in mind as a caveat. this is what they found, the effectiveness of pfizer against the delta variant. of course, pfizer is what israel has been using. this is what they found, that it was 64% effective at preventing infection. 64%. that's obviously way down from in the 90s when covid first appeared. however, and this is the important number, 93% effective at preventing severe disease or hospitalization. as one vaccine researcher once put it to me, elizabeth, vaccines are designed to keep you out of the hospital and out of the morgue. a vaccine, you still get infected, but you're okay, you're asymptomatic. that's a winner. the vaccine won. we need to keep that in mind.
93% is an incredible number that is a great number, all the more reason to go out and get vaccinated if you haven't already. >> 93% protection against severe cases and hospitalizations. we can't overstate that. elizabeth cohen, thank you so much. we're going to have more on this in r here in a moment with a former white house coronavirus adviser as well. other coronavirus news, health officials in britain say they are weighing the benefits and potential risks of vaccinating children. >> i'm cyril vanier in lone. health authorities say they need more information before deciding whether to vaccinate children. the program hailed as among the most efficient has only targeted adults. more data from around the world is needed, says england's chief medical officer, for whom the risk benefit calculation of vaccinating is different for children since they tend to develop milder forms of the disease. >> that's cyril vanier reporting from london.
joining us now is the former white house senior adviser for covid-19 response, andy slavitt. he's also the author of the new book "preventable: the inside story of how leadership failures, politics and selfishness doom the u.s. coronavirus response." there is still this preventable element we should mention, andy, of folks who are unvaccinated still at this point. i want to get your reaction to something as we are looking toward children being vaccinated. what do you think about england's chief medical officer saying that that country needs more data from around the world before deciding whether to vaccinate kids? >> well, good morning, brianna. here in the u.s., as everyone knows, we have vaccines approved for americans 12 and older, and there is i think really good evidence that the vaccine is highly tolerated among americans 12 to 18. the tweens and teens.
we saw an outbreak in galveston, texas, at a camp where teens were not vaccinated. hundreds of people got covid and it's being spread beyond that to adults. and the instances, there are instances that people should be aware of, very rare instances where there are serious side effects, but it's some like 7 per million. obviously parents need to decide this and kids need to decide for themselves. we in the u.s. have determined if you're over 12, it's safe to get vaccinated, and smart. >> look, andy, i think the most important number i've heard, the last month, comes from anthony fauci over the weekend who said that 99.2% of covid deaths in the united states right now are among the unvaccinated. which to me says, and i said this before, we have reached the optional phase of this pandemic right now. that, you know, it's a choice whether or not you want to be protected at nearly 100% from dying of covid or not. i mean, that's just a remarkable
number. >> these are truly amazing vaccines and we in the u.s. are fortunate compared to many parts of the world. eve one of us has access to a vaccine if we want it. if you haven't been vaccinated yet, things we're seeing around the world should add to the weight of evidence to talk to your doctor, talk to your pharmacist, get whatever questions you have answered, and get vaccinated because i think the protection it gives you will be unmatched. >> what are you making of the numbers out of israel? we should mention the caveat our elizabeth cohen made. israel put out the numbers, there are questions about how the data was collected, but it says the pfizer vaccine, if you look at it, there was a decrease in preventing all infections, including asymptomatic illness, and it linked it to -- it linked the drop to the spread of the delta variant still, of course, as we see here on the chart, very effective at preventing serious illness, keeping folks out of the hospital, and from
dying. >> i think elizabeth said it wisely. we ought to be careful of any one study saying any one thing particularly when the methodology and underlying numbers aren't presented. here's what we know. most of the studies around the world, the real world and in labs, somewhere around close to 90% of people who have two doses of the pfizer and moderna vaccine are protected from illness. if this is indeed accurate, i agree with elizabeth's characterization, people are more asymptomatic than we know about. one thing israelis are doing differently is they are testing people with known positive cases. that is an important fact. that could be responsible here. there could be other things responsible here. at some point in time, the immunity from the vaccines could begin to wane a little bit. we'll see it in israel first. is it a sign of that? possibly. the israeli health ministry is meeting today and the next few days to talk about that as a possibility.
elizabeth landed on the most important point. since the vaccination began in israel, we've had 35 serious cases of covid-19. 35 in a country of around 9 million. it makes the point that getting vaccinated will protect you. that's very, very significant fact and as far as we know nothing has changed. and the israeli authorities aren't suggesting that's changed. >> they showed us some of the vaccination numbers. the biden administration didn't hit the 70% of adults receiving one dose by july 4. very close. we'll likely get there the next month. the data shows, andy, i know you know this well. more than this, people are just resistant at this point. you've sort of reached the limit of people who are vaccine curious or vaccine willing. the remaining population really isn't that interested in it right now. so i sort of have two questions. what's going to happen to them, you know, what will the effect be as we head through the summer and the fall? and what does it mean for the rest of us about the presence of this virus here?
>> well, people can be not vaccinated for two reasons. one could be that they're complacent which i think generally may describe -- i say this with all love for my 19 and 23-year-old younger people, because people over 25 are over 70% vaccinated with the first shot. people under 25 are around 50%. so there's a lot of people who are not antivaccine, just as you say, a little complacent. not a high priority. for those people hopefully seeing the some of the news around the world will push them forward. then there's another set of people who have questions. they're worried about long-term side effects and things of that nature. i think as they see the fda give hal final approval they will jump on the board and get vaccinated. if you live in a community with lower amounts of vaccination rates, generally speaking the southeast, it is much more likely you're going to see outbreaks. in fact, it is guaranteed you're going to see outbreaks over the course of this late summer and in the fall. so getting vaccinated, talking
to your neighbors about why they should get vaccinated makes a very big difference in the spread of this over the course of the next few months. >> there was a that church camp outbreak, 125 out of 400 people at this church camp in texas. is that something you think -- we don't know their vaccination status for sure, but is this the type of thing that you expect we'll see? >> it's exactly the type of thing we'll see. church outings, weddings, other types of events, we'll see outbreaks of this nature. hopefully they will be limited in scope. they won't look anything like they did last year. but still they will be occurring in communities with largely unvaccinated people. there, of course, will always be breakthrough cases. the numbers are 90%, not 100%. those cases are universally mild as the data you quote earlier suggests. >> andy slavitt, thanks for being with us this morning. >> thank you.
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coast are under hurricane watches this morning as tropical storm elsa takes aim at the state. forecasters are warning of potentially deadly storm surge, heavy rains and also damaging winds today. so let's go now to cnn's derek van dam who is live for us in ft. myers. tell us what is heading your way, derek. >> you could call this the calm before the storm. i am in lee county over my right shoulder. this is one of the 27 counties in florida currently under state of emergency. just looking at the latest radar, some of the outer bands are an hour away from reaching this particular location where i'm at, so we're bracing for that. there's a whole different story in key west. let's take you there. we have some live visuals. they've been lashed with heavy rain and heavy wind. the key west international airport just reported a wind gust of 48 miles per hour, so tropical storm force to say the least, not a monster hurricane,
that's good news. but what's new this morning, what's important for our viewers is that the national hurricane center has just hoisted hurricane watches. that's basically for the coastal regions from st. petersburg, florida, right through the big ben region. we're talking about the west coast of florida. this is significant that the hurricane watch exists because they see, just like the meteorologists on the cnn weather team, the potential of tropical storm elsa restrengthening. it is now over open water. it's no longer over western cuba where it loses its heating source and it gets disrupted by the mountains in that area. the warm ocean waters give it that fuel for the engine to really fire back up again. so some slight to moderate strengthening is forecast, and that's why they believe by the time this makes landfall late tonight into early wednesday morning across that big ben region of florida, it could be near or at hurricane strength. we also have storm surge warning. that encompasses about 6 million americans along that west coast of the florida peninsula. this is significant. we always talk about this during
tropical systems because it is such a deadly factor. it is 2 to 4 feet where i'm located now, 3 to 5 feet for tampa bay and into the big coastal ben area. that is above normally dry ground. so lots of threats here including water spouts and tornadoes as well, brianna. >> well, it is beautiful where you are, but we know it will be getting dangerous there. derek, thank you so much. >> the storm threat obviously one of the reasons why the rest of the damaged condo building in surfside was demolished sunday as a safety precaution for the rescue crews. the mayor says the search effort now is going full steam. >> now that the damaged building is down, the site is staffed with a tremendous amount of search and rescue workers. the looming threat of that building, the dangerous situation where debris could fall down is now eliminated, so we're operating at 100%
capacity, and i'm very excited about that. and i believe -- i sense that the families were, too. >> new video shows crews working in the rain on monday. they have now recovered four bodies since the demolition, bringing the number of confirmed deaths to 28. 117 people remain unaccounted for 13 days after the disaster. >> that's amazing work they're doing for the families there who are waiting. there is a high rise building in san francisco that is now receiving some renewed scrutiny after that surfside condo collapse. millennium tower which is the city's tallest residential building has been sinking for years, and quite a bit. cnn's dan simon takes us inside. >> reporter: with its soaring panoramic views and world class amenities, the millennium tower in downtown san francisco opened with great fanfare this in '59. it has over 400 multi-million dollar units. among its residents, 49ers
quarterback joe montana. >> it was one of the top 10 luxurious buildings in the world. it had its own gym, its own pool, its own theater. >> reporter: frank and andrew paid more than 5 million on the 50th floor. they received troubling news. the high rise was not only sinking, but tilting now illustrated in this infamous video. >> it was the first time we did it. i'm going to roll this and see what it does. it rolls to a stop and starts rolling back and picks up speed as it goes past me. so it was like, oh, my god. >> reporter: "60 minutes" called this 2017 segment the leaning tower of san francisco and showed cracks in the building's basement. the millennium's current engineer of record telling cnn that as of today, the building has now sunk and tilted 18 inches. >> this morning my office filed
a lawsuit against the developer of the millennium tower. >> reporter: after years of lawsuits, hearings and finger pointing, a retrofit announced last october will anchor the building to bed rock, which to the duration of critics had not been done originally. it was built in the deep sand. experts determined adjacent projects and dewatering had weakened the soil under the tower causing it to sink. the high-profile ordeal may be all the more relevant in the wake of the surfside catastrophe, with questions rising whether some of the nation's buildings might be at risk. >> these people were lying in bed comfortably at night with no warning whatsoever, and our hearts just go out to them. >> when you have a high-rise that collapses and you had a situation in san francisco, you had a high-rise that was sinking and tilting, it affects people's peace of mind. >> reporter: attorney neil mccarthy represents 100 of the tower's residents who said the
property plummeted. they will receive a significant portion of the loss. the engineer said any potential comparisons between surfside and the millennium tower would be, quote, reckless and premature, adding the building was designed with earthquake resistance, remains safe and is no danger of collapse. the $100 million fix is set to be completed next year, but frank and andrew won't be there to see its completion. >> we got out our suitcases. we put everything in, and we left. >> reporter: even with all the problems people, of course, continue to buy and sell units inside the building. and it's for that $100 million project that's underway, it is not designed to repair any damage according to the plan, but it is designed to prevent the building from sinking any further and to recover some of the tilt. how much? about 50% over the next couple of decades. dan simon, cnn, san francisco. is the u.s. headed in the right direction? how americans are answering that critical question next. plus, why matthew
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americans believe the country is headed in the right direction. that is a notable, and in terms of recent history, pretty historically positive number. joining me now cnn's seen i can't data reporter to put these numbers in perspective. 47% say we're headed in the right track. where does that fit? >> you would think that would be low. look at where we were compared to the trump administration when the same exact question was asked by marist college. 47% say we're going in the right direction. during the trump administration, it was just 31%. you know me, john, i'm a fan of averages. i don't like just looking at one poll. but the general trend here is the exact same. here's the question. is the country going in the right direction or the wrong track? right now in the average of
polls, 43% say the right direction. a year ago during the protests, during covid, all that, it was just 22%. june of 2017, 34%. you have to go all the way back to the beginning of the obama administration when 43% of americans said that we were on the right direction. this is the highest number in a decade, over a decade, in fact. >> it's interesting to me because in june of 2017, the economy was ostensibly doing well still adding jobs, et cetera, et cetera, only 34%. now it's 43%. that's a big gap. is there a partisan divide? >> there is. is the country going in the right direction, wrong track? these are the right direction numbers. what do we see? look at this. 73% of democrats say yes, we're going in the right direction. 38% of independents. just 11% of republicans, not a huge surprise. compare that to where we were last year. the big number here we take away is the independence jumped from 16% in june of 2020 to now 38%, and democrats at 73, much higher
than republicans were at 39% in june. >> that 39% of republicans who said things were going well is dav dwarfed by the number of democrats who say things are going well. what is the number a presidential candidate needs to hit in terms of right track in theory to get re-elected? >> i think this is rather important because essentially we're trying to say how good is the low 40s number for joe biden right now in terms of the right track and presidential reelections? what we see is when the incumbent party has won since 1980, the right track number, right direction track number was 42%. very, very close on average to where biden is right now. >> he's a little higher. >> he's, in fact, a little higher, 43%. when the incumbent party loses you have a right track direction only around 25%. joe biden is well above that. this is much closer to where donald trump was last year, he was in the low 30s. right now if you were looking at the right track, wrong track number, you would say 43% that
joe biden has, very, very close to what normally incumbent parties need in order to win reelection. >> there are other numbers in this marist poll also which show that people have historically positive view of things, even though those numbers look somewhat negative. did i set that up the right way? >> i think you did. essentially, look, normally the right direction/wrong track number is bad. the same with congress's job approval rating. the hate congress overall, you like your own congressman. take a look here. look at this. the approval of congress 31%. that's really crummy compared to a disapproval of 61%. it's significantly higher than any point during the trump administration. you have to again go all the way back to june of 2009 to see a congressional approval rating in the 30s. right now we're seeing yes, these historically poor metrics are still poor, but they're not as poor as they were before which is generally an indication people are much more optimistic about the way the country is going. certainly compared to this point last year. >> this goes into the everything
is relative category. >> that's exactly right. it's bad, but hey, it's not as bad as it was before. >> thank you very much for that. >> thank you. >> having a chuckle. i love how you put it. let's look at all these numbers with cnn senior analyst kirsten powers and ryan lizza. what do you think about the numbers trending in that direction? >> if you're joe biden, i think you would be very happy. these are, you know, things seem to have turned a corner hopefully in terms of covid, although he's not hitting the target in terms of what he wanted in terms of people being vaccinated, but that's a little bit out of his hands, right, because there are certain people who just aren't going to get it. >> it's available. >> it's available and there are people being told not to take it by people on the right for the most part. i think if you're joe biden, i think this makes you very happy and people are starting to feel a little more optimistic with the economy and with the way things are going, and things sort of feel like they're
getting back to normal for a lot of people. it's really good news for joe biden. >> if the numbers were not going up, it would be a little surprising, right. i mean, not that long ago, thousands of people were dying a day of a deadly disease. we're all locked at home and the unemployment rate was at 10%. so i'm a little surprised it's not higher, and the republican number is kind of amazing. >> that partisan divide, wow. >> economy is improving. the pandemic is improvemening. because of polarization in the white house, the party is flipped. people say the country is going in the wrong direction just because it's the party that controls the white house despite the obvious evidence that, like, the pandemic and the economy are clearly improved from where they were before biden was president. >> don't you think, though -- can you get higher in this climate? that's the problem with polarization. i don't know that you can get higher than that. >> let's speak to that point. even if objectively you look at
someone's circumstances and they've gotten better, but they are believing that things are going in the wrong direction, you know, let's listen to what the republican governor of utah spencer cox says. because he's essentially addressing this when, you know, he talks about how this has become a sort of religion or a sport. let's listen. >> politics is becoming religion in our country, that politics is becoming sport and entertainment in our country. everything is political. it's a huge mistake and it's caused us to make bad decisions during this pandemic and in other phases of our life as well. so it's deeply troubling. >> it is deeply troubling. >> yes, it is. and i think that it's one thing when you treat politics that way when it doesn't involve life and death. it's another thing when it does. and i think that's what we've seen. we've seen this trend moving obviously in this direction of polarization for quite sometime.
but what happened with covid is we saw that people are actually willing to put other people in danger and put themselves in danger to actually die in furtherance of their political beliefs, that they are willing to put their heads in the say and say, the people i align with aren't going to take it. i'm going to ignore the people i would have in the past listened to. that is the measure of how out of control things have gotten. >> yeah. i mean, once something like masks becomes a political issue where, if you're a republican you're less likely to believe in wearing masks, and if you're a democrat you're more likely. when the science became politicized during the pandemic, that's a moment we're like, wow, everything is now political warfare and cultural. he's not the first person to point this out. others have pointed out that as the country -- as americans have become less religious, that there have been other parts of our lives that fill that vacuum and politics for a lot of people
is surely one if you spend a lot of time online, you realize every part of the culture now is politicized in some way. >> yeah. i would also say even forepeople who i -- for people who are religious, they have transposed religion and politics. so there is very little connected to if you look at what their stated beliefs are in terms of faith in the way that they behave. and instead they are behaveding more like what tucker carlson says is what they should follow versus what jesus said. >> and religious leaders facilitated that. >> absolutely. >> all right, all right, all right, friends, i've been waiting to say that. you know what we're talking about, matthew mcconaughey because he posted a message on twitter. he was wishing the u.s. a happy birthday, but he also included a bit of analysis on where the country is when it comes to its problems. it's getting a lot of attention. let's watch. >> happy birthday, america. yes, indeed.
as we celebrate our independence today, as we celebrate our birth as a nation, the day that kick started a revolution to gain our sovereignty. let's admit that this last year's trip around the sun was also another head scratcher. let's also remember that we are babies, you know, as a country. we are basically going through puberty in comparison to other countries' time line. >> puberty, also flag behind him. interesting, interesting optics here. let's deal with the comments. >> i can't believe we went with this rather than zuckerberg with the american flag. what was the governor of utah saying about politics of entertainment? i don't know what he's talking about and i've had hours to think about it. >> and we've all been through puberty, so -- >> i don't know what to say about this. >> kirsten, i know she's really
thought about this. >> to me, puberty doesn't seem right to me. somebody said mid-life crisis maybe earlier. it could also be the last gasp. it feels much more like the end to me than the very like beginning. and so i don't necessarily agree with that. i feel like we are in what we are seeing happening in this country is very highly problematic and it's not sustainable frankly. this is not sustainable, the way that things are going right now. i'm sorry. >> berman's thoughts? >> what does berman have to say about this? >> it was peter brady who said when it's time to change, you have to rearrange. >> when his voice was cracking, you mean. >> right. i think that might have been more where matthew mcconaughey was going. i don't want to suggest there is an analogy between peter and matthew mcconaughey. >> i don't get it. >> this is like matthew
mcconaughey being matthew mcconaughey. >> yeah. >> he's getting a lot of attention. >> i feel like it's letting people off the hook a little bit. to sort of say it's puberty makes it sound like, oops, sorry, we're just, you know, have masses of people who believe in qanon. people claiming the election was stolen when it wasn't. we had people storm the capitol. these are not like little teenage, pre-teen behaviors. these are highly, highly problematic behaviors. >> i have 12-year-old and 14-year-old boys at home. when i think about this subject, what mcconaughey is saying here just doesn't ring -- that's not where my head is on this. we actually have some teenage boys at home. >> his kids -- why, why doesn't it ring true to you? >> what is he talking about? what does he mean? what is the change that the country is going through that he's identifying here? >> i think he's trying to
suggest that we're having growing pains, and so all this craziness is just our growing pains. i'm saying that minimizes what's happening. i don't think that -- i don't think working through police brutality, i don't think black lives matter, i don't think me too, i don't see those as just like little growing pains. i see those as really important things that should have happened a long time ago, and then add in the other stuff we were talking about with covid and the covid denial, all this kind of stuff. it is unsustainable behavior. so to me, somebody, if they're going to speak to the american people, it needs to be more like we need to be better than this. this isn't just puberty and it's not that big of a deal. >> the country is pretty old. we've gone through lots of change, many cycles. the comparison doesn't ring true to me. >> i love the discussion. i'm not sure we landed, berman, on anyplace on this, but i think it was a great -- >> i think kirsten had a serious important answer to something that matthew mcconaughey didn't
put any thought into. he doesn't deserve kirsten powers basically is what i'm saying. >> he said it was a head scratcher. kirsten can agree with him on that. kirsten, ryan, thank you so much to both of you. ahead, a gop congressman says the troops will quit if covid vaccines are made mandatory in the military. my next guest says he's wrong. a police racist prank on a black officer captured on video. 's important to have confidence in the nutritional drink you choose. try boost glucose control. it's clinically shown to help manage blood sugar levels and contains high quality protein to help manage hunger and support muscle health. try boost today.
after republican congressman thomas massey of kentucky tweeted this. he said, i've been contacted by members of our voluntary military who say they will quit if the covid vaccine is mandated. joining us now is retired air force major steve woodsmall. major woodsmall ran for the north carolina congressional seat that is currently held by freshman republican madison. by the way, he lost in the democratic primary. sir, thank you for being with us. tell us your reaction which we have seen a little bit of on
social media to massey's tweet here. >> it would be funny if it weren't so pathetic. and it's just -- it's just stunning to me that someone in that position has such little knowledge of what the facts really are. you know, first of all, one does not quit the military. that's called desertion. secondly, vaccines can be made mandatory. there are a lot of mandatory vaccinations now. the only issue with the covid vaccine is that it's being used under emergency use authorization. however, the president has the power to waive that and make those vaccines mandatory. he said in the past he was going to leave it up to military. and as much as i respect president biden, he's made a mistake in punting this one. i think he should show the leadership and just go ahead and waive the informed consent requirement and go ahead and make that mandatory just from a
system standpoint. and those who decide they're not going to take it or literally in violation of a lawful order, they can face consequence under the uniform code of military justice. >> this may, as we see moving into the fall, get its fda full approval, and then it becomes less of an issue of it being, you know, not fully approved and members of the military perhaps being required to take it, it would be less controversial then. if it goes through that procedure. do you think, though, in this very difficult vied time that we're in that there may be members of the military who -- i mean, look, because of the vaccine, ultimately would decide that they are not going to, you know, serve more time than what they're already committed to the military for? or that perhaps they would seek some type of discharge for this? >> i don't think so.
you know, the military has typically historically led the way on issues. i'm disappointed they're not leading the way on this one. my concern is we have that many people in the military now -- that's all the way from junior enlisted to some at the senior officer level, who have bought into the big lie on the right that, you know, the vaccine is a hoax and they turn it into -- somebody talked earlier about how a mask on is a political issue. getting a vaccine should not be a political issue. if nothing else it's disturbing that people don't realize the science on this, as you talked about earlier, of the recent covid deaths, 99% of the deaths are from people who have not been vaccinated. that alone should motivate people to go get the vaccine. if they look at the science and get rid of the politics and the garbage being spewed on fox news and other right wing media
sources, it would be a no-brainer. but it's going to happen. the military has already told people, gear up, this is coming. maybe around september once fda has given final approval, they're going to be mandatory. they need to have that vaccine in the military. if you remember last year, about a fourth of the thomas roosevelt crew of 5,000 contracted covid. >> yeah, we could see the close quarters and how that was certainly something that they would have benefited from having the vaccine. this is a real issue. we're going to keep cover it. retired air force major steve woodsmall, thanks for joining us this morning. >> my pleasure. developing now, an ohio police chief is retiring from his department after a racist incident is caught on camera. joining me with the details cnn anchor and correspondent. >> reporter: john, it was all
caught on camera and it is not good. after 33 years on the job, anthony campo is off the force after surveillance video showed him playing a prank on a fellow officer that is black. you can see campo here, the one in orange. he's arranging a police raincoat there on the desk with the hood clearly visible. you then see him place a white piece of paper on the jacket. the words printed on the paper? ku klux klan covering up the police label on the back of the jacket there. soon after, a black officer enters the room. he sees the coat and the sign and he appears to try to laugh it off. the video was provided to cnn without any sound. it's unclear what they're saying to each other. the mayor of sheffield lake said he spoke with the black officer who was involved and the officer said that he laughed it off because he was uncomfortable and he didn't know how to react to all this. the former police chief was placed on administrative leave once the incident was reported, and he handed his retirement papers in the same day. here's the mayor, dennis. >> the chief was standing in his
office and he made a joke, am i going to get fired over this? and i looked at the law director, hand him his paper. he said after 30 years, this is what i get? i said, you have ten minutes to get out of the office. >> reporter: cnn isn't naming the black officer targeted, but we reached out to him. he declined to comment. in a statement to the affiliate, campo, the former police officer, said it was a joke that got out of hand. cnn has reached out to him for comment and has not heard back. the new acting sheffield lake field chief declined to comment. >> extraordinary. he put the black officer in a terrible position. >> yeah. >> all right. the college kid who predicted almost five years ago that two then terrible teams, the bucs and the suns, would be in the nba finals tonight. how did he know? he joins us next.
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so, tonight is game one of the nba finals between the milwaukee bucs and the phoenix suns. two teams people wouldn't have expected to see in the match up a year ago, much less five years ago. that is, of course, unless you're jarrett, a rising junior then at the university of wisconsin who in 2016 predicted the milwaukee bucs would face off with the phoenix suns and clinch the title in seven now in 2021. back then the bucs had just finished 12th in the eastern conference and the suns were 14th in the west. so basically both teams stunk. jared plumber joins us now. jarrett, great to see you. what magic did you use to make that prediction in 2016? >> good to see you, too, john. basically i just -- i've always been a lifelong bucs fan and i've also been -- my western
conference team has always been the suns. so basically i saw both of them with two young stars each. the suns had devin booker and erik bledsoe and the bucs had giannis and middleton. maybe in five years they'll both be there. i saw a prediction made by another twitter user in 2016 of the cubs winning the world series in game 7 against the indians. >> i know you saw that someone predicted the victory. why don't i try, why don't i go for it now? as you were going through the playoffs this season, were you saying, oh, my god, i'm going to be proven right? >> no, basically it took me until the eastern conference semi finals. this was four years ago, five years ago i made this prediction. until the semi finals, i just then remembered, i did make a tweet about bucs and suns. i didn't remember when i made it
for. it was right there. >> that's a long-term prediction, five year prediction and both teams were lousy. do you have any stock picks or anything for me? can you tell me some teams to bet on five years from now? >> no, not really. i wish i did honestly. it's really crazy that all this has happened because who knew, you know? i hadn't thought about it in like four years. >> apparently you do. there is an answer to that question. you knew. you're a giant bucks fan. how does it feel? the bucks haven't been in the finals since '72 or something. >> 1972. >> so how does it feel? >> it feels good. i mean, one thing that is tough, though, now i have this prediction in seven games. i want to win in four. i don't want to be nervous in game seven. >> listen, i wish you the best of luck tonight. congratulations on the phenomenal prediction. really fun. great to see you. thank you so much, jarrett. >> thank you. thank you, john.
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very good tuesday morning to you. welcome back from the holiday weekend. i'm jim sciutto. poppy has this weekend off. dr. anthony fauci's warning of two americas emerging may be a reality now in real-time as the divide between vaccinated and unvaccinated areas grows. experts warn the latter, combined with the highly contagious delta variant, could threaten the progress made across the entire country. right now parts of the south, southwest and midwest are starting to see spikes in new infections, according to the cdc, some of those states, such as arkansas and mississippi are