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. >> download the fox news app. open up your camera on your phone and take a picture of the qr code. have a good one. >> stay within yourself. [shouting] >> bill: it is the morning after in america. former police officer derek chauvin waking up behind bars today convicted of murder. reaction was swift and still pouring in today. good morning, everybody. a big two hours here. significant news as we begin todayment i'm bill hemmer live in new york. >> dana: i'm dana perino. this is "america's newsroom." president biden and vice president harris say the verdict is a step toward justice but it's not enough. chauvin himself will be sentenced in eight weeks and he is likely to appeal the conviction. >> bill: we have team fox coverage across the nation. katie pavlich and juan williams
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react with analysis in a moment. david spunt the latest from the white house and matt finn reporting live again today in minneapolis. good morning, matt. >> bill and dana, this is the location where all this began 38th and chicago in minneapolis. right here on this street is where derek chauvin pressed his knee on george floyd's neck. behind it is cup foods, the store where floyd allegedly passed the fake bill. a lot of demonstrations and become a police-free autonomous zone not open to traffic. the city has warned activists here that eventually this area will be reopened and shortly after the guilty verdict yesterday one of the first things the floyd family attorney did was praise activists who manned this location. >> the people stayed in the streets.
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the people who came and locally and nationally standing up for george floyd on 38th and chicago avenue day in and day out. those are the people -- >> attorneys for the floyd family say they're not done and will not stop until the george floyd justice and policing act is passed. his family members say they got the verdict they wanted and believe god answered their prayers and for calling for more reform in the name of their murdered family member. >> we need each and every officer to be held accountable and until then, it's still scary to be a black woman or man or in america. everyone held down, pinned down and you know what people? we are standing together in unity. >> convicted former officer derek chauvin will be sentenced
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in eight weeks on the highest charge, 2 degree murder. they serve 2/3 sentence in prison. the rest is served on parole. the prosecution stipulated aggravating factors. the judge might increase his time. during his sentencing he didn't look at the jury as the guilty verdict was read and immediately stood up and put his hands behind his back and was handcuffed. his bail was revoked and taken into custody. the defense filed for an acquittal arguing there was too much media saturation, local and national politicians were weighing in on the case against the judge's wishes. it will file an appeal. we will keep you updated. >> bill: matt finn in minneapolis. president biden called the decision a step forward for justice and now urging congress to act on police reform. something that failed last summer.
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our team coverage continues. david spunt on the north lawn of the white house today. good morning there. >> good morning. yesterday afternoon president biden canceled planned remarks on electric batteries so he could watch the verdict with the vice president and other members of the senior staff here at the white house. and about two hours after the judge read the verdict the president addressed the nation. >> president biden: it was murder in full light of day and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism. >> the president called george floyd's family in minneapolis following the reading of the verdict. here is that phone call from the floyd perspective. >> nothing is going to make it all better but at least now there is justice. an incredible thing. i wish i was there to put my arms around you. >> despite the celebratory mood
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tensions are high in this country. no getting around that. the president addressed that by calling on people to stay calm in the streets. listen. >> president biden: agitators and extremists have no interest in social justice who seek to carry out violence, destroy property, fan the flames of hate and division, will do everything in their power to stop this country's march toward racial justice. we can't let them succeed. >> this was not the first time the president spoke about the verdict yesterday. in fact he did about five hours before it was read in the courtroom while the jury was still deliberating. >> president biden: i'm praying the verdict is the right verdict. >> president biden said i'm praying the verdict is the right verdict in the oval office five hours while the jury was deliberating. they were sequestered but the white house received questions if it was appropriate for the president of the united states to speak about a verdict while
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the jury was still deliberating. president biden and vice president harris are calling on the senate to pass the george floyd justice in policing act. the house already passed it and now they're looking at the senate. the pressure is on capitol hill. >> bill: david spunt from the white house. >> dana: let's bring in katie pavlich. good morning. and juan williams. juan, the "wall street journal" editorial board had this headline. chauvin verdict guilty, jury and justice system worked far better than political critics behaved. we were on air together yesterday as the news broke. overnight you had a chance to sleep on it and think about it and tell us how you're feeling this morning. >> well, i think there is a widespread sense of relief, dana. so many people worried that it just takes one juror and there is such a dispensation given to our police officers, people we trust with our lives and trust with the use of deadly force.
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that when they are in dangerous situations and say that they felt threatened or believed that they might be threatened that we tend to give them that latitude and say we believe police officers. but there has been such a range of -- a constant range of murders, of police brutality specifically against black people, and rarely does the criminal justice system react in a way that says we understand this grievance. we understand the problem here. instead typically as i've just explained the latitude is given to the police officer. in this case, it was such a clear abuse of power, videotaped for all to see, that i think that the jury was able to get beyond the idea that it was policing and say no, this was one man killing another. >> bill: we did not really hear
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that from the white house last night. tim scott the senator who tried to get the police reform bill passed last summer and failed because of the democratic filibuster. he said i think our justice system is getting more just. this reinforces the commitment we can confidence the justice system is becoming more just. that was hardly the expression we heard from the president and vice president, katie, about any sense about the goodness or the shall we say constant developments of democracy in our system of government. >> there was nothing from president biden and the vice president last night about how the system worked to bring justice to george floyd and his family. and if joe biden and vice president harris want to talk about systemic racism last night they accused every american of being involved in some kind of rasist attitude
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towards their fellow americans. they are the ones who built the system. joe biden is the one who was in charge of the 1994 crime bill. kamala harris was the top cop in california and didn't make it through the democratic primary because people on the left were very concerned about her role in throwing black men in jail for marijuana offenses, for example, when she laughed off that she also smoked marijuana but didn't go to jail for it. if they want to talk about the system. there should be accountable for people in the white house who built that system. in terms of moving forward you have the president saying he wants his nominees for d.o.j. to be confirmed including kristin clark who has been appointed to head the civil rights division in the department of justice. she called for defunding of the police. so it is very obvious that republicans for nine months have been talking about criminal justice reform. senator tim scott gave a passionate speech on the senate floor and came to the table with options that are
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bipartisan and blocked by now the jim crow era relic in the filibuster last year. so republicans have come to the table on this with solutions, with compromises, but the left is very, very intent on continuing this narrative that america and the justice system is racist. there is a systemic problem afnd can't be solved unless democratic policies are passed on policing. >> dana: so much to get to today. thank you both for your time. we'll be back in touch. >> bill: thank you. a lot to get to on this. the point being made here the jury said you say the system doesn't work. we're telling you the system does work. this is the verdict and conclusions and needs to be respected across the board. it would be nice to see a nod toward that system now. >> dana: i wonder now that the trial is behind us. of course, there is a possible appeal, but you have that behind you so now in terms of legislation, if tim scott were to come forward again and be willing to talk about it and
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they have the house bill can they have a fresh start on a conversation? to maybe this get this behind us? >> bill: telling when trey gowdy, he went off. he and tim scott are long time friends from south carolina, republican colleagues in congress as well saying tim scott put it forward and you shot it down. and that was as close as congress could get at least up until now to get a police reform act. >> dana: there is somebody could do outreach, president biden. we'll see if it happens. fox news alert from columbus, ohio. a police officer shot and killed a black 16-year-old girl yesterday while responding to an emergency call over an attempted stabbing. police releasing body cam video of the moments leading up to the shooting. garrett tenney is live in chicago with more. hi, garrett. >> dana, thisshooting is now under investigation. police have not released a lot of details about what happened. we do have that body camera video we'll show you. we want to warn viewers it is hard to watch.
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here is what we know so far, though. police say that around 4:30 p.m. they received a call that a group of girls were there trying to stab them and lay their hands on them. here is the body camera video of when officers arrived 10 minutes after that call. it shows a teen who the family has identified as 16-year-old pushing another girl to the ground and with a knife in her right hand she lunges at a second girl and has her against a car hand raised when the officer fires several shots. other officers try to give first-aid but the girl died a short time later at the hospital. for context this shooting happened around 30 minutes before the verdict was announced in the derek chauvin trial. there was a lot of frustration and anger in columbus last night. protestors gathered around police headquarters as the mayor called for calm and patience as this investigation unfolds. >> the officer took action to
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protect another young girl in our community. the family is grieving tonight. this young 15-year-old girl will never be coming home. >> the ohio bureau of criminal investigation is taking over this case. the officer involved will be on administrative duty while that investigation plays out. >> dana: thank you, garrett. >> bill: another exclusive now from the fox news channel. a look at how cartels are recruiting american teenagers. live to the border for that story. >> dana: russian president vladimir putin sending a warning to the rest of the world. >> bill: we'll talk with democratic congresswoman debbie dingell as some of her colleagues call for an end to policing in america. is that next?
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we need racial justice and we need public safety. >> bill: how do we define both? can you hear me? >> bill, yeah, sorry, you are low. >> bill: you heard the clip, right? >> i did. >> bill: how do you define both? >> well, you know what sparked it. i'm not somebody that goes home and sits in her house. i'm talking to everybody. and we are making false choices. we do have real issues. i talk to my law enforcement. i've been there when they've put their lives at risk and comforted families who have died and they are really good people. so they're good people. but i also spend a lot of time
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with people that are targets who don't understand what it's like to be a young black man in america. i have attended classes that actually talked with young black men and women what to do if stopped by the police. as a a young white person you don't have to take those kind of classes. we do have real issues but i just -- law enforcement morale is now. they need to be held accountable and we have to have uncomfortable conversations about racial injustice in this country and i'm tired of people pitting those two issues against each other. we have the talk about both. >> bill: some of your democratics colleagues like ocasio-cortez talked about the jury not being justice and tlaib talked about ending policing.
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the police chief from detroit addressed that on our program yesterday. >> really, what she is loseing sight of, who do you work for? who do you serve? the people of the city of detroit. they want effective and constitutional policing. and that's it. and they love us. >> bill: well as you said, cops do good things every day. you can't ignore that. but when you talk about solving the issue of racial injustice, how do you define that? >> well, you know, we've seen an awful lot of deaths just since this trial began. i think one of the most -- i'll give you two examples. one of the most egregious would be the military black military man pulled over in virginia and how he was treated and it was captured on camera. and if that had been me, we
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would probably have been treated a lot differently. so how do we not profile? how do we not -- [inaudible] by the way. those reactions and some of the people that threaten me, i've had threats. the tape brought out a lot of people with strong feelings. they are not young black men and i think we have to figure out how we do both because law enforcement is keeping us safe and we need to focus on these serious times and need to address the criminal justice system so we are focused on the serious crimes that keep us all safe. >> bill: we're out of time. as we move through this process let's not lose sight of the goodness of america and the
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goodness of fellow americans along the way. thank you, debbie dingell live in d.c. thanks. more on the verdict. house minority whip steve scalise will join us on this and more coming up shortly today. 24 past now. >> dana: we're getting a closer look at human trafficking at the southern border. photos out of laredo, texas, 150 migrants smuggled inside a tractor trailer. authorities shut down seven stash houses used by smugglers. a third photo from another stash house. this one with nearly 90 people packed inside. we're reporting live from the border city of mission, texas, good morning. >> good morning, dana. i have a story that parents are going to want to pay very close attention to because we are getting a terrifying look this morning at how far the cartels reach really is here in america.
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this is the rio grande. when migrants cross across the river, sometimes there are young americans, 18 to 25-year-olds waiting to scoop them up and smuggle them across the border. we are getting our hands on some exclusive pictures here we want to show you that show the kinds of ads that the cartels are using on social media like tik tok to target teenage americans to do their dirty work. some of them need two or three drivers to go through a checkpoint or got another six left. already crossed. let me know asap for easy cash. offering to earn more than $3,000 per ride. now the mission for these kids is to get these migrants through the checkpoints and then to a drop-off location maybe a parking lot where the migrants are transferred to stash houses that are scattered across border towns. sources are telling me the adolescents are using their mom and dad's s.u.v.s to make the
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trips without their parents knowing. meantime arizona governor doug doocy announcing he is sending in the national guard and 25 million dollars to the border. >> president biden does the right thing and asks they will be able to support ice and cbp, two agencies that desperately need all the support they can get. but it doesn't look like this administration is going to act any time soon and we're not going to sit around and wait any longer. >> dana, because the authorities on the ground are so overwhelmed with these migrants coming across the border that sometimes when they do pull over these teenage smugglers really, they just get a slap on the wrist because they are so overwhelmed but they are very concerned that somebody, a teenage american is going to get hurt in the middle of all of this. dana. >> dana: fascinating story and troubling. thank you so much. more on this coming up in our
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second hour when we talk to arizona attorney general. he visited the border yesterday and will tell us exactly what he saw. >> bill: important story there. police shooting from yesterday. new protest right around the time the verdict was announced in minneapolis we have this in columbus, ohio. [people shouting] >> as we showed you 20 minutes ago police have already released the body cam footage. former d.c. homicide detective ted williams will break down that police action in a moment for us. new satellite images revealing russia beefing up military presence along the ukraine border. how will the biden administration respond to vladimir putin now? veteran homeowners: during uncertain times, money in the bank can bring you and your family
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>> bill: 9:32 in new york now. protests in columbus, ohio last night after a police officer shot and killed a teenage girl. this is body cam footage released almost immediately. showing officers responding to a report of attempted stabbing
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at a home. there is a fight underway. the girl was seen attacking two other people with what appears to be a knife in her right hand. the officer then fires multiple shots based on the recording it appears three or four bullets were fired. ted williams with me now. a former d.c. homicide detective, attorney and fox news contributor. you are still in minnesota. let's come back to the chauvin verdict in a moment. based on what you understand from what police said last night in columbus did they do the right thing? how do they respond upon a scene like this, ted? >> bill, you know, we mourn the loss of life and we certainly mourn the loss of life of a young teenage girl. but i've got to tell you, the law enforcement officers did the right thing here. i want our audience to understand law enforcement officers have to make split second decisions. what you found here was a law enforcement officer that came
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on the scene and immediately what he sees is a young girl attempting to stab another young girl. she has a knife in her hand. what law enforcement officers and our audience should know that law enforcement officers in making these split second decisions have a right to use deadly force to save the life of another. and in this instance, they wound up shooting and killing this young girl. i think it, sadly, it will be a good shoot. >> bill: a good what? >> a good shoot. when we use the word in police language, the word good shoot. what we're saying is that the action taken by the law enforcement officer under these sad circumstances were, in fact, appropriate. >> bill: thanks for the clarification. i haven't heard that phrase before. we'll get more news out of columbus throughout the day here. back in minnesota now the head
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of the blm here in new york did an interview with bryan llenas. it was a long, hot covid summer of protests and riots in various american cities and how he characterized it looking back now. >> it was a mixture of violent and non-violent protests that yielded this result. that's the bottom line. america doesn't listen to us when we march peacefully. i'm not saying people will be back in the street but america must know that if you continue to allow us to be murdered in the streets without justice, we will raise hell in america. >> bill: he said it. you respond to it. notwithstanding what the jury said. they were given the facts of the case with chauvin and george floyd and they delivered a 3-0 knock-out blow yesterday afternoon in that case. >> absolutely did.
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these cases are decided in the four corners of a courtroom. they are not decided by mob action and mob intimidation. so i take offense to this fact that the mob brought about a verdict here. that did not happen. >> bill: good work up there. we'll see you there. ted williams with his analysis on the ground in minneapolis. thank you. >> dana: president biden's foreign policy tested on several fronts. tensions with russia, china and tracking terror threats when american soldiers leave afghanistan. the biggest challenge to our national security let's bring in former c.i.a. station chief dan hoffman. wonderful to see you. i want to start with vladimir putin who gave a speech today in russia. is he acting in this case in terms of dealing with ukraine -- maybe ukraine is acting more independently than he thought. he is acting from a position of
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strength or weakness right now? >> vladimir putin is at the weakest point of his 20-year rule. he is suffering the consequences of a lackluster response to the coronavirus pandemic. decreased demand for russia's hydrocarbons and dealing with protests from moscow to siberia. more protests in moscow and they expect hundreds of thousands to protest on -- it is driving his antagonism to the west but his sphere of influence, ukraine. >> dana: last week president biden talked to putin. didn't mentioned -- and invites him to a summit next summer.
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mixed messages. what is the united states position here? >> i think historically we've succeeded with mixed messages with russia. if you look back to president reagan's successful policies towards the soviet union president reagan fought the soviets in afghanistan and also negotiated arms control agreements and won the soft power battle by demanding that secretary gorbachev tear down the wall. we need to do lots of things estimate. i'm concerned we're not countering russia and defending ourselves against them as strongly as we should. the biden administration had planned for two u.s. warships to transit the black sea. decided not to follow through with that. putin might take that as a sign of weakness as he has 100,000 troops massed on the border with ukraine. it looks like russia has offensive military action planned. >> dana: we've seen this movie before. will it be any different this
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time under a biden administration than an obama administration? >> it doesn't look like we're ready to challenge russia. and certainly our allies in the region in the baltic states bordering russia will watch with great concern. i think russia certainly has the potential to try to take on additional territory in eastern ukraine in the region as they did with georgia in 2008 to force ukraine essentially to be territorially dismembered. russia wants to insure that ukraine never joins the european union ornate owe. that would be considered a threat for putin. >> dana: i feel like it's groundhogs day with them. a lot of people amassed on the border and lives on the line. >> bill: we were talking yesterday between the two of us what is happening with russia. who knows how putin will make his next move? you have the man in prison and freedom reform leader behind
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bars and his fate. china acting up over taiwan. who knows what iran does with his nuclear program. a long list that hasn't gotten a lot of attention. >> dana: china invited to the climate summit the white house is having this week. >> bill: a lot of leaders quick to react on the chauvin verdict. speaker nancy pelosi being one of them and getting a lot of heat for what she said. we'll play it for you coming up when we come back. i mean it... uh-oh, sorry... oh... what? i'm an emu! no, buddy! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty, liberty, liberty, liberty. ♪ i suffered with psoriasis for so long. i felt gross. people were afraid i was contagious. i was covered from head to toe. i was afraid to show my skin. after i started cosentyx i wasn't covered anymore. four years clear. five years now. i just look and feel better. see me. real people with psoriasis
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>> bill: there was this from yesterday. republican senators grilling stacey abrams during a hearing about voting rights. the georgia democrat has been leading criticism of georgia's new voting law. >> do you regret your central role in causing major league baseball to withdraw the all-star game from georgia? >> senator, i would not call georgia a democratic state. i would say it's a law that has jim crow assets and i stand by that characterization. i support anyone who will fight to stop this type of bad behavior because of racial animus, the type of voter suppression from happening in georgia. >> meanwhile georgia's governor pushing back about the nationwide boycott of the home depot saying it was the
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company's silence on the voting laws. >> this insanity needs to stop. the people that are pushing this, that are profiting off of it like stacey abrams and others are now trying to have it both ways. >> bill: 1,000 faith leaders in georgia started to launch their criticism against home depot. the company hasn't moved so far on that. >> dana: i'm surprised that hearing didn't -- this issue is still happening in georgia and across many states across the country there are voting laws being debated and voted on as we speak. >> bill: a big deal for a couple of years now. >> dana: i think so. >> thank you, george floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice. but because of you, and because of thousands, millions of people around the world who came out for justice, your name will always be synonymous with
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justice and now we have to make sure justice prevails in the sentencing. >> dana: those remarks from house speaker nancy pelosi met with criticism from both sides of the aisle. described as tone deaf and worse. her comments made after a minneapolis jury found derek chauvin guilty of george floyd's murder. susan page joins us now, the washington bureau chief usa today and author of the new book, nancy pelosi and the lessons of power. i wanted to ask you about that. she is in the news a lot. she is driving things. how does she deal with criticism like that? does she blow it off or take it on board at all? >> she has a pretty tough skin that she has developed over decades in politics taking slings and arrows from republicans of course and also from some democrats. comments yesterday did make even some of her allies cringe. she tried to clean it up a bit with a tweet that said george floyd should not have died. >> dana: she tweeted george
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floyd should be alive today. we must enact the george floyd justice in policing act. the other thing that happened yesterday she beat back an attempt by republicans to censure maxine waters who was also under some criticism from both sides for saying that if they did not get the verdict they wanted they needed to be more confrontational. but she is fiercely protective of her members. in some ways does that hurt her in trying to get things done working across the aisle? >> well, it may not help her in terms of working across the aisle. it helps her in keeping the loyalty of the democratic caucus. she stationed herself at one entrance to the chamber and steny hoyer the majority leader at the other to let democrats know how they were supposed to vote on the maxine waters issue. she is very -- she has -- she has a stronger record in holding her caucus together and pushing things through on party
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lines than she has in working across party lines although there have been some notable occasions like the financial bail-out in 2008 when she did work across party lines. >> dana: i remember that well. listen to john boehner. a book out as well on the problems that the left is having with intraparty feuding. watch this. >> they have caved to the left, caved to the left and as a result he has sacrificed any chance of bipartisanship. so this is going to play out in a bigger way in the coming months. i'm anxious to see the break-out of the -- >> dana: specifically the left, progressives and squad giving nancy pelosi a few headaches. you make news on that in your book. how much does she think about that and occupy her day? is she concerned about how many seats the democrats could lose in 2022 because of this? >> oh, you bet. she doesn't have much of a margin now.
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she can only lose two democratic votes and win on a party line vote. we haven't had that kind of narrow margin in modern towns in the house of representatives. she worries about her left but also worries about the members from swing districts. the majority makers she calls them. there is a constant tension there. i wonder if in some ways the narrowness of their margin is helpful because it means every democrat there understands that there is just no wiggle room when it comes to party loyalty. >> dana: not much at all. last question. where does she get all the masks? she has a strong mask game. >> she does. it's a boutique in alexandria, virginia where she bought a lot of clothes. when the pandemic came out they started making masks out of the fabric they had. >> dana: like debra brooks with the scarves. congratulations on the book. thanks for being here. >> bill: new york school district apologizing after a book of the month club forced local police to ask a few
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go to jail because quote cops stick up for each other and don't like black men. a campus reform fellow and press secretary for the department of education. how are you doing? good morning to you. you got the school officials doing one thing, you have the police coming and saying knock it off. where are the parents in all of this? >> the parents are absent from this conversation and that's exactly the problem. we're talking about books that are present in elementary schools. these things are reaching kids as young as 5 years old. and what a child learns about social issues and when they learn about it is a question for parents. schools should be focusing on the fundamentals of reading and writing and math and not trying to drive an agenda. >> bill: here is what the school district said. they apologized. we support and respect the great police officers that protect our community and no way does this book represent our thinking or beliefs about our police. it is unfortunate when any
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profession is portrayed negatively. we apologize for the negative light this shined. it happened in three hours outside of new york city. here in new york city the gray school that controversy continues. the teacher, a math instructor paul rossi, has been relieved of his teaching duties. looking at the story earlier today. parents expressed discomfort but students requested to be removed from his class after the public criticism. how do you see this? >> this is horribly unfortunate but it is also not surprising. campus reform has been tracking how issues of social justice and critical race theory started on college campuses. those are the testing grounds for these ideas and from there the left is forcing them onto kids who are younger and younger. when i was working in the trump administration at the department of education we
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sounded the alarm about how only 15% of 8th graders are proficient in american history. why are we using a math class to push critical race theory? it is beyond me. it is a disservice to these students and by the looks of it these students are recognizing it and saying i want to be in a math class that teaches math. >> bill: you saw this coming, right? >> that's right. unfortunately. campus reform has been tracking this from the start. unfortunately it is about to get worse. the biden administration is trying to place a priority for grant funding on projects that use critical race theory. the department of education has put out a notice of proposed priority that cites the 1619 project which has been debunked and the administration is trying to use taxpayer dollars
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for american history and civics education to drive this narrative onto young students. but we don't have to take this lying down. i have a piece up on campus reform.org right now that explains how parents can speak up and actually send in public comments to the department. weigh in and have your say and let them know how you feel about this use of government funding. >> bill: we'll see if the biden administration scores points on this or not. thank you, nice to see you today. thank you. [shouting] >> dana: emotional scene in minneapolis after a jury finds derek chauvin guilty of the murder of george floyd. right now we're waiting to hear from attorney general merrick garland expected to announce the justice department will open an investigation into policing practices in minneapolis. welcome to a new hour of "america's newsroom." >> bill: good morning. the jury quickly convicting the fired minneapolis police
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officer on all three counts. the verdict bringing a sense of relief for those demanding justice and for others who feared more violence if chauvin was acquitted. we are getting our first look at chauvin's mug shot as he is held in jail. members of floyd's family saying their prayers have been answered. >> a lot of days and i prayed and hoped and speaking everything into existence. i said i have faith he will be convicted. today we're able to breathe again. >> i'm going to miss him but now i know he is in history. what a day to be a floyd, man. >> dana: steve harrigan is live in minneapolis with an update. hi, steve. >> wide range of emotions and they just exploded after that verdict was announced. some people celebrating, some people crying. overall a sense of relief here. there was a sense this city was preparing for armed uprising.
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everything fenced off, blocked off, boarded up. that uprising, that unrest did not happen. derek chauvin could be in jail for decades. the two murder charges carry penalties of 12 1/2 years and manslaughter another 4 years and the judge can tack even more onto that at his discretion. chauvin was taken from court in handcuffs. he will be in jail until the sentencing. president biden weighed in before the verdict was even in. he said he was praying for the right verdict that he made a call with the floyd family and told them more police reform was on the way. >> president biden: we are going to get a lot more done. we will do a lot. we are stay at it until we get it done. >> hopefully this is the momentum for the george floyd police reform act. >> president biden: that and a lot more. >> this case not over yet. the three policemen with chauvin begin their trials for aiding and abetting murder in
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august. dana, back to you. >> dana: steve harrigan, thank you so much. >> get down, get down. >> bill: this is a stunning tense scene in columbus, ohio from yesterday. a police officer shooting and killing a black teenage girl while responding to a 911 call over an attempted stabbing. the victim has been identified as ms. bryant. she can be seen pushing one girl to the ground before lunging at another with a knife in her right hand. the shooting sparked a night of protests in columbus. police department urging people to stay calm as more details about the shooting are being released. >> today we had a police-involved shooting. normally we don't provide information this soon but we understand the public's need,
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desire, and expectation to have transparency upon what happened. >> bill: there is more information coming out from columbus and we'll get you back to that story. first to the department of justice. merrick garland on the announcement, the expected announcement of an investigation into police practices in minneapolis. >> my heart goes out to them and to all those who have experienced similar loss. i know such wounds have deep roots and that too many communities have experienced those wounds firsthand. yesterday's verdict in the state criminal trial does not address potentially systemic policing issues in minneapolis. today i am announcing that the justice department has opened a civil investigation to determine whether the minneapolis police department engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing. this effort will be staffed by
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experienced attorneys and other personnel from the justice department civil rights division and the u.s. attorney's office for the district of minnesota. the new civil investigation is separate from and independent of the federal criminal investigation into the death of george floyd that the justice department has previously announced. congress gave the department the authority to conduct civil practice pattern or practice investigations which look beyond individual incidents to assess systemic failures. those investigations allow the department to determine whether a police department has a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing. the investigation i am announcing today will assess whether the minneapolis police department engages in a pattern or practice of using excessive
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force, including during protests. investigation will also assess whether the mpd engages in discriminatory conduct and whether its treatment of those with behavioral health disabilities is unlawful. it will include a comprehensive review of the minneapolis police department's policies, training, supervision, and use of force investigations. it will assess the effectiveness of the mpd's current systems of accountability and whether other mechanisms are needed to insure constitutional and lawful policing. broad participation in this investigation from the community and from law enforcement will be vital to its success. the justice department has already begun to reach out to community groups and members of the public to learn about their experiences with the mpd.
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we also seek to hear from the department's officers about the training and support they receive because their perspective is essential. all these voices will help provide investigators the information they need to conduct a comprehensive assessment. all these voices will be critical to the reform efforts that will follow if the investigation determines the existence of constitutional or statutory violations. if the justice department concludes that there is reasonable cause to believe there is a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing, we will issue a public report of our conclusions. the justice department also has the authority to bring a civil lawsuit asking a federal court to provide injunctive relief the orders the mpd to change its policies and practices to
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avoid further violations. usually when the justice department finds unlawful practices or patterns of practices the local police department enters into a settlement agreement or a consent decree to insure that prompt and effective action is taken to align policing practices with the law. most of our nation's law enforcement officers do their difficult jobs honorably and lawfully. i strongly believe that good officers do not want to work in systems that allow bad practices. good officers welcome accountability because accountability is an essential part of building trust with the community and public safety requires public trust. i have been involved in the legal system in one way or another for most of my adult life. i know that justice is
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sometimes slow, sometimes elusive, and sometimes never comes. the department of justice will be unwavering in its pursuit of equal justice under law. the challenges we face are deeply woven into our history. they did not arise today or last year. building trust between community and law enforcement will take time and effort by all of us. but we undertake this task with determination and urgency, knowing that change cannot wait. thank you. >> bill: there is the a.g. in summary he is asking whether or not there are unconstitutional or unlawful police practices unbehalf of the minneapolis police department. this will be an extensive review. it will reach long and deep into the practices there in minnesota.
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jim trusty former federal prosecutor with me now. quick commentary on this. how big of a deal is it? >> it's a pretty big deal. to me harkens a return to the obama years where we had federal civil rights attorneys parachuting to different communities and conducting pattern and practice investigations. it seems to me a marking point that the civil rights division within d.o.j. is going to be a favored son once again and that they'll have no discomfort at the idea of essentially federal takeovers of management of local police departments and that's -- >> bill: what's the effect of that, jim, long term? >> well, it means that the federal resources will be used on really deep dive audits that can sometimes take years of these different police departments like minnesota and minneapolis. what you are talking about is a serious commitment of federal resources looking at training, looking at complaints from citizens, looking at practices, but also getting all the way
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down to reading the emails between the cops. none of these things end up with a perfectly growing record of police conduct. you end up seeing stuff that's bad or distasteful jokes but you will see warts and all about the department and it is going to be probably going down the lane of a consent decree, which means federal supervision for years of a local department's practices. >> dana: question for you on this because the trump administration took these out saying we aren't going to use these consent decrease anymore. friday of last week merrick garland rescinded that and said we're going back to that. we see it in minneapolis. what other places could we see this? >> maybe columbus, ohio. a police shooting, wherever, there is a chance the civil
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rights division will feel bold and make a pitch for going after it on a pattern and practice investigation. so it's not going to -- it won't be the only one during the next few years that's for sure. >> bill: if the biden administration is doing it this way and obama administration did, why would the trump administration back away from that? what is the explanation? >> i think part of it comes down to notions of federalism. i think barr was a federalist and looked at it like states, counties, cities, should be managing their own departments and doing these sorts of deep dives on their own rather than having the federal government come in with a one size fits all approach. i suspect a lot of it is simply that. it is also just overall use of resources at d.o.j. will you emphasize gangs, antitrust, civil rights? always a pushback in terms of what you are spending your resources on. >> dana: final question, jim. for minneapolis, go through this investigation. isn't one of the issues also it's almost impossible for these things to end?
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>> well, they can end with at least the investigative part can end with civil litigation which typically ends up with a consent decree. the city says we'll accept the supervision of the civil rights division. those go on for years. so you are talking about a lengthy commitment here most likely. >> bill: very interesting. jim, thanks for the quick work on that. >> dana: also dr. ben carson is a former secretary of housing and urban development and he is with us. dr. carson, i believe if we can pull him up on the screen. there he is. i see you. sorry for the breaking news. i wanted to get to you right away. i think i would like to start with your general reflections overnight as you slept on the news of the derek chauvin trial and the outcome there how you see it and then the possibility of everyone moving forward in the way you've laid out in an op-ed in the "washington post" this week. >> well, first of all i wasn't surprised by the verdict. it was pretty obvious that this
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police officer was way outside the norm. he is not supported by anybody that i know of including his supervisors and fellow police officers. so to try to take what he did and make that seem like the norm that requires, you know, a dissection of the police department in minneapolis seems a little bit extreme. but i think it plays to a narrative that there is systemic racism and therefore we need to be on the forefront of eliminating it. >> dana: could i interrupt you there, though? sir, let me have you listen to president biden yesterday who used that very phrase, systemic racism. let's listen. >> president biden: it was a murder in the full light of day and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism the vice president just referred to. the systemic racism is a stain on our nation's soul.
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the knee on the neck of justice for black americans. today's verdict is a step forward. nothing can ever bring their brother, their father back. but this can be a giant step forward in the march toward justice in america. >> dana: reasonable people can see things differently on this. in terms of his perspective how do you react forthat and they want to move forward. they said to the floyd family yesterday that more reforms are coming and they could be. but congress is going to have to try to pass those. >> well, do we need some reforms? absolutely. there are things that can be done. and we can do those much better if we work together rather than trying to demonize the system based on occurrences that are quite infrequent. there are things that the police could use, for instance, that are non-lethal that are very effective and immobilizing people. we need to move forward on
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those kinds of things. but the president i think could probably do much better by saying we have a system in place. it works as you've seen by the verdict that was done here. do we need to make improvements? yes. let's work together to do that. seems to me it would be much more presidential. >> dana: when you wrote this week you said moving our focus from equality to equity won't defeat racism. it is another kind of racism. proponents of equity see no problem treating people differently based on race. those not blinded by identity politics still recognize it as such. more about what you think there. >> well, you know, dr. martin luther king, junior spent a lot of time trying to get people to not look at external characteristics, which they cannot change and which they cannot help. and instead to look at the
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things that you can change and the things that you can help. such as your character. what kind of person are you? shouldn't we be paying more attention to that than to external characteristics? that's what animals do. animals base a lot of what they do on external characteristics because they don't have the mental capacity to dissect further into what's really important. we do. so let's utilize that. it just infuriates me when i see us acting so immaturely and we have so much more capacity and we can work together, we can solve these problems but there are those who want to use every instance to drive stakes of division into everything, be it race, age, income, be it religion. it doesn't matter. just drives stakes of division in it. and we will destroy ourselves as a nation if we don't wake up. >> dana: always appreciate your approach and grace and tone on these things. thank you so much, dr. carson.
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>> thank you, dana. >> bill: 17 past the hour now. pentagon is rejecting calls by democrats to scrap part of the u.s. nuclear arsenal. >> the threat is only getting worse rapidly. >> do you see any reason to believe that the world is going to be a lot safer? >> i can't count on hope. >> bill: the new warning what's needed now to keep pace with the growing threat from china and russia. >> dana: a look at political reaction to derek chauvin's murder conviction. bret baier is next. it's a new day for veteran homeowners. with home values high and mortgage rates at near record lows. great news for veterans who need money for their family. that's me. refiplus from newday usa lets you refinance at near record lows plus get an average of $50,000. that's me. that's money for security today or retirement tomorrow. that's me. refiplus.
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practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing. >> dana: attorney general merrick garland announcing a sweeping investigation into the minneapolis police department. bret baier anchors "special report". last night as the president and vice president had their reactions to the derek chauvin trial they promised more police reform is coming. that could come in the form of possible legislation, perhaps more executive orders bust this action by the attorney general, that speaks pretty loudly especially there to those police officers in that city. >> definitely. i think there are two sides to this, dana. there are a lot of lawmakers on capitol hill who said yesterday after the verdict that the justice system worked. that accountability was happening. that there was more to be done clearly overall in the nation but in this case accountability was had in this case. and now with this action
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obviously there is a different leadership at the department of justice, there are different leaders in the civil rights division, and this is how this administration is going with the premise as the president talked about of systemic racism across the country. i think that you have to go back to senator tim scott's effort to try to get a bipartisan deal on police reform and how that was stopped before. and look at where this is going and how much can be done through this d.o.j. oversight. it will take a long time to dig into some of these police departments and that one, you know, you don't know what you will find at the end. >> dana: today i believe is when the biden administration's nominees for high levels of justice department are up for a vote. it could require vice president harris to come and vote for them. they were accused of -- they had something about defund the police in the past. they deny those things. conservatives are said these people aren't people you want at the justice department. today vice president harris
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might be asked to come in and help make that vote. listen to nancy pelosi last night as the speaker. >> thank you, george floyd, for sacrificing four life for justice. for being there to call out to your mom, how heartbreaking was that. because of you and because of thousands, millions of people around the world who came out for justice, your name will always be synonymous with justice. >> dana: the speaker took some heat from that and tried to clarify later. after chauvin trial politicians must turn down the temperature and they say the justice system worked but the left with biden's blessing want to convince you it is not worth saving. rather than trying to heal a nation they are trying to tear it apart. i wish that weren't so, bret. but how do you see it in washington >> a couple of things. one is the reaction to speaker pelosi's statement there got criticism from the left and
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right actually. people saying he didn't sacrifice his life. his life was taken from him. and the jury found that he was murdered. so that phrasing was pretty poor in that moment. as far as what is the motivation here, there is an effort to deal with what they see, the administration sees as a systemic problem. the question is whether that -- what form that will take. they are going to have to have some negotiations on a big police reform effort. attorney general barr saw it as a state and local departments and efforts to deal with it internally. as opposed to a federal control. this is a much different effort that the attorney general merrick garland announced today. >> dana: bret baier. thank you for joining us today and see you on "special report". >> you bet. >> bill: 28 past. police reform at a stand still
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>> bill: new push for police reform on the hill after former officer derek chauvin's conviction yesterday afternoon. progress toward a deal has been at a standstill for a long time. the chauvin conviction squeezes congress on police reform. is that true? louisiana congressman steve scalise good morning. heavy topic. appreciate you coming in for it. andy mccarthy was writing earlier today derek chauvin may
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be guilty but biden and waters made sure it will drag on in appeals. i don't know if that's true. we know what happened last june when tim scott tried to get a reform bill done and ironically democrats in the senate used the filibuster to stop it. are things different now? >> that's right. bill, good to be with you and if you look -- senator tim scott put a lot of work into coming up with a bill that focuses on the root of the problem. how do you go after the culture in some of these departments like minneapolis where you've had these bad cops? yesterday a dirty cop was put in jail. that's the way justice is supposed to work. but my colleague in the house pete stauber was a good cop in minnesota and he worked with tim scott on that bill and i would like to see president biden fulfill his promise of unity by working with republicans. you don't approach an issue this sensitive like police reform in a hyper partisan way where you go after all cops.
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using the folks that want to defund police to write that bill where they take away qualified immunity that undermines the work of good cops. i would hope that president biden would reach out to senator tim scott and pete stauber who was a good cop and understands what you need to do. i would use this example, by the way, too. the mayor of new orleans and we had real problems with the new orleans police department. mark is the head of the national urban league today. he cleaned up a dirty system. there was a culture where there were a lot of dirty cops at that time and he confronted it and fixed it. and he cleaned up the new orleans police department. so you've got to focus on going in and fixing the problems but don't undermine the important work that good police officers do every day putting their lives on the line to keep our communities safe. >> bill: the jury did its job, the verdict handed down yesterday. part of the idea tim scott was pushing. encourage the end of choke holds.
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lynching a crime and reforms on use of force. democrats don't think it goes far enough. do you? >> you look at what the democrats have proposed and it is things like taking away qualified immunity. that's defunding police in a different way. you talk to good cops across the country, they say if they are exposed in that kind of way they won't stay in law enforcement. you won't be able to recruit good police officers. so for the left that just wants to defund the police, i don't hear a lot of them saying they don't want police to protect them and so i think we have to be very careful that we don't undermine what good police do every day in our communities to keep us safe when you are going forward with this. >> bill: i think about the atmosphere you guys are working in today in washington as well. i will just play a clip from yesterday. val demings, a democrat from florida. jim jordan, republican from ohio. this exchange was sharp. watch this. >> it is interesting to see my colleagues on the other side of the aisle support the police when it is politically
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convenient to do so. law enforcement officers risk their lives every day. they deserve better and the american people deserve -- i have the floor, mr. jordan. did i strike a nerve? law enforcement officers deserve better than to be utilized as pawns. when you and your colleagues -- of yourself. >> bill: it was just a sample of that. she has a law enforcement background, by the way, in florida. she was saying that republicans don't want to dive into what happened on january 6th and jim jordan was saying the democrats don't want to dive into what happened last summer with all the rioting in american cities. can you move this ball forward? >> we need to. for her to suggest that it's politically convenient to support law enforcement you know how difficult it is right now to support law enforcement against some on the radical left who want to defund police. they made it clear that's part
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of their agenda. i think that's a radical agenda. so we've got to come together. there is a way to come together. again you can look at senator tim scott's bill with pete stauber, a police officer from minnesota who knows the things that need to be done to help improve what's broken in law enforcement and it is not all of our cops across the country. they do great work. so you don't want to undermine good cops and in their bill the democrat-only bill like getting rid of qualified immunity would undermine good policing. i hope they don't go down that road. work with republicans who know something about this too and we could come together. president biden needs to take leadership and follow through on the promise he has yet to fulfill to work and unify this country and work with everyone, republicans and democrats. >> bill: i'm out of time. as i told your colleague democrat debbie dingell last hour, please tell your colleagues in washington we don't all hate each other. and as you work through this just remember the goodness of
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america and the goodness of americans. we've come too far. >> we have to tone it down and sit and work together through this. this is a bipartisan problem that needs to be solved in a bipartisan way. america is counting on us to do it and we have to rise to this occasion. >> bill: steve scalise republican from louisiana, thank you. >> thanks, bill. >> dana: we're getting an update on the johnson & johnson vaccine. how european regulators decided to address the possible link to rare cases of blood clots. plus should high schools be pushing students to become activists? the reported curriculum at one elite school is something you won't believe. martha maccallum is here next. >> issues of social justice and critical race theory started on college campuses. those are the testing grounds for these ideas. and from there the left is forcing them onto kids who are younger and younger.
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>> dana: look at top stories we're following this hour in minneapolis authorities arresting a suspect in connection with a drive by shooting that injured two
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national guardsmen. >> bill: long island, new york, police arrest a suspect accused of shooting and killing a manager at a grocery store yesterday. two others wounded. the suspect has been employed at the store but it is not clear if he was still working there when the shooting took place. >> dana: johnson & johnson vaccine roll-out is resuming in europe after a brief pause. the company adding a warning label addressing the extremely ware side effect of blood clots. for more on these and other stories download the fox news app. scan the qr code on the screen or go to foxnews.com/apps. >> i think few people would disagree the evidence was overwhelming. that video was played repeatedly in the trial. it just is indelible in the minds of all americans. i think the jury clearly got it right and the question will be whether there are grounds for appeals going forward. >> bill: the legal experts now telling us about the outcome of the chauvin trial pointing to the guilty verdict as proof the
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system works in america. activists are saying a lot of work to do to make equal protection under the law a reality. the anchor martha maccallum joins us now. >> hi. >> bill: aoc says this is not justice. here is one of her tweets she fired off. a family had to lose a son, brother, and father. that a teenage girl had to film and post a murder that millions across the country. that millions had to march and organize is not justice and this verdict is not a substitute for policy change. a lot of ways to go at this. why don't you start? >> you can sense that there is a huge narrative push today. we just heard from merrick garland they will investigate the minneapolis police department for pattern and practice. we saw similar moves in st. louis under the obama administration after michael brown's killing. so there is a need, i think, to extrapolate from this case and
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make sure that message continues to be pervasive in everything that we do. we see that in all walks of life these days. we see it in school, we see it in the way that corporations, united states corporations are behaving in reaction to this. but i think it's also important to look at this case and to respect the fact that within a courtroom, you have a finite universe of an event, a crime, and in this case a homicide that this former police officer was con vikted of yesterday. we should feel good about that. we trust 12 jurors to listen to this entire process and they did that and came out with three guilty verdicts against derek chauvin. as i said yesterday it is great this was televised and people watched it play out. they talked about believing your eyes when you see that video. i think people should believe their eyes when they look at this verdict. it is a very hefty verdict and this jury found it was
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justified by that video. whatever narratives you want to continue to push and use to work for reform that's your prerogative. we have to accept on the face of it what happened yesterday as something good in terms of the justice system. >> dana: meantime in education the stories about elite schools taking a different turn are happening everywhere. federalist reports the number one u.s. high school pushes racisttism on students. teachers lecture the students about the critical race theory concept of intersection alt and called out mostly minority students of color stating without any evidence at t.j. the lack of diversity and informed students that's perpetuated microaggression and casual racism. your kids have just come out of high school and i wonder about what you think about parents are thinking as one, they aren't even in school.
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in fairfax county. not in the classroom and then this. >> one of the problems is parents aren't being brought into this conversation at all. they are sending their children to these schools and being told if they are not okay with teaching them that racism is intrinsic in the entire country that it's a structural foundation of the 1619 project continues to contest that they are -- they need to accept they are either an oppressor or a victim as they are growing up. these kinds of institutionalization of these ideas is something that i think we're feeling a very strong pushback against in the country. it happens in certain places. you have this teacher at grace school who has been completely vilified for pushing back. he is now essentially lost his job and won't be teaching anymore. so this is starting to i think ignite across the country. i think people get it. i think the fact that parents have been totally left out of this process and not included to things like they made a list
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at t.j. school of science on what white supremacy culture looks like. the characteristics that people who exhibit this have. perfectionism. sense of urgency, defensiveness. worship of the written word. this is the kind of stuff that's being taught and we sort of hope they might learn about history and civil war and world war ii and all these things. a ton of kids have no idea of any of those things unfortunately. >> bill: thank you, martha. >> dana: see you at 3:00. president biden officially backing a move to make d.c. a state and that is just before lawmakers are set to vote on a bill. can it pass? we'll head to capitol hill pass how likely it is and what it means to you. harris faulkner to preview what's coming up on "the faulkner focus". >> harris: one day after the jury found derek chauvin guilty
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of george floyd and the -- legal experts are now saying that president biden's own words could help derek chauvin on appeal. georgia governor brian kemp will join me and talk about stacy abram's latest attacks on the new georgia voting law. "the faulkner focus" at the top of the hour. plratean help you lr plus turn your home equity into an average of $50,000. money for security today. money for retirement tomorrow. refiplus from newday usa. the john deere z365r ztrak mower, cuts the hassle out of yardwork. ♪ ♪ run with us, because the best job
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♪♪♪ >> bill: for the record i did not -- >> dana: our viewers will be so mad at you. they think you put that song in their head for the rest of the day. bill saw a bear. >> bill: a jogger gets company running through a road in the woods in northwestern wyoming. check it out. >> i am being watched by this little guy. not so little guy.
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all right, hey, stay back. sure, we can take a walk if you want. you don't get any closer, though. >> bill: that's a grizzly. that's a grand teton national park. that jogger tried to encourage the bear to stay back. i don't know if the bear was listening. eventually the bear went back. >> dana: my husband peter is terrified of bears. don't try that at home. in that same park a man did die this week mauled by a bear. you have to be careful. know the rules. respect. >> bill: as a tourist when you go to grand teton national park you want to see a grizzly. >> dana: from the car. from a distance indeed. this next washington, d.c. is taking the next step towards statehood. here they go after the white house threw its support by haoend the movement for a 51st state yesterday. the house set to vote on a bill tomorrow. how likely to pass and what would it mean to you?
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chad pergram with the latest. >> the white house formally put its weight behind the bill to make d.c. the 51st state. it says statehood is long overdue. republicans say they want it to be independent and say it's a power grab for democrats. >> nothing more than an unconstitutional power grab by democrats to gain two ultraprogressive d.c. senate seats, force radical, far left policies on the american people. >> democrats say there are arguments against admitting other states, too. >> everyone knew that hawaii and alaska could not be admitted because they weren't contiguous and texas couldn't be admitted because it was a separate public and no authority to admit a republic to the unit. >> senate, unclear it can get
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51 votes. they will likely use it to try to revamp the filibuster. >> dana: all sorts of reasons. bill, the thing about the d.c. becoming the 51st state it is not just about the flag and how many stars on the flag. this would be practical implications all around. >> bill: significant. you have a book out. >> dana: i haven't talked about it for a while. i have two events coming up i want to invite people to. everything will be okay. same sky is a great charity will interview me online and that will be thursday night at 6:00 p.m. and then an actual in-person event. on sunday april 25th at 4:00 p.m. at book town in new jersey. >> down on the shore. allowing people to show up in person. >> dana: we can do events. there are a couple of things that are a little different.
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i would love to see everybody if you want to come and the real reason people can't to come. jasper will be there. jasper is the dog in case you didn't know. >> bill: serious stuff today. we'll get back tomorrow. >> dana: good to be with you. we'll turn it over to harris faulkner for "the faulkner focus". here she is. >> harris: we begin with this fox news alert. president biden is drawing some heat for praising protestors as he seeks to make political capital on the guilty verdict in the derek chauvin trial as the justice department has now launched an investigation into the minneapolis police department. i'm harris faulkner. derek chauvin found guilty yesterday of murder with the death of george floyd. president biden faced criticism prior to the decision even for weighing in on the case and then late last night the president praised protestors

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