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news at 4:00. i will see you for that. until then, you can get the very latest news and weather wh tonight, the police body cam and what authorities are now saying after the deadly police shooting of a young black driver outside minneapolis. authorities say the officer mistook her handgun for a taser. police releasing the video 24 hours after the shooting. daunte wright seen struggling with officers, trying to get back into his car. the officer is heard shouting, "i'll tase you you" then "taser, taser" then firing a single shot from her handgun instead. the police chief today calling the shooting, kwoeshgts an accidental discharge. the family tonight outraged. a curfew now in place following protests and clashes with police. and what's now happened to the officer. just miles away, the trial of former officer derek chauvin today in the death of george floyd. emoti emotional testimony from george floyd's brother.
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the other breaking news unfolding tonight, a deadly high school shooting in knoxville. at least one person killed. an officer shot, as well. what we're learning as we come on tonight. the coronavirus in the u.s. the alarming rise in new cases. the u.s. now averaging more than 70,000 new cases a day. and tonight, michigan now pleading with the white house for additional vaccine. the head of the cdc saying that's not the answer, suggesting michigan should close things down. we're also learning more tonight after a traffic stop, an army lieutenant in uniform pulled over, officers with guns drawn. the lieutenant, you'll hear what he says to the officer, explaining who he was before then being pepper sprayed behind the wheel. tonight, the images coming in. the new volcanic eruption in the caribbean. the explosion of ash and rocks. and now the devastation. and prince harry now back in the uk tonight and how the uk will bid farewell to prince philip.
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what we now know tonight. good evening and it's great to have you with us as we start another week together here. it is a difficult, heavy start to the week. that deadly school shooting, what we're learning right now as we come on. but we're going to begin tonight with the police body cam now released after the death of a young black man, a young father, outside minneapolis. it happened during a traffic stop yesterday afternoon and tonight authorities now say they believe the female officer, a senior officer on the force, mistook her gun for her taser. the family and the community horrified and tonight, a curfew is now in place. that police body cam video sh showing daunte wright outside his car, then you can see him trying to get back inside the car. he does get back inside, you can hear one officer saying, "i'll tase you." she then says "taser, taser" then firing a shot from her handgun instead. daunte wright driving a few blocks before crashing into another car.
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paramedics arriving on the scene where he was declared dead. as word spread, protesters gathered. police in riot gear. the protests turning violent. after dark, police lobbing flashbangs, sending people running. daunte wright's mother tonight saying he called her during the traffic stop and amid her heartbreak, she's now calling for calm. president biden today saying the pain in that community is real, it is serious, in his words, calling for peace and calm and for a thorough investigation. tonight, that officer on administrative leave and abc's stephanie ramos leads us off from the scene just outside minneapolis. and a warning, this video is difficult. >> reporter: tonight, new body camera video showing the moment a minnesota officer fatally shot 20-year-old daunte wright. >> i just shot him. >> reporter: police say the female officer, a veteran on the force, accidentally discharged a gun instead of a taser, killing the father of a 2-year-old. >> it is my leaf that the officer had the intense to deploy their taser but instead
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shot mr. wright with a single bullet. this was an accidental discharge that resulted in a tragic death of mr. wright. >> reporter: the incident beginning just before 2:00 sunday afternoon, when authorities say wright was pulled over for an expired vehicle registration outside of minneapolis. wright's girlfriend also in the car. according to the brooklyn center police department, the officers ran wright's name through their system, discovering there was a warrant out for his arrest. court records show that warrant was issued after wright failed to appear in court earlier this month following charges for possessing a firearm without a permit and running away from law enforcement. police say on sunday, wright was trying to get back into the vehicle as officers attempted to apprehend him. the officer warning, "i'll tase ya." >> i'll tase ya. >> reporter: then she pulls a firearm. >> taser! taser! taser! >> holy [ bleep ]! i just shot him.
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>> reporter: the car driving for several blocks before crashing into another vehicle. according to authorities, paramedics tried to save his life, but wright was pronounced dead at the scene. tonight, that officer is on an administrative leave pending an independent investigation. >> we cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of life and so i do fully support releasing the officer of her duties. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: overnight, protests erupting. tensions already high in the city with the trial of derek chauvin just ten miles away. >> our hearts are aching right now. we are in pain right now. and we recognize that this couldn't have happened at a worse time. >> reporter: president biden weighing in. >> we do know that the anger pain and trauma that exists in the black community, and that environment is real, it's serious and it's consequential. we should listen to daunte's
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mom, who is calling for peace and calm. >> reporter: daunte's mother heartbroken. >> i don't want all of this, all of this, i just want my baby home. that's what i want, i want him to be home. i don't want everybody out here chanting and screaming and yelling, i just want him home. >> and stephanie ramos with us tonight. and stephanie, i know the governor tonight announcing a curfew in the twin cities metro area. they're bracing for more protests? >> reporter: yes, david. and you can already a large crowd of protesters gathered outside the brooklyn center police department behind me. that curfew does go into effect tonight from 7:00 this evening until 6:00 tomorrow morning in multiple cities including minneapolis and right here in brooklyn center. and police tell us that communities will see an increased presence of the minnesota national guard and other law enforcement. david? >> all right, step nhanie ramos tonight, thank you. of course, that scene just miles from where george floyd was killed, and today in
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minneapolis, the trial of former officer derek chauvin continuing. and there was emotional testimony from george floyd's brother and from a cardiologist who said george floyd's death was, quote, absolutely preventable. here's abc's alex perez again tonight. >> reporter: emotional testimony as the prosecution moves to wrap up their part of the case before the defense gets its turn. the jury today hearing from george floyd's younger brother philonise floyd, describing this photo. >> that's my mother. she's no longer with us right now, but -- that's -- that's my oldest brother george. i miss both of them. >> reporter: in his final moments, george floyd called out for his mother. on the witness stand today, his brother describing their relationship as one of a kind. >> he was a big momma's boy. he would lay -- just lay up onto her in the fetus position like he was still in the womb. he showed us, like, how to treat our mom and how to respect our
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mom. he just -- he loved her so dearly. >> reporter: the prosecution has called 38 witnesses, ten of them doctors and other medical experts. fade today, cardiologist dr. jonathan rich knocking down defense claims floyd's drug use and heart disease led to his death. saying floyd would have lived for not the officers. >> do you have an opinion to a reasonable degree of medical certainty as to whether mr. floyd's death was preventable? >> yes, i believe that mr. george floyd's death was absolutely preventable. >> reporter: a dozen members of law enforcement have testified against derek chauvin. today, seth stougthon, a former officer and an expert on the use of force, summing up what so many others have said. >> no reasonable officer would have believed that that was an appropriate, acceptable, or reasonable use of force. >> so, let's get to alex perez with us again tonight. and alex, the defense now expected to begin its part of the case tomorrow?
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>> reporter: yeah, david, and we expect the defense's case will be much shorter than the prosecution's. the judge telling the jury today they should expect closing arguments on monday. he also told them to pack a bag, because they will be sequestered once deliberations begin. david? >> all right, alex perez there in minneapolis. thank you, alex. and as i mentioned off the top tonight, there is another scene unfolding at this hour, another deadly school shooting. this time, at a high school in knoxville, tennessee. multiple gunshot victims including a city police officer. the school and surrounding area for a time placed on lockdown. and tonight, federal authorities are on the scene. and here's abc's victor oquendo. >> reporter: tonight, federal authorities are on the scene in knoxville, investigating a school shooting that left at least one person dead. police responding to reports of an armed individual inside austin east magnet high school in knoxville just after 3:00 p.m. shots were fired as they approached. >> we are not sure exactly how many victims. there are, we do know that multiple people have been shot, including a kpd officer.
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>> reporter: that officer shot at least once and taken to the hospital. the mayor telling our station wate that that officer is conscious and alert. authorities evacuating the school and locking down the surrounding area. one male pronounced dead at the scene, another male detained for further investigation. the governor reacting during a scheduled news conference late today. >> pray for that situation, for the families and victims who might be affected in our state. >> reporter: this school is no stranger to gun violence. four teenagers who attended austin east have been shot and killed in just the last few months. this community is shaken tonight. a family member of one of those killed saying they've suffered enough. david? >> all right, victor, thank you. now to the coronavirus here in the u.s. and an alarming number tonight. we are now back to more than 70,000 new cases a day. numbers we haven't seen in many months. michigan among the places hardest hit. tonight, the governor pleading with the white house for additional vaccine. but this evening, the head of the cdc saying sending more
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vaccine is not the immediate solution, suggesting michigan should, in her words, close things down. abc's eva pilgrim from dearborn tonight. >> reporter: tonight, an alarming rise in coronavirus cases now rivaling last summer's surge. deaths now creeping up, too. doctors in michigan warning the vrus there is burning like a wildfire. >> we're still seeing patients in critical condition. we're still seeing patients that are ending up on ventilators. >> reporter: the crush of covid patients now forcing several michigan hospitals to pause elective surgeries. the governor is pleading for more vaccine. >> if we could get more vaccines in arms. >> reporter: more resources are on the way to michigan,but the white house covid team today pushing back, saying a whack-a-mole approach with the vaccine supply won't work. >> the answer is not necessarily to give vaccine, in fact, we know the vaccine will have a delayed response. the answer to that is to really close things down, to go back to our basics, to go back to where we were last spring, last summer
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and to shut things down to flatten the curve. >> reporter: in detroit, 40% of new cases are people between 20 and 40 years old. health officials tell us there's enough vaccine. the challenge is getting people to take it. so, are people just not wanting to get the vaccine? >> i think there's a lot of mistrust in the community. young people, they feel as if they're invisible, that they are -- they're healthy, they're not going to get sick, they're not going to get covid. >> reporter: in colorado, shane greene is in the hospital on oxygen. >> i think the worst was not being able to breathe. it's lonely in here. >> reporter: the 40-year-old mother worries for other families as more restrictions are eased. >> it's very serious. and i don't think restrictions should be lifted. >> reporter: over the weekend, a record number, 4.6 million vaccines administered in one day. but states now facing a new hurdle, the supply of
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johnson & johnson this week plunges 85% after manufacturing delays. >> the fact that there will be, you know, millions of doses not getting to people on schedule is going to be a problem for many states. >> so, let's get to eva on the ground in michigan tonight. and i know there's a new study out on this dominant strain now here in the u.s., the uk variant that authorities had warned of for months. >> reporter: that's right, david. the new study out today saying that the uk variant is more transmissible, but it's unlikely it causes more severe disease. but because it's more con stay use, it can lead to more cases and in effect more hospitalizations and deaths. and that is why doctors are still so very concerned. david? >> all right, eva pilgrim from dearborn, thank you. we're also learning more tonight after that traffic stop involving an army lieutenant in uniform pulled over. officers with guns drawn. the lieutenant, will you hear what he says to the officer, explaining who he was before they then pepper sprayed him
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behind the wheel. here's abc's steve osunsami tonight. >> what are you, specialist, corporal, what are you? >> lieutenant. >> get out of the car. >> reporter: in this police body came video that's at the heart of a federal civil lights lawsuit tonight, you hear the man behind the wheel try to explain that he's an army lieutenant and that he did nothing wrong. >> i'm honestly afraid to get out. >> yeah, you should be. get out. get out! >> what's going on? >> reporter: the lieutenant is black and latino and was dressed in his army fatigues. he was driving home in this brand new black suv in december when police in wind sour, virginia, say they pulled him over because he didn't have proper license plates. but notice right here are the temporary plates sitting in the back window. the lieutenant admits he didn't stop for two minutes until he got to this gas station where it was well lit and when he refuses to leave his suv, one of the officers pulls out the pepper spray. >> get out. >> please relax. >> get out of the car right now. now. >> this is not how you treat --
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i'm actively serving this country and this is how you're going to treat me? i didn't do -- whoa, hold on. what's going -- hold on. i just -- >> reporter: you see the officer, who used the pepper spray, now using his knees to beat the lieutenant as they push him into the cement. >> why am i being treated like this? why? >> because you're not cooperating. get on the ground. >> reporter: he was released with no charges and is suing police. in a statement, windsor police announced that officer joe gutierrez has been fired, saying that at the conclusion of this investigation, it was determined that windsor police department policy was not followed. tonight, the most senior enlisted soldier in the u.s. army is supporting the lieutenant, saying that he represented himself and our army well through his calm, professional response to the situation. the windsor police department outside richmond says they are putting all of their officers
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through additional training because of this incident. david? >> all right, thank you, steve. steve osunsami. overseas tonight, and to the preparations now under way for the funeral for pritt tan's prince philip. tonight, prince harry is back in the uk, and both princes with their own tributes. abc's james longman from london again this evening. >> reporter: tonight, a grandson's homecoming, harry back in the uk ahead of prince philip's funeral. joining the royal family at windsor for a scaled down service for just 30 people saturday, due to covid-19 restrictions. pregnant meghan still in l.a. with archie, physicians advised against travel. the duke of sussex honoring philip's life of public service, but in typical form, harry struck a more informal note, saying, "he was my grandpa master of the barbecue, legend of banter and cheeky right until the end." it finished with the phrase "by sea, by land," the motto of the royal marines, a nod to philip's glittering naval career. prince william also paying tribute today, saying, "i will
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never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great grandpa." releasing this photo of the young prince george with philip, the father, grandfather and great grandfather of future kings. the princes will join their father charles walking behind philip's casket, recalling the iconic moment the duke accompanied william and harry behind their mother diana over 20 years ago. the family is united in grief this evening, david. harry's return could help heal the many rifts that exist. that is certainly something that britain is hoping for tonight. david? >> all right, james, we'll see you saturday morning, james. we're going to have live coverage of prince philip's funeral, saturday morning, right here. deborah roberts, james longman joining me with our entire team bidding farewell to prince philip, saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. eastern. we'll see you then. in the meantime, the news continues here tonight, and when we come back, another volcanic eruption in the caribbean. the images coming in. the explosion of ash and rocks and the devastation tonight. and remembering an actor from "the sopranos."
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if your financial situation has changed, we may be able to help. finally tonight here, the teacher, the third graders and the pep talk. america strong. in santa barbara, california, miss katie booser's third graders at franklin elementary are back in class. all wearing masks. all socially distant. and before taking a test, just to get used to it all again, a pep talk. >> i believe in me. >> i believe in me. >> pencils up. >> pencils up. >> reporter: miss booser says she does it to help build confidence. >> i am strong. >> i am strong. >> i am smart. >> i am smart. >> i am capable. >> i am capable. >> reporter: and with us tonight. >> hi, david.
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>> reporter: that third grade teacher telling us encouraging words do make a difference in that pandemic. >> it's really helped during this time teaching during covid with so much out of our control. and that chant we do, it's great before tests, but it's also great out in the real world as well. >> reporter: and tonight, that teacher's message to young minds everywhere. >> i want all students to know that they strong, that they are capable, that they are smart, and that they can do hard things and in fact they have been doing them all along. >> it's true. a pep talk for all the kids and parents out there just trying to get through this school year. i'll see you tomorrow night. until then, good night.
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building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc7 news. underway. you are looking at the coliseum in oakland where it is the first day of operations under the new partnership between contra costa and alameda counties across the state of california. this eligibility is ramping up. it is dropping to age 16 all across the state starting this week. good afternoon, thank you for joining us, i am dan ashley. >> imd online. we have the lowest numbers since we have seen since before the pandemic started. before the state expanded vaccine eligibility, 8.8 million people are fully vaccinated. something to watch will be the
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doses on hand. the johnson & johnson allotment is dropping in a few weeks. california has a two-week supply. >> we have coverage on the covid-19 vaccine. our reporter will look at the supply. we will start with lou's pina, a member of the vaccine team on eligibility. luz? >> reporter: mentioned, alameda got ahead of the state and open vaccine for everyone who is approved to be vaccinated. the images you are about to see her giving us some into site -- insight into what millions across the state will >> reporter: 17 drive-through lanes with cars coming in and out of the coliseum, this mega vaccination site is expecting 5000 people, today. it is the first day that alameda county is opening up vaccine eligibility to those 16 and older. the news spread fast. this 16-year-old and his mom booked an appointment for today. >> i was able to do it


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