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cost of gas, hand right now on "america this morning," the jury deliberates in the trial of derek chauvin. the officer charged in the death of george floyd. a closer look at the jurors deciding the case and just how rare a conviction would be. plus, the controversy surrounding congresswoman maxine waters and her appeal to protesters. >> we've got to get more confrontational. >> the judge in the chauvin trial lashing out. how waters is responding. america on edge. an emergency is declared in minnesota ahead of a possible verdict in the chauvin trial. how cities from coast to coast are stepping up security and the national guard's role. breaking overnight, tributes pouring in for former vice president walter mondale.
we look back at the man who changed politics by choosing a woman as his running mate. hanging up his helmet, the nfl's comeback player of the year who inspired millions after nearly dying from a gruesome injury walks away from football. the moment he says he made that decision. and in hot water. why some doctors are now warning millions of people to not drink tea with their meals. and "downton" fans, rejoice. what we're learning about the new "downton" movie on the way. good tuesday morning, end everyone. i'm mona kosar abdi. >> and i'm faith abubey. kenneth is on assignment. >> the jury deciding the fate of former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin calling it a night after four hours of deliberations. they resume this morning. >> the courthouse is surrounded
by concrete barriers and razor wire. thousands of national guard troops and police officers are on patrol and businesses there are boarded up. >> abc's ike ejiochi joins us from minneapolis with a closer look at the jury deciding the case. ike, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, mona. good morning, faith. the jury is sequestered and will resume deliberations in just a few hours. however, during those closing arguments the prosecution and defense presented radically different views on what killed george floyd. [ crowd chanting ] >> reporter: overnight, protests on the street of minneapolis as the jury deliberates derek chauvin's fate. [ crowd chanting ] during closing arguments the prosecution urged jurors to focus on the video of chauvin pressing his knee on floyd's neck for more than nine minutes. >> it's what you felt in your gut. it's what you now know in your heart. this wasn't policing. this was murder. >> reporter: prosecutors also
incorporating their experts' analysis of floyd's death. >> they used graphics to say all of this points to only one possible answer, and that is that the force was unreasonable and that derek chauvin's actions were a substantial cause of george floyd's death. >> reporter: the defense argued chauvin acted reasonably and that floyd died of an underlying heart condition and drug use. >> the failure of the state's experts to acknowledge any possibility, any possibility at all that any of these other factors in any way contributed to mr. floyd's death defies medical science, and it defies common sense and reason. >> reporter: chauvin's attorney telling the jury the bystander video of floyd's final moment does not tell the whole story showing video of floyd resisting in the police vehicle. >> what the defense did is they pushed the time line back. they said rather than just looking at the 9 minutes and 29
seconds where derek chauvin's on top of george floyd, you have to look at the previous 17 minutes to understand the context. >> reporter: deliberations lasted well into the night for the diverse jurors whose members range in age from 20 to 60. they include five men and seven women, four black, six white and two self-identify as multiracial. the group includes a chemist, nurse, social worker and a grandmother. in the meantime, the judge says comments made by congresswoman maxine waters could affect the outcome of the trial. waters has encouraged activists to get more confrontation if chauvin is not convicted of murder. >> we've got to stay on the street and we've got to get more active. we've got to get more confrontational. you got to make sure that they know that we mean business. >> reporter: the judge rejected the defense's request for a mistrial but did say waters' comments could be grounds for an appeal.
>> i'll give you that congresswoman waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned. i wish elected officials would stop talking about this case. >> reporter: last night waters telling reporters her remarks should not affect the outcome. >> that judge said my words don't matter. >> reporter: republicans on capitol hill also slamming waters. house minority leader kevin mccarthy says he's introduce a proposal to censure her accusing her of breaking the law by violating curfew. >> reporter: lisa mcclain accuses her of inciting violence. >> get more confrontational, are those not the words of someone -- that someone would use if they wanted to incite more violence or insurrection? >> reporter: now, it's rare that we see police officers convicted in cases like this. since 2005 there have been 140 police officers charged with murder or manslaughter stemming
from on the job shootings. only 44 have been convicted. mona. >> ike ejiochi in minneapolis, thank you. minnesota's governor has declared a emergency ahead of the verdict. the move clears the way for other states to help with security in case protests turn violent. governor tim walz has asked ohio and nebraska for assistance. ohio is sending more than 100 state troopers. minnesota will reimburse them. >> we cannot allow civil unrest to descend into chaos. we must protect life and property. but we also must understand very clearly if we don't listen to those communities in pain and those people on the streets, many of whom were arrested for speaking a fundamental truth, that we must change or we will be right back here again. >> the national guard has also been activated in washington, d.c. with 250 troops on standby. attorney general merrick garland says he won't comment directly on the chauvin trial
until there is a verdict. he told abc's pierre thomas racism is an american problem. he said the justice department will use every resource available to make sure there's equal justice under the law. >> i think that it's plain to me that there's -- has been and remains discrimination against african-americans and other communities of color and other ethnic minorities. we do not yet have equal justice under law. ♪ >> the interview followed a ceremony following 26 years since the oklahoma city bombing. garland says the threat of domestic extremism remains high. breaking overnight, former vice president walter mondale has died. >> he paved the way for vice presidents to become partners in the white house. his old boss president jimmy carter released a statement saying, mondale used his skill and integrity to transform the vice presidency into a dynamic, policy-driving force that had never been seen before. he was an invaluable partner, a
private behavior. >> abc's karen travers looks back at his career. >> reporter: for most americans this is the lasting image of walter mondale who made history in politics with his vice presidential pick in 1984, a watershed moment in a political career that spanned decades. born and raised in minnesota, he served in the army during the korean war. mondale entered politics when he was appointed minnesota's attorney general in 1960. four years later he replaced hubert humphrey in the u.s. senate. in 1976 mondale became a national figure when the democratic presidential nominee jimmy carter asked him to join the ticket as his running mate. the carter/mondale ticket lost the white house in 1980 to ronald reagan and george bush. in 1984 mondale beat senator gary hart and reverend jesse jackson to clinch the democratic presidential nomination. mondale's choice for a running mate rocked the election, new york congresswoman geraldine ferraro.
the first woman on the ticket. a lead reagan reinforced after this memorable response at one debate when mondale questioned the republican's advanced age. >> i will not make age an issue of this campaign. i am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent's youth and inexperience. [ laughter ] >> reagan won the election in a landslide. mondale served his country for more than 50 years. karen travers, abc news, washington. >> vice president kamala harris says mondale opened a new door by nominating a woman as his running mate. turning to the pandemic, the cdc is investigating a handful of potentially severe side effects from the johnson & johnson covid vaccine. officials paused the use of the j&j vaccine last week after six people suffered blood clots. it's unclear how many more cases are under investigation. the cdc insists though it is a small number. this morning, florida is emerging as a covid hot spot.
only michigan is reporting more daily infections. meanwhile, texas has surprised many experts. it's avoided a surge in cases even though it lifted restrictions on businesses last month. >> so, yes, they lifted the mask mandate but also they have warmer weather, vaccines are out there. and people are getting them but also you have to understand that a lot of people in texas are still wearing masks and a lot of businesses such as target, walmart, kroger are still requiring people to wear masks when they walked in. so it's hard to simply say, hey, there's no masks and cases are going down. as for people looking to travel overseas, don't get your hopes up. the state department is expanding its do not travel guidance to 80% of all countries due to covid. time now for a look at your tuesday weather. the snow that created a real mess for denver's afternoon commute finally lets up today.
the spring storm brought up to two inches of snow per hour. denver got up to 6 inches and higher elevations saw more than that. and while that snow ends today, there is more in the forecast for tomorrow. checking today's high temperatures, denver climbs to 40 degrees after near record cold temperatures this morning. 40s around the great lakes. 70s from the gulf coast up to new england. coming up, a potential move by the courthouse to change how cigarettes are made. but first the effort to save a child who fell on the tracks just as the train was coming. fatal fall. the investigation after yet another tragedy at a skydiving
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samaritan in india. just take a look here. a child tumbled on to these train tracks and as the train approaches a stranger races down the track and lifts child to safety. everyone is okay. >> just incredible. tobacco stocks are dropping after reports that the white house may reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes. "the wall street journal" reports the plan being considered would lower the chemical to levels where it is no longer addictive. we turn now to another deadly fall raising questions about safety at a skydiving center. it's the latest in a string of tragedies. this morning the faa investigating this skydiving school near sacramento after another fatal fall, the 22nd death at the center since it opened in the 1980s. >> her passion for other people was such a good example for all of us. >> the lodi parachute center says sabrina call had jumps thousands of times before but did not pack her own parachute before her fatal dive saturday. a witness says call's parachute failed to completely open then
got tangled up with her reserve chute. >> parachuter down at the lodi parachute center. >> reporter: it's the ninth fatality at the center since 2016. a woman was killed in 2019 when she was blown off course onto a highway where she went plunging into the semi truck crashing through the roof. >> my name is tyler turner. i am going to jump out of a plane. >> reporter: just last month, the center's owner bill dause was ordered to pay $40 million to the family of tyler turner, a teenager killed in a skydiving accident in 2016. turner was jumping in tandem with an instructor when their parachute failed to open. officials found their bodies in a vineyard. it was later revealed the instructor did not have a proper license. dause responding saying, danger comes with the sport. >> it's an unfortunate situation but if you see a car wreck, they don't close the freeway. it's something that rough in this sport and in skiing, scuba diving there are fatalities.
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fractures to his tibia and fib ya. >> i tell you what, smith is hurt badly. >> reporter: after 17 surgeries and a book tearial infection eating at his leg, his entire body went into septic shock. at one point it was unclear he would even survive. >> very quickly we're talking about saving his life. >> reporter: after a year of intense rehab and sitting out the 2019 season. >> are you ready to get after it? >> yep. >> let's come on up. >> reporter: smith overcame the odds returning last fall to the game he loves. >> is back out here to play quarterback in the national football league. >> reporter: he was named comeback player of the year. >> this all started as a father and husband, i mean for me that's where it began, wondering what, if anything, i would ever be able to do with my kids again, with my wife again. >> reporter: he says a recent trip with his sons and his dad helped make the decision about his future clear. >> i'm so excited about what else is out there and most of
all to experience it with my family and to have no limitations. >> reporter: the washington football team released smith last month, and he became a free agent. he says in his darkest days he got his inspiration from the service men and women who had suffered similar injuries. faith, mona. >> thank you, megan. all right, coming up, the return of "downton abbey." also ahead, one very protective goose on the attack. ♪ ♪ when the road feels endless ♪ ♪ don't know where your strength is ♪ ♪ it's been so long ♪ ♪ you get a call from a friend to remind you ♪ ♪ that you're not alone ♪ ♪ then you know deep down inside ♪ ♪ it's gonna be all right ♪ ♪ all right ♪ at panera, we take care of dinnertime.
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. now at 5:00, jury deliberations under way in the trial of the officer charged with killing george floyd. we will look at the closing arguments that will let them decide derek chauvin's fate. and will with a covid-19 booster be a thing. we will look at whether they will, or not. and good morning, everybody. april 20th . hi, kumasi. >> hi! good to be back. >> let's go to mike nicco. >> we have a few clouds across the north bay where we have the best chance of a isolated