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and heard reaction to the derek showed an guilty verdict. the full interview is tonight, the justice department announcing a sweeping investigation of the minneapolis police. just 24 hours after derek chauvin was found guilty on all charges in the death of george floyd. tonight, the new image of the former officer, chauvin behind bars, isolated from the general population. being watched by surveillance cameras, corrections officers making rounds at least every 30 minutes. chauvin facing decades in prison when he's sentenced in weeks. and tonight, attorney general merrick garland now launching a broad investigation into the practices of the minneapolis police department. alex perez and pierre thomas standing by tonight. in other news, as the chauvin verdict was able to br- armed with a knife, unfolding in columbus, ohio. tonight, authorities quickly
releasing body camera video now. and what the mayor is saying tonight. the coronavirus in the u.s. president biden saying, we did more than 200 million shots in arms in his first 100 days. but tonight, the new challenge in the u.s. to reach those who haven't gotten the vaccine, even with it now available. tonight, the president's push to employers, to give workers paid time off to go get the shot, to protect themselves and their communities. and overseas tonight, the crisis unfolding. the virus in india. the highest daily death toll yet. patients sharing beds. on the eve of his climate summit with world leaders, president biden expected to commit to slashing carbon emissions in half by 2030. ginger zee in the mojave desert searching for what's called white gold, lithium. severe storms moving across the northeast. the chain reaction crash in wisconsin. and now the deep freeze from
oklahoma to new york. and queen elizabeth turning 95. and her new statement tonight after bidding farewell to prince philip. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. we have a lot to get to tonight. and just 24 hours after that verdict in minneapolis, former police officer derek chauvin found guilty on all charges in the death of george floyd, tonight, the department of justice now announcing a sweeping investigation into the practices of the minneapolis police department. and tonight here, two new cases involving police now in the news. a little more than 24 hours ago, derek chauvin handcuff and taking to a maximum security prison, about 20 minutes from that minneapolis courtroom. the mug shot taken at the prison where he is now being held in solitary confinement tonight to keep him from the rest of the prison population. after the verdict, the images, the relie marchers in that
city. in the streets of atlanta, as well. in albuquerque, new mexico. to the images from brooklyn, right here in new york. and this evening, what we're now learning about this sweeping new federal investigation into the minneapolis department. abc's alex perez leading us off from minneapolis again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin is inmate 261557 at minnesota's only maximum security prison. spending 23 hours a day in a stark cell like this one, isolated from his fellow prisoners for his own safety, in what's called "administrative segregation." chauvin, the rare police officer tried and convicted for killing someone while on duty. >> bail is revoked, bond is discharged, and the defendant is remanded to the custody of the hennepin county sheriff. >> reporter: chauvin handcuffed and led away. the justice department, now weighing whether to bring federal civil rights charges against him. and today, attorney general merrick garland putting the entire minneapolis police
department under the microscope. >> 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. >> reporter: the problem probe will assess whether the department engages in discriminatory conduct. >> it will include a comprehensive review of the minneapolis police department's policies, training, supervision and use of force investigations. >> reporter: minneapolis police chief medaria arradondo testified chauvin's actions in no way, shape or form reflect departmental policy. >> it is not part of our training, and it is certainly not part of our ethics or our values. >> reporter: the chief now welcoming the federal investigation. and tonight, for so many, the verdict is cause for hope. among them, 9-year-old judea reynolds, who witnessed floyd's murder, and testified she told chauvin to get off him. prosecutors saying the crime was
so clear, a child could see it. judea speaking to our robin roberts. >> what was everybody saying when they heard that the former police officer had been found guilty? what were people saying around you? >> my mom said that we brought change. my dad said, we won. >> and what were you thinking and feeling? >> kind of proud. >> that young witness talking with robin this morning. and alex perez joins us from minneapolis again tonight. alex, we know that derek chauvin will be sentenced in about eight weeks. meantime, the three other officers involved in the death of george floyd, we know scheduled to go on trial in august, but what could this guilty verdict on all charges for chauvin mean if anything for the other officers? >> reporter: yeah, david, all three of them are charged as accomplices with aiding and abetting second degree murder and aiding and abetting second degree man slaughter. it remains unclear if they would try to strike a plea deal to
avoid going to trial altogether. david? >> all right, alex perez leading us off again tonight. alex, thank you. and as you heard alex report there, the attorney general merrick guard lick revealing that an investigation into the minneapolis police department, into their practices. this is something our own chief justice correspondent pierre thomas has been reporting on for some time. and pierre, you along with our abc stations already discovering some disturbing numbers in recent months, and what does this new investigation signal? >> reporter: david, pattern or practice investigations are powerful tools that look into every part of a police department's actions and policies. it's essentially an audit, that can examine who is being arrested and why. in minneapolis, an abc news investigation with our owned stations found blacks were 19% of the city's population in 2018 but made up a whopping 63% of arrests. and we found black drivers were five times more likely to be pulled over than white drivers. under the obama administration, the justice department launched
25 pattern or practice investigations. under the trump administration, just one was launched. in our exclusive interview this week with the attorney general, he vowed to use every resource to ensure equal justice under the law. and he now appears to be putting every police department in the nation on notice, david. >> all right, pierre thomas, thank you. and just moments before the chauvin verdict was read in minneapolis, news of another deadly police shooting, this time in columbus, ohio. a police officer shooting and killing a 16-year-old girl. authorities saying she was armed with a knife. the columbus division of police quickly releasing the officer's body camera video tonight, showing the scene, asking for patience while the investigation now unfolds. and what the mayor is now saying tonight. abc's trevor ault now from columbus, and we warn you, images tonight, again, are disturbing. >> reporter: just hours after the guilty verdict in the derek chauvin trial, outrage again erupting in the streets again over yet another police shooting, this time, in
columbus, ohio. hundreds of a'khia ban a6-year-oldy afternn. >> it's th to stab us. get here now! >> reporter: today, police releasing 911 calls and new body camera footage of the incident. officer nicholas reardon stepping out of his vehicle, approaching multiple people in an altercation. it appears ma'khia bryant, in the black t-shirt and jeans, swings a knife at the girl in pink, officer reardon then firing a burst of shots. >> she had a knife, she just went at her. >> reporter: officers then performing cpr on bryant until paramedics arrived. she would later die at the hospital. her aunt at the scene, in anguish. loving. yeah, she had issues, but that's okay. she didn't deserve to die like a dog on the street. >> reporter: now pressing questions for the columbus
continued use of lethal force. in december, casey goodson jr. and andre hill, now makhia bryant, all shot and killed. and tonight, the mayor of columbus is asking questions too. >> did ma'khia bryant need to die yesterday? how did we get here? this is a failure on part of our community. some are guilty but all of us are responsible. >> trevor ault with us tonight from columbus. and trevor, that officer, i know, is on administrative lead and the investigation under way into whether the shooting was justified? >> reporter: it is, david. and the interim chief of police is still not weighing in on that, but he has said officers are authorized to use lethal force if there's a deadly threat to themselves or to a third party. now, an investigation is under way to determine whether nor at officer reardon followed policy or broke the law.
david? >> trevor, thank you. in elizabeth city, north carolina, tonight, the shooting making news there. the county sheriff tragic day. the sheriff did not say today what the warrant was for, buto s wearing a body camera. that case is now in the hands of the north carolina state bureau investigation. one deputy is on administrative leave tonight. we turn the other major news this wednesday night. the coronavirus here in the u.s. president biden marking that milestone today. 200 million vaccine doses administered now within his first 100 days. and now the challenge, as the rate of vaccinations slows down, getting americans who haven't gotten the shot to get one. the president announcing a new tax credit so employ years can pay workers to take time off to be vaccinated. still get paid for that time. cdc stats tonight showing the vaccination rate is stalling after beginning to drop about nine days ago now. here's where the numbers stand tonight. 133,010,000 have received at least one dose. that's more than 51% now of all
adults here in the u.s. and tonight, a new analysis of the pfizer and moderna vaccines and whether they're safe for pregnant women. here's abc's stephanie ramos now. >> reporter: tonight in the race to vaccinate, a new milestone, 200 million doses administered since president biden took office, double his original goal of 100 million shots in the first 100 days. >> we did it. today, we hit 200 million shots. >> reporter: and in a move to encourage people to get the vaccine, the white house giving a new tax credit to employers so workers can get paid time off to get a vaccine or recover from one. >> no working american should lose a single dollar from their pycheck because they chose to fulfill their patriotic duty of getting vaccinated. >> reporter: the country now heading for a tipping point. the kaiser family foundation projecting in the next two to four weeks, vaccine supply will start to outstrip demand. in galveston county, texas, this vaccine site was ready to give out 5,000 daily doses last week,
but only saw 300 to 400 appointments a day. >> what we told the state is this week, please don't send us any more. >> reporter: in northern alabama, they're seeing cases of the virus tick up, but vaccine demand is down. >> as it's dropped down to the younger population, it seems like they're a little more concerned and hesitant. >> reporter: but tonight, new analysis showing the pfizer and moderna vaccines are also likely safe for pregnant women, based on real world data from 35,000 vaccinated women. as a cdc advisory panel prepares to meet on friday about johnson and johnson vaccine, the family of 18-year-old emma burkey identifying her as one of six women out of 7 million people vaccinated with j&j who suffered extremely rare blood clots. it's unclear if the vaccine is responsible. emma was hospitalized on a ventilator, but is slowly recovering. >> emma's likely going to have to learn to relearn to walk, relearn to speak, all of those things. >> reporter: even with the challenges ahead, emma's family wants americans to get a
vaccine. >> they see this as just a, you know, a one in a million situation. they feel strongly that people should get vaccinated and not use this as an excuse or a reason for fear. >> reporter: the number of americans getting their first dose of the covid vac seep has been dropping for several days now. just to give you an example, david, on friday, the u.s. was averaging 3 pn.35 million shots day total and today we're averaging just over 3 million. david? >> all right, stephanie ramos with us tonight. steph, thank you. and we do have one more important note on the virus tonight. overseas and the crisis unfolding right now in india. hospitals are overwhelmed, the highest daily death toll seen yet. reports patients are now being forced to share beds. and concern over a fast-moving variant. here's our senior foreign correspondent ian pannell tonight. >> reporter: tonight, india is in crisis as a second devastating wave of coronavirus sweeps this nation. the country of more than 1.3 billion people recording its
highest ever daily death toll with over 2,000 deaths, though experts warn the real figure is even higher as many deaths are unreported. the country reporting nearly 300,000 new cases just today. hospitals overwhelmed, ambulances serving as overflow rooms. patients reportedly forced to share beds in some cases. and the bodies are piling up, with funeral crews struggling to keep up with cremations. oxygen supplies in the country are now severely low. despite an initial tight lockdown, these were the scenes at the recent hindu khumb festival with millions, unprotected and no distancing, on the banks of the river ganges. now scientists fear the deadly wave is going to get even worse as a new and potentially more infectious mutation appears to take hold. the uk just added india to their
red zone list. and that's because more than 100 cases of this new worrying variant have been found here in the uk. david? >> all right, ian pannell with us tonight. ian, thank you. and back here in this country, on the eve of president biden's climate summit, the president is expected to make a big announcement, to commit to slashing carbon emissions in half by the year to r 2030. our series of reports with ginger zee in the mojave desert, on the search for lithium. could it help make a difference in fighting climate change and creating jobs in this country? here's our chief meteorologist ginger zee. >> reporter: tonight, we go int lithium. it could be ground zero for eri. lithium powers our laptops, phones and electric vehicles. esmeralda county, nevada, the only place in the country commercially producing it. here at silver peak, they're not mining rock, they're farming
lithium. these brilliant blue pools come from wells that tapped underground salt aquifers, each of them nearly 500 football fields long, are rich in lithium. the sun evaporating the brian from the ponds and that leaves lithium behind. >> it's the lightest metal known to man. it's very energy dense. that reactivity in nature makes it hard to come by. >> reporter: does it have an agricultural or impact to the land surrounding? >> we're not using water that would otherwise be used for an agricultural purpose. >> reporter: there is an immense amount of lithium in the western u.s. anmuipleaytoin iafor example, could e ough lithium to meet up to 40% of global demand. on the site of a proposed pit lithium mine, a warning for the planet. >> lithium is extremely important to tackling the climate crisis. we need to start implementing environmental protections in the production of lithium. >> reporter: and tonight, with u.s. automakers pouring billions into developing electric vehicles, powered by lithium
batteries, researchers at uc-berkeley, saying electrifying all cars and trucks by 20235 could save consumers $2.7 trillion by 2050. >> ginger is with us from detroit tonight. and as you reported there, there seems to be a growing chorus of voices who see lithium production in the u.s. as a real opportunity to create jobs, as long as it's tackled, as that expert said, very carefully. >> reporter: yes. there is no question, david, that an open pit lithium mine, especially, can be very difficult. our environment. plus, when the batteries are not recycled properly, it's really bad for our planet. the u.s. automakers are committed to doing it. gm wants to be all electric by 2035, david. >> all right, ginger zee, thank you for kicking off our series of reports and by the way, you can watch more of ginger's reporting in a special report, it's not too late, streaming on hulu and tomorrow night on abc news live.
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building a better bay area. moving forward. finds. this is abc7 news. news. news. >> we send our entire operations wing of the department back to training to make sure we refocus on de- escalation and compassionate response in those type of things. humanity. would have to figure out what type of thisof thisof thisof ths >> san francisco's police chief commenting on efforts to improve policing locally. good afternoon. thank you for joining us. the comments, one day after derek chauvin was convicted of killing george floyd. >> it will include a comprehensive review of the minneapolis police department policies, training, supervision and use of force investigatforct
>> while the verdict prompt meaningful police reform across the country? in california, several police reform bills are making their way through ing proposed. >> last summer after the killing of george floyd bills the legislature. a handful past including one that banned the chokehold that many democrats had hoped for. >> i was frustrated too. >> chris holden from pasadena is reintroducing what he dubbed the george floyd law which would require police officers intervene if they see another officer using excessive force. it would prohibit retaliation against reporting officers. >> there has to be this feeling of when you see wrong being perpetrated against another human being there needs to be a recognition of that and a desire to want to step in and do the right thing. >> his bill is one of many