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brother taking the stand, the moment that moved him to tears breaking news. a deadly shooting at a high school in tennessee. multiple gunshot victims including a police officer the cdc director calling on michigan to shut things down as covid soars there. why the cdc says vaccines alone cannot stop the surge and my exclusive with jon stewart his new mission to help veterans in the wars in iraq and afghanistan. the serious health issues many face >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, everyone it feels all too familiar an unarmed black man shot by police during a minor traffic stop tonight, however, a different twist but one no less tragic police in brooklyn center, minnesota releasing officer body cam video within hours of the fatal shooting of 20-year-old daunte wright the video revealing what the police chief believes may have been an accident, appearing to show an officer firing into wright
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during a struggle, then realizing in shock it was not a taser she fired but her handgun. you'll see for yourself in a moment, and i'll caution you it is hard to watch. meantime, the community bracing for another night of protests and unrest. president biden making this appeal this afternoon. >> we do know that the anger, pain and trauma that exists in the black community in that environment is real it's serious and it's consequential. but it will not justify violence and/or looting we should listen to daunte's mom, who is calling for peace and calm >> the shooting happened just miles from the courthouse where the minneapolis police officer accused in the murder of george floyd is on trial. let's begin with meagan fitzgerald. >> reporter: body camera video released today shows the moment when 20-year-old daunte wright, a black man, was shot and killed at the hands of police sunday
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afternoon. wright was pulled over for driving with expired tags and police discovered he had a warrant out for his arrest >> that's why they were moving from the car and they were making custodial arrest >> reporter: police chief tim gannon calling this an accidental shooting. >> it is my belief the officer had the intention to deploy their taser but instead shot mr. wright with a single bullet >> [ bleep ] i just shot him. >> reporter: wright then drove off, crashing into another car. his girlfriend was in the passenger seat when he was pulled over and his mother on the phone. >> i heard the police officer come to the window and say put the phone down and get out of the car daunte said why, and he said we'll explain when you get out of the car. a minute later i called and his girlfriend answered, the passenger in the car, and said that he'd been shot >> reporter: hundreds of protesters took to the streets outraged. >> no justice! >> no peace! >> reporter: marching to the brooklyn center
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police station where the situation escalated, police deploying rubber bullets, tear gas and flash bangs. the officer now placed on leave as the mayor called for her termination. >> i do fully support releasing the officer of her duties. >> reporter: the police chief saying the officer is entitled to due process. this taking place just outside of minneapolis, a city already anxious as jurors will soon decide the fate of ex-officer derek chauvin. a state of emergency has been declared in minneapolis. here in brooklyn center, a curfew in place, more protests expected tonight lester >> all right meagan, thank you. not far from the scene of that shooting the trial of derek chauvin entered its third week with compelling new testimony about the cause of george floyd's death and emotional testimony from his brother gabe gutierrez is in minneapolis. >> reporter: about ten miles from the unrest overnight in brooklyn center -- >> this is obviously a high-profile case. >> reporter: -- this morning derek chauvin's defense
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attorney asked the judge to sequester the jury >> i would note for the court that we have at least one juror who's a resident of that particular city and other jurors who have connections to brooklyn center. >> reporter: the judge denied the motion. >> i understand the argument from the defense that this now puts them even more ill at ease, but i think sequestering them would only aggravate that >> reporter: the prosecution then called its 36th witness, chicago cardiologist dr. jonathan rich. >> i believe that mr. george floyd's death was absolutely preventable. >> reporter: he testified that george floyd's death was caused by low oxygen levels induced by chauvin's restraint. >> george floyd did not die from a primary cardiac event, and he did not die from a drug overdose. >> reporter: next on the stand, floyd's brother, philonise >> he just knew how to make people feel better >> reporter: he was what's known as a spark of life witness, meant to show the jury
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more about floyd's life and family. >> this is my mother she's no longer with us right now but that's my oldest brother george i miss both of them. >> reporter: the prosecution's final witness, seth stoughton, a national use of force expert from south carolina. >> it's clear from the number of officers and mr. floyd's position, the fact that he's handcuffed and has been searched, he doesn't present a threat of harm >> reporter: it's not clear how many witnesses the defense will call or whether chauvin himself will testify. chauvin's attorney has indicated he'll call at least one police officer back to the stand. but today the judge said he'll limit the questioning of morries hall, the passenger in floyd's suv, who told the court he'll invoke the fifth amendment to avoid questions about whether he provided floyd drugs. the prosecution now expects to officially rest its case tomorrow, lester >> and gabe, a few moments ago i understand you spoke
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with the floyd family. what did they have to say? >> reporter: yeah, philonise floyd told me it's been an extremely emotional day and family attorney ben crump told me the family is outraged that another officer would be so reckless in the midst of this trial, lester. >> all right, gabe, thank you. still developing tonight, a shooting at a high school in knoxville, tennessee one person is dead and a police officer was among those shot here's erin mclaughlin >> reporter: tonight a community on edge after a shooting at a high school in knoxville, tennessee according to police there are at least two gunshot victims including a police officer. one male pronounced dead at the scene, another detained for further investigation. >> the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene and has since been identified as a student. >> our officer was shot at least once in the upper leg. he is in serious condition and is currently in surgery >> reporter: the shooting happened around 3:15 p.m. local time at austin east magnet high school the campus quickly locked down.
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knoxville is a community that's been hit hard by gang violence since the beginning of the year at least four teenagers have been shot and killed near the school ten homicides have been reported within a mile and a half radius of the school in just over the last year >> we're losing our kids at an early age and it is not fair to us or these parents. >> reporter: tonight the community reeling and renewing calls for action erin mclaughlin, nbc news in just 60 seconds, calls for new restrictions in the state that's now become the covid epicenter. and jon stewart's important new mission. our conversation coming up. new mission, our conversation coming up. or, give you unusually high energy, even when depressed. overwhelmed by bipolar i? ask about vraylar. some medicines only treat the lows or highs. vraylar effectively treats depression, acute manic and mixed episodes of bipolar i in adults. full-spectrum relief for all bipolar i symptoms,
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drawn? what's going on? >> reporter: two officers stopping u.s. army lieutenant caron nazario for not having a rear license plate on his new suv according to a police report, which also notes they later saw a temporary tag inside, taped to the tinted window >> i'm serving this country and this is how i'm treated? >> guess what? i'm a veteran too. >> i'm honestly afraid to get out can i -- >> yeah. you should be. >> reporter: about a minute later officer joe gutierrez, whose termination was announced late sunday, pepper-sprays nazario. >> get out of the car now! >> that's [ bleep ] up that's [ bleep ] up. >> get out of the car now! >> i'm trying to breathe. >> reporter: gutierrez and his former partner, daniel crocker, now facing a $1 million lawsuit alleging a violation of constitutional rights nazario, who is black and latino, says it was due to racial profiling. >> take off your seat belt and get out of the car! >> look, i'm just going to just -- please >> you're going to do
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what you're told >> reporter: the lawsuit filed earlier this month also claims police threatened to end nazario's military career if he spoke out about the incident >> my client wants to prevent those two officers from doing it to anyone else >> reporter: tonight the town of windsor, virginia describing the events as unfortunate as virginia's governor calls for an independent investigation. geoff bennett, nbc news, washington let's turn now to the covid crisis and a worsening situation in michigan and beyond. even with about 121 million receiving at least one vaccine dose across the country, almost 34,000 are in hospitals with michigan the new epicenter. miguel almaguer reports on calls for new limits there >> reporter: it's not just the metrics in michigan pointing to a fourth surge scenes like these, doctors desperately trying to save lives inside covid wards, are again unfolding in the nation's new pandemic epicenter in detroit covid patients are waiting hours for an open bed. many 55 and younger. the state seeing more
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infections in the first week of april than all of february >> there is light at the end of this tunnel, but we know that we have seen a recent rise in cases >> reporter: the governor, who's refusing to issue new mandatory restrictions, is instead asking the federal government for a larger vaccine supply but today the cdc director warns that alone won't stop the surge. >> we know that the vaccine will have a delayed response the answer to that is to really close things down >> reporter: though the nation just vaccinated a record 4.6 million americans saturday, this week the country is on pace to inoculate 3 million a day after an 86% decline in the johnson & johnson supply allocated to states following a manufacturing mix-up it comes as many states are beginning to report a small number of breakthrough cases, infections in those who are fully vaccinated those cases are rare
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and expected with nearly half of all adults in this country having received at least one vaccination, experts warn even in areas where infection rates are dropping there's still danger >> the states that are seeing the declines, it doesn't mean they're not going to see the rise >> reporter: tonight a warning and a wake-up call as cases across the country climb again. miguel almaguer, nbc news as vaccine eligibility expands make a plan for when and where you want to get vaccinated visit for more former kansas city chiefs assistant coach britt reid, who is the son of head coach andy reid, has been charged with felony dwi for a crash days before the super bowl that left a 6-year-old named ariel young with severe brain injuries >> the family wanted was the most serious charge that could be filed, and the family got the most serious charge that could be filed. >> if convicted reid could face up to seven years in prison.
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former republican speaker of the house john boehner sifts through the remains of the republican party he once knew in his new memoir "on the house. in it he takes on disruptors in his own party as well as on the left we spoke this afternoon about where that leaves things politically. >> you're very critical in this book of donald trump. if he wants the 2024 republican nomination, do you think he will win it >> i have no idea. i think there will be a lot of people running for the republican nominatio in 2024. and it's a long way off. >> do you think, though, that the support is still there, that the party that he left will be around in 2024 >> well, i think that remains to be seen i've encouraged republicans to act like republicans, stick to the principles of the republican party you know fiscal responsibility, a strong military, things that traditional republicans believe in, because i think uniting the party around a set of
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principles is long and more enduring than around some personality. >> in this book you're critical of those you say who came along and really wanted to blow things up, get to congress and blow things up. others say that you were a little bit a part of that how do you respond >> well, i don't -- people are going to be critical i had my hands full with some of our members. there's members on both sides of the aisle who are more interested in making noise, drawing attention to themselves, raising money than they are about governing. if we're going to get things done for our country, we've got to find a way to work together to achieve that >> let me ask you about president biden. he came to office on a pledge of creating bipartisanship, working with both sides. have you seen that >> i haven't seen that yet. but i heard the campaign promises just like you and your audience did and up to this point he's got his own problems in the democrat party but he's caving to the left at the expense of
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working with republicans and trying to find some bipartisan common ground >> you go after republicans and democrats in this book do you think politics as we know it is broken >> well, america is very divided more divided than any time in my lifetime. and as a result members of congress reflect the loudest voices in their party. we'll get through this we're americans. we're the most resilient people god ever put on earth. but we're going through a tough time >> part of my conversation with john boehner this afternoon. princes william and harry have broken their silence in the death of grandfather prince philip. in separate statements william described philip as an extraordinary man while harry said he was a man of service, honor, and great humor. harry has returned to the uk for philip's funeral without his wife, meghan markle. up next, jon stewart's new mission, a serious issue facing our veterans veterans. ways. it's the first and only fda approved combination of advil plus acetaminophen.
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comedian and former tv host jon stewart, who battled to preserve the 9/11 victims compensation fund, is using his celebrity once more on behalf of those who served, this time pushing congress to come to the aid of military veterans who are suffering as the result of another toxic legacy will thompson served as a combat medic treating others during two deployments to iraq but when the soldier returned home, he sought treatment himself. >> they said that my lungs looked like an 80-year-old coal miner's.
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>> reporter: thompson was told he needed a double lung transplant, joining the ranks of a growing number of war veterans who say they've developed serious and sometimes fatal diseases as a result of their exposure to burn pits. open burn pits were a common feature at u.s. military bases in iraq and afghanistan. a crude way to dispose of trash and waste material >> you're talking about human waste. you're talking about daily trash pickup but you're also talking about the hazardous materials of war. i like to say the smoking gun in this situation are literally smoking guns >> reporter: jon stewart started advocating for veterans affected by burn pits after noticing parallels with what many 9/11 first responders had experienced. >> what the first responders were standing on top of was essentially a burn pit. the jet fuel from the planes ignited it, but it was all those materials from the world trade center you know, it's the ash.
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it's the smoke it's all those things together create this matrix of health conditions that you're seeing in iraq and afghanistan veterans >> reporter: thompson says he had no idea the pits could be hazardous. >> you smelled something burning, you didn't think about it. >> reporter: for thompson medical care wasn't an issue because he got sick while still on active duty but for veterans whose conditions manifest later on that's not always the case. the issue is the subject of at least eight bills in congress right now all aiming to expand access to v.a. care for veterans who think they're suffering from a burn pit-related illness. in a statement to nbc news the v.a. said it follows the science on questions of health outcomes of military exposures and that studies by the national academies of sciences have so far been inconclusive. so for most combat veterans who are more than five years out of service the veteran must prove to the v.a.
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finally, he's a master of the game but his victory at augusta is about a lot more than golf. kristen dahlgren with tonight's "inspiring america. >> reporter: the crowds may have been smaller in augusta this year. but hideki matsuyama was far from alone the 29-year-old carrying the hopes of his nation >> matsuyama is japan's first masters champion >> reporter: his caddie bowing on 18, a japanese gesture of respect. while matsuyama's smile as he put on the green jacket needed no interpretation matsuyama's is a story of perseverance. this breaks his streak of 93 tournaments without a win. >> translator: hopefully i'll be a pioneer in this and many other japanese will follow. >> this is important for kids watching their tv sets. they can see this is a monumental time. >> reporter: this morning the masters champion spotted
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clutching the green jacket as he waited for a commercial flight a prize and a moment to hold on to. kristen dahlgren, nbc news >> that is "nightly news" for this monday. thank you for watching, everyone i'm lester holt. please take care of yourself and each other. good night ♪ ♪ ♪♪ i know you think that ♪ ♪ i shouldn't still love you ♪ ♪ or tell you that ♪
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