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♪♪ refuse to choose and get my $6.99 50/50 popcorn chicken with both classic and spicy for the best of both worlds. only at jack in the box. tensions in the twin cities. minneapolis racked with more protests over the shocking body cam footage from the deadly police shooting of dante wright. the latest call for justice coming as prosecution wraps up its case. building support for infrastructure bill. president biden meets with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. a touching tribute from a grabbed son. prince william and harry pay their respects separately to prince philip. "early today" starts right now good tuesday morning
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i'm phillip mena. >> glad you're with us i'm frances rivera breaking news near minneapolis where police enforced a curfew on the second night of protests. 40 arrests were made overnight some officers were hit by debris and reports of looting at five businesses these protests are in response to the death of dante wright shot by police his family is expected to speak at a press conference today along with attorney ben crumb and members of george floyd's family >> overnight kamala harris tweeted dante's family needs to know why their child is dead they deserve answers new details have been revealed the officer was identified as 26 year veteran of the force kim potter body camera footage was released meagan fitzgerald has this report first a warning, you may find the video disturbing >> body camera video shows the
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moment when 20-year-old dante wright, a black man was shot and killed at the hands of police sunday 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 removing him from the car and making custodial arrest. >> police chief calling this an accidental shooting. >> it is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy the taser but shot mr. wright with a single bullet. >> wright then drove off crashing into another car. his girlfriend was in the passenger's seat when he was pulled over and his mother on the phone. >> the police officer come to the window get out of the car daunte says why. he says, we'll explain to you. a minute later i called and his girlfriend answered and said that he's been shot. >> reporter: hundreds of protesters took to the streets
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outraged marching to the brooklyn center police station where the situation escalated. police deploying rubber bullets, tear gas and flash bangs the officer now placed on leave as the mayor calls 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. >> our thanks to meagan fitzgerald for that report. turning now to the latest in the trial of derek chauvin where the defense is set to begin calling witnesses. nbc's gabe gutierrez joins us from outside the courtroom good morning, gabe. >> reporter: good morning. dramatic final day of testimony for the prosecution. i was inside the courtroom as multiple jurors were attentive and taking notes during otherwise dry medical testimony,
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but it was george floyd's brother who broke down in tears on the witness stand about ten miles from the unrest last night in brooklyn center. >> this is obviously a high profile case. >> reporter: derek chauvin's attorney asked the judge to sequester the jury. >> one juror is a resident of that particular city and other jurors who have connections to brooklyn center. >> the judge denied the motion. >> i understand the argument from the defense that this now puts them in even more ill at ease, but i think sequestering them would only aggravate that. >> the prosecution then called its 36th witness, dr. jonathan rich, chicago cardiologist. >> i believe mr. george floyd's death was absolutely preventible. >> 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
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did not die from a drug overdose. >> next on the stand, floid's brother, felonis. >> i just knew how to make people feel better. >> he was a spark of life witness more to show the jury about floyd's life and family. >> that's my mother's. she's no longer with us right now. that's my oldest brother george. i miss both of them. >> reporter: the prosecution's final witness, seth soten, 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 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 the judge said he'll limit the questioning of maurice hall, the passenger of floyd's suv who
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told the court he'll invoke the fifth amendment to not answer whether he provided floyd drugs. the prosecution will rest today and the defense will take center stage. frances? >> tense days ahead. gabe thank you. the president and vice president will meet with members of the congressional black caucus today president biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan is at the top of the agenda along with police reform in the wake of the deadly police shooting in minnesota. for the latest, let's bring in alice barr good morning what can we expect from today's meeting? >> reporter: good morning, phillip. this is the second day in a row that president biden is bringing lawmakers to the white house and, yes, he's focused on this massive infrastructure program, roughly $2 trillion price tag. he's trying to shore up support for that yesterday he met with a handful of lawmakers from both parties trying to break through stiff republican opposition and also
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to the scope of the plan which goes beyond traditional infrastructure like roads, bridges, even broadband internet the top senate republican mitch mcconnell has called it a grab bag of leftist liberal priorities you have a sense of how fiercely they're pushing back the president doing what he can to try to shore up any potential bipartisan support and get all the lawmakers he can on his side that brings us to the meeting with the congressional black caucus and because of the folks he's going to be meeting with, we can be certain there is going to be a focus on police reform adding to that urgency, of course, this shooting in minnesota of daunte wright what we expect to see is the president declaring where he wants to go on police reform he made promises on creating a commission and making it a priority it's more of a legislative focus and they want to back the george
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floyd justice in policing act and have more broad ranging and widespread police reforms. expect to see more of that today. >> current events pushing that to the forefront thanks. one student dead and a police officer injured after a shooting inside a tennessee high school the tennessee in knoxville where police found the gunman in the bathroom erin mclaughlin has the latest developments. >> reporter: a community on edge after a shooting at a high school in knoxville, tennessee there are at least two gunshot victims including a police officer. one male pronounced dead at the scene, another detained for further investigation. >> pray for that situation and for the families and the victims that might be affected by that in our state >> i was really glad to have the opportunity to meet with the officer who was hurt and he's conscious and in good pirits.
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>> reporter: it happened at 3 p.m. knoxville is a community 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 of the radius of the school in the last year >> we losing our kids at an early age. >> reporter: the community reeling and renewing calls for action erin mclaughlin, nbc news. covid vaccines are on the rise but outbreaks are threatening our progress 131 million americans have received one dose of the covid vaccine but in michigan the outbreak is worsening. the governor is now at odds with the president as that state could be on the verge of shutting down. nbc's miguel almaguer reports. >> 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 unfolding
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in the nation's new pandemic epicenter. in detroit patients are waiting hours for an open bed, many 55 and younger. more infections in the first week in 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 government for a larger vaccine supply but the cdc director warned 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 too inoculate 3 million a day after an 86% decline for the johnson & johnson decline following a manufacturing mixup.
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many states are reporting a small number of breakthrough cases, infections in those fully vaccinated those cases are rare and expected with nearly half of all adults having received one vaccination, experts warn even in areas wherein effection rates are dropping, there's still a danger. >> the states seeing a decline doesn't mean they're not going to see the rise. >> reporter: a warning and wake-up call as cases across the country climb again. miguel almaguer, nbc news. fallen capitol police officer william evans will lie in honor at the capitol rotunda. president biden and vice president harris plan on attending the viewing. he was killed on april 2nd when a man ran his car into a capitol barricade. president biden is going to nominate the first female secretary of the army. if confirmed by the senate, christy warmuth would be the first to hold that position.
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she was a top policy official under the obama administration she has joined other women holding top pentagon positions including kathleen hicks and kathleen magmum. >> it's been soggy what can we expect hi, janessa. >> hi. good morning hey, at least it's not snow that we're seeing across denver and to the central plains. thank goodness for that. for the east coast, things are going to dry out few bands for d.c. to new york city this afternoon, the clouds will split apart. it's the deep south, baton rouge, new orleans, into sections of central louisiana and lake charles we'll be dealing with that severe weather risk. the primary threats are hail and damaging wind gusts throughout the afternoon and then we'll watch the minor flooding for the next two to three days in the area where they could pick up locally one to two inchewell
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a lot more sunshine for the midwest but cooler temperatures, mid 50s. we're back in the 40s in some sections of the country. we'll take a look at that coming up. >> janessa, thank you so much. coming up, another state has given the green light to legal marijuana. roa yal tribute, william and harry pay their respects to prince philip. that's why febreze created small spaces. press firmly and watch it get to work. unlike the leading cone, small spaces continuously eliminates odors in the air and on surfaces. so they don't come back for 45 days. just imagine what it can do with other odors.
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of next year the governor also signed another measure into law that expungs low level cannabis convictions that could affect thousands of people. tributes are pouring in for prince philip. monday prince harry and william paid tribute to their grandfather in separate touching statements their tributes come as the family and country prepare to say their final good-byes to the duke of edinburgh this weekend sarah harman different tones when it comes to the statements from the princes. >> reporter: frances, good morning. you're exactly right quite different tones. both of the brothers emphasized that prince philip was a beloved grandfather and recognized his service. these statements have been poured over by royal watchers because there is a working assumption that unlike a lot of other statements, the brothers would have had a hand personally in writing these tributes given the highly personal nature of their grandfather's passing.
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this isn't just some old pr statement. harry mentioning beer, banter, barbecue, prince william taking a more formal tone and talking about his grandfather's service. there was one passage in prince william's statement that raised a few eyebrows on this side of the pond i'll read it to you now. he wrote katheryn and i will continue to do what he would have wanted and support the queen in the years ahead i will miss my grandpa but i know he would want us to get on with the job now some are interpreting this as a subtle dig at his brother, prince harry, who stepped back as a working royal to start a new life in california meanwhile, the queen, who was just widowed, is due to turn 95 years old next week. the british press reporting that on future royal engagements she won't be left on her own she'll instead be accompanied by a senior member of the royal family, which means we're probably likely to see prince william and kate a lot more in
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public in the days and weeks ahead. frances. >> sarah, beyond the written statement it's the words said and exchange that so many more want to know about thank you. still ahead on "early today," will smith is calling it a wrap on georgia. his new movie moving production over the state's controversial voting laws. split screen moment. a young bowler makes tv history. pet hair is no match for bounce. with bounce, you can love your pets, and lint roll less. my psoriatic arthritis pain? i had enough! it's not getting in my way. joint pain, swelling, tenderness...much better. my psoriasis, clearer... cosentyx works on all of this. four years and counting. so watch out. i got this! watch me. real people with active psoriatic arthritis
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her catcher. everybody else sat there and watched which i guess they did. one teacher is going above and beyond to bring her classroom to the students. >> reporter: whether it's art, history, sat prep, scholar works gets you into a virtual learning. >> we've shown the world, now we need to tweak the method we're offering so we can bring that delivery of instruction up to being engaging let's jump into their world instead of pulling them into ours. >> reporter: founder and president of scholar works has been a teacher for 20 years. she's building a learning experience of her own. >> let's say they've got some heavy duty studying to do and they would like to take advantage of our 3-d model labs for all levels of science, 3rd through 12th grade, ccs aligned,
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at least make use of that dress. >> getting the vaccine does feel like a life changing event sarah's dressedfor the occasion. >> hopefully she gets a reception after that one. >> thanks for starting your morning with us. i'm frances rivera. >>
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right now at 4:30, a second round of clashes between protesters and police in minnesota. all coming in the wake of that fatal police shooting now being called accidental. the latest on the investigation. also, how the unrest is impacting the derek chauvin trial just a few miles away. plus the countdown is on, but so is the confusion. the bay area county is now allowing those 16 and older to make vaccine appointments. what you need to know to get your spot in line. as

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