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a sneaker investing market place. used sneakers. nightly news is next, we'll see you at 6:00, bye. tonight, the growing outrage after the family of andrew brown jr. says police bodycam video shows an execution. the family speaking out after their attorneys say they were only allowed to see 20 seconds of the bodycam tape the disturbing scene they describe as deputies served a warrant on the father of ten the city under a state of emergency tonight bracing for more protests the justice department announcing a sweeping investigation into the louisville police department more than a year after the killing of breonna taylor. what investigators will examine the pace of covid vaccinations plungin nearly 20% in just over a week. a number of mass vaccination sites
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shutting down just as most states resume using the johnson & johnson shot and the new guidance expected on wearing masks. as president biden approaches his 100th day in office, we ask voters is he living up to his pledge to unify america. plus what our brand new poll shows the mystery in the sky. sightings near navy warships raising national security concerns and now reports of similar incidents near nuclear facilities and the heartwarming response to one of our stories. the thousand-mile journey of compassion, inspiring america. >> announcer: this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt good evening, everyone the fatal police shooting of a black man in a small north carolina town last week is fueling new questions over transparency after officials today allowed select family members to view police bodycam video of the incident andrew brown jr. was shot to death by sheriff's deputies in his car as they were executing a warrant on
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drug sale charges in elizabeth city family members say they were allowed to view a short clip, a video showing brown with his hands on the steering wheel deputies opening fire before and after brown began to drive away. that video has not been released publicly and we cannot confirm what it may or may not appear to show but a state of emergency is in effect there tonight. kerry sanders has more >> justice >> reporter: demands to see the body camera video finally met this afternoon. andrew brown jr.'s family watched it 20 times before concluding the shooting was what they call criminal. >> dad got executed just by trying to save his own life >> reporter: just as troubling, they say, pasquotank county released only 20 seconds of footage from one officer's body camera. lawyers for the brown family say at least eight other deputies also recorded the events >> why is it that they get to choose what's the pertinent parts of the video to show the family
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>> reporter: grainy images snapped by a witness show the aftermath. brown's windshield with at least four bullet holes the shooting unfolded early wednesday when deputies served a warrant on brown for allegedly selling illegal drugs. ashley bechtol was catty-corner across the street upstairs looking out her bedroom window as deputies arrived >> he pulled up in that driveway. he lost control. went in that driveway and hit that tree. >> reporter: bechtol is related to the victim through marriage >> and they shot out the back window of his car and he lost control and he ended up across the street and he hit a tree. they crowded around his car. they shot -- were shooting the front window of his car. >> reporter: from where you were standing did it appear
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that his car speeding away could be perceived as a threat to the officers where they were standing >> no. because they were standing behind him. >> reporter: seven deputies have been placed on administrative leave while authorities investigate. tonight the county in a statement says in part, "state law allows us to provide a private viewing of the body camera footage to the family the law also allows us to blur some faces on the video. and that process takes time." as the city now prepares for more protests tonight, the lawyers representing andrew brown say they'll now conduct their own private autopsy to determine if as they allege brown was shot in the back lester >> all right, kerry sanders leading us off. thank you. more than a year after breonna taylor was killed by louisville police, the justice department announced a sweeping investigation into that city's police department pete williams now on what will be examined. >> reporter: the death of breonna taylor, a health care worker who
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was shot to death in her own apartment by police during a botched effort to serve a search warrant a year ago, was one of the catalysts for a summer of nationwide protests now the justice department says it will investigate the louisville police department to see if there's a pattern or practice of violating civil rights >> promoting public trust between communities and law enforcement is essential to making both communities and policing safer >> reporter: the investigation will look at whether louisville police have a pattern of using unreasonable force including against peaceful protesters, of engaging in racial discrimination in traffic stops or of illegally searching private homes. it will also look at how police are trained and supervised and how they're held accountable when things go wrong. both louisville's mayor and police chief say they welcome the justice department's investigation. >> i think that it's necessary because police reform, quite honestly, is needed in near every agency across the country
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>> reporter: with last week's announcement about minneapolis, this now makes two new civil rights investigations of police departments and tonight officials say there will be more lester >> all right, pete, thank you. and bodycam video also at the center of another police shooting in virginia a man fighting for his life after his family says a deputy mistook a cordless phone for a gun. we get more on this from gabe gutierrez. we have to warn you, the video is disturbing >> show me your hands! show me your hands >> reporter: the dark body camera video from a virginia sheriff's deputy shows him confronting 32-year-old isaiah brown last week. >> drop the gun! >> he's got a gun to his head >> drop the gun now! stop stop [ gunshots ] >> reporter: brown survived at least seven gunshots turns out he was not holding a gun but a cordless house phone >> my concern at this point is just for my son to hopefully come home alive >> reporter: earlier
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that night brown's car had broken down at a gas station. a deputy had given him a ride home. a short time later brown called 911 when he got into an argument with his brother. >> what is the problem? >> i'm about to kill my brother >> reporter: but seconds later he told the dispatcher he had no gun on him. >> do you have any weapons on you >> no. >> reporter: the deputy who opened fire was the same one who'd given brown a ride home earlier >> this was clearly a failure of communication between dispatch and the deputy >> reporter: speaking to protesters, the spotsylvania county sheriff highlighted the deputy performed first aid. >> the deputy actually saved this gentleman's life >> reporter: brown's sister, yolanda, told us she's still trying to process it all. >> after you brought him home, i tried to figure out where the officer felt so threatened by my brother. >> reporter: tonight the deputy, who has not been identified, is on administrative leave. a special prosecutor has been appointed, lester >> all right, gabe gutierrez, thank you in just 60 seconds, covid vaccination rates falling. what's behind the sudden plunge?
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plus, can president biden deliver on his promise of unity our special report coming up next
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there are troubling signs this country is at risk of falling behind on covid vaccinations, with some supersites closing doors in the face of waning demand. and while 140 million americans have at least one shot in their arm, experts say the only way to win the race is to lower the number of daily infections miguel almaguer reports. >> reporter: the johnson & johnson pause may have been lifted but tonight demand for vaccinations is plummeting at supersites equipped to inoculate thousands the surge is slowing, while in states like ohio, texas and florida some locations are closing. the cdc says the average number of daily covid shots dropped 18%. >> i want to appeal to everyone who's hesitating if you're opting to wait and see, what are you waiting for? >> reporter: while many fear the pause of
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j&j's vaccine impacted public confidence -- >> for me it would be a no thank you >> reporter: experts believe those eager to get vaccinated have already done so. >> if it's out there i'd trust the experts on it, you know? >> reporter: with 8% of americans who got their first dose skipping their second to ease the burden of appointments cities like new york and los angeles offered walk-in vaccinations and now as early as tomorrow the cdc could issue new guidelines on the need for face masks. the guidance could include changes for those who are fully vaccinated and if you need to wear one on a busy sidewalk. but with nearly half the u.s. adults population unvaccinated, louisiana has already stopped asking the government for its full allotment of shots. dozens of counties in iowa and kansas also rejecting new shipments of doses amid the vaccine slump the biden administration facing new pressure to address messaging and to better reach those
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hesitant to get vaccinated >> we have to do everything we can to understand why different groups are hesitant and not lump everyone together. >> reporter: tonight experts say the need for vaccinations remains as critical as ever as new guidelines could soon change the face of the pandemic >> miguel, of course face coverings have been a flash point in the pandemic what do we expect to hear from the cdc? >> reporter: well, lester, tonight no concrete word on what the changes will be and if they'll apply to everyone, but dr. fauci has said that the risk to vaccinated americans outdoors is, quote, minuscule lester >> miguel, thank you you can make a plan for when and where to get vaccinated visit planyourvaccine.com for more the u.s. is pledging aid to india. it's now the world's covid epicenter. the country setting a global record for daily cases with many hospitals there overwhelmed and without desperately needed oxygen. we get more now from richard engel. and i've got to tell you, the images here are hard to watch.
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>> reporter: india is gasping for air. with more new covid cases per day than anywhere at any time in the pandemic. this sikh temple in delhi is providing what the government can't -- life-giving oxygen tanks. abu sadaf has been trying to get care for eight days but he's been turned away by hospitals. abu sadaf's brother is trying to keep him alive. he's not a doctor, but he isn't giving up alex crawford from our partner sky news is at an overwhelmed hospital >> they've had to build tents in the car park to cope with the overspill. all these people are suffering from coronavirus. all of them need oxygen >> reporter: others die while they wait. funeral pyres are now burning outside crematoriums with the second most populous country overwhelmed by the worst resurgence of the virus since the pandemic began india manufactures much of the world's
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vaccines, but it has only fully vaccinated 2% of its own population india also has its own variant of the virus, and the more it spreads uncontrolled the more likely new variants are to emerge lester >> a grim reminder this is not over richard, thank you just out tonight, the results of the 2020 census. the u.s. population has increased to over 331 million. our hallie jackson's been watching this hallie, what does this shift mean politically? >> reporter: lester, in the immediate short term republicans seem to have the advantage. the census count matters because it determines how many seats each state gets in the house of representatives. so under these latest numbers donald trump would have gained and president biden would have lost three electoral votes if this had been the landscape in november. states in the south and west are growing the fastest. five of them are adding a seat. and texas picks up two. some democratic strongholds will lose a seat seven states total, notably california and
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new york, where by the way if only 89 more people had been counted new york would have kept that seat. still, the bigger piece to the puzzle comes when states redraw their districts and that won't happen for a few more months. lester >> the political math to all this. hallie, thanks president biden is set to mark his first 100 days and our new nbc news poll shows a slim majority approve of his performance. 69% say that he's done well on the pandemic but just 33% approve of his handling of border security and immigration. despite the president touting himself as a unifier, 82% say we are still divided. let's get more on all this from peter alexander. >> reporter: from the kickoff of his campaign -- >> yes, unity over division >> reporter: -- to the start of his presidency >> my whole soul is in this bringing america together >> reporter: joe biden's cast himself as a voice of unity. >> i'll work with democrats and republicans. >> reporter: but 100
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days in, the president's signature accomplishment is the only covid relief bill that attracted no republican votes the gop slamming him for executive orders they say cater to the democratic base. we came here to georgia, a state president biden flipped blue for the first time in decades by the narrowest of margins. do the voters here think president biden's fulfilling his promise to unite americans? we met democrat shawna swearington, who's been furloughed as a restaurant server for more than a year while also supporting her 73-year-old mom. what was the low point like for you during this pandemic? >> just sitting there with all of my bills laid out in front of me and trying to figure out how i'm going to pay all of this how i'm going to get through this >> reporter: what does that moment feel like when $1,400 shows up in your checking account? >> whoo-hoo. yes! i can do something with this. it's a tangible. >> reporter: republicans opposed the $2 trillion democratic plan saying too much of the spending was unrelated to the pandemic. but swearington credits the president for signing it >> it wasn't just a party that needed that relief every american needed that relief. >> reporter: but what are republicans saying about the president's
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performance? real estate broker rena marie moore is an immigrant and trump supporter. >> do you feel that he's reached out to trump voters like you? >> no. not quite. we do want to see the success of president biden but we're already seeing a crisis on the border we're already looking at inflation when it comes to our gas prices and it's offputting because it's just 100 days and we're like, well, where is the direction of the country going? >> how's president biden doing? >> he's not doing as good as -- >> reporter: drew echols is a fifth generation farmer who voted for trump but has been impressed with president biden on the pandemic. >> there's a lot more confidence out there in vaccines and the direction we're headed with covid >> reporter: still, he says bipartisanship will be critical >> can president biden be successful if he doesn't bring republicans in >> if he's not bringing republicans to the table, it's going to be an uphill battle >> reporter: hopes for unity in a still divided america. peter alexander, nbc
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news, atlanta. just ahead, as we continue here, ufo sightings raising national security concerns
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a series of mystery sightings in the sky are raising national security concerns now here's gadi schwartz >> reporter: tonight more questions than answers about what appear to be an upside down pyramid flying over a navy destroyer off the coast of california and a series of pictures showing another mysterious object flying into the water
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near another warship in 2019. the images obtained by documentary filmmaker jeremy corbell the pentagon confirming the images are being reviewed by a task force set to brief congress on what they know about what they call unidentified aerial phenomenon. on youtube some suggest it could be planes mistaken by lens blurring. others point to ship logs that call the objects drones or uavs but a former official with the pentagon program that dealt with advanced aerial threats says for years the u.s. military has encountered mysterious objects that seem capable of traveling more than 11,000 miles an hour or able to transition from air to water without slowing down >> some of these videos are 20, 25 minutes long in other cases these things are 50 feet away from the cockpit. >> reporter: but he says most alarming are incursions over restricted nuclear assets >> we've actually had some of our nuclear capabilities disabled by these things. if russia or china had the ability to disable
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our nuclear strike capability or defense capability, that's pretty significant that's a concern >> reporter: we reached out to the pentagon about those alleged incursions they say they do not comment on intelligence matters and that lou elizondo left the pentagon in 2017 and does not speak for the department of defense. lester >> yeah, it's got us all thinking thank you, gadi. after a stunning upset for best actor anthony hopkins is paying tribute to the late chadwick boseman. stephanie gosk on an oscar like no other. >> reporter: after a year of no theaters an oscars with no public audience and reshuffled categories, the last one for best actor, an award many believed would go to the late chadwick boseman. >> anthony hopkins, "the father. >> reporter: it was a big surprise especially, it seems, for anthony hopkins himself. >> i did not expect to get this award i really didn't. and i want to pay tribute to chadwick boseman, who was taken from us far too early. >> reporter: throughout the night racial justice often
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took center stage. >> don't hate anybody. i refuse to hate someone because they are mexican or because they are black or white. >> reporter: there were firsts including the first black women to win for makeup and hair. >> i want to say thank you to our ancestors who put the work in, were denied but never gave up. >> reporter: the first woman of color to win best director. glenn close became the first actor to be nominated eight times without ever winning >> i know that's da butt >> reporter: but she owned the night with this nod to spike lee. the 73-year-old dancing "da butt" like all eight of those oscars had her name on them stephanie gosk, nbc news when we come back, a couple going the extra 1,000 miles and inspiring america.
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we end tonight with how one act of goodness can inspire another. it's a follow-up to a story we shared with you several weeks ago that led to a connection that was simply meant to be laura and jeff parks drove their family food truck over 1,000 miles, from southern california to houston, texas just to give it away >> very nice to meet you. >> reporter: to chris williams, the co-founder of the non-profit lucille's 1913, which provides hundreds of thousands of meals to community members in need. after seeing williams' story on our broadcast. >> it wasn't rocket science.
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it was just kind of in your face that that was going to be a good home for the truck >> reporter: the parks family originally bought the food truck to help laura's son jesse, who struggled with mental health issues and addiction >> we were looking for a way for him to have a vocation that he could really enjoy and get into he always enjoyed cooking. >> reporter: jesse lost his battle four years ago, and the parks wanted to honor his memory by giving the truck to williams to do more good. tell me about when you first heard about this food truck that was being offered to you >> we were blown away by it. and i immediately -- i offered, i was like i'll fly out there tomorrow and come get this thing but they insisted on bringing it down here. >> reporter: it turns out jesse's story hit home for williams, who also faced mental health struggles >> and knowing that food is what transformed and saved my life essentially and to have them make this gift so we could pay it forward and do the same is just -- it's humbling in a way that i can't even explain. >> reporter: now williams can get more meals into the community and share the healing power of food
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>> if jesse were here right now, he'd have that big smile on his face >> we could all use a smile. you can watch a special primetime "inspiring america" event. i'll be hosting with savannah guthrie and hoda kotb this weekend. we'll reveal the 2021 inspiration list featuring stories of some pretty extraordinary people well, that's "nightly news" for this evening. thanks for watching, everyone i'm lester holt. please take care of yourself and each other. right now at 6:00, a worker at levi stadium say they're being harassed in person and on social media. we have nbc bay area exclusive report on the accusations. what a whistleblower is saying happened here that now has santa clara county investigating. plus, the j&j vaccines are back. do you feel safe getting one? we'll tell you what the doctors are saying. >> they have enough signatures
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for a recall vote of governor newsom. when you might be asked whether you want him to stay in office. the news at 6:00 starts right now. thank you for joining us. >> they came to help and now say they're being stalked and harassed by co-workers at the levi's mass vaccination site. only on nbc bay area, you're about to hear from someone who says they saw it happen and don't feel like it was taken seriously. nbc bay area's damian trujillo has more on what is being said about the allegations. >> reporter: the county is confirming of one case of alleged harass many here. a whistleblower is saying he witnessed one security officer and someone act improperly. management sent me a statement saying they take the safety of everyone seriously. >> reporter: it is billed as the largest vaccination site in california.

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