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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. 20 seconds 20 seconds is not transparency when you've got multiple officers gunning down a man with his hands on the steering wheel and trying to get away. >> family and attorneys who viewed the 20 second video o the police involved shooting death of andrew brown jr. described it as a, quote, execution. we have the latest. attorney general merrick garland has opened a probe into the louisville police department to find out if there's a pattern of civil rights violations.
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the supreme court is about to hear a case that could change gun laws. apple released the iphone update that facebook has been worried about for weeks. steve sedgwick has the details. meet olympic hopeful deonna price. he is hoping to lay down the hammer in tokyo this summer. "early today" starts right now good morning, i'm frances rivera. >> and i'm phillip mena. growing outrage in north carolina after the family of andrew brown jr. was shown 20 seconds of police body cam video. it's fueling questions of transparency brown was shot to death by sheriff's deputies in his car as they were executing a warrant on drug sale charges. last night marked another night of peaceful protests after officials declared a state of emergency. our jay gray is following the latest for us. >> this is very painful. >> after six days and several hours of waiting, andrew brown's son was allowed to watch police
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body cam video of brown's death. >> my dad got executed by trying to save his own life he was not in no -- the officers was in no harm of him at all. >> his attorneys say multiple deputies fired multiple rounds. >> i don't know how many shots were fired before the little 20 seconds they allowed us to see. >> reporter: brown's family was only allowed to see 20 seconds. >> they are trying to hide something. they don't want us to see everything. >> reporter: still, the brief clip was overwhelming. >> 20 seconds is not transparency when you got multiple officers gunning down a man with his hands on the steering wheel and trying to get away. >> reporter: attorneys seau figures als agreed to show the brown family an hour before there was a delay. explained in this statement after we received their request on sunday evening, we began working immediately to make that happen as soon as possible the law also allows us to blur
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some faces on the video and that process takes time hours after the family watched the body cam images, sheriff tommy wooten responded to their criticism. >> this tragic incident was quick and over in less than 30 seconds and body cameras are a safety and sometimes hard to decipher they only tell part of the story. >> reporter: a story. >> don't shoot. >> reporter: that includes growing frustration in a community seemingly running out of patience. jay gray, nbc news more than a year after breonna taylor's death the justice department is investigating the louisville police department. our dan sheneman has the details. >> reporter: louisville police the subject of a federal probe >> to determine whether lmpd engages in a pattern or practice of violations of the constitution or federal law.
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>> reporter: investigators will look to see if there is a pattern of police using unreasonable force including against peaceful protesters. if racial discrimination plays a role in traffic stops and if police illegally search private property. >> the investigation will include comprehensive review of the louisville police department's policy and training it will also assess the effectiveness of the officers and systems of accountability. >> investigation comes more than a year after the death of breonna taylor she was shot in her own apartment while police tried to serve a search warrant taylor's death ignited protests in louisville last summer. justice department scrutiny welcomed in louisville. >> the recommendations of the d.o.j. review will help us continue to pursue our efforts to be the best police department in america. >> i think that it's necessary because police reform, quite honestly, is needed in -- near
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every agency across the country. >> reporter: the justice department will issue a public report if it finds violations. dan sheneman, nbc news. with much of the country now fully vaccinated, we could soon see a slight return to normalcy. president biden is expected to relax guidelines on masks today, at least when we're outdoors tracie potts joins us now with the latest tracie, we might start seeing the other half of people's faces again. how about that >> reporter: wouldn't that be nice, phillip? good morning, everyone seeing those smiles again. the president is speaking this afternoon, and according to a source to nbc news, he is expected to make some sort of announcement about updated cdc guidelines on whether or not you need to wear a mass whk outdoors scientists have said the cdc have said that the risk of transmitting covid-19 outside is low and so now these new
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guidelines may reflect that, but they may also differ based on whether or not you're vaccinated >> the cdc will be coming out with updating their guidelines of what people who are vaccinated can do and even some who are not vaccinated certainly what one can do outdoors vis-a-vis masks is going to be one of those recommendations. it's common sense to know that the risk when you are outdoors, which we have been saying all along, is extremely low. if you were vaccinated it's even lower. >> reporter: now dr. fauci also says that if we continue at the current pace of vaccinations we could be reaching a turning point, not within months but within weeks not broad immunity but he does think the number of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths will drop significantly problem is, 8% of people are not returning for their second shot. the government's trying to
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encourage that but due to low demand, some states are asking for less vaccines. some are rejecting those new vaccine shipments as they come but people just aren't showing up for the shots. >> pretty sure the rest of the world would not let those go to waste. tracie, thank you. america's inoculation efforts are facing new trouble as a demand for a covid-19 vaccine is plummeting. nearly 30% of the population is fully vaccinated currently the u.s. is averaging 2.7 million shots a day. that's the lowest level since may 9th. some super sites are shuttering their doors. >> reporter: the johnson & johnson may have been lifted but demand for vaccinations has plummeted at super sites equipped to inoculate thousands, the surge is slowing while in states like ohio, texas and florida some sites are closing the cdc says the average number
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of daily covid shots dropped 18%. >> i'd like 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 j&j exacted public confidence. >> for me it would be a no brainer. >> reporter: those who are eager to get vaccinated have already done it. >> if it's out there, i trust the experts, you know? >> reporter: with 8% of americans who got the first dose are skipping their second. to ease the burden of appointments cities like new york and los angeles are offering walk-in inoculations. now they're shall ug new guidelines on facemasks. it could change if you are fully vaccinated and if you need to wear one on a busy sidewalk. >> reporter: but with nearly half of the u.s. population unvaccinated, they have stopped asking the government for the full allotment of shots. dozens of counties in iowa and
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kau kansas rejecting new shipments the biden administration addressing messaging and to better reach those hesitant to get vaccinated >> we have to do everything we can to understand why different groups are hesitant and not lump them together. >> reporter: experts say the need for vaccinations remains as critical as ever as new guidelines could soon change the face of the pandemic >> thanks to miguel for that report the supreme court is picking up its first major gun rights case in a decade justices will decide whether americans have a constitutional right to carry their guns outside of their home. alice barr has more. >> reporter: the second amendment rights to keep and bear arms is one of the most hotly contested phrases in the constitution and the u.s. supreme court has agreed to hear a case deciding whether americans have the right to carry weapons outside of their
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homes. >> the supreme court said in 2008 that the second amendment provides an individual right to own a gun. the right to keep and bear arms. the court has never answered the question of what does it mean, and bear. >> reporter: the new case is a challenge to new york state law that allows residents to carry a concealed handgu can demonstrate a special need the state says the law promotes public safety city lawyers for the challengers argue, quote, it makes it virtually impossible for the law abiding citizens to obtain a license. this is the first time in more than a decade that the supreme court has taken on a major gun control case and it will be a big test for a bench that now has a strong conservative majority, including three trump appointees the case coming before the high court at the same time as a fierce debate in the court of public opinion about gun laws made only more urgent after a recent string of mass shootings. >> this is an epidemic, for god's sake, and it has to stop.
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>> reporter: president biden signing executive actions and calling on congress to expand background checks but now the supreme court will have a say in how, when, and where americans can bear arms. in washington, alice barr, nbc news keep your eye on the sky this morning for the pink super moon it's not actually pink but named after the flowers that bloom in the warm spring weather. if you miss it the next and the last super moon of 2021 is september 26th i think through wednesday we'll be able to catch it. >> it is beautiful another reason to be up this early in the morning let's check in with nbc meteorologist janessa webb severe weather in the south. good morning >> good morning, yes if you get a chance to take a look at that 15super moon, absolutely gorgeous. out bright right now for most of the east coast because the cloud coverage is limited. for the southern half, we are watching the severe weather from
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the deep south to th afternoon we do have an enhanced ris upgrs afternoon across oklahoma city into southern texas. 6 million people going to be impacted and the big weather story is the large hail associated with the cold front it will race across the central u.s. allhe way t plains their a for this time of year in the 60s. kansas city, 82. the 80s taking over the midwest. we'll talk about that coming up. >> i like it thank you so much, janessa we'll talk to you in a bit. looking to exercise early demons, dansby swanson the braves took on the chicago
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barrel. a truck driver in texas found himself in a bit of a pickle they found more than $4 million worth of suspected methamphetamine hidden inside a trailer. the narcotics were found inside a truck labeled funky pickles traveling across the rio grande. they found 114 packages hidden within the fresh produce. the 2020 census results are in and the u.s. population grew at the slowest rate since the 1930s over 331 million the changes where people are living could shift the balance in power in washington for more on that we turn to nbc's hallie jackson. >> reporter: 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. under these 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
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growing the fastest. five are adding a seat and texas picks up two some democratic strong holds will lose a seat seven states, notably california and new york whereby the way if only 89 more people had been counted new york would have kept that seat. the biggest piece comes when states redraw their districts. that won't happen for a few more months. >> thanks for the breakdown, halley. a surge for tesla. steve sedgwick breaks down the electrifying quarter for the tokepl >>hoape is cutting the core of facebook's business model with its new update. the power of a deep clean in minutes. unlike bleach sprays, clean freak starts deep cleaning on contact with 3x the cleaning power to break down tough messes in seconds it quickly cleans tough stove top messes stainless steel and even cuts through tough bathtub soap scum so, for a deep clean in minutes, get mr. clean clean freak
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another record day on wall street while the dow dipped yesterday, a surge for tech stocks drove the s&p 500 and nasdaq to fresh highs. overall, stocks have been on an historic tear during president biden's first 100 days in office. the s&p 500 is up over 24% from election day the market rose 11.4% under the same period for trump. kennedy had the closest gains with the s&p climbing 18.5% for him. another big gainer is elon musk who tesla reported record earnings but not everybody is happy with musk. plus, did apple just deliver an update long feared by facebook cnbc's steve sedgwick has all the answers to that.
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good morning. >> good morning, frances record net income of $438 million. revenue surged by 74 cents very interesting they made $518 million in revenue from sales and regulatory credits because of their green position there but they also made $101 million from sales of bitcoin during the quarter. now the other story about elon musk is "saturday night live" is going to have him as the host of the late night show on may the 8th. it's apple i0s 14.5 it has more transparency and control over their apps. that's led to a big argument with facebook. >> thanks for the explanation, steve. appreciate it. up next, janessa is tracking
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try downy free & gentle. in today's top stories, california's governor is one major step closer to facing a recall election. the campaign to recall governor gavin newsom has collected over 1.6 million signatures that's well over the 1.5 million that they needed the people who signed will have a 30-day opportunity to withdraw their name if an election is held, it would likely be this fall. voters would be asked if newsom should be recalled and who should replace him. administration officials say president biden is expected to nominate some of his political allies to key ambassadorial
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posts. retired pilot chessly sullenberger who is under consideration for ambassador to the national civil aviation organization ram emmanuel and cindy mccain. ahead of thursday's nfl draft quarterback trevor lawrence is signing an endorsement to blockfolio. the signing bonus would be paid into cryptocurrency deposited for him to cmson standout inked a gatorade endorsement. deanna price is looking to dominate the hammer throw. you won't know it's hammer time until you hear her scream.
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>> i was first introduced to the hammer by a gentleman named gary cooper i'm looking at him like, wait, i thought a hammer was like this he goes, all right so just wind it around your head all right. my first wind i hit myself right in the forehead. i remember taking it, dropping it and said, i'm good. i don't think i'm going to do this anymore if i had known a good throw, you can tell by my scream. you can hear it probably for like a mile away >> could you scream for us >> oh, yes that's my scream. >> whey! >> wow either give her a gold medal or call the cops. tokyo olympics will begin on july 23rd live right here on nbc. >> she is power all the way, man. i'm glad she gave us a little drill about how that works never knew all the rules and
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just the actual strategy. >> yeah, now you know. you can explain to your friends and family when you hear that blood curdling scream. deanna is up and she's probably winning. >> that's a good one. >> here on early day, i'm philp li
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now at 4:30, returning to the courtroom. the pivotal decision that could come today for convicted killer scott peterson in a case that continues to attract worldwide attention. plus -- >> across the political spectrum, repudiation effort to gavin newsom takes a major step forward. what comes next in the process, and when you get to decide. also a possible game changer for your water bill as the state deals with looming drought conditions. the decision coming in just hours as "today in the bay"

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