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witness, america could be a very didn't place. or perhaps not. about ten miles north of minneapolis, brooklyn center, another night of unrest as demonstrators took to the streets outside of the police station for the sixth straight night following the police killing of daunte wright, a 20-year-old black man, where the officer, a 26-year veteran on the force, says she mistook her handgun for a taser before fatally shooting wright. the former officer, kim potter, has been charged with second degree manslaughter. daunte wright's death has been classified a as homicide. wright tried to get back in his car as potter shouts taser. then they shoots right with her handgun and can later be heard saying holy expletive, i just shot him. the situation last night was mostly peaceful early on.
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but some people reportedly threw bottles and other objects at police and others attempting to breach the security fence that's been established outside the police station. officials later declared that part of the situation a riot and about 100 people were arrested. there are also demonstrations in chicago after body cam video was released showing a police officer chasing down and shooting adam toledo, a 13-year-old boy. the protesters who were peaceful are demanding overhauls to the city's police force. we should warn you, this following video is disturbing. the footage from 2:30 in the morning on march 29th shows eric stillman responding to a call of shots fired. after pulling over, stillman starts chasing toledo down the alley. he slams into somebody, then continues his pursuit. he shouts for toledo to drop his weapon, stop and show his hands. he appears to follow those instructions. stillman tells toledo to drop it
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and fires his gun. stillman calls for backup and officers perform cpr and other attempts to save toledo's life. edited video shows a firearm on the ground at the scene of the shooting and police say toledo was holding the gun before he was shot. the toledo family said he did not have the gun at the moment stillman fired. and that man who was ran into in the alley? that was rubin roman, he was the one who allegedly fired the gun. joining me live in chicago is rehema ellis. good morning to you. what's the latest on that investigation and the protests in chicago? >> the protests in chicago were mostly peaceful. there were some scuffles with police, but there are no major
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reports of any major arrests. in fact, we heard of possibly one, but that's not even clear. people went out demanding accountability if you will from the police department because of this disturbing video you showed. there are questions as to how this happened the way it did. the police are saying it all happened in less than a second. in fact, one of their images that they have released to us, it shows it was literally milliseconds between the time that the officer is shouting to adam toledo to stop and drop it, drop it, the moment where it appears that adam does have something in his hand and he lets it go and he turns and his hands are up and they appear empty. that was less than a second according to authorities and what we've been able to determine. those who are representing the officer say he was faced with a life threatening situation and he had no other choice. he feels horrible about what happened. but the family and those here in
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this community say the officer should have done something other than use deadly force. they wanted another kind of reaction. his mother had said shoot in the air, shoot him in the leg, shoot him in the thigh, shoot him anywhere except in his chest, which led to him dying and he was pronounced dead on the scene. what we know about the man you talked about, ruben, who was with adam toledo that night, he was arrested and charged with discharge of a firearm and with endangerment, reckless endangerment of a child. that investigation is going on as this one is going on. that officer we talked about, his name is eric stillman, no charges have been filed against him. he's on administrative duty. ali? >> thank you for your reporting. rehema ellis in chicago for us with nbc news. both the prosecution and the defense in the trial of derek chauvin have rested their cases
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after making them in this last week. >> was there was no longer resistance and clearly after mr. chauvin was motionless, to continue to use that level of force, that in no way shape or form is anything by policy, not part of our training, it's certainly not part of our ethics or our values. >> the cause of death is a low level of oxygen that caused the brain damage and caused the heart to stop. >> the law enforcement restraint was more than mr. floyd could take. >> did you make a decision today on whether you intend to testify or invoke your fifth amendment privilege? >> i will invoke my fifth amendment privilege today. >> closing arguments are set to begin on monday morning at 10:00
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a.m. eastern time. the case will then be in the hands of the jury which will be sequestered until verdicts are reached on the three charges against derek chauvin in the death of george floyd. they are second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter. joining me is the founder of the black police experience, sonia pruitt with the monte dei paschi county police department in maryland. also with me is former federal prosecutor, paul butler from georgetown school of law and author of the book "choke hold" poliing black men. let's start with what happened in chicago. there are people calling for a -- i don't know how police have to think about this, a balance between the fact that they got a phone call in the middle of the night about shots fired, people call 911.
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police get dispatched, there appears to be a gun or guns in the area. that video is hard to parse, but in the end it looks like a man with his hands up was shot. police are saying that happened in a fraction of a second. he showed a gun, he put his hands up and he got shot. his mother is asking why did you have to shoot to kill or in his chest? talk to me about how realistic that is that that could have unfolded differently. >> good morning to everyone. it is very realistically that that could have been handled quite differently. i want to highlight this argument that you hear about black people, in particular not complying. so, if -- then you give an order as a police officer, and you expect compliance, then you can't shoot and kill the person when they comply. this reminds me of the philando
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castillo case. another tragic situation where a black man was trying to comply with the orders of an officer and he was shot and killed. this is the same thing. it's a 13-year-old. i don't even know if training could help in this situation. as the police f you're going to give someone an order, you also need to give them an opportunity to follow that order. the young man followed the order and he was still killed. it's giving me nightmares as the mother of two young men. >> obviously, paul, that situation, the situation we saw in brooklyn center, where this 26-year veteran of the police force announced and said she would use her taser and yet pulled her service pistol and shot daunte wright, and the case of derek chauvin, they're all different because you can establish different levels of
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culpability, of intent, of reasonable expectation of what would have gone down. yet to many, it's the same. black men are dead at the hands of police. >> yes. and black men who at the moment they are killed don't appear to be posing any threat. you did some of the best reporting last summer from minneapolis. i'm sure you heard if george floyd had just gotten in that car, he would be alive today. but as the officer tells us, the young man in chicago complies. the cop told him put up your hands. he put up his hands, that officer shot him dead. >> it's remarkable -- paul is right. we've heard this constant complaint. we knew it for decades before,
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people talking about how black men or black people die at the hands of police. you and i wondered this trial, for all the stuff that's happened this week, this trial is still going on. it's going to the jury this week. we may have a verdict as early as this week. i have no idea how long that jury will deliberate for. does that change policing in any way? does the hearing of that testimony that proved george floyd did not have to die at the hands of police and derek chauvin didn't have to do what he did, do you believe that some change may come of all of this attention and coverage and whatever the outcome may be? >> i'm an eternal optimist. i see opportunity all the time. i'm a little bit afraid of what the verdict might be. but i'm going to put my hope in the fact that the jury sees what everybody else in the world sees, that this man was murdered. george floyd was murdered by
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derek chauvin. with that being said, there's many places in police history where we had to look at how our police are serving the people. for instance, rodney king. the death of michael brown, we have to look at the use of body cameras. here we are again at another choice point. i think this is going to drive police reform and i think we need to put our foot on the gas pedal of police reform and not let up until the people get what they want. that's who the police work for. this trial is really important. the verdict is going to be really crucial in how we move forward. >> paul, quick answer from you, i heard you say earlier that no case against a police officer is a slam dunk. you followed the whole trial. is there in your mind any chance that derek chauvin gets acquitted? >> there's always a chance because all it takes is one juror who has reasonable doubt.
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that would mean a hung jury. the government would have the option of rebringing the case. for a conviction or an acquittal, it takes a unanimous jury. the defense theory was that officer chauvin literally did not kill george floyd, so they suggested that maybe it was a drug overdose. maybe it was covid-19, maybe it was carbon dioxide poisoning, maybe it was heart and lung condition. they don't have to prove any of those. all they have to do is create doubt, poke holes in the prosecution's theory. i have to say i've never seen such overwhelming evidence in a prosecution of a police officer. you do have to wonder if there's not a conviction in this case when could there ever be a
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conviction. >> that is definitely the feeling on the streets of minneapolis right now. thanks to both of you. thanks to both of you. switching gears to another story, a religious group is demanding an investigation into whether thursday's mass shooting at a fedex warehouse in indianapolis may have been racially motivated. of the eight workers who were shot and killed that day, four of them belonged to the sikh religious community. now a new york-based advocacy group is calling for an investigation of bias or ethnic hatred as a factor. authorities say they have yet to determine an official motive. the 19-year-old gunman opened fire at the facility on thursday night around 11:00 p.m. local time. in addition to the eight dead, five others were wounded in the attack. the suspect then killed himself shortly before police arrived. we learned the identities of the eight victims.
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they were identified by the marion county coroner's office. they are samaria black well. karlie smith, matthew alexander, jaswinder kaur, amarjeet johal, jaswinder singh and john wiser. this comes weeks after two major mass shootings, one taking place at a grocery store in boulder, colorado, the other happening at multiple spas in the atlanta area. mass shootings in the u.s. are defined as incidents in which four or more people are injured or killed. as of yesterday there have been 147 mass shootings in the country since the beginning of this year. we're just in april. much more coming up on "velshi." the war in afghanistan has cost tens of thousands of lives an $2 trillion. now president biden is vowing to get all u.s. troops out almost 20 years after they were sent
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it's been just over 100 days since thousands of trump supporters stormed capitol hill in an effort to overturn the 2020 election and "hang mike pence." we know three days before that riot an internal capitol police intelligence report warned congress itself is the target on the 6th. now after reviewing an inspector general report, nbc news learned that agency officials ignored that critical intelligence leaving officers with a decreased level of readiness because of a lack of adequate policies and procedures.
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while the report has not been made public yet, the inspector general told congress on thursday those inadequate policies left officers with deficient weapons. >> it was decided these heavier munitions, specifically the sting balls, 40 millimeter, were not to be utilized based on the information that we received that they could potentially cause life-altering injury and/or death. certainly would have provided the department at a better posture to repel these attackers. training deficiencies put the officers, our brave men and women, in a position not to succeed. >> also according to the report, training wasn't the only issue. crucial equipment was defective. protective shields were shattered upon impact because of failed storage, others were given expired ammunition. officers were set up to fail from the start.
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those failures led to five deaths, two police officer suicides from ptsd and more than 140 police injuries. according to a "washington post" analysis, on the west side of the capitol alone, rioters outnumbered officers by more than 58-1. the same analysis found there were 17 requests for backup made in 78 minutes which averages out to 1 every 4 1/2 minutes. yesterday a member of the anti-government militia, oath keepers, became the first rioter to plead guilty to crimes related to capitol insurrection. the fbi made an average of four arrests per day since that fateful day on january 6th, but the first guilty employee is bigger than one employee. the plea deal requires that the guilty party cooperate with the government. if he cooperates the government says it will put him in the witness protection program. stay tuned for more on that. nbc's congressional producer
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frank thorpe spoke with key lawmakers and staff inside the capitol. they recounted the trauma and the emotions of the day as part of a special report called after the riot. have a look. >> they destroyed things, a mess. things don't matter to me. but seeing the traumatic effect it had on my staff is something that will live with me forever and for which i will never forgive them. >> angry at those who had gone along with the big lie and told the american people that the election had been stolen. i pointed to a couple of people who had participated in that ruse and said you have caused this. >> the democracy is vital to us. maybe sometimes more fragile than we think. >> those people will live not only with the fact that january
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on my orders, the united states military has begun strikes against al qaeda terrorist training camps and military installations of the taliban regime in afghanistan. these carefully targeted actions are designed to disrupt the use of afghanistan as a terrorist base of operations. >> we went to afghanistan because of a horrific attack that happened 20 years ago. that cannot explain why we should remain there in 2021. >> u.s. troops in afghanistan are coming home.
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president biden announced the full withdrawal of u.s. troops from the region, all of which should happen by september 11th. he did so from the white house treaty room where george w. bush announced the beginning of the war 20 years prior. biden's september date is a delay of a few months. there's a lot to celebrate ending this forever war, but there's considerable risk. the american exodus could leave voids in the country and the taliban could take over in the next few years. the taliban still has strong ties with al qaeda, the group that carried out the september 11th attacks. the taliban long fostered al qaeda in afghanistan. antony blinken made a surprise visit to our troops in the country this week saying the u.s. will make sure afghanistan does not give rise to al qaeda once again. >> the taliban made a commitment
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in the agreement it reached with the united states last year to prevent the re-emergence of al qaeda here in afghanistan. we will hold them to that commitment. >> now, in addition to possible terror threats, there are fears the taliban will inflict severe human rights abuses, particularly on women. the group is extremely controlling of girls and women. 20 years is a long time for a war. let's look at the cost of it. in terms of lives lost, more than 2,300 u.s. troops died while serving in afghanistan since 2001. on top of that more than 43,000 afghan civilians lost their lives. as for the monetary costs, recent analysis estimates the price tag is upwards of$2 trillion. after 20 years, the u.s. doesn't have all that much to show for its time in afghanistan. osama bin laden, the architect of the september 11th attacks was hunted down and killed in pakistan back in 2011.
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after the taliban refused to turn him over in afghanistan. for all the effort, time and money spent, the u.s. created littlestability. joining me now is bobby ghosh, opinion editor for bloomberg. let's talk about the terror threat. the thing that got us there in the first place. your view is thinking about being in afghanistan to counterterroism is pointless because terror is all over the world. >> there are -- terrorism has evolved. there's been -- there's new groups evolved like isis. they've spread all over the world. they're in large parts of africa as we discovered even in the past few weeks. but that's not to say that afghanistan is not important to insurgent and terrorist groups and that once the u.s. and nato forces withdraw, that a lot of these groups will not reconvene
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in afghanistan if the conditions allow it. they have strong connections, culturally with the taliban. there is a law, a history that they worship and respect which connects them to afghanistan. so, yeah, at the moment terrorists are spread all over the world. they'll go wherever the conditions are ideal. for the last 20 years, the conditions have not been ideal in afghanistan. if that changes, they will buy different tickets. >> let's talk about the rest of it. the idea that the taliban may take control of large areas. in 20 years, one might have assumed with all those u.s. troop there's and all the u.s. influence there had been some nation building going on and they would have durable civil society structures. why didn't that happen? to what degree has some of it happened? >> it's happened to a substantial degree. i think we should be fair in recognizing the enormous advances that have been achieved. let's not forget where we
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started from. we're a country run by the taliban, no girls in schools. very few liberties of any kind. over 20 years in large parts of the country there is a great deal more freedom. people are freer to express themselves. there's a democracy. people are able to elect their leaders and to some degree hold them accountable. these are not insubstantial achievements. we started fighting the taliban some time ago. some years ago we decided these parts of the country are taliban badlands, we'll keep them out of the parts of the country we want to preserve and let them operate in these other provinces because we don't have the political will to keep fighting them.
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now that has allowed them to regroup, recruit again and allowed them to have a space in which to operate. once we leave, once western forces withdrawal, the army that was trained by the united states and its allies will find its face-to-face with the taliban without the protection of u.s. and western forces. that's a recipe for a civil war. it won't happen overnight. the army -- many parts of that army are quite good. that means the civil war will likely last for quite a long time. months, very likely for years. that's not good news for afghans, for the neighborhood. that's not good news for almost anybody except for extremist groups, except for al qaeda and islamic states which, of course, thrives in situations of chaos, where there's civil war. as we've seen in syria, if
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countries are unstable and if parts of the country are at war with each other that creates the perfect environment for an al qaeda or an isis to emerge or in this case re-emerge and reestablish themselves. >> bobby, always good to talk to you. bobby ghosh bloomberg opinion editor and columnist. let's look at live shots of windsor castle. we'll stick with this throughout the morning as my friends katy tur and alex witt are leading our special coverage starting at 9:00 a.m. eastern. first president biden has been promising a tougher stance against russia. >> you know vladimir putin, do you think he's a killer. >> mm-hmm. i do. >> what price should he pay? >> the price he'll pay, you'll see shortly. >> now it looks like biden is making good on those threats. we'll have details ahead.
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president putin, he just said it's not russia. i will say this, i don't see any reason why it would be. president putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today. >> july 2018 in helsinki, that's what it was like when we had a
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president who ignored his own intelligence agencies and cozied up with an adversariesal foreign dictator. donald trump said he trusted vladimir putin. that era is over. never more obviously than this week as president biden announced a wave of new sanctions against russia for its role in the hacking of u.s. government agencies and corporations and for interfering in our elections. the biden administration's move expels ten russian diplomats, levees sanctions against six russian tech companies and it also stops banks in the u.s. from buying or selling bonds issued by russia's central bank. in announcing this action, the administration seems to be hinting that there is new evidence that points to trump campaign collusion with russia in 2016. the treasury department released a statement on the sanction that reads "during the 2016 u.s. presidential election campaign,
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constatine kilmink provide the the russian intelligence services on polling and campaign strategy. he is wanted by the fbi for obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice. this is new public information which sounds like collusion to my ears. joining me now is vladimir kara-murza the vice president of the free russia foundation, similar tonavalny, he was poisoned twice. you were detained by the russian government recently. >> always good to be on your program. yes, good to see you, too. we were all arrested about three weeks ago for trying to hold a conference of russian municipal lawmakers. we were all charged with participating in the activities of an undesirable organization. two days after that, sergey
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lavrov hosted a delegation of hezbollah at the foreign ministry, and that according to the russian government is not an undesirable organization. >> there's a few things here. frankly the matter of interference, whether it's in the elections or the state sponsoring of hacking, what's the most effective way in your opinion that joe biden should be dealing with the russian administration right now and is he doing it? >> thank you for making sure we are talking about the government, the kremlin regime, not russia as a country. >> yes. >> the key -- or two key words here, transparency and integrity. i think when we talk about integrity, there are sort of two different areas here. one is the economic integrity, that's to finally stop being complicit. this goes not just for the u.s. but for the west in general, to stop being enablers of putin by
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allowing those key oligarchs around the putin regime to use western countries, western banks and western jurisdictions as havens for the wealth they're stealing from the people of russia. the key oligarchs have long gotten used to stealing in russia and stashing away that stolen loot in western countries and western banks. it's time to put a stop to that. the sanctions, the u.s. has a lock on the act that provides for targeted financial sanctions against corrupt actors and human rights abuses, this law should be used more effectively and in a more expansive way. i hope that's the case. secondly, political integrity. you know, one of the ways that that can be manifested in is to recognize clearly, for example, among many other things we could speak about, which is for the interest of time i'll talk about one specific issue, as you know, last year mr. putin ran through
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a series of constitutional amendments that were passed in an unlawful and illegitimate way. this was confirmed by the venice commission, europe's top constitutional law body. so if vladimir putin intends to stick to power after the end of his current and final mandate in may of 2024, he will become -- it's important for the united states administration and other western governments to recognize that simple fact and to deny recognition to putin's attempt at further use of power should he try that. >> you make a point that the u.s. has to do this stuff. joe biden has called vladimir putin a thug. he says he was a murderer but that he wants a stable and predictable relationship with russia going forward. give me 30 seconds on what
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stable relationship looks like. >> joe biden said it should be possible to walk and chew gum at the same time. one of the key issues, of the forthcoming personal meeting between president biden and vladimir putin, should be the issue of political prisoners and the top of that list is alexei navalny, who is now as we speak entering the third week of his hunger strike in protest at deliberate denial of medical care. navalny just a few months ago was poisoned by russian security services. he is being denied medical care, and this should be among the top of the issues on the list when biden and putin meet this summer in european. >> you put a lot into a short amount of time. we'll continue discussing this. the one thing you remind us we should always be reminded of, we're not talking about the russians. we're talking about the administration and the regime of vladimir putin and that's a discussion because there's a whole lot of russians who do not support that and the actions of
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this weekend there is one less weapon in the arsenal in this fight against covid-19. the united states announced a pause on the johnson & johnson vaccine after the discovery of six rare cases of blood clotting in women between the ab ages of and 48 immunized with the j&j shot. about 4.7 million americans received the johnson & johnson
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vaccine so far. it sounds scary, but let's put the numbers in perspective. you're much more likely to get this same type of blood clot from taking birth control pills than you are to get one from the johnson & johnson vaccine. you also have a from the johnson & johnson vaccine. you also have a better chance of being struck by lightning than getting a blood clot from the vaccine. there are a number of draw backs to the johnson & johnson vaccine pause. it is leading to more vaccine hesitancy than existed prior to the halt. also many populations for whom the single-dose vaccine no longer have the option, talking about homeless, disabled, those who live in rural or hard-to-reach areas. peter hotez joining me. peter, you were my first thought when this happened to say i don't know what to think about this. i don't know it is a good thing we stopped this vaccine because we had the coincident blood clot incidents or it is a terrible
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thing we stopped it. i thought, let me ask peter. what do you make of this? >> yeah, i think the fda and cdc had no choice and the reason is this because we see to seem another similar phenomenon with the astrazeneca vaccine in europe. you have the moderna and vaccine which are mrna vaccine. the other platform the is the adeno vaccines and both seem to have the link, though extremely rare, and a particular type which is life threatening. i think they needed talk to european regulators, the british regulators to see if they could identify a common mechanism, number one. number two, to see if more cases arise. three, and most important, if they can identify a very specific group, whether it is
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pre-menopausal women, say on birth control or smoking or post-partum. then you can identify the group and recommend that group not get either the adeno virus vectored vaccines and move on, and that would be the best outcome of all of this. >> oxford university says that the risk of blood clotting is higher from covid-19 than from the vaccine, which maybe statistically true but that's really not sort of necessarily how we think about vaccines, right? there's this underlying vaccine hesitancy we are trying to overcome. how should you think about that, that it is better to not get coronavirus but i don't want to actually deliberately take an injection that may provide me with some increased risk of getting a clot. >> yes, if you could identify a specific group at higher risk of getter cerebral thrombosis after the vaccine that would be the best outcome. when i first heard of this my
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original thought was maybe these are individuals that got a single dose of the astrazeneca vaccine and were unfortunate enough to get covid-19 right after that, and then had the cerebral thrombosis on that basis, but there does seem to be some link and that's going to be really important. even though the u.s. has other options, many countries don't. for many countries, all they have are the j & j, astrazeneca and the russian sputnik v vaccine, which also is an adeno virus vaccine so it may be doing the same thing. it is critical to sort this out not only to protect american citizens but protect the world. >> that's why the vaccine business is as complicated as it is and people like you spent decades literally thinking about it and working on it. peter, we thank you for your work. peter hotez, codirector of the text ex children's hospital center of vaccine development. that does it for me this morning. you can catch "velshi" tomorrow
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a very good saturday morning to all of you. we are approaching 9:00 a.m. here in the east, but most notably 3:00 p.m. london time. i'm alex whit alongside my good friend allie. we are welcome you to the special coverage of the funeral of prince philip. >> you are looking at live pictures of windsor castle where the royal family will gather to say goodbye and queen elizabeth ii will say farewell to her husband of nearly 74 years. the queen, now 94 years old herself, will turn 95 next week. the duke lived to be 99. >> this has been a funeral scaled down due to covid concerns. instead of the planned 800
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mourners there will be just 30 inside st. george's chapel. they will be practicing social distancing and the queen is expected to sit by herself alone while wearing a mask. it still will be a farewell fit for a prince with 700 military personnel at windsor castle, and a procession to the chapel with the prince's body carried in a modified land rover, something that he designed himself for this very day. >> walking behind his body will be his four children and his grandchildren, including princes william and harry, invoking memories of the brothers walking behind the coffin carrying their mother 24 years ago, at times side by side, prince philip with them. william and harry will not walk side by side today, a possible sign of their strained relationship, but maybe not. more on that in a moment. strained or not, they both have come to lay their grandfather to rest with millions watching in the uk, here in the u.s. and around the
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world. >> of course, there's so very much to cover on this very poignant day. we have the funeral for you as well as the family. here to help us walk through it all are msnbc's senior international correspondent keir simmons. he will be joining us at windsor castle. and foreign correspondent molly hunter joining us from buckingham palace. a big welcome to you, both. let's go to you first keir, where you are front and center where it is all going on. we know that the prince's association with the military was foremost throughout his life, and it is reflected at windsor castle today. >> reporter: very much so, alex. they're setting the stage for a royal funeral encompassing two families, the royal family and prince philip's military family. what you are seeing with the live pictures are the royal navy, the royal marines, the royal air force, just to name but a few getting into position to line the route as prince

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