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a jury finds minneapolis police officer derek should have been guilty on all charges in the killing of george freud last year the case has been closely watched with fish audio of on rust in the case of an acquittal. a mythical in commit suicide every 18 days and for all that the pandemic pushes training talked to breaking point. british doctors on nurses buckling under the strain of the pandemic with one health while could describe installed as one of.
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making sure you know the miss story of this is not international very welcome to the program from here in moscow. well let's start with of course breaking news this hour that's just come in for minneapolis police officer dart chauvin has been convicted of manslaughter in the death of george floyd a black man he arrested last year he was immediately taken into custody while we're going to show you now some live pictures of what's happening right this moment outside the court building the crowd is celebrating the results of the. being carried around several hundreds of people have come out on to the streets many of enough for days they've stopped the traffic in the ara the sentencing of shows and would be in 10 days time when he could face a minimum of food is in. let's cross live now to our
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correspondent caleb maupin i mean we knew this was something that a lot of people were watching by will accounts a unanimous verdict from those 12 jurors what can you tell us about. well in the lead up to today's verdict there was a huge amount of anticipation stores were boarded up the national guard was on standby available many anticipated that if their children was not convicted there would be rioting now for those who may not recall derek show than was the police officer who was on film choking george floyd to death quite a disturbing video that shook up the country in the aftermath of the video of george floyd's death there was a huge amount of unrest and protests taking place across the united states let's review.
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the hour.
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now it's important to note that joe biden the president of the united states and congresswoman maxine waters both made comments in the lead up to today's trial verdict about what. they wanted the verdict to be now the judge apparently remarked that the comments from maxine waters may be grounds for an appeal at a future date now derek shogun was found guilty on all 3 counts he was remanded and he will await sentencing in custody and 8 weeks from today he will return to court and be sentenced for his conviction on those 3 counts now an appeal is widely expected in anticipated the atmosphere of the trial comments from elected officials and other factors may be included in the grounds for such an appeal but at the moment there is a feeling of jubilation on the streets outside the outside the courtroom the protesters feel this is
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a victory for the black lives matter movement they feel that something that has in many cases not happened which is an officer facing punishment and being convicted for the killing of an african-american man has been achieved many of them say this is a direct result of the fact that people poured into the streets that pressure was placed on the u.s. justice system on elected officials in order to carry out this prosecution and conviction so quite quite a big day here in the united states however there are mixed reactions coming from different parts of the country but at this point much of the country those who are part of the black lives matter movement and protest those who took to the streets since the killing most especially last summer where things got very intense those folks are celebrating. won't bring us the very latest one stateside that was kind of cool pen many thanks. well let's also bring in now paul right he's a full minute to policeman and executive director of the human rights to fatten
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santa paula good to have you on the fast thing i want to ask you i was listening in to the ticked and we know that chevron was convicted on all 3 charges to the fast charge unintentional 2nd degree much of the 2nd charge degree mudda i'm not annoyed but is that a lot some contradiction between those 2 charges yes usually it's one or the other and i think one of these what happens is that sometimes saying you know the substances will merge and the sons for the total of the services will run concurrent so it doesn't actually increase the punishment and but you know there does seem to be some i'm not an expert on minnesota state law so i don't know the answer to that but it just seems odd that usually they're going to choice of what to convict them over the fact that they convicted him of what seems to be the same type of. conduct also seems to be seems to be unusual but they could just be of a vagary of minnesota state law and see what the case was all the same we know it
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was in all the headlines it was televised it was talked about a lot of eyes were on this do you think that the attention that this trial had somehow played a role in the ticket. that may have i mean i what i thought was most unusual about this case is that george obama was pretty much thrown under the bus by the police department is own police chief justified against him normally in these trials in these cases where police officers are accused of misconduct they go on trial policemen fill the room to intimidate the witnesses to intimidate the system itself and we didn't see any of that in this case we didn't see the police department supporting show on we didn't see the the cops in the or room we also didn't see a lot of his family members in the courtroom either so that was kind of unusual as well so to the extent that. the trial process plays out as a public theater. and you know it was it was kind of a lopsided performance of this case were they. actually the state was also unusual
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usually these police prosecutions are pretty lackluster affairs for the state does he try to get a conviction sir that when you compare it with the vigor that they prosecute relatively minor crimes by by poor people in general or people of color in particular in this country so it's in a lot of respects this was an anomaly and i also think when you put this in the overall context of. the hundreds if not thousands of police killings every year this is almost the equivalent of being struck by lightning while holding no one in watery. yes it happens but it doesn't happen often and i don't think is this really a harbinger of any real work stoppage change i think this is just the proverbial one last year where. probably because very much because of the publicity both local national and international the case there was some pressure of the state
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prosecutor shows on and i think this is the result of that you talked about how a lot of the cops what in the room with him generally speaking how do you think that this is going to affect police offices is that going to be more caution is that going to be more fair as a result of this trial because it was so publicized. i don't think so i think one of things if anything that we're going to see is probably more more vigor about. intimidating of bystanders the videotaping the police and making sure that there is less videotaping you know video evidence when the police brutalizing kill people if anything else seems to be the police state reaction. to these things but and so i think there's a real sustained campaign of criminal prosecutions when police kill and brutalize the citizenry i don't think that's. you know that's likely to change i mean i think i think the people that are doing a better committing these crimes on a regular basis view and i think as the
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a mom only that it is so far if we get to the point were you know one 3rd of the police who kill someone without justification each year if a 3rd of them are charged criminally of them we might start seeing some caution and how deadly force is used or applied but i mean how many people being killed by the police since george floyd was murdered. you know the fact that they don't even bother keeping such just ticks on police killings of the united states of a country that measures everything i think tells you all we need to know about the value that human life is placed on at the hands of the american police state which is very low i also want to ask you you know i've read that your editor of that prison neagle me you say you couldn't do we thought you could in fact in this life behind bars what do you think awaits a tyrant shaven. assuming the sons to prison which i think that's i think there's going to be pressure on the judge to sentence him to prison and i think you know he'll wind up going to prison and there's
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a good chance that he may wind up being held in protective custody. in prison i also see as worth noting too though that i think you know all too often for. the big that of crimes they are far likelier to get their crimes overturned on appeal and they also often are the subjects of political moments you see some for president from. when he you know when he read it pardons and clemency and sums commutations to various police officers they're going to pick that upright so you know i think that. you know how much regardless of what show one is sense and seriously see how much of that some still actually serve the guilty richard and the final question i want to ask you to look at the broader picture of the american landscape at the moment we has so often that the u.s. is divided on so many issues including around what the piece said he is fools do you think that this case is going to father divide people will escalate tensions.
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i'm not sure that division is i mean most i think most people don't think that the police should be slaughtering people hundreds of thousands every year and i think it's more the political stablish one thinks the status quo is ok because they've been able that perpetuated it for all these decades i think what's happening now largely due to social media where people can see the slaughter every day on social media on the news and whatever i think that we're seeing a largely a discrediting of the institutions of state repression in the united states and that's what's causing the so-called crisis of legitimacy you know of the american police state but so far we haven't seen a lot of impetus to change or to reform. a lot of people i'm sure hoping that this does provide a tunning point moment that they'll see something different that was a pool right a full minute to pacemen on executive director of the human rights defense and
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thank you so much for coming on to the program and taking times to me thank you very much for having me. over in europe a french union has sounded the alarm at shocking suicide rates among hospital trainees with thousands of in tons working around the clock sharing the pandemic the head of a union says the pressure is taking a catastrophic toll some people in the days when a terrible situation known since the start of january the has been one suicides among men to go into nz every 18 days well into penske has more on the crisis facing frontline medics and front. just to give you a sense most interns are supposed to be working a 48 hour week that's more than most people would generally in a week but we know they were more than that sometimes around 60 hours in a normal week but that union told r.t. that during the code 900 pandemic things are so bad that some interns are working
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up to 100 hours every week. this is got worse during the pandemic but it was already a serious before out of also sides among medics 25 percent were interns and among attempted suicides it was 70 percent 4 percent of trainees had attempted suicide and that was before the current crisis before interned worked a 58 hour week much of that in surgery and that's got worse during the pandemic it rose to 60 hours than 70 hours than 80 and in paris up to 100 hours so weak so it's exhausting now that union has told r.t. that they need to be immediate action to alleviate the situation and the pressure for the intern's now they've met with the health minister here in france in the last few days and he has said that they will be measures put in place to once the end of the summer to try and find a solution to that but the union said that's not soon enough well as the couvade
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crisis continues to bite taylor in france it looks as if there is no rest bite that's going to come at least in the next few weeks even months for doctors nurses and of course those in turns really it seems that despite the fact that france is now in this lockdown the needs and demands on medical staff from doctors right the way down to those interns is as much as it ever was. we spoke to woman his doctor daughter walk to a clinic kentucky home life in 2019 even before the pandemic began. mother has now set up an organization representing the families of in tons who have committed suicide during the covert crisis she says the working conditions have been an acceptable 3 years. my daughter died of professional burnout because of the conditions for work and study and because of the complete absence of measures to prevent psychosocial risks in the hospital where she works in every situation every
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death is unique in the context it's always different specialties places of work a list cases are clearly related to working conditions they were overwhelmed at work there were also cases of harassment and study pressure but what they all have in common is that working conditions made them more psychologically vulnerable they weren't like that in the 1st place if we wait till summer how many were die is this acceptable to hear from the health minister that it will wait and accept the fact that by summer we'll lose another 5 or 6 people until we finally have time to solve the problem no euro loss we should follow them full stop. it's not just in france i though one senior health worker in the u.k. has described our role as cannon fodder stuff have been treated like cannon fodder if i didn't need the money i would have resigned which is soul destroying because they used to love my job but now it feels more with the nonpermanent exhausted the latest polls show the extreme pressure u.k.
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health workers and more than 90 percent want a significant pay rise with the government's one percent offer described as insulting and 2 and 3 have considered quitting in the past year but the government claims that many n.h.s. stuff i'm getting much more than a one percent raise over 1000000 n.h.s. staff continue to benefit from multi-year pay deals agreed with trade unions which have delivered a pay rise of over 12 percent for newly qualified nurses and will increase junior doctors pay scales by 8.2 percent we spoke to dr john pontus his co-chair 'd of the keep our n.h.s. public he says that while a worn out. well i think this is a real wake up call the government has to do something i mean n.h.s. managers are not know they could be vocal in their criticisms of government but this is a survey which shows they are extremely worried about how the service will be able to continue i think they fail absolutely worn out and overwhelmed at one
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point there were 50000 staff off sick with care of it so i'm not saying you have people covering for they could expect they were then covering for a huge amounts of safety and this may mean that all this stops it being pulled ringback out and that many people who also have to step up in terms of doing work that would normally be above the a grade if you like but nurses standing in and doing what they would be done by thoughts are so awful so they've taken on that issue your response to this is so i think there really is a feeling of exhaustion and i think the one percent pay off from the government is really insulting particularly when a 2 percent rise had already been busted for and this is left start feeling very demoralized cared for and worthless and frankly we have plenty more stories here off this show pranks that i got into.
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just don't hold. out. and in. the trail. find themselves worlds apart. now off to allegations of sexual misconduct on mismanaging the pandemic governor of new york has yet another scandal on his. andrew cuomo is now being investigated for using state funds to write his new book it's called american crisis need to ship lessons from the covert 1000 pandemic and much of the work and compiling the memoir was done by a stall foes while receiving state salaries team to noise any wrongdoing.
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there was criminality involved certain that's facing this just the furthering of a political guy alone and a state official who volunteered to the system this project did so on his or her own time and without the use of state resources. cuomo was accused of down paying the true death toll in new york state cash has accepted some blame but tonight a deliberate cover up for let's bring in now tracy health you know she's assistant director of forces for seniors representing the rights of people and cat homes tracy in fact the foster i want to ask you i know it's obviously a sensitive issue i understand that you lost your father to cope while he was in a cafe home in long island in view of everything you've been through and your experience what was your reaction when you about. his new book why the donor cuomo we're in the middle of a pandemic people are dying and you had time to write
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a book that was my 1st thought it was adding insult to injury it's not like i've got all of the families felt the same way he he dare straight of book when we're suffering and people are dying it's unconscionable. as i said i hate myths of the figures on cat homes were wrong but he denies deliberately covering it up do you think he's being entirely truthful. no his senior aide melissa de rose on a zoom call with a bunch of fellow democrats admitted that they hid the numbers because they were afraid at that time the president trumps department of justice was going to investigate them it's plain as day she admitted it she that's a criminal action and she needs to be held accountable and so does governor cuomo and anybody else that was in on it look the reports are that he has these numbers
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not only because they were fearful of the investigation but because his $4000000.00 book deal hinged on a good public image the real numbers would have blown his hero narrative and that would not have been good for book sales why i want to talk about exactly the sort of hey right now or to be talked about i mean that's been scandal off the scoundrel for quote sexual misconduct now this new book in your opinion what would it take to kind of get this democrat darling out of office it's amazing that the deaths of over 15000 innocent senior citizens wasn't the nail in the coffin so to speak for governor cuomo. a governorship is that that's the most egregious kremlin desexed that the book deal that's bad too but there's nothing worse agree just than the mass deaths of over 15000 innocent senior citizens if that didn't get him
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out of office what will get him out of all. well talking about again about the deaths of these senior what do you think from your set of possible perspective could have been done differently in new york state's handling of the crisis in caverns. we knew back in february dr anthony thout she was on every outlet and every news program telling us the cold it was most deadly to the elderly so why then did governor cuomo signed in march 25th water that mandated good positive petion since nursing homes we had the us and s. comfort ship they didn't see hardly any he shoots we had an exhilarating hospitals that we spent billions on they didn't see any patients at all we could move these coded positive patients into these facilities and kept our elderly c. in secure obviously listening to and saying you know how this is something that's very important to you i'm quite right a very emotional thing as
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a final thing i want to ask you obviously you want to some justice for the loved ones that you've lost do you think that that's a chance that you will see that yes i do i'm very hopeful voices for seniors organization i represent requested that the comptroller cheek this stat of referring an investigation to the attorney general and new york has a weird law as it's just a technicality that he would have to do that and being as it's just a technicality that he would have to do that and being that she's looking into the book and it does give her jurisdiction to look into other news regarding the nursing homes so we are very hopeful that this is just the beginning of justice for all of these innocent people while we certainly wish you luck for that and the thinking of here a lot and that was the tracy out for you know assistant director of voices for saying as representing the rights of people in katherine's gadhafi. if you.
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can find this is financial for some final u.s. news the biden administration has apologized for what it called a don't trump renegade approach to the climate crisis next up view costs if this could unleash a flood of overdue confessions from the white house. we are very sorry for the last 4 years with a president who didn't care about science fair enough right from pulling out of the paris of paris agreement cause shock waves around the world and one of the 1st things biden did after bumping trump out of the white house was to rejoin it i'm all we're at it maybe there's some other things from the past 4 years you guys want to apologize for on behalf of trump there's plenty to choose from though that could take a while and dems are pretty vocal about condemning all that stuff at the time so maybe that's a given so what about apologizing for biden's controversial past dances he's had a long political career after all and then there's the whole inappropriate touching thing i'm sorry this happened but but i'm not sorry in the sense that i think i did
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anything that was intentionally designed to do anything wrong or be inappropriate ok not quite taking responsibility there maybe it's only about apologizing for past administrations so if anyone searching for ideas on where to start look no further let's start with the biggie the 1st and only use of atomic bombs in a war it's been over 75 years since hiroshima and nagasaki were devastated by the actions of the us but not even obama was willing to make apologies for that in the midst of war leaders make all kinds of decisions it's the job of historians to. ask questions and examine them ok how about another war where dangerous weapons were used agent orange in vietnam for example and let's not forget about that forever war that biden has just promised to actually end after 20 years of bloodshed we cannot continue the cycle of the extending or expanding our military
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presence in afghanistan hoping to create ideal conditions for the draw and expect you to different result that withdrawal speech surprisingly didn't come with a sorry for overstaying our welcome section but if those examples are too controversial why not start a little small. all are an apologize for the treatment and persecution of julian assange perhaps even drop the charges against him since his case threatens the very idea of journalistic freedoms but now what was i thinking how dare a whistleblower expose misconduct by the us government point is if apologies are going to be handed out there are plenty of people waiting in the wings to hear them but something tells me that isn't going to happen i'll never apologize for the united states of america ever i don't care what the facts are good ole bush sr telling it like it is. it's goodbye from me for today joe warrior szell thomas is taking over at the top that i was so joined and then as for me i would have to see see.
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russia u.s. relations are in tatters at this point there is no reason to believe they will improve anytime soon it appears washington is determined to force moscow to take to me this is delusional this will never happen we live in the most dangerous of time . and i mean i'm on the phone to. sway the food. bank itself mukti about. closing this we've got 2 dogs it's so hard not to think of the other
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