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what went through your head when you head this? >> we were in the middle of a meeting. >> they come in and tells us that there's been shots fired outside the building. she tells us get away from the window. >> reporter: how nervous were you when they said there was a shooting? >> we moved away from the windows very quickly. what can you do? honestly, what can you do? >> only two suffe officers were injured today but expected to be just fine. the woman had a 1-year-old fine and that child is also going to be just fine. >> we see the life of police officers behind you. the place must still be under investigation. what's the atmosphere like tonight. >> it aos a lot quieter today
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and as you can see by the traffic behind me, things are back to normal but there's still some roads that lead to the capitol are blocked after. the complete contrast tonight is extremely busy out here. hundreds of people in the street. lots of press. people that work in the buildings had come out to see what was going on but as busy as it was today. there was a lot of calm in the air from all the people i spoke to who were in the lock down situation. everything worked according to plan. they felt safe in their lock down situation. also the police pointed out that everything worked like it should. the barricades did what they are supposed to do. barricade someone from getting inside the important buildings here in washington, d.c. at capitol hill at this hour. a u truly incredible view of what happened was shot by one cameraman who happened to be on the scene and very focused on his work. he joins us here now. danny, incredible pictures as
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people are watching all over the world today. what happened today. can you show us where you were and show us this video and tell us what you saw? >> absolutely. i was on the west side of the capitol and i was shooting a story on the shut down. i happened to be shooting a protestor who was walking up towards me. there's the protestor now right now you see and right behind her you see what looked like the motorcade it's a police chase. >> there's a lot of crimes in the city all the time. you notice e immediately me. they were in the background of the shot if you started with it earlier it was pretty loud but instantly it came right to us there. >> you went to macro. >> i went to 2x and zoomed in and saw what you were screaming here. they were screaming at her and said "get out of the car." and just like the movies there's five gunshots. that's what i counted. >> did you under stwhapbd was happening around yo you?
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>> i thought there was traffic stop gone bad. maybe they didn't want -- i was rolling and somehow i wasn't too scared to stop rolling. you heard a lot of rolling. you heard the pops. i'm looking through my black and white view finder right there at the whole scene. it's just a natural thing to keep rolling. so i was recording what was going on and she drove off and i heard the pop, pop, pop and unfortunately, i didn't get the police in the video shooting because i was trying to follow the car. but the pops really certainly made my hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. >> there you are. you're seeing your camera as you are brought in tonight it's a heavy thing for people who have not experienced a professional tv camera. you were actually not standing u up at the time this all started. >> no, i was on my knees.
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that the's when it happened and unfortunately, i had to stand up and we do lose a shot for half a second and i pa panned down to the ground. but my cameraman beating up myself there for the shot. >> you got plenty of shot. was there a sense in your mind that this might be a terrorist attack? something more serious going on. not really. >> i don't know why. perhaps i have been in a cameraman so long. i wonder why i didn't seem to be scared. afterwards, i thought maybe it was terrorists but it seemed like a good terrorist stop it seemed like a traffic stop gone bad to me at that time. >> the offers were telling offie everybody to get back. >> they went up the constitution avenue and had them all run south side and they cleared us
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off the three or four blocks away from everything. i was about a hundred yards away. >> as the car sped off, you didn't see the end of it. >> no, i got her. she drove off to the left and then made a u-turn somehow and came right back at the scene that i had shot. she went to the next circle and did a loop around that circle and it was koeupblg because the police cars followed her around and they could have blocked her. they didn't know where she was going andty lost it and -- >> was there any indication, aside from trying to get away, did you see any evidence of gun from the fire? >> no, i'm almost person is the gunfire came from the police. >> and only after she started moving. >> reporter: she started ramming the cars that's when the gunfire rupted. >> did you hear anything from her? >> no. >> i think her windows were up.
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from kwhaeu see o what i can se. >> you war witnes you war you w. what you think? >> the world has strange people. i have three young children and this sort of thing happened and their dad was right there and fortunately, i got it on camera and police were pointsing away from me and not where i was. it's a shame. there was baby in the car, right? >> a child. you didn't think to run away? i think a lot of people might have been motivated to just say, i will take off the other way. >> i was so focused dish was already rolling on the shot so maybe that helped the fact that i'm already rolling on it may befy heard the gun shots my first instincts were to run. >> today you did your job. >> for some reason i wasn't scared. i don't know why.
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next time, hopefully there won't be one. >> maybe your boss will listen. that was really great work. we appreciate it. i know a lot of people are look in on that and investigators are looking in to that. shortly after police got control of the situation, one witness walked a short the distance from the heart building to our studio here at the museum. he told me that he had missed the shoot out by just seconds. one victim was brought in to the billing that he was hiding out in. >> just walked in to the front offers buildings from lung t-fp two minutes before this all happened and the atrium where the police started running outside. you can hear the walkie-talkie st* that the shots had taken police. you can see the police car and doors looking at the constitution.
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>> it moved back from the door and moved to the second door where you can see the doors coming in from constitution. police officers are running in and one had him in his arms. you can see she had blood coming down her forehead. >> you were in the big atrium area and the officers are out. you were on the second floor look down. you can see pretty clearly. you don't have any doubt what you were looking at? >> i was 20 feet away at looking over top. did you see anything? >> they came running in and you expect to see parents running in behind them as the police were
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running in. no one else was running behind them. >> you mentioned blood on her forehead. there was no crying. it was like she was in shock at what was going on. >> did you hear any yelling or crying or anything? >> nothing from her whatsoever. the police were in control and when they were running in at the the nurse's station which is there in the building. >> there is an office or a hispanic nurses' station between the heart building. you thought they were going in that direction. >> and as all this was happening, you were informed that you needed to stay away. what else was happening? >> you're still standing over the balcony looking. about that time you see the s.w.a.t. team running in. by that time we had to get shelter in place. that's when we stai we stayed tr
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while. >> cold you see the collision going on outside. >> i think this was taken from the heart building. we could actually see that car from right across the street nap is right the smack in front of park. >> that's the supreme court that is right across the street from there. >> . >> still on capitol hill. the stand off continues. . [[voiceover]] every day, events u
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the government shut down was out of the headlines for a few hours today with most focused on the capitol hill shooting. as the shut this down drags on, so does its impact on american families. >> these foran 4 and 5-year-oldt
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know what negotiation is. they are learning who u to compromise and play well with one another. if they don't reach a budget deal before the start of next week. 900 head start kids here in volusia will have to stay home. >> it is a crisis for us and a crisis for our community. >> reporter: they are some of the down price poorest people. veterans who don't have jobs. seniors dependent on their social security checks and men and woman fresh out of rehab. many of them are also homeless. >> everyone has a living and lifestyle. we are all very nervous. >> reporter: the department of agriculture now closed had programs for food banks across the country. those programless stop along with other meal ser sres servicg on federal funds. >> he's checking off his honey
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do list. he thought his federal jobs added security for his family until they became a liability this week when the federal the government shut down. >> you never want to say that you're not essential. especially three times in one day. >> reporter: he's a major in the air force reserve and also a civilian employee at the pentagon and serves to senator tim kaine. >> he showed up at the pentagon to get furloughed and came to nip office and heard me deliver my furlough speech to all my employees. >> it' quiet can here where 97% of nasa workers are furloughed. that's 3,000 told to go home. how many of ya'll have families? everyone. how many of you are a single parent? >> i have a mortgage that has to be paid. >> i'm living from pay economic to paycheck. >> reporter: six of these
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workers are nasa and furloughed. they are with the department of federal affairs and could be let go next week. >> i think they are playing chicken with our lives. i need to know. >> the capitol thrill police who responded to today's car chase and deadly shooting are not being paid. they are consider, however, essential employees and must report to work without pay. one that hasn't been heard so much as we talk about government shut down.
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>> i think the more relevant question is, is it worth it to fight it and shut down the government? i think that most americans will like le say no. now, what this fight in 2010 with the midterm elections wasn't worth it to fight in 20 elections after the republicans had huge victories in the 2010 mid terms. at this point in time with so much hanging in the balance with the dead ceiling crisis right around the corner and that's still struggling through an economy. this is a way of republicans have to fight through this moving through in a position where we're there to stick what's going to be broken in obama care versus shutting down the government and breaking the republican brand name like we're seeing right now. is there a way out? is there a type of concession that you think could work here on either side.
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>> what we need to do is make sure that as we're coming out of these negotiations. we have to fight these movements moving forward. as well, i think the republican how can we resko*fl obama care. not sure how we bridge the gap with obama care and they are coming in. >> do you have a warning to republicans that if this is not resolved quickly that it will be tarnished? i'm not sayinging that there is
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true evidence that in previous shut downs the long term effect actually hurt the party that's considered to blame for it. >> i think that going back to the 1990s probably superintendenprobably isn't the. >> they were blamed for the credit ratings going down because they are fall for 2011 when they arrive. by the time you get to 2012 the republicans suffer losses in an era where the unepl tphroeuplt rate is still high and had an unpopular president it happened that he was running against a more unpopular brand in the republican party. if you look at the loss in the u.s. senate you will see that they lost opportunities. rather than going back to the 1990s in that shut down. all we have to do is go back and realize that if we don't get ourselves together and come to the table as leader -rs. if we're still seeing as
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politicians, our brand is not good enough to move forward and be successful in 2013. if the speaker boehner were to call al vote, the vets ar the ve there. >> well the votes are there but i think at this point in time, we need to try to knock out all fly things simultaneously. even if u you can't get any delay with obama care, the next step is to make sure that we're going through this so there's no nor issues with the debt ceiling. >> coming up next here, revisiting a forgotten chapter in history. a bloody attack that left 11 dead and a philadelphia neighborhood if ruins.
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we will preview a film, "let the fire burn" next. from washinton politics, to the real impact on you... >> there's harworking people that want to do their part.. but the government isn't doing theirs... >> coverage continues on al jazeera america. my name is jonathan betz.
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resident along the gulf coast are bracing for tropical storm "karen" while furlough works are going back to work and prepare for land fall. we have already declareed a state of emergency there. >> texas state senator wendy davis is running for governor. the democrat is known for having a filibuster that temporary blocks anti-abortion in texas. rick perry, the state's longest serving governmen governor willk re-election. california will become the tenth state to allow unauthorized the immigrants to do that when new law takes full effect in the year 2015. to a story now that 28 years later, still hard to believe and the people who live it are still
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trying to pick up the pieces of their lives. after an intense battle with a small group. the city of philadelphia bombed one of its own neighborhoods. pit left 11 people dead including five children. a new document called "let the fire burn" put a spotlight on the strategy. >> reporter: in west philadelphia, this just isn't any ordinary -- this is ground zero far fire in may 1995. >> we will do it by all means necessary. >> reporter: there has just been a huge explosion here. we don't know what it means. >> 28 years a go, dropped bomb occupied by members. the fire jumped from roof to
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roof engulfing an entire neighborhood in flames destroying 61 homes. the bloody encounter that left 11 dead eu11 dead including fiv. using footage, the director wants to put a spotlight on in front of the disaster in his new documentary about the hour's long stand off between luke and police. >> it's unthinkable. how could that happen? so, i thought this film was intemant. you can put it in stark relief. i think the film offers an answer as well. which is the first step to that type of violence is when we see a human and we don't see a human first but we see a category.
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it's not simpleing like that. you have to graphle with it. >> reporter: the revolutionary group after a stand off with police. they have their new home with rooftop bunks and what is left over windows. >> the false imprisonment of their members. >> they layout these stadium size bull horns at all hours of the day and night. prior to the stand off, law enforcement evacuated homes. he calls being told will slow i will take the essentials unaware he will come home to returns. we can see nothing but bricks and rubble all lay all about just burn to a crisp. you know all the adjoining houses were like that. we were in shock.
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we just couldn't believe that our houses had burned down to the ground. >> reporter: p-f before the deay climate in 1985, police had the home with tear tkpwarbgs water can tphopbgas, water cantphopbs. > cannons. >> it bus like being in the middle of tkeurbt wa -- it was g in the middle of a war. i started feeling the ground. it's crazy. it's a clear blue sky. it didn't occur to me that was bullets falling out of the sky. i huddled down behind a car. >> washington says the philadelphia bombing remains one of the toughest stories he had to cover as a journalists. >> watching a bomb drop. watching a fire destroy the lives of 250 people and take the
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lives of 11 others. i don't want to make this sound -- but how do you top that? >> this is horrific. >> the group's minister of communication and the only adult survivor of the blaze was in the basement. >> we started hollering that we were coming out. that we were bringing the kids out. the kids was hollering that we are coming out. we want to come out. >> reporter: after escaping the fire along with 13-year-old michael moore, she served 7 years in prison for several charges including conspiracy and aggravated assault. since her release in 1992. ramona africa continues to advocate for members in prison. we met there near her home. she seems unapologetic about her beliefs. >> a lot is being said. everything, me, we lost lives.
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that can never be replaced. we tried to tell the residents. they didn't want to hear what we were saying about our family, what our issue is, our in prison, unjustly. we're fighting a lifeless fight and that you should be helping us. you should be fighting along with us so that it didn't happen to you. >> they didn't want to heart. >> it is just rebuilt. the work was with endless repairs. the city offers buy outs. some resident took it -- and others stay put. >> we don't think it has a right to make a decision to move us out of our community to solve a problem that they created in 1985. aim a citizen and i should be
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treated like a citizen. so, i don't see the fairness enforcininforcing us out. >> a lone child survivor when he escaped the inferno and the tragic events. moore died late september aboard a cruise ship. he was 41. >> we were koupbg counting on ml carry the story forward to another generation. it's just tragic. it was saddening.
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it was unbelievable. >> he says he knows one thing for certain. >> those adults didn't have to die. those children who were purely innocent. they didn't have to lose their lives. top this day, i -- to this day, i can't get over because justice still has not been served. >> it's now in theaters. coming up tonight. miami restaurants robbing workers of time, energy and money. we will preview the t coming up next. the restaurant industry. >> the employers have the upper hand out here. they can steal from you and face very little if any consequences. >> basically this industry is saying, "we don't have to pay these workers at all. they should work for us but we don't have to pay them. >> two thirds of low-wage workers experience wage theft every week. >> you're telling me that these people are allowed to treat
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people like this and you can't do anything?
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next. we have seen series of protests. those earning less than $8 an hour. it's not enough to support a family in today's economy. they were demonstrating our restaurant workers. industry is one of the biggest employers of minimum wage workers. those workers sometimes face an even bigger problem as correspondent walker found out, it's called wage left th theft s taking billions to those earning the least. >> one out of tefr te out of evs
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in a restaurant. >> they don't have the wages they earn. in the center of miami beach, david's cafe is a popular cuban restaurant. it's called david's cafe too just a mile away i. in 2012 david's cafe 2 closeded down. there was problem. >> where's the money, david? >> more than 20 epl phro i 20 ey they have unpaid wages. >> translator: he worked at david's cafe two. he said the pay checks from the owner started bouncing a year before the restaurant closed.
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>> reporter: tony fernandez worked at david's cafe for 14 years. >> they are saying the department will take note on action and providing a phone number to find a private attorney. >> they say sorry. >> where's the money, david?
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>> the county has a monthly wage to settle fay disputes between workers and employers. >> the hearing takes place on the sixth floor of this building. it's only chance they'll get for having their complaints actually heard. >> we're here in the manner of lydia ayalla. >> reporter: like the people here today, the workers from david's cafe came to present their case. >> we have not receiveed a payment. >> reporter: the owner didn't show up. and the hearing to fay workers three times what he o w*e d to employees. he was entitled to 71 hours that
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you're alleged. have you demonstrateed that you have -- but adrian gonzalez still refused to pay. >> gonzalez over the last three years and after nearly 9,000 restaurants inspected by the federal department of labor and ans a stoneishing 84% were found to have violated wage laws.
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>> if you obey the la u from the business person. you are at a disadvantage. there's so many people who don't obey the law. >> there's people who violate minimum wage laws, over time law. >> reporter: restaurant workers fight for unpaid wages. >> the employers have the upper hand. they can steal from you and face very little if any consequences. some of his cafe workers organize there had prooh test. >> the same time that they are involved with this battle, we near the news that a few workers at the miami airport were arrested for stealing from employers. >> he has been staking out the airport all night. >> reporter: these woman are still being questioned here. they have been questioned throughout the evening about how they came up with this plan and
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exactly how they executed. these works were handcuffed, their mug shots were sphrarbd all over the media. later tonight they will be transported tonight for the county jail. >> when it's one of us or a working person who committed a crime that effects the interest of the employer but hen the reverse and the employer steals tens of thousands the from workers, there's no one there to enforce the law. >> and so you will get robbed of your tips. you will get robbed of your over time pay. you won't receive all the pay for all the hours worked for example. people have no idea what it is right to work as a low wage worker. >> that fault lines sabastian joins us from san francisco to tell us more about this story. sabastian, tell us how this
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works. >> reporter: it's a lot more extensive than people think. wage left the refers to money owed to an employee and paid and it can happen in a variety of ways. it can be having their employees oh out before finishing their shift. it can make them work over time and not paying them properly for that. it might sound like like a lot of money, it really adds up. it's billions are taken out of the pay checks each other from those earning the lowest salary. that's the biggest concern here. somebody is earning $7.25 an hour of minimum wage taking $3 or $4 out of that paycheck can add up it can have a huge impact. >> it is really an expensive thinking on how to do this to workers? >> well, it can be. in florida the situation is
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pretty bad. they don't have a type of wage laws that they do in other states. there is no department of labor in the states. and florida is one of the places where a lot of these violations take place. that's the foe cans of ou focus. withithe workers took their caso court and the the court found in their favor. there is no legal recourse that they had. it is extensive. the department of labor over the past few years conducted an investigation of 9,000 restaurants and found that 84% of those restaurants had actually slighted wage laws. so, it's a serious problem. >> forgive me here. i think a lot of americans will say a lot of us have hard times.
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how do you get americans to care about something like this? >> reporter: when we were speaking to advocates about this, this is something that you're doing after and you work in a bar or restaurant or something that many people have done that. i have done that and i know many of my colleagues have done that as well at some stage of their life and have sons or daughters and they like their first jobs. increasingly in this country since the recession, 60% of new jobs that are being created have been low wage jobs. we are talking about a lot of americans and now u the pressure is rising on the minimum wage can. there have been protests over the summer and it's really up in arms about how much they're being paid and is becoming a big issue. >> we can learn more. his full report on stolen wages. friday at 9:30 eastern right
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after america tonight. >> coming up tonight on this program. a problem in kenya. authorities are tracking networks that are wiping elephants off the map. antonio mora brings you smart conversation that challenges the status quo with unexpected opinions and a fresh outlook. including yours. >> what do you think? >> consider this. unconventional wisdom. millions who need assistance now. we appreciate you spending time with us tonight. up next is the golden age of hollywood going golden but elsewhere. why l.a.'s mayor has declared a state of emergency for the entertainment industry there. next.
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topping an international march for tell tphapbt 15 cities world wide this week in kenya. authorities say the criminal net work is responsible. they are organized to defeat. >> it's national reserve. still here's al jazeera's peter grazzi. stereo each represents a single elephant. other ones are too young to breathe. now there's more than three tons of ivory in a single container bound the to sha to asia and ish
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million dollars. this is what's driving the trade. it's first asia. conservation that is far too much and stopping and for what is, after all, purely decorative item. if you buy an ivory bag or or it's way it covered, you want to wear it and show it off. it's a state example so the opposite of what they would need to achieve you wanted to reduce demand. >> it's the area that's being much -- in the meantime there's technology to protect them.
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they are tracking some oh of the biggest animals. >> we can't assist -- a fiercely protected moth near protected m. she will probably eventually be killed if they keep the prices high. >> it's an enormous amount compared to local incomes here. the tusks is a boom in this region and it will work 15 years for a worker or one and a half years for a well-paid worker. that's quite a temptation. >> she survived but with an ineffected wound that still causes her great pain. >> reporter: figures from 2011 shows it's declined by more than 7%. things are worse now. if things keep going at this rate, within the next ten year, touchers will have destroyed more than 70% of african
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elephants. the prices could land them to extinction unless something is done about the supply and demand. we appreciate you being with us. >> this notion of ten years -- could that be possible? absolutely. we know that the elephants in central africa have declined by 90% in the last 25 years. and the problem is that the county elephants is difficult and use any time frame is four to five years. by the time we know things have changed it's often very late. it happened in the past, elephants were given to almost extinction. >> why wouldn't countries work hard to protect these great creature?
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es. >> the demand for ivory in countries like china, thailand and here in the united states has created such a massive interest in poaching those animals because of the income that is generated from it. you're having to invest a lot of money for a protection far species across a vast amount of landscape including the rain forest. >> what about the people who are caught doing this. is there really an effective way to punish these folks? >> yes. punishment is one of the most important things and in kenya you are talking about in coming weeks that will punish poachers and dealers in ivy up to 15 years. the problem is that catching those is one thing and having adequate evidence to use against them. we have shown that less than 5%
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of dealers. in ivory. part of it is to the agency to work together. there's an option and that i are getting a sign and even if the sign is large, most people can afford it and this was business is worth a lot of money. >> so tomorrow you are stageing a protest and it's going to draw more attention you hope. >> it will not only draw more attention. it will tkpal vanize the world to participate and protecting one of the world's most magnificent animals. it's everybody in the world -- we have a campaign. we are not talking about the elephants. the same elephants are a global heritage. we are hoping the people in china will work with us. there's 50 or 60 will join us in the march around the world. >> even if people cannot appreciate the majesty of an
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elephant they should understand that how the money used contributes to other problems around the world. >> what you said is very true. when you think of criminal activities for guns and drugs and now ivory and other products which 15t 5th largest illegal activity. and the sthopg mall attac shoppn nairobi said this is something that we really have to address this crisis with the extreme measure us. >> here's the united states is focused on the fight of the elephant as other countries and are we doing enough here? >> the united states the doing great. hillary clinton and mr. obama have been central toll this. just passed the revolution and with many organizations. we are actually demanding that
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it stops. the trafficking stops an the demand also reduced. there are problems, usa has a domestic trade in ivory. the ivory is the illegal and the u.s. should really step up and become a rolele model for the world like kenya. countries like china where 60% where the illegal ivory is growing. we believe that would have the greatest impact on this and the killing of elephants across africa. >> we hope your work makes a difference. thank you. >> and that is it for us here on "america night" join us online al jazeera/america night.americ. unconventional wisdom.
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welcome to al jazeera america and here's tonight's top stories. a frightening after in washington. gunfire sent people on the streets scrambling. police shot a female driver after a high speed chase from the white house to capitol hill. a 1-year-old child was in the car at the time. the child was okay. two police officers were injured. president obama is the blaming house speaker john boehner. the president also blamed house republicans for the government shut down. republicans say it's president's fault because he won't negotiate. we're about to head in today tpoufrt shu


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