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turning a blind eye to sexual abuse for decades. the u.n. report, according to the vatican, is distolerated and unfair. maint with joie chen is up next. -- "america tonight" with joie chen is up next. check out our website at why. >> on "america tonight": enforcing the law or breaking it? our in-depth look at crime and punishment, new york city's trorvel policnew york city'sconk putting a stop, to stop and frisk. >> particularly to men of color, you as a criminal, not because you what you are doing but who you are, how you look. >> also a terror warning, airlines on the look. a possible bomb making
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ingredient, and there is nor to it. we return to soledad o'brien's story of a haitian teacher who inspires the kids and an extraordinarily generous gift from an "america tonight" viewer. >> good evening, i'm joie chen. thanks for being with us. many american cities face the very same challenge. finding and stopping the biggest threats to its innocent citizens, especially hiding among them. many cities across the country, have looked to the controversial, end policy tactic used by the new york city pd, called stop and frisk. it is a tactic that was aimed towards making the city streets
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safer but unfairly abusively targeted people of color, the practice hit close to home for new york's brand-new mayor who promised to take action, in our in depth crime and punish many, sarah hoy says he takes the first step to doing it. >> i'm across the street and the officers say hey you, come over here. on the one hand, this is like another day but like on that day man like i'm teaching i'm like a professional. i'm on lunch break. a guy can't work? >> mallit clarkson was on lunch when he was stopped by police officers. he was teaching second grade in the bronx and had just left this corner store when the officers stopped him. >> my young story isn't any different than any other young
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man who grows up in the street. >> stop and frisk, a practice where police officers stop and question them. wanted to know if he was carrying anything illegal. he says it is not uncommon getting stopped. >> i've been stopped and frisked since i was 13. it becomes a normalized part of your life like you expect it to happen. >> in 2008 clarkson was one of several plaintiffs who filed a class action action against new york for discriminatory stop and frisks. under law, the officer can stop a person who he is believed is geangengaged in crime. according to the center for constitutional rights, with
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blacks and latinos make up 34% of the stops. darius says stop and frisk practices have a lasting effect on individuals and communities. >> it can be very stigmatizing particularly for 81 men of color because it -- young men of color because it happens over and over again. so the message is sent that you are viewed as a criminal by law enforcement. they view you as a criminal not because of what you're doing but because of who you are, the way you look. >> reporter: the lawsuit argued the off th stop and frisk practices were unconstitutional. after a nine week trial, the judge agreed. former mayor michael bloomberg appealed the decision. >> it is something that everyone knows but the judge has to say it's unconstitutional for the mayor to recognize it's
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unconstitutional. >> but the newly elected bill deblasio. >> parents all over the city are having that conversation with their kids. >> bill deblasio, the only candidate to end the stop and frisk era. >> last week deblasio made good on his promise. and made the decision to stop the practice. on monday deblasio appeared on the daily show, with jon stewart. >> there will be no stop and frisk. >> we have come to a settlement. >> what is the settlement? [applause] >> our new police commissioner excess you can't -- says you can't break the law to enforce the law. it's that simple. >> studio officials announced the decision at a community in the brownsville section of
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brooklyn. in a six minute online video, people cops matter, quota based policing. >> i intend to focus on the quality of police actions, with less emphasis on our numbers and more emphasis on our actual impact. >> charney said, it was years in the making. >> to have the city of new york the government actually recognize what i think folks have for so many years been feeling and admit that it's wrong and admit that it has to change is a big deal >> reporter: as for clarkson, he has since become a union organizer. it took the lawsuit to get the city to change. but he says it's a new day for new york and for his eight month old daughter. >> i want her to be able to walk in a neighborhood of new york
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without feeling like she's a villain, protected by the police not from the police. >> sarah is back with us tonight. so th the mayor decided to drope practice. >> they can start the reforms. >> when you talk about reform what would that actually look like? what would make a difference? >> there are a number of reforms on the table. the policemen wearing video equipment on their person. the appeal is gone how do we move forward? >> yeah so this has been going on for quite a few years. it has been policy there for quite a few years in new york city. how big an undertaking is it to change all these things, to reteach officers what they can and cannot do? >> think about it joie, new york city is the largest city in the united states, it has a hung
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police force -- huge police force. they are going to get the ball rolling. that's what's taking away the appeal did, it's moving forward. >> "america tonight"'s sai ra hoy. it's. >> important police tactic in other parts of the country. joining us today is donell white vice chairman of the detroit board of commissioners. mr. white, puts you in an unusual position when we talk about a policy like this. is this something that is currently in use in some other form within the detroit police department? >> joie thanks for having me. and certainly, it is a very unique position that i find myself in, on one hand wearing a hat of civil rights and social justice advocacy and the other hat of police commissioner of upholding community policing and oversight of a law enforcement
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agency. stop and frisk as we know is an upheld practice by the united states supreme court and used not only by new york and cities like detroit but in major municipalities and in all municipalities across the country. the difference we find is not the fact if the practice is used but whether or not it's being misused as we see in the case of new york. >> apart from misused, how do you make sure it's being used correctly in detroit? >> in my role as police commissioner and my colleagues is we have civilian oversight of the policy. we are under federal consent decrease 50 department of justice which en-- by the department of justice, from this data you can articulate the type of disparities that may exist and how these practices are being implementparticularly in communities that are --
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implementparticularly in areas o --implemented particularly in individuals of color, where clerl therclearly there is a prt is disproportionate affecting particularly young men of color. >> when you are a community, community leader trying to deal with crime, rising violence, an important value to attack tick like this, where does that line fall for a police officer, in detroit? sure. i think here, joie you find a nexus between safety, not only of law enforcement officials but of the community itself and ultimately the citizen that is being impacted by this policy but also on the other side of this spectrum you have the issue of your constitutional rights as an american. and clearly that you do not have the right to be searched and
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seized, unappropriately by law enforcement. so no matter whether you're in detroit or you're in new york and i certainly have family in new york up in washington heights, cousins, andre and mowerlli, so no matter where you are here across road or in detroit, family of law enforcement i don't want them to be surprised by individuals with arms either. so i think there is a thin line and i believe most officers will adhere to the constitutionality of policing. but there are those who take it and unfortunately go too far with that practice. and i think that's why it's imperative that we have leadership both on the civilian side and within our law departments that can uphold the constitutionality of sound policing. >> quick thought here. sometimes when you talk about abuse of any kind within law enforcement and a community you almost have to wait until
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something goes wrong before there's any action, before there's any outcry. >> sure, you know and here lies the opportunity, joie. i would venture to say let's not wait for something to go wrong but we have an opportunity to be proactive. i would urge particularly activists in local communities to seek out positions like your civilian oversight law enforcement bodies. they need strong voices of advocacy to be heard. reach out to your chief of police and ask the question. what are the numbers, how are particularly young boys of color being impacted in your community. tomlin lietherein lies the comm. we young men of color particularly those that have children. have to have strong conversation with their kids about how to survive a law enforcement encounter.
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i believe these nefarious activities trayvon martin -- >> sorry we have to go but we'll continue to follow up on this situation and we appreciate your insight. thanks very much for being here. >> thanks joie. >> thursday, we'll continue our crime and punishment. hawaii seems to be a paradise but meth amphetamine use. we'll talk about the program called hope and the tough love approach is keeping criminals from becoming repeat offenders. and the way america polices prosecutes and punishes its own on our website, while we probe what is and is not working in the u.s. justice system.
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mother nature's wrath is stroke again for more snow, more freezing rain. another fierce storm. 15 states have been put under weather advisors, over 1500 flights have been cancelled and hundreds of thousands of people are now without power. all that cold. now new york and new jersey are running out of salt for the roads, causing an icy commute. doesn't look like this kind of severe weather is going to let up they time soon, kevin corriveau is tracking this. miserable all over again kevin. >> it is joie, i'm getting very tired of it myself. the storm is beginning to make its way towards the northeast. as you can see, the storm was a very, very large, we were talking about 1300 miles basically from nebraska all the way over here towards parts of new england. for parts of new york, misty
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conditions, boston as well as into maine, northern new hampshire new hampshire is getting it as well. we've had a lot of snow on the ground, that occurred all day. those are snow advisories, new york bainbridge, 15 inches, massachusetts, 12.2, boston had eight, here in central park we had four and that's on top of the six inches we saw just two days ago. the road crews have been very good getting the main roads cleared. and what we're going to see though unfortunately is those temperatures are going to be diving down through the evening. right now, in new york, we're 33°, boston's at 26. so we've had a little bit of melting going on across the region during the satellite hours, during the heating of the day. temperatures coming downto 22°. the thing i'm worried about is the melting that has occurred during the day is going to be refreezing overnight.
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not so much on the main highways, those are clear but what i'm concerned about is rural and secondary roads, roads being slippery across the region. over here towards pennsylvania, alt those people without power we're talking about temperatures into the teens. back to you. >> sownsounds miserable. thanks very much. when we return, a healthy prescription, this the new pressure to stop smoking depends when and where it starts.
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public service announcements, you can expect to see a lot of in a hard aimed campaign by the fda, aimed at young people, before they get an urge to light up. against that backdrop, one of the biggest drug chains, cvs, says it will start selling -- stop selling all tobacco products by the end of the year. what is the impact? cvs's tobacco sales, reached $2 billion. the company president says having a pharmacy company sell cigarettes was a bit of cognitive disconnect. >> they are working with our patients and our customers that have chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol and diabetes, and we know that smoking is extremely
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antethet caantithetical to smokd heart disease. >> president obama's response, bringing down health care costs. the antitobacco forces have been seeking increase, the number of smokers fell to 18%, but the rate of decline has fallen off. joining us is dr. veniak chaw, he is also the founder of something called tobacco-free rx. your organization here has been seeking to get pharmacy companies, the cvss, the walmarts, the rite aids, the paradoxical notion that you would be selling cigarettes and
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medicines at the same time. >> if you stop and think about it, it's unusual that you would have both. why did this happen? >> i think i.t. happened because cvs recognized that it can no longer maintain the appearance of being a health care establishment, and also, sell the leading preventible cause of death. >> part of the problem is that cvs, within the cvs pharmacies, in that light where you have medical practitioners coming inta cvs pharmacies, did it make it a bigger dhoolg sell cigarettes in that environment? >> i think it made it a bigger point, a starker conflict of interest that they would have health care providers, already they have the pharmacists but
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other health care providers diagnosing and treating ailments but also selling cigarettes that a customer encounters when they enter the store and leave the store. >> something to do with the messaging in addition to the practice of selling. in addition, these pharmacy, they also sell alcohol. is there similar activity, efforts to try to limit the inconsistency there? >> i don't know about any efforts related to alcohol in pharmacies. but -- >> you're a pulmonologist so -- >> yes. i think it's important to recognize that the degree and the amount of harm caused by tobacco products in this country really makes everything else appeal ipale in comparison. there is no safe amount of cigarette. although there is a safe amount of alcohol, okay? tobacco is responsible for almost half a million deaths in
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this country annually and really nothing else comes close. >> do you think ultimately that these decisions are being driven by ethical decisions brought to light or simple business interests, maybe we should focus more on the health care part of what we do? >> i think if i had to you know assign a percentage to those i would say it's 80% business. and 20% ethical. cvs had the opportunity for the last 50 years to make the ethical statistician to not sell cigarettes because 50 years ago the surgeon general's report came out letting people know that the cigarettes were deadly. yet we had to wait until 2014 to make it happen. >> i know your organization are pushing on walmart and walgreen's to do that. professor of medicine at the george washington university
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medical faculty. we appreciate you being here. >> thank you. >> when we return. a new warning about a potential threat facing olympic visitors. and we'll meet a young athlete moving at top speeds, to her goals in life as a russian adoptee.
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>> now a snapshot of stories making headlines on "america tonight." tide to philip seymour hoffman's final days, they arrested four people in connection with the drugs found in hoffman's apartment, found more than 350 bags of heroin in the alleged dealer's den. thousands of gallons of the chemical out of state, the associated press reports freedom industries will move 3500 gallons of the chemical to a coal facility in pennsylvania, last month, it poisoned the drinking water of 300,000 in the state.
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u.n. report, urged vatican to open its files on pedophiles within the church. count down is on to sochi, just two days to go before the opening of the sochi winter olympics and tonight there is mounting concern about security in the air. specifically air travel. department of homeland security have sent an advisory to airlines that fly orussia. the latest intelligence suggest that terrorists might try osmuggle exploarves onto planes using toothpaste -- exploafns eo planes. no word if the advisory will lead to changes in carry on restrictions. we have learned that billie jean king will have to miss the opening ceremony. king, one openly gay member of
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the delegation, will have to replies the ceremony because of her mother's help. the president named king, and brian boytano to the delegation. big question tonight, will sochi be ready to welcome the world. our digital producer azmat khan, as people arrive in sochi just two days away what kind of complaints are you picking up? >> journalists complain all the time. and it's ranging things as so innocuous, finding bees in food. >> bees? >> bees and honey, to the point of hotel rooms are missing door
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handles or bathrooms, no stalls, to things as uncovered manholes so you could be walking down a street and could just free fall down. sometimes they're scary sometimes they're funny and in this next case they're both. a reporter with the times tribune, telling her water is not restored but if it is, don't use it on your face, because it contains dangerous materials, this photo showing what it looks like. >> it looks almost like tea. >> don't use it. caused one man to equilibrium, maybe our american athletic team should train in west virginia. the place of a recent chemical
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spill. she washed her face with evian water, like a kardashian. >> are the circumstances all that different, particularly among people who have been to a lot of olympic games? >> we are hearing from a reporter from toronto star, rosie demano who said this is very similar to past games. athletes, ice hockey player sydney crosby, similar to vancouver when he looks at the size and space. the interesting thing is some people are drawing parallels to putin. our hotel doesn't have a floor in representation but every room is outfitted by a picture of putin. is it fair to characterize this as just, social media was not
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popular then, we can amplify, it is not fair. but $51 billion, more than any in previous history it raises questions about where that money is going? and really interesting thoughts about, you know, how the subtropical climate in sochi has higher costs in terms of setting up olympics here but also questions about corruption. and circulated a lot of accusations, about putin giving contracts to friends and that's where some of this money is going. >> there's always a lot of criticism when the olympics come to town, people are keeping a close eye on that. our digital producer azmat khan. thanks for keeping an eye on that. >> thank you joie. >> thursday, we'll take a look at the situation through the eyes of a russian skating champion. one happens to be gay. >> i became a gay activist.
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what i know now, that 87% of russian population is not happy about gay people. but it's not their fault because government formed these negative tutattitudes to lgbt people,. >> you can catch the fight for gay rights in russia thursday on "america tonight." the eyes of the world certainly we're already seeing are on russia. games have been overshadowed by a host of issues, security, gay rights and russia's ban on adoptions by u.s. families. one athlete heading to sochi, wants putin to lift that ban. adam may has a story of tatiana,
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a paralyzed russian turned american superstar. >> reporter: meet the baste, her friends call her a record breaking american athlete. the only person male or female to win four major marathons in a single year. >> i think that was it, we are all done. >> what do you think your appropriates are? >> well -- prospects are? >> i mean my goals are to make it definitely top 10 which i did in world championships and to make it into the final for the sprint. >> tatiana mcfadden is no stranger to the olympics or to winning. she's a ten time winner who has been in a wheelchair her whole life, in fact she's one of the fastest athletes on wheels.
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but in the paralympics in sochi -- >> you took up skiing recently? >> last year my first time skiing. >> that's right, mcfadden only took up skiing 13 months ago. and just last month she qualified for the ski team. much different terrain than what she's used to. >> in wheelchair racing you have a different stroke where you push down and around and it's really about the power in your arms and your back and your core, all those things. and skiing it's really about having the power, mostly in your core, and being able to synchronize it with your arms. >> reporter: how she became an elite athlete goes back to her childhood. she was born in russia with
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spinspirna bifida. >> there was tatiana, rolling on the floor with this huge bow in her hair. her legs were atrophied behind her. but something about her. >> in 1994 she was on a tour of russian orphanages as part of a humanitarian mission and she was captivated by tatiana. >> i had my camera with me. i said in english, this is my camera, this is the aperture. this is the speed, she was going da da da, picked up my camera and played with the buttons. >> did you know you were possibly going to adopt a child?
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>> no. i went back to the hotel and couldn't get her out of my mind. unbeknowns to me, she said, that's my mom. and i said, she probably says that to everyone. but then they told me, she never said that. >> i don't think i would be living that long. for the first six years of my life i didn't go to the doctors once, didn't have medical treatment for the first six years of my life. >> watching her compete now it's hard to bleeb that whether tatiana first came to the u.s., she was so sick that doctors felt she wouldn't make it. >> i was thinking, i've got to keep her alive. how do i do that? swimming, swimming is good for hasht. >> eventually tatiana joined the bennett blazers. >> you can do it. >> a program for disabled
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children in maryland. coach glen herman said tatiana was a standout. >> she was a spirited kid. she always wanted to do everything. her speed was phenomenal and she had a natural athleticism. >> the coaches are saying, oh she's amazing. smees amazing. and i thought yes, she is, look how she is trying this. as she progressed through the years, she was winning all the events. she was winning them. >> when did you decide that playing sports wasn't enough, that you needed to become an olympian? >> i just wanted more, i just had this competitive edge. >> when tatiana was 15 years old. she begged her mother to take her to california to try out for the paralympic track trials. >> she gets on the track and i
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don't want to have anything to do with coaching her. she was on the track and said, what should i do? i said, go fast. i don't know what else, go fast. she made the team. at 15. unbelievable. the youngest athlete on the team. >> reporter: tatiana was off to the olympics. >> she came around to the end of the track and when she saw me, i was crying. she said, why are you crying? i said it's a mom thing. >> the next inductee, tatiana mcfadden, class of 2008. >> reporter: at her home town, taddian ah was just inducted into the sports hall of fame. getting the honor was not an easy thing. tatiana was denied a spot on the school's track team. the legal battle led to a new
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federal law. it guarantees disabled students right to join high school sports teams. >> in the 21st century how can you deny people and say you have your own program? >> when tatiana won three gold medals in the 2012 summer gold medals in london, she decided to make her trip back to sochi, to visit the orphanage that was her first home. >> i remember some of the things that are similar when i walked in. everything was so much smaller, because i was walking on my hands and knees, but now it looked small. >> if you were to get up on the platform to accept another medal what would it say to the people of russia? >> i think i would be balling butter it would show how strong
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and independent and how determined of a person that i am, and that nothing can stand in my way. >> reporter: and medal or not she continues to be an inspiration to little girls like rebecca wood. >> who is your favorite athlete? >> tatiana. >> without question? >> yes. >> what is it that you look up to? >> she has won so many gold medals. >> you want to be like her it will day? >> yes. >> you are practicing for it. she's after more than gold medals. in a country that has vilified russian adoptions, she will be front and center. >> is it hard for you to look back and realize they don't have the same opportunity? >> the only thing that was sad was knowing the adoption between americans and russians have stopped. kids are being born every day.
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you don't know who will end up in an orphanage. >> people know that. >> yes. >> it's going to be great to watch her competing in these games. could send a message. >> i think that's the point to send the message that i am alive, i'm well and having a disability and being adopted has helped me be who i should be. tatiana was born for a reason. she is a gifted athlete. she is a gifted academic student and you know what? maybe she can show and say, it's worth it to let kids be raised in a family. >> adam may, "america tonight," baltimore maryland. >> good luck to her. the paralympics in sochi will begin on march 7th. when we return, there's much more to it. a haitian teacher, why his
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>> now on "america tonight," never heard anything like this. a surprising very surprising happy ending. last year on our series on haiti and its roir from tha recovery m that 2010 earthquake, soledad o'brien reports, here's the original story. >> today, aid agencies say approximately 300,000 people in port-au-prince still live in deplorable conditions in camps. families crammed into tiny shelters made out of tarps and scraps of wood. this one called camp 54 sits in a middle class suburb. there are 5,000 people living on the streets here. the camp is run by mckenzie deselav, a teacher.
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>> why? why? ooh ooh. >> with help from his mother, mckenzie managed to build a school here with 700 children. >> in english. >> mckenzie's school survived the earthquake but not the aftermath. >> we were forced to leave in order to turn the schoolyard into a parking lot. >> a u.n. agency rented the property from mckenzie's landlord and his school became a parking lot. so now mckenzie teaches dozens of children in a tiny makeshift classroom. what makes it more painful is it's vi virtually across the stt from his old school. >> how does it feel to look at your school, the remnant remnanf your school? >> each time i look at it, actually i try oavoid coming by here because it hurts, okay, it hurts deeply.
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>> i know what you're saying even though i don't speak your language. i feel terrible. >> it make me pain in my heart. okay? >> it's hurtful? >> yeah. a -- >> mckenzie says he just needs $9,000 u.s. to build a new school. just $9,000 of the billions pledged to nongovernmental organizations. >> all mckenzie needed was $9,000. we have an incredible update to this story. soledad o'brien joins us in the studio. soledad this is beyond what you expect from impact. people are generous but wow. >> we have a viewer who saw it when it reaired on the fourth anniversary of the quake. he was so moved by the story he said watching mckenzie's face when he would smile and you could see how inside it was breaking his heart. he went to his bank he had about
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$21,000 saved put away and he took half that money and was able to write a check to mckenzie so he was able to open his school. >> wait, this is a person that doesn't know mckenzie. not haitian american -- >> not haitian. he would love to go visit the school he was going to help fund. mckenzie has talked to the viewer who has remained anonymous. >> he has given half of his savings. >> he says, i'm not going to be close to starving and this is something i can do and i hope that people can see that you can help create a better world when you give to other people. >> this is an incredibly generous person. not in it for anything else. he's a young person, right? >> well, in hi 30s. he's younger than me, yes, sir -- in his 30s.
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>> $9,000 is something enough to put together a school? >> well, mckenzie's school withstood the quake. ironically it was an u.n. organization that moved the and used the school play yard as a parking lot. he had to find a new building and he could bring his 700 students back. he has already located the building where he could use the funds for and already gotten his school on the way to up and running. >> what did mckenzie say about this? >> he wanted to thank the viewer and couldn't imagine the blessings he wanted to give to this man from kansas who helped hip out. i said to him why, what motivated you? he said you know, anybody can make a difference. i hope you can see you can do something that can change the word world. >> you have to contrast this to all the money that has been put out by ngos by governments that is offered in aid. one person can take half of his
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savings and make such an enormous difference. >> you want to help these individuals but sometimes getting the money to the actual individuals is so challenging as we reported in our original story sometimes people want to say what do you literally need, here is how i can make a difference. now mckenzie has got a school. >> incredible story, incredible generosity. >> maybe we can tag along and see that too. >> soledad o'brien, thanks very much. >> it's my pleasure. >> also about haiti and its future, prime mints laurel lemotte, tom's california footwear company that gives away a pair of shoes for every pair it makes is placing a foot in
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haiti. it's committed to being the first footwear maker in that country. al jazeera's ali velshi spoke to the president. >> this that's a challenge for you,. >> it is a challenge. we have 85% of our educated haitians that leave that work in the united states and in europe and we're trying to tell them that now you know the country is a better place. it's the safest place in the caribbean right now. a crime rate of eight for every 10100,000 inhabitants. the country is doing so much better that we are inviting the haitians to come back and rebuild. >> you think of haiti as an ngo nation. you want it what?
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>> long term investors that bring in investment for returns and at the same time, that's creating the jobs that's earning us i mean the tax revenue that we need in order to invest in the rest of the country, in order to built our infrastructure. we are trying to diversify our investors. socially responsible companies. because the companies that came, they came with a socially responsible approach that has greatly helped. >> another thing that has helped is the relationship with the united states, able to manufacture things in haiti and get them to the united states. how do you think? >> the united states has been a great help to the state of haiti, industrial park built for $250,000 with the entire american investment bank, creating 2,000 jobs. >> you are proud of that, there's been some criticism of
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that, the report that i got is it was about 3,000 jobs. >> it went in phases. it's not going ohappen overnight. there are some prerequisites to that. the airport needed to be finished. we finished the runway now we have to build the terminal. so it's a work in progress but it gives us a unique platform in order to attract the jobs. and this is why we're very happy to have that park. i mean prior to that, there was nothing. >> what has to happen for you to be at the point where you are the destination people talk about? >> well, we're taking it one investor at a time. because in a country like haiti, four years ago, after this catastrophe, nobody would think that we are at the point where we are today. and we still have a lot more work to do. we understand that it is going to take many more years but we have to go one step at a time. having one investor at a time.
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we've had you know a lot more investment this year than we had in 2012. panned 2014, we want to do better than we did in 2013. one investor at a time. and we want to do it certainly in the tourist industry. >> how do you get your vision out there? you're committed to it but in the end is haiti a smart business decision for a mult multinational business? >> looking at our track record, the companies that have come in they are very happy with their investment and the returns they are getting. so it shows that there is potential. we are not asking for every business in the world to come to haiti but we are asking for those that want to come, and in the fields, for example, the textile industry, the tourism industry, the infrastructure industry, the are airline industry we want to talk about them and we want to gauge the interest and we want to show
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them success stories for people who have taken the risk and currencurrently and gotten a god return. >> that's ali velshi with the hasn't prime minister, laurel lamont.
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>> and finally from us, we know talking on your cell phone can while driving can be a risk. john hendren traveled to chicago on a new design to improve safety on the road. >> u.s. transportation officials are calling it their moon shot. >> the prospect of being able to cut according to research perhaps 70 to 80% of the
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collisions and accidents that are happening around the country. that is a huge advance in safety. it's one that i don't think can be overstated. >> it's a moon-shot where we're already halfway there in terms of the development of the technology. >> a u.s. government study will take talking cars from the realm of fiction to reality. to date, transportation safety has been focused largely on helping drivers survive accidents. but a new nationwide program helps to equip drivers with mandatory precrash technology. >> the possibility of this technology is enormous. >> 3,000 drives in an arbor michigan, had devices installed in their cars, warning of sudden breaking, for example, requiring new vehicles to talk to each
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other using wireless technology by 2017. john hendren, al jazeera. >> by the way, the transportation safety administration says the data does not include the safety of the vehicles. that's it for "america tonight," more coming up tomorrow. >> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. here are tonight's top stories. a new security concern for people flying to russ fo russiar the winter game. the department of homeland
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security warns visitors to be on the look outfor toothpaste tubes that may be filled with explosives. many communities have been mixing sand with salt to extend their supplies. without enough salt, driving conditions are treacherous. the nation's second biggest pharmacy chain says it's taking cigarettes off the shelves. cvs says it will end tobacco sales by october 1st. the ceo wants to get the company back on healthier road. the autopsy of philip seymour hoffman was inconclusive and doctors need to do more
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tests. four people have been arrested possibly in connection with his death. a bionic hand allows amputees to feel again. you can get the latest news on >> out of a russian prison, into a new york stage. the latest on the pussy riot saga. the tiger mom amy, will talk more. plus are robots coming the your job? and can you foafergh forgive a o almost killed you? i'm antonio mora, welcome to "consider this," here is more about what's ahead.


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