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hi everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. arming ukraine. the white house considers sending heavy weapons to fight the russian backed rebilitiesdz backed rebels. police killing and thetrophy of new documents fueling the controversy. measles outbreak, schools ban unvaccinated kids, the fight for religious little bit and safety. plus. >> i can't tell you how good it
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feels to be free. >> peter greste, freed after a year in an egyptian prison and calling for release of two other al jazeera journalists. and we begin with a major development in the crisis in ukraine. it's not coming from kiev or the kremlin. it's coming from washington. what could be a seismic change the white house may be ready to arm forces in the months-long battle that could have profound consequences in the fighting. rebel leader says he needs 100,000 more fighters. jamie mcintire is live in washington with more. jamie. >> the chairman of the joint chiefs is giving president obama his best advice of the best way
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to aid the government of ukraine but what they're saying privately those pentagon officials is that the worry is that pouring more arms into the conflict won't make the political solution come any sooner. officials say in the recent months russia has been moving are more equipment into ukraine and it's increasingly apparent that the 100 million in nonlethal aid to ukraine is no match against moscow's arsenal. >> effective support to the separatists in terms of heavy equipment and materiel, that support continues virtually unabated. >> reporter: in recent weeks ukraine's forces have suffered a series of setbacks, and the government needs so-called
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defensive weapons such as tow missiles, for their conflict against the separatists. a losing game, may make a negotiated solution tougher to reach. >> our focus does remain on pursuing the solution through diplomatic means and we are always evaluating other options that would help create space for a negotiated solution to the crisis. >> speaking in beijing russia's foreign minister sergey lavrov says they have apparently taken a course towards a military solution to the conflict. unlikely that the threat of providing better weaponry to the ukrainian forces would change the cast includes. president putin's unyielding position is helping his image at home. >> i'm not wildly optimistic that his orientation changes.
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partly because the one thing some for mr. putin is his politics. >> reporter: and john, one senior white house official in an interview said the president while considering more military aid, is focusing on more sanctions on russia, and that might be a way to get to russian president putin but the president has made no decision. >> jamie mcintire, thank you. crucial railway hub northeast of donetsk. 15 civilians were killed since peace talks broke down this weekend, now both sides are seeking more manpower. rebel commanders want to boost their forces to 100,000 men and kiev is killing up another 50,000 troops. tonight al jazeera journalist peter greste is a free man
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released from a egyptian prison after over 400 days. he was convicted of aiding the muslim brotherhood charges that al jazeera rejects. now he's calling for the release of his colleagues still held behind bars. >> i can't tell you how good it peoples to be free. to be out now today with just a few minutes' notice rail, really is just extraordinary. but i also feel incredible angst about my colleagues, leaving them behind. and you know i know that there is mohamed fahmy and baher mohamed and the seven other people that were convicted alongside us in absentia and seven others who have nothing to do with the case who are serving sentences. so amidst all of this relief i still feel a sense of concern a
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real sense of worry. because if it's appropriate for me if it's right for me to be free then it's right for all of them to be free. >> much more of that interview coming up at the half hour. our paul beban is here with more on greste's release and the fight to release our al jazeera colleagues paul. >> after a lot of anxiety and anguish peter said his freedom was a total surprise. he was on a daily run when a guard came and told him it was time to pack your stuff. it was a moment more than 400 days in the making. >> i can't tell you how relieved i am at being free. i really dent didn't expect, we were settling in for a couple of months and for a few moments notice is extraordinary.
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>> reporter: on december 29, 2013 three al jazeera journalists were arrested in cairo, peter greste, mohamed fahmy and baher mohamed were accused ever supporting the muslim brotherhood and spreading false news in the aftermath of a military coup. from the beginning, al jazeera rejected the allegations and demanded the men's release. within a few weeks the hatchet #freeajstaff had gone viral around the world. human rights groups called the five month trial a sham. the so-called evidence against the three men included a video of sheep herding footage of peter greste in kenya, as well as footage from an entirety different channel. >> we found that the videos have no criminal indictment whatsoever. >> in june with the three men in cages the courtroom packed with journalists, diplomats and relatives erupted at the guilty
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verdict. >> i don't know how the judge came to that decision. >> greste an australian and fahmy an egyptian canadian were both sentenced to seven years. producer mohamed was sentenced to 10. for the families it was the lowest point of what had been a desperate year. >> the day of the sentence it still remains in my memory as just an awful awful nightmare. >> reporter: world leaders including president obama denounced the court ruling. >> the issue of the al jazeera journalists in egypt we have been clear both publicly and privately that they should be released. >> reporter: but the egyptian government would stand behind the verdict arguing that the decision had not been political and saying the appeals process would determine what happened next but even egyptian president said he wished the journalists would never have been put on trial, he would have preferred them to be deported and the image of the journalists kept in
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metal cages hurt egypt's standing in the world. just last month a judge ordered their retrial but gave no timing on their appeals process. that all ended this weekend when egypt freed peter greste. >> i also feel incredible angst about my colleagues, leaving them behind. i know there's mohamed fahmy and baher mohamed and amidst all of this relief i still feel a sense of concern a real sense of worry. because if it's appropriate for me if it's right for me to be free then it's right for all of them to be free. >> mohamed fahmy holds egyptian and canadian citizenship and there are hopes he will be deported to canada. earlier today canada's foreign minister said fahmy's release was imminent, not specifically the hour. and baher mohamed missed the birth of his youngest son in
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august. >> paul beban, thank you. richard stengel a former journalist once the managing editor of "time" magazine, welcome. >> hi john good to be with you. >> let's start with the release of peter greste, there are two other al jazeera journalists who remain behind bars. since the release of greste is there any indication of two others being released by the statement? >> we welcome the release of peter greste your colleagues of colleague. as greste says he feels a little guilty because if he's released that would be grounds for release of his two colleagues and we agree with that. other than that we have no particular sniegd in insight in what the egyptian government is doing but we would welcome them releasing the other al jazeera journalists. >> is there anything we can do? >> i have been speaking on it, i
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have been on al jazeera a number of times my boss has talked about a number of times and talked about it to president al-sisi. we would argue as we do always that none of these men should be punished for doing their job that journalism is not a crime and that a free speech space journalism is essentially to a democratic at free society in egypt. >> are you concerned that america continues to provide aid to egypt despite its record on human rights? >> john, egypt is a key ally to the united states in the middle east, our support is not contingent on that yet we are using our power of influence to have the egyptian government release these three now two al jazeera journalists. >> from news organizations and also other cubs has had an
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impact on the release of peter greste? >> you know, john, i can't say. you know we welcome the influence and the opinions and the support of journalistic organizations for their release and based on the release of peter greste perhaps it did have an influence and a positive effect. as i say we still continue to advocate for the release of the other two al jazeera journalists. >> you were a journalist yourself for many years. on a personal level when you see the rights of journalists being cracked down on in countries like egypt what is your reaction to that? >> you know, one of the things john that we're seeing around the world is, the targeting of journalists. once upon a time when you and i started, journalists weren't targded. we were -- targeted, we were sometimes hurt or wounded in the course of reporting on stories. now all around the world we are seeing the targeting of journalists for doing their job.
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it is disconcerting, it is something i feel strongly about need to support and the taint needs support and this is a new thing under the sun and it is not something we welcome in any way. >> rick are stengel good to have you on the show. >> good to be with you. >> more spending for education and infrastructure in president obama's budget. around influence help for american workers like paid sick days for the 43 million americans who don't gem them now. libby casey has more from the white house. >> tracyon cassarubias was on her job when she suffered an asthma attack. >> they ended up calling the
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blangs forambulance for me. >> when she came back to work she was suspended three days without pay. >> they took my badge and eescortedescorted me out of the building. as if i were a fugitive. >> seattle is one of the first cities with a law guaranteeing sick leave to workers including those who are paid by the hour. president obama wants to see that model all over the country. and he's calling for paid leave in his annual budget. >> it helps working families' paychecks go further. by treating things like paid sick leave and childcare as the economic priorities that they are. >> the white house says workers should earn up to seven sick days a year. they could use that time to take care of themselves or a sick family member. and the obama administration wants to expand paid family leave for new parents.
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but not everyone is on board. >> i think it's best to let business owners decide that for themselves. they know what they can afford. >> jack masolam with the national federation of independent business, says that most companies dpnd on depend on their employees to show up for work. >> if your employees aren't there, no one is servicing customers and you're losing money. the president wants them to pay for sick leave and it's a double hardship. >> tracyon cassarubias says having a safety net would make her a better employee. >> i understand that concept but i cannot perform for you to the fullest of my capabilities if i'm not healthy. >> the fight over paid leave will continue both in the nation's capital and in states
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across the country considering expanding it on their own. and john, democrats in both the house and senate are already teeing up legislation to try to get paid family and sick leave on the books. so watch for that fight to happen soon on capitol hill. john. >> all right libby thank you. the president's new budget asks for a $534 billion defense budget. that's 35 billion above the mandatory spending cap that was imposed back in 2011. he's also seeking an additional $51 billion to fund ongoing military operations in iraq, syria and afghanistan. coming up next on the broadcast: the battle over legal exemptions that allow parents not to immunize their children and police in virginia forced to reveal the details of a fatal shooting.
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why a man was shot even though he had his hands up.
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>> the measles outbreak is growing. in january more than 100 new cases reported in 14 states. as the numbers rise, the debate intensifies over parents who object to vaccinations. it is a debate that is playing out in america's public schools and jonathan betz joins us with more. jonathan. >> john by 1980 every state had a law largely requiring vaccinations for kids who attend public schools. but over the years more and more states have added exemptions and now a lot of parents have a
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choice. what began in disneyland has now spread across the country. more than bheun infected 100 infected with measles, 18 more case he reported this week. >> i know parents who are concerned about the effects of vaccinations, the science is pretty indisputable. >> as the number of cases swells concern that laws are too lax. 19 states allow parents to skip vaccinating their children simply if they don't want to. nearly every other state allows parents to opt out for religious reasons but only west virginia and mississippi don't. they have the strictest laws. the only possible exemption he are for medical reasons. >> you should have them innoculated. you are putting everybody else
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in danger. >> the concern has grown especially in wealthy educated areas. holly worries that vaccinations could cause problems for her kids. >> we want the healthiest kids that we have so we don't vaccinate our kids. >> the most measles cases in nearly two decades. five years ago nearly 72,000 kindergarteners weren't vaccinated for measles. now that number is creeping up to nearly 91,000 today. >> over the last five years we've seen more cases and more outbreaks in the five years before that. and a lot depends open on you know how many people travel. >> measles were was considered to be eliminated in the u.s. but there were still cases many times from
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travelers from outside the u.s. >> studies have shown there are no negative consequences. >> not just children getting sick but young adults. already doctors have seen as many cases in the first month as they typically see all year. that is leading many to worry this advisor is once again getting a foot hold in the u.s. >> thank you. froaferlprofessor of ep epidemiology. >> the failure to vaccinate is one of the primary causes of this outbreak we have now. >> how did we get from 2000 to today? >> one of the challenges was there was a study published in 1998 completely fabricated, proven to be false has tried to be replicated and has failed to
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be replicated, which links the mmr vaccine for measles to autism. fears about potential risks of vaccinating children and unfortunately that has led it has taken foothold in popular culture, led a number of parents to question whether or not they should vaccinate their children and led us to this situation we are in now. >> sadly it's not just their parents but some doctors have told them to do this, right? >> unfortunately that is inconsistent with the science. these doctors who are giving this kind of vice advice not according to what we understand, and these doctors are practicing far away with what is good medicine. >> let me play a sound bite from rand paul.
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>> i'm not against vaccination but it should be voluntary how about somebody not taking a smallpox vaks seen. for the most part it should be voluntary. >> what do you say about that? >> people like senator paul, who is also a physician taking politics ownership science. the decision not to vaccinate is not just about one's only one's own children and their exposure, herd mentality could expose people to measles it's not just about me or you it's protecting people who can't be protected in society, infants who haven't reached the age where they can be vaccinated. >> parents who don't vaccinate are putting other children at risk? >> that's the point. it's not what's right for my kids but what's right for community.
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unfortunately parents are making a decision which is both bad for their children and bad for other children in their community. >> you have a senator who may be running for president of the united states, doctors saying that. how do you actually give the proper information the correct information, how do you provide patients and their parents with the science? >> yes so the irony here, let's go back five months when we were worried about ebola in the united states. people like rand paul, people like chris christie were making a big deal that was really frankly in the united states almost a non-issue. we had almost no transferals of ebola to other individuals in this country except those taking care of people in the hospital. now we have a situation where we have a measles outbreak over 100 cases already. measles is real. people are at risk for exposure and these same people are making arguments about why people should or parents should be a little bit careful or parents should have the choice.
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unfortunately that is irresponsible. at this point i think it's important to stress the message that measles vaccination protects children saves lives and the only way to address this outbreak and future outbreaks. >> i hope people hear you. repeating that message over and over. doctor it's good to have you. breaking silence police in virginia release details of a man who has his hands up. plus. >> to be out today with a few minutes' notice valley just extraordinary. >> in his own words journalist peter greste on spending more than a year behind bars just for doing his job.
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interhi everyone, this is al jazeera america many i'm john siegenthaler. fatal shot. >> what instigated somebody pulling a trigger and killing my son? >> witnesses including police say his hands were up. why one officer says he pulled the trigger. peter greste. >> if it's right for me to be free then it's right for all of them to be free. >> an al jazeera journalist finally freed and speaking about our two colleagues still behind bars. and black and white newly released gordon parks photos bringing america's america's america's segregated past to light. 400 days. peter greste was imprisoned in egypt fighting for his freedom. tonight he's out of jail but the fight is far from over.
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greste and two other al jazeera journalists were falsely convicted of falsely aiding the muslim brotherhood. our other colleagues remain behind bars. tonight greste is speak going their ordeal. >> i can't tell you how elated i am at being free. i didn't expect that we would be out, with just a few minutes notice is just really extraordinary. what is really clear is this is a massive step forward. i think for egypt too it's been a really big step forward. i think everyone has acknowledged that this is an important moment. i just hope that egypt keeps going down this path with the others, and releases not just baher and fahmy but the others who are beside us in these other conditions.
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you don't spend 400 days in a box with these people, i have been able to accept baher and fahmy as brothers. no other way. fahmy is a dedicated journalist a very passionate very strong willed character. and ba baher if any of us has suffered the most, he has a wife who had a baby while in prison. it was incredibly tough for him as someone so devoted to his family to have to be where he is knowing that he's innocent knowing that this is a huge mistake. we need to keep the focus on him and we don't quite know what's going to happen from here on. i still feel a sense of concern a real sense of worry because if it's appropriate for me, if it's right for me to be free, then
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it's right for all of them to be free. so it was a very difficult moment walking out of that prison saying good-bye to those guys not knowing how much longer they will have to put up with this. and then, the ride to the airport was a sense of really wondering if it was actually all going to come to an end because we've had an awful lot of false starts with this. an awful lot of false alarms, a lot of moments when we thought freedom was close if not imminent only to have it snatched away. i didn't want to let myself believe it really was happening until i got my back side on the seat on the plane with my brother mike and we knew then that for me at least this is over. >> al jazeera sue turton was also convicted by the egyptian government. she was tried in absentia last year sentenced to ten years in prison. earlier today we talked with her
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about peter greste and the phone call greste made just after he was released. >> he had just basically been released he was at the airport and he rang my boss and she thought it was his brother calling because she was so used to speaking to his brother since this whole incarceration of these past founder days and she said hi mike, and he said, what's the voice of another australian you would really like to hear, and she said peter's. he said that's exactly who this is. he want emotional just checking in with an assignment, before he got on the plane. >> this has affected his colleagues especially you who knows him. can you talk about what emotional roller coaster this has been? >> when the guys were first
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arrested in december of 2013 we really thought it would be just a few days or maybe a week before they were deported. we had a team earlier in the year who had also been detained and after five days they had been shown the door and were deported. quite a few other journalists were being treated the same way. after the coup and turmoil and after president morsi was deposed. we didn't think this would last long after the months, we obviously got worried. after the charge sheet came out against the others in al jazeera in absentia, there was no rhyme or reason why they picked these out, almost like they picked them out of a hat. we heard they would have a trial in the summer. we were treating the story there like any other story going into egypt as we do all over the world doing our reporting as carefully as we can and then of course trial happened and
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everybody that watched it saw they didn't bring any evidence really that convicted us. that really proved in any way we were guilty of what they were saying aiding and abetting a terrorist organization. but then they found us guilty so then we were there very hopeful it would be a not guilty sentence we were crushed again and the guys in the prison cell were crushed much more than ours. then we are hearing that peter is out. we're suddenly thinking it's turned our luck has turned and egypt is going to actually release one of our guys and now all we can do is pray that the next release will be mohamed fahmy. and i have a direct line into the prison and i'm being told this is imminent and then all we can do is concentrate in how we get baher mohamed out too. >> sue obviously you can't go back to egypt considering your legal status there. how else is has this conviction affected your work? >> my biggest probe problem is the
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whole of africa, i do conflict zones war zones in my work and africa is the rich seam of that kind of area. but egypt has agreement between nations, that somebody convictof something as serious as terrorism, i'm a fugitive in egypt's eyes, then they will hand you over. and so that writes off the whole continent for me and places backing egypt like saudi arabia bahrain uae i have been warned by experts in this kind of things that these are not places i should really be passing through or reporting from. it's had an impact on the places i can travel to but this is small-fry you know compared to the guys who just spent 400 days in a prison cell. >> no doubt but has it changed
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the way you do your job this whole experience? >> yes perhaps i i'm a bit more cautious but it won't stop me from pushing the boundaries. i just came back from iraq which you can imagine working in northern iraq is quite challenging with what's going on with i.s.i.l. there at the moment. doesn't stoap me going to those places and wanting to find out what's really going on. >> that was sue turton. press freedom are reaches far from egypt. every day journalists experience threat of death. paul beban reports. >> brutal barbaric violence, syria iraq gaza, even paris. not only about silencing the media but about replacing the press with propaganda. during the war in gaza,
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photojournalist badi is brought to the hospital. he will later be buried with his camera. during fighting in libya journalists take cover from in incoming and memorials for are journalist kenji goto and for charlie hebdo journalists the past months have been terrible. >> a time of extreme violence against journalists all over the world. >> of the 220 journalists 132 have been there because they criticize their governments. 45 have not been charged with anything. >> the parties in control want to control the information. to produce their own propaganda. >> sings the beginning of the year 18 journalists have been killed doing their jobs. after years of war the front lines are blurry, local fighters are difficult to trust and sole
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outlines to radical. the islamic state of iraq and the levant hunts journalists to execute or sell. >> i'm john can'tley we're in the case of kobani. >> or in the case of john cantly. fourth journal to die in one syrian village in as many days. >> syria is the most dangerous place to be right now. >> china, 44 are in prison the highest number ever. protesters carry are pictures of gao yu. and hong kong where chinese authorities exert massive influence, made journalists the targets. >> china has been the biggest for professional journalists and
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nonprofessional journalists since years. >> iran is the leading jailer of female journalists. reporter yevgeni later released. but hard line clerics and military commanders trying to scare or silence journalists by accusing them of, quote antigovernment propaganda. the journalist who claimed that no journalists were gay. won a press freedom award. >> i experienced the most pressures in prison but once i was released, more determined than ever i wanted to continue my profession and career. >> then there's egypt. the egyptian revolution replaced by a muslim brotherhood leader forcing into compile or
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imprisonment. peter greste's release is rare good news but the fears there will be more attempts to replace the press with propaganda and silence journalists with murder and intimidation. egyptian court sentenced 183 supporters of the muslim brotherhood to death. they were convicted in the killing of 15 police officers in 2013. the muslim brotherhood has been outlaud in egypt -- lawed in jeepped. it is the party of the egypt's former president mohamed morsi who was ousted in 2013. towrng syria 20 reported killed dozens injured including women and children. many communities have been devastated in the ongoing civil war. aleppo once a financial center is among them. kim canal has more. vanel last more. >> buried amongst the rubble a
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boy called omar cries for help. rescue workers try oreshure him and as they work -- to reshure to reassure him. the aleppo district of bardin leveled entire blocks killing women and children. omar is pulled from the rubble he is alive but only just. doctors decide they have to amputate his leg. >> most of the wounded were worms and children's. doctors are now dealing with a case to amputate the patient's leg. >> reporter: these things of destruction are all too common in syria.
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the syrian observatory for human rights say 200,000 people have lost their lives. where the task at hand seems insurmountable. the finding of one sphierve is unbelievable. >> two minutes later a barrel bomb hit the district and thank god we were able to bring two children alive from the rubble. >> having done all they could workers watched on as heavy machinery took over. there is little home of -- hope of finding anyone alive kim vanel al jazeera. >> over the disappearance of the 43 college students after a protest last fall. the parents of some of those students traveled to to geneva and barnaby phillips has that story.
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>> mexican delegation, some of the parents of the student like gaspar who inclination to the belief that his son is still alive. >> yes we do, we believe our children are still alive and that's why we carry on fighting. the government has not said to us here are your children, here are their remains and that's why we continue to believe they're alive. >> reporter: in mexico the protests are driven by anger and disgust that the police and level of government corruption this has revealed. the u.n. commission will make recommendations that may push or even shame the mexican government into improving its human rights record but the
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relatives of the missing have come all this way with very specific questions about the whereabouts of their loved ones. to that extent they are likely to be disappointed. human rights experts asked about the speed of human reforms in mexico whether they are making a difference. the mexican government says there has been great progress in recently years and what happened in igwala was an aberration. >> it is one of the isolated events. it is, it is tremendously dramatic and a huge tragedy that you cannot measure. but it's not a trend. it's not part of the culture anymore. and that's the main change. >> but that is no consolation to the parents from igwala who have come all this way. as time passes, it seems less likely that they'll ever see their children again. barnaby phillips, al jazeera geneva. >> coming up next, in this
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broadcast, newly developed pictures through the eyes of the first black staff photographer. hotographer.
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>> we are learning more tonight about a fatal shooting in virginia. it happened 18 months ago causing controversy and protest. 1100 pages of documents just made public works witnesses including police told investigators that 46-year-olds john geer had his hands raised when he was shot by adam torres. torres said some very different. lisa stark has the story. lisa. >> john this is another case of an unarmed man who was shot by
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police, not gettingful attention. thousands of pages of documents paint a clear but still very disturbing picture of what happened that day. it began with a 911 call. >> what is your emergency? >> we need police. >> ended up with police shooting and killing an unarmed man who was standing in his doorway. that man is don geer's son. >> i have this in my mind a long long time. i was there and saw what happened. >> he waited a long time to get the report about the shooting. the document shows what he knows all along. >> what have you known all along? >> that john was -- the shooting of my son was unjustified. >> it was august 2013. his son john was distraught with
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the breakup of his long time partner. he began tossing her belongings outside the home. she called 911 and told them he did have guns. >> what kind of guns? >> shotguns and handguns. >> john showed the police a gun but put it on the ground. the officer by the tree, gun at the ready and this one too his weapon pointed at geer who stood in a tee shirt and shorts his hands resting on his screen door, refusing orders to come outside. >> it was five or ten minutes after this, maybe shorter his hands came down slightly to about his ear level. and that's when the bullet rang out. >> reporter: a bullet fired by officer adam torres piercing
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geer in the torso. swat team charged inside. geer was found inside dead, he died from a heart attack from uncontrolled bleeding. it was ruled a homicide. wall of silence from police and fairfax county. no explanation of why police apparently shot a man with his hands in the air. but now under court order the county has released 11,000 pages of documents. what they show is remarkable. only the shooter officer adam torres, felt threatened. gle jerked his hands down near his waist write thought he could have another firearm. >> other officers said they never saw his hands go below his
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shoulders. officer rodney barnes had asked to scratch his nose, was putting his hands back up when he was shot. >> i was pissed like what just happened here? >> another officer called the shooting a complete surprise. right after the shooting torres told another officer "i'm sorry" but didn't say that to investigators. >> it was justified i have no doubt about that at all. i don't feel sorry for shooting the guy at all. >> geer's daughters now teenagers do not understand why this happened to their father. neither does don geer who hopes to finally get justice. >> there's no reason why i should have had to go through the misery i have had to have gone through for this period of time. >> and this case continues. the family, the estate representing the two daughters has are field a civil suit
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against the county. but there's also a question of whether any criminal charges will ultimately be filed. that would usually be it to a virginia state prosecutor. that prosecutor claimed he could not get the documents he needed from police. he punted to the justice department which also had to sue for documents. the justice department has been looking at this case john for over a year now. torres meanwhile remains on the job but on desk duty. >> why did it take so long to release these documents? >> reporter: it remains clear investigations were going on so they didn't want to compromise the investigations. the judge didn't buy it, the judge after hearing the case ordered all of these documents to be released. >> interesting story, lisa stark, thank you. chicago is digging out from the city's fifth largest snowfall. more than 19 inches of snow.
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schools were closed in chicago. those who made the morning commute had to battle drifting snow and winds up to 55 miles an hour. our meteorologist rebecca stevenson has more on that storm, rebecca. >> john this storm was incredible. as it tracked across chicago known detroit and now it is passing through parts of massachusetts, poverty in particular up through -- boston in particular and up through maine . temperature changes have plummeted just in a few hours by 12 to 15° cooler at there hour and as you said with chicago's fifth largest brings art on record chicago was 16.2 inches of snow on february 1st well, that's more than any snow they've gotten on a givennen day in february. all kinds of records were broken with this snow. little over six and a half
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inches at new york city, at la guardia airport. icicles out on the streets now it feels like eight degrees below zero in albany. flash freeze coming in tonight as temperatures plunging into the teens in some areas single digits. we're concerned with icing low temperatures are expected to be in the single digits, a lot of places that got the snow, the ice and then snow on top of it. john. >> they sure did rebecca thank you very much. an extraordinary exhibit at the museum of fine art in boston. features never before seen works by gordon parks a photographer who helped document the civil
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rights revolution. now we're looking at some of his most guarded works. >> gordon packers was hired by "time" magazineparks, his work froman earlier era a time before the civil rights revolution, at the boston museum of fine arts. in 1950 life commissioned a photoessay back to fort scott. the youngest of 15 children, attended a segregated school where his aspirations for higher education were discouraged and he along with fellow black students weren't even allowed to play sports or attend social
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gatherings. from fort scott to columbus, parks followed a young black couple as they tried go on a date. they were refused admission to the local theater. they then bought sodas at a pharmacy. the administering forced them to drink their beverages outside on the sidewalk. when parks returned to life's offices in new york he brought with him a portfolio that offered a rare look at life in a forgotten corner of america. but life magazine inner ran the essay. it said that other news simply got in the way. now, 60 years later we finally get a new glimpse of at america's past. and perhaps a new look at ourselves as well. you can see the exhibition, gordon parks back to fort scott at boston's museum of fine art
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until september 15. that's our broadcast. thanks for watching. i'm john siegenthaler, the news continues with antonio mora and stephanie sy. don't go away.
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ukraine peace talks collapse and the violence escalates in the east. with pro-russian fighters recruiting fighters. america considering arming ukraine with leftie am weapons. peter greste speaks out. >> i didn't. to be free. >> adding his voice to continued release of our colleagues, baher mohamed and mohamed fahmy. their case is