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as a result of that, though, we still have an investigation that is still ongoing. our investigation is separate from the cherokee county's investigation, and our investigation is slightly different. we had four asian females that were killed, and so we are
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looking at everything to make sure we discover and determine what the motive of our homicides were. again, it's just very important to let you know that we are not done. in most cases of homicides we don't have a quick apprehension, there's usually a lengthy investigation especially when it involves multiple vehiclictims, we are working diligently to ascertain all the facts so we can have a successful prosecution, and that's what is most important now. i was hoping we would be able to release the names of the victims, but we are not able to do that at this time, and the reason is we need to make sure that we have a true verification of their identities and that we
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make the proper next of kin notification. again, i thought we were going to be able to do that, and out of respect of the lives of the families, we want to make sure that we do that privately before we release the names of our victim publicly. again, you know, we can have a couple questions, again, it's very important that everybody knows that, you know, our investigation has not concluded and is still ongoing. >> reporter: so is the investigation -- is the investigation into a possible hate crime, that is still on the table? >> our investigation is still look into everything. nothing is off the table for our investigation. >> reporter: you lgot a lot of reaction yesterday after cherokee investigators said they don't think it's a hate crime and the suspect had a bad day
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and some people criticize them for saying it so early and i know you cannot speak for the people that said that, but what is apd's position on that? >> i don't have a position. like i said, i will only comment about our investigation. again, we're not prepared to talk a lot about what has been said because, again, we're not trying to try the case in public. this is, again, it's a tragic -- again, we try to remember that eight families are impacted by this. we wouldn't be doing justice by putting a lot of the information out in the public, and especially if -- in our cases where the next of kin has not been notified. i know it's tough. i know there are a lot of questions that want to be answered, but, again, we just ask that you just respect the families that are still mourning
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and some who may not even know yet, and so that's a real key part for our victims, because our victim's next of kin has not been identified. >> you anticipate being able to release the identity of the victims? >> as soon as we verify and make the notifications, and we are asking for the counsel of the republic of korea to make that notification. >> reporter: will that likely go beyond today? >> yes. >> is it because they are from a different country, is that part of the delay? >> that's part of the delay, yes. >> sorry? >> right now early in our investigation, it appears he may
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have freaquented those location. >> both? >> yes. >> reporter: was there any encounters about -- >> i can't answer that. >> reporter: you believe he had been at both of those locations? >> i can say he frequented both locations, yes. >> reporter: would you say he targeted the victims he shot and killed? >> i will not say that. un unfortunately they were at that location and i can't say he specifically targeted those individuals, but what i will say is he did freak -- as the question keeps coming up, he did frequent those locations there in atlanta. >> reporter: is also the problem of identifying the victims, do they not have any family members in the united states, are all their family members overseas in korea? >> i am not saying that.
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we want to make sure we do our due diligence, and some family may be stateside and some may be in the atlanta area, and we want to make sure we do our due diligence that the identification of the victims have been handled first. >> reporter: have the police ever been called to those locations before? >> that was addressed last week. i mean, we have had resent -- not recent, but we have calls there, but that's not why we are here, so. >> reporter: the 9 millimeter gun, and his mental illness? >> i am not sure about any mental illness, but we do know he purchased the gun on the day of the incident. >> i will take eit from here. that was just the deputy police
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in atlanta, and we will talk to our reporter in just a second. as we have been covering the massage parlor murdered in the atlanta area, eight kills and six of whom were asian -- from the asian-american community, and he said, and this is key, we are not done. the question has been all about the motive of this suspect, talked about, you know, having this sexual addiction, and there has been pushback on that as to if that's the full truth and so he said they are not done into the motive, and if they are investigating it as a hate crime, he said everything is on the table and he couldn't say whether the suspect targeted the specific women but he did frequent the two particular massage spas before, and so ryan
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has been on the ground. to me what jumped out was hearing the deputy chief saying we are not done when it comes to motive. what did you think? >> reporter: there's something i want to bring up, the chief deputy is somebody who has been investigations for sometime, and i can remember ten or 12 years ago watching him do homicide investigations when i was a reporter here in atlanta, so he knows how this investigative part and process works, and so it's important to see him the night of the shooting and going through it with detectives and talking to him on scene, and they had several meetings out here as they did with parts of the evidence collection, and they are doing a massive dump in terms of the video, and they are going to the businesses and getting videos, and so not only do they watch traffic but there are businesses that are linked to this and they are able to go in and ask them for that video so they can do part of that
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analysis, and then as you were talking to the former detective yesterday, you know they will go into a deep dive of credit card receipts or cash and see how many times he had showed up here, and then you have the shell casings and physical evidence, and some of the spas have video evidence on the inside, and they will go through that and see how many times he had shown up. the gun being purchased on the day of the assaults is something that also sticks out to me, and they are going through the process painstakingly. we watched them remove the body 6 1/2 hours after the shooting here on scene, so you can tell they were doing everything they could to get every piece of evidence. the one question i would have is whether or not the homicide investigators would be able to interview the witnesses and suspects, and sometimes that's part of the question, and you have to think about this in terms of the expert opinions of the investigators here in
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atlanta, did they have a crack at asking him some of the questions? a lot of questions are still on the table, and that's what i got from the news conference, that this is not a slam dunk and yes the suspect is in custody but they have to peel it back and figure out what his motivations are. >> thank you for connecting me to the detective yesterday, and that was all you, thank you. specializing in domestic terrorism, and again, this is -- this sounds like a lone wolf situation. you were listening to the deputy police chief there in atlanta. what were your initial thoughts just listening to the bits of information he was willing to relay? >> well, while it's important to acknowledge that this is still an ongoing investigation, and that evidence is being collected to show whatever the evidence shows may have to follow the evidence and to a certain extent
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it seems to be cleaning up previous law enforcement statements about this being a hate crime. part of the problem with the way law enforcement is less than attentive to hate crimes generally, i think, gets highlighted in the case like this where it's not just that this case needs to be treated seriously but all cases targeting asian-americans and every other community in the united states needs to be treated with the same kind of care. >> you hit on a couple points. i have a couple follow-ups. number one, i did talk to this former homicide detective from atlanta yesterday and his suggestion, just as the question is about the motive for the suspect, you know, saying that perhaps this -- the motivation on the shooter's sex addiction might be self-serving, meaning it may not be the full truth. do you agree with that? how do investigators get the
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full truth, the full motivation here? to ryan's point, do you think atlanta police will get a crack at the suspect beyond the cherokee county's sheriff's department? >> i am sure the atlanta police will get an opportunity and i am sure they are involved in a joint investigation, as the officer said that will involve not just state and local authorities but also the federal government, and that's really key here because the georgia state hate crime statute is a penalty enhancement, in other words, at sentencing if the bias can be shown that might add to the sentence where in a multiple murder charge the sentence is already going to be severe, an enhancement might not make a difference, but federally the fbi also has federal hate crime statutes it can use, and just
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because this person went to these places or obviously how he conducted himself in those places at the times he previously visited might provide evidence as to his motive, and keep in mind the federal hate crime statutes not only protect against racial bias but gender bias and there may be different ways the federal authorities might be able to bring charges as well. >> the other piece of this that you eluded to, and he was asked about it and wouldn't kphept on -- comment on it, but the cherokee police said that day was a really bad day for the shooter, and that's getting a lot of criticism for something like that after these murders. now we're learning that same spokesperson allegedly posted a photo of a racist anti-asian
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covid t-shirt on facebook a year ago, and as a former fbi agent what is your reaction to that? >> certainly it needs to be investigated, and the totality of the circumstances needs to be taken into consideration, but that initial statement is exactly why the communities impacted by hate crimes are so troubled by the response, and often where there's a white killer, it's quick to dismiss motives that might be apparent just by the nature of the victims or the crime that was committed, and much less this is a case that has garnered a lot of media attention, and many cases with crimes against communities of color -- >> nor do many of them want to speak up when you have a sheriff's spokesperson say this guy had a bad day, you
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understand. >> exactly. the department of crime survey suggested there are as many as 230,000 violent hate crimes a year and more than half do not get reported to police because the victims don't feel the police will help them. if there's a huge problem in the united states about how we address these crimes, and the justice department has to do a better job of taking the lead where there are obstacles to state and local investigations and prosecution of the crimes as hate crimes. >> thank you so much. we have more on the story ahead. we will talk to a member of the asian community in atlanta about the fear and how furious people are and what really can be done. much more news ahead. president biden is expected to address the country about the state of the pandemic and where we are in the race to vaccinate americans before the new variants take hold.
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we're back. you are watching cnn and i am brooke baldwin. thank you for being here. 17 states are seeing a spike in cases of covid-19 amid spring break travel surge and as some states roll back on mask mandates, and some are worried
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the variants could wipe up all the progress we made so far. >> 100 million shots at the end of my 100 days as president. >> there's a long way to go after that. >> every day that goes by where the entire population has not been vaccinated, you worry, obviously. >> but more states are now seeing increases in the average daily number of new covid cases than declines. >> we could see a situation of a lot more infections out pacing the ability of our vaccines to work, and i fear that we may lose, as a result, this race of variants versus vaccines. >> 17 states seeing upticks, and cases shot up by half in delaware and michigan, and the high presence of the uk variant and the same fatigue that set in
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everywhere. >> travel picked up almost to prepandemic levels, and mask wearing is not as common and people are hopeful about the vaccine and not taking precautions. >> a growing number of states are expanding vaccines to all adults. still, cases are climbing. >> you are going to see fluctuations. >> the average daily number of covid deaths remain down and the hospitalizations are the lowest they have been since october 11th, and low dose aspirin may help the risk of death and icu ad ad admissions.
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>> some states are pulling back earlier than they should on the public health care measures. >> amc announcing it will open 98% of its movie theaters nationwide by friday and even more theaters are set to open next week. lawmakers are pushing for answers on why more schools are not opening more quickly. >> i would like to know what you're going to do and when to get our schools reopened. >> there are now emerging studies on the question between three feet and six feet. i am aware of several that will be released in the next several days and we are actively looking at our guidance to update to address that science. >> a biden administration official tells cnn that change is expected to come on friday. >> along with new guidance for schools we should see new guidance from the cdc for fully vaccinated people and it will likely pertain to travel guidance, first. brooke, the cdc director
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walensky said it has more to do with the safety of the people they will come into contact with, and they are looking at whether or not vaccinated people can be asymptomatic -- >> i am still back on the 98% of amc theaters reopening by friday. that's amazing. thank you. any moment we will be seeing president biden at the white house on the continuing rollout of vaccines around the country and progress on his goal of the 100 million shots after 100 days. and dr. anthony fauci saw himself sparring with rand paul on masks. watch this. >> when you talk about reinfection and you don't keep in the concept of variants, that an entirely different ball game. that's a good reason for a mask.
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>> you're making policy based on congest khur. you won't be able to wear a mask for a couple other years. you have been vaccinated and you parade around in two masks for show. >> no, masks are not theater but masks are protective. >> wow. so phil mattingly is with me, and you may get up staged by the president, so keep in mind momentarily he will speak, but watching the kentucky senator mocking the use of masks, and live pictures there at the white house waiting for the president. what are you hearing from the white house? >> i think there's significant concern. they view it now as a bit of a race, a race of how they ramped up the vaccine, and they will do more so in the weeks and months
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ahead, and that's something you will hear the president talk about, aides say. they could reach that goal as soon as today as 100 million shots in his first 100 days, and that's expected to ramp up in a major way in the weeks ahead. but what you are hearing is the variants and the rolling back of certain masking variations, and when you talk to owe of white house officials, they feel like they are in a race and get the vaccinations as high as they can before variants spread or surge in a bigger manner or capacity in the next several weeks. there are plans, as well, and obviously you will hear the president talk about the progress they made and the progress they think they will make, and the importance in maintaining the rules -- >> here he is, phil.
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thank you. >> the goal i set of administering 100 million shots for the virus in the first 100 days of our office, 100 million shots in 100 days, and it was considered ambitious, and some even suggested it was somewhat audacious. experts said the plan was, quote, definitely aggressive and distribution would have to be seamless for us to be successful. one headline simply put it, quote, won't be easy, end of quote. well, it wasn't. when i took office, when we took office, there was a lot that had to be done. we needed more vaccines, more vaccinators, and we needed a whole governing approach, and i
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contacted the chief of the covid response to, get us on track and truly beat this virus. i am proud to announce that tomorrow, 58 days into our administration, we will have met my goal of administering 100 million shots to our fellow americans. that's weeks ahead of schedule. even with the setbacks we faced during the winter storms, and there's another big step on the path to checking the -- putting checks in pockets and shots in peoples' arms. when we crossed the 15 million doses just three weeks ago, i told you that every time we hit the 15 million mark i would update you on our progress, so here's where we are today. eight weeks ago, only 8% of seniors, those most vulnerable to covid-19 had received a
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vaccination. today 65% of people age 65 or older have received at least one shot. 36% are fully vaccinated. that's key, because this is a population that represents 80% of the well over 500,000 covid-19 deaths that have occurred in america. we have nearly doubled the amount of vaccine doses that we district to states, tribes and territories each week. we have gone from 1 million shots a day, that i promised in december before we were even sworn in to an average of 2.5 million shots a day, out pacing the rest of the world significantly. here's how we accomplished this. using the power given to a president under the production act, we expedited critical materials in vaccine production, such as equipment, machinery and
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supplies. we work with vaccine manufacturers to speed up the delivery of millions more doses and brokered a historic manufacturing partnership between competing companies who put patriotism and public health first. these steps put us on track to have enough vaccine, enough vaccine supply for every adult american by the end of may, months, months earlier than anybody expected. we stood up or supplied more than 600 community vaccination sites administering hundreds of thousands of shots per day. we launched a federal pharmacy program, which has allowed millions of americans to get a shot at one of 1,000 -- excuse me, at one of 14,000 local pharmacies in this country, the same way they get their flu shot. for folks who are not near a
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pharmacy or mass vaccination center, we supplied more than 500 mobile clinics, like pop-up sites or vans, meeting people where they are. meeting people where they are. we deployed nearly 6,000 federal personnel to serve as vaccinators, putting the needle in peoples' arms. and we are reaching those that have been the hardest hit and suffered the most, saw -- especially black, latino, and native. mr. president harris and i took
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a virtual tour of a vaccination center in arizona, one of the nurses said that each shot was like administering a dose of hope, a dose of hope. that's how she phrased it. behind these 100 million shots are millions of lives changed when people receive that dose of hope. grandparents can hug their grandchildren again. frontline workers who can show up at their jobs without the same fear they used to have, teachers with the confidence to head back into the classroom. these milestones are significant accomplishments, but we have much more to do, much more to do. the american rescue plan will help us do it. in addition to the cash payments
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it provides to you and your families, it also provides the funds to add vaccinators, and support more community vaccination centers, and it will help us to open our schools safely. as i told the nation last week, i have directed all states, tribes and territories to make all adults eligible to be vaccinated no later than may the 1st. i am glad to see several states are already making that step to make more and more americans eligible even before may 1st. tomorrow we will hit 100 million doses our administration has administered, but that's just the floor, we will not stop until we beat this pandemic. next week i will announce the
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next goal to put shots in arms. this is a time for optimism, but it's not a time for relaxation. i need all americans, i need all of you to do your part. wash your hands and stay socially distanced, and keep masking up as recommended by the cdc, and get vaccinated when it's your turn. now is not the time to let down your card. last week we saw increases in cases in several states, and scientists made clear things may get worse as new variants of the virus spread. getting vaccinated is the best thing we can do to fight back against these variants. while millions of vaccinated, we need millions more to be vaccinated. again, i need you to get vaccinated when it's your turn, when you are able to do that. i need your help.
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i need you to help. not just the country, but your family, your friends, your neighbors, get them vaccinated as well. if we keep our guard up, stick together and stick with the science, we can look forward to a fourth of july that feels a bit more normal with small groups able to gather for cookouts in backyards, and where we would begin to declare our independence on independence day from the virus. look, together -- together we're going to come through this stronger with renewed faith in each other and our government that fulfills its most important function, protecting the american people. let me be clear again. wearing this mask in the meantime, making sure you wash your hands, making sure you socially distance and listen to the cdc, we have got to reach the point where we have herd immunity, meaning where we have a vast majority of the american
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people have been vaccinated before we can stop wearing these, so please, please, don't let happen here what you see happening in europe happening on television. keep the faith, keep wearing your mask and keep washing your hands and keep socially distanced. we're going to beat this and we are way ahead of schedule and we have a long way to go. i wanted to bring you up-to-date and thank you very much, and may god bless america and god protect our troops. thank you very much. >> reporter: [ inaudible ]? >> you see the headline on your screen there, tomorrow, which is day 58 of the biden administration they will meet the goal of 100 million vaccines. listen, obviously understandable a victory lap on the numbers and
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how ahead of the game they are, really, as he says in beating this thing, but he also reminded all of us, i jotted it down, it's time for optimism but not a time of relaxation. let's talk about all of this with cnn analyst, and dr. matthew. 17 states are seeing a rise in cases. can enough americans get vaccinated to prevent this fourth surge, this spring surge? >> listen, brooke, i was just excited to hear president biden's speech, and as a physician in the trenches to know that my president and the white house has all the eyes focused on really beating this pandemic is something that is very exciting for me, so i want to look at the glass half full. yes, we have to be careful about
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the variants and we know the virus mutates, but we are lucky in this country to have three safe and effective vaccines, and all americans must get vaccinated. i worry about the people that are hez tusitant, and i have a y about this idea, and overall i am optimistic, but we need to get 85% of americans vaccinated. >> laura, i know you noted this as i did, and he said talk to your friends and neighbors, saying we need your help and get everybody vaccinated, and that's a challenge because when you look at the new number out, 47% of trump supporters -- this is according to the new poll, they don't want the vaccine. i just want to read the one quote i read in an ap article today from one trump supporter, an american saying i don't
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believe we need vaccinations. i don't believe it's the way god intended us to be, the majority of people i associate with and the people i go to church, we don't wear the masks or get the shots, and i don't know why so many people are terrified of this. how does biden change their minds? >> biden said he thinks the fastest way to change their minds, those people who are republicans, is by priests, their doctors telling them you need to get vaccinated. the administration believes they will trust their local leaders far more than the government officials in washington, and part of that is because republicans have repeatedly said biden is an illegitimate president and so the voters do
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not trust the democratically elected leaders in d.c. and one other thing he pointed out, he was not hiding the ball on the fact it could get worse before it gets better, and he was trying to tell the public that these new variants, it could make it worse, and he's trying to tell people to continue to wear a mask and continually to stay socially distanced. >> doctor? >> again, variants are always a very sort of suspicious part of this whole pandemic in the sense that we don't know if tvariants will be so lethal enough to cause people to be hospitalized and essentially die. if you look at the cases, yes
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the death rates and hospitalizations have gone down considerably, and a good reason for that is about 100 million people already have natural immunity to covid and we have another over 100 million shots in arms, so really the only way that we can kill these variants is to get people vaccinated, and every week, brooke, as a primary care physician i am very active on social media with my patients, and you have to be able to address their concerns. the two biggest concerns for really minority groups and white republicans is this vaccine was developed so quickly, which by the way, brooke, it's not true, 30 years of research went into the mrna, and what are the long-term side effects, and we don't know. i will tell you one thing, i would rather be treated for a side affect from the covid vaccine than the covid infection. >> let me follow-up with you on the fact that 47% of trump
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supporters are not into getting this vaccine, and i was reading from the doctor over at brown making the point that it's wonderful while the supply is coming in fast and furious, but ultimately when the registration slows down, that could mean that 60 to 65% vaccinated, we could be stuck there. he said we will continue to see significant outbreaks still if people are still refusing to get the vaccine. how can doctors or politicians prevent that? >> i think the most important is by actually talking about it. i think that we actually need to have, you know, large areas where almost a town hall meeting, we can do that virtually where we talk to people. a lot of patients are somewhat embarrassed sometimes to talk to their doctor, thinking my doctor is going to think i am a anti-vaccine individual, which a lot of times, brooke, it's not
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true and people just have questions. i think it was a missed opportunity initially that president trump did not use his powerful base of 80 million people to show the fact that he and the first lady got vaccinated, and he did come back and talk about it and i was happy to hear that, but i still think at the grassroots, the priests, physicians, we have to ask patients and not judge them. i think we can get there. i really think we can get to 85% of people in this country to get vaccinated. >> i had a reverend on with me that preaches to a hispanic congregation, and he was saying to me on tv all these myths and things people believe will happen to them if they get the vaccine, and president biden has called on local rabbis and parishioners to dispel the myths
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that pervade these communities. thank you both so much. good to see you both. >> thank you. even before the shooting spree in the atlanta area, so many people around the country have been confronting racism in their own communities. how the violence in the past year has changed the way asians, asian-americans live their lives. hmmm... where to go today? la? vegas? no, the desert. let's listen to this. louder. take these guys? i mean, there's room. maybe next time, fellas. now we're talking. alright. let's. go.
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breaking developments out of atlanta where the police deputy chief just moments ago said nothing is off the table when it comes to this investigation, and potential hate crime charges in the fatal spa shootings that left eight people dead. almost all women, six of them asian women. he also said the department does not currently have a position on whether this was a hate crime. the suspect says it was not. here's what we do know. asian-americans across this country are frightened and furious, and rightfully so. a new study shows anti-asian hate crimes are up nearly 150% since the onset of the pandemic. joining me now, chair of the georgia advancing progress pac. you have been in georgia helping to flip a contested house seat, and you have become tight with the asian-american community
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around atlanta, and in the wake of what has happened this week, how you have reacted and how have your friends reacted? >> first, i also want to say that, you know, we also flipped the state blue for biden, because the asian-american vote was the margin of victory for biden. >> the success of the momentum we had to run the senate runoff and be successful there, too. in light of the tragedy, it's been an extremely painful for the community. we're shocked. a bunch of us are crying. we have to get together and kind of grieve together last night. and we continue to feel the sorrow for family and the victims and for some -- the entire country is mourning with us. so we appreciate the support in the aapi community here.
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>> we've had conversations on this show about how these anti-asian attacks are underreported because many in the community understandably fear they will not be lynned to you. do you, cam, share that same frustration? >> you know, the asian american community has historically been underrepresented in many ways. and we get ignored and we get discounted. that's why we're experiencing this tragedy as well. people are saying it's not a hate crime. if you're going to kill a bunch of asian women and you plan to go and kill some more asian women, it's a hate crime against asian women. it doesn't matter if it's because he also had an addiction.
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so we would like to see that from law enforcement to reinforce what this is and to the to sweep it under the rug as something else. >> listen, i hear you loud and clear. >> that hurt the community. we're grieving about it and to have it said it's not a hate crime is like another punch in the face after you've been shot. >> we were listening to the atlanta police chief to your point in terms of saying we are not done in terms of figuring out what the motive is here. i'm sure you've seen this. the day of the shootings was, quote, a really bad day for the
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shooter. and is rightfully getting criticized for that. racist covid-19 shirt. cam, i'm going to read this statement and i want you to respond. here is the quote from the statement. comments made by jay baker have become the subject of much tee bait and anger. in as much as his words were taken or construed as insensitive or inappropriate, they were not intended disrespect any of the victims, the gravity of this tragedy or express empathy or sympathy for the suspect. your response to that? >> we don't accept that. we don't accept that because this is a professional law enforcement officer. he should know better.
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it's the same thing we've seen before where the victims get blamed and the predators, you know, get scotch off in order like made excuses for. he had a bad day so he went and shot and killed like eight people and a buchlg of them happened to be asian women. so we're going to, you know, give him sympathy. no. when people say what they're thinking, you know it's not. >> cam ashling, come back any time. thank you so much. >> thank you. new developments in the governor andrew cuomo crisis as another one of his accusers sits down with investigators, next. mm. [ clicks tongue ] i don't know.
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a third former staffer accusing new york governor andrew cuomo of inappropriate conduct is meeting with prosecutors today. ana liss will talk to prosecutors over zoom. what do you know about the interviews with -- that investigators are conducting? >> ana liss was to sit down with the office today. she is the third cuomo accuser to meet with that office, which is an impressive feat for an investigation that got started up days ago. we know they're moving pretty quickly. previous accusers said they met
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with the office for four hours, handed over 120 documents. these are comprehensive interviews as well. everyone here in albany, assembly members, weeks, possibly even months and not days. even though they're moving quickly, this could be a long process. what we are also learning is how governor cuomo plans to combat these allegations. that's really a two-fold strategy. first, he's not answering many questions about the allegations. he was asked multiple times yesterday about allegations and said he would not answer them because of the ongoing investigations, and the other path part of the strategy is to largely distract from the allegations. he's doing things that are very popular in new york. he did an event with famous mets and yankees players. yesterday he went to and monday he visited a mass vaccination site. at the same time that investigators are looking into the allegations, brooke, cuomo
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is largely trying to keep the focus elsewhere. >> with everything he has going on, it looks like he's trying to continue on business as usual. dan merica in rainy albany, thank you very much. i'm brooke baldwin here in new york. let's go to washington, d.c. "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. >> welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. we begin with the health lead. moments ago, president biden touted the progress that the biden administration has made in vaccinating americans against covid-19. the nation is closing in on his goal of 100 million shots earlier than the 100 days biden initially promised. >> 58 days into administration, we have met my goal of ministry 100 million shots to our fellow americans. that's weeks ahead of schedule. we have gone from 1 million shots a day that i promise