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♪ "new day," new hour good to be with you this morning, i'm victor blackwell. >> good morning, everyone. i'm amara walker in for christi paul. this morning, there are new questions about security around the u.s. capitol after a man rammed his vehicle into a barricade, killing one capitol police officer and injuring another. >> u.s. capitol police officer william evans was killed in that attack. he was an 18-year veteran of the force. the second officer is still in the hospital. >> police say the driver was 25-year-old noah green. he was shot and killed by police after police say he exited his car and lunged towards with a knife. house speaker nancy pelosi has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff. president biden said he and the first lady are heartbroken. >> officer evans is the second
police officer to be killed in the line of duty. you'll remember that officer brian sicknick died after injured in the january 6th riot. cnn's joe johns is there at the white house. what is the latest? >> reporter: tight security here at the capital, i can see bus loads d.c. national guard personnel, offload and heading into the capitol building where they have been staging since the big riot on january 6th. but the immediate concern is about the concern threat and what happened yesterday. the details are tragic and simple, around 1:00 eastern time, a man in a car rammed the barricade, on the east front of the united states capitol. emerged from the car, charging the officers. we're today, with a knife. the man was shot and killed. but one officer was injured. one officer was also killed in this confrontation.
the officer who is dead is identified as william evans, an 18-year veteran of the force. a member of the first responders team for the united states capitol police. also a father of two children. now, the other thing we know, including what this suspect, his picture is emerging, a man who is clearly emotionally disturbed, delusional social media posts. and talking about minister louis farrakhan of the nation of islam, he was apparently a follower of the nation of islam. now, congress was not in session at the time of this attack. speaker nancy pelosi put out a dear colleague letter which was originally intended to be a celebration of easter and ramadan as well as passover. in that letter, she writes that america's heart has been broken by the tragic and heroic death of our of our u.s. capitol
police heroes, officer william evans. she called him a martyr for our democracy. she said may it be a comfort to his family that so many mourn with them and pray for them at this sad time. the investigation continues. the officer who was injured, we're told, is in stable condition. still, no indication of a specific motivation for this attack. back to you. >> joe, after the insurrection, speaker pelosi impanelled this task force to look into security. they came back with a report at the beginning of march. some operational structural business changes for security recommended. do we expect that we'll see some of that in the coming months? >> well, as you know, general russel honore was the person who headed that up. there is every indication that the united states congress is taking seriously these recommendations including the possibility of some type of
fencing, or other enclosure of the united states capitol which does not exist at this time. and as you know, victor, we've had numerous security situations here. not just what happened on january 6th, but all the way back to 1998, when two united states police officers were killed inside the building. and there have been other threats since then. so there's long been a concern about increasing the security here at the united states capitol. the concern is about keeping it as a symbol of democracy and openness. and how do you balance those two equities. >> joe johns, thanks so much. i want to start right there with cnn national security analyst julia khiyam. she's an international security expert. former assistant secretary at the department of homeland security. julia, what joe just said that,
we've had this conversation too many times over the years, related to mass shootings and terror attacks. how do you harden soft targets. now, we're looking at how soft should, what many people thought up to the insurrection was a harder than most target. talk about that balance. >> right. >> because at some point there's going to be a barrier. barricade, doesn't matter how far you put it out and there will be personnel there. >> right. at some stage, there is going to be vulnerability. people like me don't talk in term of some things being safe, things like the capitol you that need to have open. but how do you make it safer, some things are layered defenses. before something happens how strong is your intelligence, who is doing what, who's talking about what. are the police ready, are they ready to surge just isn't case. and if some were to happen, you can minimized cause after
someone ramsing a car in and wields a knife. i think in that regard, in the second regard, it was -- success is the wrong word -- but a greater harm was stopped yesterday. since we don't know the intentions of the assailant. and that's how fornltunately an unfortunately, we have to think of it in a homeland as diverse and vibrant and after covid as moving and mobile as it is. so, you have just have to think about it in terms of can we just minimize the risk and minimize the harm, knowing that there's going to be vulnerabilities at different places. >> so, i read the task force that capitol security review that we just talked about with joe. and on intelligence specifically, i want to read this finding from the task force. they found that the united states capitol police is not postured to track, assess, plan against or respond to this plethora of threats due to
significant capacity shortfalls, inadequate training, immature processes and an operating culture that is not intelligence-driven. we don't know if intel could have stopped this. it looks like it was improvised a man showed up with a knife, drives into a barrier. but how has this force been left so ill-prepared for the threats it faces now? >> right. that's a great question. the capitol police really dole view themselves as, you know, protecting themselves, protecting individuals as random but not recurring threats. i think what we're seeing now, victor, it just maybe a place that is consistently vulnerable. the way i look at it and the way i read the report, you simply need to make the capitol police better consumers of intelligence. you cannot assume them to know what's going on but the fbi and local police and others have to get into the habit, we have to
have stronger systems association that the capitol police are consuming this intelligence and able to deploy, manage, train, exercise, do all of the thing this need to do, given what may be a recurring threat. so, while we're talking about making the capitol more open after january 6th, i think we need to take a pause. i just do. i don't think you make security assessments, you know, in the middle of what could be recurring threats. eventually, we'll get a balance that's appropriate for all. and appropriate for the building. and the members in it. but just given what happened yesterday, this may not be the time. >> basic personnel here, something else that stood out here was the recommendation that the u.s. cp should hire sufficient officers to fill all current vacancies. now at 233 vacancies, nearly 720,000 overtime hours in fiscal year of 2020. they recommend adding 350
officers on top of that. it's difficult to train and sharpen skills and hone when you're barely filliiing the spas that need to be filled. you're paddling with your head above water to training people? >> yeah, you're right, training could take three to six months. you need to hire people. that takes a while. one option is, of course, detailees from either, you know, border patrol, or other federal law enforcement agencies just for the time being so you can eventually surge resources depending what the threat is. those are open billets, as we call them in government, those are open spots that have already been budgeted. so they should be filled because there's a need for that. one of the questions i had yesterday after an assessment done is where were resources that day? in other words, what are the
decisions being made? because if it's the outside parameter that's the most vulnerable as compared to the outside, the capitol police are just going to have to align their personnel that way. and it's a really -- you know, outside of all of the politics of this, one of the reasons why we need to push back against false narratives about the impact of january 6th, or the vulnerability of the capitol or what this language means throughout the united states for violence. it's because it is our police officers also who are the victims. it wasn't just those who were killed. remember, there were two suicides after january 6th of the capitol police. those are -- those are deaths in the line of duty. and we should view them that way. >> we're going to have a conversation later this morning. about the mental health of the members of the u.s. cp. because after what happened on the 6th and now this loss and what we're seeing and some of the changes that could be coming to that department, that is
something we certainly need to focus on. juliette kayyem, also good to have you. >> thank you, victor. i'll see you on week dads. >> monday through friday, 2:00 to 4:00. >> thanks a lot. >> thanks, juliette. still to come as families from coast to coast prepare to celebrate the easter weekend, health officials are urging people not to let their guard down. the new cdc guidelines for celebrating safely. and later, a week of painful testimony reverberating across the country. what really a traumatized nation can learn from the grief and built shown by the witnesses in the derek chauvin trial. memory, focus, accuracy, learning, and concentration. try our new gummies for 30 days and see the difference. ♪ ♪i've got the brains you've got the looks♪ ♪let's make lots of money♪
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reminder of how much of these officers have endured just this year. >> cnn's alex marquardt looks at what officers who serve at the capitol have been through in just a few short months. >> reporter: for the third time this year, united states capitol police is laying to rest one of its own. a procession on friday afternoon, for officer william evans, a mechanic of the first responder unit who just last month had marked 18 years on the force. >> and it is with a very, very heavy heart, that i announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries. the acting chief of the capitol police yogananda pittman reminding america what her officers endured this year. starting in the first days of 2021 with the insurrection. >> i just ask that the public continue to keep u.s. capitol police and their families in your prayers. this has been an extremely
difficult time for u.s. capitol police, after the events of january 6th. and now the events that have occurred here today. >> reporter: after a dramatic ramping up of security following january 6th, things had just begun to ease, with the perimeter moving back, fences coming down, and a hope among members of the congress and law enforcement for some return for normalcy. that hope was shattered friday, with a second major act of violence on capitol hill in under three months. u.s. capitol police, along with washington, d.c. police were the first line of defense against the insurrectionists on january 6th. they were screamed at, beaten and sprayed with chemicals by the rioters. officer brian sicknick was hit with what's believed to have been bear spray. he died from his injuries a day later. two officers later took their own lives.
the wife of capitol police officer howie liebengood said his suicide was in the line of duty. harry dunn described to don lemon called it hell. >> you have good days, bad days, just thinking about it taking you back, like you said that hell day. it's tough -- it's tough to live through. and it's also tough to relive talking about it. >> reporter: dunn told cnn that the rioters there used racial slurs against officers. he talked about it afterwards. >> officer sicknick was killed. we had officers that took their life because of the stress that they endured from that day. that is what happened. i don't know how you can word it any different. and what exactly happened. >> reporter: in the examination of what happened on january 6th, it was called the worst of the
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that nearly 40% of u.s. adults have received at least thirst first vaccine shot. >> but new covid cases are on the rise across the country. more than 68,000 new cases were reported friday with around half the states seeing increases over the past week. now, there is fear of another surge. at least a dozen states have expanded vaccine eligibility to anyone 16 or older, with even more plates planning to do so in the coming weeks. one state seeing an alarming surge in cases, michigan. that's where we find cnn's polo sandoval this morning. so, officials say the virus is spreading the most among children? >> reporter: yeah, victor, and when you talk about that surge, officials here in michigan do fear that they're already experiencing that surge, especially when you consider those numbers here. now, granted, they are not as high as we saw in december when the average number of cases reached at one point about 1,000.
but nonetheless, about month and a half ago, about 1,000 new days cases a day. right now, 5800 here in the state of michigan certainly concerning for the officials here. >> reporter: first, the promising news, the number of people that administered at least one dose, 100 million yesterday. shots going into arms at the average of 3 million a day touts the white house. the cdc is also out with much anticipated guidance saying roughly 18% of americans that are fully vaccinated should feel safe while traveling, eliminating some quarantine recommendations and testing. cdc is saying it's safe for vaccinated people to gather indoors this easter. the rest are still advised to keep celebrations outside and within the household. with more than three quarters of the country still not fully protected by a vaccine. cdc director rochelle walensky still advising against
nonessential travel. >> and while we believe that fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves, cdc is not recommending travel at this time due to the rising number of cases. >> reporter: and that's what worries health officials, especially with the increase in new viral variants. this week, the first person with the virus first reported in brazil, the dreaded b.1.1.7 variant that has michigan hospitals dealing with another patient spike. >> we haven't abandoned our protocol. it's just that we've got a high proportion of variants. it's just people getting tired. fatigued and variants more traveling. >> reporter: that's michigan's governor who says in her state, young people are those among those fuelling the latest surge. this infectious disease expert agrees. >> the majority of people going to hospitals, not just getting infected, going to hospital are under 60, many between 20 and 30. this is more transmissible, more
lethal and more dangerous to the young. >> reporter: michigan joined by new jersey and new york are the list of states with the highest covid infection rate per capita. kansas, california and arkansas has the lowest as the race between vaccines and variants picks up speed. so, covid fatigue and also recent travel, as you just heard from the governor, that's likely what's especially fuelling some of these numbers here in michigan. there's hope that the vaccination numbers that continue to increase will likely help the situation. they're expanding eligibility monday to all ages 16 and above. also, victor and amara, they're increasing their vaccination here in michigan. nearly double from 50,000 a day to 100,000 a day. >> really a race between the vaccines and variants. polo sandoval, thank you. >> dr. seuss sanaa hills is with us, an ent surgeon at the
university of columbia medical hospital. doctor, good morning. >> good morning, thanks for having me. >> let's start with the cdc guidance on travel. dr. walensky, the director of the cdc, says fully vaccinated people can travel with no risk to themselves. but discouraged it because of uptick in cases. is there a correlation there? >> right. so, victor, i think it's really important to lead with what she's not saying, right? she's not saying that now is the moment for everybody vaccinated to get on a plane to go visit your family. it's not the moment for grandparents to rush on to a plane to visit their grandchildren. what she is saying is that for people who have been fully vax natured who really need to travel, this is for essential travel, that they can travel without the same quarantine and testing requirements that have been in place.
and the reason that there's still that condition that really people should sick to just essential travel is because of what you just mentioned because cases are rising. variant strain numbers are increasing. and it's happening not in pockets of areas of the country, but really across the country. and more than half the states across the u.s. >> let's look at where that climb of new cases is the steepest. that's in michigan. let's put it up. this is the trajectory over the last couple of months. and what we heard from the governor is actually the reality in so many places. loosen restriction there's, other states have loosened restrictions. the governor blames mobility, people are getting out and around everywhere. but the states are not seeing this climb. to what do you attribute what we're seeing in michigan, if anything unique? >> well, i think that public health experts are really still
trying to understand why some areas are having increased cases of variant strains now. compare with other areas. it's hard to know exactly where the variant cases are because we don't do genomic sequencing on the number of tests that are done but certainly if you look at the what is driving the cases across europe it seems to be variant strain cases. and what happens in europe tends to follow here in the u.s. a few weeks later. also in michigan, cases among young people have increased like 230% since the end of february. and so, the fact that we're seeing children be affected more and more, at a higher level, goes along with the fact that there's thought that these variant strains affect children more frequently and give them, perhaps it, more severe illness. so, we're still learning more about the variant strains, but it's likely that we're seeing the effect of that spread now. >> yeah.
also some good news from pfizer, 100% efficacy with young children in their tests of the vaccine on children. let me jump to, as we speak about vaccines, the new wave of indications in new jersey as well. the governor there asked for a additional doses to combat the surge. the biden administration is committed to allocating to those based on population not infection rates. is that the best public health strategy, from your perspective? >> well, in looking at how this disease progresses, you know, there's a latency period that people can be infected for three days, five days, seven days before having symptoms. so, we may have a spike in cases in one area but that does not mean there's not an increasing asymptomatic infection rate elsewhere. so, in terms of targeting vaccines to where we're seeing the case numbers being the highest, i think it's really hard to know exactly where your
numbers fit. because there are plenty of people who have asymptomatic disease and then they develop symptoms, you know, days to a week later. so, i think, you know, the current strategy that biden's team has had in vaccine distribution seems to be incredibly effective. we're up to 3 million doses a day. the plan that they've implemented is really moving forward quickly. and so i think keeping with the current strategy that they have, and with the plans and the channels that they've already established for distribution makes sense. >> already, susannah hills, thanks for being with us this weekend. >> you bet, thank you. >> sure. amara. up next, the images and final words of george floyd, they've been played over and over again. and for many americans, it's taking an emotional toll. we're going to speak with a psychologist, next.
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millions of americans this week tuned into the derek chauvin trial which means millions of americans were reintroduced to the discouraging video of officer chauvin kneeling on george floyd's neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. it is graphic. hard to watch, including for those who saw mr. floyd's death with their own eyes. on the stand this week, several eyewitnesss expressed feelings of overwhelming guilt, helplessness and trauma in their testimony.
>> what was going through your mind during that time period? >> disbelief. and guilt. >> why guilt? >> if i would have just not taken the bill, this could have been avoided. >> i was upset because there was nothing that we could do, bystanders, except watch them take this man's life in out on of our eyes. >> there's been nights i stayed up apologizing and apologizing to george floyd for not doing more. and not physically interacting in not saving his life. >> i was pretty focused on trying to get the officers to let me help. i tried different tactics of calm and reasoning. i tried to be assertive.
i was desperate to help. >> joining me now to discuss the emotional toll this trial is having on those who are directly involved with it and those who have been watching from home thank you for joining me. i have to say, i know you know, if anyone has watched a few minutes even of this trial you know it's been a very rough and emotional week for so many people. i was really struck by the visceral pain and the guilt that many of the witnesses talked about on the stand this week, including especially from 61-year-old charles mcmillian. he had recognized george floyd because he recognized him from the neighborhood and he got out of his car to see what was going
i said if once the police get the cops on you, you can't win, so i'm trying to tell him just cooperate, get up and get in the car and go with them. you can win. >> and did he say, "i can't" to you? >> yes, ma'am. >> do you understand him to be talking to you? >> yes, ma'am. >> could you talk a little bit about this helplessness that mr. mcmillian talked as many felt as they stood there and watched george floyd die? >> i would like to talk about that and i really appreciate you having me on this morning to be able to talk about the pain in my community. the trauma that he was experiencing, as you said earlier, was visceral, because when we are traumatized, the
frontal part of our brain helps us think clearly and to process. but when you witness a death before your eyes and you can't do anything about it, it really creates depression, anxiety, helplessness, and so much of our psychological research looks at how people learn to be helpless and as african-americans in this country, over centuries of slavery and jim crow and the multiple deaths that even proceeded this one, we have seen that even when we cry, nobody matters. so when you hear people saying, black lives matter, that is is not just for the white folks in the audience or for the people who are protesting, it's an affirmation for us, ourselves, to recognize that we are available. and so for him to be that and
not to do it like we haven't been able to do for hundreds of years, it went to a very, very deep and tribal and american and sowful place where the loss was exhibited right before our eyes in that courtroom. >> it's so important that you point this deep-seeded historical pain out to our viewers. let's talk more about this trauma. i found it very interesting because our cnn political ana analyst wrote this piece for cnn "why i can't watch the derek chauvin trial. she wrote, quote. we have 30 seconds left. talk to you take us more about
this trauma and should people avoid watching it altogether if they are feeling this kind of pain? or is it their duty to see what is happening in reality? >> for black folks, it's our reality every day. so in 30 seconds, i'm going to say that we need to take doses of it and not overexpose ourselves to it because it is retraumatizing and avoidance is one key element, one part of the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. avoiding it, avoiding places and things and people that remind you of it, that's what we are dealing with right now. >> heartbreaking. thank you so much for talking with us dr. garrett-akinsanya. >> thank you. >> for more information how you can protect your mental health during the derek chauvin trial go to cnn.com/impact. we will be right back.
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