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years, but he says it is not about the gift, but it is the mutual chat that lifts him up. >> it has taught me patience and compassion, and everybody ha as story to go u there, and it only takes one person to listen. >>k o i will see you in a little bit, because i am going to get you some food. >> all right. let's have an awesome and amazing year. >> natasha chen, cnn, atlanta. hello, again, everyone. thank you for joining me. i'm fredricka whitfield, and we begin this hour with more questions swirling around the deadly shooting of a black man in north carolina. this morn, elizabeth city officials are revealing that they don't have any details about what happened wednesday morning to andrew brown jr. officials are making a clear distinction that the shooting and the warrants involved, county sheriff deputies and not the city's police force, but the
sheriff's county's office is tight lipped about the shooting of brown, and nor has the county released any body camera footage, and calls for the release of that footage is calling louder, and the governor is tweeting that he calls for the footage to be released as quickly as possible. and there is an emergency council meeting to have that released as quickly as possible, and the request will be formally filed monday. natasha chen was at that briefing involving the city mayor and manager, and natasha, the family of andrew brown is expected to hold a press conference, and what are you hearing from anyone? >> yes, fred that is going to happen right here where we are, the mount lebanon zion church, and we are expected to hear from some of the brown families and the attorney, and the head of the local naacp, and you know, there is a lot of understandable
frustration, questions about why that body camera footage has not been released. we should mention in addition to the city council having that meeting yesterday to file that formal request for the footage, and that filing is going to happen formally monday, and cnn is part of a coalition of 14 news organizations who have requested that footage, and the official filing happening shortly on monday. so everybody is waiting to see if that is going to happen. meanwhile, the public is really starting to ask for more transparency as well. we have heard from a witness who actually lived near andrew brown jr. and was on the scene when this happened wednesday morning. we are first going to show you the 911 audio of a dispatcher describing what they saw, and then we will show you what the witness describes. >> advice ems has one male shot
in the back. >> as they started to shoot, the car started to go across the grass, and it proceeded and hit the tree. came to rest at a tree. whereby then, he was dead. he was slumped over when the officers opened the car door. it was inhumane. and, umm, it was sickening to me, because andrew brown that everybody knew that we called drew was not violent. he never toted a gun. so, to me, i think that it was just like overkill. they murdered him. >> and so you can hear her and other family members telling the public that andrew brown jr. was not armed, they believe. and to recap there, you heard the 911 audio of the emergency responder saying that the 42-year-old man had a gunshot
wound to the back, and the witness saying that she saw deputies firing at his car as he was seemingly leaving. and so there are a lot of questions here, and the city officials that we heard from this morning, they say that they know just as little as we do, because they were not involved in the execution of the search warrant. meanwhile, zen sheriseven sheri deputies were on the seen, and two of them have retired, fred. >> than you very much. the cdc director has acknowledged that there is work to be done around the johnson & johnson pause. rashelle walensky says that resuming the use of the vaccine would save hundreds of lives and
result in a few dozen cases of the rare blood clots at most. joining me is dr. rob davidson, an emergency room physician in west michigan, and so do you belief that the pause helps or hurts the efforts to get the shots in the arms? >> listen, for me, it is all about the credibility of the federal agencies in charge of keeping us all safe. in that respect, it is critical that they took the pause. they examined the data and came out with clear and concise recommendations that is good for us, you know, across the board, and then it is just up to all of us, including the cdc, but those of us in the communities to convey this information to our individual patients. >> listen, you know, dr. jerome adams the former u.s. surgeon general, and task force member under president trump tweeted out his sentiment of this, and he said that i would be lying if i would not tell any u.s. woman who asked me and especially the
smokers and those on the oral contraceptives to ask for moderna or pfizer. so would you tell women to lean to moderna or pfizer or leave it up to the patient? >> the official recommendation is to consult with the family doctor, and my wife is a family doctor, and i'm an emergency room doctor, so we know that with covid-19, there is a risk of getting these blood clots in the brain, and 14 of 1 million, anded for women, it is about 7 of 1 million, and so if there is an array of shots in front of you, and you are in that age group, and at risk of shots, then, yes, choose another, but if this is what is available and i know what i am seeing with people still coming in getting intubated and very sick people, we want to stop the covid, and so if that is what is avoidable,
t -- is available, then choose whatever option you can, because the benefits far outweigh the risks. >> and so now, the transmission is increasing in 34 rates, but no other state has suffered a spring surge like michigan, so what is happening here? >> it has been rough. i worked last night, and we are admitting patients with covid-19 across the spectrum. michigan is different and we have had the b.1.1.7 variant and it is shown to be the dominant strain and driving a lotf this, the but the behavior is a big part of it, and people attempted to have a mask-less march on the state capitol day which went unfulfilled, but the parents in the school district pounding on the school board to eliminate a mask requirement in the schools in one of the biggest surges we
have seen around here in the pandemic, so it is a lot of behavior that needs to change, and we need more people with vaccines in the arms. >> a lot of people are confused about the kinds of messages they are getting from the leadership across the country. the republican senator ron johnson is downplaying the emergency of vaccinating against the coronavirus, and he says that he is skeptical of what he is calling the big push to get the shots in the arms, because the vaccines have only been authorized for emergency use, and this is as the experts are warning that they will outstrip the demand in the next few week, and so how concerning for that latest message coming from the federal leadership? >> well, you know, well, governor adams of texas a couple of weeks ago said, listen, i don't understand the herd immunity, and he doesn't, and senator johnson doesn't what emergency use means. it means that we are in the midst of a pandemic that has killed over half a million americans, and in places like
michigan, we are seeing the numbers like we have never seen before, and so that means that we have to get as many people vaccinate and we need community immunity as we need more individuals vaccinated, so i wish that senator to focus on his reelection, and stay out of the public health. >> it must be frustrating for you? >> yes, i tweeted out something about senator johnson's comments that is less than gracious, but it is how i felt in the moment, because he needs to keep his mouth shut, and let it stay in the sphere of the people who understand public health. >> thank you, doctor. >> thank you, fred. and now, swift reaction from turkey as president biden is the first u.s. president to call the massacre of armenians under the ottoman empire genocide. live from istanbul straight ahead.
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ago as genocide, and getting to the issue of genocide at the beginning of the statement, and also says this, over the decades armenian immigrants have enriched the united states in countless ways, but they have not forgotten the tragic history that brought so many of the an ses stors to the shores and we see their pain and affirm their history and do this not to cast blame, but to ensure that what happened is never repeated. this is a step that a number of american presidents have not done because turkey is a strategic ally, and they have denied that genocide as international law never occurred, so when you ask at the top, why now, and why did joe biden go there when so many other presidents have not? multiple reasons, as i said, and probably number one, this is a campaign promise for joe biden, but also, he has been trying to
re-establish the united states as a leader of human rights around the world, and then the personal relationship, and the president did get on the phone with turkish president erdogan on friday as it was described to cnn's report as a tense call, and i have to say that joe biden has been a critic of his for a long time and suggested that he is an autocrat, and that the united states should back a political opponent of erdogan in turkey. >> thank you, joe johns. so turkey had a response ready for president biden's announcement immediately and called it political opportuniop. and presidents have worried about that diplomatic tension, and arwa damon is going to join us from istanbul, and we have
heard from joe johns that it was a tense phone call between the two leaders and what do you know about this? >> yes, not entirely surprising at all given what they had to talk about, and what is especially interest, fred, was that in the readouts from both countries, from the white house and from the turkish presidency, neither of them mentioned this particular issue. now, turkey did come out with a fairly harsh statement quickly, and this is coming out of the foreign ministry where they were calling it a vulgar distortion of history and basically saying that they will not be taking lessons from their own history and their own history from anyone. but this has been quite a topic of debate very contentious for quite some time now. >> reporter: for decades armenians have lobby and pleaded to have the mass killings of their an cestors recognized as
genocide. the exact number of armenians who have lost their lives centuries ago is in dispute, but experts put the number between 600,000 and 1.5 million. the campaign of armenians and ottomans with massacres and starvation. for many armenians recognizing the brutality endured by their ancestors is a crucial step in righting a historic wrong. but the modern day turkey that rose from the ashes of the ottoman empire has maintained that the systemic killings were smaller in number and do not meet the definition of genocide. the genocide and legal framework around it only entered the mainstream after world war ii and it was entered by the nazi's systemic way to eradicate the jews known as the holocaust. turkey has softened the position
with president erdogan in 2002 issuing a first ever statement calling the events of 1915 a shared pain and offering condolences to the descendents of the killed. turkey says that the events have to be put in historical context, and that other groups were also killed and some carried out by the armenians and the long historical debate has been overshadowed by politics in recognition of the armenians. other leaders in the west have sidestepped genocide in order to keep ankara in the fold. as the tide was rocky, a slew of recognition bills have been passed in european capital, and other of turkey's rivals have also jumped in to recognize the genocide label, but one of the remaining holdouts has been the
united states, but with the new turkish strains to new lows, washington has been yet to reck nid the event as genocide, and in his term, president obama shied away from calling it genocide, but called it a term meaning the great calamity. then the senate and house passed a resolution calling it a great tragedy, but both the obama and trump administration refused to call it a genocide. and now president biden has done it. the leadership recognizing this as being a historic moment, and many among the armenian community believe it is the righting of a grave wrong. the question right now though is what is this potentially going to do to those already fractured u.s./turkey relations. >> indeed. we will see what that next
chapper is. arwa damon in istanbul turkey. thank you so much. >> in addition to the capital insurrection, a curious development, a suspect is identified by one of his matches on the dating app bumble. we'll explain. (vo) conventional thinking doesn't disrupt the status quo. which is why t-mobile for business uses unconventional thinking to help your business realize new possibilities. only one 5g partner offers unmatched network, support, and value-without any trade offs.
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authorities. we will go to cnn's marshall cohen on this, and marshall, what more do we know about this rather unusual case? >> well, fred, it is kind of a funny one. this man from new york, and his name is robert chapman and according to federal prosecutors, he was on the dating app bumble, and got some matches, and at one point, he was just decided that the way to sort of move the conversational long was the brag about what he did on january 6th, and he said that he was inside of the cap capitol, and he had been in statuary hall, and he had spoken to reporters on the scene, and made it seem like a cool thing there, but the other person was not having it. they took screen shots of the chat, and sent it immediately to the fbi, and the fbi looked and you can see the screen shot here, and the fbi compared his bumble pic to surveillance footage from inside of the capitol and compared it to body
cam footage from some of the officers there, and they thought that it was a match, so they came knocking in his home in yonkers, new york, and taken to jail, but released and most of the people not charged with violent offenses have been released, but it goes the show you, fred, that a big part of the insurrection has been the people have been incriminating themselves online. we have been seeing people posting to parlor, tiktok, twitter, and snap chat about what they did in the capitol and over and over, it is getting them in trouble, and now you can add bumible to the list, too. >> oh, my gosh, that is stunning that the bragging took place after the fact, and then trying to get the date whereas i thought that you were going to report to us, and say it is the other way around, and somebody was astute, and matched the pictures. wow, okay. marshall cohen, thank you for that. >> thank you, fred. still ahead, baseball with
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all right. this is just into cnn and the cdc says more than 225 million coronavirus doses have been administered here in the u.s., and more than 93 million americans are now fully vaccinated making up just over 28% of the population. the news comes as sports teams in los angeles prepare to unveil seating sections reserved for people who have been fully vaccinated to attend games this weekend. paul vercammen is joining me now from los angeles. and paul, what are you hearing from the fans? >> oh, they are out of their mind excited. look behind me. l.a. coliseum, and the l.a. football club is giving vaccinations for future fans and along with the uc pharmacy and
the county and the dodgers and the l.a. football club are opening up these fans who are vaccinated sections today, and i will tell you that when you are talking to the fans, you will get a sense of the excitement that they are thrilled. the rules that you have to keep the mask on except if you are eating, and between 2 and 15 years old you have to have a recent negative covid test. but these fans will be once again side by side, and john and eddie are part of the cheering section here that is notoriously loud and rowdy, and they stand the whole game. so jonathan, what is going through your mind right now? >> we are excited to get back to the stadium and putting in the work, and this is an integral part of our lives and piece that makes us whole. the fact that we have been separated from this experience for so long, it means so much to get back in there and celebrate the team, and this community and this culture. >> and eddie, what about you
ma making this all vaccinated section? >> well, it is part of getting back to life, and making sure that this is where it should be here in the stadium, so i am happy about it. >> reporter: great for you, the 3252 is this group of supporters who stands and sings and makes noise. so what happens when you start to bang your drums and get together about 200 of you today? >> well, it is going to be loud, and it is going to be non-stop for 90 minutes plus, and we represent the district 90 ultras under the umbrella, and it is our job to make sure that every fan who enters the stadium and every patron who watches it hears nothing but singing and support for this group and rain or shine, we are out there screaming. >> reporter: so how did you get this vaccination-only ticket? >> well, you have to go through the proper procedure, and you have to submit the i.d. and the forms and prove that you are
vaccinated to the 32/52 and the club will approve of it and through the city. >> i thank you both for taking time out, and it is going to start at 6:00 eastern time, and all of this by the way, was worked out in detail with the county of los angeles, and yes, it is a grand experiment, and the dodgers will follow the same protocols expecting about 500 fans later tonight, and they are a important barometer, because they have led the major leagues in attendance in the last few years, so it is a lot of excitement throughout l.a., and why we are here and doing this? well, it is an extremely low positivity rate, fred, and just over 1%. >> well, paul vercammen, thank you, and thank you to the guests there, and the one who has the creative mask, because it is fun to see. thank you. all right. india's health care system is reaching a breaking point, as that country is tackling a second coronavirus wave. they said that there is a
request for more oxygen and 500 additional care center beds have been granted and wood and space for cremating bodies is scarce. so they warn that cremations may have to take place in the streets with the cases surging for the record highs for the second day in a row, and they are bracing for more heartbreak to come. here is cnn's anna cokcornyn. >> as a hospital in the new delhi, the capital ran out of oxygen claiming the lives of 22 critically ill patients. it is coming as india records more than 346,000 more daily infections and more than 2,406 deaths as the second wave is turning into a tsunami. >> reporter: the ritual of death lights up the sky across india. the coronavirus which began mid-march is spreading through the country, and leaving the
grief-stricken families to perform rites. there are piles of wood en plans to try to reach the demand. >> there are so many bodies coming, we are running out of wood. if it continues like this, in four to five days we will have to cremate the bodies on the road. >> reporter: one man forced to keep the body of his mother at home for nearly two days before coming here. >> translator: nobody helped in time. we were running here or there for a ventilator and she died after the oxygen ran out. >> reporter: volunteer groups are working morning to night to receive the bodies of those who died from the virus whose families are unwilling or unable to accept them. >> translator: when the body comes to us, we inquire about the person's religion, and if they are a hindu, we perform the
funeral as per the hindu customs, but if the person is a muslim, we perform the funeral accordingly. >> reporter: grave diggers here in new delhi, say they are struggling to bury the dead. they say it is overwhelming, and it cannot be sustained for long. >> translator: the condition of the graveyard is that if the death toll keeps rising in the next two the three days, we will have to close it down, because there is no space left here. >> reporter: for many of the victims the virus is taking not only their lives, but the dignity they deserved in death. approximately half of the cases in new delhi is the cause of the new variant afflicting the unyoer people. the government says over the age of 18, you can register for the vaccine, but the problem is that it is in drastically short supply. health experts say that of the 3 million jabs being administered
every single day, that will have to rise to 10 million a day to flatten the curve. >> anna coren, thank you very much, and very disturbing and sad. as a recall looks more likely for the governor of california, there is a new candidate eyeing the job. caitlyn jenner is tossing her hat into the ring saying that california is worth fighting for.
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state is heating up. caitlyn jenner has announced that she is going to enter the recall election. jenner is no stranger to the spotlight, and in a tweet she wrote i'm in, california is worth fighting for." joining me is political editor and writer for the "the atlantic" ron brownstein, and where does this recall stand? >> well, people have to understand the recall process. it is highly likely enough signatures gathered to put a recall on the election later this year, but the recall, itself, it is a two-step process. first people have to vote whether they want to recall the governor gavin newsom or not, and then they will vote on who they want to replace him if they do vote to recall him, and the problem that everyone angling for the job has right now is that in the most recent polling,
56% of the state say they do not want to recall newsom, and so if the recall, itself, fails, no matter who else is on the ballot, that is the end of it. it is a very different situation of 2003 when you have gray davis, the governor who was actually recalled and then schwarzenegger was picked to replace him, and gavin newsom has a better chance of defeating this in the first place, and if that is the case, then we don't get to the question of who will replace him. >> so a number of things have to happen first, and so jenner is feeling confident as a republican, but at the same time a very condifferent conservative, and she has spelled that out while she likes the conservative policies and separated herself from the trump administration when it was at first a fan of the president. how difficult to sell herself, if indeed there is some, there is a recall? >> well, you know, i think that
the right now, the share of the state that supports idea of recalling news moom is the same share that voted for a republican in the last election which is 40%, and the big decision of the democrats is do you put an alternative on the list of candidates including caitlyn jenner in case the recall passes, because right now, there is not a democrat running, and only republicans, and in that sense, caitlyn jenner is going to be competing with other republicans on that ballot if it gets that far, and it is going to be a lot of pulling and tugging among the democrats if there needs to be an alternative fail safe on the ballot or whether as the newsom folks believe it is going to divide the democratic electorate to that point to get to that question. the big wild card, and right now, you have the say it is unlikely that the recall is going to pass, but as our
colleague may reston said, is if the schools don't open in the fall, that is something to endanger governor newsome, but right now, the california has the biggest positivity rate, and so he is in a stronger rate than in april, and at that point, 56% opposed recall. another important issue that you wrote an op-ed for cnn is that the talking point of the replacement theory and the idea that the immigrants will replace the so-called real americans and their culture, and whatever that means. so you argue that the supporters of this idea have it all backwards. what do you mean? >> well, look, replacement theory is like many of the kind of the ideas that we are germinating solely in the far right and white nationalists and white racists forms and migrating to the gop mainstream in the trump era, and it is that
the democrats want the imbrants to replace the native-born americans in society, and that is a real danger, and the real danger is that they won't replace the native born americans in tax base, and what we know from the census projections is that with or without immigrants the number of seniors in the society is going to grow dramatically in the next 15 to 20 years as the baby boomers retire, and in fact, 40% more seniors in 2035 than today, and that means a lot more people who need social security, and medicare. the problem is that without immigration, the census bureau projects little or negative growth in the working age population, and the number of people in the workforce to be there to pay the taxes to fund the social security and the medicare for the older folks, so if you have a lot more seniors and no more workers, there is the pressure for tax increases or cuts in benefits. fred, one of the great ironies of the 21st century america is
that the older white population who is the most drawn to the trump-like arguments of the immigration is relying on the non-white workforce to fund the retirement, and that is the reality of the interdependent, but the politics is pushing against that reality. >> all right. ron brownstein, good to see you. thank you so much. >> thank you, fred. all right. if ever a neon sign that life is starting to get back to normal following the pandemic, it is las vegas which is going to be operating at 100%. we will talk about this next.
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closure perhaps on how to shape its role in a post-pandemic society. after more than a year of devastating covid restrictions the las vegas strip is set to fully reopen at 100% capacity by june 1st. but as cnn's lucy kafanov explains the vegas economy still has a ways to go to get back to the high-rolling days before the pandemic. >> yeah! >> reporter: in sin city entertainment and excitement are back. last march the coronavirus pandemic turned one of the busiest places on earth into a ghost town. las vegas casinos were ordered to shut their doors, costing thousands of jobs and billions in lost revenue. but a year after the iconic
strip went dark the glittering lights and sounds are once again dazzling visitors. many tourists feeling safer and rolling the dice. blackjack tables packed. slot machines paying out. >> people want to do business face to face. >> reporter: the president of the venetian las vegas says daily bookings are exceeding precovid levels. after a year on the rocks the economic tide seems to be turning. >> tourists are come back on the weekends but what's the missing piece? >> the missing piece are the business travelers for the conventions and the expo center. >> reporter: conventions bring in big bucks, and weekday bookings. contributing more than $11 billion in 2019 alone. >> wow. it is huge. >> well, it's 30 acres under roof. >> reporter: the las vegas convention and visitors authority gave us a tour of its newly expanded convention center, which will host america's first large-scale post-pandemic event in june. ceo steve hill says dozens more are on the books.
>> so conventions are critical for vegas to come back. >> they really are. and without that we can make it but we can't thrive. >> reporter: the new player in town, virgin, took a gamble opening a property last month during the pandemic. it's the vegas you know with a safer twist. this is just one of the many covid-19 safety measures casinos are putting into place, betting big on a las vegas comeback. >> we're completely betting big on the las vegas recovery, and frankly i don't think it's that big of a bet. i think it's a sure thing. >> reporter: the vegas jobless rate shot up to 34% last april. one of the worst in the nation. dropping down to roughly 9% in february. but not everyone's cashing in. thousands of workers who kept the casino resorts operating are still out of work. >> good boy. come here. >> reporter: matthew seaver spent 15 years bartending at station casino but was let go last march. >> never would i have thought a year from now we would be still here waiting to get our jobs back. >> reporter: others tired of waiting are picking up a new
trade. >> 25 coming in. >> reporter: the ceg dealer school which trains aspiring casino dealers promises jobs to almost anyone who wants to work. >> vegas is making its comeback. the energy here at the school you can tell right now a lot of optimism, a lot of positivity. >> a promising reminder that in las vegas the chips are never down for good. >> the busier sidewalks are a welcome sight after a brutal economic year, but some worries remain, that another surge in covid-19 cases or a new variant could put the brakes on sin city's comeback. lucy kafanov, cnn, las vegas. >> thanks, lucy. forgive me, i've got a cough drop in my mouth. so hopefully it doesn't go flying. canadian prime minister justin trudeau received his first shot of the astrazeneca vaccine on friday. just over 1 million people are now fully vaccinated in canada as world leaders rush to get shots in arms. new covid cases are rising in canada, but one local business owner says there's still a lot to celebrate.
the owner of a local pharmacy in toronto going viral after setting off mini confetti cannons to mark administering 1,000 doses. >> 1,000 shots! whoo! [ cheers ] >> that's some fun there. the pharmacy owner says they'll do a small celebration every time they finish a ten-dose vial of the vaccine. he says they vaccinate between 40 and 90 people every day and have not wasted a single dose. very fun. and finally, this is fun too. tiger woods says he's making progress on his rehab. his physical rehab. it has been two months since that severe car crash in california. but isn't it so nice to see him smiling in this photo posted on instagram? he's on the green, leaning on crutches instead of clubs, and with his faithful four-legged
rehab partner, bugs. he's at his jupiter island practice facility, by the way, in florida. tiger posting this -- "my course is coming along faster than i am, but it's nice to have a faithful rehab partner, man's best friend." wishing him the best recovery. i'm fredricka whitfield. thanks so much for being with me today. the "newsroom" continues right now with jim acosta. you are live in the "cnn newsroom." i'm jim acosta in washington. another american community today asking questions about excessive use of force and demanding answers, change, and the fundamental right to equal treatment. this is elizabeth city, north carolina after another fatal shooting of a black man by law enforcement. protesters there frustrated that they haven't been able to see the body cam footage of how andrew brown jr. died. the biggest clue so far, the dispatch audio from firs