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what the footage reveals about the deadly encounter. and india's official death toll from coronavirus tops 200,000, but some say the real number is much higher. we will have a live report. ♪ good to have you with us. well, it is an important day for joe biden as he prepares to deliver his first address to a joint session of congress. officials say the coronavirus pandemic will be front and center as he touts his administration's success in getting 200 million americans vaccinated in his first 100 days. the president will also talk about the attack on the capitol back in january, but he hopes to strike a unifying tone, similar to his inaugural address.
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the white house says mr. biden has a long list of accomplishments to be proud of. >> i can also tell you that while the major policy announcement in the speech is of course the american families plan, a historic investment in education and child care, he will also use the speech as an opportunity to talk about many of his other priorities including police reform, immigration, gun safety, his ongoing work to get the pandemic under control and to putting americans back to work. he was in the senate for 36 years, he also sat through eight of these as the vice president and he certainly recognizes the important opportunity that this offers. >> president biden will unveil the next part of his american families plan which centers on providing universal preschool for 5 million children. cnn's phil mattingly reports from the white house. >> reporter: we are just now getting more details about that proposal president biden is going to lay out in his joint
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session of congress, a $1.8 trillion proposal really focused on children and families. it's the second part of nearly $4 trillion in spending, the white house is putting out key components of their legislative agenda going ahead and. as part of that proposal $200 billion for universal pre-k, for preschool students age 3 and 4, the design according to white house officials is twofold, one, to have quality education for individuals age three or four throughout the country, anybody who wants that should have access to it, but also incentives for teachers who are going through school, through money, through scholarships to actually focus on early childhood education. in total this really gets to something the president and his top economic officials have been talk being for several months, the idea that children do much better in school according to numerous studies if they have that early childhood education. in the wake of a pandemic, a pandemic that has ravaged parents throughout the country particularly women when it comes to the employment situation, issues like universal pre-k can help boost employment.
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it is a double-edged sword that the white house wants to try to address with this proposal. just one piece of a sweeping plan but certainly a crucial piece at that. phil mattingly, cnn, the white house. and when president biden delivers his address it will be to a relatively sparse audience because of covid protocols and heightened security after the january 6th insurrection. there will be about 200 people in the house chamber instead of the usual 1,600. it's invitation only to a limited number of lawmakers. there won't be a designated survivor. there doesn't need to be. normally one cabinet member is assigned to ensure there's someone in the line of succession if there is a mask casualty incident. most cabinet members will not attend this address. first lady jill biden will attend but she won't have a traditional viewing box for guests. senate republican leader mitch mcconnell will attend the joint address, he says he's
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looking forward to the republican response which will be delivered by senator tim scott of south carolina. mcconnell already has a clear opinion on the agenda biden will present. >> with regard to the direction of the biden administration so far i think it can best be described as the biden bait and switch. president biden ran as a moderate but i'm hard-pressed to think of anything at all that he's done so far that would indicate some degree of moderation. >> cnn will bring you extensive coverage of president biden's address to congress and the republican response. be sure to tune in tonight at 8:00 eastern here in the u.s., that's 1:00 a.m. in london, 8:00 a.m. in hong kong. and president biden says he will wear a mask into congress
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later tonight, but take it off when he makes his address. new cdc guidelines are also giving fully vaccinated americans the green light to remove their masks in certain situations. nick watt has the details. >> starting today if you're fully vaccinated and you are outdoors, you need -- and not in a big crowd, you no longer need to wear a mask. >> reporter: you can without a mask now run, walk, bike with your family outside, attend smaller outdoor gatherings, go to an outdoor restaurant. why? >> because of the extraordinary progress we have made in fighting this virus and the progress our scientists have made in learning about how it gets transmitted. >> reporter: in 24 states there are already no mask mandates in effect, but this new guidance gives info, reward and -- >> this is another great reason to go get vaccinated now.
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now. >> reporter: more than a third of american adults are now fully vaccinated, but the pace is slowing. yesterday 2.1 million doses in arms, down from a high of 4.6 million april 10th. hesitancy is kicking in. in a poll last month nearly a third of republicans said they would definitely not get the vaccine. >> you're vaccinated, guess what, you get to return to a more normal lifestyle. if you are not vaccinated you are still a danger. >> reporter: 60 million stockpiled doses of astrazeneca vaccine likely to canada, mexico and beyond. why? goes beyond the ethical, it's practical. >> transmission anywhere in the world poses a risk to people everywhere in the world. mutations occur, variants will develop and if a variant were to develop that was not covered by the current vaccines, we would all be in deep trouble. >> reporter: and the virus is exploding right now in india.
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president biden has spoken with india's prime minister, the u.s. is sending aid already and -- >> i've discussed with him when we will be able to send actual vaccines to india, which would be my intention to do. >> reporter: officials here in the u.s. have made it pretty clear that as long as people continue to get vaccinated, as long as the case counts continue to fall, they will continue to update guidance and ease restrictions. president biden wants things pretty much back to normal by july 4th, independence day. nick watt, cnn, los angeles. and while the new cdc guidelines give some hope for normalcy in the u.s., it's unclear what exactly constitutes a small outdoor gathering. the u.s. surgeon general tries to explain saying americans should maintain a reasonable distance from each other when not wearing masks. >> while there's not a hard and fast number the cdc put out,
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part of what constitutes small has to do with how many people you can come together with without crowding. so what we don't want is people jammed up in closed spaces because in that setting, even if you are outdoors, there may be a greater risk that you may be able to, again, have virus pass between two individuals. so, you know, groups where people can be reasonably spaced and distance where they are not jammed into one space those smaller group settings are the ones that are safer. india drowning under a massive wave of covid deaths and infections has just reached a tragic milestone. the country has now topped 200,000 deaths. a new model predicts the death toll is actually much higher and could hit almost 1 million before august. but unt help is on the way, vital medical supplies are finally reaching india as countries around the world step up to provide oxygen, medications and other vital supplies.
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the aid can't come soon enough. bodies are being burned in makeshift crematoriums in parks and parking lots. people in the country are pleading for oxygen and medical supplies on social media. sports stadiums, hotels and railway coaches are being turned into critical care facilities as hospitals run out of beds and turn away critically ill patients. cnn's anna coren is tracking the grim developments and the efforts to help and she's doing it from her vantage point there in hong kong. anna, it is so tragic. india reaching 200,000 deaths from covid, but help is on the way. what is the latest on all of this? >> reporter: well, as you say, rosemary, obviously that international aid is finally reaching india. look, it's definitely a united effort, everybody wants to ease the pain and suffering that we are witnessing on the ground, but as we know it's a drop in
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the ocean. yes, there are oxygen generators, there's ventilators, oxygen concentrators, there are these prefabricated field hospitals that will be set up, we know that testing is coming in, ppe, equipment, medical supplies, everything that they need to tackle this pandemic, but the suffering is now and it is needed right now. now they alleviate the pain at the moment remains to be seen. hospitals, nurses, medical staff are obviously just stretched to the absolute limit, they're turning patients away unless people have their own oxygen supply because of that acute shortage that we've seen. the w.h.o., rosemary, have described it as a perfect storm, how we got to this point, which is thesesing of the social restrictions, the mass gatherings that were allowed,
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the political rallies, the religious festivals. the fact that there hasn't been a big take up in the vaccination program that is being rolled out across the country. to date only 1.9% of the population has been fully inoculated, two jabs. i mean, we are talking about a country of more than 1.3 billion people. there is a huge job to go. we also know, rosemary, that, you know, what you're looking at right now is a political rally which happened two days ago in the south of the country. this is prime minister narendra modi's party, the bjp party that is holding these rallies. the fact that they are still allowed during this second wave that is decimating parts of the country, it just begs belief. the prime minister has said lockdowns and national lockdowns should be a last resort.
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states and cities are going about these curfews, trying not to call them lockdowns but curfews and restriction toss try to stop the spread, but to date, rosemary it's not working. we know it's spread into neighboring nepal, the indian variant, the b-1617 has been detected in nepal, a spike in cases there, in pakistan we're seeing rising faces there, the highest number of deaths recorded there today. this is of great concern obviously not just for india which is suffering on an epic scale, but for the region and the rest of the world. >> absolutely. anna coren bringing us the latest from hong kong, many thanks. for ways you can help those suffering from the covid crisis in india head to our website still to come, cnn has new footage of the moments before and after andrew brown jr.'s death at the hands of police, but it's not stopping demands for the body cam footage. we will explain.
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outlets to see the police body cam footage of andrew brown jr.'s fatal shooting. so far only brown's family have seen just 20 seconds of that video. brian todd reports on what we know at this stage about the deadly encounter. >> reporter: new video emerging showing some of the final moments before andrew brown jr. was killed during an encounter with law enforcement. cnn has obtained video that a source says shows sheriff's deputies arriving in a pickup truck to serve a warrant on brown last wednesday as part of a drug task force probe. they move in quickly, shoegt commands as they arrive. soon after brown was dead, shot in his car as he tried to flee, his family says. more new video obtained exclusively by cnn shows the moments after as deputies surrounded his crashed car. the fbi now confirming it has launched a civil rights probe into the incident and the
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state's governor calling for a special prosecutor to handle any decisions on whether to bring criminal charges in order to ensure public confidence. now six days after brown's death seven deputies involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave, two others have resigned and one retired. and despite mounting pressure, officials are still not releasing body camera footage of what happened. instead only showing the family a 20-second clip behind closed doors. >> the first initial shots were through the front windshield. >> reporter: according to an independent autopsy commissioned by the family andrew brown was first hit in the arm by four shots. then -- >> as she shots were coming into the vehicle he was able to back up, turn the vehicle around, spin off across a vacant lot and at that time he was hit in the back of the head here and that is the fatal bullet wound. >> reporter: the report says the bullet entered the back of his
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skull. >> he obviously he was trying to get away, it's obvious and they're going to shoot him in the back of the head. man, that [ bleep ] is not right. that's not right at all, man. >> reporter: the family, protesters and civil rights advocates calling for all body camera videos to be released to the public. >> we don't know what the video is going to show because they ain't shown us nothing. >> reporter: still some experts are warning about the policing tactics it could show. >> if he's trying to drive away and you didn't stop him then you left him go. you regroup, you come up with another way. >> reporter: will you be able to tell us what you were looking for? >> no, sir. >> reporter: late tuesday agents from the north carolina state bureau of investigations searched andrew brown's house for security cameras according to his landlord. >> they was informed that there were cameras at the house prior to the incident and right after the incident there were cameras there, but they noticed that the cameras with gone. >> do you know who might have taken them?
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>> no, sir. >> reporter: mean while pasquotank county has put a message out on their website defending their actions saying the entire encounter lasted less than 30 seconds and they showed the family and its representatives the entire encounter multiple times, saying any insinuation that they edited any of that footage is incorrect but they did not put out any timeline as to when they might release the rest of the body cam footage. brian todd. u.s. house democrat karen bass is not buying the statements from north carolina officials defending their handling of this case. bass is negotiating a bipartisan bill on police reform in washington and she told cnn she believes there's a cover up happening in the brown case. >> i mean, i am shocked at the way they have mishandled the situation and i think -- i don't have a doubt in my mind that this is a complete cover up. they literally invited the
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family to come in and see the videotape and then when they got there they decided they needed to redact it or edit it. so how could that possibly result in any trust not just from the family, but from the entire community? and then just to show them the last 20 seconds of their relative's life was cruel. >> the u.s. justice department has now charged at least 400 people in connection with the january 6th insurrection at the capitol. cnn analysis found those facing charges are from 43 states and washington, d.c. federal prosecutors said in a recent court filing they expect to charge at least 500 people before they're done. cnn's jessica schneider shows us how some police officers had to fight back for their lives against attackers who now are under arrest. >> reporter: the crowd descending on the capitol grounds january 6th was
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something no one was prepared for. capitol police quickly overwhelmed, as protesters pushed through the barricades that encircled the grounds. soon the situation spiraled out of control. >> someone managed to hook his thumb in my eye and started gouging at it, thankfully i was able to shake him before he did any permanent damage. we were fighting tooth and nail. >> the terrorists there on the 6th were there to cause harm and they came prepared for a fight. they hurt us physically and emotionally. >> reporter: the violent attack on the capitol was a scene that metropolitan police officer michael fanone was never even supposed to be in the midst of. the 40-year-old veteran of d.c.'s police force works narcotics, but when the radio calls went out that rioters were overtaking the capitol, officer i fanone and his police partner
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put uniforms on and moved in. soon he was sprayed with chemicals, battered him with pipes and batons, he even got phased multiple times. >> some guy started getting ahold of my gun and they were screaming out kill him with his own gun. i just remember yelling outs that i have kids and it seemed to work. >> reporter: fanone said the crowd moved in to protect him but the aftermath of the assault left fanone unconscious and he was hospitalized for a likely concussion and injuries from the taser. now four men have been charged in connection with his attack. the most serious allegations against this man, buffalo resident thomas civic. prosecutors say he lied to fbi agents several times but eventually admitted he ripped fanone's badge and radio off his vest, leaving holes and tears in fanone's uniform and buried fanone's badge in his backyard in buffalo, eventually digging it up and handing it over to the
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fbi. thomas civic is now in jail, has pleaded not guilty and another man danny rodriguez is also in jail accused of using an electro shock weapon to tase officer fanone. jessa schneider, cnn, washington. one of the police officers we just heard from in that report is michael fanone, he was brutally assaulted while defending the nation's a 's cap and he spoke exclusively with cnn about his experience. >> it's been very difficult seeing elected officials and other individuals kind of whitewash the events of that day or down play what happened. some of the terminology that was used like hugs and kisses and, you know, very fine people is very different from what i experienced and what my co-workers experienced on the 6th. i experienced the most brutal, savage, hand to hand combat of
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my entire life, let alone my policing career, which spans almost two decades. >> the u.s. justice department has changed the narrative in a small but significant way in its case against two men charged in connection with a chemical attack during the capitol hill riot. all sides now say that although the suspects did bring bear repellant to the capitol, pepper spray was used against late officer brian sicknick, not bear spray. one theory indicated a chemical irritant may have triggered a fatal reaction. sicknick died the day after that attack, but washington's chief medical examiner has since ruled that he died of natural causes. the eu's case against astrazeneca gets its day in court. the first hearing is under way to determine if the drug maker broke its vaccine contract. we will have the latest in a
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live report. plus why one florida school is banning teachers from getting vaccinated. we will have the details. fanone
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the first hearing is under way in brussels for the european commission's case against drug maker astrazeneca. it's suing the company for breach of contract saying astrazeneca has not delivered the number of covid vaccine doses it had promised. astrazeneca says the lawsuit is without merit. the eu had planned to use astrazeneca as its main vaccine early this year but the company's delays have made for a
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messy rollout in some countries. let's go live to paris where cnn's melissa bell is standing by. good to see you, melissa. what is the latest on this hearing and what are legal experts saying about the likely outcome? >> reporter: well, this is the very first preliminary part of this procedure, it will first be put to a judge. exactly how the european commission intends to pursue this idea that it believes that astrazeneca broke its contractual em agreements and there will be a lot of focus on the language of that, the best efforts and whether those were binding contractual promises to deliver a certain number of doses by a certain time. the judge will then take several weeks to come back with his initial verdict. this is something that could drag on for some time. this is the legal expression of all that frustration and anger we've been hearing the european commission explicitly express these last few months and ever since it became clear at the end of january, since they authorized use of astrazeneca,
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the fact that there were likely to be delays. what we hear from the commission is in the first half of 2021 this contract with astrazeneca, remember the first one signed by the european commission, it was one of the largest for 400 million doses, 300 million doses plus an option for another 100 million. there was hope that this would be one of the vaccines that would help the european union in its rollout the most and in fact all of that has proved to be far, far different. in the end according to the commission in the first half of 2021 only a third of the doses promised were delivered, so 100 million compared to 300 million that had been promised. that end that option for another 100 million set aside. the european commission has already decided to look elsewhere. astrazeneca is not allowed for use in denmark, it is restricted in several u mean countries in terms of the age that people can have it at on the grounds of those fears over blood clots and
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the european commission has already decided it is going to look to what it believes are far more reliable suppliers, namely pfizer with whom it is currently negotiating a contract that would see 1.8 billion doses delivered to the eu by 2023. essentially the commission is saying, look, we don't particularly need the astrazeneca vaccine anymore at all. >> all right. it will be interesting to see how all that ends up. melissa bell joining us live from paris. many thanks. south america is also struggling to slow the spread of the coronavirus. many countries remain in the red as new infections have continued to climb during the past month. in argentina a presidential adviser says the government has resumed talks with pfizer to purchase its vaccine. brazil's senate is investigating the government's handling of the pandemic. president bolsonaro has been accused of sabotaging isolation measures, threatening local officials who implemented restrictions and discouraging the use of masks.
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the probe could lead to an impeachment vote ahead of next year's election. despite u.s. health officials encouraging americans to get the covid vaccine, one private school in miami is asking its teachers not to get vaccinated. while citing several false claims, the school says if teachers do get the shot they will not be allowed to return next year. cnn's leyla santiago has the details. >> reporter: let's get more information. let's learn more about this. the ceo and co-founder of sent ner academy a private school in miami is standing by her decision to try to stop faculty and staff from getting potentially lifesaving covid vaccinations. in a letter to faculty and staff centner tells teachers to please whale in the school year-end and you will not be able to return to school until clinical trials are complete.
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clinical trials have been complete fodder all three vaccines to satisfy the fda's emergency use authorization requirements. >> no one has been threatened to be fired. >> reporter: she doesn't want students near anyone vaccinated against the coronavirus but her decision is based partly on unfounded claims about the shots. >> we want more information. >> that's all i want. i want more information. >> have you looked at the fda? have you looked at the cdc? have you looked at the world health organization because they do say that this is effective. >> it's an experiment right now. >> reporter: the academy has some 300 students, 70 staff members and the school's website promotes medical freedom from mandated vaccines. >> when a school like this and in a community that seems to be very close-knit, that could easily turn into an outbreak in a heartbeat. it could happen overnight and then all of these children would be at risk and everyone in the local community would also be at risk. >> reporter: during our inter sue and in this letter she cited a series of false claims behind
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her decision, including, quote, nonvaccinated people being negatively impact bid interacting with people who have been vaccinated and falsely linking such interaction was a spike in miscarriages. the cdc has been watching for an increase in miscarriages among vaccinated people and has not reported one. leyla santiago. cnn, miami. the biden administration is taking a tougher stand on saudi arabia when it comes to human rights and the war in yemen. it released a report earlier this year implicating the crown prince in the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi. still the u.s. vermont says the relationship with saudi arabia is an important one. >> like it or not, we are going to need to continue to work with saudi arabia, which remains a partner in many respects, and one of the things that we're trying to do as you know is bring the war to yemen to an end. the crown prince is likely to be the leader of that country for a
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long time in the future. we have to work with leaders around the world who are engaged in conduct that we either object to or in some cases find reprehensible. >> secretary blinken's comments come as the saudi crown prince made his own remarks during a televised interview. joining us with more on this is john defterios. what did the crown prince have to say about his relationship with the u.s. on that interview on saudi state-run tv? >> reporter: a couple interesting things here with tony blinken, for example, showing a willingness to work with saudi arabia despite the reservations they have in yemen and jamal khashoggi and also in the saudi tv interview the crown prince softening his approach overall to the middle east and trying to rebuild bridges with the united states. soft language, a softer tone when it comes to iran. they actually ended the economic embargo with qatar in january
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before the biden administration took office. you can see this move here with the united states despite the finger pointing on the cia report, they say we have 90% in terms of common ground in terms of relations with the united states and he is eager to work on the final 10%. let's take a listen. >> translator: we are all working to promote our interests with all countries of the world to serve us and serve them. also the matters that we disagree about are less than 10%. we are working to find solutions to them in order to determine the danger in our two countries. u.s.a. is without a doubt a strategic partner of saudi arabia. the partnership started 80 years ago. >> and the crown prince making reference to the meeting by fdr back in 1945 with the long relations there. for the first time he said about iran i want to see relations prosper, not to have difficult relations with our neighbor. that is quite a shift, but he
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held a firm line, if you will, rosemary, on nuclear ambitions by iran and using proxies from yemen to attack the kingdom. this is why tony blinken was saying they'd like to see the war in yemen dragging on and led by saudi arabia come to a close. >> john, the crown prince announced that saudi arabia is in talks to sell off 1% of state oil firm aramco. what is the motivation behind that? >> he is trying to unearth value from that crown jewel of the kingdom. it is the largest oil company in the world, they did a partial listing at the end of 2019 only in riyadh with regional aspirations by the crown prince to go to new york or london, but he is talking now about sending a 1% stake to a large energy company in a very large country. he didn't go beyond that. he said the timeline is one to two years. a little bit odd to put this forward with that time of timeline in front of you here, but he is trying to kind of
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unlock up to $20 billion, rosemary, and the idea here is the second phase of his diversification plan he has to raise money for foreign direct investment as well and bring down that unemployment rate. the saudi people need to know that the vision 2030 is not about big projects, but taking unemployment from 12% down to 7%. he didn't put a timeline on t but clearly he says that is one of his things on the checklist, if you will. >> john defterios joining us from abu dhabi, many things. and coming up -- >> protesting has its place, but after protesting then what? we've got to talk solutions. >> one u.s. police force is learning the lessons from officer-involved shootings across the country.
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calls for police reform are growing in light of numerous officer-involved shootings across the united states. now one police department drawn into the spotlight for its own fatal shooting is applying lessons learned from these incidents so they don't happen again. ryan young has more. >> reporter: these four officers are working their way through a hands-on week of intensive training. >> what we're going to see is a team of officers who are dispatched to a distraught male on a bridge, they're going to try to gain his compliance through deescalation techniques. >> reporter: it's part of realistic high pressure moments they will go over in the times to come. role play and work on simul simulators. >> sir, it's okay, we'd just like to talk to you for a quick second. >> reporter: all this in hopes of not having another tragedy
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like stephon clark in 2018 when police say they believed he had a gun and shot and killed him in his backyard but no firearm was ever found. >> someone has to do this. our community would not be safe without the work of police officers and it's a tough job. >> reporter: situations that officers face on a day to day basis across the country, like the shootings of daunte wright and the incident in ohio. >> it's extremely unfortunate because somebody died. if there is a better way after reviewing that that that could have been handled that department and others should do t you should be ashamed if you don't learn from somebody else's issues. >> reporter: so the sacramento pd takes that literally, turning graphic videos of controversial police shootings into learning moments. >> it can trick the brain into putting you physiologically in that environment. >> reporter: they can use virtual reality to recreate those police calls. >> some of the incidents that you see on tv almost immediately after a major police dincident e
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are able to take that and incorporate lessons learned. >> reporter: rotating officers through the training. while videos of police encounters like george floyd's feed calls for police reform. >> protesting has its place, but after protesting then what? we've got to talk solutions and i don't want anybody in our community to be shot, myself or you included. >> reporter: solutions that for chief daniel hahn start with a reckoning of the problematic history of law enforcement in america. >> when police say defund the police department because we have racism in our past, first of all, we have to acknowledge that that's absolutely true. >> absolutely we have racism in our past but so does our entire country. we have to deal with those just as much as we have to deal with giving officers new equipment. >> reporter: from situations like this one where officers are trained not to engage physically. but intervene to deescalate and keep the community and officers
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safe. >> deescalation is, first of all, it is the expectation of the community. the community wants us to respond to these problems and help solve the problem. if we are escalating the situation we are not helping solve the problem. >> cnn's ryan young with that report. researchers have discovered a toxic waste dump off the coast of los angeles, deep sea robots used to map the sea floor took this video showing roughly 27,000 barrels dotting the san pedro basin after being dropped from moving ships. they are laced with toxic chemicals like ddt that have been harming wildlife for decades. the dump dates back to world war ii, one of the main culprits the montrose testimony cal corporation has been out of business for almost 40 years. britain's prime minister could have been launching a vaccine victory tour but instead he's depending off damaging
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the british prime minister is facing scrutiny on several fronts over his conduct. among the allegations that he showed a callous disregard for voe individual victims and that he lied about who paid for renovation fos his residence. isa soares has the story. >> reporter: after a horrific year of deaths and lockdown boris johnson had hoped for a triumph in spring. easing restrictions, opening up the economy and taking credit for britain's successful vaccine program. >> i literally did not feel a thing. >> reporter: but as the prime minister hits the campaign trail this week, he faces damaging allegations about his conduct that might cast a shadow on the months ahead. he has reported to have said he'd rather let the bodies pile high than enforce a third lockdown.
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remarks said to be made in october. a british tabloid and two broadcasters cite unname source for the claims. johnson denies he has used these words and again and again he's asked did he? >> no, but, again, i think the important thing that people want us to get on and do as a government is to make sure that the lockdowns work. >> the idea that he would say any such thing i find incredible. i was in that room. i never heard language of that kind. >> reporter: the prime minister approved a lockdown in october and, again, as the uk faced its deadliest wave this year. >> the government is once again instructing you to stay at home. >> reporter: but the claim could haunt the leader of the nation with one of the worst covid-19 death tolls in the world. >> that is a horrifying they think to say, isn't it? let the bodies pile up, pile high in the thousands, but it was some time ago and it was very much in the context of the
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difficult decision that the government faced at the end of october when they really didn't want to lock down, but felt that they had to. >> reporter: not the only story that threatened the prime minister's trademark optimism. a stack of claims all denied are piling up at downing street store. there are demands for an independent inquiry into who paid for expensive upgrades to his downing street flat. johnson and his partner have spent tens of thousands of pounds redecorating their home. a former top aide turned critic alleged johnson planned to have conservative party donors foot the bill, although his trade minister says johnson has paid for it. dominic cummings was once johnson's right-hand man, but left number 10 in nova mid a power struggle. he is now at war with former colleagues who worry what
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secrets he's prepared to spill. >> there could be other stories that are embarrassing to the prime minister that are yet to -- yet to come out. if dominic cummings has that kind of information it looks as if he is prepared to stop at nothing to use it. >> reporter: cummings has decide being the source of a leak of text to the billionaire james dyson. johnson reportedly said he would fix a tax issue if dyson's staff came to the uk to produce ventilators during the first wave of the pandemic last year. >> i make absolutely no apology at all, mr. speaker, for shifting heaven and earth and doing i possibly could as any prime minister would in those circumstances, to secure ventilators for the people of this country and to save lives. >> reporter: meanwhile, the opposition leader says claims about bad behavior and misconduct can't be brushed aside. >> every day there's more evidence of this sleaze and frankly it stinks. >> reporter: only a third of britains think johnson is
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trustworthy according to a new poll. the worry for the prime minister is how to limit the damage and quell a raul that shows no sign of of simmering down. queen elizabeth ii has carried out her first public engagement since her husband's funeral. she held two virtual audiences on tuesday to welcome the ambassadors of latvia and ivory coast. the queen was at windsor castle with the duke of edinboro's funeral was held earlier in the month while the ambassadors were at buckingham palace. thank you for your company. i'm rosemary church, "early start" is coming up next. you're watching cnn. have yourselves a wonderful day. when you skip the rinse with finish quantum,
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welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world, this is "early start." i'm christine romans. it is wednesday, april 28th, 5:00 a.m. in new york. president biden's first address to a joint session of congress is tonight. he will seize a once in a generation chance to change america for working americans. his case, bigger government solves problems like ending a pandemic, equalizing the economy and making life better for millions of working people. we have brand-new details this morning on the president's $1.8 trillion american families plan. it calls for low


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