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that tragedy rest in peace and as we say, may their memories be a blessing. thanks very much for watching, i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room," erin burnett, "outfront," starts right now. "outfront" next, breaking news. the suspect in the july 4th parade shooting spree charged with seven counts of first degree murder. more charges coming. this, as we are learning more about the victims who so senselessly and needlessly lost their lives, trump insider, lindsey graham, rudy giuliani, how much legal trouble are they in and will this investigation lead directly to trump. and akron ohio protests over the killing of jayland walker who sustained a the least 60
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gunshots wounds to police, who a admit he was not armed when shot. good evening, i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight begin with the breaking news, the highland park shooting suspect has now been charged formally with seven counts of first degree murder. we just heard a live press conference where officials say dozens of charges coming against the smekt so this is just the beginning, seven accounts of first degree murder. fa faces life sentence without possibility of parole, and again, there will be dozens more charges but that's where we start. officials say he planned his attack for weeks and then killed seven people and injured 38 more. the victims, as we now know ranging in age from age eight to 88, police have released a photo of the 21-year-old gunman dressed in women's clothing during the attack, we believe he did this to conceal his facial
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tattoos and identity and fired 70 rounds from a high-powered rifle into the crowd. photo from cnn shows the suspect moments after he was taken into custody by police and while he is in custody tonight, he is alive, this one ended with the suspect alive to question, officials still do not have a motive. >> shooting appears to be completely random. we have no information to suggest at this point it was racially motivated, motivated by religion or any other protected status. >> completely random, and yet meticulously, it seems, preplanned. two thing you don't always think of going together. so many questions here. even today as the questions are out there, the parade route remains frozen in time, still lined with personal items left behind from people at the parade, you know, folded chair, child's toy, officials
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inspecting these looking for any evidence they can. one official who was at the parade described what he saw. >> the people who were gone were blown up by that gunfire. >> blown up. >> blown up. the horrific scene of some of the bodies is unspeakable for the average person. >> that's the damage inflicted by ar-15 style weapons. josh campbell is "outfront" tonight, and what are you learning about the charges of this suspect, which we appear just at the beginning of these charges. >> that's right, erin, seven counts of first degree murder, for each of the victims no longer with us after the murderous assault on the july fourth parade. prosecutors say this is the first wave and expecting many additional charges to come, this all happens as we learn new details about the suspected shooter and his efforts to evade
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police. >> reporter: new investigative details tonight on the suspect, ra robert crimo the third and interactions with law enforcement years ago. in 2019, family number said i was going to kill everyone and crimo had a collection of knives, the highland park police department did notify the ohio state police of the incident. >> how do you stop a shooter, if someone is calling police, sayin saying we have a problem. >> police can't make a arrest unless there's probable cause and someone willing to sign complaints of the erase. >> no probable cause at that time, but later that year, the suspect reportedly attempted suicide. >> this was a delayed report, still responded to the residents later, spoke with crimo's parents and the matter was being handled by mental health professionals at that time.
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>> reporter: also, according to law enforcement, the july 4th parade attack was planned several weeks in advance. >> he brought a high powered rifle to this parade, accessed the roof of a business via fire escape ladder and began opening fire on the innocent independence day celebration goers. >> reporter: officials believe 70 rounds were fired from a rooftop. police say the gunman was dressed as a woman during the attack and believe he acted alone. seven people died and at least 30 others were injured according to officials. after the shooting, police say the 21-year-old suspect fled the scene and headed to his mother's home. >> crimo exited the roof, dropped his rifle, and blended in with the crowd and escaped. >> reporter: according to law enforcement, then took his mother's car, a 911 caller noticed it and notified police. after a manhunt, taken into custody, when arrested, another
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rifle was found inside the vehicle. police are now investigating the alleged shooters social media and streaming post, under a pseudonym with a young man with a rifle, engaging police. now looking online for a possible motive, including the suspect's post featuring ominous lyrics like one he narrates saying i need to just do it. it is my destiny. now, erin, you're looking at a live picture of the crime scene, police are still here, remnants of parade goers out here on the street, fbi here processing the scene. as you look at the scene, erin, this is any town, usa, you know, you look at, there's a bank over here, shops over there, this could have happened in any town in the united states and this community here is very close knit, my husband's parents live not far from here, talking with
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citizens walking their dog, out on a walk and to a person, are left in shock saying they're not expecting this to happen in their community, one person told me however, this is perhaps an indictment on the wave of gun violence across the country, said looking at all the mass shootings time after time, wondered when their time would come. erin. >> all right, josh, please stay with me for this conversation. jim clemente joins us as well, retired fbi profiler along with paul kelen our legal analyst. paul, the press conferences they just held, announced seven counts of first degree murder and dozens more in the offing but those where we started. each of those charges with mandatory life sentence without parole if convicted. what does that tell you about where they are as we are barely more than 24 hours after the massacre? >> quite sensibly erin, they're
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focusing on the most serious charges of all the homicide charges, murder you are charges, and he is facing life without parole on those charges. illinois hasn't imposed a death penalty since 1999 so you're really looking at the maximum sentence he would face in illinois and i think what you'll see the prosecutor do next is to start getting ready for an insanity defense because looking at this fact pattern, that's really the only kind of defense he could try to raise and i don't think he would have much of a chance because this was a meticulously planned, intentional murder. and in that case, it's hard to prove insanity. >> as they say, five weapons and planned for weeks, down to the disguise, dressing as a woman. so jim, on this, i want to ask you, we are just learning from a highland park synagog official that the suspect was present at a passover service in april, at the central avenue synagog in
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highland park. the congregation official went on to say the suspect did not act suspicious, but what do you put to that, up to this point, the officials saying they can't, despite the meticulous planning, put a motive on the table here. >> well, erin, i think this behavior could have been, he could have been conducting surveillance on that synagog. my understanding, there were armed guards at that synagog and may have been turned away by that but the fact is when you're looking for a motive, i think it's clear here in his history and postings, we have a number of behaviors that scream out he was suicidal and homicidal and those kind of ideaiation typically are found together. and when you feel disenfranchised, described as odd by his classmates and he's told people and he's posted on
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social media about killing people and dying himself, that's all the motive we really need. it could have been focused on a particular group but the fact that he was suicidal and attempted it before tells me this was a very dangerous person with access to any kind of weapon. >> so josh, let me just ask you about that because there was, in 2019, an incident of attempted suicide and homicidal threats against family members of his own family. this was known to authorities, state police knew about this yet the state attorney would not say, josh, now, whether red flag laws would have prevented the suspect of being able to attain a gun and appears police weren't aware of the suspect's detailed online postings even though they knew about homicidal impulsed, suicidal impulses and seized
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knives from him, even t is guy. so josh, how much of this was a miss by law enforcement and how much of this is just there's a lot of individuals who may fit this sort of a profile and how do you know which one is going to do something horrific? >> well, each one of these incidents, after, first thing we ask, was this person known to law enforcement s was there anything that could have been done to stop what happened as you mentioned, there were the two encounters with police, one calling saying he was suicidal, and determining that was a mental health issue, under the care of a mental professional. the second issue, he was threatening allegedly to kill members of his family. police arrived, and seized a number of knives he had there but this gets to the red flags you're talking about, shows how there is no national standard. it's very much jurisdiction by jurisdiction, that's why we heard for those calling for a national standard for red flag
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laws to be able to look into these past incidents. if you have someone where there's a documented case of talking about trying to harm themselves or someone else, at the very least, maybe that should be looked at before they decide want to go buy a high powered assault weapon and looking at polling on this erin, around 90% of americans in favor of these red flag laws yet we don't see that kind of action. to the point of the state prosecutor, he was saying every situation is case by case but it shows without some national standard, each jurisdiction is left to their own to determine what do we do here? >> and jim i'm curious, to the fact, he dressed up as a woman, tried to disguise himself, attempted to flee, yet he left behind one of the rifles, this is essentially leaving an i.d. he purchased it legally.
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so by leaving it, they would have known exactly whose it was, that seems a bit odd. >> yeah, even though he spent a great deal of time planning this, he's not very criminally sophis sophisticated. you never know whether he planned to actually get out of there. the disguise could have helped them get there as well, you know, because he stands out because of his tattoos, been thrown out of other places. he probably wanted to make sure he would get there unmolested by law enforcement, but the fact is when you fantasize about these kinds of things and then the reality hits you when you're in the moment doing it, he might have just become fearful for his will to live might have kicked in. either way, he did plan enough so he could get away, mingle in, and that, i think, as paul said, completely undermines any argument that he didn't know the rightfulness or wrongfulness of his actions. he couldn't have been criminally
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insane because he knew what he was doing and knew it was wrong so he made those plans for escape. >> and can i add one other thing. >> very clear on that, no criminal defense on that. >> i think on this question of motive, we get hyper focused sometimes on looking for racial motivation or religious motivation, for the kinds of hate crimes but there are criminals who hate fellow human beings and he obviously falls into this category. his hate was just aimed at everybody in that parade. and i think a second thing we have to focus on is the mix of guns and social media. that's what i see developing in so many of these cases. how much was he motivated by trying to make himself famous on social media in a way that is very easy to do now and never was in the past? i think that combination of gun powder and social media is really the explosive thing that
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leads to these kinds of killings. >> thank you all very much for your time and for your thoughts. yeah, go ahead, quickly, yeah, jim. >> oh, just this is should be an indication to police officers who are doing investigation following threats of homicide or threats of suicide to actually look into somebody's social media because that can be just filled with indicators that will tip it into probable cause when they don't find it elsewhere. >> it's a crucial point, and i thank you. vice-president harris making a full-throated call tonight for an assault weapons ban as the death toll for highland park 4th of july shooting is now at seven. so what we know about each of those seven victims next. plus, a georgia grand jury subpoenaing some of trump's closest confidantes, rudy jewel
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>> yesterday should have been the day to come together with family and friends to celebrate our nation's independence and instead, that community suffered a violent tragedy. children, parents, grandparents, we need to end this horror. we need to stop this violence. you know, i've said it before, enough is enough. >> vice-president harris's comments are coming as we are learning more about the seven innocent lives lost. people who went to the parade as millions of americans did yesterday, these seven people never returned home. ed lavandera is "outfront." >> nicolas's family says they're broken and numb. the 78-year-old grandfather attended the highland park parade with his family. it was supposed to be a day of fun. instead, it ended as a horrific
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nightmare. investigators say the gunman fired more than 70 rounds from a roof top into the crowd lining the parade route, jackie sunheim was struck and killed by the gunfire, he worked as a preschool teacher and events coordinator at the synagog, in the end, killed seven people with a high powered rifle, one says is similar to a ar-15 but declining details about it. officials name other victims as 64-year-old katherine goldstein, steven strauss, marina and kevin mccarthy also killed in the shooting, their two-year-old son ayden found alive in the aftermath, now being cared for by the couples family. 49 other people at the parade suffered injury. >> the people who were gone were blown up by that gun fire. >> dr. david bon helped treat some of the victims in the
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aftermath of the shooting as the police say the gunman was blending into the crowd and escaping the may hem. >> the horrific scene of the some of the bodies is unspeakable for the average person. the bodies, literally, there was an evisceration injury from the power of this gun and the bullets. >> bush was a parade spectator. >> abdominal wound he was bleeding from, they have, you know, a mask attached to a bag i could then breathe for the patient but unfortunately he had lost too much blood and injuries were too severe and he did perish at the hospital. >> during the barrage of gunfire, barbara was marching in the parade, she ran away from the scene with her seven-year-old daughter in the stampede of people running she tripped and fell, she knew instantly her arm was broken. >> i thought it was gunshots but
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i didn't want to believe it, i had to convince myself, it's got to be a drumroll from the band up ahead of it, just a brrr kind of noise and then all of a sudden everybody started running from central street coming around the corner to where we were and that's when i realized, you know, we had to run and get out of there. >> ed is with me now, and ed, what do you know about the parade victims who are still being treated at the hospital. there were so many people obviously who were still injured and had to go to hospital. >> well, erin, the good news is the vast majority of them have been released. we are told the 39 others roughly that have been injured, nine of them are still in at least three different hospitals here in the highland park area. one man in particular, 69 years old, we are told is in critical condition and the age range of the other victims goes from eight to someone in their 70s so really gives you a sense of just a wide array of people and families, different generations of families out along this
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parade route when the shooting started. erin. >> ed, thank you very much. just imagine, eight-year-old fighting for their life right now. >> now to martinez, at the highland park parade, witnessed the shooting, someone next to her in the crowd unfortunately was killed. and gabriella, thank you so much for talking to me. we're all grateful you're here. we just found in the past few minutes the shooter has been charged with seven counts of first degree mrd murder, more charges will be coming. what's your raekeaction to that >> obviously, glad he's being charged, glad he's in custody, but that's not really going to bring back the people that we lost and the people that are wounded so, i mean, there's really no justice, i guess. since families are mourning the loss of somebody today and i,
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my, people that were around us have to always think of this day, that day as like a tragedy now instead of like an actual happy event with 4th of july being parade and hot dogs and grilling and fireworks. >> gabriella, i know for you, i mean forever it will be, and can you tell me what you saw at the moment that shooting began? >> well i just saw like the bullets hitting the floor, the noise of the bullets, obviously, the shooting, hearing people crying, screaming, running, fearing for their lives. we tried to get my daughter to safety, me calling out for other family members i was with. it's just, i mean once i was in the store, i just, once i got out of there when everything was
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clear, i didn't really want to pay attention to what had happened and the aftermath about it. i just wanted to get home safe, you know. stay away from the place -- >> yes, and you were saying you were there, as it started, then people who were right next to you, one of the people died, i know that will forever be with you and you knew the family, 78-year-old nicolas toledo, we showed his picture as ed lavandera was reporting but you were sitting by his family when that happened, have you been able to speak with him since? >> that afternoon, one of the daughters did reach out to me via messenger and just ask me if my daughter and i made it out okay. atta at that moment, i honestly didn't know if they had lost a family member, so i asked question, that if they made it out as well, how are you guys
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doing, how is everybody, and she unfort unfortunately told me she lost her grandfather but everyone else was okay and at that moment i burst into tears, i was just in shock knowing that that could have been me or my daughter, my niece, and sadly, it happened to him. >> and how are you feeling now? to process this? >> yeah, it's very hard. yesterday, i just, been numb all day, basically, i didn't understand what happened until last night basically, my daughter, at bedtime just started to cry. it just -- it's just sad. >> gabriela, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me and to talk about it. i can only imagine how hard that is to do.
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breaking news, cnn just learning vice-president kamala harris making a stop in highland park, illinois, visiting the scene of the deadly parade massacre where seven people were killed, dozens more injured. we'll take you live to highland park and the vice-president as soon as she begins speaking. as we await that, we are also monitoring new developments out of georgia where there are new subpoenas for donald trump's inner circle tonight. a major escalation, court filings show rudy giuliani, lindsey graham and john eastman
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all hit with subpoenas to appear before the fulton county grand jury investigation. now that investigation is specifically focused on trump's attempts to overturn the 2020 election result in the state of georgia which includes, if you recall, that call that trump made to brad raffensperger the georgia secretary of state where trump demanded raffensperger find the exact number of votes trump needed to win the state plus one. >> i just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. >> sarah murphy is "outfront" and sarah, these are individuals who played significant roles in trump's effort to subvert the georgia election and specifically, to highlight to everyone, this is an investigation with a grand jury in jorgeorgia, separate from th january 6th committee so why
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could this be a turning point into the fulton fulton county investigation. >> you're right, this is an active investigation in the atlanta area and shows this investigation because you are getting into the inner circle of donald trump's allies and people who are directly involved in helping to carry out and ensure if he won a state or lost. so you look at senator lindsey graham who didn't respond to request to comment today he is somebody, was reaching out in the states office, trying to encourage them to reexamine absentee ballots, to look at them in a way that would benefit donald trump. look at someone like ken chaserow, someone allegedly working with georgia officials there, with the trump campaign, to try to put together this fake slate of electors in the state so it's looking beyond donald trump but also at his allies and trying to determine whether any of them should face criminal
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charges. >> so rudy giuliani was also subpoenaed and he's been a focus at the fulton county da, he actually appeared before georgia lawmakers in 2020 to push election conspiracies so what do you know about rudy giuliani here? >> that's right, the filings around giuliani made clear investigators want to talk to him about the presentation he made before state lawmakers, shared a bunch of conspiracies about voter fraud, all of that debunked but giuliani continued to spread the claims, go before lawmakers again and spread the falsehood and see we know from other witnesses, these investigators scrutinizing giuliani's activity, over and over again, giuliani's attorney today declined to comment. >> all right, thank you very much, sarah, and for more on sarah's reporting i want to bring in shan wu, former prosecutor and council to attorney general and clinton administration. you hear sara going through the details here. how significant is this move
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from the fulton county d.a. to subpoena multiple members of trump's inner circle. >> it's very significant, erin. these are people who would be privy to the inside thinking of trump, very critical to his intent, but what i find very interesting about this is typically in a grand jury investigation, you won't subpoena a so-called target of the investigation. so while these people were intimately involved and certainly could have criminal exposure, it suggests to me that possibly, the da is moving towards a charging decision and that charging decision is very much zeroed in on trump versus these other folks who may have been helping him plan or advising him so that's a very interesting reading of the tea leaves. >> wow, yeah, that's fascinating. saying if you're subpoenaing all them, then they're there to give you something on somebody, we all know who that somebody would be. obviously, that would be hugely significant, i mean just, it's an understatement. but i will point out, the
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investigation in georgia is entirely separate from the january 6th investigation which is obviously about the election overall not specifically into one state. it's also separate from the investigation underway at the justice department, whatever that may or may not be, but i know that you think that by subpoenaing, doing this for the fulton county da, it makes an impact here more broadly. >> yes, and of course, what's really dangerous about this georgia investigation was thought like the biggest danger to trump, is it it's so title focused on the phrase asking for that specific number of vote and see in that case it's a clean case to bring. you don't have to worry about separation of powers, executive privilege, is he really talking about something he really believes? it's a very straight-forward type of factual case here. so the charges that da is contemplating such as s
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solicitation of election fraud, those are serious charges, i think one to three years and the most serious she mentioned, georgia form of racketeering to interfere with the election, so it's important because it's narrow, very factual and got some penalties. >> narrow and factual. that's the greatest strength you can have i'm sure from their perspective. shen, thank you so much. also tonight, city of akron, ohio, bracing for what will be a fourth night of protests, curfew to take effect there after police released 20 minutes of body cam videos of the shooting of jayland walker, a 22-year-old black man shot 60 times within seven seconds when police opened fire after he failed to yield to traffic stop. more questions on what did and did not happen. i will warn you some of the
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video you see in this piece is disturbing and graphic. >> reporter: authorities in the city of akron released about 18 minutes of body camera videos, each minute offering a different perspective, showing eight responding officers before they opened fire, shooting and killing 25-year-old jayland walker. after the release of the footage, akron's police chief says officers will have to account for each one of the accounts they fired. >> they need to be able to articulate what specific threats they were facing, and that goes for every round that goes down the barrel of their gun, and they need to be held to account. >> reporter: akron's police chief says officers were trying to pull him over for gunshot violation when a single gunshot was fired from inside his car when facing their vehicle, this muzzle shot image is evidence and investigators later recalled
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a shell casing at that scene. it was when it later evolved into a foot case when he was under the barrage of bullets. in a ski mask, reaching for his waist band before they shot him, according to the police chief. he was unarmed at the time of the shooting. akron police released a decision saying the decision to deploy lethal force and number of shots fired is consistent with use of force protocols and the officer' training . the medical examiners preliminary report reviewed by cnn show's walker's body covered by bullet wounds, could be more than 60 after the release of body camera footage after the shooting. tensions flared, sparking protests. demonstratored peacefully marched to the akron mayor's doorsteps on friday. >> what i did see, people getting out of the car, running,
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and people firing. does it take that much? >> reporter: they want to get justice for jayland in a peaceful and dignified way. >> we don't want any rioting or anything like that. we want answers. we are angry. we have the human side of us. we feel that, the pain. and, you know, personally, i want to scream out and be mad, but what is that going to do? we want to take that anger, we want to use it for the benefit of systemic change. >> reporter: and ultimately, it will be the ohio sitting attorney general that will take all of the evidence gathered by state investigators and then present that to a grand jury here in ohio, that could potentially happen in the kpg months, they could then move forward with criminal charges or not when it comes with those officers, will really consider a mountain of very disturbing evidence, erin, not just a video you saw but also autopsy u
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results. the medical examiner today allowed us access to that autopsy report and does contain images, those photographs showing walker's body covered in those bullet wounds but you can also see his hands at the medical examiner's office with hand cuffs behind his back. for the last couple days, i reached out to akron city officials and they have not responded to our questions yet. we'll certainly keep trying. erin. >> thank you very much for your reporting there on the ground. now to bobby cachello, attorney for the family of jayland walker, and bobby, he showed us some of the police body cam footage. when you see this footage, 20 minutes of it, what do you take away from it? >> well, i'm sickened, you know, i love my clients. i love these people.
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if you spend just 10 minutes with jayda or pam you find people with real heart, salt of the earth folks from akron, ohio, that were raised and proud of their city. it's just, it's devastating to see a young life taken in this rabid, crazythe police department, they're trying to highlight tonight. they say the pursuit started because officers trying to stop jayland foand equipment violations and then they say about 40 seconds into the pursuit, this happened. i'll play it for you.
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>> had a shot come out of its door. >> you hear the officers on the tape there say there was a shot coming out of the car. that that's what they believed at the time, that they believed that happened and that changes what happened here. as awful as it is. they do admit, they do admit that he was unarmed when they shot him. they do admit that, but they're saying at the time, a shot came out and they didn't think that. does that change that for you when you hear that on the tape or not? >> no, it doesn't change anything. notice what that video doesn't show and this is the most important thing. you see no weapon pointed at any officer. and let's just be reminded that over the last week, we've had officers killed in kentucky by a man with a rifle who was holed up in his house and he was taken peacefully. we had no such threats to these officers. not one time. you can't find one frame of film where my client's gun is pointed at any officer ever, and having a weapon in the presence of
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police officers, even if, and that's a big if, even if that's what it is is not a crime. and by the way, the conversation really needs to stay where it belongs. when he leaves his car, he's unarmed and the chief admitted it in his press conference on sunday. he was unarmed and i'll echo exactly what the chief said. each one of those bullets and there were over 90 of them have to be accounted for and have to be shown to be meaningfully shot because each one of them was dealing with a threat. and i need to say this because folks didn't see what i saw and i don't like saying it but you know what, his body moved as it layed on the ground as they continued to shoot him. so i promise you, i will get to the bottom of this and i promise you, we are not going to rest with their excuses. >> and i think it's really important what you're saying, bobby, so i want to give you a chance to explain. you're saying even if there was a handgun and loaded magazine in
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the car which they're saying there was and a shell casing consistent with the gun retrieved near the shot they're saying fired happened, but you're saying none of that would be relevant to the outcome here and to the use of force they then applied on him. correct? >> that's absolutely right. look. there are countless instances in training and in history and in videos, you can find them online where people have weapons with them and they are not shot 90 times. and by the way, my client didn't have any weapon on him. so let's just remember, having a weapon in the presence of police officers does not equal a death sentence in america. let me say also, my comments are not meant to divide us. my comments are meant to ask, can we join together, please? can we, for the first time, can this be the case, can we join together as americans and say black lives do matter and that black lives should not be taken in this way.
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tonight the russian military is throwing quote all the reserves they now have into battle raging in the luhansk reof eastern ukraine. according to to a ukrainian military official there. it comes as russian troops are making significant gains in the east and are now trying to capture all the neighboring region. "outfront" on this new front line. >> there's no easy safe way to eastern front lines of the donbas. russia cut the highway. soldiers, weapons and locals and deliveries must take the back
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roads. this red cross operation. the small town closest to the regions most intense fighting. the team unloads and very quickly families arrive to load up. the noise of war. close and loud. no one reacts. collecting food for her husband and two children. she says they can't leave the town because they fear losing their house and the vegetable garden they rely onto survive. only a fool isn't scared, she says. there's no way out. we cannot leave our place. she arrives with her young children. she says they're staying because she doesn't want to risk being
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separated from her eldest daughter who lives in a nearby village. i called her once she told me they're not leaving and we lost connection. i don't know if she's okay. the home where she hopes they can safely wait out the war. it's a walk to the other side of the town. we soon realize that won't be possible. the neighborhood is under fire. incoming artillery from somewhere close. so close you hear the artillery piece fire and the projectile before impact. the shells fall within the same tilgt area. -- tight area.
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again, and again. we saw all of this while only a little further to the east. russian forces were claiming an important win. taking to the city. come to us! good to go. >> it's a short distance from here. this is likely to be the front line very soon. already, russia's heavy weapons are falling among the people's homes in the town. it's not safe to stay. but all of these people remain.
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the white house tonight says president biden has read the letter that wnba star britney griner hand wrote to him from prison in russia. in it, she conveys desperation, she currently stands trial on drug related charges in moscow. i'm terrified i might be here forever. she writes. then she expresses frustration, begging president biden not to forget about her and other detainees. wnba coach took it a step further ripping the u.s. government questioning why 300,000 people had to sign a petition asking for help from the white house and state department. >> she's been there for four months. they know that.
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why do we have to sign a petition? let's pretend it's tom brady. do we have to sign a petition then? >> if you have a woman that represents everything that we're supposed to stand for. this is how we're treating her. and it's disgusting. >> the white house defended its actions saying officials are in contact with griner and her family and bringing her home is top priority. thanks so much for joining us. ac 360 with anderson cooper starts now. good evening, seventh person died from gunshot wounds suffered at yesterday's july 4 parade in illinois. just outside chicago. seven people celebrating this country's foundational holiday sacrificed to its modern reality.