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opportunity. less than 1% of the population of our country chooses to serve our country in the military. less than 1% risks everything to defend our nation, our values, and everything we hold dear. and the other 99% of us, we owe them. we owe them our things, our gratitude, and our respect. in my view, based on reports and interviews with president trump, he has proven he is unfit to hold the office of president time and again, but nowhere more offensive to me at least when it comes to his denigration of our service members. veterans, wounded warriors, and fallen. quite frankly, quite frankly it makes me very upset the way he gets in front of a camera and crows about how much he has done for veterans and then turns around and insults our service
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members and fallen heroes when the camera is off. he calls them suckers and losers. my son bo was a u.s. attorney volunteered to go six months to close a vote to help them set up a criminal justice system. and did such a good job there they named a highway after him. and then he had to get an exemption, because his attorney general deployed his unit to iraq. and he went for a year in iraq. came home with a bronze star. he is gone now, but he was no sucker. he was a man like many that people serve with, women and men who served with him, served in a way that they should be honored as heroes, not in some derogatory way. they did not come home losers.
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they came home heroes. and i think it is an absolute disgrace. donald trump has no idea about the ideas that animate women and men who sign up to serve. duty, honor, country, that's what service and patriotism are all about. duty, honor, country. it was reported from a burial reliable source and confirmed by many major outlets that he said to a fallen father, member of the service who himself was a member of the service, standing by at the gravesite he allegedly said, i don't get it. what was in it for them? what was in it for them? donald trump does not seem to be
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able to conceive the idea of selfless service or being part of a cause that is bigger than yourself, every day i carry with me a card. i've been doing this for the better part of 14 years, it is my schedule. on the back of it wherever the schedule ends, there is always a black box that i have here. it says daily troop updates. u.s. troops died in iran and afghanistan. 6,000 and as of today, 923, not roughly 6,900, 923, because every one of these fallen angels left behind a family, left behind a community. there is an empty seat at that table now.
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u.s. troops wounded in iraq and afghanistan, 53,192. not over 53,000. i have flown back on those c-130s with the caskets draped coming out of iraq and afghanistan. i have been there at dover airbase when those bodies come home. you know, i think of all the folks, and you all know it, coming home with unseen injuri injuries. tens of thousands coming home with unseen injuries, post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury. mental health challenges. as a nation, have been criticized over this for the
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past 30 years when i've said it, but as a nation we have many obligations to our children, to the elderly, to the poor, to those in need, but i believe that we have only one truly sacred obligation, to prepare and equip our troops that we send in harm's way, and to care for them and their families when they return. we owe our veterans the future security and dignity that they have earned. and it starts by protecting the va. restoring the trust and the va, because the va must be the premier provider of health care services to promote veterans overall well-being. that's why they have more specialized knowledge about how to treat veterans unique health needs beyond physical and mental and the private sector does by far. providing a community of understanding and support. it facilitates accountability for veterans health and
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well-being as a whole that is absolutely vital. we have a responsibility to ensure that we are providing veterans with world-class health care that they deserve in every situation. that means hiring more doctors and medical personnel, professionals to work at the va including physicians central to veterans health care. nurses and psychologists. we need to offer these medical professionals the incentive to join the va. we need to pay them competitive salary in the private sector. we also have to do more to build a pipeline of doctors and nurses especially in rural areas. if you live far away from a va center, it is absolutely essential that you can see a doctor closer to home. that's why during our administration, president obama signed va access choice and the accountability act in the law in 2014. president trump would like to say that he passed the va
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choice, but just like everything else he seems to be saying, it is a figment of his imagination and a flat lie. now we need to keep working to implement the mission act, effectively and efficiently. so that it works for all of our veterans. as well as making sure the community care providers are held to the same high quality standard as va centers. we are going to make sure our women veterans and our own barbecue veterans get the service respect they deserve from culturally confident providers. and critically will make sure that no veteran is locked out of treatment for conditions related to toxic exposure from burn pits or traumatic brain injuries. that they have experienced in the line of duty. we made that mistake with agent orange. as a senator i thought for decades to help vietnam veterans get access to health and we were
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able to expand on it during the obama-biden administration. we can't let this be delayed again. if the nine access because it could not direct connection if you are exposed to agent orange was wrong. it is to be presumed! that the ailment that you have is caused by your exposure to agent orange and you get treatment. we have to seriously tackle the mental health crisis we have. the suicide epidemic has claimed far too many of our veterans and service members. one of the saddest things when my son came home after a year and a rack, he was back as attorney general. week before christmas he said, dad, i don't know what i'm going to do. a marine veteran who was deployed a total of six times if my memory is correct who is in a
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relatively modern upscale neighborhood, middle-class neighborhood. and to get up in the morning and go out, and i think it was a dodge ram, started down the street in front of his house which was no sidewalks, so a woman walking her dog, ran over her, killed her, killed the dog, put her in the back of his pickup truck, took her down the down the i-95 right was the sand pile for emergencies, molested her, put her back in the truck, came home, and called the state police and said, i just killed someone because a voice in my headset i have to kill someone. turn himself in. you know, the latest stats suggest that almost 600 veterans
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are dying by suicide every year, just here in florida. that's devastating. there aren't any answers to this, but we can do so much better than we are doing now. we have an obligation to do so much better. we have to help our heroes understand that it is an honorable thing to do and takes strength to reach out and ask for help if you are suffering from unseen wounds. they are so accustomed to being taught not to ask for anything. we have to end the stigma surrounding mental health treatment. when they do reach out, and they call the crisis hotline and walk into a va hospital or visit a va center for counseling, we have to make sure, damn sure that there is no one in the way. no one tells them that they have to wait. part of it is making sure that they feel a sense of security and connection in a civilian
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world. as they did an act of duty. better employment opportunities. meaningful career trajectories. education like the ones student vets get here at helzberg, community college. translating into greater opportunities for our vets not just putting money in the pockets for other fraudulent outfits, because we have to stop that. it all matters. the specially matters how their families are treated. john milton, the poet wrote these lines. "they also serve while we only stand and wait." the military husbands, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, they serve every single day. ten to their specific needs and unique challenges should never be an afterthought for us.
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it is a national security imperative. fulfilling our promise to our veterans and our military families caregivers and survivors is critical to ensuring we not only meet our obligations for future generations continue to volunteer to serve. my wife, jill, she worked on this more more than anyone. during our administration she and michelle obama teamed up. >> dana: we have been listening to joe biden, and florida giving a speech, but we want to move on to this. we have a fox news alert for you, louisville mayor greg fischer giving what we are told is a major update on the case at breonna taylor. let's listen in. the family of breonna taylor are also there. >> a friend and a coworker, and for those who knew her, her death is personal, the pain is visceral, and the loss ever more devastating. tamika palmer, says that she was
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a quick student, a hard worker, and an old soul, that she was the glue of the family. breonna was loved. and i cannot begin to imagine miss palmer's pain and i am deeply, deeply sorry for breonna staff. while we wait a decision from attorney general daniel cameron on whether or not charges will be filed in this case, my administration is not waiting to move ahead with needed reforms to prevent the tragedy like this from ever happening again. that's why i am here today with the family of breonna taylor to announce that louisville metro government has settled a civil lawsuit with her estate. as part of the settlement, louisville metro government agrees to make several important policy changes. first, to build stronger community connections between our police officers and the people they serve, we will one, establish a housing credit
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program to incentivize officers to live in certain low income census tracts within the city, and we will encourage officers to volunteer two paid hours every 2-week paid. in an organization in the community that they serve. next as i've said before, we often ask our police officers to not only keep the peace, but to deal with challenges that society has failed to address. from mental health, homelessness, substance abuse, and everything in between. that's not fair to our officers, that is not the right way to address these challenges. that's why we will create a program to include social workers at l.a.p.d. so that they can provide support and assistance on police runs where their presence can be helpful. metro council has initiated funds to this activity. and finally, we must have transparency and accountability for the work that our officers
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do. good officers appreciate sunlight on their work. and we will take several steps to shine that light including the following. we will now require a commanding officer to review and approve all search warrants, affidavits, and reports of search warrants before an officer seeks judicial approval for the warrant. we are creating a clear command structure when executing warrants at multiple locations. we are adding additional protocols for money sees as evidence, expanding the random drug testing of officers, and we will negotiate with the fop in 2021 to expand on the records that can be maintained in an officer's personnel files. we have updated the process when a police officer is being investigated by a professional standards unit and leaves the pd before that investigation.
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going forward, the chief closing letter will state his or her findings going forward on the evidence existing in the file at the time of the officers separation. if sufficient evidence exists to make a determination, it will state and sufficient evidence exists to make a finding. if the nature of the complaint is significant enough to have reasonably resulted in the suspension of the officer, investigation will continue gathering evidence to evaluate if additional officers were involved or other problems exi exist. and finally, in order to ensure monitoring of any officers who may need additional training or other support, we will implement an early warning system that tracks all use of forced incidents, citizen complaints, investigations, and other key factors. as part of its ongoing top-bottom review, reviewing the
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early warning system and recommend any needed improvements. the system will also be monitored through the soon to be formed office of inspector general. these are significant policy changes on top of many others that we have already made including those that are part of breonna's law, as well as policy is changed on of force and teargas where they are need to be used. in addition to the policy changes, the settlement includes a payment to breonna's estate of $12 million. i am grateful for the hard work of my team, and that of county attorney michael connell and his team and the cooperation and thoughtfulness with which the taylor family and her attorneys work with us to get to this point. we are now going to hear from lanita baker, an attorney for breonna's estate. miss baker.
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>> justice for breonna is multilayered, what we were able to accomplish today through the civil settlement against the officers is tremendous. but it is only a portion of a single layer. when officers cause the death of an individual, it is imperative that we seek justice, not only in the criminal system, but also in our civil disputes. that's where we hold people financially responsible, but it is important to note here that a financial settlement was nonnegotiable without significant police reform. that's what we were able to do today. we stopped forth as we went through negotiating the terms of the settlement and the reform to engage police officers within the community, not just from the dispatch to run, but to get out to volunteering in those communities in which they serve. to know their communities in other settings, to live within their communities.
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to dispatch social workers when they are needed for mental health crisis. to recognize at-risk behavior by officers. implementing the early-morning system. and to over all the system that we execute search warrants that caused the death of breonna taylor on march 13th. it's important for her family that they minimize the risk of what happened to breonna taylor happening to any other family and louisville, kentucky, and we are going to continue that fight beyond the city of louisville, kentucky and throughout this country to protect and to reform police department's across america. we recognize that that this performance is not all-encompassing, and there is still work to be done. and we commit our time, our talent, and our resources to continue to work with the community to fight the systemic racism plaguing our city. we continue to work on behalf
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and with the protesters who have put their freedom on the line to bring awareness to not just breonna taylor, but to those systemic problems facing our city. we know that without their voice, we would not be here today. attorneys will ensure that prosecutor on the case of protesters are at ministers justice, and not in punitive because those individuals chose to show their voice and shine a light on what was happening in louisville, kentucky. we look forward to being a bridge with the community and leaders to continue to push for change. we will continue to push for the mayor's office and our other elected leaders to implement policies put forth a path that calls for community investment in this important for small businesses, affordable housing, closing the education achievement gap, and an overhaul till the criminal justice system. that document was produced and signed by over 50 organizations in the city, and it needs to be
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taken seriously. we look forward to working with the grassroots organizations to make sure that we continue to hold on and make other leaders accountable, but we continue to work with our elected leaders, because we will not get the policy changes that we need. will not get the legal changes that we need if we don't hold our elected leaders accountable, but in that same vein, we have to be willing to work with our elected leaders. so in lieu of what happen here today, the reform and settlement, and again, it is just a civil suit that happens when we work together. so we thank mayor fisher and his team to commit to reform. it is unheard of in one of these cases where you get a financial settlement and police reform, but again, it was important to us, to breonna's family, to the lawyers involved. and it was important for us to give that back to the community that has been fighting so hard to say breonna taylor's name. lastly as i stated when i started, justice for breonna taylor is multilayered.
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we are not going to stop our calls to hold the officers responsible for her death accountable. we are going to continue to put pressure on the attorney general's office to present a fair case to the grand jury. and we are going to -- we know that that indictment is coming from the grand jury. we have faith that an indictment is coming from the grand jury in addition to the attorney general's office, we must remember that the fbi is also doing an investigation into whether there are criminal civil rights violations leading to and after breonna taylor's death. so we will look forward for the federal indictment to come from the department of justice as well. it's important that people know that the city of louisville, they are not the ones that can bring the charges. so today what we did here was what we could do to bring a little bit of police reform and it is just the start. but we have finished the first mile and a marathon, and we have a lot more miles to go until we achieve and cross that finish line.
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>> thank you, miss baker. we will now hear from attorne attorney county michael connell, whose team worked diligently to get us to this important agreement. mike. >> thank you, mayor. miss palmer. may it please you today that would try to bring some assistance and help to you and your family. breonna taylor, you know, breonna taylor's life matters. breonna taylor's life continues to matter as you see here today. i've thought about breonna's mother miss palmer throughout everything that has led us to today, the hole in my heart of losing a child as well is the greatest grief i have ever known in my life.
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and nothing can fill that hole. i have tried to think how i would have reacted if breonna was my daughter. miss palmer has shown remarkable grace and courage these past six months. we do not wait to engage miss palmer's counsel to meet engage this case. the independent investigations by the attorney general's office and the fbi were welcomed, but that was not going to delay the work towards meaningful changes in our city. this is not simply a monetary figure, but as miss baker just mentioned, it is a path of agreed action. the reforms that were discussed and moved ahead by representatives from both parties. this work happened over many weeks with good faith and dedication by everybody that was involved. everyone around the table was dedicated to advancing those
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forms for the whole community. miss palmer, we tried our best to get it started. much time and effort went into this, and i offer my appreciation to all involved. let me just finish by saying, today alone is not enough. my hope is this agreement is the next step, and building a more just louisville. a more just louisville is the medicine we need to heel. >> thank you, mike. next we will hear from ben cru crump. an attorney with breonna's estate. >> thank you, mayor fischer, attorney mike o'connell. to the louisville metro council,
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two tamiko parme -- tamiko palms i look at her, my heart is filled, because we have become like family and it had been so long getting to this day where we could assure that breonna tar 's life life would not be sweptr the rug like so many other black women in america who have been killed by police, marginalized. so i am grateful to the actions of the city of louisville today. and it is not just the historic $12 million settlement which as
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i understand is the largest amount ever paid out for a black woman in a wrongful death killed by a police in america. and lonita, i believe it may be the largest amount paid for a black person in a police shooting. we are still trying to verify that. and it is certainly one of the largest amount ever paid out for any person in the way of settlement in a police killing in america. but the comprehensive reform that to the louisville metro council and mayor fischer put forth is equally important.
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because this is about to setting a precedent. when my great cocounsels from kentucky, wanita baker and sam, our first talk about this black woman who had been killed in her own apartment. they were very concerned that nobody cared. nobody cared about this black woman. nobody cared about tamika palmer's baby. and that's when i started calling everybody that i knew to say that black women's lives matter too. i remember calling reverend al sharpton saying, can i come on your show? i remember calling rickey smiley
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saying can i get on your radio show, your national radio show. i called tamika mallory, and my son and her team at until freedom. i called senator kamala harris. i mean, i was saying to anybody who would listen, breonna taylor's life matters, and senator kamala harris was the first national elected official to go on national television and to say her name. breonna taylor. i called taz, figaro, charlemagne to say, we cannot select her life be swept under the rug. and from all of these individuals and so many others, especially the activists who came and were on the ground here in louisville saying that we
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won't let breonna taylor's life be swept under the rug. and thank god with what has happened today, mayor fischer, not just will the historical amount, but equally important with the reform that attorney baker and attorney o'connell spoke of, it sets a precedent for other black women, that there are a lot of small be marginalized. that they will be valued. wives like sandra bland. lives like pamela turner in baytown, texas. lives like 7-year-old ayanna stanley in detroit who also was killed as a result of a dangerous no-knock warrant. because we have to speak truth to power when we get an opportunity. and the is dangerous no-knock
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warrants are disproportionately executed against black people in america. and so, i am very happy that the metro council also stood united with tamika palmer to pass breonna's law. to abolish these dangerous no-knock warrants. because it was foreseeable who was most being put in danger with these no-knock warrants. and so i want to point out very significant what happened in louisville here today, and representing george floyd in minneapolis, minnesota. jacob blake in kenosha, wisconsin. terence crutcher in tulsa,
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oklahoma. jones and dallas, texas. joseph richardson in baton rouge, louisiana. and so many other names of black people who have been killed by police in america while most of americans dealing with the covid-19 pandemic, we and black america are not only dealing with that pandemic, but we are also dealing with the pandemic of 16 19 pandemic's. when the first enslaved africans came to america, and from that day to this one, we have been dealing with systematic racism and oppression that have killed us inside and outside the courtroom. it is worth noting that in all those other cities, there has
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not been the responsive comprehensive and systematic reform that has occurred in louisville, kentucky, tamika palmer, in the name of breonna taylor. in the name of breonna taylor. but regardless of this landmark stint on the journey to justice, we still are demanding that kentucky attorney general daniel cameron bring charges immediately against the police officers that murdered breonna taylor. immediately. this week. justice delayed is justice denied. the city leadership has done a significant step today, but now it is on daniel camry and the
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attorney general of kentucky office to bring charges. and at the very minimum second degree manslaughter charges. because we want full justice for breonna taylor. not just partial justice. breonna taylor is a light to help heal what is happening in america. and for all those young people, those celebrities, athletes, but most importantly the people who are on the ground, the people who are the activists and protesters who say enough is enough. we see that there are two justice systems in america, one
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for black america, and one for white america. in louisville, kentucky, we took significant steps today in the name of breonna taylor of trying to correct this broken criminal justice system. and we do it in three phases. in the civil rights phase, with the civil lawsuit, which is the only thing that lonita and i can control. we can't control the criminal prosecution. the mayor's office in the city leadership all took a significant step in making sure that the civil rights of breonna taylor was recognized. and now, we also need our legislative partners to help transform the protests into policy. we need breonna breonna's law not just in louisville in the state of kentucky, but all
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throughout the united states of america, because her life matters. and lastly, we need the criminal justice system, daniel cameron, to do its part to give the full constitutional guarantees of all citizens to a citizen, a daughter of louisville, kentucky, breonna taylor, and i would ask in completing the healing, mr. mayor, and city attorneys o'connell that all those young people who were courageous enough like tamika palmer, and so many of your own in louisville, the unknown john lewises of the world who
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are creating good trouble here in louisville, i would implore you as tamika palmer calls me, and the black america is attorney general, and i don't know if the attorney general of the united states is going to implore you to do it, but i will implore you to drop the charges against the nonviolent protesters who were exercising their first amendment rights, because they said breonna tayl taylor's life matter. and they should not have criminal records because they were on the right side of history. you all took a significant step, and we want you all to be on the right side of history with us completely. drop those charges in breonna taylor's name. let's do justice in breonna taylor's name. and let's do justice with a love in our hearts. because that is emblematic of
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breonna taylor, who tamika says is the best version of her. say her name, breonna >> thank you, mr. crump. next, tamika palmer, breonna's mom would like to share a few words with us. as significant as today is, it's only the beginning of getting full justice for breonna. we must not lose focus on what the real job is. with that being said, it's time to move forward with the criminal charges because she deserves that and much more. her beautiful spirit and
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personality is working through all of us on the ground. so please continue to say her name. breonna taylor. >> thank you, mrs. palmer. thank you for your grace and for your strength and for your love for breonna and for our city as well and your determination to make this city more just city and help to get us to this agreement. so i'm grateful for that. thank you. next we'll hear from tamika mallory of until freedom. tamika? >> thank you, mayor fisher. justice for breonna taylor. if there ain't no justice, there ain't going to be peace. a settlement is restitution but not arresting the cops.
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we want to say today that the police officers responsible for killing breonna taylor must be arrested in order for the community to feel calm. we understand that this is an acknowledgement and great acknowledgement of the wrong doing that has happened and it's important that our community understands what happened here today is very significant. it is significant because again, there is an acknowledgement of breonna taylor's life and the fact that those officers in this city murdered her. breonna taylor has shifted the atmosphere, she shifted it not just here in kentucky but across the country. the ban on no-knock warrants was where we begin in terms of great reform. and to know that attorney lanita
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baker and attorney sam aguillar to push for reform in this settlement is important and cannot be denied. we must acknowledge it. the reforms are evidence that the city unfortunately, its police department has been exposed for some corruption that exists within the department. the significance of this settlement is a small price to pay for our sister's life. a very small price to pay. they deserve all the money that we can muster up in the world just to help a little bit with the feeling of pain and turmoil that i know exists within this beautiful family. but let us not lose sight on the main focus as tamika palmer has said. the officers --
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>> dana: we've been listening to the remarkable press conference out of louisville, kentucky in which a civil lawsuit -- settlement has been reached between the city and the late breonna taylor's estate. they're going to take some questions. i want to bring in our panel right now. we have richard fowler and rob smith. it's good to have you both here. this case has been on the forefront for many months. it's gotten a lot of attention. one of the calls has been for justice for breonna taylor. the family, richard, was very clear as was the attorneys saying the criminal aspect. there's decisions to be made. the city of louisville cannot make. what do you think of this as a first step towards what has been called for for justice for breonna taylor? >> i think this is a great first step.
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what happened here is this. whether you're on the side or whether you're a member of the police union or a member of black lives matter, both sides can agree the status quo is untenable. what you have in this agreement is a couple of things set out to me. number 1 is a push to have police officers list in the community where they work. which is huge. right? if you live in the community and you know the people in the community, you're going to start to rebuild that trust automatically. >> dana: sure. >> the second thing is really reevaluating how they do no-knock warrants, which is something that black lives matter activists and members of congress and the broader larger community have been calling for a very long time. we're seeing that move in the right direction. what is really important here, this is how things should happen in this country. bringing all the parties to the table and figuring out where can we agree and what can we get done to ensure that every community, no matter where it is, what zip code, it's safe, welcoming and thriving for the citizens that live there. this is a big step for
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louisville. i hope other cities will follow suit in saying what can we do to ensure to rebuild trust between communities and the police departments as well as create a place that we can have peace and safe and welcoming communities. >> dana: rob, we're seeing this again. that's usually at the local level where you see solutions. that's where the people know each other best in coming together. of course, the kentucky attorney general, daniel cameron, has some decisions to make. the investigation is ongoing there. so we await that. if we get word from them, we'll add it to the show. rob, let's get your overall reaction to this. >> well, the reaction is, i find it very interesting at the beginning there was a female attorney for the family that talked a lot about, you know, the overhauling of the search warrants, talked about engaging police officers, living in the community. what struck me is there wasn't a
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lot of this incendiary rhetoric talking about defunding the police that we've seen from a lot of the blacks lives matters activists. the rhetoric and what was being said was very pragmatic. i remember someone said protect and reform the police force. this is a long way from defend and reimagine. so i think that is a very good step forward. no matter -- i don't know if there's two sides in this. i know there's some people that are very anti-police and police enforcement. there are people that are definitely, you know, on the side of the cops because they have very hard jobs to do. i think this is a really good step in the sides coming together to actually figure out how we can help reform systems to make people safer. >> indeed. i agree. rob and richard, thanks for sticking with me and listening to that we'll have you back to talk about it more. thanks so much. want to turn to some other news now. we're less than two months out
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of the election. we have a lot of 2020 topics to cover as well. for that, we bring in brett bear from "special report." there's news on all fronts today. maybe have you talk about the historic papers at the white house after a lot of hired work, good timing and willing participants to look forward and try to reimagine the middle east. >> a huge deal, dana. good afternoon. i think it's a geo political shift. and this administration started that way thinking that the key to the middle east was not like the obama-biden administration thought it was through iran. in fact, it was through the gulf states. that is -- president trump's first trip to riyadh. i was there when he laid out the plan to tap into the gulf states animus towards iran and their willingness to fight counter
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terrorism. and he appealed to that. that i think led to this moment which is a huge shift. they say, dana, there's other countries on the way. i believe that. oman had a representative there. i think sudan may be on the list. you have -- it's a big shift. i don't think it's fully appreciated across the news spectrum. >> dana: well and in some times like this are not appreciated until you look back in history and realize there was a turning point. i think the fact that these countries have taken a step, you'll see other countries do that. iran, syria and lebanon, they will have some thinking to do, some decisions to make. then you have the palestinians that have to be wondering today where this leaves them. give me one more thought on this, bret. politically, here you have the president making a beg move on a
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foreign policy issue. a peaceful move in the middle east. 49 days before the election. biden has to really deal with the fact that the obama-biden administration took a very different tact. they wanted to do a deal with iran. in fact, president trump campaigned in 2016 undoing that deal, which he did. >> that's right. you look at what happened in the wake of the iran deal. there's those that say iran nuclear deal was seen progress. there's those that say it was president. the bottom line is that the money that went back to iran did fuel their ability to fund other terrorist organizations throughout the middle east that were causing these countries real problems. i think iran last hour general keen said iran is back on its heels like he's never seen before. i hear that from defense officials every day. >> dana: we continue to press the advantage at least with our allies. i wonder what you think the
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europeans are thinking today. they had kind of been on the fence. they've not been that supportive of president trump but now looking at this today, maybe they'll change their minds? >> it's possible. there's a lot of waiting here. we're 49 days away from the election. there's some people in europe and some people in iran that are thinking that a biden administration will take a different tact. obviously if president trump wins re-election, it's a different ball game. >> dana: bret, thanks for being here today. i do want to acknowledge that everybody here in your fox news family sends our condolences and our sympathies. we know you lost your dad yesterday to his second battle with cancer. he's passed. we just want to extend to you our heartfelt sympathy. >> thank you very much. cancer sucks. it was expected but went fast. we're very blessed by that. thank you for the condolences out there on social media. family appreciated it.
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>> dana: all right. big hug when i see you next. thanks. >> thanks. >> dana: joe biden making his case to voters in florida today. we'll have reaction from the trump campaign up next. rates have fallen to mortge 50-year lows. but did you know that your va benefit lets you easily refinance to a lower rate? one call to newday can save you $3000 a year. with newday's va streamline refi there's no income verification, no home appraisal, and no out of pocket costs. it's the quickest and easiest refi they've ever offered. call newday now.
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>> dana: joe biden is meeting with veterans in florida right now. it's his first campaign visit there to florida during the general election. polls show the race is tight. let's bring in mercedes schlapp, senior adviser to the trump 2020 campaign. great to have you. florida is your home state. you know it well. nobody better to have to talk about it. there was a new poll that came out today. monmouth, florida, showing a tight race with trump at 45, biden at 50. one last week that showed 49-49 split. so it's super tight. i want to ask you about the hispanic vote in florida. what the campaign's approach has been because obviously the
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campaign and president trump himself is doing much better with hispanics than in 2016. what do you put that down to? >> you know, i think first of all, in our campaign, it's a priority. reaching out to latino voters in these key states like florida, like arizona. i mean when you look at the top staff in florida, lots of high level latinos working there, building the ground game. i mean we are outpacing the democrats in terms of voter registration. there's huge enthusiasm for the president. more so because we're winning on the message. president trump is focused on economic prosperity and opportunities for the latino community, fighting for school choice, an issue important to latinos and also talking about we got to stop socialism. which is that exactly what joe biden's agenda has been buy aligning himself to the far left of the party. >> dana: yeah, i wanted to ask about that. i always remember when president trump and the state of the union
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address two years ago said the united states will never be a socialist country. of course, there's lots of -- hispanics are not all in one clump. lots of people from all over the world, different thoughts. when it comes to socialism and for cuban on venezuelan americans that are now living in florida, going to vote, is that really important to them? >> oh, absolutely. i think when you look at the cuban community, the venezuelans, nicaraguans know what it is to lose their homeland, to list under oppression and government control where they take away your freedoms. this idea that joe biden and the obama administration basically supported an appeasement policy to the venezuelian dictator ship and cuban dictator shop is unacceptable in those communities. now he's aligned with the bernie sanders, signing on to the socialist manifesto, it's
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dangerous for joe biden. at the end of the day, the communities supporting president trump. you're talking about 53% of venezuelan democrats are supporting president trump in the area of south florida. that is impressive. also, we're talking about economic opportunity obviously, lower taxes, renegotiating these trade deals, which we know for mexican americans, for puerto ricans, those are top issues that we'll continue to discuss. >> dana: so i want to ask you about something else. it's not just the presidential race. he will be at the top of the ticket but you have house and senate races, a "wall street journal" headline that caught my eye which indicated that there are -- president trump is going unmentioned many most tv ads for house and senate campaigns. featured in 6% of 800,000 ads. is that something that the trump campaign that says do what you have do do to win your race or
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are they making a mistake? >> each campaign is personal. what i'll tell you, the track record when those candidates associate themselves with president trump's record of success, they win. i was on the campaign trail with senator martha mcsally in arizona and the big pink women for trump bus tour. we talked about needing great senate allies to help push along president trump's second term agenda. so you know, i got to tell you, what i've seen and what we've seen more so is that these campaigns when they work alongside with president trump and obviously president trump endorses so many of these candidates, they win. >> maybe last question to you. there was the indoor rally in nevada, a lot of attention because some people, not all, decided not to wear a mask. does the campaign have a concrete policy or view about how people should be wearing masks to protect themselves and others as we go forward in this
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election? >> absolutely. all of these events we encourage individuals to wear masks. there's temperature checks, hand sanitizers. you know, we set those policies in place. obviously i got to tell you, the enthusiasm is great for this president. you were seeing the long lines in nevada. it just shows the american people are ready. they're ready for november. they want to get this president re-elected. we know that about 20% of those individuals that attended the nevada event didn't even vote in 2016. we're basically expanding that base to include individuals that understand what it means that we have to save america. we got to make sure that we don't go with a joe biden weak presidency or as kamala harris said, the harris administration along with joe biden. because it would just lead to liberal policies, would lead to a huge tax burden on american
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families. >> dana: i hear you. i feel like kamala harris maybe deserves a little break for that. a slip of the tongue. but fun for others nonetheless. thanks, mercedes. >> thanks so much. >> dana: all right. thanks for joining us. i'm dana perino. i'll see you on "the five." i have to hand it over to bill hemmer. how is it going? >> bill: it's been a day already. see you at 5:00. thank you. >> dana: thank you. >> bill: a lot to get to. hurricane sally hurling to the gulf coast. category one hurricane expect to make landfall later tonight and tomorrow morning. forecasters warn it's a slow mover. could bring historic floating. a big storm. we'll get back to it. meantime, good afternoon to you on tuesday afternoon. i'm bill hemmer. we watched the president presiding over the signing of historic peace deals at the white house. the deal with n


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