♪ this is "nightline." >> tonight cops, cameras, and questions. >> show me your hands. >> dramatic police shooting of an unarmed black man in his grandmother's backyard. the fatal encounter seen from the sky. community outrage at 20 shots fired. and this question, when should police use deadly force. >> plus cold open, for the first time in forever, disney's "frozen" is coming to broad way. we're watching the cast of let it go behind the scenes putting a new spin on an instant classic. >> a sneak peak at some of the
22-year-old black man carrying only his iphone when he was shot at 20 times in the backyard of his grandmother's house, after running from police, suspected of breaking vehicle windows. his sffamily is outraged. tonight as we look at body camera, the question, when are shooting justified. warning what you are about to see may be disturbing. >> a deadly encountdowner captured in detail. two officers responding to 911 call. reports of a man vandalizing cars. >> overhead police helicopter, infrastructure red video tracking the system. on the ground body cam picks up the frantic pursuit. as they close in. one of the officers shout gun. seconds later both officers open fire. >> show me your hands.
-- shots fired. >> leaving a haze of smoke and 22-year-old suspect stephon clark dead in his grandmother's backyard, an iphone, not a weapon by his side. >> he was shot so many times. he was -- no. >> the headlines came fast and furious. social media ablaze. unarmed ing father of two shot dead by cops. police shot a man 20 times in his own yard thinking he had a gun. it was an iphone. this latest incident adding to the already come bustible national dialogue about use of deadly force by the police. >> they believed this individual had a firearm. >> but now with the release of the footage the case becomes far more complex.
senior legal correspondentent and i watched the footage together. >> definitely looks like he's running. >> here we are another shooting of an unarmed young black man. a lot of people will be outraged. what's your take? >> if this is a high crime area these officers are already fearing for their lives. what i saw was officers that were scared, that were nervous, but were doing what offers offiy day which is chase suspects and possibly put their lives on the line. >> how could they mistake a cellphone for a gun. >> they did give an opportunity to show his hands. talking about probably a dark object. it's dark outside. what the law provides it doesn't have to be an actual threat, actual gun, it only has to be that the police officer perceives the threat. >> when he yells, gun, gun, gun that could be their strongest defense in a courtroom.
>> yes he perceived it was a fun. >> that's all that matters. >> giving him the license to fire. >> once again as long as an officer reasonableably believes he or she is in danger deadly force is justifiable but experts say because the officer may have fear forward their lives does not mean this situation was handled correctly. >> shots fired. >> fear is not a calculation officers should use as an excuse to shoot someone. >> abc news consult ant 57bd retired dallas police chief david brown knows all too well the risk officers face every day. in 2016 lost five of his officers after they were ambushed by a heavily armed man who open fired at a protest in dallas. >> when you have multiple shots being fired, 20, 30 shots being fired at a subject it leads one to believe there's an over reaction. officers got too close. didn't follow their training and
failed to deescalatehe situation. >> can't get you help unless we know you don't have your weapon. >> do you think these officers are going to find them selves in a court of law facing charges. >> i don't think so. just looking at this. the legal standard is whether or not the force was justified. i can't imagine that even an external investigation is going to determine that this shooting was unjustified. we need more training because this young man a father of two shouldn't be dead. he had no weapon. >> stephon clark was father of two sons, ages one and three. >> i have to wake up every morning to my kids asking me where's daddy. let's go get daddy. we never want to leave his kids always made is sure his kids were good. >> i understand everybody has a zwro be do, but he n didn't deserve this. he -- he didn't deserve this. >> he had allegedly been staying
at his grand earth month's home. grachbd mother grandmother's home with two felony counts of felony abuse and agreed to treatment and had other possessions of firearm and controlled substance. >> these officers no nothing on the scene. only matter what's the officers are doing at the time when pursuing a suspect. >> as to racist implicit off explicit is at play it is not clear officers knew if he was african-american. >> is he black, white, asian. >> had a i hoodie on couldn't tell. >> the fact the young man was running, does he not have potentially some justification in being afraid? >> maybe he's afraid of the police. >> that he was running doesn't necessarily mean he was guilty of anything. >> no it doesn't and that's what is so difficult about the scene we see over and over again.
there are young black men simply afraid of the police because you see this statistics of young, black men being killed disproportionately from others in the population. >> what would you say to people of color who are afraid of the police? >> i have a son who is 6'0" tall a boy of color and i tell him, listen, don't run from the police. i've taken my son to our neighborhood police station. i have introduced him to plaufrts. police officers. so if they see him running down the street because he's an athlete he may be train, i want them to know who he is. does that sound unreasonable. to some perhaps but that is what i do to make sure that my son is not harmed by the police. because of this implicit bias that exists. >> the two officer who's shot clark have not been identified but both had years of training and both on paid administrative
leave. >> this is a very tragic situation for the family and for our officers as well. >> running zblouj sacramento police say the officers in the helicopter witnessed clark break a glass door before they told units to move in. also released a statement saying in part the officers gave the suspect commands to stop and show his hands. the suspect turned and advanced towards the officers while holding an object which was extended in front of him. the officers fired striering the suspect multiple times. >> stepping away from the details for a moment where are we as a counted now we have this accumulation of cases like this? >> we're in a place now where there is this fundamental distrust between the police and the communities they police. when you have the community
that's being pleased so afraid of possibly being killed by the neighborhood ploo police officer it's a residecipe for dilsaster. >> tonight while police continue their investigation yet another community in america reacts with shock and anger. >> we don't get it! >> shut it down! >> as we said a combustible national debate one we will continue to cover on "nightline." next we switch gears lightly and turn to something much, much lighter. let it of "frozen" will it appeal to adults. but first "nightline" q answer when we comeback. ck. hey! are you taking the tissue test? yep, and my teeth are yellow. clearly my whitening toothpaste is not cutting it. time for whitestrips. whitening toothpaste only works on the surface.
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♪ >> hoping to attract theater goers with glossy high stakes multi million dollar frozen wonderland, with a ice sickles and crystal gown and snow creature ola f. >> nice to meet you. >> of corals the power anthem that gave fans the chills. "let it go". immortalized by adina manziel. now it's broadway veteran casey leavy take on the ode to female empowerment. ♪ >> let it go at its core is a song about let it go of expectations, being perfect all the time, of doing everything for everybody else and embracing the mess of life and in do sog
feeling free finally. >> it's a song that everybody in the theater knows. and it's anticipating on some level. >> it's a big deal. i really try to tap into those lirks and what elsa is dealing with. >> those lyrics courtesy of this duo husband and wife roberts. >> what capabilitiesy does. ♪ >> i just have a nice little mix. she makes it sound like a storm is raging. she's unbelievable. >> her voice is thunderous. >> yes. >> almost irresponsible we held that note for that long. now can do it eight shows a week. >> i can't stop smiling. ♪ how strange. >> the two time oscar winners have created a dozen new songs for the theater experience. >> do you feel like you're writing for children or adult when it comes to a musical of
this scale? >> adults, absolutely. we have a musical with a talking snowman, it's in the dna, but we were given the directive to write this for the audience that will show up on tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. in january. that's what we've done. >> we've added some racyness. adult humor. some subversive jokes. >> from the story line to the sequins kvm. >> took 30 hours just to make the one dress. >> patty plays princess anna. >> this is 12 pounds, i guess. >> you have to sing and dance in it. >> a lot of dancing in it. >> the other half of the love story between two sisters with a feminine twist. >> these are princesses who break their own spell. >> and also about sacrifice, elsa sacrifices for her sister
and anna sacrifices herself for her sister and save each other. >> and how many girms are looking for in prince charming. >> exactly. >> that's how i grew up as well. society trains you. it is great to do a show about two women that discover that true love is not necessarily from a romantic interest but from your sister and best friend. ♪ >> but as in most ferry tales there is a prince charming, or two, to woo the princess. ♪ >> comically played in "love is an open door". >> however in this story, spoiler alert, this prince isn't so charming after all. ♪ >> what's it like breaking all those girls' hearts every night when you turn evil? >> i have to say i have a great
time doing it. it's fun being the bad guy. >> he plays the good guy, the nordic ice shepard his nontraditional casting a departure from the movie version. >> catch. thanks. >> any judgment they had about what they knew christophe was to be and is is erased and new production is daring you to rethink what you know about "frozen. "frozen..." >> neither of you end up with her. what's it like being part of disney princess 2.0. >> it's amazing to be part of the revolution. they don't need men but men need them. >> how are you. >> how are you. >> i don't know which hand to shake. >> and yet everyone needs olaf the loveable snowman who steals the show with his dance routine. >> step with your right foot and go in a circle. >> nice.
he's adorable. >> so much fun. like a classic vaudvillain chain but also like a shakespeare clown where he serves as the conscious all-knowing and all-naive at the same time. >> the musical now exploring the depths and dimensions of these beloved characters with the soulful new song "monster" ♪ >> we wanted it not to feel like "let it go" which is -- ♪ -- but it's still in a minor key and wanted it to feel anxious. ♪ >> the character of elsa comes on and has a really deep debate with herself about whether she's a monster who should even be here. >> for director elsa harkens back to one of the greatest protagonist. >> in what way is elsa like ham
letlet. >> goes out in the world and ha debate about who she is and why she's going in the direction she's going, having a existential debate even in the middle of "frozen" the musical. >> i bring adult perspective while taking care of the kids with the story, about love, love goes all the way through our life. doesn't stop in childhood. >> much has been made the fact you're both disney princes in pants. >> these girls are real women with different outfits. with elsa can rock the dress but can wear the pants. >> this is about a pinses in pants about nuanced three dimensional women dealing with leadership, love and their own relationships. >> for "nightline" juju chang in
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