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bridge happening on the west side. treasure island there. chp says a rolling caravan we begin tonight with morgan chesky. >> reporter: tonight anger and frustration in atlanta crowds gathering started to block traffic 45 outside the fire gutted wendy's where minutes ago. much more on this coming up at 27-year-old rayshard brooks was shot and 6:00. killed by police hope you can join us then. during an attempted arrest isaac lee, one of hundreds who came to pay respects. >> you've had a chance to kind of walk around breaking news and see the sights when you come here and tonight -- see the sight outrage after the firsthand, what do you police killing of a feel blackman in atlanta. protesters flooding the street the officer who shot >> sadness, disparity. him fired. the restaurant where it happened burned down as police release multiple videos showing what happened. i'm afraid. tonight, the man's family demanding justice. >> reporter: you're afraid >> i think they all >> i'm afraid because should go to jail. and protesters i'm afraid this is not going to be the last time this is going to across the nation are happen. increasing calls for police reforms now. >> reporter: this eyewitness video shows a struggle between the stark warning from brooks and police officers tulsa, oklahoma's, the father of four health director saying he can't promise the grabs a taser, runs attendees at this week's trump rally or away, and shoots even the president toward police who then returned with fatal gunfire. that they'll be safe >> it's a legitimate from coronavirus as dr. fauci warns we won't go back to fight. a legitimate use of
force. >> steve gainer with georgia's police union stands by the normal for a year. officer's actions shifting gears, stressing the encounter changed when nascar back with spectators in the stands today also, no confederate brooks turned and flags. fired the taser. >> if someone is running away, is it okay to fatally shoot checking in -- them >> only if they attacked you an inside look at how hotels are reopening safely the gym now in your he attacked the officer with a taser room he fires at the officer with a taser and no more remote >> and then took off. controls for the tv. >> it's all in an instant. and doctor, doctor, do we have >> within 24 hours the some good news. police chief stepped down, the officer who shot brooks was fired. the other officer involved placed on the mother-daughter administrative duty. duo making history. >> there is no way >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" from watching that videotape that with kate snow. officer's life was in good evening it is the latest death to draw condemnation immediate danger from and crowds. a non-lethal weapon in atlanta the officer being pointed backwards. who shot rayshard brooks while chasing him in a wendy's >> attorney chris parking lot friday knit was fired stewart represents the overpass protesters blocked an interstate and that wendy's restaurant burned handled that situation brooks' family and says police brutality has to change. brooks' wife tamika, devastated by the loss of her husband, had to friday while the head tionwide break the news to her daughter. >> i had to let my daughter know her father was not coming. she said, what do you mean he's not coming i said, he's not here anymore.
she said, mama, he's here no stop playing. he'll be here to get me. >> reporter: meantime, massivousands as for police reform and accountability here in atlanta, hundreds gathering tonight in support of rayshard brooks. >> they understand the pain even though i'm unable right now to protest, by them out there doing it makes me feel amazing. because if i had the strength to do it, i would be there myself. >> morgan joins us from atlanta morgan, what do we know about whether or not the district attorney will file charges against the officer? >> reporter: yeah, kate he did speak out to say he does anticipate filing either manslaughter or murder charges. he did not say exactly when but saying to expect them sometime within the next week. kate. >> morgan chesky in atlanta for us. the video showing rayshard brooks deadly encounter with police are sparking a lot of discussion about officer protocols. we asked law enforcement experts to weigh in on what happened kathy park has that. a warning, some of the images are disturbing.
>> reporter: tonight at least six different angles on the night of rayshard brooks shooting shows how this encounter with atlanta police officers at the wendy's parking lot turned deadly. nbc news spoke with several law enforcement experts who shared their perspectives on critical moments captured on camera it all started when two officers responded to the scene. >> somebody called 911 because you were asleep behind the wheel while you were in the drive-through, right? >> reporter: after lengthy conversation with brooks, they administered sobriety test and breathalyzer after brooks admitted to drinking that night. officer garrett rolfe's body camera captured that moment. >> you had about 1 1/2 drinks but you don't remember what kind of drinks they were >> no, sir i really don't. >> all right i think you've had too much to drink to be driving. but your hands behind your back for plea for me.
>> reporter: cedric alexander said the situation could have played out differently if policing was more about protecting than prosecuting. >> could we have a called a family member for him. could we have given him a ride home? could we have called an uber? could we have done something more in the realm of helping as opposed to just arresting. >> reporter: the next flash point recorded on the police dashca appears to show brooks trying to break free from custody followed by an intense scuffle on the ground. you could hear police telling brooks to stop. >> you're going to get tased. >> you're going to get tased. >> reporter: from both squad car dashcam angles, yo can see brooks wrestle away one of the officer's tasers and start to get up. then comes the final escalation and the deadly use of force. the wendy's drive-through surveillance camera capturing the moments brooks breaks free and runs away. it appears he po rolfe, who discards his own taser and three gun shots are heard and brooks goes down. steve gainer with georgia's police union says police were
justified with use of force. >> in the split second a taser is shot at him he decides to shoot. i believe he had the right to return fire with a deadly weapon >> reporter: the officer's actions were not justified said this man. >> the officer has to see imminent danger of his life or another's. you see the suspect running away there's no life at risk at that time. at all. >> reporter: tonight, voices for police accountability and justice are growing louder for a shooting that's shaken the country again. >> can you in this case shoot this individual should you shoot this individual if you did, why did you? those are three questions that have to be answered. >> reporter: kathy park, nbc news. now to the other major story this weekend. an alarming surge in covid cases,
overwhelming hospitals. recent protests, reopenings and even the president's upcoming rally could spark more outbreaks miguel almaguer has that. >> reporter: as more americans return to restaurants, malls and gyms, an alarming rise in coronavirus cases at least 16 states now see ag new spike in infections. in florida where beaches are open in miami, it's not just the surf that's up but also the number of covid cases. as night life resumes in arizona, the state is recording its highest number of infections so far. the governor blaming the surge on increased testing, but doctors say hospitalizations are up, too. >> for those patients that are in our icu that are covid positive or covid suspected that are on ventilators, we've seen a quadrupling of those numbers over the last couple of weeks. >> reporter: with millions anxious to lift the lockdown, scenes like these in new york's east village are troubling health officials the governor warning in a tweet, don't make me come down there. >> local government,
do your job. if we have to close, then people are going to hold you accountable. bars and restaurants, do your job. >> reporter: as our nation surpasses 115,000 deaths and more than 2 million identified infections, dr. an known fauci tells the uk paper, "the telegraph" the u.s. won't likely return t a real normality within a year or so. but cities across the country are trying to do just that south carolina was among the last state to issue a stay-at-home order and became one of the first to reopen. >> the problem is the signal that it sends it's the signal that people go, oh, everything's back to normal. >> reporter: after officials in china discovered a new cluster of cases at a sprawling food market, authorities there implemented a new lockdown in beijing fearing a second wave of infections. the kind of concerns shared in the u.s.
[ chanting ] >> reporter: as larg crowds gathered again today to protest inequality and celebrate pride. in tulsa where the president is scheduled to hold a massive indoor rally next weekend, the health department says they are concerned about large gatherings tonight our nation moving forward while hoping not to repeat mistakes from the past. >> miguel joins us now from los angeles miguel, that city opened up even further over the weekend but are there new concerns now >> reporter: there certainly are, kate. the massive rally in los angeles drew thousands of people. but only about half of them are wearing these required in are keeping that 6 feet o cause and spread of the virus, kate. >> seeing that in a lot of places. miguel, thank you. the covid pandemic is widening the economic ghap our countr exacerbating divides that were already there. tonight in our continuing series
"inequality in america," blayne alexander reports on access to healthy food and how so-called food deserts are getting even worse. >> reporter: there's a lot packed into this little stand fresh fruits and vegetables most grown right out back. but for this neighborhood in jonesboro, georgia, the stand is so much more their only healthy food option for miles. >> how crucial is this market for people who live in the community. >> this market is like an oasis in a food desert. the nearest supermarket is about four miles away. >> reporter: a food desert the u.s. defines it any urba neighborhoods have to travel more than a mile to reach a grocery store. >> you see a lot of gas stations, fast-food. >> reporter: across the country food deserts exist in every state, estimating 25.3 million people. disproportionately minority communities, almost exclusively low income >> we have beautifully
home grown tomatoes. >> reporter: this man is helping with affordability and access, partnering with farmers markets like atlanta harvest, so any shopper using s.n.a.p. benefits can buy fresh food for half off for those living in food deserts, transportation and income problems only made worse by the pandemic recent numbers show an additional 17.1 million people here in the u.s. could experience food insecurity because of coronavirus. the health impact could last for generations. >> without healthy food, without those fruits and vegetables we talk about getting every day, it's not only going to affect immune system. it's going to affect obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and long-term cancers. >> hi! thank you. >> reporter: for tara king and her children -- >> coming here is a life saver. >> reporter: for kids a new way to experience food. >> a lot of kids don't even know that food comes from the ground. they expect it to come out of a box. >> reporter: and for crystal dalton's son hunter, new possibilities.
now he wants to be a farmer. >> it gives him something to look forward to it's given him a purpose. >> reporter: providing equal access to health and hope. blayne alexander, nbc news, jonesboro, georgia. still ahead, turning the corner, nascar is the first sport to have fans back in the stands what's missing there has everyone talking also, check-in changes. no more mini bars or buffets. how hotels are working to keep you safe from covid.
country, spectators at a professional sporting event, today nascar, was the first to welcome fans back after banning the confederate flag from the track. molly hunter reports. >> welcome back to homestead, miami. >> reporter: it had all the speed, top drivers and that sound -- 1,000 service members and first responders at the dixie 400 but conspicuously absent the confederate flag in a statement earlier this unique nascar saying its presence runs krae kroe contrary to our commitment o providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans supporters and critics credit 26-year-old driver bubba wallace. >> we want change. it starts with us. >> reporter: wallace, the only black fulltime driver led the campaign donning a shirt saying "i can't breathe." his car getting a new paint job last week reading black lives matter for black fans, it's a welcome long overdue change. >> the first time going to nascar, i have to admit, when you first see all of
those confederate flags, i was immediately feeling unwanted. >> i love nascar more than i love the confederate flag i'm not going anywhere. >> reporter: many fellow drivers lined up to support wallace on social media. >> to make real change. >> reporter: but days later one driver on nascar's secondary circuit chose to show his support for police. now different sports are grappling with their history of exclusion and their platforms for protest. today president trump reiterated he's no fan of athletes kneeling in protest during the national anthem tweeting, i won't be watching much anymore. but at the homestead miami speedway, nascar welcomes the new era. >> banning the confederate flag gives me hope. >> reporter: safe and possibly surrounded by more fans who look like him. molly hunter, nbc news. when we come back, the big changes hotels are making to bring you back safely.
throughout the covid crisis we've been bringing you a series of stories called "the way back" helping you and your family navigate the new normal at places like schools and businesses tonight if you're thinking of traveling again rehema ellis gives us a look at big changes happening at hotels. >> reporter: hotels are rated by hands-on services, but these days to ensure safety it's all hands off from the minute you step out of your car the hotel experience is different and take your bags if you have any. the first greeting is a sign at the front door saying everyone who enters is required to wear face coverings. once inside the lobby, guests will find plexiglass at the front desk, signs
encouraging them to keep their social distance in addition, hilton is encouraging guests to check in online and get their digital key on their phone. hilton who owns doubletree and hampton inn says service from a distance is new normal. >> what guests wants is assurance, peace of mind they want to see disinfection is happening. cleaning is happening. >> reporter: at this hotel the restaurant is closed. no more in-room dining service. no paper-like note pads or menus in the room, no robes at many hiltons, the pools and gyms are temporarily closed some, guesta request a room with private gym equipment. there's a new way to change channels, too. >> with the connected room feature, our guests can use their smartphones to control all the controls on the tv >> reporter: when a guest leaves, the room is thoroughly cleaned and stayed empty for 72 hours. hotels at all price
points are making big changes. >> do not touch the railings >> reporter: at the four seasons new york, mini bars, extra linens and robes gone at the camelback resort in pennsylvania temperatures checked even before guests get out of their cars. and nationwide, chains like marriott are discontinuing the breakfast buffet, switching to individually prepared options. >> can hotels continue to charge the same prices they did before these new protocols were put into place? >> pricing is a really important issue. as you remove amenities, does your luxury offering become more similar tore a m mid-scale or even more of an economy brand? >> adjusting their brand so guests can rest easy. rehema ellis. new jersey we've got a ground beef to tell you about. 43,000 pounds recalled because of possible e. coli contamination. the products were produced under brand names including thomas farms and marketside
finally tonight there's good news about an extraordinary mother-daughter pair who both just graduated. they have been leaning on each other all through medical school now they hope their path to becoming doctors inspires a lot of others. >> it has been a long time coming, but she is finally back in louisiana!
>> yay. >> reporter: the doctor spent the weekend moving her mother to louisiana. >> there she is moving her first box. >> reporter: what is it like to be back together >> it is everything. it's so exciting i just would never have dreamt this to happen like this. >> reporter: they both just graduated from medical school something 49-year-old cynthia always dreamed of doing. when she had jasmine after her year in college, she gave up her dream. >> worked as a maid, welfare, food stamps, for two years just trying to make it and get through nursing school then when jasmine was in college, i was like, you know what? it's time. it's my time so i took the opportunity to go to medical school. >> all those years jasmine was watching. >> it just seemed natural for me to go into medicine. itas always a part of my life. >> reporter: were you inspired by your mom >> 100%. >> reporter: cynthia went t medical school in the caribbean and jasmine
in louisiana, but they did it all together. >> we communicated through skype. >> face time. >> but we made it >> face time yeah but we made it work. >> did you do study sessions together? >> oh, yes. >> all the time. we really pushed each other through this process. >> reporter: and then in march just as covid was keeping them apart, they learned they both had been accepted as residents at louisiana state university health. >> when that letter came and said you were going to the same place -- >> crazy. >> it was an amazing moment. >> reporter: the pair have a blog, a guide for others interested in medical careers. >> i believe 2% of physicians are african-american women. we want to help increase that numberu know we want to be a positive image for other people so they can see this is possible. >> the thing i am most proud about jasmine is her unwavering tenacity to never give up i couldn't ask for a better daughter, you know. >> jasmine, i bet you're proud of your mom. >> unbelievably proud.
i mean, it took her 26 years to achieve this dream. throughout that entire process, she took me along with her. >> on july 1st, they will start working in the same hospital system in the new year they plan to work in the very same hospital they are terrific. that is "nbc nightly news" on a sunday night. lester holt will be back with you tomorrow i'm kate snow. for all of us at nbc news, stay safe and have a great night
the news at 6:00 starts right now. we start with breaking news. good evening, thanks for joining us. we begin on the bay bridge where protesters have blocked traffic for more than an hour now. new video in showing protesters on the upper deck. police swarming the area. i believe we saw black lives matter on the deck in yellow paint. what we know so far a rolling caravan stopped west, westbound direction into san francisco. technically the upper