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captioning sponsored by wnet >> sreenivasan: on this edition for sunday, june 7: demands for justice and change as protesters continue to rch in cities and towns around the world. those stories and more next on" pbs newshour weekend." >> pbs newshour weekend is made possible by: bernard and irene schwartz. sue and edgar wachenheim iii. the cheryl and philip milstein family. rosalind p. walter. barbara hope zuckerberg. charles rosenblum. we try to live in the moment, to not miss what's right in front of us. at mutual of america, we believe taking care of tomorrow can help you make the most of today. mutual of acameinancial group, retirement services and
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matter" street mural is visible in satellite photos. in philadelphia huge crowds peacefully filled the streets yesterday. today a curfew in that city was lifted. and afteseveral nights of mostly peaceful protests, new york city mayor bill de blasio lifted that city's curfew today-- one day early. ( explosion ) but there was some violence-- in seattle police used flash bang devices and pepper spray to disperse protesters. and in portland last night, police said demonstrators threw objects and pushed on a fence outside a justice center. >> go home jacob go home! >> sreenivasan: in minneapolis, protesters haceckled mayor j frey and chanted for him to "go home" whe wouldn't pledge topo de-fund thce department. protesrs say they plan to continue to gather and march to keep the focus on racial justice and law enforcement reform today, attorney general william barr said he does not support changing immity laws that
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protect police officers and does not believe there is systemic racism in law enforcement. >> i think there's racism in the unitedtates still, but i don' think that the law enforcement system is systemically racist. i understand the-- the distrust, however, of the african-american community given the history in this country. that for most of otory,ize our institutions were explicitly racist. since the 1960s, i think we've been in a phase of reforng our institutions and making sure that they're in sync with our laws and aret fighting a rearguard action to impose inequities. >> sreenivasan:his afternoon, officials said 3,000 out of state national guard troops sent to washington, d.c., during recent protests are now returning home. and the secretary of the army said there are no longer active duty military units on stand by to enter the city. president trump remained at the white house, but had no public appearances today. after a service in north carolina yesterday, george
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floyd's bost is now in h where his funeral is planned for tuesdatoy. y former vice president and presumed democratic presidential nominee joe biden said he will travel toon houo meet with large crowds gathered again today in many parts of the world th protest the death of george floyd and suorblack lives matter movement. in london today, thousands marched angatheredide the u.s. embassy to demand justice for floyd. the protters chanted "no justice, no peace" and held signs calling out racism in enand. a similar, largely peaceful protest took place yesterday, but in the evening violence erupted and out a dozen police officers were injured. in rome today, protesters kneeled in silence, with raised fis in solidarity with the demonstrations against racism. the gathering included thousands who wore masks while socially distancing. and in asia, despite the official cancellation of a black lives matter rally in hong kongo duoronavirus crowd restrictions, about a dozen protesters demonstrated outside
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the u.s. embassy. while the focus of world has shifted to protests ainst racism and police brutality, the global coronavirus pandemic has not gone away. nearly seven million people around the world have been infected with covid-19, and more than 400,000 people have died from the disease-- that includes about 110,000 people in the united states according to johns hopkins researchers. new york city, which was the epicenter of the outbreak in the united state will enter phase one of its reopening tomorrow. for the first time in nely three months, non-essential construction will resume, and many non-essential retail stores wille able to reopen with curbside pickup. in other parts of the world, coroarvirus infections still rising. in india, health officials reported nearly 1ne00cases today-- a new daily record. the country will reopen before religious venues, hotels, and large stores after a ten-week shutdown. in brazil, health officials stopped publishing the number of covid-19 related deaths, a
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change that alarmed many public health officials there concerned about the scope of the outbreak. the death tollas last reported as 34,000 on friday-- the second highestwo total in the rld behind the united states. officials are now only publishing data for the previs 24 hours. the u.s. gulf coast states are preparing for tropical storm cristobal which remains on track to make landfall late tonight. tropical force winds have reached the mouth of the mississippi river and the storm spawned a tornado in orlando, orida last night. the hurricane center says the storm is expected to bring heavy rains from east over the next few days. louisiana governor john bel edwards has declared a state of emergency and president donald trump signed an emergency declaration this morning. follow our continuing coverage e protests anwid the latest national and international news by visiting >> sreenivasan: the demand to reform police departments, from partially de-funding them to
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setting new standards for hiring and disciplining officers, is causing local governmen to consider new regulations and in san francisco the board of supervisors is considering a resolution introduced last week that would urge the civil service commission there to prohibit hiring officers with a history of serious misconduct. i spe with san francisco supervisor shamann walton on friday about t proposal. shamann walt, what provoked this new measure? >> well, we're just ted of seeing unarmed black man, unarmed by law enforcement, and there be no consequence. and so, one, obviously there're some thingthat we have to do to address that issue, but also there are things we can do to bv tative. and so, urging the civil service commission to never hire anyone that has had excessive force complaints, that have had racial profiling complaints or complaints of misconduct in another >> sreenivasan: what about, one of the clauses that you had was
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even if they left in the middle of an investigation. is that something that y seeing? we perceived to be happening.we, and if someone is in the middle of an investigation and theyld leave, that she a red flag in and so, weto make sure again that we do everything we can to have common sense policies that says we're not going to hire anyone as a part of our law enforcement bodies rat are coming to harm ou residents. >> sreenivasan: do you think there are officers on the force now that might have had probls from previous jurisdictions who the city or county has hired? >> we definitely know anecdotally and, in fact, in some investigations, we've also found that there are officers in our police department that have worked in other jurisdictions and have had complaints. >> sreenivan: is this a solution in search of a problem? i mean, have there been problems in the san francisco or the policeepartment already which lead you to beeve that you need to take this step? >> we know that there are
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officers who definitely have had misconduct cases in cases of excessive force that are currently on our pole force. so, no, i do not think is a solution in search of a problem. i think it is very important step to prect our residents. and as a black man who is raising blk children and living in a black community, it is very important that i do everything that i can in this role to make sure that we protect our >> sreen: how has this been met by the rank and file police darent or their representatives? >> the officers that i've talked to think that this is common sense. i've heard that there are some mblings from the police officers association. i have nine colleagues total that support this resolution and co-sponsored this resolution. obviously, the district artorney is on and this is common sense policylo that i think of people will support it. and i definitely know that in communitand e en have rank and file.with some of the
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this is something that they also see as common sense policy. >> sreenivasan: if i'm a police officer and i had a problem in a previous job, doesn't the cityn vet mee hiring process and gure that out? >> officers are vetted and anyone we hire as a city and county employee isetted, but we need this protocol to be in we need to expliciate that we will not accept individuals from other law enforcement bodi across the y area or from any other city that have excessive force complaintsthat have complaints of racial profiling, that have complaints of misconduct. it needs to be written in policy that is adhered to forever. >> sreenivasan: shamann walton, supervisor of city of san cisco, thanks so much fo joining us. >> thank you so much for having me. >> sreenivasan: the covid-19
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pandemic has forced many to find new ways to work remotely. our partners at iauthern califotation kcet bring us this firsthand account from a priest in santa clita who put his passion for technology to work for his parishioner the story is part of their series "so-cal connected." >> my first name is father alrt, and my last name is avenido. father albert avenido. we are at saint kateri tekakwitha catholic church in santa clarita, california. so, from day one we were already able to do a livestream. so it is truly aifferent to be here at leas hourwe have before to ensure thsound is okay.
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onceou're live, your live, there's no editing then. so we always try to do our best. and again, i'm enjoying i everything is grace. yeah, everything is grace. this is one of the graces of covid-19 for me to again, havete time withnology with setting up all this. is to really have a one on one conversation with the shepherd. it was march 27 when i received a request to do a funeral service and then tlihe botto was that i was told that i will be the only person at that serce. so, it was kind of a difficult situation. and even after i came back, to the rectory i've been thinking of that. how many more families, how many
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more pple will havs kind of experience in the last time that they see their loved one was in the hospital, because t next time it's already in an urn, it's already cremated. that's hard. that's very hard. saint kateri tekakwitha lost her family when she was very young because of a pandemic like chicken pox at the time. she herself experienced at we have been experiencing right now. one of the tngs that i realize over here is truly the value of family. the value of family, you know, your love for one another in your family that probably during those normal time we aways take that for granted, you know. so, that's how-- that's, that's what i'm praying for, that when
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we go back again to the normal, i don'know, what would that be really. i hope the new normal would be work and family. : >> sreenivasis past april we reported on homeless students caught in the middle of the covid-19 pandemic. one of those students was jamie rsldron, a criminal justice major at the uniy of massachusetts. at the time, waldron was being provided year-round hoing on the umass lowell campus and she was worried about balancing her at a local grocery store.rob today, waldron is officially a college graduate. newshour weekend's zachary green caught up with waldron before her graduation lasweek. reporter: how does it feel to be a college graduate now? >> it's, like, kind of scary because i'm not ready e an
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kult yet, but it feels really good, though, towing that i can go and get a full time job and have, like, the credentials to get a full time job in the field that i studied versus just working part time jobs and still attending school. ob>> reporter: how do your prospects look now? are you worried about pursuing a career when so many people are out of work and so many people arenin't hright now? >> the good thing about the field that i studied is that cod-19 isn't going to, like, stop the hiring. like, you can't work remotely in most criminal justice i've talkeomeone about a job potentially in the department of youth services and then i also just got another email about an inteiew, working in one of the prisons in massachusetts, and so, i'm not too worried right now. i really want to wk with the, like, reentry services, like, mental hlth services where they're gonna be living, like, halfway houses, things like that, just setting tm up for
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success for when they are no longer in prison. >> reporter: so, you've been working in a local grocery store all this time. what has that experience been like for you durg the covid-19 pandemic? i was really worried at first about getting sick and not beine able to work oting someone else that i know sick. w that the face coverings are required, it makes me feel a lot better and more comfortable that, like, everyone's taking the necessary steps towards protectinghemselves and protecting others. now people are being more conscious about shopping and when they're shopping and if it's absolutely necessary, whict makes me feel . >> reporter: so, last time we spoke with youyou were homeless and you were bedeing provhousing by umass lowell. once you leave the colr ge, what's yusing situation gonna be like? >> beforthe pandemic started, i had already a gnease for an apartment with two of my friends actually just down t fhe strem where i live now. i'll be living there, starting-- like full time starting between
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june 1 or june 7, depending when i fully move in and i will no longer be living ocampus. >> reporter: how does that feel after having after being housing insecu for such a long time? >> it feels really good knowing that, like, it's my-- like,i wherve and it's my house. my legal address at first wasy aunt's house i wherdn't live. and then it was the school. aneeso now it'll be funny to it ande like, "o yeah, that's the apartment that i pay for and the apartment that i actually live in full time." >> reporte about your future right now? are you worried that this siation might stretch out are you-- are you more hopeful? >> i would definitely say i'm t more hopeful nn probably i feel like even if thisted. pandemic stretches out, as long i have my job, or hopefully my full time job, too, i am not too worried about losing my new housing situation because i know that i'll have a job that will pay me. >> reporter: jaime waldron, thank you so much for joining us ancongratulations on graduating. >> no problem. thank you so much.
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>> sreenivasan: e coronavirus pandemic has left little room for us to take note of the things we commemorate and remember. last month marked the 50th anniversary of the release of the very last beatles album "let it be." for millions of lism ners this als the end of one of the most transformative periods in music. but as newshour weekendhe christbooker learned, it has particularly resonance for photographer ethan rusell. >> reporter: it was on his second assignmrit that an photographer ethan russell found himself watching john lennon listen to "the white the very first time. the 22-year-old had arrid in london just a few months before. the plan was to be a writer, but he had brought a cama with him. russell was trained, but a fledgling "rolling stone magazine" from his home town in san francisco needed some photographs. his first assignment, mick
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jagger. the second, john lennon. >> i was really nervous for that one, you kno because, because it was a beatle, because it was john lennon. and-- but then, ce the camera goes up in front of my eye, the nerves gaway. >> reporter: lennon liked the image rusell captured that day-- so much so, that later invited him to photogrhim and yoko ono in the hospital shortly after ono had miscarried. >> i think the secret was they could see the mmselves photographs. and i think that it was easier for them to recognize themselves in the picture, recognized what here i am, you know, they're musicians, they're making music. and when you see them through my lens, it looks like that because i don't change stuff. >> reporter: while luck may have played a roll in untrained photographer got his start, rusell's ability took control frld there. he wo on to capture some of the most iconic moments in music during the end of one of the osth century's mt influential periods. >> it was very much the jisn lennon lifhat happens while you're making other plans.
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i didn't thinabout being a photographer. i just did what was in front of me. >> reporter: in 1968, he was hired by the rolling ones to photograph their rock n' roll circus tour. their albu"through the past darkly," and later, their "let it bleed" tour, which ended infamously in altamount, california. woven inould be stints with the beatles. the band's last public performance, the band's laol album cover,wed by the band's very last photograph together as a group. >> that was supposed to be a stio shoot for which i was preparing the whole week, right. and then the night before i got, "oh, no, we're not going to do that, we're gonna go to john's house." but they were kindfiserab. i shot eight rolls, if that, six rolls. i don't think george looked happy in one photograph. reporter: did you have a sense that you were capturing all these last moments-- the last performance, the last photo shoot, the last album cover? >> reporter: no. there'something about the beatles breaking up, which was fundamentally unthinkable.
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you know, because of who they were. russell began working with the, who. a chance drive with the band outside of london past some strange objects and russell asking pete townshend to pull ov resulted r in one k's most famous album covers. >> i notice out of the corner of my e these shapes. i have no idea what it is. we go up to it and i have no idea what it is. and then i look up d d pete's-- ani thought, that's good. and so, i didn't shoot a lot of because i thought it was tooag ouus. and then, you know, we get in the car shortly thereafter then ten minutes down the road i think "i hope i got it!" >> reporter: he hade otten it and ver "who's next" was done. after came the photos for the book that accompanied the band's next album, "quadrophenia." this work earned russell a gram nomination. for the first time russell has collected his photographic work into a single retrospective. the book is, in russell's words, a collection of the pictures he likes. among his favorites, tt very
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first photo of john lennon. why do you think that photograph has had such resonance forou? >> intimacy. it's much more about feeling, which is what you're sort of i mean, to extend it a little bit, you're going for coosition, you're going forre the moment, yooing for certain elements. but, ultimately, to me it's about communicating feeling and specifically about communicating feeling about the individual in front of the camera. i want to be able to feel the person. you can really feel him, can't you? >> sreenivasan: that's all for this edition of "pbs newshour weekend." for the latest news updates visit i'm hari sreenivasan. stay healthy and have a good night. captioning sponsored by wn captioned by media access group at wgbh
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