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coming up on r t the nation mourns the loss of the victims killed in the washington navy yard shooting follow investigators try to piece together the moments that led up to that scene vigils are being held across the country to remember those killed the latest developments ahead. and one day after those shootings congress has postponed a hearing to review the stand your ground law we'll talk with a father demanding change after his son was killed by a man claiming stand your ground as his defense that's coming up. and it's been two years since the occupy wall street movement kicked off in zuccotti park now the one percent versus ninety nine percent remains a key part of the national conversation but has anything actually changed a look back at the movement later in the show.
it's tuesday september seventeenth eight pm in washington d.c. i'm maggie lopez and you are watching r.t. essential navy yard employees were back at work today just one day after a thirty four year old man went on a shooting rampage that killed twelve people while they deal with the grief and shock of the senseless act the public is learning more about the people who passed away the twelve names of the people who were killed that were actually released today here they are fifty one year old arthur daniels fifty one year old mary knight fifty eight year old gerald reed fifty four year old martin bodog fifty two year old richer original fifty nine year old michael arnold fifty three year old sylvia frasier sixty two year old kathy gaarde seven. three year old john johnson
fifty year old frank kohler forty six year old kenneth proctor and sixty one year old vishnu pandit a number of others were injured during the shoot out they are said to be in fair condition. defense secretary chuck hagel along with members of the defense department and navy had a wreath laying ceremony and a moment of silence at the navy memorial in d.c. today. joan. the washington nationals baseball team also took a moment to honor the victims before beginning a game that was postponed yesterday as
a result of the shooting the stadium was just a few blocks away from navy yard the team sported their patriotic uniforms and navy hats member ends meanwhile federal investigators and local law enforcement are trying to piece together the events that led up to the shooting rampage at building one ninety seven namely who the shooter was and how he was able to enter a secure facility you know if that fire for the latest information coming out about all of this we turn now to our teases sam sacks. now near the gates to the navy yard here in washington d.c. you see there's still a police presence here and a few cars have come and gone to the facility it is open but only to essential personnel this guy continues its investigation into the mass shooting that claimed the lives of thirteen people we obviously have had a terrific tragedy. here at the navy yard in the immediate area the the eight twenty am monday morning police respond to an active shooter at the washington navy
yard where this is described the carnage inside when i was standing in the alleyway a person came up to talk to me to say what he based asking what was going on in my building i said i don't know what's going on he goes well i heard there's a shooter in your belly and i say well that's news to me and that was about the extent of our conversation and i heard two shots and he got hit in general the people seemed to be you know it's not state of shock but they didn't understand what was going on like myself but it wasn't like the you know the chaotic world the world kind of thing you know it was just the general shock what to do next well i live in nine eleven so i knew this is that i thought immediately nine eleven i knew was going to be that and. and that was confirmed police now believe thirty four year old aaron alexis who was killed at the scene was the single in sole person responsible for the shooting here's what we know about him he's former navy honorably discharged in two thousand and eleven on force an official said he had
been receiving mental health treatment from the veterans administration since august reportedly suffering from paranoia and hearing voices in his head. he had previous run ins with the law something from gun incidents though he was never charged he had legitimate access to the navy yard including a valid key card police say alexis had recently begun work at the navy yard for a sub contracting company named the experts it's reported that he shot his way into the building using a shock and he purchased legally just a week ago in virginia once there he allegedly went to the fourth floor and shot down into the atrium blow when it was all over thirteen people were dead including the suspected gunman who was killed in a firefight with police a visual was held last night for the victims whose ages range from forty six to seventy three years old all were civilians or contractors no active duty military personnel were killed police still don't have a motive and survivors now try to cope i have no great wisdom about what to do in
the face of evil for you i mean i'm i've told other people i'm i'm a religious person i draw comfort from my religion but i don't i don't i don't think i have any special wisdom for you on that i just go home and try and process it meanwhile the nation's capital washington d.c. and moves on this afternoon the washington nationals played a baseball game just down the street again was canceled yesterday after the shooting but questions will continue to persist about how and why something like this happens to many americans have security clearance but shouldn't it too easy for the mentally ill to buy guns and what will the united states do to confront yet another mass shooting in washington same sex are to well just a few miles away from where that shooting took place a senate judiciary committee postponed a hearing set for the morning on the contentious stand your ground law this is
along the george zimmerman used as a legal defense after shooting and killing seventeen year old trayvon martin trayvon mother was expected. to testify at that hearing along with the parents of another unarmed black teenager who was also shot and killed in florida this is a picture of jordan davis a seventeen year old boy who was shot to death last november while sitting in the back of seat of his friend's car at a gas station and this is a picture of the man who shot him forty six year old michael david done according to police reports done got into a verbal altercation with three boys who were sitting in the car next to him at the gas station after he told them to turn their music down then in the middle of the altar cation dunn pulled out his gun and fired a number of rounds into the car killing davis dunn is now claiming that he was standing his ground because he believed that he was in danger jordan davis's father ron joined me earlier along with his attorney john phillips ron told me everything
that happened that night and walked us through the events take a look. he was enjoying thanksgiving you know and the next day after thanksgiving with black friday which is the twenty third of november and decided to go out with his friends and they went to the mall and came back and it was still early it was about seven thirty in the evening and him and his friend stopped at a convenience store gas station in a one person when we get something and they were blasting their music and kind of playing a musical hour like teenagers do you know he's a seventeen year old and he was in the back seat in the passenger side in his best friend next to and a guy drove up michael dunn and brought out his window and beef and told his girlfriend for she are because i hate that thug music you know and so he kind of profile them you know. and so he told them to cut down below after the girl from going in the store and of course like teenagers i mean if you're not their parent
they're not really to listen to you and so. they didn't turn it down and he got into a verbal altercation with my son and my son never got out of the car you know here the window half way down in michael dunn he was in his car and argument ensued verbal am i could burn backed off a little bit close the road i was rolled up his window in the. for about a minute or so when the other kid came back in the car from the store he decided that he was going to michael dunn was going to roll down the window again and say you know are you talking to me you guys are still talking to me and i had a concealed weapon in his car and started shooting at the car and shooting at my son and he shot my son twice and as the car was pulling away trying to get away from him he was continuing to shoot at the car with these children seventeen year old children in the car. pool disappear yards away he still shot two more bullets in the back of the car trying to kill these kids which to me as
a father i can't believe. our society today that someone. is trying to kill children but you know i see things that happen on the news and sometimes you don't know if it's going to hit home but it has hit home for me because it has torn jordan from me and his mother and when you have a teenager or someone in a home who's missing it breaks your heart and it really just ruins your life so i'm standing up with jordan i'm standing my ground for jordan his mother standing her ground for jordan. do you think that your son's skin color played a role i did at first i didn't but then when there were changes that were release from the interviews from his girl from michael dunn's girlfriend she said that he said when he drove up i hate that thug music why is my son's music considered thug music you know because you like a certain kind of music in you a different skin color or whatever you know and i keep telling people you know
we're so focus here in america at least on skin color you know i tell people so ninety nine percent of your d.n.a. is the same skin color and here texture is only one percent of your d.n.a. why do we focus so much on that one percent very good question john i want to bring you into this conversation we are hearing so many similarities between this case and the case of trayvon martin i mean the area of the color of the stand that age of the boys things like that do you think that's a fair comparison to make you know they both have similar elements and they're both both george zimmerman and michael dunn were empowered by the stand your ground law in are going to use that stand your ground law to try to use it as a get out of jail free card now that there were some encounters between trayvon and zimmerman where they actually were there was a fight of some sort that we don't know what happened you know in jordan situation
he was just sitting in a car listening to loud music where zimmerman said he. felt for his fellow was feared for his life. jordan the most significant thing is michael dunn's last words before he fired according to all the witnesses not you're going to not threaten my life like that not that you're going to point a gun at me or anything like that it was you're not going to talk to me like that you're not going to talk to me like that in then he fired ultimately ten shots not of which pierced the vehicle. so there is that there is a bit of a difference there in that that this was an argument this this this was words that led to deadly violence and the rolling stone article you said quote in florida courts don't need to be right you just need to believe that you are how does that play into this case and specific and also the stand your ground law in general stand your ground since two thousand and five when it was implemented and spread like a cancer throughout the country has taken the role of the jury to judge the facts
and look at both sides and look at evidence and try to figure it out and say no we don't need to do that let's just find legal gun owners in a legal place and let's look at them in what their situation is and let's let's examine their brains and try to determine whether they thought they were in fear for their life if they were that's all they have to prove not not that the situations warranted killing but that they believe that they were warranted to kill and that's that's absolutely contrary to the american jurisprudence system and it's contrary to where we should be as a civilized society ron your son is going to be portrayed in the media as a boy who was sitting in the back of a car listening to loud music and that's not necessarily a correct narrative who was your son what do you want the people that are watching this to know about him i want them and know that he was. a good family member there he was a high schooler in high school is when you go to high school to have fun useful to
learn but you have fun while you learn it and everybody in that high school and samuelson high school they were said by their go up there and i mean to some of the students up there because they have shaken because of the fact that somebody would just fire onto somebody that looks like them or some other plays like them somebody that's a teenager like them in society our kids didn't do will realize how our society has turned you know as we know what happened today at the naval yard you know society has turned where when you're angry for whatever reason you get your girl and you store with violence toward people that are innocent i want to know people to know their joran was an innocent bystander you know he was the innocent young man that this guy took out his aggression on that was ron davis father of jordan davis and john philips the family attorney. it was the grassroots movement that aimed to
change the political dialogue of the country the occupy wall street movement was supposed to represent the ninety nine percent force their hands on america's financial institutions and hold the bankers and lawmakers accountable for their actions two years later the tents are down but little less movement is no longer visible in city parks but still some people who participated in the protests are paving the way for a systematic change r.t. is an associate church going to take a look at where the movement stands two years later. two years ago on september seventeenth a movement changing national dialogue was born in the us. for many opening a new chapter in american history the awakening of a collective consciousness about. staggering economic inequality the rise of a corporate state. the loss of a genuine democracy and the attempt by the part of large numbers of people to do
something about it fast forward to two years later the protesters are out again. on the two year anniversary occupy wall street is back on the streets of manhattan to demand an end to wealth inequality as well as accountability from wall street it's a birthday party and it's. our second annual. awareness of what is wrong with this country day under heavy police presence many of the familiar faces return to the place where it all started zuccotti park it was here that for two months two years ago protesters spent days and nights to get their message across before being evicted by the n.y.p.d. it was just an amazing beautiful moment that no one expected it was brought down by the d.h.s.s. the n.y.p.d. brutally just taken out and destroyed since the nighttime raid on a park in november of twenty eleven occupy no longer has a permanent physical presence in new york though it gathers on occasion to bring
attention to issues still plaguing the u.s. . the ideology has been turned over the dominant assumptions of. free market capitalism that have incubated in the american. cultural sphere and political sphere and legal sphere and economic sphere for the last you know half a century to specially the last thirty years those are going to take a long time to reverse and even a longer time if they're not highlighted and that's exactly what occupy helped achieve catapulting the idea of the one. percent into the national conversation and giving birth to widespread debate about the changes that need to come and a pepper sprayed by the n.y.p.d. at the highlight of the movement says the number of protesters has dwindled largely due to the police violence they faced. a lot more people saw that police brutality is a real issue facing this country despite the crackdowns activists have kept working branches of occupy such as strike jets and occupy sandy with thousands continuing
to struggle a year after the devastating hurricane still working around the clock we're talking about thousands of mean there's. there is seventy five hundred displaced. the last figure we got which is a few months ago we have a very complicated in in all the affected areas plenty of other active projects that came out of occupy are up and running to people who are doing work against the pipeline in new york there are people who are still doing just released a banking booklet about how to understand the banking crisis really tentative banking there are so many different groups that still exist. if you expected the passion of the movement to keep afloat as long as it has an activist say much more should be expected something's going to come it may not be called occupied may not look like occupied and yet its genesis will come back to this park and what happened here two years ago.
but two years later the question remains what actually came out of the movement the banks are still bigger than ever the penalty for their risky behavior was more of a slap on the wrist than a real punishment as an example j.p. morgan chase has agreed to pay eight hundred million dollars in fees for a multi-billion dollar trading loss case known as the london whale eight hundred million dollars may sound like a lot to you and me but it's chump change for the bank but one positive thing did happen though. j.p. morgan will acknowledge that it should have caught the problem faster the settlement which reflects a somewhat tougher a-y. now being taken by the f.c.c. in seeking admissions form defendants also will require the banks to admit that its lax controls allowed traders in a unit in london to build their risky position and cover up their losses so there are men in their guilt but is this the kind of punishment the occupy wall street movement was looking for and what did the occupy movement actually do i was joined
earlier by occupy activist sam jeweler and a lot to say in our d.c. studio and mike perlman in our new york studio mike is the director of the film the ninety nine percent occupy everywhere and i started off by asking sam to look back and characterize the occupy movement two years after it began. people don't see occupy in the headlines as much the way they did before and kind of assume that it has gone away or something but i think for us for a lot of people who are involved we really connected us with each other like before it started i think a lot of us were kind of felt alone in our politics and alone in our frustration around the country and brought us together in a real way very deep way it kind of radicalized us and showed us that like you know we have legitimate critics that a lot of the country identifies with and. sort of is going to take a lot of civil disobedience and a lot of our age to start to change things and it's really connected us and since
then a lot of us have worked together on a lot of things a lot of you know anti-war. you know all kinds of issues have been really energized i think it's brought new to you to the left that we're really needed and mike you directed a documentary about the occupy movement what kind of narrative did that documentary and set up. yeah it was really important when i went down to zuccotti park and spent time and then began listening and then joining different groups and helping organize actions that i saw and heard a lot of people speaking very intelligently and passionately about our critical issues of our day and offering solutions but i wasn't seeing that narrative being told in the press and in the mainstream media and that's why we were compelled to make this film we were making the documentary films for more than a decade now and the common thread has been a struggle for freedom and justice told through emotional stories and i thought
that through occupy that would be a great way to do it so what we found was an umbrella issue money out of politics that corrupts our system where the state is literally oftentimes controlled by corporations who are instrumental in passing legislation for their benefit at the expense of the rest of us so if we're able to remove that money from politics then we can address the critical issues of our time fair taxation fair elections and fair trade and so that's the umbrella in which we develop the film and we're very happy to have jeffrey sachs in the film a very well known economist who connects the dots in a very concrete way and we were just amazed to find out that with a fair taxation simply the same taxes being paid by the wealthy and the corporations that the middle class are paying we could raise more than five hundred billion dollars a year which would be more than enough money for pre school through college education for free for all americans we could rebuild an infrastructure with the
green grid we can create millions of good caring or it can jobs you know so that's the type of thing that we found out and we wanted to show in the film a lot of what work is still going on today i mean obviously the tents are down but things are still happening right yes most definitely i mean we have like a lot of occupiers who you know opened up the we fairly equally student that housing prices. activists discovering different ways in which we can mobilize you know the left or the radical are just people who are discontent with the way the system is now and so occupy was a way in which. there was only good infrastructure necessarily built so there was a lot of creativity being you know brought up by people who are older people who are younger you know family you know sometimes homeless people as well just coming together underneath them bell of trying to make the world a better place and being the change that you want to see you know so you know we have like all of these types of people who just want
a better world coming together and bouncing off ideas off of each other and you have a lot of leftist groups whether it be unions whether it be you know radical groups that have been using different different tactics that have been developed by occupy so it's really just held three region or. the left and helped the morale of activists across the across the country across the world because suddenly now we're connected and there's a community there for once when we felt very alone sam we can't help when we talk about the occupy movement two years later to ask what the tangible results are are there any tangible result i mean as i was mentioning the banks are still huge the disparity between the rich and the poorest still massive am growing so what tangible results are there there are huge problems that are going to take a long time to rectify. you know we've really i think we've really empowered the left and connected the left and we personally know many people who struggled with
images and square gone on to do were organizing. in new york and chicago and so on along with those people have come those tactics of civil disobedience and really making big demands and you know bringing some anger and some well i mean just idea that you know what ninety nine percent means what the one percent means that's like a huge improvement. in that for instance when mitt romney the full forty or forty seven percent thing came came about people automatically knew what he was talking about and they resonated with them from like ninety nine percent to forty seven percent what does that mean for the country you know and. there is a lot of people you know i'm i'm not like the biggest obama fan by far but you know there is i think that groups like occupy brought up things like the robin hood tax exciter things like that which i think the democrats even though i think you know
they have their issues definitely. utilize their messaging sure you know to appeal to to the masses because i think that we brought up some really interesting important issues to resonate as a country that was occupy activist a lot all of saying and sam jeweler in our d.c. studio and mike perlman director of the film the ninety nine percent occupy everywhere in our new york studio. well before the great recession. increased on the west coast and other parts of the nation with room to spare or what the economic crisis that followed only a simple home or apartment became a lot harder for the average person for more on the huge push push for huge houses the residents lori harvest.
microlight has been documenting the topography of the western u.s. through photos he takes from a small plane that he pilots themselves but he hasn't been focusing on the natural landscape he's been focusing on what we americans have been doing to it and one of the things we've been doing is building mansions lots and lots of them giant sprawling private homes and cul de sacs in gated communities with fancy pools golf courses all the luxury that money can buy the only problem is no one has the money to buy a track and tracks of them sit empty or abandoned or have built. the american cities out west experienced rapid growth in the early part of the
twenty first century in an age of bomb mortgages and fast money there was a huge demand for oversized overwatered housing developers leveled tilled to toss together more mcmansion to sell for huge sums of money that no one actually said but no one was worrying about that when the economy crashed in two thousand and eight the area was hit hard homes went on sold people were forced to move out construction halted. the national association of realtors reports that first time home buying rates are lower than they've been since about the eighty's and the u.s. department of housing and urban development estimates that sex with. ration cuts from homeless programs are set to expel about one hundred thousand people from housing and shelter programs sending them back on the street and yet data from the
census bureau this month confirms the average size of a new home has hit a record two thousand six hundred and forty two square feet and no one can afford to buy a giant mcmansion but when we build houses we are still building them with excessive luxury apparently builders are only interested in getting rich people's money not building houses that become homes to real people. life amazing photography highlights how in the us we are literally transforming the terrain of our country into an abandoned soulless monument to luxury consumerism. all of these mcmansion will live longer than the greedy bankers who built them leaving us with an honest picture of what america really stands for and that landscape isn't so pretty tonight to talk about best by following me on twitter at the risk that.