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you are live in the cnn newsroom. i'm jim sciutto in washington. america not as divided as some may think. these were the hopeful words from president obama today after a week marred by my residence is, grieving families and video simply too graphic for many to watch. you are looking now at live pictures of air force one as it lands in spain. the president having just left warsaw for a nato meeting. he is going to be coming home to the u.s. early, a day early, in fact. and he'll go down to visit dallas. this of course at a time when the country seems divided so
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much on matters of race, on gun control, most importantly, how to address it. >> we cannot let the actions of a few define all of us. >> that was the president speaking at the nato summit in poland earlier today reflecting on two more killings of young black men at the hands of police this week. and then following it very quickly, the sniper attack in dallas that left five police officers dead, seven others wounded, some still recovering. we now know the president will travel to texas, to dallas, in the next few days facing tough questions about what his own legacy will be on race. cnn's michele kozinski is traveling with the president. she filed this report. >> reporter: president obama has now left warsaw. and he wrapped up his days at the nato summit here with a press conference that largely focused on events in the united states. this is the third time in as
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many days that we've heard him speaking on the subject. didn't want to put a tiling on it didn't want to call what happened in dallas domestic terrorism or a hate crime. he instayed made his focus unity. as some might say, this was optimistic. but he down played racial divisions in america. listen. >> americans of all races and all backgrounds are also rightly saddened and angered about the deaths of alton sterling and fill anno castile, and about the larger persistent problem of african-americans and latinos being treated differently in our criminal justice system. so there is sorrow. there is anger. there is confusion about next steps. but there's unity in recognizing that this is not how we want our
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communities to operate. >> >> reporter: the president warned against divisive rhetoric saying that the shooter in dallas no more represented the views of most black americans than the charleston did those of whites or the orlando shooter of muslims. but the fact that we are talking about so many mass shootings in america in such quick succession brings us to the issue that the president has called the most frustrating of his presidency, guns. it's interesting that almost in the same breath he aukd talked about there being so many guns in america and so many high powered weapons. but at the same time he mentioned that crime -- violent crime -- has been way down over the past several decades. and the point that the white house generally makes is when you do have high powered weapons getting into the wrong hands, that's when you have a high number of casualties. here's some of what he said. >> it is important to keep in perspective that in places like new york or los angeles or
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dallas you have seen huge drops in the murder rates. and that's a testimony to smarter policing. and there are a range of other factors that have contributed to that. so -- so that should not -- we should never be satisfied when any innocent person is being killed, but that should not be something that is driving our anxie anxieties. >> reporter: president obama was also asked about his legacy and how he viewed it on the issues of race, guns, as well as other subjects. and he conceded that, no, he hasn't always made the progress that he has wanted to make. that change comes slowly. and when he starts to do things like propose practical solutions, it doesn't happen overnight. but he said that's okay. he described what he did as planting seeds, and that somebody down the road will sit under the shade of the tree from
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those seeds that he planted. michele kozinski, warsaw. >> traveling with the president in several major american cities today, in philadelphia, here in washington, d.c., people fourious at last week's police shootings of two black men keeping up the pressure, keeping up the volume demanding real change. this is happening right now in fort lauderdale, florida. chapters of the group's black lives matter moving protesting there. everybody urged to remain peaceful. >> soent shoot. >> that there was in san francisco friday night. similar groups of protesters facing similar groups of police. all over the country, atlanta, baltimore, detroit.
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[ chanting ] >> tense encounters there at times, but the message in all these places simple will he end the violence, referring not only to the fatal police altercations in minnesota and louisiana that we saw this week. but there is horrific killing of police officers by what police still believe to have been a lone gunman in dallas on thursday. straight to dallas right now, cnn's martin savidge is at police headquarters downtown. stephanie elam is at baylor hospital. martin, if i could start with you, police careful about putting together a profile of this man who they sill believe worked alone. what have they learned about him now? is any of it helpful? >> reporter: well they are learning a lot. whether it's helpful that's still to be revealed by investigators. as you point here is authorities want to figure out did anyone help him. they believe this was the work of trammingically, one individual. but what they want to make sure is, was there anyone who helped
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plan, in other words coconspirators. may have been only one person carrying to the act but were there others who helped in some way to carry out the act before it happened. that's purpose of the investigation. it's will they are also still combing through the crime scene that exists in the heart of downtown right now. talking about the military that micah johnson had, the gunman here, he served in the army reserves and for a time was deployed overseas in afghanistan. cnn learned during that employment in 2014 he was accused by a female soldier of sexual harassment. apparently the charge was serious enough that it actually cut short his deployment and he was sent back to the united states. eventually he was given an honorable discharge from the army. but that is still something that stands out on his record. how or if it played out in any way to his actions last thursday night, no one can figure out any kind of a straight line logic
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but that's what investigators are trying the find out here, what was going on in the mine of the killer. >> martin savidge, thank you. stephanie elam i know you have been outside the hospital where people are still recovering. what's the latest on the status of the injured? >> reporter: we can tell you to start off with that we do know there are two police officers, d.a.r.t. police officers, that remain in the hospital at this time. one of them is elmer cannon, and the other is misty mcbride. we know the rest of the surviving police officers, we believe, have been released from the hospital at this time. when you take a look at that and how awful it was that he had 12 police officers shot, it's actually quite remarkable that that many have already been released from the hospital at this time, jim. >> thanks for being there in dallas. martin, stephanie we will be coming back to you. coming up, what started as a hashtag has turned into a rallying cry. we'll take a closer look at the
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black lives matter movement and the impact that the shootings in dallas could have on it. as we go to break we want to show you the outpouring of support for the dallas police department as it mourns those five fallen police officers. flowers, notes, balloons covering those police cruisers. you can barely make them out in there now. dallas police officers getting hugs from random strangers showing their thanks. you are watching live coverage from cnn. live pictures now of president obama arriving in spain. he is cutting his trip one day early. he is going to come back tomorrow and then visit dallas cutting his trip short for those crucial nato meetings to come show his support for the people of dallas. that is him arrive willing now in madrid, spain. you are watching cnn's special live coverage.
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i want to show you live pictures now. this is aerials of the procession for officer brent thompson to a funeral home, one of the five officers killed in that ambush in dallas, text texas. you can see he has a police escort there, police motorcycles in front. a cruiser, a long procession as one of the fallen is taken away. the dallas ambush shattered an otherwise peaceful black lives matter protest, the movement born after the 2012 shooting death of florida teen trayvon martin. there is his face there. after martin's death, it gave rise to protests, many others, you had other incidents, gardner in new york, michael brown in ferguson. today michael brown's mother penned this column in the "new york times." part of it says quote sometimes it seems like the only thing
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that we can do in response to police brutality like my son and so many other black men have suffered is to pray for black lives. yes they matter, but has that changed anything? what is going to be different this time. >> that's on my mind and i'm sure on the minds of many people watching today. let's bring in panel. dan isha a founder and organizer of the black lives matter movement in boston. charles blow, art rodrick, a former assistant director of the u.s. marshal's service as well as mark lamont hill, author of "nobody". dan isha, thanks so much for joining us. it is a very basic question. i asked the panel a few minutes ago the same question because i've been in this position here or in the field covering shootings, acts of violence like this too many times. people at home watching have seen and witnessed them so many
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times. and they wonder what changed. and then you wait for the next one, almost. what's going to be different this time? >> what's different is people are waking up. we are seeing -- we have seen this movement grow in the past several years and we've seen people really take action, take to the streets, take to the voting booth and really fight back and bring this call for dignity and respect for black lives. >> do you -- i just want to get you to respond and i'm going to go to the panel as well, dan isha -- there have been -- i don't like to quote that because there is a lot of angry stuff on twitter. but you saw a trump supporter blame hillary clinton, even blame president obama for in effect sparking the violence against police in dallas by if not supporting the black lives matter movement, you know, expressing sympathy, empathy, et cetera. what's your response to that really alarming allegation? >> it's absurd. the black lives matter movement has only called for a
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deescalation of violence, not an escalation off it. so the idea that this lone gunman was somehow acting on behalf of an entire movement of hundreds of thousands of people is absurd. and that's not -- we reject that completely. >> art rodrick, you spend a lot of time in law enforcement. you hear the argument on both sides. just as the dallas shooter doesn't represent the black lives matter movement, the police officers who shot and killed black men without cause, they don't represent all of law enforcement. is that a premise that you think -- i don't want to say both sides because we're all americans here, but that both groups or all of us can agree on? >> absolutely. i mean you've got 800,000 law enforcement officers in this country. and we pick out half a dozen, to a dozen police officers. we also have to remember, jim, who has occurred over here the last two days? not only did we have dallas. but we had another five or six ambushes of police officers that occurred in different states in
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different parts of the country. and that's another key part. we've got to stop this rhetoric and calm down and come together and talk about this as opposed to -- as opposed to this rhetoric mentoring some of these individuals to go out and ambush police officers. i think there is enough blame to go around on all sides. >> charles -- >> i disagree. >> mark, you go ahead. you have a thought. >> i disagree entirely. first of all it's inaccurate to say we are talking about six or 12 police officersful there have been hundreds of people killed by police officers. this isn't a handful of police officers. this is a structural issue and a structural question. we are not equal sides, we are not opposite sides of the same coin here. to say that one individual is sort of an outlier, doesn't represent the black lives matter movement makes sense because he wasn't a member of the black lives matter movement and weren't operating at their behest. but the police officers who are shooting people -- yes, they
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don't represent all officers in their desire to shoot people but they are part of an institution and organization that at its core is flawed, needs to be repaired. yes, i don't blame every police officer for a rogue shoot but i do hold all police officers accountable for the perhaps that we see. and then lastly to say that this language is what creates she is violent shootings is untrue. we have had police resistance through the last eight years, shawn bell, trayvon martin, oscar graham -- we can go down the list. and the last eight years have had fewer police officer shootings than the previous eight years. in fact the safest have been during the obama administration, not bush, not clinton, not the previous bush. there is no basis for those claims here. that's what i wanted to point out. >> you have to agree that the percentage is very low. >> the percentage of what? >> the percentage of shootings are very low. >> they are, art. here's the thing and i want to put this to charles and i want
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everybody else to pipe in. you have the bad apples argument that comes out on both sides. look, it's just the actions of a few. mark is saying at least from the police perspective, this is an estimatic thing, an institutional things. it's not just that you have a handful police officers that act beyond what they should be doing. charles, what's your response? is it a systemic problem when we speak about police? and i want to got to the other issue as well. >> it is both systemic, but also systemic in the historical lens of it. i mean, you have to understand how police even developed in this country. there are no police in the constitution -- the american constitution, right? so the police in the south grew out of the slave patrols. in the north they grew out of monied people wanting to protect their interests. in all cases, the police grew out of a desire to control bodies and to control capital. the idea that police have been able to grow into a better, more responsive, more
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community-oriented force over centuries is impressive and what we need to be moving forward. but the vestiges of what it always was kind of remains because it is artifact that is embedded in all of us as a culture. and we are the people who supply the bodies that are the police, right? so that -- we have to understand that in the historical frame in order to understand what is happening now. and i think that it is a really, really dangerous mistake for people to continue to demonize the black lives matter movement to say why haven't they been able to change things, what will happen this time? you have to understand this is a relatively young movement, right. the movements that have really changed and shaped history are generational movements, right? if you look at the civil rights movement, that's a generational change. if you look at the women's rights movement, generational change. if you look at the gay rights
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movement, generational change. you have to give the black lives matter movement time to grow, time to form itself, time to -- time to be what it wants to be, which is -- which is a force of change to rectify a system. and i am old enough to have experienced black nationalist movements. the black lives matter movement -- america should be thankful. they are not. that they are not saying let's separate ourselves. >> right, it's not the black panthers, it's not -- >> no. they are saying we have a fundamental faith that we can fix america. and that is a beautiful american thing. >> it starts on a peaceful premise. dan isha i want you to kmep on. that i have to give art a chance to respond to -- a portrayal in effect of law enforcement is being at its core somehow historically biased against blacks, you served a lot of time inside. is that -- was that your
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training? our experience? your view? was that the view of your fellow officers? >> absolutely not. i think, obviously, that does reside in some officers. but i think the majority -- i mean we've heard the chief speak. we've heard the deputy chief speak. i think they are right on that 95, 98% of law enforcement officers are good people that go out and do this job every single day without bias, without prejudice. now, yes, we do have some officers, as in every profession, that are bad -- go beyond bad apples that are biased. but we have to weed those out. i think what's occurring in minneapolis and what is occurring in baton rouge, and having these cases investigated by the department of justice is going to weed out individuals like that. >> dan isha, i want to give you a chance because you are with the black lives matter movement. >> right. >> what do you do next? how do you respond to this? >> well, i do want to respond to that because when we say we have to weed out these bad apples
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that's not what the police are doing. when she is shootings occur they protect each other, they cover up for each other, they allow for -- time to go by before officers are interviewed or brought in for questioning. and they cover up for each other. and we see that these cases go on. people are not indicted. people are not convicted with video evidence that the entire world can see. and as looking as america, and american police, and asking why don't you do something? why don't you actually weed those cops out? why don't you actually tell us who the bad apples are if that is the case. >> folks, it's the beginning of a long -- it's not the beginning, because this conversation started a long time ago. i just hope as an american it goes somewhere. and i appreciate your contribution today. dan isha yancy, charles blow, art rodrick, mark lamont hill, let's wish us all luck on this going forward. coming up, political conventions weeks away. with america hopelessly divided
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on race and gun control -- let's not say hopelessly but worry somely what will donald trump and hillary clinton do. that story right after the break.
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three horrifying shootings in three days are showcasing perhaps the very worst of america, exposing deep cracks in
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both race and police relations issues. the next president certainly will need to face head on. both hillary clinton and donald trump canceled campaign appearances on friday and instead took time to address the violence. >> we need to be bringing people together. and i've said on the campaign trail repeatedly, we need more love and kindness. and i know that's not usually what presidential candidates say. but i believe it. and i'm going to be speaking about it from now all the way into the white house and beyond. >> too many americans are living in terrible poverty and violence. we need jobs. and we're going to produce those jobs. racial divisions have gotten worse, not better. >> joining me now, emily tisch sussman, a democratic strategy, a hillary clinton supporter. and boris epstein, he is a republican strategist a surrogate for donald trump. boris, i have to start with you because you hear the republican presumptive nominee there saying race relations have gotten
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worse, not better. keep in mind he has one who called mexican immigrants rapists and murderers. he suggested a ban based purely on religion. can he make an argument that he has made race relations better based on those public statements? >> there was a completely biased lead in to the question. i do not appreciate night these are public and repeated stances of the republican presidential nominee. >> the shootings that are going on and the -- that's that i can place has nothing to do with the statements that you are citing here. >> i'm asking whether those comments are contributing positively to that conversation. >> this is an economic issue. the inner cities of america are absolutely destroyed. we need investment in those inner cities and we need to rebuild them. that's what we need to be talking about. not comments made by donald trump or you or the mass media way not agree with. there were 60 shootings in
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chicago over july 4th weekend. >> it's certainly about an economic message. but if we are talking about relations in a mixed society here, the candidate -- and i'm asking you because you support the candidate. he has made very bold and repetitive statements about, well, the ethnicity of a judge, in fact the judge's parents. a ban based on religion, the make up of immigrants from mexico, who there is a huge variety of them -- >> illegal immigrants. >> i'm asking how that is rectified with the statement there that race relations are getting worse. >> we can take those one by one. statements on illegal immigrants have no bearing on what we have going on here with these shootings, one. statements on the judge, the fact that donald trump believed he was getting an unfair treatment by this judge have nothing to do with what we see here going on, which, again, is our inner cities being decimated, having no money in them, people not having jobs and resorting to violence. we need to be talking about -- jim, this is not a constructive conversation. what we need to be talking about
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is what is this country going to do for the inner cities? you saw the difference. hillary clinton is talking about love and kindness. donald trump is talking about investment into inner cities, bringing the inner cities back up, and making sure that people have a choice, people have a future, have a light at the end of the tunnel, and then we'll see less this violence. that's an absolutely logical solution to this problem. we are seeing it in detroit. dan gilbert is investing in stroit, mike ilitch is investing in detroit. that's the answer for america. >> let's start with the president. here's the president who he is coming to the end of eight years. and part of his legacy was many to be uniting the country. and there are republicans who say -- and you heard it from donald trump -- that race relations have gotten worse during his presidency. do you believe the president is partly responsible for that? >> look, i think he is certainly doing his best. and i think he is certainly doing his part. i think over the past week all
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americans have felt a lot of sadness, and a lot of grief, and a lot of frustration people don't -- we don't want to live in this kind of society. i think the difference between the violence of the last week and even the last couple of months and years is that there is two real things that have become present. one is normalizing hate speech. we have just accepted that it is part of the same conversation. i know that boris will disagree with me on this, but the fact it happens the same week that a major presidential candidate even has to say whether or not his statements are eent sem etdic. to say whether or not he admires sad umm hussein which by the way in both of those instances he said his staff was wrong to disavow them. he actually does support those states. that we have to say that, this is normalizing hate speech. that is a huge part of the problem. the second big part of the problem is the escalation. we have escalated in every circumstance with easy access to
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guns, large guns. i don't know that these cops were acting -- the fact that cops are shooting people who are unarmed is insane. that should not be a part of our normal society but it is at this point. but the fact that they are acting -- even if they are acting poorly from a place of fear, why are they fearful? are they fearful because people have guns, because they think they have guns. the fact they could be out there and they have to respond in such a violent and violence first way is hugely problematic. >> boris, do you believe that guns are part of this debate. you mentioned the economic side, spreading opportunity. what about gun control? >> let me answer emily's comment. donald trump has no bearings on these shootings. he was not running for president when ferguson pd that, trayvon martin, baltimore, new york. to use this against donald trump is politically convenient for the democrats but has no place whatsoever. let's put that to the side. stars what happened in baton rouge and minnesota let's remember both of these victims were armed.
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they were not unarmed. emily is incorrect in saying. that as far as the discussion on guns, sadly it is not the guns that are the problem. again, the problem is what is happening in inner cities that is having people resort to violent activities, resort to crime. whether or not there was gun control would not have prevented the 60-plus shootings in chicago on july 4th. we need to go to the root of the problem. the root of the problem is the fact there is not a light at the ends of the tunnel for a lot of folks in america and we need to respond to that. and donald trump will get that done. >> emily i'll give you a chance to respond. >> we can say it's all economics. i think that has sort of a black on black crime underpinning to it which is a bit of a racist underpinning to it. >> how is that racist, it's the rut. >> if there is a lone wolf and somebody is black and commits a crime, or muslim and commits a crime we automatically assume it is the entire people. but recognizing there are serious economic problems and
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it's disproportionately affecting people of color, but not to address their issues of racism and we can't deal with it unless we name it that i think is disingenuous. >> it is a difficult issue, a lot to cram into a short conversation. it is a conversation we will continue over the weeks and months. dallas police say it was one of the shootings that made the gunman want to kill white people, especially white police officers. coming up what we are now hearing from the attorney representing the officer who shot and killed a black man during a traffic cast. that one was broadcast to the world over social media. you are life in the cnn newsroom.
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you are live in the "cnn newsroom." black lives matter protesters have take ton a park in membership miniin respond to the killing of fill anno castile by a police officer doing a traffic
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stop. officer jeronimo yanez shot and killed castile as he was sitting inside his vehicle. castile's fiancee live streamed the aftermath of that shooting. rosa joins us from the park. what's the mood of the protesters there today? >> reporter: it's heart felt, hearts are heavy. it's very -- it's a very difficult time for this community, jim, as you might imagine. last time you and i spoke a lot of these people were in front of the governor's mansion. they moved here to the park in minneapolis. now, a lot of these members of this community have been doing -- holding protests for the black lives matter movement for a while now. jason sole with the naacp of minneapolis joins me now. one of the new developments today is reaction from the police officer involved in this shooting. and so i wanted to ask you for your reaction, your response to
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what the officer and his attorney had to say. >> i disagree. i disagree. i believe that it has to do with race. because when you are connected to somebody or feel you value someone you don't just assassinate them like that. you don't kill them on the spot like and just execute them. when you connect with someone and say this is a person i value them, there is a pause there, there is a moment of clarity where it's like oh, i have to act appropriately. and that didn't happen. i do believe it has to do with race. automatically people look at me different and demonize me just because of the color of my skin. >> reporter: i'm going to read what the attorney said on what have of officer yanez, this tragic incident had nothing to do with race and had everything to do with the presence of a gun. regrettably the use of force became necessary when reacting to the actions of the driver of the stopped vehicle. the officer is deeply saddened for the family and loved ones of philando castile. now, talk to me about this
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community and how this community is trying to heal and trying to also make change at the same time. >> we don't know if we can heal. we come together. we shar our stories. we love each other. we tell people beautiful things and we give them a chance to highlight the things they want to see happen in society. that's why we didn't name this event naacp or anything else. we want the community to be able to speak. we don't know if we can heal. i was trying to heal from alton sterling's shooting, and to have this in my backyard, i don't know if i will heal. i still walk as a black man in my society. even though i have education and degrees, that doesn't help me. i still might end up dying. >> reporter: some of the protesters and demonstrators yesterday were talking about okay we're here, but what can we do? how does change actually happen? i know those are questions they pose to people like you. what can they do? >> well, we can actually get
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people fired who don't deserve to be in there. we can acknowledge there is a racist history and a racist presence. and we've got to actually get rid of the bad cops. but more importantly we've got to do something on the legislative end because cops get away with it majority of the time. we are not seeing prosecutions when we die. ultimately if they were afraid of us, i mean, it wouldn't look the way it looked. because i think most of the people who are killed -- most law enforcement officials who are killed are killed by white men. the fear should be there. not on us. you have change the policy, call it out and make the good cops talk about the bad cops. which we're not seeing. it is a culture in the police department. that has to be changed. >> reporter: jim, like he mentioned it is a big problem. it's not solved by solving one particular part of the problem. it's going to take a lot of people working together. >> no question. we've been trying to talk about it all afternoon. a lot of things have to be said. a lot of things have to be done. rosa flores thank you.
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coming up, dallas police say they had no other option. a look at the option to use a robot equipped with a bomb to take out that sniper who shot 12 officers. does this set a dangerous precedent? ♪ [engine revving] want to know what makes us, us? by the time other people start doing what we've been doing, we've already moved on. the lexus gs 350 f sport, with better overall handling performance than the bmw 535i m sport. ♪
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the standoff between dallas police and the man who killed five officers came to an enafter what may be a first for law enforcement.
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the use of a robot carrying a bomb. cnn's george howell looks at how robots are being used by police to keep men and women in uniform safe. >> there is the o.d.'s robot, going towards the ied. >> reporter: remote controlled robots have been used by the u.s. military in the wars in iraq and afghanistan to defuse explosive devices. >> [ bleep ]. >> reporter: here's a scene from the movie "the hurt locker". >> oh, look at that. >> nice 1-5-5, huh. >> reporter: in recent years, some local police departments have invested in the technology to investigate suspicious packages and cargo. but in dallas, a potential first in the united states, the delivery of an he cexplosive de by a robot that was used to kill
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a police shooting suspect holed up in a garage. [ gun shots ] >> reporter: negotiations to end the standoff had gone on for hours. >> we saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was. other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. >> reporter: police have not released the details of their tactic, what type of robot was used, information about the bomb, and how it was detonated, or if the robot was even present at the time of the explosion. >> could be picking up evidence. he could be picking up potential explosive devices. >> reporter: endeavor robotics says it has sold robots to several plooepts in the dallas area but wasn't sure if their device was used thursday night. >> our whole purpose is to keep people at a safe distance from
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hazardous conditions. we've seen that in the wars in iraq and afghanistan with the ied threats. >> reporter: robots are expensive, with some costing more than $100,000, but local police departments say the technology is well worth the cost. >> before a bomb technician had to climb into a suit, go down and take care of business. where now we can use the robotic system. it has made the job so much better. coming up, we pay tribute to the victims of the dallas shootings.
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police in dallas are learning all they can about the man they believe worked alone when he opened fire on that protest crowd thursday night. he shot 12 police officers, two civilians, five officers lost their lives. cnn's jean casarez has their stories. >> reminded of the power of faith and the uniqueness that happens when we call on a higher power. >> reporter: an emotional prayer vigil in the city of dallas as the community mourns the loss of five police officers. among the victims, 43-year-old brent thompson, a seven-year veteran of the dallas area rapid transit police, the father and grandfather was originally from corsicana, texas. thompson traveled to and survived the most dangerous parts of the world, helping bring justice 'tis to those who
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didn't have it. thompson was chief of operations for a private military contractor in iraq, from 2004 through 2008. >> he was a dedicated officer, dedicated to the safety of americans all over the world, certainly. >> reporter: 32-year-old patrick zambrano ripa also survived the odds of serving overseas, only to be killed protecting his hometown. the dallas police officer deployed to the militants east as part of the iraq war effort. just this week, he tweeted out his love for our country. his brother dustin tweeting, love you, brother, couldn't be prouder. 43-year-old michael kroll fulfilled his dream when he joined the dallas force in 2008. also, lorn lorne ahrens and mic smith. smith joined the department in 1989, according to his sister,
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who spoke to cnn affiliate, kfdm. five officers lost their lives, another seven wounded, including officer misty mcbride. her family rushing to the hospital to be by her side. >> that she can live on to tomorrow, and that i'm just glad that she's alive, really. >> reporter: alive, but according to her father, requiring surgery. >> in the abdomen, went in one side, and out the other side. >> reporter: still, the mcbrides know they are the lucky ones. hunter telling her mother -- >> i love you. and that i'm glad you're here. >> reporter: jean casarez, cnn, new york. the following memories brought to you by prevagen.
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what are you doing? sara, i love you, and... [phone rings] ah, it's my brother. keep going... sara, will you marry... [phone rings again] what do you want, todd????
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[crowd cheering] keep it going!!!! if you sit on your phone, you butt-dial people. it's what you do. todd! if you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you switch to geico. it's what you do. i know we just met like, two months ago... yes! [crowd cheering] [crowd cheering over phone] dogs that are old very, very often are the first to be euthanized. because literally, they just don't think the dog is adoptable because of its age. we're proving them wrong. >> she's adopted! >> old dogs have so much to give. they have changed people's lives with their gratitude, with their tenderness. there's a soulfulness with older
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dogs. >> you can nominate someone you think deserves to be a 2016 cnn hero at cnnheroes.com. i'm jim sciutto in washington. thank you for joiningis on this difficult day for our country. i'll be back with special coverage of the dallas shootings. thanks for watching. see you again soon. ♪ i'm michael smerconish. it's been a turbulent week, and we have exceptional guests ready to sort it out. two more killings of black men caught on video and a retaliatory sniper attack leaves five police officers dead. among my questions, what's the future of the black lives matter movement?

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