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a man she is thanking is arthur thomas. he is the man who received her father's heart. >> wow. >> what greater honor could a person have than walking the daughter of a man whose given his heart to him. >> jenny and arthur met on the eve of her wedding. he walked her down the aisle, so a piece of her father could be there on her big day. >> that's gorgeous. amazing. >> right. a beautiful gesture by him and amazing connection for her. >> it sure is. so important. >> time for the "newsroom" new, with carol costello. >> that was really nice. >> gets you right here. >> yes, it does. thanks, chris. have a great day. "newsroom" starts now. >> she gets to pick her judges. nothing you can do, folks. the second amendment people, i don't know. maybe there is.
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>> i think it is a good thing for me, because it will tell people more about me with respect to the second amendment. because hillary clinton wants to essentially abolish the second amendment. >> and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. donald trump thrives on the outrageous, but today, a grave new seriousness, has he gone too far. at best, he has forced his fellow republicans to mop up another debacle. at worst, plummeting to a new low, suggesting violence. jason carroll has for you. >> reporter: donald trump on the defensive again. >> there can no other interpretation. give me a break zrchl. >> reporter: blaming media bias. >> hillary wants to essentially abolish the second amendment. by the way, if she gets to
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pick -- if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. although the second amendment people, maybe there is. i don't know. >> reporter: trump doing damage control, claiming he was calling on the political powers of second amendment voters to make their voices heard, not advocating violence toward his rival. >> this is a political movement. this is a strong powerful movement, the second amendment. hillary wants to take your guns away, wants to leave you unprotected in your home. >> clinton's campaign, quickly denouncing crump, saying he is dangerous and a presidential candidate should not suggest violence in any way. other democrats echoing the same sharp rebuke. senator chris murphy, calling it an assassination threat. elizabeth warren, slamming him as a coward, who can't handle losing to a girl. and gabby given forffords, a brd
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line between political speech and suggestions of violence. republicans blasting trump as well. >> that's actually a very arresting comment. if someone else had said that outside the hall, he would be in the back of a police wagon now with the secret service questioning him. >> reporter: trump, blaming the desperate media for trying to distract what he calls clinton's anti-second amendment stance. even though clinton has never called for abolishing gun rights. the nra and running mate mike pence, coming to trump's defense. >> donald trump is urging people around the country to act in a manner consistent with their convictions in the course of the election. and people who cherish the second amendment have a clear choice in this election. >> reporter: trump has taken heat for violent ret particular on the stump before. >> i would like to punch him in the face. >> knock the crap out of him. >> paul ryan, once again, issuing a tepid defense of trump. >> it sounds look a joke gone bad. i hope he clears it up quickly.
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you should never joke about something like that. >> reporter: carol, trump's critics say this is becoming a pattern. trump comes out, make an off-color or controversy statement, and critics are say enough is it enough. >> jason carroll, reporting live. thanks so much. what we do know, trump's comments led to a tigdal waive f tweets, writing he not only implied assassination, he implied second amendment are all assassi assassins. he suggested someone kill secretary clinton. we must take people at their word. the secret service must investigate. and newt gingrich's former press secretary, rich galen wondered, has the secret service ever arrested a protectee.
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>> i find his comments distasteful, disturbing and dangerous. the daughter of the principal killed in the sandy hook tweeted, quote, you think gun violence is a joke. would love to tell you about mom's life and her gruesome murder. so let's talk about this. senior advisor to donald trump, sarah huckabee sander also join us in just a minute. right now, we have the senator for politics, larry sabato, larry cellulsellers and scottie hughes. >> thanks, carol. >> thanks for being here. scottie, the former cia director, michael hayden, said when you're candidate, you are not only responsible for what you say, but for what people hear. donald trump may have spoken clumsy, but his words inspire. at the republican national convention, his dire warning over the second amendment
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inspired a group of men to show up carrying semi-automatic weapons. we have a picture of those men. i hope so. they were there. and i talked with them. please put up that picture, the video now. okay, so we don't have it. but trust me, they were there. i talked with them. they meant no harm, but police were not happy. don't words have consequences? >> words definitely do. beauty is in the eye of the b beholder, if you wants to take them negatively, that's how you're going to take them. if you listen and realize that's not what he meant, he did not mean that. this is what this campaign has become. you like him or don't. you either believe he meant it as a threat, or you believe that's exactly how he has stated and has many people like rudy giuliani and others have said, he meant to say how powerful and united the second amendment, people who want to defend it are. this is the not the first time
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we've heard a presidential candidate speak wrong. biden in '08. if obama tries to fool with my beretta -- >> this just shows how polarized we are. you can continue that narrative, but those that support him, that's not what he was saying. >> i just want to go over his quote one more time before i get to the rest of the panel. this is his direct quote. hillary clinton wants to abolish essentially the second amendment. by the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. although, the second amendment people, maybe there is. i don't know. if he is saying, if she gets to pick her judges, that would mean after she is elected president of the united states. so did he really misspeak, larry? >> you know, carol, i like scottie, i know her, and whatever she is being paid, and i hope it is something, it needs to be doubled or tripled.
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she so often, as many of the trump spokes people do have to defend the indefensible. this is indefensible. maybe it was a joke, but you don't joke about such things. if you joke about bombing a plane in a tsa line, you're going to be whisked away, and you're going to be lucky if you don't end up in jail. so the long and short of it is, it's just one more outrageous example that donald trump says, and his supporters won't be affected in the slightest. we've all learned this. but we've also learned something else. the middle voters, the mainstream voters, the leaning republican or leaning democratic voters, independent voters, they've been moving away from trump, precisely because of circumstances like this. >> all right, i want to bring in sarah huckabee sanders now, she is the senior advisor for donald j. trumpment welcome to the panel. >> good morning. >> mr. trump says he is --
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>> good morning. thank you for joining us. mr. trump says he is the law and order candidate. if he really is, shouldn't he be more careful about what he says? >> look, here is the big issue. i've watched this video multiple times, and you know, the person ahead of me just said that we have to continually come out and defends the indefensible. the problem is, we're not defending his comments, we're pushing back against a liberal media agenda. i watched that video probably 10 or 12 times, and couldn't come up with where they got that he was trying to incite violence. he was making a points about the power of the second amendment movement and the people that support the second amendment coming out and voting in november, and making sure that they vote for somebody that will protect the second amendment, versus something like hillary clinton who we know won't. >> sarah, i guess what i'm saying is if donald trump is the law and order candidate, shouldn't he be ultra careful about what he says about guns? >> look, i think he --
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>> because by saying the second amendment, he implies guns. >> implies. >> i think we particularly, all candidates have to be careful about what we say about guns, given the culture that we live in. but at the same time, when it comes to inciting violence, that wasn't his point at all. and we can't tip toe around the issues and the fact that one candidate will protect our second amendment and one won't. that's a contrast that the american people need to know and deserve to know. the second amendment is one of the basic fundamental rights of being an american, and we have candidate that wants to weaken it and one that wants to protect it. that's something we should talk about. we shouldn't avoid it and shouldn't hide from it. >> the reason we're talking about this this morning is the secret service said it as aware of mr. trump's comments. i can't really remember the last time that happened with a presidential nominee. with a presidential candidate. and i will say, sarah, that mr. trump, there a pattern to him saying things. and then saying, oh, it was just a joke, or i was misunderstood. i'm going to play you a few
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examples of that right now. >> i -- >> she gets out and she starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions, and, you know, cousy there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her where ever. >> the poor guy, you gotta see this guy, i don't know what i said. ah, i don't remember. >> do you believe in punishment for abortion, yes or no? >> the answer is that there has to be some form of punishment. >> for the woman? >> yeah, some form. >> ten years, what? >> that, i don't know. >> russia, if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. >> so sarah, after all of those things, mr. trump says he was being misunderstood. isn't it time he stop saying things that can be misunderstood? >> look, i think we're talking about the issue that took place yesterday, and this is clearly a
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moment where the media is trying to take his words and make them into something they're not. there are moments where he probably wished he hadn't phrased something the way he did. but yesterday, it certainly wasn't the case. it wasn't that he was inciting violence it, was that the media was taking his words and turning them into something that absolutely were not there. >> okay, so bacardi, rudy giuliani says the clinton spin machine is famous for making a mountain out of a molehill. >> this is the pattern for trump supporters. they came out and say we appreciate and love donald trump, because he says what he means. then makes a comment like he said yesterday and then trump supporter says that's not what he means. i mean, it's gotten to a point where we venture down this path of absurdity, and i really don't want to go down there, all i can think about is a young lady libe gabby giffords. he doesn't understand the power
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of his words and the mantle he holds. you can't go out and be in articulate. you can't go out and saying flippant off-color, quote-unquote joke that's threatening the life of someone else. and i have the great deal of respect for scottie and sar remarks but this is indefensible. to say this is some liberal media bias, it is not the case. because democrats and republicans alike, have come out and condoned this. all it takes is one nut job to come out. just one nut job, and we're going to have an incident. that's on the hands of donald trump, and no one else. >> all right, we're going to continue the conversation after a break. i've got to end this one right here. you guys stick around and stay with me. still to come in the newsroom, new e-mails and nagging questions for hillary clinton. did her clinton foundation ignore boundaries and possibly the law in its dealings with the state department.
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hillary clinton faces more scrutiny over a batch of newly released e-mails, specifically whether there was a chumy relationship when she served as the nation's top diplomat. >> good morning, could you carol. some of these heavily redacted e-mails raise questions about the clinton foundation's influence on the state department during clinton's tenure. they lobbied a job for someone else, and from the e-mails band tells former aides at the department, huma abedin that it is important to take care of, and then that person's name is redacted in the e-mail. band is reassured that percent neal has been sending him options and then in a 2009, band directs abedin and mills to put
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a labanese, substance person on lebano lebanon this was filed through a lawsuit that was filed, and they were not in the initial batch of e-mails clinton's team turned over to the state department. it is unclear why that was. the trump campaign has seized at the new batch of e-mails, citing them as clinton being corrupt. as would we know, there were prolonged investigations into a private e-mail server while at the state department. it didn't lead to charges, but did fuel public distrust and has cast a shadow over her presidential bid. clinton campaign spokesman says that, quote, neither of these e-mails involve the secretary or relate to the foundation's work. they are communications between her aides and the were president's personal aide. indeed, a recommendation was for one of the secretary's former staffers, who was not employed
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by the foundation. regardless, carol, this continues to cast a shadow over her campaign. back to you. >> all right, pamela brown, reporting live from washington. thanks so much. the foundation raised money for needy people around the world, that's with the global foundation does. it also takes donations from foreign countries that some, you know, some of them don't share america's values. the question here in a nutshell, whether secretary clinton used her office as bait for her foundation money. i want to bring back in the panel. bakari and sarah, larry, to talk about this. they do make you wonder, isn't it time that mrs. clinton holds a press conference, and explains these e-mails? >> well, i think you said it at the beginning of your premise of your question there. these e-mails don't prove anything. i mean, 60% of the public, unless you're living under a rock, do are a problem with hillary clinton, her trust and e-mails. no doubt about it. but that same 60%, if not
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slightly higher, also say they're sick and tired of hearing about the e-mails and it is not changing the public perception. what we've done is doing -- >> but whether voters want to hear about it or not, as a journalist, i have the responsibility to find out what's up with this. the only person who can answer those questions is mrs. clinton. >> as i a journalist, i think the premise of your question started out correctly. here we are again, would you like to see hillary clinton hold a press conference? yes, is she going to hold a breast -- press conference, i don't know. i don't make those decisions. to quote bernie sanders, i'm sick and tired about hearing about these damn e-mails. >> sarah, how would you characterize these? >> i don't think the american people are sick and tired of hearing about the e-mails. i think they're tired of hillary clinton getting a free pass on everything. she has had a career that has
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been riddled with corruption and she should be disqualified being president. she broke the law by using the servers and lied about it. and certainly, shouldn't be asking for a promotion, when my 4-year-old gets in trouble, they don't get to just say oops, i'm sorry, i made a mistake. there are consequences. hillary clinton should suffer consequences and there shouldn't be different rules for her than anybody else in the country. this is another reason she shouldn't be president and another disqualifier from her moving into a higher office. >> so larry, at the very least, should hillary clinton hold a news conference, you know, i'm going to totally remove myself from the clinton foundation, my husband, bill clinton, will step down. my daughter, chelsea, won't have anything to do with it. would that be prudent? >> well, carol, she certainly needs to interact with the press more than she does. she takes a question here, a few questions there. she has avoided the press like the playing. she doesn't like the press. well, you know what, you're
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going to be president. you have to deal with the press or you're going to play a big price. the secondary issue really ought to be the primary issue. that is, the clinton foundation. it was obvious for years that this foundation was presenting all sorts of conflicts of interest, and especially while hillary clinton was a senator and secretary of state. people warned the clintons about it over and over again. privately, some publicly. they ignored the warnings. there is a long history of this, stretching back through bill clinton's presidency and even back to arkansas. so again, nobody is surprised. you know, you could make a contrast here that actually favors donald trump. believe it or not. trump probably interacts with the press too much. my guess is his staff would love to bring -- to drag him back in when he is interacting with the press as often as he does. hillary clinton is invisible to the press. talk to any of them. they complain bitterly about how they're shut out. that is not a good sign for a
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presidency. >> okay, another controversy dogging the clinton campaign this morning. the father of the orlando terrorist, showed up at a clinton rally, sat right behind mrs. clinton. of course, you remember, his son killed 49 people at the pulse nightclub in orlando. rudy giuliani, a trump supporter, is questioning why mr. mateen is such an avid supporter of mrs. clinton. listen to what he said. >> this is a guy who supported -- supports the taliban, who is anti-american. who himself has supported terrorists organizations. who said that god is going to punish homosexuals. he is a homophobe of the worst kind. and he is a very, very radical islamic extremist. what is drawing him to hillary clinton? people should ask that question. what brings him to hillary clinton. i believe it is her soft stance on islamic extremist terrorism. >> so what did bring mr. mateen to hillary clinton rally,
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bakari? >> first of all, rudy giuliani has become like the uncle that everyone has that's getting up in age and dealing with senility. i disregard what he says on a daily basis. but dealing with mateen and mateen's father in this situation, he wasn't invited by the clinton campaign. there should have been a better job done vetting. i'm appreciate they disavowed his beliefs, they disavowed him, they don't want his support, and they handled the way it should be handled. they have to say look, we were wrong. no way he should have been standing back there. some advance person, who is probably 24, 25, 26 years old is paying the price. the clinton campaign made a mistake. they owned up to it. that's part of my problem with the donald trump campaign and the surrogates. when mistakes are made, you have to be able to own up to. i'm glad the clinton campaign, they made a mistake, they acknowledged it. it wasn't any liberal media bias. and they rectified it by saying they disavowed everything he believes and they don't want his
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support. it was 3,000 people. he was one of that number. >> sarah, is that satisfactory to you that the clinton campaign disavowed mr. mateen? >> i think they absolutely should have, and i think they did the right thing in doing that. it goes back, though, to the point that rudy giuliani made. it is not that they disavowed his presence. it is why did he want to be at a hillary clinton rally supporting her in the first place. i think that's the answer that we all know, and that's because hillary clinton is weak on foreign policy. she is weak on taking out islamic terrorism and that's why people like him are supporting her. our enemies don't fear us and our allies don't respect us any more, and that's due to the failed hillary clinton. we need to be looking at those bigger issues. we applaud the clinton campaign for disavowing his beliefs, but they need to disavow the foreign policy administration and make big changes there. that's what i would like to see them do.
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>> larry, put this mr. mateen thing into perspective for us. >> well, it will have absolutely no impact on the campaign or on the election. it was a bizarre incident. and certainly, as your analyst said yesterday, some advanced person for the clinton campaign should be fired. keep in mind, mr. mateen demonstrated at the time of his son's horrible massacre that he was simply drawn to the cameras, and has bizarre ideas. i think his presence there had nothing to do with terrorism. it had everything to do with mr. mateen seeking the spotlight. >> all right, i have to tleef there. bakari, sarah and larry, thanks to all of you. still to come in the "newsroom," racism, excessive force and unlawful strip searches. a blistering new report details the d.o.j.'s investigation of baltimore's police department. 4r
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. and good morning, i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. next hour, the department of justice rips into the baltimore police department, in a blitzinger report that doj finding the department riddled with racism and excessive force. officers stopping and a rersing african-americans with little or no reason. sparked by the death of freddie gray. all six officers charged with his death either acquitted or no longer facing charges. jean casarez is more in baltimore. good morning, jean. >> reporter: it really is. and we've got to remember. this report and investigation is focused in on the baltimore police department. not freddie gray. a separate investigation by the department of justice is currently taking place in regard
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to any violations of freddie gray. this report says the baltimore police department system violating federal law, especially toward the african-american community, saying, quote, making unconstitutional stop, arrests, searches, discrimination against african-americans. using excessive force, retaliating against free speech. they also go on to say that when police officers were trained, they were trained with inaccurate law, unconstitutional law, many times, quote, driven by systemic deficiencies in baltimore police department's policies, training, supervision and accountability, structures that failed to equip officers with the tools they need to protect and police effectively and within the bounds of federal law. there are many charts and diagrams in this report. you see one right here,
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pedestrian stops per 1,000 residents, 2010-2015. the white baltimore and the african-american baltimore. the african-americans are targeted on stops, searches and arrest. quote, ten people stopped, at least ten times or more, of those 410 people, 95% were african-american. 1 african-american man stopped 30 times. he was never criminally charged. carol, that was for loitering or trespassing. >> that's just unbelievable, jean. i just want to take a moment, and i want to read a portion of doj's report about a woman who was publicly stripped searched following a routine traffic stop for a missing headlight. here is what the doj says the officers did after pulling her over for that broken headlight. quote, this is from the
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department of justice report, officers ordered the woman to exit her vehicle, remove her clothes and stand on the sidewalk to be searched. the woman asked the male officer in charge, i really got to take all my clothes off. the male a officer replied, yeah, and ordered the female officer to strip search the woman. they pulled up her shirt and searched around her bra. finding no weapons or contraband, they pulled down her underwear and searched her anal cavity. they released the woman without charges. indeed, the woman received only a repair order for her headlight. the search occurred in full view of the street. although the supervising male officer claimed he turned away and did not watch the woman dis robe. after the woman filed a complaint, baltimore investigators corroborated the woman's story with testimony from several witnesses, and by recovering the female officer's
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latex gloves from the search location. officers conducted this highly invasive search, despite lacking any indication that the woman had committed a criminal offense, or possessed concealed contraband. the male officer who ordered the search received only a simple reprimand. jean, that's mind-boggling. >> reporter: that's one of so many examples. really trying to sicite the unconstitutional actions the police taken as well as the lack of accountability and control. and when you do those types of actions. now, at 10:30 this morning, there will be a press conference behind me in the city hall building, but the end result here is that there will be an agreement between the city of baltimore and the department of justice that will be court enforced of changes remedial instructions that have to be done and overtaken in the next
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several years, because they want to get baltimore back on the right course. really, this 163-page report really concludes, saying that there is a light at the end of the tunnel t will take years and millions of dollars, but they believe baltimore can become a community that is police effective and constitutional matter in the future, carol. >> jean, we will be covering the press conference live here in the "newsroom." prominent republicans crossing party lines, by a lifelong republican has no qualms about voting for hillary clinton, next.
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call now! the list of prominent republicans, refusing to stand behind donald trump is growing longer by the day. just this morning, the clinton campaign launched together for america, to recruit republicans and independents to their side. but many have already declared i'm with her. among them, three former cabinet secretaries, six current or
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former house and senate members, and a host of gop donors and business leaders. that includes chris sheas, his support for hillary clinton. welcome, sir. so did you ever think you would be sitting here on national television, saying i'm going to vote for a democratic? >> and i'm going to vote for hillary. no, i didn't. i didn't imagine that. but frankly, it has become an easy decision. trump lost me months ago, and then i decided to look at both conventions, and one was like, you know, hanger, you know, this kind of, you had this feeling like they were just making her out to be an absolute terrible person. and then you had the democrats, and hillary talking about how we need to come together. and then i began to think, i've been tough on her, more tough than she probably deserves, but i remember when i worked with her when she was a senator, she was a pleasure to work with.
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she was gracious, she was smart, she did her homework. and when she talked at the convention about bringing americans back together again and reaching out to republicans, i know she will do that. i know, because she knows she can't succeed without it. so my point is, she'll make government work again, which is something i think some republicans don't want. >> well, what would you say to those republicans who cannot support trump, but also cannot bring themselves to vote for hillary clinton? do you suppose all of them are telling the truth? will they sit on the sidelines? are they carrying out their responsibility as a u.s. citizen, by not voting for anyone? >> no, i mean, sometimes they can write a name in. they can vote for someone. and make a statement in the process. but i would encourage them to take a second look at hillary clinton. i would. she is smart. i mean, she is tough. what i love is she knows world leaders. she knows the country. she knows the world leaders. she knows the white house.
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i mean, think of what she knows about how the system works. she knows congress. and you know, with all the traveling she has done around the country for so many years since the early '90s, she knows the american people pretty well. >> here is the thing. some republicans would be listening to you say he is not really a republican. he is a moderate, right, air not conservative. >> i am a moderate republican. >> of course, would you vote for hillary clinton, no surprise there. >> no, there is a surprise. first off, most americans are in the middle of the political spectrum. they're not far left, they're not far right. they're in the middle of the political spectrum. they want government to work again. so you know, i consider myself a center right in terms of my perspective about things. >> what about her e-mail controversies? what about what the fbi director said about, you know, he said she was careless with with her e-mails? >> she was careless. she was. and you know, if i were advising her, i would simply say i blew, i learned a lesson and it won't
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happen again. that's the best answer. and you know, my wife and i were talking about how, you know, some people on both sides have to defend something that you can tell they're not comfortable defending. when i was in congress, i had a rule. we called it the community meeting rule. if i couldn't justify comfortably in a community meeting, we didn't do it. i empowered my staff to shut down whatever we were doing, if they thought we were doing that shouldn't happen. and i can give you one quick example. i said i wanted to go to the paris air show. my staffers said i don't think that's a good idea. i'm on my way to iraq, the public will understand. i'll be in iraq. in walks my chief of staff. shuts the door. hey, boss, let me get this straight. you're not on the transportation community, what are you going to say about why you were at the paris air show. i said i'm not going to the paris air show. >> just a final question, because you hear of this all the
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time. who -- you don't like mr. trump, that's clear, right? >> no, i think he -- >> who is responsible for -- >> i think he is dangerous. >> so who do you think is responsible for his candidacy? >> well, you know what, people who voted for him, frankly, a lot of good -- i had staff, not many, who voted for him. i had -- i have a family member. >> some people blame the republican party. >> well, some people simply want the status quo. some blame the press, because john kasich was my man. you guys ignored him and he was -- he didn't say the outrageous. he just, he never criticized anyone. he wasn't news like that. so with a little dig at you guys, i blame you too. >> thanks, sir, for stopping by. thank you, congressman shays. still to come in the "newsroom," the frontlines of syria civil war. we get inside access for the battle for aleppo.
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from the front lines of what some call one of the most decisive battles of syria's civil war the u.n. says the city of aleppo is suffering a horrific humanitarian tragedy. cnn gaining exclusive upclose to the battle, more now from cnn's frederik pletigen. >> reporter: salvo after salvo, they fire at an enemy only yards away, a massive assault eventually breaking the syrian
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regime siege of eastern aleppo, deemed all but impossible only a few days ago. put your hand from here, a fighter instructs a comrade. cnn has exclusively obtained this footage from the front line in a rare unified moment. rebels from both moderate and islamic groups attacked syrian army positions, pushing both from inside the besieged part of the city and from rebel-held territory to the west, they overwhelmed the regime's offenses. opposition activists say up to 7,000 fighters were involved. the lead group formerly under al qaeda's command. they released this drone video showing the extent and the intensity of the battle. >> translator: the importance of this battle is we broke the siege. they had us in their siege and now we have them under siege and we will cut off their supply
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line, thank god. >> reporter: rather than a ragtag band of rebels, this appears to be a disciplined fighting force. resting and regrouping near the front line. and then chanting -- [ speaking foreign language ] our prophet muhammad, our commander forever. as they march into battle. video from inside eastern aleppo showed civilians cheering the end of the siege. residents tell cnn many see the hard-line islamist groups as heroes braving pro-government forces and russian air power to come to the aid of 300,000 trapped people. but the u.n. warns, with still no guarantee of humanitarian access, both regime and rebel-held aleppo may suffer from even more severe shortages than in the past. after their unlikely victory, breaking the aleppo siege, these rebels now say they will take back all of the city. but the syrian regime and its allies are hitting back hard. both sides desperate to win
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olympic athletes making headlines and not just for their medals. oftentimes about those strange circles on their bodies. >> reporter: do you feel like you've started to see spots? no wonder. after olympic athletes showed up sporting them, we in the media went cupping crazy. >> this is not suitable for children. >> no, that's -- this is why. >> reporter: now our cupping runneth over with demonstrations. >> now you're doing two? >> reporter: cupping, using suction cup-like action to increase blood flow may be an
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ancient art but in 1964 when this medical ill strigs was done, they didn't have tv live shots. at least kvvu reporter mike doria didn't cup his bottom on tv. >> it's 7:00 in the morning, why wouldn't someone want to see my half naked body filled with what looked like pepperoni slices. >> reporter: network talent is exposing castlee ining calves, forearms. matt lauer tried to remove his cup after less than 30 seconds. looks like i got attacked by a horny octopus, tweeted one. celebs were into cupping long before the latest olympic craze. >> it looks like it hurts. does it hurt, tara? >> if you like hickeys, it's a little bit like that sensation. >> reporter: that set off charlie rose, pinching his co-host like a school boy. while we fixated on michael
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phelp's dots, his fixed stare seemingly aimed at a rival went viral, like father, like son. this cartoonist applied the cupping frenzy to the presidential race. we're using cupping to increase blood glow to his brain. well, it ain't working. even while being cupped, you can have say brain freeze. >> posture problems, even cocktail waitresses, they're on their back all day or on their feet all day. >> reporter: jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> all righty then. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" starts now. she gets to pick her judges. nothing you can do, folks. although the second amendment people, maybe there is, i don't know. >> i really, frankly, couldn't believe he said it. >> think it's a good thing for me because it's going to tell people more about me with respect to the second amendment because hillary clinton wants to
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essentially abolish the second amendment. and good morning, i'm carol costello, thank you so much for joining me. 30 minutes from now, the justice department will rip into the baltimore police department. set to reveal the findings more than a year-long investigation. a scathing report. the doj says the department has been engaging in a practice of the following. making unconstitutional stops, searches and arrests. discriminating against african-americans. using excessive force. and retaliating against free speech. we'll bring you that press conference live as soon as it starts. back to politics though, donald trump thrives on headlines and outrage but today there's a sobering gravitas in the often asked question, has he finally gone too far? at best, mr. trump has forced his fellow republicans to mop up another pr debacle. at worst, he has plunged to a new low, suggesting violence as the way to stop hillary clinton and her perceived threat to gun
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rights. >> if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. although the second amendment people, maybe there is, i don't know. >> cnn's jason carroll live in abington, virginia, where trump is due to speak later on today, good morning, jason. >> reporter: good morning to you, carol. a number of trump's critics saying he has to be held responsible for his words. help has to be heldable for his words. the reaction coming in from the clinton cam make pretty swiftly. clinton's campaign chairman weighing in on the controversy saying, quote this is simple what trump is saying is dangerous. a person seeking to be president of the united states should not suggest violence in any way. donald trump himself, he is on defense, speaking out about this last night, basically offering an explanation for what he said and how he says it was received.
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>> nobody in that room thought anything other than what you just said. this is a political movement. there's a tremendous power behind the second amendment. it's a political power. and there are few things so powerful, i have to say, in terms of politics, there is few things. and i happen to think if they actually did even bring this up, i think it's a good thing for me, because it's going to tell people more about me are with respect to the second amendment. hillary clinton wants to essentially abolish the second amendment. >> tim kaine also weighing in on this issue. condemning trump's remarks. also saying it was very clear to him what trump was saying. >> when i read the quote, i really, frankly, couldn't believe he said that. so i went to watch video of it and found he had said it exactly the way it was printed. nobody who is seeking a
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leadership position especially the presidency should do anything to count nance violence and that's what he was saying. >> also weighing in on this issue, want to briefly describe who she is. her mother was a principal at sandy hook elementary school. she died trying to protect students there during that horrific shooting in 2012. she tweeted to donald trump this morning. let me read you, you think gun violence is a joke, would love to tell you about mom's life and gruesome murder. you know, carol, there is an expression, it goes something like this. if you have to explain yourself for something you said, perhaps you should not have said that. but having said that, there are a number of people who attended that rally yesterday in wilmington who support donald trump. one man saying that his
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looseness in words may -- people may not always agree with his words, but his looseness in words is what exactly appeals to him in terms of dealing with donald trump, carol. >> all right, jason carol, reporting live from virginia this morning. the reaction to trump's comments has been scathing. the daieily news proclaiming th isn't a joke and the gop should abandon trump. the conservative columnist bill cristal writing, trump damaging everything he touches. he's now hurting the cause of the second amendment. and elizabeth warren, quote, donald trump makes death threats because he's a pathetic coward would can't handle the fact he's losing to a girl. another tweet, duagun vilolence no laughing matter. disarm trump. with me, cnn political commentator and former executive director of the congressional black caucus angela rye.
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former south dakota lieutenant governor andre bauer. and republican strategist. the cia director said when you're a candidate you're not only responsible for what you say but for what people hear. donald trump may have spoken clumsily but his words inspire. at the republican national convention, you were there too, his dire warnings over the second amendment inspired this group of men to show up and they were carrying semiautomatic weapons. perfectly legal. they said they meant no harm. but the cleveland police weren't happy about this. doesn't it show, andre, that words inspire, they have consequences? >> absolutely, they do. but, again it depends on the interpretation. nobody interpreted in the way it's now being spun. and if you look at the pattern of donald trump, he's never been
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a violent person. so you never see him ever try to encourage violence. once again, he was trying to motivate voters to get out and excited about this election. >> i was looking for the quote, mr. trump said, by the way, if she gets to pick -- if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. although the second amendment people, maybe there is, i don't know. when he said she gets to pick her judges, she only gets that after she's elected. >> he's saying look, this is an important election, you've got to get engaged. part of being at the rally is to encourage them to get out and get active and participate. we know second amendment folks are some of the most active people to participate in this. >> he's the law and order guy. if he sends this confusion
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message out, how can he then claim he's going to clean things up because he knows law and order? >> i don't think he in any way intended for it to be in any way encouraging violence. if you look at the people behind him, none of them were even -- they didn't change their facial expression -- >> that's not true, andre, that's just not true. the press honed in on this man's face, he's sitting to the right. he literally makes this face, he says wow, and looks at the lady nexts to him and laughs. there are absolutely facial expressions. some of the people chuckled. it's dangerous rhetoric. you said donald trump does not have a pattern and practice of encouraging violence, he's done that at some of his rallies. whether we're talking about a black lives matter protester, whether we're talking about donald trump saying he wishes he could punch a woman in the face, or we're talking about the man who he said he would pay his bail money, pay his legal fees after he punches that black man in the face in north carolina. he absolutely encourages
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violence. he doesn't rebuke it. he is absolutely responsible for the words he speaks and the actions of his su rt pores for not encouraging this kind of behavior. >> it is true that mr. trump mi says, oh, it was a joke. we have examples of that. i want you to listen with my viewers and comment on the other side. let's watch. >> she gets out, she starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions. you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever. now the poor guy, you got to see him, i don't remember. do you believe in punishment for abortion? >> the answer is that there has to be some form of punishment. >> for the woman? >> yeah, has to be some form. >> for ten years -- >> that i don't know. >> russia, if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing.
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>> so, ed, to all of those things, trump said, you know, people took it the wrong way. >> it all contributes to a negative stereo type he well deserves of someone who doesn't have a good filter, who is not measured who is not judicious, who gets -- who says things a serious person running for president ought not say. then, rather than own up to it and say, i made a mistake, maybe show a modicum of humility, he doubles down and he expects his surrogates to go out and have some sort of tortured relationship with the truth at best or lie at the worst and perpetuate his bad day, p perpetuate being off message, perpetuate his stereotype that's not working. he needs to broaden his appeal. >> speaking of surrogates, rudy giuliani appeared on "good
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morning america" this morning and he blamed the controversy squarely on the clinton spin machine, let's listen. >> i was there. like the people at home to realize that the first time that any of us had any idea that is the way it was interpreted is when the clinton spin machine interpreted that way, spun it out to a press that is willing to hit him every day, bang, bang, bang, and then ask -- >> in real time you had people like the former cia director -- >> it was after the clinton spin machine spun it out. within about eight minutes, bam, like that. what he intended is very simple. what he intended was they should vote against -- >> was the clinton spin machine to blame? >> no, these are reasonable american people watching this happen. there was someone in my twitter feed, just a regular person on twitter would said, did you see this. and i didn't believe this. i had to see this on the news before i believed it happened.
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i think he says crazy things all of the time. i thought this was beyond the pale. just like the secret service did. they tweeted they are paying attention to this. just like so many others. the clinton spin machine cannot be responsible for the republicans who have also come out against this type of rhetoric. it is very, very dangerous. it is not a joking matter. it's not a laughing matter. it's highly offensive. it is terribly treacherous. it's repprehensible. >> angela is right, the secret service says it is aware of the comments made earlier this afternoon. so whether mr. trump was joking or not -- >> well, they say they were aware. i'm sure they're aware of everything -- >> come on, andre, tweet about everything that's going on, come on you're reasonable. >> donald trump has said things you question. hillary clinton has a life of question -- we don't even know if some of them are alive today because of her actions. so you want to judge words or
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actions? >> i'm judging words and actions and i need you to do the same. i'm saying wow that you're reasonable because i'm shocked. you're someone who i highly respect as a commentator and i cannot believe speaking on the spin machine, i can't believe you're engaging in this. this is spin. it's not real life. this is not what a reasonable person would hear when they hear trump's remarks. this is highly toxic and dangerous rhetoric. it could be life threatening. this needs to be -- he needs to be accountable for his actions. people like you, a former elected official, needs to say this is the type of rhetoric we can't have in this country, as a patriot, andre. >> if i believed this was his intent, i wouldn't be defending him, i can tell you that. >> don't you think he said something he shouldn't have said? don't you think he ought to own up to it -- >> all of us understood it -- >> you know, as a -- trying to be a reasonable person, i would
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like him to verify and clarify. there was absolutely no intention, no intent -- >> he didn't say that, he didn't say it. >> he said it would be good for him because it would highlight hillary clinton's alleged attempts to abolish the second amendment. >> which is also not true. that's been debunked so many times. hillary clinton does not want to abolish the second amendment. andre, cab you at least acknowledge that? that's been debunked on politico fact. >> i'm definitely not going to sit -- >> he's not going to -- >> she's no friend of the second amendment. >> i'm just saying, at some point, we got to debate with facts. we have to utilize facts. >> i still love ya. >> you stick around, we're going to continue this conversation but i have to take a break. still to come in the "newsroom," hillary clinton is gaining in the polls but nagging questions remain about her too, specifically, her e-mail controversy, we'll talk about that next. she spent summer binge-watching.
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hillary clinton faces more scrutiny over a batch of newly released e-mail. specifically there was too chummy of a relationship between the clinton global foundation and the state department when mrs. clinton served as the nation's top diplomat. cnn justice correspondent pamela brown is live in washington with more for you. hi, pamela. >> hi there, carol. some of these heavily redacted e-mails raise questions about the clinton foundation influence on the state department during clinton's tenure. lobbying clinton aepd aides in state department for someone else. saying it is important to take care of. and then reassured by abiden
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that personnel has been sending him options. and then another e-mail in which band directs them to put a lebanese billionaire with the state department's, quote, substance person on lebanon, saying, as you know, he's a key guy there, and to us and is loved in lebanon, very important. it's unclear why that is, they were obtained by a judicial watch in a freedom of information act lawsuit. the trump campaign has seized on this new batch of e-mails, citing them as evidence of clinton being corrupt, clinton campaign spokesperson said there's no indication of foul play in these e-mails. saying neither of these e-mails involved the secretary or relate to the foundation's work. as we know, carol, the investigation into clinton's use of a private e-mail server while at the state department did not lead to charges. the clinton foundation was not part of that investigation. carol. >> pamela brown, thank you.
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my panel, angela r ye a former congressional black caucus executive director and andre bauer, a donald trump supporter and former south carolina lieutenant governor. welcome back, thanks for sticking around. so angela, this e-mail controversy, shouldn't mrs. clinton hold some sort of press conference, answer tough questions from reporters and call it a day? that would clear things up if she really didn't do anything wrong. >> let me ask this very simple question, what was her response in the e-mail? >> there was nothing wrong. >> my question is what was her response to these e-mails? there was no response -- >> let's be clear for viewers, it's a staffer at the clinton global initiative and a staffer, uma abadine. >> not acting in her official
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capacity. i know rudy giuliani in the earlier segment was talking about clinton spin. i think it's important when we are talking about e-mails. it's been so much. bernie sanders told us a long time ago, enough with the e-mails. what exactly happened. what was her role in the e-mails and why does it matter. if hillary clinton is not included in the e-mails in her response or anything else, why are we talking about that today. >> oh, come on, come on, angela. >> no, carol, carol -- >> -- right-hand woman -- >> but carol, these are -- >> hillary clinton is her boss. >> what i'm saying to you is someone as a former hill staffer, i want to know the role. i still do things to help my members today. if one of them wants an internship, i work to try to make that happen. that is not foul play. that's ensuring there are people who look like me that are placed in critical roles. i don't see anything wrong with this.
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maybe i'm missing context and i'm being very honest. i hope you now know i'm a truth teller. what exactly happened. and why do we -- >> i think the voters kind of want to know that too. >> i don't know the answer to it. i want to know more. >> andre, angela is right. there's no proof anything was wrong here. it's just like a sin situation almost. >> well, number one, do we wonder why the servers disappeared. of course we don't. there's a lot more that's been hidden. number two, this is pay to play at its highest. >> well, we don't know that, andre. >> she said we were broke when we left the white house. in 2014, she made 32, almost $32 million. >> relevance? >> and the clinton foundation, the money. i mean, the people want to know. this is hierarchy -- this shows the corruption at the highest money where you can spend money and political power will get you what you need. >> all right, i want to turn the corner now and talk about the father of the orlando terrorist
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that showed up at a clinton rally. he sat right behind her. his son killed 49 people at the pulse nightclub. angela. >> yes, yes. >> rudy giuliani, a trump supporter, says hillary clinton's soft stance on islamic extremism is why mr. matin supports hillary clinton and attended her rally. your thoughts. >> so rudy giuliani's remarks are obscene and he ought to be ashamed. this is the type of mistake by advance staffers that can never, ever happen. what's more unfortunate about this particular rally, carol, is hillary clinton had just met with some of the victims family members of the orlando shooting. so this is just a horrible egregious mistake. we can't afford it, particularly on a day when we're talking about second amendment rights and how folks would use them. this is not the type of news story that any clinton campaign staffer wants to see.
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i would just say my heart goes tout simone because i know this is not the type of thing she wants to see reported especially after they had several successful events in florida. >> so does that explanation fly with you, andre? >> well, i would question this. look, any time i've gone, even when i was a lieutenant governor of a state. i had to provide my social security number, my name -- >> at a rally? >> with thousands of people at a rally have to do that -- >> full security detail -- they just don't let people -- >> that's not true for rally, andre. i will give you that for town halls but not for a large rally. i've never heard of any common citizen having to provide their social security number to attend a rally. if you're talking about being in a clutch or an event where you get to meet firsthand, absolutely. lining that stage for diversity, age, gender -- >> -- when they have people that
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close to a presidential candidate, they do a background check usually -- >> i've never heard that for a rally. >> so the bottom line here, andre, is what rudy giuliani intimated, is terrorists around the world are somehow attracted to mrs. clinton's rally, somehow, what, she supports what? >> well, i think they realize with donald trump, they got a guy that is going to come down -- he not going to be as soft as this administration, nor the clinton administration would be. i think clearly she demonstrates the type of america she would like to see where we aren't as tough on our borders, where we are willing to be as tough on our enemies. she clearly aligns with the type of candidate she would like to see in office. >> the type of candidate that would be president obama killing osama bin laden.
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>> you got me there, angela. >> i know. >> andre, thanks to both of you. >> thanks, andre, you're still my friend. >> see you, darling. >> still to come in the "newsroom," unlawful strip searches. in moments, a blistering new report detailing the doj's investigation of baltimore's police department. craftsman turs an ordinary experience into an extraordinary one. get great offers at the lexus golden opportunity sales event. lease the 2016 es 350 for $329 a month for 36 months and we'll make your first month's payment. see your lexus dealer. (lion♪it's peyton on sunday mornings.♪ (peyton) you know with directv nfl sunday ticket you can watch your favorite team no matter where you live. like broncos or colts. (cashier) cool. (peyton) ah...18. the old number. ooh. i have got a coupon for that one. (vo) get nfl sunday ticket - only on directv. and watch live games anywhere.
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and good morning, i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. justice department officials about to tell the people of baltimore the city's police department is riddled with racism and uses of excessive force. cnn's jean casarez is standing
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by. we're waiting for that press conference. when it begins, of course, we'll both stop talking, but you take it away. >> here's the thing i think we need to remember. this investigation and now this report from the department of justice is not about the freddie gray case. that investigation continues into any potential civil rights violations to freddie gray. but this is about the overall baltimore police department. and, really, the headline is that the pattern and practice of this department is to exercise unconstitutional actions toward the people of baltimore primarily focused on the african-american community, quote, making unconstitutional arrests, stops, searches and arrests, discrimination against african-americans, using excessive force and restraining against free speech. those that want to exercise free speech. it also says the training of these officers, in that training, that law that is unconstitutional, is used as good law in how to train them,
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saying, quote, driven by systemic deficiencies in baltimore police department's policies, training, supervision and accountability. structures that fail to equip officers with the tools they need to police effectively and within the bounds of federal law. they also go on to say that stops, searches, arrests, primarily directed at african-americans, are unconstitutional. you can see the amount of times that african-americans are stopped, searched and arrested as far as in comparison to the white population. they also say there are two distinct baltimores, black baltimore and white baltimore. they say, quote, 410,000 people stopped at least ten times or more of those 410 people, 95% were african-american, one african-american man stopped 30 types, never criminally charged.
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because of loitering or trespassing. we do have to remember here, the six officers charged because of the death of freddie gray, their charges have been dropped, dismissed, any outstanding charges, that criminal case is now over. >> all right, jean casarez, stand by. billy murphy is here, the attorney for freddie gray's family. tom fuentes, former fbi director, and laura coates, cnn legal analyst and former federal prosecutor. you represent the gray family. is this report somehow vindication? >> yes, it's what the black community's been saying for the last 100 years. and the problem has been widespread white indifference. we've been characterized as whiners and complainers. this problem has actually gotten worse in the past ten years.
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and a couple of points, that jump out from the report that should shock even the most grizzled veterans in the system. this is an overwhelmingly ride-spread pattern of illegal behavior by hundreds of cops. so we have to re-examine whether or not most cops are good and look at the numbers. it looks like a huge number of cops are bad. they're tied to the old ways of doing things that come from the years of racism. and so we may have to look at a more radical solution to this police department in baltimore. this isn't something that we can fix only by retraining. it's something that we have to really do in terms of replacing most of these police officers like they did in camden, new jersey, with great results. so it's a huge problem, much
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bigger than we ever thought. >> tom, billy is right, it is a huge problem, because this is a scathing report. it says officers failed to report sexual assault, used excessive force against meantally ill people, used the "n" word with no repercussions, used unreasonable force against juveni juveniles. >> first of all, mr. murphy and i had long conversations in baltimore a year ago during the riots that were occurring there. and i have to agree with much of what he says, that there needs to be a larger overall of this department, you know, first of all, you've had a black mayor. you had a black police chief at the time. 55% of the department are minorities. but yet we're not looking at how are the applicants to be cops selected. what kind of screening. do they try to weed out people with sociopathic tendencies that
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are going to be badp cou compps street. if he has those character faults, it's going to be permanent almost. you have to look at the discipline, the training, anything else that goeses into that department, to build a quality group of officers that know the law, know the constitution, and respect the people that they're serving in that community. >> okay. so that's a towering -- i don't know, that's a huge challenge. so i'll ask you this. baltimore city already has a new police chief. it has a new mayor. but what happens now once this report is made public as is going to happen in just a few minutes. what happens then? they've already started changing things. >> they have. >> is it enough. >> you have all these new things happening. what is not new is the fourth amendment. apparently according to this report, the fourth amendment does not exist in baltimore. you've got unreasonable stops,
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searches. no respect for what their constitutional rights are. the next step the department is going to look at is to say, look, we've got to actually effectuate change. you have to pay up financially for training. you also have to have a complete overa overhaul of the training. but that does not mean you have to learn something new. you've got to actually adhere to the fourth amendment that says you can't just walk up to somebody and stop them or strip search them when you feel like it -- >> all right, i have to stop you because the baltimore mayor stephanie ralings is about to speak and the police commissioner kevin davis is there and also someone from the justice department. ven nita gupta will detail the report. let's listen. >> acknowledge police commissioner kevin davis, baltimore city council president jack young as well. today marks an posh step on our path to reform.
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with the release of its findings report the justice department is sharing with the community, with the city government and with our police department the conclusions of its 14-month long investigation, an inquiry that i asked for last may. the findings are challenging to hear. but let me be clear i never sugarcoat problems. nor will i run away from pressing challenges. the report identifies specific problems in the department. the transparency of the report offers crucial -- crucial foundation, if we are going to move forward. because i believe transparency is the only true foundation upon which we can rebuild community trust. policing issues have taken on a new urgency in the national discussion and in light of the
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tragic shootings of recent week, as well as the developments in our own city. it's so very important that we get this right. the report's assessment and follow-up to it will help us heal the relationship between our police and our communities. i also want to be clear we have not been standing still while this inquiry is under way. indeed, some reforms began before i asked the department of justice to investigate the department. the city has taken first steps in a long path to reform and we've begun to see real benefits. our police department is also making significant changes. the community is providing valuable insight. and officers and citizens are working together to improve our communities and the policing that is happening within them. we have a very long journey ahead of us. and i'm grateful we could begin this process of meaningful change while i'm there.
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i'd like to turn it over now to principal deputy assistant attorney general mriss gupta. >> good morning. i'd like to start by thanking the mayor and commissioner. for their cooperation and their leadership throughout the justice department's investigation. i also want to thank my outstanding team from the civil rights division from their tireless and focused efforts. 15 months ago in the aftermath of freddie gray's tragic death, we talked to community members, police officers, police union leaders and city officials about the challenges related to policing in the city of baltimore. 4 the mayor, members of the city council, members of congress and residents asked us to open a pattern of practice investigation into the baltimore police department, which we launched last may of 2015. since then, we talked to residents in every corner of baltimore, from roland park to
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san town. we interviewed command staff and rank and file. we participated in ride-alongs in each police district. we met with leaders of police union, religious organizations, advocacy groups, neighborhood associates and reviewed their reports and publications. with law enforcement and statistical experts, we reviewed thousands of pages of documents covering 2010 to 2016, including policies and training materials, internal affairs data, data on stop searches and arests and use of force reports. and nichely everyone who spoke to us from the baltimore city fraternal order of police who showed us their '12 report blueprint for policing to the residents who shared serious concerns. everyone agreed that the baltimore police department needed sustainable reform. the mayor and commission ver been aware of the findings report details.
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i want to comment them for that. we recognize the challenges that are faced by police officers in baltimore be an other communities around the country. every day, police officers risk their lives to uphold the law and keep our community safe. investigatory stops arrests and infeed at times force are necessary tools used by pd officers to do their jobs and protect the safety of themselves and all of us. providing policing services in many parts of baltimore is particularly challenging. where residents and often certains regularly confront complex social and economic challenges rooted in poverty, racial segregation, deficient educational employment and housing opportunities. residents like police officers want to address these challenges, they want to fight crime and want to ensure public safety. our guide to policing admits these realities must be the constitution and federal anti-discrimination law. today the department of justice
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announces the outcome. and issues 163-page report detailing findings. we conclude there's reasonable cause to believe bpd engagings in a pattern of practice of conduct that violates the federal law. engages in a practice of making unconstitutional stops, searches and arrests. using enforcement strategies that produce severe and unjustified disparities in the rates of stops, searches and arrests of african-americans. using excessive force. retaliating against people engaging in constitutionally protected expression. these violations have deeply eroded the mutual trust between bpd and the community it serves. trust that is essentially to effective policing as well as to officer and public safety. the problems in baltimore didn't happen overnight. or appear in a day. the pattern of practice that we found results from long-standing
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systemic deficiencies in the bpd. the agency failed to provide officers with suffer fishant policy, guidance and training to collect data of officer activities and to hold officers accountable for misconduct. failed to provide officers with the necessary equipment and resources they need to do police safely constitutionally and effectively. but these systemic failures alone didn't cause the problem. the police department's zero tolerance street enforcement policy became a quest to produce large numbers of enforcement actions, pedestrian stops in particular, often without enough consideration of their limited impact on solving crime and their caustic damage to community relationships. with today's city leaders -- while today's city leaders have recognized these issues, many in the pd continue to follow this strategy. only 3.7% of the police department's more than 300,000 pedestrian stops from january
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2010 to may of 2015 resulted in officers issuing a citation or making an arrest. many of these stops and the resulting frisks lacked constitutional justification. and many of discretionary arrests were simply street clearing activities. rejecting charges made by officers because they lacked probable cause. the city's african-american residents and african-american neighborhoods bore the brunt of this activity. out of the data we surveyed, the police department made roughly 44% of its stops in two small predominantly african-american districts that contain only 11% of the city's population. african-american's accounted for 95% of the 410 individuals the police department stopped at least ten times. indeed, one african-american man was stopped 30 times in less than four years with none of the stops resulting in a citation or
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a criminal charge. we also found a pattern and practice of excessive force. officers frequently resorted to physical force when a person did not respond to verbal commands even when the person pose nod imminent threat to the officer or others. officers were ended up in unnecessarily violent confrontations with people with mental health disabilities. we have seen communities throughout the people that improved policies and enhanced training and deescalation in dealing with people in crisis can actually enhance officer safety and reduce the need for force. bpd also violated the first amendment. officers frequently detained and arrested members of the public for engaging in speech that officers perceived to be critical or disrespectful. and bpd officers used force against members of the public who were engaging in protected speech. finally, although this pattern and practice investigation did not review the specific
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circumstances surrounding freddie gray's death, we did investigate bpd's transfer practices and our report identifies concerns about the safety risks and lack of data in bpd's transport practices. we also identified deficiencies in the way bpd investigates sexual assaults. policing that violates the constitution or federal law severely undermines community trust. and blanket assumptions or stereotypes about certain neighborhoods can lead to resentment of the police. resentment can protect the type of effective policing that is needed to keep communities and officers safe. we found incident reports that documented how witnesses wouldn't share basic information with officers. we read several reports where the person who had originally called the police or needed assistance refused to cooperate after becoming upset by the police response. and when residents don't trust the police, the distrust makes it harder for officers to prevent and solve crimes. proactive policing does not have
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to lead to these consequences. when the community trusts the police, residents work with law enforcement to ensure public safety. effective proactive policing is community policing. it requires a different set of tactics then those employed by baltimore for many years. i'd like to take this opportunity to speak directly to the men and women of the baltimore police department. we know that the vast majority of officers in the baltimore police department work hard. they work hard to provide vital services and abide by the constitution. we have seen you run toward danger to protect the community you serve and we are grateful. we also know that to do your job well, to meet the highest standards of the profession, you need clear policies. you need state of the art training. you need to be supported by today's technology. in the 21st century that means computers in your cars and other modern equipment to do your job
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well. you need to have adequate staffing and material resources to get the job done. you need to know you will be recognized for the work you do and treated fairly when your work is challenged. in baltimore, we see a city that is filled with vibrant, strong communities invested in their future. it's a city determined to engage in the tough but vital work that's needed to build reform. already, baltimore has begun to build that foundation for reform. the police department has initiated changes to its policies, training, data management and accountability systems. these are really positive developments and a testament to the mayor and to the commissioner, commissioner davis' leadership. to help support these changes during our investigation, the justice department's office of community oriented policing services and office of justice prop gr programs provided federal resources to the police department, city officials and community lieder er leaders. i want to applaud city officials
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for their partnership. the justice department and the city have entered an agreement in principle that identifies the type of reforms that we plan to address as we prepare to negotiate a court enforceable independently monitored decree. the city and police department have shown their commitment to moving forward. the just a framework. in the coming months, we'll negotiate a comprehensive descent decree with the city. meeting with and reaching out to community members and law enforcement to hear their ideas, your ideas, about the kind of police department you want ton see in your community. we need the energy of this entire community to help us craft those details in our descent decree and to drive real and lasting change in the city so we urge all of you to remain engaged. police reform won't happen overnight. or by chance.
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these problems were not created overnight. it's going to take time and require focused effort and sustained commitment. in communities across america, even in communities where trust has been broken, we have seen transformative reform rebuild relationships and advance public safety. in the days ahead, because of the proactive leadership in this city, because of the energy and vibrancy of this community, and because of the police department's desire for reform, together, we can shape that same progress right here in baltimore. together, we can build a stronger baltimore, a baltimore that protects the rights, safety and dignity of all. thank you very much. at this time, i'd like to turn it over to the mayor. >> thank you very much. again, i want to thank the deputy assistant attorney general. so in consultation with policing experts and stakeholders in the community, we have revised 26 key policies, including the department's important use of force policy.
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we're now training all of our officers on these new policies. and we've held additional trainings on key issues that the justice department has identified. we are revamping our approach to officer accountability. including the way that we -- that the use of force by officers is reviewed and how officers are disciplined. a number of initiatives are under way to improve the police department's transparency and to encourage officers to actively engage with the communities they serve. ways to explore and implement constructive citizen inclusion in the department's disciplinary process remain under active discussion. finally, we're investing in technology and infrastructure to modernize our police department. the bpd has begun retrofitting transport vans to improve safety for occupants as well as our officers as well as installing recording cameras inside of our transport vans. we've completed a body-worn
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camera program and we continue to roll out cameras for all of the officers within the next two years. much work remains to be done. and change will not happen overnight. but our efforts have started the necessary process of change and reform in baltimore. they reaffirm the city's commitment to a police department that both protects our citizens as well as respect their rights. in this hope and expectation, i know that i'm joined by city council -- the city council and particularly our city council president jack young who have supported our work with the department of justice to improve our police department. again, i thank principal deputy assistant attorney general gupta for the justice department's recognition of our reform efforts and i appreciate her acknowledgement of our extraordinary cooperation with
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the department as it conducted its investigation. i pledged that my administration would do everything in my power, in our power, to cooperate with the investigation. and we're pleased that as a result of our work together, the investigation has been completed in 14 months. at a very rapid pace for an investigation of a police department of our size. we committed ourselves to working with the department of justice and we're grateful to have earned its trust. our police commissioner and h el have worked to steer the police department on a path of true reform. i'm confident that the findings report as a blueprint, with the findings report as a blueprint and the partnership of the department of justice, i'm confident that the baltimore city police department will
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become a model department for our country. again, i want to thank the department of justice team. i want to thank my police department. i want to thank my staff. and our council for the hard work through this process. we will continue to work together so baltimore can move as quickly as possible toward full-scale implementation of the recommended reforms. over the next few months, we will put in place a concrete plan for change, as well as concrete plans for a new culture for the good of the city, for the good of the police department and for the good of the people the department protects. thank you very much. commissioner davis. >> thank you. first and foremost i want to thank the mayor for leadership. change is painful. growth is painful. nothing is as painful as being stuck in a place that we do not
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belong. it is critically important for me to say in my opening remarks this report is not an indictment on every man and woman that has the privilege of wearing this uniform, this patch and this badge. this report is, however, an indictment of those bad behaviors by a relatively small number of police officers over many, many years. there are officers right now that are just as offended as we are to see the details that are laid out in this report. why? because they wear this uniform proudly and they serve the citizens of baltimore honorably each and every day. we know that our citizens are outraged at some of the details included in this report. and they should be. citizens can't be expected to respect an agency if the trust of that agency is breached.
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there are several instances in this report in which that fragile trust has been breached. some of the more egregious acts described in the report, action has been taken and those police officers have been removed and no longer work for the baltimore police department. throughout this report, the doj commends mayor rawling blake for her steadfast reform. are we there yet? of course we're not there yet. but some actions have no negotiation attached to them. that includes racial discrimination, sexual orientation, discrimination, or any kind of bias-based policing or criminal misconduct by police officers. to the citizens of baltimore, our professional men and women will continue to serve you. we will continue to go after those who are choosing to harm
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our communities with guns, with drugs, with violence and with other criminal acts. but we will do it in a lawful and respectful way. it's done that way in cities and towns across this country each and every day and, quite frankly, it's done in baltimore that way each and every day. those who choose to wear this uniform and choose to blatantly disregard someone's rights absolutely should be uncomfortable. because we are not going to tolerate it. it's your actions that are fostering fear and resentment in our communities and making it extremely difficult and dangerous for the vast majority of honorable men and women who serve in our very noble profession. an obvious question that will inevitably be asked of me and the mayor and others is are we
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surprised by the findings of this report. the answer is quite simple for me. i'm very, very concerned by some of the information contained in this detailed report. i have no tolerance for any person who is privileged enough to wear this uniform if they choose to engage in racist sexist discriminatory or biased-based policing. without a doubt, web will become a model for the rest of this nation. i formally believe that. we haven't just sat back waiting for doj to tell us about our short comings. we've worked to enact significant changes and reforms before we arrived here before you today. with our agreement in principles, we've worked out a detailed road map for a path ahead. i'm looking forward to our partnership and moving forward. as i've said a number of times this isn't something that we're doing to police


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