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also when it comes to returning to the office, we talked to the bay area council. we'll see you today at 4:00. tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. the mayor of chicago calling for calm tonight. the police body cam just released, and it's difficult. it appears to show a 13-year-old boy turning and raising his hands before a fatal police shooting. you can hear the officer demanding to see his hands. the boy turning. the officer fires a shot. the officer said the 13-year-old had a gun. what was found at the scene. our chief justice correspondent pierre thomas standing by tonight. hot spots flairing up. new cases in the u.s. climbing more than 30% in a month. in michigan alone, in some places they are setting up outdoor triage center again, running out of room in hospitals. also tonight, the ceo of
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pfizer suggesting americans will need a third shot, a booster within 12 months of getting vaccinated. also for the first time tonight we hear from chauvin, what he says -- not testifying in his face. kim potter, who fired the fatal shot. tonight, the biden administration hitting russia with sweeping new sanctions after that massive cyberattack that went on for months, hacking into federal agencies and private companies and for interfering in u.s. elections. expelling diplomats. russia warning it will respond. the image from the southern border tonight, a 2-year-old dangle, dropped by asmuggler from a border wall into the u.s. overseas, rare images from buckingham palace and news tonight on prince philip's
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funeral saturday morning. here at home, the major league home run. the fan, the nachos, and what the player has now done. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. we begin with the mayor of chicago urging calm after very difficult police body cam video was released today in a case that already made national headlines. the fatal police shooting of a 13-year-old boy. the officer had been responding to report of shots fired, encountering two suspects, chasing one of them, that 13-year-old boy, down an alley. the officer's body camera capturing that encounter. the 13-year-old appearing to stop and turn at one point, appearing to raise his hands. the officer fires the shot. the officer said the suspect had a gun. a still image from that video tonight, adam toledo, his hands
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raised. authorities say a handgun was found feet away. lori lightfoot saying it was an unwinnable situation. but saying the city, quote, failing the boy. the mayor calling for calm tonight. pierre thomas leading us off with the images, and again, we warn the video is difficult to watch. >> reporter: you're about to witness a tragedy unfold in the blink of an eye. just after 2:00 in the morning on march 29th, chicago police respond to reports of shots fired. >> chicago emergency, travis. >> hi, um, i just heard gunshots. >> about how many shots did you hear? >> a lot. more than five. >> reporter: an officer arrives at the scene, body camera rolling. he chases one of the two suspects, racing through an alley in hot pursuit, shoving a bystander aside during the chase. then suddenly a confrontation. the officer yelling to see the suspects hands. the suspect stopping and turning
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quickly. the officer fires a shot. the officer begins cpr, but it's too late. when the confusion is over, we learn the suspect is only 13 years old. his name is adam toledo. the officer has said the boy had a gun in his hand. you can see a handgun a few feet away from the young man along this fence. but at the critical moment in some of the videos when the shot was fired it's hard to see any gun in the boy's hands. an investigation is ongoing to determine what happened. today chicago's mayor said it's all too much -- a boy out in the city in the wee hours with an adult. a handgun in the mix. an unwinnable situation with an almost predictable terrible ending. >> in the middle of the night, this child was in contact with an adult who had a gun. there are a number of forces that met up at 2:30 in the morning on march 29th in an alley. and simply put, we failed adam. >> and pierre thomas with us tonight live from washington. what more have you learned,
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pierre? >> reporter: the officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation. as for family members, their attorneys released a joint statement with the mayor saying the release of the video is a first step toward healing, and david, they're calling for peace. >> pierre thomas leading us off tonight. pierre, thank you. we turn next to the coronavirus in the u.s. tonight. the ceo of pfizer now suggesting americans will need a third shot, a booster shot, within a year of being vaccinated. that suggestion comes amid worrisome new numbers tonight. hot spots flaring up as the variants spread. climbing 30% in a month. in michigan, hospitals are overwhelmed. some setting up outdoor triage centers like we saw in the middle of the pandemic. in a heated exchange, anthony fauci asking when americans will get their freedom back. fauci answering, this is not about liberty, it's about lives
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lost. >> reporter: tonight, a growing emergency in michigan. beaumont health system overwhelmed with 800 covid patients, now setting up outdoor triage centers to handle the surge. >> we currently are in our third surge, which is just like a runaway train right now. >> reporter: 24 of michigan's hospitals are at 90% capacity. >> the health-care workers are tired, they're frustrated. they're being told to do more with less. >> reporter: across the country covid cases climbing 31% in the last month. and today, frustration boiling over on capitol hill. dr. fauci facing off with congressman jim jordan. >> when do americans get their freedom back? >> when we get the level of infection in this country low enough that it is not a really high -- >> what is low enough? give me a number. >> reporter: dr. fauci saying it's not about liberties.
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>> right now we have about 60,000 infections a day, which is a very large risk for a surge. we're not talk about liberties. we're talking about a pandemic that has killed 560,000 americans. >> reporter: the ceo of pfizer saying americans will likely need a booster -- a third shot within 12 months of getting fully vaccinated and that it's possible they will need to get vaccinated every year. this after a cdc advisory panel extended a pause on the johnson & johnson vaccine to investigate rare blood clots in six women. the followoall outswift. some vaccination sites already seeing a dip in demand. >> it's pretty unfortunate, because there's so much fear about the vaccines already. >> reporter: many of the 7,000 locations that were only offering johnson & johnson now scrambling to make other vaccines available. but the extended pause getting pushback from some health experts worried about vaccine confidence. >> if it comes to be that there are people who don't get a vaccine because they were only going to get the johnson & johnson vaccine or don't get covid vaccines in
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general, then we've done harm. then in the name of caution, we've actually put people in a riskier situation. >> the picture across the nation. whit, you reported pfizer ceo predicting americans might need a third shot, a booster within a year of being vaccinated. tonight, new data out on how many people have been infected with the virus after being vaccinated, and the number is very low, which is encouraging. >> reporter: david, they're called breakthrough infections and the new numbers we're getting from the cdc show of the 6 million americans who have now been fully vaccinated, there wre only 5,800 covid cases. that represents just .008% of the fully vaccinated population. more evidence of how effective these vaccines within. david? >> whit johnson on the coronavirus tonight. whit, thank you. to the other news tonight and the trial of officer derek chauvin in the george floyd case. chauvin speaking for the first time in court today as he invoked his fifth amendment
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right against self-incrimination, telling the judge he will not take the stand. alex perez from minneapolis. >> reporter: former police officer derek chauvin today, for the first time, speaking in court. declaring he won't testify in his own defense. telling his lawyer and the judge he was invoking his fifth amendment right against self-incrimination. >> i have repeatedly advised you that this is your decision and your decision alone. right? >> correct. >> we have gone back and forth on the matter, would be kind of an understatement, right? >> yes, it is. >> have you made a decision today whether you intend to testify or whether you intend to invoke your fifth amendment privilege? >> i will invoke my fifth amendment privilege today. >> reporter: chauvin's lawyer then resting his case, but the prosecution wasn't finished. they called a rebuttal witness to challenge the new defense theory that george floyd's death may have been caused in part by inhaling carbon monoxide from the tailpipe of the police vehicle. >> it's simply wrong. >> reporter: dr. martin tobin,
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an expert on lung function and breathing, who previously testified for the prosecution, returning to the stand today. he told the jury carbon monoxide levels in floyd's blood were normal. >> and it was at most 2%. >> at most 2%. >> normal? >> i mean, which is normal. >> reporter: and, david, the jury will be sequestered during deliberations, which could begin as early as monday afternoon. the judge telling jurors they should pack a bag, plan for long, but hope for short. david? >> alex perez again tonight. thank you, alex. not far from the minneapolis trial, the other nation for the former police officer now charged in the shooting death of 20-year-old daunte wright. kim potter face a charge of second-degree manslaughter, appearing via zoom today. daunte wright's parents watching the hearing. here's stephanie ramos tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the parents of daunte wright watching as the former police officer who allegedly mistook her gun for a taser, killing
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their son, appeared for her first court hearing. >> it's is very hurtful to see she's just sitting there. >> reporter: the news media not allowed to record the feed. kim potter now facing a single charge of second-degree manslaughter, only responding "yes" to the judge's questions over zoom. the wright family describing their anguish. you just left the zoom hearing for officer potter. >> mm-hmm. >> reporter: how did that feel to see her? >> it hurt really bad. i have hatred, anger, sadness. there's so many emotions going >> potter, who resigned this week after 26 years on the brooklyn center force, released from jail overnight after posting $100,000 bond. the criminal complaint alleging that while trying to arrest wright for an outstanding warrant after a traffic stop
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over the weekend -- >> taser, taser, taser! >> reporter: she fired her gun instead of deploying her taser, hitting the 20-year-old once. this isn't the first time a police officer has allegedly mistaken their gun for a taser. since 2001, there have been at least 13 similar instances. only two convictions resulted from those cases. >> the challenge for prosecutors here is going to be proving that she consciously took chances of causing death or great bodily harm. consciously. doesn't mean intended to do it. >> my brother, my sister need this woman to be convicted. if we can have life we want life. we got to go life without him! >> reporter: former officer potter is out on bond but is scheduled to be back in court next month. david? >> stephanie ramos with us from minneapolis again tonight. thank you, stephanie. now to the u.s. and russia. tonight the biden administration hitting russia with sweeping sanctions after that massive cyberattack that went on for months, hacking into federal agencies and private american companies. and for interfering in u.s.
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elections. tonight, russia says it will respond, and here's our senior white house correspondent mary bruce. >> reporter: president biden today announcing sweeping actions to punish russia for interfering in the 2020 presidential election and hacking into multiple u.s. government agencies and major private companies, like microsoft. >> we will always stand in defense of our country, our institutions, our people, and our allies. >> reporter: the u.s. imposing sanctions on dozens of entities and individuals and expelling 10 russian diplomats from washington. biden says the response is in kind, but is warning he could do more. >> we could have gone further, but i chose not to do so. i chose to be proportionate. we want a stable, predictable relationship. >> reporter: the u.s. is also ratcheting up the pressure on russia's continued occupation of crimea and reports russia offered bounties to militants in afghanistan to kill american troops. responding today, the russian foreign ministry called the u.s.' actions unacceptable and
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is promising a series of retaliatory measures will follow in the near future. >> let's bring in mary tonight. president biden sanctioning russia, but at the same time in recent days inviting vladimir putin to meet face-to-face in the coming months, trying to forge some sort of a working relationship here. >> reporter: david, the president is walking a bit of a fine line here. he's trying to punish russia while also trying to move forward in what he described today as a, quote, candid and respectful conversation, biden invited putin to meet face-to-face this summer to discuss areas where they can work together going forward. tonight that meeting is still under discussion. david? >> we'll see where this goes. mary bruce, thank you. back at home to the southern boarder and the new and troubling image this evening, a 2-year-old boy dropped by a smuggler from a 18-foot border wall into the u.s. tonight here, the story behind that boy and the thousands of children now here. here's our chief national correspondent matt gutman. >> reporter: tonight, that
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jarring video, a 2-year-old dangling over that 18-foot border wall and then dropped by a smuggler into the arms of an adult. border patrol releasing the video, noting the child was not injured, but could easily have been killed. it's the latest in a spate of videos showing children either dropped over that border wall, or abandoned by smugglers in remote areas of the 2,000-mile u.s./mexico border. the mask of terror worn by this 10-year-old nicaraguan boy in a video that has gone viral, describing the crisis of so many. the boy and his mother had crossed into the u.s. last month but they were deported. his uncle telling univision. that's when he says both the boy and his mother were kidnapped and held for ransom. the uncle tells us he was able to come with only half of the $10,000 ransom. the boy, was released but not his mother. tonight we learn she too is out, telling univision she has spoken with her son and that her kidnappers told her it was no longer convenient for her to
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stay with them, and they left her in an unfamiliar place. david, i just spoke with the family attorney who says that boy's mother could be days away from crossing into the u.s. to have her asylum claim heard and that boy could be released into the custody of his uncle. >> matt, thank you. in the meantime, next tonight, efforts to expand the supreme court by some democrats. but tonight, house speaker nancy pelosi saying she won't support it, saying she won't bring that bill to the floor, saying the president's infrastructure bill is her priority. earlier today, some congressional democrats introduced a bill to add four more justices of the high court, accusing republicans of stealing seats to build a conservative majority. to the economy, new numbers that show america on the mend. just 576,000 people filed for unemployment benefits last week.
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>> finally tonight here, the home run, the nachos and the fan still smiling. >> reporter: it was the bottom of the third, the l.a. dodgers versus the colorado rockies and jus d justin turner. >> way back. and gone! >> reporter: a home run right into the nachos. the fan smiling. >> i think it's nacho cheese. >> reporter: and of course the replay. >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: the ball going right through his hands, right inis erywt s n holding up the ball. afterward, that third baseman, justin turner. >> i felt bad. i'm sure it was not a $2 plate of nachos, so i wanted to
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replace them for the guy. >> reporter: with us tonight, that fan still holding that ball. >> i want to thank the time to thank j.t., because as soon as it happened, he had somebody come over and replace my nachos. >> reporter: by the way, brando telling us that moment led to family and phone calls he's missed during the pandemic. >> i have been getting ton of supportive messages from friends, family, people that i haven't talked to in a really long time, so it's nice to hear from those people. >> reporter: smiling through it all. send over some new nachos and you hear from family and friends, too. the all's well that ends well. good night.
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>> we are in a race vaccinating as many people as we can, and the resurgence of the virus in the state of california. they have the sixth highest administered doses of any nation. today the state expanded vaccinations to everybody over the age of 16, look at these lines. all of the people turning out to get their shot. good afternoon, thanks for joining us, i am very field. san francisco listened more restricted, including allowing indoor ticketed performances with capacity limits and proof of vaccination or negative test. the ceo of pfizer said they will likely need of the vaccine within a year, and then annual shots. yesterday the u.s. set a record for the number of vaccinations reported in a day,
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with 3 1/2 million. 16 million californians are officially eligible for the vaccine shot today, the states might turn site has been upgraded in order to handle the influx of appointment stephanie sierra is live and tracking it for all of us. stephanie, how is it going with the website? >> challenging, we have been on it all day, in fact we have a whole team on it. i have been working with my colleagues lindsay and adam, and just a few minutes ago, adam found two opponents available, in napa county within 15 seconds, they were gone. >> it is vaccination, meaning every eligible californian can get, can now access the administration. >> reporter: as 60 million californians become eligible for the vaccine, the state limited supply has left a slim opportunity to snag a spy. abc7 has searched the states might turn site, and other


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