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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 says the 13-year-old had a gun. what was found at the scene. our chief justice correspondent pierre thomas standing by tonight. also this evening, the coronavirus here in the u.s. hot spots now flaring up. new cases in the u.s. climbing more than 30% in a month. in michigan alone, in some places they are now setting up outdoor triage centers again, running out of room in hospitals. also tonight, the ceo of pfizer now suggesting americans will need a third shot, a booster within 12 months of
getting vaccinated. tonight for the first time we hear from former police officer derek chauvin in the george floyd case. what he says as he chooses not to testify in his own defense. not far away, the former police officer kim potter who fired the shot killing 20-year-old daunte wright at her first hearing today. the community and wright's family watching. 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 american companies and for interfering in u.s. elections. expelling ten russian diplomats. dozens of entities and individuals hit with sanctions tonight. russia warning it will respond. the image from the southern border tonight, a 2-year-old child dangling, dropped by a smuggler from a 18-foot border wall into the u.s. overseas, rare images from buckingham palace and news tonight on prince philip's funeral saturday morning. and 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 late today in a case that had already made national headlines. the fatal police shooting of a 13-year-old boy. the officer had been responding to reports 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 right there. authorities say a handgun was
later found a few feet away. today an emotional mayor lori lightfoot saying it was an unwinnable situation -- a boy out in the middle of the night with an adult. but saying the city, quote, failed the boy. the mayor calling for calm tonight. abc's chief justice correspondent 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 a.m. 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 races to an alley in hot pursuit, shoving the second suspect aside in the chase. then suddenly a confrontation. the officer yelling to see the suspect's hands. the suspect stopping and turning quickly. the officer fires a shot. >> show me your [ bleep ] hands. drop it.
drop it! >> reporter: 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, pierre? >> reporter: david, the officer has been placed on administrative duties pending
the investigation. as for family members, their attorney 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. >> our chief justice correspondent 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. new cases actually climbing more than 30% in a month. in michigan alone, hospitals are overwhelmed. some setting up those outdoor triage centers like we saw in the beginning of this pandemic. and on capitol hill today, dr. anthony fauci in a heated exchange, is asked when americans will get their freedom back. fauci answering, this is not about liberty, it's about 560,000 americans lost. here's whit johnson. >> reporter: tonight, a growing emergency in michigan.
beaumont health system overwhelmed with 800 covid patients at eight hospitals. now setting up outdoor triage centers to handle the surge. >> where 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 ifection in this country low enough that it is not a really high -- >> what is low enough? give me a number. >> reporter: dr. fauci then saying this isn't about liberties. it's about the hundreds of thousands of lives lost. >> right now we have about 60,000 infections a day, which is a very large risk for a surge. we're not talking 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 fallout swift. 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 general, then we've done harm. then we haven't exercised caution, and 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 within a year, a booster after being vaccinated. and i know tonight there's 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 these new numbers we're getting from the cdc show of the 66 million americans who have now been fully vaccinated, there were only 5,800 covid cases. that represents just .008% of the fully vaccinated population. more evidence of how effective these vaccines have been. david? >> whit johnson on the coronavirus tonight. whit, thank you. to the other news tonight, and the trial of former officer derek chauvin in the george floyd case. chauvin speaking for the first time in court today as he ivoked his fifth amendment right against self-incrimination, telling the judge he will not take the
stand. abc's 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, 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? >> very -- 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 today 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 that minneapolis trial, the hearing in the other case this nation is watching for the former police officer now charged in the shooting death of 20-year-old daunte right. during a traffic stop in brooklyn center. kim potter facing 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
their son, appeared for her first court hearing. >> it's 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 are so many emotions. >> reporter: potter, who resigned this week after 26 years on the brooklyn center force, released from jail overnight after posting a $100,000 bond. the criminal complaint alleging that while trying to arrest wright for an outstanding warrant after a traffic stop over the weekend -- >> taser, taser, taser! >> reporter: potter fired her n 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. elections. tonght, 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 ten 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 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 this week 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 here at home and 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 child and the thousand of children now here. here's our chief national crrespondent matt gutman. >> reporter: tonight, that 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 now 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 telling 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 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 as early as tomorrow. david? >> matt gutman continues to follow the situation on the southern border for us. matt, thank you. in the meantime, next tonight to 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 expand the court 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 to 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. that's a new low. in this pandemic. 16.9 million are still collecting benefits.
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california took the final step in vaccine eligibility expansion. tonight we will take a look at the smile stones we pass and the record we just set. we have a whole team tracking vaccine appointments across the bay area. a few openings coming up. >> and not about vaccines from chase center to your favorite concert hall, what you need to know to get back to gatherings. >> better bay area. finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. >> if you are unvaccinated you are no better than you were a year ago. after i was vaccinated and my family members were vaccinated, it felt like a weight was taken off my shoulders. >> a weight a you have your shoulders from a shot in the arm. that's what we can look forward to as california takes the final step in expanding if vaccine eligibility. good evening, and thank you for joining us. this is a historic day.
anybody above the age of 16 can sign up for a corona vaccine. in santa clara, the biggest mass site, they set a record of 12,000 appointments booked today. look at the crowds. looks like a minors game. allowed ed go up to 10,000 this week. a giant pile of the stickers people get for their observation wait times. when they get done waiting they take the stickers off and turned into an art display. all of us, it is a part of guarding our health, even though everybody can theoretically get a shot, the question is can you get an appointment to get your shot. we had stephanie keeping an eye out all