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>> hello everybody, this is al jazeera america. i'm david schuster in new york. john siegenthaler has the night off. flash point ferguson. police accuse michael brown of a robbery even though the officer who later shot brown didn't know anything about it. outraged about the police disclosure, calling it character assassination. ferguson police finally reveal the name of the officer
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involved. and michael brown, who he was, who he wanted to be and how he will be remembered. we gib thi begin this hour in f, missouri, tensions between police and local residents. earlier police broke their week long silence and named darren wilson a six year veteran of the force the officer who shot and later killed michael brown. the unarmed teenager. this photograph shows brown allegedly robbing a convenience store clerk. however, this was unknown to officer wilson when he stopped brown for blocking traffic. these photographs which the
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brown family call a smear campaign. ash-har quraishi, what is the mood out there today? >> reporter: david, protests, continue today. there's been a steady flow of traffic coming through here. this is same scene we saw throughout the day yesterday. and it's a lot calmer than we've seen in days past, previously, the missouri highway patrol took over the area, and a heavy contingency of police presence, not the case today. the release of two big pieces of information, the name of the officer involved in that shooting last weekend that killed michael brown and the second piece, there was a purported robbery that michael brown was involved in, and we are hearing for the first time from the attorney of the
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convenience store where that robbery took place. this is what he had to say this afternoon. >> they respect their decision to allow this matter to be investigated thoroughly by the involved agencies and that it not be something that they are dragged into in the press. they would hope that the people of this community who have consistently supported them would continue to support them, and realize that whatever the police are looking at, on the surveillance tapes, has nothing to do with what went on in the streets. >> reporter: and david, joining me is sharon galladay, a resident of ferguson, lived here 20 years and been part of the community. sharon, what's the reaction been here on the streets and personally for you, after, one, the release of the name of the officer after so many days and
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two, the release of the video that had nothing to do with michael brown being shot in the street. >> one, first. they are giving us peace. first of all when they release the officer's name i feel and a lot of other people feel they should have been saying, we prosecuted him also. number 2, we feel by them putting out the video to make -- to discredit the young man's death some kind of way, that has nothing to do with a, you know. and right now, it's upsetting everybody. because they're trying to sabotage the case so they can get away or let the young officer get away with murder. and another thing that got me was, we are supposed to live in the subdivisions where we work with the police force. that young man lived 25 miles away from here. >> reporter: so given that what do you think the reaction to that tonight will be to those two pieces of information.
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it was largely peaceful today, do you think it will continue tonight? >> yes, i'm one of the peace mothers, walking around through crowd to make sure i listen for say a troubled young youth that might want some attention. i listen for those type of topics coming out and i go over and defuse them with nurturing and they respect me. that's what i do. i walk the crowd and listen for our troublemakers and try to keep them called down. >> we appreciate that, thank you, sharon galladay. david, the rain is starting to fall over ferguson. we'll see whether or not that disperses the crowds. doesn't look like it. the umbrellas have come out and people have taken shelter. david. >> we will keep all of our viewers posted as the night
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weargs oweighs on about what ha. today, law enforcement held a string of contradictory and at times confusing press conferences. providing the community with transparency. the disclosures around them only seemed to raise more questions. nearly a week after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old michael brown and several days after state law says the information is supposed to be released this morning ferguson police chief thomas jackson finally named the officer at the center of the storm. >> the officer that was involved in the shooght shooting of michn was darren wilson. >> the chief refused to produce a photograph of the officer. the chief provided a time line of what happened that sat for
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the first time. in this video the relieved, michael brown was involved in a strong arm robbery at a convenience store. police say that's brown grabbing cigars. the clerk asks him to pay, then he wakdz ou walks out with his . highlighted this incident and noted it prompted a call to 911. >> at 11:52 dispatch gave a description of a robbery suspect over the radio. >> in the initial report, the robber was described as wearing a white tee shirt a red baseball cap. a red baseball cap was discovered at the scene of brown's shooting a short time later. but in a short time later chief jackson said the convenience store incident had nothing to do with the deadly confrontation. >> nothing to do. >> stopped for confrontation, the chief said the officer was
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unaware that the person was a suspect of anything. at the time of the stop. >> they were walking down the middle of the street block traffic. that was it. >> why did the police chief release this video if officer bill didn't know bit and the -- officer wilson didn't know about it and it had nothing to do with the stop? >> because you asked me to. >> all intended to be a smear campaign. >> they think it was aimed at denigrating their son, a character assassination, attempt. >> making things worst for ferguson police department the selected disclosures about brown came without consulting the governor or state police captain ron johnson the officer now in charge of trying to soothe the community. >> i would have liked to have been consulted. >> bernard kerik is the former are new york city police commissioner, and reva martin is
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live from los angeles. mr. kerik, if you were in charge of soothing the community and you found out that the police chief unbeknownst to you released defamatory information and didn't consult you what would your reaction be? >> i would have been disturbed. what i've seen and heard so far has been very conflicting. it's disturbing. it -- first of all if there's a reason to hold the officer's name this long as a result of death threats i can understand that. but to put out the information today, the way it was put out, and the manner it was put out, which led me and everyone else, i believe, to think that the officer was responding, stopping brown, as a result of this robbery, and then to find out a little later, that wasn't in fact the case, i'm not sure
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who's putting the information out, how it's getting out there but somebody's got to get it together because it's going to cause conflict in the community. it's going to cause major questions. you know, this is a point in time where you want to have healing and you want to have dialogue and communication with the community and it's not going to happen at the rate they're going. >> if you want to soothe the community and create healing couldn't that serve by ferguson police captain tom jackson with his resignation, because he acknowledged that had nothing to do with the michael brown stop? >> i think something is going to happen, the mayor of -- ferguson, if that's the motivation, ron johnson, i think
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his name is he has been assigned, appointed by the governor, i think maybe it's possible at this point that he oversees what goes out to the public. because it's just making matters worse. i mean, this is not been a good day for them. >> and we heard from state police captain ron johnson in that piece that he was disappointed he wasn't included in that decision to release that video. i want to bring in ariva martin, an attorney from los angeles. this seems to be the case where the jury pool might now be poisoned by the release of this video. >> absolutely. this case david is going to turn on whether that officer reasonably believed his life was in danger when he shot michael brown. so far that tape does nothing to suggest there is reasonable belief his life was in danger. as the police said himself, that
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tape has nothing to do with the shooting that occurred in the street. it is really curious that the police chief would hold a press conference, release information about an unrelated robbery and not give the public information about the shooting. what were the angles of the shot, what caused the shooting to occur in the first place, that's the information that this community craves. and every time that that police chief takes the microphone and gives them something other than that he's just creating more frustration on the streets. >> and in the case of this particular video does it also possibly expose the police department or city of ferguson to some civil legal exposure given the action he of the police today? >> absolutely. we know there's going to be a wrongful death, not just mike brown but even the friend that was with him that day. so everybody that happens in this -- everything that happens in this case is going to be the subject of a civil lawsuit. i could not agree more with the
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commissioner that it's time for chief of the police for ferguson to step aside. he is not serving that community. he is not helping the police's case. he is creating more suspicion, more mystery around something that should be pretty straightforward at this point. i think the governor did the right thing by disappointing ron johnson and i think the governor needs to step in again and appoint johnson to take over all communications with respect to this case. >> mr. kerik under norm circumstances how long should that information take before it's released to the public? >> honestly david it really depends on the jurisdiction. some agencies, they have access to forensic and ballistic works a lot quicker than others. but i would believe at this point you have local, state and federal investigators going through this. i don't think it's going to take
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that long. but we want to make sure that all of the evidence is collected, the witnesses are spoken to, the bliss ticks are collected, the forensics are done. i don't think it's that long to get the right picture to present to the grand jury, that's where it's going to go, to a grand jury to make a decision about what happened. >> i want to press you about whether police jackson the police chief should resign, if he decides he's not going to resign should he be fired? >> i think that's up to the mayor. i have to tell you though, from my perspective, it's pretty disturbing and i think you know we had four, three or four days of unrest. ron johnson came in. everything you know soothed itself out last night and then today, we have a -- you know some more conflict if you will. i think somebody's going to have to look at this, the mayor's going ohave to look at it and
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decide -- to have to look at it and decide who's going to be responsible for communicating with the community and whatever comes out of the office of the police department it's got to be accurate and 100% straight. >> an ariva martin what about the argument that we have from the police department, that he's releasing the evidence he has, he doesn't have the information about the bliss ticks, but he wanted to put before all the information from michael brown whether it's relevant or not. >> he's making mention about the missouri sunshine law, that law says essentially that the police department has to make that information transparent. i think the problem again is trust. and every time this police chief opens his mouth this community doesn't trust him. they don't trust that he's releasing that information in good faith pursuant to that sunshine law. and because of that lack of trust i don't think anything that he says is going to be received well by this community.
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and i just think it's time for him to go. we saw parallels to this in the 1992 civil unrest in los angeles, when the then-police chief darryl gates, after that verdict with respect to rodney king he was forced to resign. i think we're going to see something very similar in this case. >> commissioner kerik, as far as the simmering emotions are concerned, ron johnson is out in the community he doesn't want to burn their houses down he wants to listen to them but as a general sort of practice what is the best strategy to soothe tensions in situations like this? >> i think in my perspective the best strategy strateg are in the is to give it to ron johnson. he lived there, he came out of the community, he knows the area, he has a good relationship with them, based on what i saw
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yesterday and the one thing he said last night, where he's going ohold a press conference every morning he's going to talk to the community, let them know what's going on. he's going to give the information to the community and let him run with it, let him be in charge and that will ease the tension. >> bernard kerik, former police commissioner, and ariva martin, thank you very much, we appreciate it. >> thank you david. >> at the center of all the grief and anger is the death of a young man. paul beban joins us with more on michael brown. paul. >> in a statement released today the family accused the police of blaimtion th blaming -- blaminge victim. they are not saying michael brown was a saint but they are painting a much different picture than the police of the teenager who died saturday.
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big mike is what frens and fried family called him. >> any problems going on any situation there wasn't nothing he couldn't solve bringing people back together. he was a good boy. he didn't deserve none of this. >> reporter: brown had dreams of becoming a rapper and on his way to college. the 18-year-old was supposed to start classes this week. >> he don't bother nobody. my son just turned 18, graduated from hoog he don't bother nobody. >> nobody said mike brown was a perfect kid. i anticipate as you had attorney parks stated, situations that don't paint him in the most complimentary light. >> video which apparently shows brown rock a convenient stores,
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brown was unarmed when he was shot and killed by police officer wilson. piajet crenshaw said she saw the final shots from her balcony and took this cell phone video. >> he turns this way hands in the air, being compliant, he gets shot in his face and chest. >> wasn't long after that long simmering tensions boiled over in this small st. louis suburb. residents say violence was the last thing brown would have wanted. brown's mother said he was visiting his grandmother on the way home from the store when his life suddenly came to a violent end. >> that boy belongs to me. >> the statement ended with the assertion that michael brown's
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death was the brutal execution of an unarmed teenager. david, it seems important to somehow keep in mind, michael brown was another young american kid about to go to college. and his parents are struggling with the fact that their son is the center of this fiery debate. >> thank you paul. the million hoodie march after the murder of another unarmtd teen, trayvounarmed tee. 11 p.m. eastern, 8 p.m. pacific tonight. and along the ukrainian border, russian troops are accused of driving armored vehicles into eastern ukraine.
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>> we will continue to monitor developments in ferguson, missouri, that is the picture you're looking at right now. we'll keep you posted as the evening wears on. let's get you caught up on the headlines. there were legal developments in texas today that could, among other things, hurt governor rick perry's presidential aspirations. an indictment came down for his abuse of power. rosemary lenburg was overseeing a research institute linked to perry and if she had stepped down perry would have been able to appoint her successor.
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the grand jury today found that perry's actions violated state laws. perry's lawyers called the charges politically motivated. in europe tonight, tensions are high along the ukrainian-russian border. russia says they did not send trucks into ukrainian territory. they are waiting along ukraine's border. emma hayward is on scene. >> reporter: the sign of russia's military might. hours after journalists said they spotted a separate train of military vehicles. >> i have to reassure you, this column was followed.
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it was always under surveillance by our forces. a part of it no longer exists. >> reporter: but moscow says its vehicles didn't carry out what nato is calling out an incursion into ukrainian territory. russia continues to deny military involvement in the fighting in eastern ukraine. but does say it wants to offer direct humanitarian assistance to the people of luhansk. but the aid which it says it's sending is still sat a few kilometers away from the russian border with ukraine. kyiv is suspicious of moscow's motives, believes mostly cloudy is sending weapons along with aid. on friday customs officials began inspecting the cargo but no clear date of when and if it will be allowed to pass. >> we plan to have the trucks unloaded in luhansk. and then they go back to russia
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the same road they came in. from then onwards it will be iclc with ukrainian logistics that deals with the distribution. >> reporter: the fight now continues on two fronts. diplomatically and militarily. as ukraine tries to queez out -- squeeze out the separatists and their supporters. emma hayward, luhansk. boko haram are accused of carrying out a village raid and abducting dozens of boys and men. as many as 97 are missing, witnesses including some who escaped said the kidnap victims were loaded onto trucks. earlier this year, boko haram kidnapped hundreds of girls from a school, sparking outrage. a million people have
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gathered for an open air mass by pope francis. you're looking at live pictures as the pope mobile drives through the crowds. this is the first time that the pope has visited south korea in 15 years. the biggest event of the five day visit. the pope's parade covers a half mile stretch through city. up next: new questions about the police killing in missouri of an unarmed african american teenager. we will head back live tot city of ferguson.
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>> and welcome back to al jazeera america, i'm david schuster. we want to bring you the life pictures of demonstrations right now in ferguson. missouri, where there are some new questions, new anger and major developments. you are looking at names of african americans on essentially
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some cloth, african americans have been killed by the hands of police. local police officers in ferguson have identified the whamanwho shot michael brown. he's darren wilson, six year veteran of the ferguson police. when officer wilson stopped brown he did not know brown was a suspect in a convenience store strong arm robbery. tensions have been running high all day long, let's head back to ash-har quraishi, ash-har, it seems like people are following the state police captain ron johnson's instructions to try to stay calm. >> absolutely, david. that has been the key here over the last two days. the difference that we've seen in the tone in this crowd and
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the fact that there isn't a large police presence. we're going to pan off and show you some of this large crowd that is still out here as it's raining. you can see the umbrellas are out. the cars continue to flow through here at a steady pace. they're honking their horns, protesting, talking about their support for this community and it is as i've mentioned a very different tone. that's something come as a result primarily from the change that's come operationally with the missouri highway patrol taking over security of this area. now earlier we spoke with a ferguson resident, sharon galladay, lived here over 20 years. she's somebody who has come out here and basically decided she is going to help some of these young people channel their age inner an appropriate way. take a listen to what she has to say. >> i'm one of the peace mothers, walking around the crowd trying to make sure i listen for a
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troubled young youth that might want some attention. i listen from those type of topics coming out and i go over and defuse them with nurturing and they respect me. that's what i do, i walk the crowd and listen for our little troublemakers. >> reporter: and david again, basically looking at the tone here, those two pieces of key information that came out today, very different reactions to them. one was the release of the name of the officer that was involved in shooting michael brown, people welcomed that, they have been asking for that for days. and unrelated to the reason he was stopped, the video showing he was involved in a robbery, that shouldn't have been released, to cast michael brown in a very dark light and try cast aspersions on his character which had nothing to do with why he was shot and killed in the street last weekend david.
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>> wednesday when you and a couple of other reporters faced tear gas and rubber bullets, it seemed like the police were out using military tactics. as you've noted those tactics have changed under the highway patrol. is these tactics that did happen that night, which looks like a military operation instead of any police enforcement. >> reporter: absolutely. and that's something that they say was a side effect of that presence, those things that you saw of those paramilitary looking vehicles with swat teams with police in riot gear, basically facing off with demonstrators. it was a sense of intimidation according to the residents we saw here, that really stifled what they were seeing here. the tension between the protesters and the police contributed to the chaos we saw over the last two nights, and
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last night very, very different from the nights before that, the night that tear gas was thrown at us. so good news on that front. the question is whether or not the crowds out here tonight will continue to maintain that peace. there has been a lot of information released today and so far it seems to have kept them calm. they have continued to protest peacefully tonight and they continue to stay out here despite the rain. david. >> ash-har quraishi, thank you. freeman bosley is representing dorian johnson, the key witness in this case. al jazeera asked mr. bosley, what he thought of the videotapes allegedly showing michael brown robbing a convenience store. >> in our view, that had nothing to do with the incident in hand. did the officer use excessive force when he shot an unarmed
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man in the back in the head and six or seven times in the body. was that excessive force? not to confuse the issue what happened in the store. this officer as he came upon mic mieg anmike and dorian, he didnw that these two men were the ones that had walked out that store. >> there has been a lot said about the lack of diversity on the ferguson police department. and here's why: according to the u.s. census in the year 2000 the black population was about 53%, nearly 45% of the population was white. a decade later the african american population had swelled to 67%, and white flight had set in. their numbers dropped to about 28%. economically, the average household income in this working class suburb is about $38,000 a year, that is $10,000 less than the average salary in the state of missouri. about 47% of the mortgages in
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ferguson are underwater. those families owe more on their homes than their homes are worth. only 22% have bad loans in the neighboring st. louis to compare things. also in ferguson one in five people are living employe belowe poverty line there. the man in charge of bringing the community under control is ron johnson. he joined the highway patrol in 1987. he was promoted to sergeant in 1997. in 2002 johnson moved up again promoted to captain of troop c. that division oversees 11 counties including st. louis. johnson was only 39 years old at the time. captain johnson has been eager to get his message of community and calm to everybody. he spoke to john siegenthaler, and said it was important that people keep an open line of communication.
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>> i put it on my faith and hoping my words would provide a sense of calmness. when i got down to the crowd and had the opportunity to talk to the crowd and saw a bunch of friendly faces and a bunch of faces that i knew and when you start seeing friends and people that you have seen in the community, community leaders there, i feel really relaxed from the onset. i think we have to continue to have open lines of communication. i think we have to continue to be honest and clear. and our mission here, and questions that are being asked, we have to provide's. provide a. i think it's important that african american and hispanics and other races that we get into law enforcement and be a part of the community that we serve. i think it's important that law enforcement that we reach out to all the different communities and do a better job of recruiting, starting in our grade schools, and asking young
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men and women to join this profession of law enforcement. because i do think that race played an important part of me having the ability today to connect with the crowd out here. >> and yet they're still angered below the surface. what did you hear? >> there's a lot of questions. trust is something that's hard to build. and we'll build it step by step. and i'll do everything i can to gain that trust. all the law enforcement personnel out here will do the same thing. when you saw a picture like that, it reminds you, takes you back to your own kids. i have a son, it took me back and i wanted to make sure that wasn't lost that the focus wasn't on me. the focus wasn't necessarily on the big crowds that were there. and you know just maybe michael's mom and dad and family members are watching i let them know that that's not forgotten.
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>> "america tonight's" joie chen is live in ferguson tonight and joie first what jumps out to you being in that city and what can we expect at the top of your hour on your program tonight? >> david, thanks, we appreciate you being with us. we are in ferguson, missouri, this quick trip now what used to be a quick trip now turned out to be the center piece of a lot of attention. we've heard that in a lot of our reporting. in the next hour we're going ogo for a ride-along with captain johnson, very concerned with trying to keep order in the community and trying to give the community reason to hope that there's an opportunity for things to get better now. also in the next hour we're going to visit a community very close to here a couple miles over just beyond camera eyesight here. this is a community you might wonder how it is related to the death of michael brown, it is a story that goes back actually decades. and really david it is a bit of a tease but we do want to tell you it does help us to understand the kinds of tensions that have grown up around
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ferguson and all of north county of st. louis. explain some of the tensions and how it came to be that things exploded in such a dynamic way after the death of michael brown. we will be talking about that at the top of the hour. we hope you join us then. >> joie chen will have that at the top of the hour. coming up at 11:00 eastern, we will talk about the situation in ferguson and the impact it is having in police departments across the country. 11:00 p.m. eastern, 8:00 p.m. pacific. prison overcrowd has forced the release of thousands of prisoners in california. jennifer london reports. >> josh and his family are homeless. >> i have no place to go. >> but josh knows he needs a permanent place to go home.
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paul is also homeless, he's given a place in the transitional place. before paul and josh were on the streets they were behind bars. but they had nowhere ogo. >> you get to put on a different face and different lifestyle. >> paul and joshua were released under a 2011 california law designed to ease the prison overpopulation. sentenced to county jails instead of state prisons. but in riverside and a number of counties throughout state the jails have run out of room. >> to the point of the inception of realignment in 2011 our sheriff's department have been forced to release 23,000 people out of that county jail system. >> reporter: according to a
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2013-2014 report, there were close to 7,000 living on the streets. locally, this place is known as the river bottom. the place of last resort for the homeless. i just spoke to the man and woman living in this tent. they didn't want to speak on camera but they told me they have been living here for 15 years. his brother was recently released from prison under realignment. for those who morch monitor and supervise those who are released, if they end up at the river bottom they could be lost forever. also how to monitor convicts. this television monitor is part of it. every week they are required to sign in and enter their number. >> i'm jerry dorson today.
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>> on the receipt some it will give them their next report date. >> riverside county still use probation officers but they don't just monitor, they get them off the street for good which gives them the best chance of staying out of jail and that's not something an electronic kiosk can help with. jennifer london, al jazeera riverside, california. >> there is a state of emergency tonight in new hampshire, declared over synthetic drugs. at least 44 people have overdosed with a synthetic form of drug called smack. >> the reason these drugs are called synthetic marijuana is marijuana is overflowing with
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molecules, in what combination they bind to the brain. it's a weird and fascinating drug for that reason. for a decade scientists have known that marijuana has certain effects, it can fight nausea and pain, the perception of pain, it can suppress the immune response, isolating and sint synthesizing. spraying the result on plant material which they then sell under the name spice or smack or half baked brand names. there's lots of bad stuff that can theoretically make its way into these packets.
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they are largely unregulated. the plant material is sprayed with who knows what all else. but the synthetic cannabinoids, illegal under dea rules, reportedly people who smoked stuff laced with it, they were having psychotic results and lost their agriculture reflex. this seems to be a diy project based on a compound called ab fubanaka that pfizer patented in 2009 and then abandoned. there are over 80 synthetic cannabinoids. and to be declared all illegal as a category, even when the dea has cracked down, some grabs the
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chemical structure from over here or from outdated patent and makes a new drug that isn't covered by any law and could have untold effects on the body. >> jakjacob ward, from san francisco. world health organization says there may be many more cases of ebola over the next several months. it's already the deadliest outbreak of ebola ever, with over a,000 people killed since march. an experimental drug called zmapp is effective in some patients. but the laboratory that produces it says there's only three doses left. long term truce by monday,
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today the european union reached an agreement, willing to take charge of gaza's border crossings. israel must lift its blockade of gaza to improve the lives of the gans living there. it's been 270 days since al jazeera journalists were imprisoned in 82 ept. accused and convicted of spreading muslim brotherhood ideas. still worries very deeply for his colleagues trapped behind bars. >> for me, it's something that i'll never forget. i guess, the effects on me both mentally and physically will be
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there for as long as, well, i may not be able to remember. but at the moment, i would say i'm still in the recovery process. i'm not 100% mentally good yet. but i think by the day things are getting better. but physically, it's gradually becoming better. >> do you still have moments where you wake up and you have to pinch yourself to make sure you're not back in that jail? >> well, i remember the very first night when i was out. and you know i was with my family and we were all celebrate and you know it was almost 4:00 in the morning and everybody was like okay, you have a good night and go to sleep and i said no i wasn't going to sleep because i didn't really feel i was out of jail. i was trying to prevent myself from experiencing anything that may, you know, involve closing
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doors or closing wirdz. anything that might -- windows. anything that might limit my freedom of movement. >> i wonder if you could describe what the conditions are like in the egyptian jail and for the colleagues that are still there? >> i have been in four prisons. the hottest was the maximum security prison which i was in the last 37 days of my detention. and it was terrible. the psychological effects still has its impact upon me. and that's where two of our colleagues baher and mohamed were for the first five weeks of their detention. it's called the scorpion. back in egypt, it's a maximum security prison. of course they're not there now, but egyptian jails have that effect, you cannot get anything done without a bribe being paid to any of the war dens. you don't get medical care except you beg for it.
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literally you have to beg for things to be done. the conditions of the cells themselves are terrible. some of these cells have not been cleaned or even renovated for more than 30 or 40 years. some of these have been built since over 90 years and still under the same conditions and i believe our colleagues have been heroes for, been able to endure that. we as their own colleagues and all journalists around the world should also keep the campaign and keep the support because it really matters and it makes a lot of difference. >> regarding that supporting campaign were you surprised when you learned how many attention your case, the case of our three colleagues has generated particularly on social media and also the number of jowrnlts and news organizations who took steps to try to help? >> i was very surprised, when i started my hunger strike it was because of the injustice that i got. and the pain i felt. but when i saw this campaign,
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and when i saw the reaction inside the prison from the prison management, and through local media, and through whatever news we got, i knew that was the right move. and i know this should continue until all -- just our colleagues in egypt get freed but every journalist around the globe who has been injusticely treated, should be out and it is something that we should carry on for as long as we can do. press freedom is not a privilege. it is something that should be a duty on everybody to defend because the moment you silence the media the moment that really everything goes. it's us the humans of this planet that really get affected. either we are on different beliefs or different ideologies, it really matters that we carry on for the campaign for the press freedom.
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>> abdalla al shami. thank you very much in the days and weeks and months ahead. >> thank you very much, david. >> al jazeera journalist abdalla al shami. free after being imprisoned on false charges. he's going on a world tour to promote press freedom. up next, robin williams, the animator who worked with william of williamwilliam -- williams oe classic animated film.
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>> the tributes keep coming for comic legend robin williams. he will be memorialized. after word of williams suicide, fans began to at which timer, genie you are free. genie was a popular character in the animated movie, aladdin. we hear from eric goldberg, the artist that was able to capture the unique personality of robin williams in a cartoon. >> 10,000 years will give you such a crick in the neck. >> working with robin williams, in aladdin was such a dream project. what people might think about him, he didn't bounce off the
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walls all the time. in fact he was a rather contained person when he wasn't on the mic. bun when they opened up the mic he could go for an hour, two hours straight. and give 150%. robin's comedy rift off of the album. it was a great choice of life was the fact that he really laughed at the animation tests that he saw. when he was recording the song "friend like me" he wanted robin to sing the song absolutely correctly, specifically. which robin did quite dutifully. and once he got the take he
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wanted, john and ron pulled him aside and said you are a gas station attendant here, and a fairy god mother here. he nailed it in two takes. robin was so appreciative of the animation, he's a big animation fan. i mean, why shouldn't he be? >> woe do certain things just to try it out. we had no idea where he was going to go. so for example when he is complaining to aladdin for rubbing the lamp and he turns into robert de niro doing taxi
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driver -- >> are you looking at me did you rub my lamp did you wake me up did you bring me here? >> we are laughing out loud, i can't say fluff for generosity and the impression that robin brought not character. it was truly magical. i have to say however that i think specifically for people of my generation and the generation that kind of grew up watching aladdin, you know, i think maybe a lot of people are going to remember him as a big blue genie and maybe that's not such a bad fate. >> by the time the movie was done williams used 40 different voices for the character of the genie. coming up at 11:00 p.m, eastern, history has been made, renae
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williams made history, but girl power, 11:00 p.m. eastern, 8:00 p.m. pacific. and our picture of the day. funnel cloud seems to be chasing a passenger jet. incredible picture, incredible scene. next is "america tonight" from ferguson, missouri. .
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>> an "america tonight" special report from the scene in ferguson, missouri, where an unarmed young man died gunned down by local police. new details about the police officer who shot michael brown and why. >> he's been a police officer for six years. has had no disciplinary action taken against him. >> they ain't never going to do anything about it. >> and the videotape, new questions tonight about what happened inside this convenience store just before the deadly shooting. but