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calls for justice from coast to coast over nine days. the four fired police officers fired after the death of george floyd are all facing new charges and up to 40 years behind bars former president obama delivers a message as he speaks out about the killing of george floyd. >> president trump facing opposition from his defense secretaries over the military amid the demonstrations. >> and how ferguson, missouri
has changed following the death of michael brown >> and comments from drew brees over nfl players kneeling during the national anthem. "early today" starts right now >> good morning. i'm frances rivera >> i'm david gura. after days of unrest and violence across america we are starting to see more peaceful scenes of solidarity >> lean on me -- y'all sing. >> when you're not strong, i'll be your friend >> that singing in our nation's capital, marches sparked by the death of george floyd. these protesters laying down repeating the words of george floyd saying i can't breathe >> it was the biggest of several
marches and these demonstrations may be making a difference los angeles officials announced that they will look to cut up to $150 million from the police budget as part of an effort to reinvest more dollars into the black community. and let's turn to minnesota where mourners are reacting to new charges made in the george floyd case we're joined by gabe gutierrez >> reporter: the floyd family had wanted first degree murderer charges for all of the officers but they welcomed news of the arrest, something that many protesters here had been waiting for. >> we got all four, we got all four. >> reporter: at the site where george floyd took his last breath, the moment was cathartic. >> i think that it will be a wakeup call for the whole nation >> we're here today because george floyd is not here >> the state's attorney general announcing new charges for the four officers involved in
floyd's death. charges were elevated to include second degree murder the three other officers are now charged with aiding and abetting murder if convicted each faces a maximum of 40 years in prison. >> george floyd mattered, his life had value and we will seek justice for him and for you. >> the officers or the attorneys have not publicly commented. all four were fired but only after days of intensive rioting. floyd's 22-year-old son visited the makeshift memorial for the first time >> i am happy that all officers have been arrested my father should not have been killed like this >> the family's statement to those police officers are they are just as guilty for the death
of george floyd. they all participated. >> as violence has erupted across the country minneapolis has watched, prayed and protested often peacefully >> they're actually listening to us >> the anger is what many see but below the surface, pain. we met zoe in the crowd in tears. >> i won't be satisfied until i can wake up and have kids not fear their lives for being black, for being darker than other people it's not enough. i can say it's not enough. it's not enough until everything changes. >> a memorial service is scheduled for thursday in minneapolis, the first of several services honoring floyd's life across three states over the next week >> thank you one of the nation's most
respected generals and the defense secretary is excoriating his former boss. calling president trump's response appalling and divisive. the former defense secretary compared the president's response to not seek tactics >> he made that reference to germany and gave a little history there but also talked about what president trump is doing and threatening to do now with the military, a former defense secretary james mattis talking about clearing the crowds and using the national guard and other troops to clear the crowd so the president could get to st. john's church for what turned out to be a photo op the other day. he called that an abuse of executive authority and said we don't need to militarize but the u.s. should be united under a
common purpose he went on to say that this was the first president in his lifetime who didn't try to unite the american people or didn't even pretend to try, instead tries to divide us and then went on to add that we can unite without him drawing on strengths inherent in our civil society. it was a power statement by the former defense secretary t. we also heard from the current defense secretary who very publicly disagreed with the president on whether to use the military to back up local police and thenational guard. he said that should be used only as a last resort but then also agreed to keep some troops here in the d.c. area >> thank you very much former president barack obama is weighing in on the death of george floyd for the first time on camera he urged african americans to feel hopeful and called on police reform. >> reporter: president obama speaking out during a virtual
town hall with young people. >> i want you to know that your lives matter, that your dreams matter and you should be able to learn and make mistakes and live a life of joy without having to worry about what's going to happen when you walk to the store or go for a jog or driving down the street or looking at some birds at a park >> reporter: directly addressing the families of george floyd and other african americans whose deaths have wounded the country. >> please know that michelle and i and the nation grieve with you, hold you in our prayers we're kmitded to the fight of creating a more just nation in memory of your sons and daughters. >> condemning the violence and looting in recent days urging demonstrators to channel their anger toward making a change >> in some ways as tragic as these past few weeks have been, as difficult and scary and
uncertain as they've been, they've also been an incredible opportunity for people to be awakened >> reporter: while never mentioning president trump by name president obama is building a contrast and the current administration that he says has rolled back some of his policies >> i am urging every mayor in this country to review your use of force policies with members of your community and commit to report on planned reforms. >> the past president who recently endorsed his former vice president joe biden reminds voters change at the ballot box. >> you have the power to make things better and you've commuted a sense of urgency that is as powerful as i've seen in
recent years >> flash bangs, tear gas, rubber bullets and more some peaceful protests across the country are starting to resemble war zones using military style tactics during standoffs calling for justice. >> reporter: across the country peaceful protests have too often dissolved into standoffs using military style tactics rubber bullets, armored vehicles, helicopters. and 30,000 national guard troops in 31 states trying to quell the violence, but a retired boston lieutenant says military equipment and tactics can also backfire >> what they are doing in cities across the united states is eroding the trust that they have built up over the decades.
>> the pentagon's program gives surplus military equipment to police departments but that program came under fire six years ago. president trump limited the transfers in 2015 but president trum 8,000 police departments he received military hardware since 1997 the threat of terrorism after 9/11 convinced many departments to stock up. now they're facing off against their own citizens >> we're peacefully protesting but they're armd like they're going to war >> they remain in their regular beat uniforms, but when officers face bricks, bottles and gun fire the chief says departments must switch to tactical gear >> there is a time and a place for gear that can allow them to protect the community. i don't think certainly it's in every situation. i don't think it's necessary with peaceful protesters >> like an army ready to attack.
>> a fine line ready to attack >> let's turn now to to weather and janessa webb what are you watching this morning? >> we still have those storms sparking up across the ohio valley and they'll continue to track to the east. today will be another rough day across the ohio valley to the tennessee valley the storms will make their way to areas of atlanta this afternoon and if you're in new york city to philadelphia, once again damaging wind gusts going to be a possibility. the cold front will make its way through but still a soggy friday afternoon across that area a thlle is the coolspot
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together we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution >> his comments quickly came under fire from the sports world including his own teammate safety malcolm jenkins >> if you don't understand how hurtful, how insensitive your comments are, you are part of the problem. when we step off and i'm a black male walking around america, i'm telling you i'm dealing with these things and your response to me is don't talk about that here, this is not the place, where's the place, drew? >> lebron james weighed in saying wow, man, is it still surprising at this point sure isn't >> voters elect the first african american female mayor. the city has come a long way in
the six years since the death of michael brown. for more on that here's steve patterson. >> on the streets of ferguson well past that time where people say nothing ever good happens, something did. >> that's what we need in these streets. >> a moment of mutual respect. >> you're welcome. >> and a far cry from just a few years ago after michael brown was killed outrage erupted but the fires of revolution gave way to change including body cameras and more minorities on the police force relationships between officers in the community are critical. >> the best way to do that is through dialog and communication. >> and perhaps that dialog building to this the first black and first female mayor. >> what do you think you represent as a black woman who's now in charge in this city >> inclusion
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thousands are expected to gather in minneapolis for a memorial honoring george floyd his arrest has triggered over a nationwide protest calling for an end to racial injustice jay, what can we expect today? >> reporter: i think it will be a very emotional day here. you'll see the family together, all for the first time in the chapel the university worship center just behind us here and thousands garthering to watch the service and all of this coming just hours after three more officers were charged in
his death. across the country overnight, thousands protesters began spilling into the streets like they have every night since george floyd's death responding to the calls for justice. >> we're here today because george floyd is not here >> reporter: minnesota's attorney general announced his charges against three more minneapolis police officers, two who helped to pin floyd down >> aiding and abetting. >> reporter: they also upped the charge with derek chauvin with his knee on floyd's neck the new charges celebrated at the scene of floyd's death the most at this growing memorial are quick to point out, this is not the end of their fight. >> i won't be satisfied until i can wake up and have kids and have them not fear their lives just for being black, for being
darker than other people it's not enough. i can say it's not enough. it's not enough. it's not enough until everything changes. >> reporter: changes family members are calling for as they join supporters for a memorial later today. >> my father should not be killed like this we deserve justice >> justice so many are demanding across the country right now >> yeah, look, there will be another memorial this weekend in north carolina where floyd was born and then a public viewing and funeral in houston that's the city where he grew up and lived before moving here >> thank you this afternoon lester holt will be live in minneapolis with special coverage of the memorial and tonight a prime sometime
right now at 4:30, breaking news, a brushfire burning in the south bay. we have new video to show you just into our news room. we're closely monitoring that. thanks for joining us. i am laura garcia. >> i am marcus washington. kris sanchez is live. we're at the beginning of fire season, kris. >> reporter: yeah, it's big enough you can see the fire from the highway and down below, and