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tonight, the strong, new calls for police accountability one department under fire after a 75-year-old man was shoved to the ground, knocking his head on the pavement other, apparently, peaceful protesters seen beaten with batons in other cities and tonight minneapolis banning the use of choke holds by police president trump facing new backlash why he said this was a great day for george floyd what did he mean why joe biden said the president's words were despicable the surprise news on jobs. the unemployment rate unexpected drops. who has gone back to work and who has not? today's number hiding a huge problem for millions barack obama again speaks out, calling for change, along
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with a civil rights icon as the country reopens, new warnings about covid-19 continuing to spread. and that tropical storm taking direct aim at the gulf coast. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening the unblinking camera once again tonight is framing some of the very issues involving police that have sent tens of thousands onto the streets in protest. the video of a 75-year-old man forcefully shoved to the ground by a buffalo police officer, the latest jarring image, rocking the consciousness of a country in turmoil and tonight even good news, a surprise indictment of inequality as the black workforce was left behind we begin our night with gadi schwartz. >> reporter: we begin tonight new calls for police reform, not only for george floyd and brianna taylor, who would have
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celebrated her birthday today. >> i don't think they should still be on payroll. >> reporter: now mounting outrages and calls for accountability for those hospitalized, beaten back on the protest lines. in buffalo, new york, video from a public radio station, capturing a man being pushed back his head hitting the concrete and bleeding as officers keep advancing. both officers have been placed on administrative leave. >> it disturbs your basic sense of decency and humanity why? why? why was that necessary? >> reporter: in los angeles, cell phone video showing a crowd broken up by batons and foam projectiles. similar scenes in philadelphia >> he didn't do anything. >> reporter: elsewhere, journalists have been maced, tear gassed and punched. use of force experts caution in the age of social media, not everything leading up to a violent confrontation
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captured on camera. police chiefs insisting officers have been constantly attacked by agitators, like this video released by police in new york others pelted with bricks and bottles. two lawyers were arrested on charges after a firebombing of an nypd squad car with a molotov cocktail officers of being shot at or stabbed. since the protest began, over 10,000 arrests have been made for violating curfew, looting or disturbing the peace and still on the 11th day of demonstrations, the vast majority of protesters continue to march peacefully in front of thousands of officers who silently hold the line. >> what are you doing to make sure you're serving and protecting us, versus us feeling threatened and us feeling like you're the problem >> reporter: organizers demanding deescalation first and an end to police brutality. here in california, the governor announcing an end to training officers on how to use a choke hold as well as state-wide guidelines when it comes to crowd control.
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a movement reignited by the death of george floyd, now calling into question the use of force by officers designed to keep the peace gaudy schwartz, nbc news, los angeles. >> reporter: this is gabe gutierrez in minneapolis. today the city council voted unanimously that officers are required to intervene any time they see unauthorized use of force by another cop, and to ban choke holds all together. >> when i first hear that, that's a pretty damn low bar just to start, in terms that we hadn't had that. >> reporter: it comes after the state ordered a sweeping civil rights investigation of the police department this week. >> we are ready to rise to this tragedy of george floyd's murder >> reporter: lisa bender is the council president. are you dismantling the minneapolis police department >> yes, i think the changes need to be that substantive and significant and will need to be done with deep engagement from our community. so, to folks that that idea
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sounds radical, i invite you in to that process with an open mind. >> reporter: charged with second-degree murder, former officer derek chauvin is due in court monday he has still not commented publicly heavily redacted personnel records show he worked in military police in the u.s. army during his two stints in active service. over his 19-year career with the minneapolis police, he had more than 15 conduct complaints, nearly all closed without discipline, as well as several commendations. today's changes to the department not stopping the protests >> that's all we're asking, to be able to live our lives and not have to be in constant fear. >> reporter: also today, the minneapolis city council says it's considering renaming this street lloyd avenue. lester >> gabe gutierrez in minneapolis, thanks. and president trump is facing criticism for what he said during remarks that were supposed to be about the new jobs numbers instead, overshadowed
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by what he said about george floyd. geoff bennett is at the white house. >> reporter: during his 45-minute unscripted and free-wheeling rose garden speech, president trump at one point invoked the name george floyd. >> they have to receive fair treatment from law enforcement. they have to receive it we all saw what happened last week we can't let that happen hopefully, george is looking down right now and saying there's a great thing that's happening for our country. it's a great day for him. it's a great day for everybody. this is a great day for everybody. this is a great, great day in terms of equality. >> reporter: after the speech, the president shhh'd a reporter who asked how he plans to address systemic racism. >> what's your plan? >> our country is so strong and that's what my plan is. >> reporter: 2020 democratic contender joe biden slamming the president's remark about george floyd, while campaigning today in delaware. >> for the president to try to
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put any other words in the mouths of george floyd, i frankly think it's despicable. >> reporter: all of it unfolding as president trump's former chief of staff, john kelly said today he agrees with former trump defense secretary jim mattis, who this week slammed the president's leadership in a scathing op-ed. >> i agree with him. i think we need to look harder at who we elect. >> reporter: kelly, a retired four-star marine general, also cautioned against the president's threat to use troops to put down protesters. >> the troops hate it. they don't see it as their job. they don't want to be used in that way unless it's really extremist. >> reporter: since monday's unrest, workers have already transformed the already secure white house complex into a fortress, a at all wall of steel fencing surrounding the perimeter. and trump administration has deployed an alphabet soup of military deployed in the nation's capital mayor muriel bowser wants them gone. >> we don't want them
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patroling the streets. we've made that former request to the white house >> reporter: the mayor sending messages, directing artists to paint "black lives matter" on a street leading directly to the white house, and renaming it black lives matter plaza, she says to urge changes in police practices. tonight washington, d.c., is anticipating what could be the largest protest yet since the police killing of george floyd tomorrow, thousands of people are expected to march here in the nation's capital lester >> geoff bennett, thanks. newly released video shedding light on yet another confrontation between police and a restrained man who himself uttered those now all too familiar words "i can't breathe. here's stephanie gosk. >> reporter: a violent arrest, witnessed three months ago in tacoma, washington. >> oh, my god, that was so scary! >> reporter: sarah mcdowell released her video publicly this week >> they were yelling at him to
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put his hands behind his back but i can see the cops are on top of him both of them are on top of him. >> reporter: hours later the man would be pronounced dead, 33-year-old manuel ellis. the officers called for medical assistance in the background, ellis can be heard. >> i can't breathe i can't breathe. >> reporter: i can't breathe, he says, at least twice on wednesday, the medical examiner ruled his death a homicide the cause? respiratory arrest due to physical restraint methamphetamine and heart condition were listed as contributing factors tacoma's mayor lashing out. >> and the officers who committed this crime should be fired and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. >> reporter: the police union fired back this is not the time to sacrifice dedicated public servants at the altar of public sentiment, especially when that sentiment is almost wholly fueled by the uninformed anger of a theatrical politician a spokesperson for the tacoma police says ellis
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assaulted an officer that night. >> mr. ellis grabbed one of the police officers and threw him on the ground. >> reporter: but to the family and many others in this community, there are striking parallels to george floyd's death. >> i would say as soon as i heard the audio footage of my brother screaming "i can't breathe," i knew something wasn't right. >> reporter: they are left wondering why it took a video to get officials to act. >> we want to see justice for my son, and we shouldn't have had to wait three months. >> reporter: tonight the four officers involved are on administrative leave while ellis' death is being investigated and the family is still waiting. stephanie gosk, nbc news now to the surprise news about the economy tonight. the new unemployment month, bringing the unemployment rate down. that improvement left many black americans out. our tom costello explains. >> reporter: breaking news this morning stunned wall
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street, main street and veteran economists. >> this is a huge gain. >> reporter: rather than jumping to 20% as expected, the unemployment rate did a u-turn in may, dropping to 13.3%. still, historically high and most likely still undercounting those out of work. but 2.5 million people did find jobs or return to work, driven by white americans asian-americans and african-americans did not see a pick up in jobs. >> the uptick we saw was for positions that were easiest to bring back but in reality, deep in the belly of our economy, many are still out of work. now we're relying on food banks and unsure when or if they'll be back to work again. >> reporter: still the news sent the stock markets soaring. the dow jones closing up 829 points. >> the numbers are great. and this leads us on to a long period of growth. >> reporter: single mom lindsey vonn was furloughed from lulu lemon but then landed a job with quicken loans in may. >> i'm shocked to be in a new
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position, learning a completely new career in the middle of a pandemic >> reporter: nearly half of the 2.5 million jobs were in leisure and hospitality. >> we flipped a switch this week. >> reporter: the fnt bleu resort in miami is bringing back employees. >> looking very optimistic for the july 4th weekend, looking close to being full. >> reporter: mitchell caplan owns six book stores with 80 employees. he has managed to pay them through the protection program for small businesses, but he fears will he have to lay them off when the money runs out this month. >> i fear we're on a bit of what i call a ppp high or sure high, in a sense, and that it is certainly too soon to run any kind of victory laps over these numbers. >> reporter: while the employment numbers improved in may, tens of millions of americans are still out of work. the unemployment rate, 13%, the highest since world war ii lester >> tom costello, thanks. there are new
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concerns this evening about the spread of coronavirus amid these nationwide protests, and as more cities and more businesses reopen nbc's sam broke with that story >> reporter: as americans take small steps toward normal life, tonight new numbers show more than 1,000 people died between thursday and friday. more than 4,000 since sunday 18 states reporting a spike in cases, including california, florida, texas and missouri. >> when we relax some of the social distancing, it doesn't surprise anyone that some case numbers went up. >> reporter: the caution coming as states continue reopening. in florida, where they cracked 1300 new cases in three straight days, universal studios orlando, owned by our parent company, universal, reopened with temperature checks, riders must wear face masks. >> i can't believe it. i missed it so much. smiling from ear to ear. >> reporter: in florida, bars and movie theaters are reopening today in most parts of the state, not fully in
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miami beach yet. at the same time, national movie chain cinemark says it won't require patrons to wear masks businesses trying to move the ball forward as the nba association provides a boost tonight, proving to start the season in orlando july 31st. >> they have to stay in that bubble they can't leave that bubble there will be strict protocol force testing. >> reporter: the plan blessed by michael jordan himself, with hoops giving a little hope to a healing nation sam brock, nbc news, miami. in 60 seconds, former president obama and civil rights icon congressman john lewis and their new message. tonight also, talking to kids about this moment in america.
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a major development in a story we first reported here last month in pennsylvania, walter ogrod walked free and into the arms of family today, 24 years on death row after his conviction was vacated in the murder
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of a 4-year-old girl. a recent review by the d.a. determined that ogrod was likely innocent i recently spoke to ogrod from death row, as he recovered from severe covid-19 symptoms the mother of the victim also supported the call for his release. for the second time this week, former president obama spoke out about the need for fundamental change this time, joined by a civil rights icon. with that, here is kristen welker. >> reporter: former president barack obama again stepping into the national conversation about race and inequality in the wake of george floyd's death. intergenerational town hall. >> you're saying to yourself, i have agency. i can make a difference i can have an impact i might not be able to change all of it, but i can change this corner of it. >> reporter: the former president, joined by young, african-american men, who say they have experienced racial injustice. and by congressman and civil rights icon john lewis, who
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marched on washington and across the edmund pettus bridge in selma, alabama, where white police officers left lewis bloodied and battered, with a broken skull >> i thought i was going to die i said a little prayer i said lord, let me live. >> reporter: the civil rights leader and the nation's first african-american president say they still inspire each other to keep the fight going. >> i'm tough but he's a capital dude you would not know that, that young man could awaken a nation and that's an example of the power that we each have. >> the changes that have occurred, to live to see a young man, a young friend like president barack obama become president of the
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united states of america. >> reporter: and obama taking what seemed to be a not-so-subtle swipe at president trump without mentioning him by name. >> there are other people in power who are sometimes lashing out or putting other people down it's because they've got something in them they've got to work through. >> reporter: still obama and lewis tried to keep the focus on the road ahead. >> those people out on the streets, that is a sea change. >> they're going to help redeem the soul of america and save our country, and perhaps the planet. >> reporter: a call to keep the march going. kristen welker, nbc news, washington. we can all agree it's been a tough week for our country, and it can all be especially scary for kids rehema ellis spoke to some about how they're coping. >> reporter: the images are hard for all of us to look at, but especially troubling for our kids to see. >> it's just sad. >> reporter: we
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brought together kids 8 to 14 years old from massachusetts to california, to hear what they're thinking about the death of george floyd and the protests that erupted. >> i cried, if i'm being honest. >> reporter: understandably, there's heightened fear among black kids. >> i am afraid because i'm afraid if i go outside and something will happen to me or my family. >> reporter: but fear even if you're not black. >> i'm a bit afraid that these riots and stuff, if they get too big and too out of hand, it can kind of like go into just houses and stuff. >> reporter: the kids also expressed disappointment. >> people should already know we have to treat people equally and not judge anybody just because they're black or white. >> reporter: psychologists say parents should help kids talk about what they're seeing, but it's hard, even for me with my son. from the time he was little till now as a teenager, i've struggled to find the right words to tell my black child about how to stay safe
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when he's not with me. >> it's important to say, you know, i can imagine how you're feeling. sometimes i feel that way. and to listen. >> reporter: the kids that we talked to say images like these give them hope. >> i think it's good that the police officers are like showing that not all police are bad. >> reporter: what have you learned this week? >> one thing i did learn is something about the american human nature in that we are capable of coming together, protesting together and sticking up for each other. >> no matter your race, we must all live peacefully. >> reporter: children standing up for the future they want to see. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. much more of this important discussion on our new episode of "nightly news: kids edition" streaming right now. up next, al roker with a brand new track of a tropical storm taking aim
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tonight, a tropical storm is gaining strength and taking aim at the gulf coast. al roker joins us now with a brand new track. al, where is it headed >> well, right now, lester, cristobal is moving through the gulf, 35 miles of the south of the mississippi river, 40-mile-per-hour winds with movement north at 13 miles per hour we've already got storm surge watches, warnings and tropical look for a water rise this system makes its way on land some time early monday
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morning and then pushes on up into the great lakes by wednesday. some places will see up to 12 inches of rain lester >> all right al, thanks very much and we will be right back
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and so we head into another weekend, but there is no rest from the angst and unfinished business the last 11 days have brought us the issues of race, inequality, police brutality are hardly new, but this level of diverse, national resolve to
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confront it is call it an awakening or a long, overdue response, but the path forward has been laid before us, and we will be following it every step of the way. that's "nightly news." i'm lester holt. please take care of yourself and each other good night right now at 6:00, an apology, but is it enough? calls for a bay area mayor to resign after she allegedly dismissed the black lives matter movement. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good friday. i'm janelle wang. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. protests against police brutality and racial injustice continue. thousands of people in front of city hall. now this initially started at
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silicon valley. in san francisco protesting the des of sean monterroasa, killed in an apparent looting incident. police thought he was holding a gun. it turned out to be a hammer. this afternoon in walnut creek about 1,000 people gathered outside the civic center plaza lending their voices to the call for racial injustice. in the north bay a demonstration in marin county as the mill valley mayor apologized for her response to a question about the black lives matter movement it's doing little to quell her critics. >> is this protest getting larger? >> reporter: it really is. the last time they held a protest they told me they had about 200 people out here. i want you to take a look at what this looks like right now. much bigger. it goes up and down


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