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residents argue they are being unjustly targeted and profiled. >> a typical block party in camden, new jersey. music, food, families out enjoying warm weather. for maria rayes it is a an opportunity to gather her grand children and other little ones and treat them. but for the kids with the street blocked off to the public, the real treat is a can chance to py freely outdoors. something they don't get to do o much. and is that is because they live in a city deemed one of america's most dangerous. under siege by violent crime. >> i lost a sister, a stepson, a grandson and i lost a cousin through violence. >> reminders of lost lives here are everywhere. >> this is obie. this is where o bit.
bie was shot. he was pi my grand son's best friend. and this one over here nico he was a good friend too. they both killed right here. >> born and raised in north camden raeyes laments the changes. camden was so sweet. you walk down the street in camden we used to leave our doors open and your our bikes e sidewalk. you can't do that now. >> camden is a snapshot of urban decay in america. with a population of 77,000 camden has lost more than one third of it's residents since 1950. rated the poorest city in america last year. nearly half of all pool in -- people in camden live in poverty. >> the signs are obvious and the effect are deadly. hours before we ey arrived in
camden a 5 53-year-old woman ws shot in her home. she was sitting on the sofa and the bullet came through her window. last year camden had the highest homicide rate for cities larger than 5 50,000. there are mor more 170 open air drug markets for users compounding the problem was a corrupt and ill effective police force. crippled by rampant absenteeism. >> your grandson was shot here in camden? >> yes. in an area that we would normally have had a police officer patrolling. the camden police chief just over saw what was the biggest police department overhaul in the u.s. too broke to hire more officers. the city came up with a radical plan subsidized by the state. it fired all of it's 240 plus officers and dissolved the force and let the county
replace it with a bigger police department. thompson hired some veteran officers but mostly took on new recruits with reduced benefits in order to avoid the terms of the union contract. >> we have 30% absenteeism on any given day. it was difficult. for the cop that did come to work they were generally working a 16-hour day. a lot of the cops you did have at work were at home and they were ordered in and so we could be on staffing levels to be able to provide some type of staffing levels out there. it was not a sustainable position. >> during crime filled night shifts there were a dozen cops patrolling the entire city and not enough to answer the 911 calls during the day. the hand over was controversial. city hall lost control of their police department. the city activists and some charge that was union busting
andlill conceived. despite the protests the camden officals pushed ahead. many veterans chose not to apply to the new force. most of the new recruits come from the suburbs. critics of the transition say young rookies like him lack the experience and the skills to deal with the tough streets of camden. >> i'm here for the right reasons. i know that. i'm here to help people and i can't think of a better place that needs help and needs police services, quality police services than the city and residents of camden. >> between may and september this year homicides dropped 22% from the same time last year and shootings are down 11%. police say it's thanks in big part to this. concentrated foot patrols in neighborhoods like parkside. something residents here haven't seen in decade. s. >> backing up the boots on the
ground is the high-tech surveillance system. hundreds of closed circuit cameras track incidents in hot spots. >> we had a fight that was brewing and officers were monitoring this. and they already had units starting over toward this area. this individual pulls out a hand gun and he is going to shoot this individual below the waist. bang. and this guy takes off. nobody calls the police. since we had observed this, we were able to get them getting into this car and they pull out. and now you will see in a matter of 10 or 15 second we'll have the calvary coming down the street here and we'll be able to locate this vehicle and arrest these suspects. >> for now officers are concentrated in a couple of high crime neighbourhoods. 100 graduates are expected out the academy in december. neighbourhoods will see more cops on the beat. and those cops will be cracking
down on what police call quality of life offences. like loitering or vandalism. residents seem pleased to see more blew on their penalt block. but some take issue with police tactics. >> you can't ride bikes out here without lights or something like that. and nobody was used to that. >> i was on a bike without a light and i got a ticket for riding without a helmet and on the sidewalk. >> you think the new police are too strict. >> i moved out because my son was born. i started to come back around here and i saw all cops and the presence and mainly in the daytime and they seemed nice and everything. hi don't see much people in the corners and things like that. the presence was good and then after two weeks of me living in here they are just harassing hag people. >> really. >> yeah they are just harassing people. just because a kid is a tee teer
and he is on a corner doesn't mean he is selling drugs. he could be waiting for somebody or he could be lost. ask him nicely why are you on the corner? if he is smart with you it's different. but if the kid is not smart with you why get violent with the kid. >> it's friday night and sergeant diaz is heading out on the night shift. it's not long before a call comes in. reports of shots fire near a notorious housing project. he arrives with officers there looking for a shooter and no injuries. and this high-tech bubble unit monitoring the area. diaz explains there was virtually no police presence here before the new force took over. in one of camden's toughest sections whitman park a squad car posted outside of this store offers security.
zplrntioneither the cruiser or s would have been seen here at night in the past. and the same goes for the park on yorkship square in the fairview neighbourhood. before the transition it would be teaming with people including drug dealers, on a night like this. even with these successes the root cause of crime make winning this war difficult. >> we realize that the solutions that plague or city, the social inequities that cause crime to occur, are not going to be fixed with our pistol or pair of happenehandcuffs. what we are looking to do is empower the community to not feel imprisoned in their own homes. to leave their doorstep and come on to their front step and let their kids play out in front of their homes. but to do that we have to be able to provide a secure enviroment for that. >> coming up here, when everything you thought you ever
neknew turks turns out t to be . we preview the documentary "open [[voiceover]] every day, events sweep across our country. and with them, a storm of views. how can you fully understand the impact unless you've heard angles you hadn't considered? antonio mora brings you smart conversation that challenges the status quo with unexpected opinions and a fresh outlook. including yours.
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the world. >> the situation has intensified here at the border. >> start every morning, every day, 5am to 9 eastern with al jazeera america. >> imagine spending 18 years of your life leavin life believingw your family trait. you are a adopted member of a loving family. it's okay to be curious and find your biological parent. when that journey started for steve, he found quickly he had been kept in the dark of what was otherwise an open secret. here is a thing about a place like kansas things can hide in these wide open spaces. hopes, lies, secrets. the sky is like a huge lid trapping everything inside my name is steve, and i was born in kansas. i whats a i documente a adoptedy jane who raised me on this farm
along with their six daughters and two sons. i grew up leaving thing believing things in my family were a certain way. but when you turned 18 i found out everything i thought i knew was a lie. ♪ testing. >> all right this is for real. >> tell us what you want to know? >> did you ever think that -- do you know do you have any regrets? >> no. >> do you think you handled everything the way you wanted to handle it? >> i would have liked to have done more for him. how do you feel? yeah how do you feel about us. >> i sort of block it out of my head.
>> i think i was angry because i felt like i was left out. no, you weren't. >> you don't know what it's like to be adopted. >> no. >> so i do. and the sense of oh well i appreciate them loving me and taking me in and gi giving me clothes and food and helping me grow. but they are not my real parents. my real parent are -- well i didn't know. >> well i was always assumed that you already new because the kids our kids would have told him. well that's strange. i can't believe they kept a secret like that for so long. >> not only did they keep a secret. this is a small community. it was an open secret. everybody knew about it but nobody talked about it. >> yeah. >> it's small towns. >> i'm the only one that didn't know about it was me. [laughter] >> i get why my mom and dad are
laughing. they are nervous. i would be too. growing up i always wondered why my mom and dad wanted me after having so many kids of their own. but my childhood was great. mom was in charge at home and dad spent his days out in the fields. we lived eight miles from town. but all you could do there was gas up your truck and go to mass. so we spent most of our time together. at home. but once our family secrets unralpunravel i couldn't be in s anymore. so i left. >> the explore behind the "the open secret" steve this was a personal journey why did you see
decide to make this movie. >> in some ways it was an unburdening for myself of course and also for my family. my siblings, i have six sisters and two brothers were all burdened with this secret for so long, the community that i dreww up in was also told by their families to keep the secret. and i felt like it was a story that needed to be told. and that story i needed to tell and i needed to let my family tell. and i also wanted other family ies to not fall trapped to the layers that secrets create. e one secret lead to another secret and another secret. i felt if i was able to tell this story about this secret another family might see this and say, it's not abort it. not -- worth it.
let's get it out in the open and let's talk about it. my family didn't talk about it for a long, long time and resentment and si suspicion grew over time. and i wanted to find a way to stop that and help others to stop that as well. >> i have to point out we have not given away the secret yet. and i don't know how far you want to go in doing that in this little preview. but there is quite a secret about it. and it's a secret that is known eventually to you but long before to other people. people in your life and your friends and girlfriend even? >> everybody new. everybody that i dre grew up wih knew the secret. i'm fine to divulge the secret here and it's divulged quickly in the film. the film is the path after the sea yet. secret. >> i found out that my sister was my mother and i was raised by my grandparents. and i was told at a young age i
was adopted by strangers. and everybody that i dre grew up with knew but me. the community was able to keep this secret for a long, long time. which i find absolutely amazing. i don't think that would happen today. >> your parents too seemed to be at least displaying that they were surprised that you hadn't heard about this earlier. were they cooperative in the making of this movie? >> they were. i don't think they knew what i was doing. to be fair i don't think i knew what i was doing either. >> what do you mean you didn't know what you were doing. you new wer knew you were filmi. >> i didn't know i was going to make a film. >> the first interview that you see in the clip that you showed, that was the first interview that i did. the reason i did that interview and the rei roone reason i did n camera so my parents would take
what i was asking themmer is seriously. my family is not the kind of family that you sit around the table at dinner and ask frank conversations about your life. i knew if i created a almost 60 minutes-like style environment and approached it like a journalist which is what i am by trade, they would take what i was asking and doing seriously. >> it was an approach to a tempt to get the truth from them and hopefully not have them dodge the difficult questions i was going to ask. it was only after a period of time after i showed this footage to other journalists and friends of mine that do make films said it's an intriguing story. when you go to talk to your brothers and sisters and other members of the community you should take a camera along. and i di did and it shaped up ta story i could tell.
>> it's a fascinating story for you and your family. steve thanks very much for being with us here. >> thank you. steve's documentary, "open secret" will air sunday night at 9:00 on al jazeera america. >> fascinating non-verbal communication meets the fire of indian dance. they are moves to take decade to master we'll meet the revere ed (vo) gripping films from the world's top documentary directors. tonight: it seemed like a normal adoption >> do you think this family has a lot of secrets? >> it's like there's an open book as far as the family goes. >> (son - off screen) i fully believe that i was adopted by strangers. (vo) until one day ... >> (son - off screen) i found out everything i thought i knew, was a lie. (vo) al jazeera america presents
>> so the system is showing real-time impact. >> can science prevent concussions? >> i did my job and just had to sacrifice my brain to do it. >> now on one of the oldest dance forms in the world choreographed by some of the oldest performers of it. >> the fall festival of the india art brought dance from india to the shakespeare theater in washington. we sat down with two performers whose love of dance are truly interbeeintertwined. thanks to the chorus line of the bollywood movie and the stunning performance of miss america 201. 2013.
young secret clad women enter energetically dancing to chart toppers. >> when people arrived at the shakespeare theater in washington, d.c. they hoped to see some of india's most sought after performers. they probably weren't expecting 770-year-old's. you both have been dancing for how many years? >> almost 60 years. >> almost 60 years. >> and you quite that long. >> the same. >> sixty years as well. >> one day senior to him. 61 years. >> i started in 1962. ♪ the two are performers in in daniel singh's fall festival of the arts.
>> it's common in indian dance to see older dancers. we have had five nights of the festival and the youngest dancer was in his late 30s. but everyone else was over 60. >> in sharp contrast to the early ca careers of ballet dancs in indian classical dance, age brings more reverence. >> as you mature it brings in a different quality to the dancer. the expressive part becomes very much more important and the experience in life, the more you experience life it brings more maturity to your expression on stage. >> she is often called the bra rus famous indian dancer. she is a famed dancer. she began dancing at age 4. that was
nearly 60 years ago. >> you don't have to finish when you are 30. you start when you are 45 in a way. we are very much with the gravity. we work with the force of the gravity. we can't stamp out the concept of rhythm. the concept of right almos rhyt, very strong. and enunciate the rhythm of the tapping of the feet. what is very special about indian dance is the use of facial expression. and hand gestures. and as the body becomes becomes frail. you use your facial expression like crying or anger. or shooing a tiger. everything we can sit and do with our eyes and all of that.
so even at the age of 90 or 95 or 100 if your eyes and facial muscles can be moved, we can communicate by sitting and the people will enjoy. >> that is not the only reason older performers find so much success in classical indian dance. >> the indian dance is really really laird. layered. you have to know the music and the rid thumb and san skrit and you have to improve improvise on stage. it's like a jazz musician, you spend years learning the scales. and in your 50s and 60s you finally master it because it talks so long to get there. >> for these two partners in dance and life have collaborated
with musicians and choreographers as ravi shankar and the ballet company. there is one piece they have performed through their long careers the love story. show me now what is the most important part of the communication that you will show the audience tonight. >> the experience that start us. what is love. >> show me. >> there is a small secret here they say she is very annoyed because krishna companie comes late. ♪ >> he says get out. out you go. i don't need you anymore, you are being a cheat. ♪ >> and then he says please open
your mouth. won't you? and giv give me a small kiss, wt you do that? ♪ your anger gone? yes, okay then let's go and be together. like that. >> that is wonderful. >> rather fantastic, they have a life all of their own. it's wonderful. >> even if i do the story every day, every day, i still feel fresh every time i go on stage. >> for the two who met while studying with the same teachers, dance is far more than their livelihood. it's life itself. >> we perform together. we learn together and then we decided to marry and then it's been like really part of growing up. i just didn't know anything other than dancing.
it was like breathing. >> retirement? their fans won't let them. >> well we wanted to actually retire, but the invitations started coming more and more. and no we want to see you. ♪ >> and that is sheila mcvicker reporting. >> that is it for us here on "america tonight" if you would like to comment on any of the stories you have seen here tonight log on to our website aljazeera.com/americatonight. yoplease join the conversation with us on twitter or on our face box page. facebook page. good night and we'll have more of "america tonight" tomorrow. ♪ .
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